Any concerns about Damian Lillard‘s ability to lead a team have been put to rest, as he established himself quickly as the team’s best player in the wake of LaMarcus Aldridge’s departure. Lillard took a step forward across the board, averaging career-bests in points (25.1) and assists (6.8), while nailing a career-high 229 3-pointers. That represents the 15th-best number for a season in NBA history, and pushes Lillard to another level in terms of Fantasy value; he is the closest thing to Stephen Curry outside of the San Francisco metropolitan area. Lillard should be able to do more of the same this season, and should be viewed as an elite Fantasy option in all formats, worth targeting beginning at the end of the first round. Lillard has missed just seven games in his entire NBA career, a nice bonus in a world where plenty of first-round talents come with big question marks.

Source: CBS Sports Headlines / 2016 Outlook: Damian Lillard