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Fantasy AnalysisWalker was granted full clearance last week, but the missed practice time means he is not in game shape just yet. An earlier post from Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post shows that Walker is alright in short bursts, so it looks like only a matter of conditioning before the five-star freshman is game ready. Despite incumbents Ja'Quan Newton and Bruce Brown expected to take on a heavy role in the Canes backcourt, a healthy walker should see a meaningful minutes workload out of the gates, and could even work his way into the starting lineup.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 6-foot-3 Felton is one of the top point guard recruits in the Class of 2017 and possesses excellent bloodlines -- he's the nephew of former North Carolina standout Raymond Felton. While the Tar Heels likely would prefer to ease Felton into their rotation, the absence of Berry and the departures of several key players from last season's championship squad may not make that feasible. Once Berry is back to full strength and ready to take back a 30-plus-minute role, Felton's opportunities will presumably dwindle a bit, but the freshman and sophomore Seventh Woods -- himself a ballyhooed recruit from the Class of 2016 -- should compete for starting duties in the next couple weeks leading up to the Nov. 10 opener against Northern Iowa.
Fantasy AnalysisBerry, the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four in the Tar Heels' run to the national championship last spring, is expected to miss four weeks with the fractured hand, meaning he'll be sidelined for at least North Carolina's first two contests. That should pave the way for Woods, who averaged just 7.7 minutes per game as a freshman last season, to take on an increased role right off the bat. A highly ranked recruit from the Class of 2016, Woods shouldn't struggle to keep the Tar Heels' offense humming early on, but he'll likely see his playing time take a significant hit once Berry is healthy again.
Fantasy AnalysisThough Porter led the Tigers in scoring and corralled eight rebounds in defeat, his efficiency left much to be desired. This will undoubtedly be an area of focus leading into the regular season, but the early volume certainly bodes well for his fantasy outlook. Should that pace continue for the 19-year-old, he could be looking at Markelle Fultz-esque production in what will likely be his only collegiate season.
Fantasy AnalysisGraham was awarded Big 12 preseason POTY honors last week, and followed it up with a huge showing in the team's first public scrimmage. He's already displaying signs of the all-around production fantasy owners crave, as Graham collected a team-high six rebounds in the first half alone. A hot start is largely responsible for the exciting line, as Graham nailed his first five attempts from the field, which included four 3-point baskets. If Sunday's performance against a Power-5 opponent is any indication of what's to come, we could be looking at one of the nation's top fantasy guards in 2017-18.
Fantasy AnalysisFisher has dealt with wrist and knee injuries this offseason, but it looks like the sophomore is on the edge of being ready to participate in full-team scrimmages. Despite a respectable 23.4 percent assist rate (per KenPom) in his freshman year, Fisher is projected to serve as the starting shooting guard alongside junior Alex Robinson. The two will help set the table for a lengthy frontcourt that returns all three members from the 2016-17 unit that finished with just a 6-12 conference record.
Fantasy AnalysisFitzgerald is heading into his final season of collegiate eligibility, but injuries have so far derailed his first few months of organized activities with his new team. Coach Richard Pitino announced Monday that the entire roster has been cleared for full contact, however, which means Fitzgerald should be ready to go for any upcoming exhibition contests. Fitzgerald was never a major producer during his time at Texas A&M, as his best numbers came across 24 appearances in his freshman campaign in 2013-14, where he averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. It's difficult to measure his progression over all that time on the shelf, but he will certainly have to earn his keep on this year's Minnesota squad. Amir Coffey and Jordan Murphy will serve as the starting forwards, with the 6-8 Fitzgerald projected to be one of the first options off the bench.
Fantasy AnalysisLynch had been on the sidelines with several teammates, but according to head coach Richard Pitino, the entire active roster is now cleared for full contact. This is excellent news for the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, as Lynch should have little-to-no issue suiting up for the Nov. 10 opener against USC Upstate. Look for him to start at center, forming a dynamic frontcourt duo with power forward Jordan Murphy. While Lynch leaves a bit to be desired in the scoring department (he's never averaged double figures in his collegiate career), he helps fantasy owners tremendously in the blocks category -- one that can be tough to scrape together production in. Lynch averaged 3.7 rejections per contest in Big Ten play during his junior campaign, and recorded the second-highest single-game total in conference history (11) in a Feb. 25 matchup against Purdue.
Fantasy AnalysisThis is a tough blow for the Tar Heels, as the senior point guard was the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player in 2017 and was named a member of ESPN's preseason All-America first team for the upcoming season. If he's able to return after the estimated four weeks, he would miss just two games -- against Northern Iowa and Bucknell. With Berry out, look for Jalek Felton and Seventh Woods to split point guard duties.
Fantasy AnalysisNewkirk was cleared for non-contact work in early-October, but remains on the sidelines when the team progresses to five-on-five drills and scrimmages. He currently doesn't have a timetable for a return, which would seemingly put his status in jeopardy for the team's Nov. 11 opener against Toledo. The senior averaged 20.3 points across 12 games before tearing his ACL in January, and is expected to be a key contributor upon his return. Until that happens, looks for Nick Robinson to handle the point guard duties, while senior wing James Demery (14.5 PPG) takes on most of the scoring.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's unclear when Clark picked up the injury, but it doesn't appear to be anything that will jeopardize his status for the season opener at this point. He isn't projected to see too much run to start the season as he's currently behind the likes of T.J. Mason and Nuni Omot on the depth chart.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's unclear what he's dealing with or how long he'll be sidelined, but Baylor figures to give Jolly as much time as he needs to get healthy before returning. With Jolly sidelined, King McClure and Jake Lindsey should see increased run at shooting guard.
Fantasy AnalysisTorres' original timetable gave him a projected return date in Notre Dame's first few games, but it looks like the team is taking a conservative approach with his recovery, as aggravating a stress reaction could cost him his senior season. When ready, Torres will serve as a reserve frontcourt option with a chance to average double-digit minutes for the first time in his collegiate career. Until then, seniors Bonzie Colson and Martinas Geben will shoulder the load down low. Highly touted freshman D.J. Harvey, who should eventually enter the starting lineup, could also see an expanded role early on.
Fantasy AnalysisJerome didn't play in the team's intrasquad scrimmage because of a foot injury he picked up recently, but the issue isn't expected to affect his status for the season opener Nov. 10. The sophomore point guard, who averaged 4.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 13.9 minutes per game last season, should see an increased role with the departure of London Perrantes.
Fantasy AnalysisWiley has now had his return timetable extended three times since suffering the injury on Oct. 2, which should make fantasy owners wary of drafting him if it hadn't already. He remains penciled in as Auburn's starting center when healthy, but the sophomore's availability for the Nov. 10 opener against Norfolk State is no lock at this point. Should any further setbacks occur, fantasy owners in SEC formats should begin taking a look at reserve big men Horace Spencer and Anfernee McLemore. Four-star freshman Chuma Okeke is another frontcourt option available to head coach Bruce Pearl.