POSTED: Oct 26, 2014 10:00 PM ET
The 2014-15 NBA season is right around the corner, which means it's time to start preparing for your Yahoo! NBA Fantasy draft!
Use our Fantasy Draft Kit to find out which players are the best in each statistical category and outsmart your competition. Make sure to check back to NBA.com/fantasy throughout the month as we reveal our NBA.com Fantasy Big Board, positional rankings and feature articles.
Just because your draft is over doesn't mean you should stop scouting. These eight players are owned in less than 40 percent of Yahoo! NBA Fantasy leagues and could be better options than your late-round picks.
With Paul George injured and Lance Stephenson in Charlotte, someone will have to score for the Pacers and Chris Copeland appears ready to take on a decent chunk of the load. The six-foot-eight forward averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 3-pointers and four rebounds in his final four preseason games. Owned in just 13 percent of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, Copeland appears to be a great option if you want to add some extra 3-point shooting to your squad.
The starting center job in Oklahoma City belongs to Adams, who performed well in the role during the preseason to average 12.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals in 25.7 minutes. The second-year, seven-foot center out of Pittsburgh will certainly receive playing time as Kendrick Perkins continues to be hobbled by age and Adams should be a strong, high-upside option if you need depth at center (and don't mind the damage his free-throw shooting may cause).
The No. 1 pick of the 2013 draft was a disappointment during his first season in the league as conditioning appeared to be a serious problem. Now in Minnesota, Bennett looks noticeably slimmer and showed good fantasy upside during the preseason, which he capped off with 17 points, five rebounds and a steal in just 17 minutes during the Timberwolves' final preseason game. He will likely stay in a backup role behind Thaddeus Young and Andrew Wiggins, but his high ceiling and big-game potential still make him worth a look in 12-team leagues.
McDaniels' Loud Swat
KJ McDaniels soars in and makes the loud rejection off the backboard on Alan Anderson.
K.J. McDaniels appears to be a rare bright spot on a Sixers team devoid of much talent. The rookie out of Clemson was selected with the 32nd pick by Philadelphia and looks to have already locked down a major role under coach Brett Brown after averaging 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers in just 22.3 minutes. He should find a lot of opportunities to play this season and his aggressiveness on defense makes him a good target if you need extra blocks (McDaniels won the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014). But be wary of his field goal percentage and turnovers as the extra opportunities will allow him to stay on the floor even on nights when his play doesn't warrant minutes.
Johnson Posterizes Felix
Ronnie Price makes the steal and dumps the nice dish to a trailing Wesley Johnson who punches it in over Carrick Felix.
After averaging 1.3 3-pointers, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks last season in Los Angeles, Wesley Johnson appears positioned to take on a larger offensive role early in the season with Nick Young injured. The six-foot-seven forward showed off his full potential during the Lakers' final preseason game to collect 15 points (with three 3-pointers), eight rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals. The points likely won't continue to be that high all season once Young returns. But Johnson could still hold value all year due to his wide variety of skills.
The 13th year center rarely holds much fantasy value because of the limited minutes he plays, averaging 22.8 over his last six seasons. (Even with those limited minutes, Dalembert averaged 7.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over that same six year span.) Now in New York, Dalembert will likely start and see minutes around 26 per game, according to Phil Jackson. Don't expect many huge nights from him, but if you need rebounds and blocks with decent free throw percentage then Dalembert is a good target.
Porter's Big Block
Otto Porter sparks the Wizards as he swats the blocked shot into the crowd.
The second-year forward out of Georgetown appears to be a good target as long as Bradley Beal is sidelined in Washington. Porter averaged 13.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 27.5 minutes during the preseason. He missed most of last season due to injuries after being selected with the third pick in the 2013 draft and his potential is high during these first few weeks. That said, he shouldn't be relied on once Beal comes back sometime in December.
Need blocks? Need rebounds? Say hello to Rudy Gobert. Utah's seven-foot-one backup center averaged 7.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in only 20.7 minutes during the preseason, including an eight-point, 10-rebound, four-block affair in 25 minutes during the Jazz's final preseason game. He should see plenty of minutes behind Derrick Favors and at only 22 years old, Gobert should continue to get better all season as he matures and learns Quin Snyder's system in Utah.