Coming off of his second consecutive season as the Atlantic Division champions and an early 1st round exit to the Wizards, Jonas Valanciunas is looking to help fortify the Toronto Raptors place within the Eastern Conference. Drafted 5th overall in the 2011 draft, Valenciunas was selected before Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Kenneth Faried. The 7-foot center from Lithuania has been a solid and steady contributor for Toronto. In 3 years with the Raptors, Valanciunas was shuffled in the frontcourt along with Amir Johnson and Patrick Peterson. With Johnson now in Boston, Toronto has brought in aging big man Luis Scola to add size to the roster. The door has swung wide open for Valanciunas to step forward as the primary big man for the Raptors.
Entering his 3rd season with the Phoenix Suns and 7th overall, Eric Bledsoe is in place to be a consistent and dominant option at the point guard position. His added role in Jeff Hornacek’s offense due to the departure of Goran Dragic will put the ball in his hands even more. He has ability to score the ball and contribute across numerous statistical categories makes him a major fantasy contributor. The Suns have been committed to clearing cap space, but now out of the LaMarcus Aldridge race they have a void to fill that might not necessarily be another big man. Bledsoe can post big numbers for the Suns, enabling him to be a unique point guard who still has room to establish himself within the league. Having to compete against CP3, Curry, and now Rondo within the same division will force Bledsoe to produce on a consistent basis.
KD has established a large social media presence in the midst of returning to the court and his MVP level of health. Recently, he just dropped the KD8s at a recent event in Culver City. Durant has established himself as an ambassador for Nike and string of partnerships with the likes of Sparkling Ice and Neff. His presence in the Western Conference should continue to make the Oklahoma City Thunder a dangerous team in the league. The progression of the development of the combination of Durant and Russell Westbrook will further generate their interest within the media and his fantasy production.
The ex-Detroit Pistons Center is going to be a highly sought for his services as he is geared to becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. With the belief that the Van Gundy system is profiled around Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe is seeking a short-term maximum deal with a team he can take to the next level. The Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trailblazers have all shown interest in the big man, who is reportedly set to visit each organization. Greg Monroe has the opportunity to become a cornerstone within the NBA who can put up a double-double on any given night. To his benefit has shown the versatility to play along side another dominant Center while still posting quality numbers.
Now that the NBA Draft is concluded, we’ve been thinking about who are the biggest winner’s from a daily fantasy basketball perspective. Here we are breaking down the initial top rookies to target and add to your watchlist as you build your lineups. As always, if you are new to daily fantasy basketball check out our Daily Fantasy Basketball Strategy section.