Description: Memphis center Marc Gasol scored 20 points in Friday's win over Indiana.
Insight: Following a 32-point performance during opening night, Gasol shot 9-of-16 from the field, and had six rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and two turnovers. He looks like he is in line for the best season of his career.
Description: Memphis center Marc Gasol dazzled in Wednesday's opener, with 32 points and nine rebounds, but may have a tougher time Friday night against Indiana.
Insight: He was 12-for-17 from the field, and 8-for-10 from the line against Minnesota, but will go up against defensive specialist Roy Hibbert this time around. Hibbert reject seven shots in the Pacers' opener.
Description: Magic PF/C Kyle O'Quinn is questionable for Thursday's game against Washington due to an ankle issue.
Insight: O'Quinn started at PF with Channing Frye sidelined and barring a setback should get another start as Frye isn't likely back until Saturday. O'Quinn played just 21 minutes in the opener due to foul trouble and the ankle issue.
Description: Memphis center Marc Gasol dazzled in Wednesday's opener.
Insight: He was 12-for-17 from the field, and 8-for-10 from the line, for 32 points. Gasol also had nine rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. This is a contract-year for Gasol, and he is off to a great start.
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas led the team in scoring, in limited minutes.
Insight: He played only 21 minutes, and was 4-of-5 from the field, but 9-of-10 from the line, for his 17 points. Valanciunas also chipped in eight rebounds and a block. It was a solid opening night, and owners can expect his playing to increase as well.
Description: Atlanta C/PF Al Horford scored 12 points in his return to action on Wednesday.
Insight: After playing in only 29 games last season, Horford was 6-of-15 from the field, while chipping in 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and one steal. As long as he can stay healthy, Horford will have a major impact on the fantasy season.
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel posted 10 rebounds and three blocks in his NBA debut.
Insight: He had a poor shooting night, going 2-for-11 from the field and 2-for-6 from the line, for his six points. Owners will have to deal with poor offensive nights from Noel, but it is nice to see him produce in the rebounding and shot-blocking department, early on.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard was not heavily involved in the offense on opening night.
Insight: Howard only took five shots, the fewest of all the Rockets starters. He made three of those field goals and shot 7-of-16 from the free-throw line. Howard finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard practiced Sunday and should be ready to start Tuesday night's game against the Lakers.
Insight: Howard has been dealing with knee and arm issues, but it shouldn't prevent him from dominating the Lakers big men. In his second season with Houston we are projecting a slight uptick to 19 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 1.5 apg and 2.1 blocks per contest.
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh is due for a big season with the Heat.
Insight: Bosh was a fantasy stud with Toronto five years ago but was the third-option when he arrived in Miami. Now he is the No. 1 guy again with better peices than he had with the Raptors. Bosh is only 30 and is fresher than most 30-year-olds due to his lack of use the last half decade.
Description: Magic F/C Channing Frye (knee) is unlikely to be ready for opening day.
Insight: He will come off the bench for Orlando once he is healthy, and while he averaged 11.1 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game last season with the Suns, Frye really makes his mark shooting three-pointers (2.0 three-points made per game last season). He will still provide long-distance shooting for fantasy owners, but it needs to be known that he will be competeing with players like Aaron Gordon, Tobias Harris, and Nikola Vucevic for playing time this season.
Description: Magic center Nikola Vucevic should continue to average a double-double this season.
Insight: He averaged 14.2 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game last season, along with shooting 51 percent from the field. As a result, owners can start Vucevic at the center position with extreme confidence.
Description: Hawks PF/C Elton Brand was once a 20-10 fantasy stud, but those days are long gone.
Insight: As long as Paul Millsap and Al Horford stay healthy, Brand will just be a back with little fantasy value. Even as a starter for 15 games last season, he only managed 8.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.9 apg which isn't fantasy worthy.
Description: Clippers center Spencer Hawes will be an interesting fantasy player this season.
Insight: He is clearly a bench player for Los Angeles, but should still see some decent playing time. Hawes could still average around 10 points per game, and seven rebounds per game, and if he still able to knock down a few three-pointers per game, he is worthy of a late-round flier.
Description: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is in line for a monster season.
Insight: After averaging 22.7 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game, 1.5 steals per game, 1.3 blocks per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field last season, Cousins should easily be drafted toward the end of the first round.
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas could be poised for a breakout season in 2014-2015.
Insight: Valanciunas dropped his fouls per game from 3.2 to 2.8 after the All-Star break last season and that allowed him to stay on the court to make an impact. He averaged 16.8 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.9 BPG, 57.6 field goal percentage and 76.6 free-throw percentage in eight April games. He is on the verge of breaking out as a star.
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel is 100 percent over his torn ACL and will get all the minutes he can handle this season.
Insight: The 76ers will be awful this season, but Noel will accumulate blocks, steals and rebounds right away. His long-term potential also has him as a 20-point scorer, but right out of the gate, we expect him to sit more around the 10 PPG mark.
Description: Knicks center Samuel Dalembert has fantasy value in deep two-center leagues.
Insight: Dalembert is a double-double threat even at age 33. He hasn't averaged double-double numbers in each category for an entire season since 2007-2008, but he has the potential for big numbers any night.
Description: Bucks center John Henson showcased a lot of skill last season and has upside going into 2014-2015.
Insight: Henson averaged 15.2 PPG, 10.1 RPG and 2.3 BPG in 12 December games last season. He, however, couldn't continue that pace, and he might not have the chance to do so again with Jabari Parker, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders in the front court. Still, Ilyasova and Sanders are injury prone, so Henson has fantasy worth.
Description: Bucks forward/center is a double-double threat every night, but in the words of the great Charles Barkley, he is also a knucklehead.
Insight: Sanders missed a large portion of last season after breaking his thumb in a bar fight. Then he missed the end of the year after he broke his orbital bone when James Harden elbowed him in the face. Sanders will also miss the first five games of this season due to a drug suspension. When on the court though, he averaged 12.0 PPG and 11.1 RPG before the All-Star break in 2012-2013.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert still has tremendous potential even at 27-years-old.
Insight: It is the old sports saying, players only have "potential" because they have yet to prove they are good. Hibbert is 7-foot-2, 290 pounds, yet only averaged 6.6 RPG and made just 43.9 percent of his shots. It is hard to trust him, but if he falls to a middle round, it is worth taking him on his potential.
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond will be a fantasy beast besides for his free throw shooting.
Insight: Drummond's Achilles heel will again be his free throw shooting. He shot just 41.8 percent from the stripe last season. And that was an improvement from 37.1 percent his rookie season. Drummond will contribute great numbers in every other stat.
Description: Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is an intriguing draft pick in dynasty leagues this season.
Insight: The 23-year-old will come off the bench to give rest to superstars LeBron James and Kevin Love. Even if he can earn a starting role in front of Anderson Varejao, he is not expected to make an impact this season. Perhaps in a year or two.
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao's double-double days are long gone.
Insight: Varejao had a 50-game stretch in his career where he was a double-double threat every night, but Varejao is too injury prone for that this season. He will also battle Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson for playing time and rebounds.
Description: Suns center Miles Plumlee will begin the season as the team's starting big man.
Insight: Alex Len should push for more minutes, but Plumlee should be able to at least duplicate his averages of 8.1 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 1.1 blocks per game, from last season. With that being the case, owners should look to draft Plumlee around the 14th or 15th round.
Description: New Orleans center Omer Asik is finally back in a starting role and his numbers should reflect that.
Insight: In his 103 career starts, Asik averages 9.8 ppg and 11.6 rpg. We don't think he will pull down that many rebounds because of the presence of Anthony Davis at power forward, but 8.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg isn't unreasonable.
Description: The biggest question for Warriors center Andrew Bogut, is whether he can stay on the floor or not.
Insight: He has failed to play in all 82 games since his rookie season in 2005-06, and has not played in over 70 games since 2007-08. However, after playing only 32 games in 2012-13, Bogut was able to suit up for 67 games last season, while giving fantasy owners some productive stats. He will never be a dynamic scorer, as he averaged 7.3 points per game last season, but gives value with his 10.0 rebounds per game and 1.8 blocks per game, along with shooting 63 percent from the field. As a result, Bogut should be targeted starting in the 10th or 11th round of fantasy drafts.
Description: The good news for Marc Gasol owners is that he's played 80 or more games in every even numbered season and this is 2014.
Insight: Gasol is pretty consistent averaging around 13.5 ppg and 7.9 rebounds and we expect slightly better in 2014-15. He only played 59 games last season and started slowly, but is a solid fantasy option who can dish out close to four dimes a game from the center spot.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is a guaranteed 18 points and a dozen rebounds a night, but he doesn't come without warts.
Insight: Fantasy owners who choose Howard are getting a career 57 percent free throw shooter who finished under 50 percent in two of the last three seasons. And his 1.8 bpg last season was his lowest since 2005-06. In his second season with Houston we are projecting a slight uptick to 19 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 1.5 apg and 2.1 blocks per contest.
Description: Denver center JaVale McGee has yet to play in the preseason.
Insight: Talent has never been an issue with McGee, but putting it all together has been. McGee may be worth a flier towards the end of drafts, but after averaging only 7.0 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game last season, we at TSN are not hopeful of McGee producing at a reasonable rate.
Description: Denver center J.J. Hickson is still recovering from knee surgery, but could be taking the court any day now.
Insight: He is the direct backup at power forward, but if Hickson is able to get healthy, he could also see time at center. He will start the season serving a five-game suspension, and will most likely go undrafted in most fantasy drafts. However, Hickson is a name to keep an eye on, as he has the potential to be average close to a double-double.
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov enters the season as Denver's starting big-man.
Insight: He does have JaVale McGee breathing down his neck, but Mozgov has proven to be more reliable since last season. Owners should target him late in drafts, but should not expect much more than the 9.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 1.2 blocks per game, Mozgov averaged in 2013-14.
Description: Spurs forward Tim Duncan is no longer the "Big Fundamenta,l" but he's still a pretty good player and a solid fantasy option.
Insight: Where once he would score 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds every night like clockwork, he still averaged 15.1 ppg and 9..7 rpg last season. But with it comes the occasional night off that a 38-year-old with almost 1,500 games played requires.
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah is the top fantasy player in Chicago this season.
Insight: The hype will likely surround the return of Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, but Noah is the best fantasy asset in Chicago. He averaged 12.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting nearly 48 percent from the floor last season. It will be extremely hard for Noah to repeat those numbers with Rose back and with the addition of Pau Gasol, but there is still plenty to like about Noah.
Description: Portland center Chris Kaman should be left on waivers for the upcoming fantasy baskeball season.
Insight: After averaging 10.4 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, and 1.0 blocked shots per game, last season with the Lakers, Kaman will most likely be unable to reach that production in 2014-15. Barring injury, stay away from Kaman.
Description: Blazers center Robin Lopez is a player that owners could forget about on draft day, but shouldn't.
Insight: He is not as sexy of a pick, as his brother Brook is, but Robin is a valauble fantasy player. He averaged 11.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game (Brook averaged 6.0 RPG), and 1.7 blocks per game last season. Lopez enters 2014-15 as Portland's starting center, and fantasy owners can begin to think about drafting him, starting in the seventh round.
Description: Celtics center/forward Jared Sullinger has been on fire this preseason.
Insight: In his latest preseason game, Sullinger lit up the 76ers with 21 points, 8-for-10 shooting, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers. He is a lock to start at power forward and should be a top-50 fantasy player this season.
Description: Nets general manager Billy King told barclayscenter.com the team will no longer restrict center Brook Lopez's minutes.
Insight: Lopez will miss the first two weeks due to a foot injury, but the Nets are remaining positive because nothing is broken. When he comes back, Lopez will play regular minutes, but King also said the team will not build its offense around Lopez. He is a mid-round pick in standard leagues.
Description: Nets coach Lionel Hollins told The New York Post he expects Kevin Garnett to play more than 20 minutes per game
Insight: We have our doubts, considering the 20-year-pro averaged just 20.6 minutes per game last season. He also averaged 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in 2013-2014. Garnett is, at best, a late-round flier.
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic will look to stay healthy in 2014-15.
Insight: He played only 54 games last season, but was still productive (17.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 54% FG). With Kevin Love out of town, Pekovic will be one of the go-to guys for the Timberwolves, and will have a great chance to increase his numbers, all around.
Description: Thunder center Steven Adams could be a player for owners to keep an eye on this season.
Insight: While he should not be drafted, Adams may find himself starting at center at some point this season. He has made his presence felt with Oklahoma City, and probably will give more production on the floor, than Kendrick Perkins is able to give.
Description: Thunder center Kendrick Perkins should be avoided in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Coming off a season where he averaged 3.4 points per game , 4.9 rebounds per game, and 0.5 blocks per game, along with a .451 field goal percentage, Perkins is irrelevant when it comes to fantasy basketball. There is also a chance Steven Adams will overtake the starting center position, at some point this season.