NBA draft: Who will shine brightest among fantasy basketball rookies?

The New York Knicks selected RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft. What is his fantasy basketball upside as a rookie? Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The 2019-20 fantasy basketball season officially tipped off with the NBA draft. Will anyone outshine Zion Williamson, Ja Morant or RJ Barrett? Who will carry sneaky upside in Year 1? Which lottery picks will have trouble getting minutes?

Let's break down the key first-year players:

Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans: This is the Era of Zion in New Orleans, and the Pelicans are already well into the rebuild around their new superstar. Williamson projects to be among the rookie leaders in points, rebounds and blocks with definite 20-10 potential from opening tip. Williamson could be in play for a pick in the first three rounds in fantasy drafts, which is amazing for a rookie.

Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies