October 19, 2022, 3:41 pm
Opening week is here and I’m pretty sure most of you fantasy addicts have been preparing with mock drafts and the must-have SportsEthos FantasyPass guide that has you covered!
We are here to help even more with some quick observations from training camps and preseason games as we get to browse around the league and see how the international guys are performing; who is rising up and who is trending down on the fantasy front.
Just like every year, there is a lot of fantasy value hidden, especially for leagues that are already drafting, so make sure you stay up to date on all the breaking news and rumors posted on our website and on our Twitter account @ethosfantasyBK.
In Dallas, the Mavs did lose Jalen Brunson without adding an equal replacement but the roster construction and the core of the team is pretty much the same which means that fantasy production projects to be similar. The Luka hype train remains out of control as he keeps getting drafted in the top-3 of standard leagues, which is alright if you plan to punt turnovers and percentages. The Slovenian sensation finished as a top-28 asset last year and since his usage isn’t expected to go down anytime soon, he will once again deliver monster fantasy lines that will have managers drooling.
The addition of JaVale McGee and Christian Wood will absolutely impact the value of Maxi Kleber who doesn’t project to be standard-league material this season and should preferably be treated as a specialist in deeper leagues. Facundo Campazzo was a late training camp addition but he looks more like point guard insurance at this point and I don’t see the value in him or French guard Frank Ntilikina. Davis Bertans, meanwhile, has been sidelined throughout training camp and seems buried deep in the depth chart which doesn’t translate well for his fantasy value, especially if the Mavs remain healthy.
Nikola Jokic was the undisputed fantasy MVP last year and he projects once again to be the No. 1 drafted player in most drafts. Please no overthinking here, the return of Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray will only help his cause for another great year. Slovenian forward Vlatko Cancar looked great in the EuroBasket but he is miles away from earning a rotation spot and shouldn’t be on your radar.
Golden State Warriors
As expected, Jonathan Kuminga was kept on a leash by Steve Kerr in his rookie year as the Warriors are looking to slowly polish the young forward into a modern 3-and-D difference-maker. The departure of Otto Porter Jr., Gary Payton II and Juan Toscano-Anderson suggests that there should be an uptick in his minutes, but Draymond is still in the Bay Area and the Warriors look poised to once again make a championship run, something that limits their tolerance for mistakes. Kuminga has a current ADP of top-135 which seems a bit high to me and a leap of faith seems necessary if you are looking to grab him in standard leagues.
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