Which NBA fantasy players are going to bounce back in 2013-14? These ones.Much like nabbing a good sleeper at the right spot in the draft, sometimes a once strong fantasy option slips due to an off year, and they land at the perfect spot to get them at a discount. They aren’t always big names, but often they’ll be the bargains that end up on winning fantasy NBA teams. They may have let you down in the past by drafting them too high – Steph Curry for example returned many a manager’s faith in him last year, despite those glass ankles in 2011-12. Players who were coming off an injury or just started slowing down due to age are often overlooked, and often slip in the draft rankings. These players have all lost some gloss over the last year or two, whether to injury, coaching changes, age, or a combination of reasons. All should be drafted, and depending where you can get them, they should all bounce back and provide a healthy return compared to their lacklustre 2012-13 campaigns. Some notable names like Kevin Love and Andrew Bynum didn’t make the cut for this list. It’s hard to slot either into a draft position without seeing how they go in preseason, Love in particular can still make a case as a top-10 pick if he’s healthy going into the season, whereas you’d need to pay me to draft Bynum unless he fires his stylist and gives up bowling. - PG Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls Is there one player who deserves a bounce-back year more than Rose? He went through so much both physically and mentally, copping a lot of unwarranted criticism along the way, with many fans and players alike questioning his toughness. Rose will show them. His MVP year was a phenomenal season for fantasy stats, regardless of whether he deserved the award or not, the numbers were there at 25 points per game, 4.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.6 threes and shooting 86 percent from the free-throw line. It remains to be seen how strong Rose will come back, if he misses a step or whether he can get back to the uber athletic levels he reached two years ago, but he will be given every chance to succeed once again. His supreme athleticism and speed is what sets Rose apart from any other NBA point guard outside of Russell Westbrook; his ability to beat the double team and slash through the lane and draw contact is one of the most exciting plays in basketball. Rose has all the pieces around him to again deliver a top 15 fantasy season, and you may even get him at a discounted rate because he hasn’t played since Jurassic Park came out. Strong outside shooters like Luol Deng, Mike Dunleavy and Jimmy Butler will open up the lane for his dribble drive, and nice pick and roll or pop targets with Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah will be mutually beneficial as they were in 2011. The only kink in Rose’s armour is his field goal percentage, which has been 44 percent over the last two season, and it can be troublesome due to him taking so many shots. Pairing him with a Kenneth Faried or Amir Johnson type field goal asset makes a lot of sense, and his weaknesses are masked while balancing out the other player’s inferior statistics. Expect a slight drop off from his MVP season, but they will remain on par with other elite PG statistics. 2011-12* Numbers: 35min 21.8pts 3.4reb 7.9asst 0.9stl 0.7blk 1.4x 3s 44%fg 81%ft 2013-14 Projection: 36mins 21.5pts 3.7reb 7.1asst 1.1stl 0.7blks 1.3x 3s 46%fg 82%ft *Missed entire 2012-13 season due to injury. If you needed to be told that, maybe the NBA isn’t for you… SG Louis Williams, Atlanta Hawks Primarily used as Sixth Man over his career, Williams is a classic tweener guard who is particularly adept at driving to the hole and drawing contact. Last season he was nailing the three ball at a career high rate, before his season came crashing down after tearing his ACL versus Brooklyn in January. Just prior to the injury he had both won and then lost the starting shooting guard position for the Hawks, frustrating many fantasy owners who were bathing in the nine game glow of 18.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3 threes per night, along with 48 percent field goal and 83 percent free-throw shooting. The Hawks said goodbye to long time statistical wonder Josh Smith, instead replacing him with a much more reliable and cost worthy option in Paul Millsap. He, Al Horford and Jeff Teague are locked in as starters, but that’s where it gets murky. Teague improved once again last season and looks set to take a leap to top 10-15 fantasy point guard status, but who mans the swingman positions is anyone’s guess. John Jenkins is very young and very one dimensional, Kyle Korver checks one of those boxes as well, but after a much improved all round game last year he’s penciled in as the starter at small forward. Williams and Teague are a veritable nightmare on the break, as both are very fast with the ball and above average athletically. If he can somehow regain that explosive speed and maintain his improved shooting, Williams will cement a starting gig. I suspect the Hawks take it slow with his rehabilitation, easing him into the rotation off the bench with Jenkins thrown into the fire. If he does stay in the second unit, he’ll still have good late round value as he’ll be playing alongside pass first rookie Dennis Schroeder, so he’ll be asked to shoulder the scoring load of the second unit like Jason Terry (Mavericks days) or Ben Gordon (Bulls days) have in the past. 2012-13 Numbers: 29mins 14.1pts 2.1reb 3.6asst 1.1stl 1.8x 3s 42%fg 87%ft 2013-14 Projection: 30mins 15.2pts 3.0reb 3.5asst 1.2stl 1.7x 3s 44%fg 84%ft SF Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz Gordon Hayward is a very good player. He’s long, can handle the ball and pass like a guard, he can shoot from anywhere, and he’s underrated athletically. So why isn’t he a star putting up 20-7-5 nightly and leading the Jazz in scoring? It’s somewhat linked to his coach Tyrone Corbin – for whatever reason he muzzled Hayward last season – but Hayward was unfortunately just lost in the shuffle behind Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. Whatever his shortcomings are, he has enough strengths in his game that he was invited to the USA Basketball training camp, eventually earning a starting position on the blue team. He may look like an Amish choir boy, but Hayward has a sneaky good game and has been known to make a highlight reel, especially on the defensive end with some surprisingly nice blocked shots. Much like his fellow frontcourt companions Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, Hayward has little to no competition for his starting spot, which always helps for a fantasy outlook. Last year’s numbers overall were disappointing; many expected a jump from his second to his third year, much like Paul George. Something to watch in pre-season is how Corbin uses Hayward, as he could very well end up playing a point forward type role while his rookie point guard Trey Burke learns the nuances of the pro game. He actually scored better off the bench than as a starter, but his post All Star break numbers illustrate a large increase in production. In 28 games playing just over 33 minutes per game he put up 15.1 points along with 3.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, almost one steal per game, 1.8 threes, whilst shooting a very respectable 44 percent from three and 83.5 percent from the free throw line. You can never have enough safe options, and Hayward being the player that he is has a relatively low floor, so he’s perfect to round out your starting five. 2012-13 Numbers: 29min 14.1pts 3.1reb 3.0asst 0.8stl 0.5blk 1.4x 3s 44%fg 83%ft 2013-14 Projection: 34mins 16.5pts 4.1reb 4.5asst 1.1stl 0.8blks 1.8x 3s 45%fg 82%ft - Check back in the next couple of days for the rest of the starting line-up and bench!