Welcome back to another season of the vaunted Fantasy Lab. If this is your first time inside the Lab, you'll find that each week's column offers all kinds of useful fantasy basketball advice and the focus of this column will vary from week to week. Variety is the spice of life, or so I've heard.
Regardless, the first week of the fantasy basketball season is in the books, and there was a lot to learn. Since the Lab doesn't have the space to break down the impact of every single morsel of fantasy-relevant happenings (though we'd love to), we'll narrow the focus of this week's lesson to the NBA's version of the New Kids on the Block: the Class of 2008.
If there's one thing that has really stood out as a trend in this infantile NBA fantasy season, it's that this year's crop of rookies is talented and chock full of immediate contributors. As expected, the troika of PG
Spanish import PG/SG
Shame on you if you thought
As often is the case with skilled big men, Thompson had a late growth spurt that transitioned him from a guard to a forward/center with both an inside game and a face-up jumper. Provided Theus creates enough minutes for the Rider product, he should provide some value in rebounds, blocks, points and field-goal shooting, with the ability to do much more down the road.
We already mentioned one Memphis rookie starter in future Food Network TV host O.J. Mayo (he's destined for that role, right?), but he's joined by two other frosh in the starting five. It only took one awful game from
The other noob in the Grizz's green frontcourt bears a familiar surname: Gasol. Pau's younger brother, C
Every year, one or two second-round picks emerge as valuable contributors, leaving fans and fantasy owners shaking their heads knowing that every team had a chance to draft the player and passed. A popular preseason choice for this distinction was New Jersey's
On the flip side, some players garnered frivolous early hype that has since proven to be unwarranted. The main culprit is Clippers SG
Also in the same leaky boat are fellow lottery picks
Before we wrap this Lab up, here are the other rookies outside the lottery who appear like they could find themselves at the tail end of fantasy rosters at some point this year. First is the big man, Indiana's C