This article is part of our NBA Draft series.
With the 2019 NBA Draft behind us, it's time to dive into what really matters: which of these players should you be targeting in fantasy drafts next season?
The 2019 class has long been characterized as a top-heavy one, and that also ring true for fantasy purposes. The top three picks in Thursday's draft could very easily be the top-three fantasy commodities, though if past drafts have taught us anything, it's that value can, and almost certainly will, emerge from more unlikely sources.
Let's take a look at the rookies to monitor as free agency and summer league quickly approach:
We'll start at the top with what's suddenly one of the best – if not the best – collections of young talent in the NBA. Zion Williamson is the Pelicans' obvious centerpiece going forward, but he'll be flanked by the three ex-Lakers, as well as a steady veteran in Jrue Holiday. In addition to Williamson, the Pelicans also added Jaxson Hayes (8th overall) and Nickel Alexander-Walker (17th) – two depth pieces at positions of need.
Fantasy-wise, Williamson is the clear-cut No. 1 rookie. He'll take a step back in terms of efficiency after a record-setting freshman year at Duke, but even if Williamson goes through some growing pains, his rare combination of elite offensive and defensive production should more than keep his fantasy value afloat. Williamson shot 68 percent from the floor at Duke on his way to 22.6 points per game. He also snatched 8.9 rebounds,