Bold Predictions for the 2020-21 Fantasy Season

Bold Predictions for the 2020-21 Fantasy Season

Zion Williamson will not be worth a third-round pick

While Zion had an electric – albeit abbreviated –  rookie campaign, it didn't translate to fantasy success. On a per-game basis, he was just the 91st-ranked player in eight-category leagues. He's dominant as an efficient scorer around the rim, but he doesn't do much else to bump up his fantasy stock.

Zion didn't hit threes, wasn't much of a passer, failed to rack up significant defensive stats and is only an average overall rebounder – his fitness is a question mark, as well. Some improvement should be expected in his sophomore campaign, but it would be shocking if he's able to climb upwards of 50 spots. - Alex Barutha

Kevin Durant returns to top-10 status

By the time next season starts, Durant will have gone more than a year-and-a-half without playing in an NBA game. The layoff is a concern, especially as Durant creeps toward his 32nd birthday, but by January of 2020, Durant will be more than recovered from the torn Achilles that ended his run with the Warriors.

Considering the severity of the injury, it's reasonable that Durant could take a step back, or at least require some time to work his way back into peak condition. But even if that's the case, Durant at, say, 85 percent of his prime is still an All-NBA-caliber player. In Durant's "worst" non-rookie fantasy season – ironically, his 2018-19 campaign – he still finished eighth overall in per-game value and fifth in

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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