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Karl-Anthony Towns wants to be your friend

5 hot NBA players that can help your Fantasy Basketball team immediately (and beyond)...

It's early, but it's clear Karl-Anthony Towns is for real.
It's early, but it's clear Karl-Anthony Towns is for real.
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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.