This article is part of our NBA Draft Strategy series.
It's been close to a week since the devastating news of Kevin Durant's injury came across our collective Twitter timelines, and in that time, we've also had some time to digest some preseason basketball. The fine folks at Yahoo have also been digesting the preseason, and that's led them to change their default rankings. When their first set of rankings came out, I wrote about it here and pointed out quite a few situations to exploit and situations to avoid.
Unfortunately, it seems the higher-ups at Yahoo have read my article (I say this with tongue firmly planted in cheek), because a lot of the advantages savvy fantasy owners could get away with in the early going have been closed up.
K.J. McDaniels, G, Philadelphia – Old Rank 534, New Rank 156
The single biggest riser in the new rankings that Yahoo put out, McDaniels went from buried in the 500's, to now being on everyone's radar in 12-team leagues. And rightly so. If you want the rookie, who has been averaging 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.6 blocks in 23 minutes through five preseason games so far, you are going to have to pony up a pick greater than your last rounder, most likely. He looks like he'll be a great source of blocks and steals from the shooting guard slot, and we all know what happens to players on the Sixers who get minutes.
Henry Sims, C, Philadelphia – Old Rank