It's Karl-Anthony Towns' world. We just live here.
It's only been a few days, but some very intriguing Fantasy Basketball options have emerged.
I am highlighting a few players that should play in different formats.
Don't overreact, but don't underreact either: breakouts are happening!
1. Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN, PF/C
I'm not ready to start viewing KAT in an historical context, but the numbers are pretty staggering out of the gate: 21 PPG, 13 REB, 2 BLK, 58.6 from the field, 88.9 from the charity stripe.
He doesn't even know what he's doing yet!
Can he sustain this level of production?
I have absolutely no idea - and neither does anybody else. But one thing is clear: This kid can play. I'm signing off on him in dynasty leagues (fo sho) and 1-year leagues. Hard to determine his value, but it's clearly HIGH...
2. Julius Randle, LAL, PF
I've been writing about Randle for over a year, and when I'm right, I'm right.
13.3 PPG, 9.3 REB, 2.3 AST, 1.3 STL.
He had a real stinker in the 3 games he's played, but also 2 beastly games.
He's only going to get better, so I think a double double with some other counting stat goodies is going to last all year.
He's only currently shooting 44% from the field on the season, but I expect it to increase as he learns the NBA game...
Kill your mother to get this guy in a dynasty league. If you can get him cheap in a 1-year league, I highly recommend it.
3. Evan Fournier, ORL, SG
He's streaky, but he's also only 23 years old.
14.7 PPG, 4.3 REB, 2 AST and 1.3 STL for a guy who was barely supposed to play.
I scooped him up in several dynasty leagues last year, and I recommend you do the same. Don't overpay, but get this guy. He can score - and that means he'll get minutes.
In 1-year leagues, ride out the hot streaks. But in a deep keeper or dynasty format, I'm fully signing off on Evan...
4. Aaron Gordon, ORL, PF/C
The numbers aren't staggering yet, but he does a little bit of everything.
I throw him in the same vein of The Greek Freak - as an athletic freak with great potential - but don't sell the farm for him.
He's a definite must in dynasty formats - and he should have some inconsistent value in 1-year leagues.
His counting stats are pretty great, but his %s will always be a bit dicey.
He's basically a crappier version of Nerlens Noel.
Still, I like him in leagues of 14+, and definitely in deep keepers or dynasty leagues.
5. Justise Winslow, MIA, SF
I don't want to overstate his relevance here: DO NOT ROSTER HIM IN STANDARD LEAGUES.
He has no value in typical 1-year, 12-team leagues. But in leagues of 16+, I like what he brings to the table.
He is playing steady minutes, getting counting stats and starting to become a reliable rotation option.
Obviously this could all change in a second, but I like his upside. He's a guy I have scooped up in a couple deep leagues, and I'm liking his progress... He won't win your league for you, but he could become a solid piece of your bench for the future...
In summation, it's too soon to make any earth-shattering predictions/extrapolations.
But don't be afraid to pick up the hot hand if you have an IL replacement slot - or if this is the year you're finally gonna quit KG.
I mean, it's about time.