Valentine may suit up for the Bulls, but his minutes will be extremely limited. For a rookie to miss the preseason and a team with numerous veterans, it will be difficult for Valentine to crack the rotation any time soon. Fantasy owners can avoid this situation.
This is frustrating for fantasy owners as the forward finished the opener with 21 points which included three 3-pointers to go along with five rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes. It will be interesting to see how the Nets handle their small forward position now with Randy Foye dealing with a hamstring injury, but the early indication would be Sean Kilpatrick earning more minutes as he finished with 13 points in 22 minutes in the opener.
At least the rookie should get some playing experience in his first season. However, he won’t have much fantasy upside until possibly the last month or so of the year. Fantasy owners can avoid Simmons unless they are in a dynasty or keeper league.
Last season, Len averaged nine points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Len and Tyson Chandler should serve as a formidable duo in the paint for the Phoenix Suns. His production in the points department may be limited, but if all goes well, he'll average close to 10 rebounds per game this season.
Regardless of whether or not he starts, Clarkson is going to get his fair share of minutes. The guard averaged 15.5 points per game last season, but fantasy owners need to understand he doesn't do much outside of the points department. He's still a reliable fantasy asset, so don't look too much into the label of starter or sixth man.
Young is a more than adequate from long range and he will get the luxury of playing with the starting unit in the season opener. Jordan Clarkson is still the more valuable fantasy asset, but we can't ignore the fact that Young is the one getting the nod in the starting five.
The big man is a solid veteran center, but the fact remains that he just can't stay healthy. He still has the ability to rack up double-doubles often, but his aging body just doesn't hang up most of the season. He's a middle-of-the-road option at the position.
Teletovic opened the game as the starter, but it wasn't planned for him to be in the role for long. However, many probably expected it would be more than just one half. His fantasy value is very limited and he will likely continue to start off and on until Tony Snell returns to a full workload.