Fantasy basketball: Eric Karabell's 'Do draft' list

Damian Lillard dealt with a abdominal injury for much of last season, but he returns to the court this year healthy and ready to help fantasy managers. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Bam Adebayo deservingly zoomed up into the second round of many fantasy basketball drafts last season, turning into quite the reliable asset for points, rebounds, assists and stealing, all while shooting well. Fantasy managers have tough decisions to make in the early rounds of drafts, but when a big man can provide so much value in so many key categories, it is tough to ignore.

So why is Adebayo slipping into late in the third round in ESPN average live drafts this season? Nothing notable changed here. Adebayo is a terrific fantasy option with room for improvement. He missed six weeks last season after thumb surgery, but it was hardly a repeat injury, and his final numbers showed career bests in PPR and steals, with plenty of rebounds, while maintaining solid shooting. Moreover, the Heat didn't add much this offseason. Adebayo should be great again.