NBA Fantasy: 7 pre-season standouts to boost your draft

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Miami's Tyler Herro and Toronto's OG Anunoby have both impressed during the NBA pre-season, making both intriguing prospects for fantasy drafts. Pictures: Getty Images
Miami's Tyler Herro and Toronto's OG Anunoby have both impressed during the NBA pre-season, making both intriguing prospects for fantasy drafts. Pictures: Getty Images

There are always players who show us something in the NBA preseason. 

They show us things we need to take notice of for our NBA Fantasy drafts or to make some sneaky waiver moves if our draft is over. 

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Let’s take a look at seven guys who have shown out in the preseason.

Jordan Poole - Golden State Warriors

Jordan Poole is going to start for the Warriors while Klay Thompson is out. 

That may be until January and even when Thompson is back, he will rest games and be on a minutes limit for a while. 

All that is to say that Poole is going to get a lot of minutes and shots all season. 

Poole is averaging 25 points per game in 23 minutes per game in the preseason. He hits threes, he gets assists and he is looking like a top 100 option.

Mo Bamba - Orlando Magic

I don’t know if Mo Bamba will start or if it will be Wendell Carter Jr., but Bamba has never been one to put up mediocre stats when he plays. 

Even if the role is a minutes split situation, Bamba has shown enough to make sure he is drafted in every fantasy league, perhaps even in the top 100.

Tyler Herro - Miami Heat

It was a bit disappointing that Herro didn’t take a step forward last season. 

But, now he is tasked with being the main guard off the bench after both Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragić departed in the offseason. 

Herro is averaging 25 points in his preseason contests so far and should have a 30+ minute role at least until Victor Oladipo returns. He is looking like a nice late pick.

OG Anunoby - Toronto Raptors

At the end of last season, the Raptors put the ball in Anunoby’s hands. 

In the preseason, they are doing it again and he looks like their number one option, especially without Pascal Siakam. 

People may not realise how good Anunoby is, but they will quickly realise. His stock has risen over the last week or so.

Trey Murphy - New Orleans Pelicans

Murphy looks like he will never miss. 

It’s hard to assess the Pelicans given they have not had Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram has missed time as well, but Murphy looks like someone who is going to have a role immediately. 

There is a chance that Murphy could get a starting role on opening night. 

Regardless, he is a nice late pick to see how the role transpires.

Bones Hyland - Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets need a shot creator with Jamal Murray on the sidelines. That isn’t going to be Monte Morris, or Facu Campazzo, or PJ Dozier, or Austin Rivers. 

But it could be Bones Hyland. 

I expect Morris to start in place of Murray, but Hyland has been irrepressible in the preseason and has to have forced his way into a rotation role. 

How big that role is remains to be seen, but it’s hardly a murderer’s row of players standing in front of him. 

I do not hate taking a flier on Hyland late to see how Michael Malone deploys him.

Desmond Bane - Memphis Grizzlies

It appears as though Bane is going to start for Memphis over Kyle Anderson and that should be great for his fantasy value. 

He has looked fantastic in the preseason, scoring at a high level and has also shown an ability to handle the ball at times. 

A starter who can score in bunches is always someone to look at in fantasy, and Bane covers both of those requirements. Another nice late pick to take a look at.

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