Fantasy Hoops: Preseason Top-150 Rankings

The 2018/19 season is almost here and so much has changed since the last time we presented an edition of Fantasy Hoops!

LeBron James took his talents to Hollywood and brought along an entertaining cast. DeMarcus Cousins is the latest player to draw the ire of fans for electing to sign with the NBA’s elite. Kawhi Leonard was shipped to The North while Paul George backtracked to an earlier time and stayed in an Oklahoma state of mind.

Let’s take a look at where these and the league’s other top players rank in our fantasy basketball top 150 (rankings based on Roto Scoring with nine categories—points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocks, 3-pointers, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and turnovers):

  1. Anthony Davis
  2. James Harden
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
    • The Greek Freak became the only player in history last season to rank in the top-20 in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. If you take him with the No. 1 pick, no one should question you. He gets a new coach who should be able to help him expand his game even further and don’t discount the presence of Brook Lopez. The big man’s ability to shoot from the perimeter will draw defenders away from the lane, allowing Antetokounmpo and the rest of the offense to thrive.
  4. Karl-Anthony Towns
  5. Stephen Curry
  6. Nikola Jokic
  7. Kevin Durant
  8. LeBron James
  9. Joel Embiid
  10. Kawhi Leonard
    • Let’s not forget that when healthy, the 2016/17 MVP candidate has been a top-5 player in roto formats. He’s looked healthy and sharp during preseason action thus far.
  11. Damian Lillard
  12. Victor Oladipo
  13. Jimmy Butler
  14. Jrue Holiday
    • The Pelicans played at the league’s fastest pace last season, averaging 102.7 possessions per 48 minutes. The combination of Holiday’s talent and environment will make his fantasy owners smile all season.
  15. Paul George
  16. Chris Paul
  17. Ben Simmons
  18. Kevin Love
  19. Rudy Gobert
  20. Khris Middleton
  21. Russell Westbrook
  22. John Wall
  23. Bradley Beal
  24. Kyrie Irving
  25. Andre Drummond
  26. Draymond Green
  27. Kyle Lowry
  28. Kemba Walker 
    • The potential for a trade during the season looms over Walker. While he remains in Charlotte, he’ll enjoy a top usage rate and he’d be in the 12-15 range if we knew he was staying put. Pairing him with someone like Russell Westbrook, who will miss time as he recovers from knee surgery, is an intriguing strategy. Westbrook will gain value as the season goes along while Walker’s value will fall should he get trade
  29. Tobias Harris
  30. Eric Bledsoe
  31. Klay Thompson
  32. Otto Porter Jr.
  33. Clint Capela
  34. LaMarcus Aldridge
  35. Gary Harris
  36. Marc Gasol
  37. Devin Booker
  38. Donovan Mitchell
  39. DeMar DeRozan
  40. Gordon Hayward
  41. Blake Griffin
  42. Mike Conley
  43. CJ McCollum
  44. Al Horford
  45. Nikola Vucevic
  46. Robert Covington
    • The addition of Wilson Chandler may cut into Covington’s playing time, though RoCo should continue to be a fantasy darling in many categories.
  47. Luka Doncic
  48. Aaron Gordon
  49. Ricky Rubio
  50. Jamal Murray
  51. DeAndre Jordan
  52. Josh Richardson
    • As of this writing, Richardson remains on the Heat. Should the Wolves acquire him in a Jimmy Butler deal, Richardson’s value would rise. Tom Thibodeau would likely give him a new career-high in minutes per game, which currently sits at 33.2.
  53. Goran Dragic
  54. Dario Saric
  55. Myles Turner
  56. Will Barton
  57. Jarrett Allen
  58. John Collins
  59. Taurean Prince
  60. Enes Kanter
  61. Jayson Tatum
  62. Lou Williams
  63. Jeff Teague
  64. Joe Ingles
  65. Kris Dunn
  66. Jonathan Isaac
  67. Deandre Ayton
  68. Paul Millsap
  69. D’Angelo Russell
  70. Tyreke Evans
  71. Julius Randle
  72. Nikola Mirotic
  73. Evan Fournier
  74. Steven Adams
  75. Nicolas Batum
  76. Tim Hardaway
  77. Eric Gordon
  78. Jusuf Nurkic
  79. Dwight Howard
    • Howard’s back injury doesn’t appear to be too serious. However, it adds yet another layer of risk to drafting Howard this high.
  80. Jonas Valanciunas
  81. Hassan Whiteside
  82. Trae Young
  83. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
  84. Kyle Anderson
  85. Lonzo Ball
  86. Buddy Hield
  87. Serge Ibaka
  88. DeMarcus Cousins
  89. Markelle Fultz
  90. Dennis Smith Jr.
  91. Kevin Knox
  92. Brook Lopez
  93. Wendell Carter Jr.
  94. Kent Bazemore
  95. Danilo Gallinari
  96. Jeremy Lamb
  97. Allen Crabbe
  98. T.J. Warren
    • What will the Suns‘ rotation look like after the team invested heavily in both Mikal Bridges (via draft capital) and Trevor Ariza (via actual capital)? Warren had ample opportunity last season for a team that was second in the league in pace of play, though he’s likely to get a much smaller piece of the offensive pie this season.
  99. Markieff Morris
  100. Dennis Schroder
  101. Darren Collison
  102. James Johnson
  103. Zach LaVine
  104. Jabari Parker
  105. Lauri Markkanen
  106. Taj Gibson
  107. Jaren Jackson
  108. Andrew Wiggins
  109. Jaylen Brown
  110. Kyle Kuzma
  111. De’Aaron Fox
  112. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  113. Reggie Jackson
  114. Derrick Favors
  115. Malcolm Brogdon
  116. Kristaps Porzingis
  117. Willie Cauley-Stein
    • WCS wants to get paid. There are worse decisions than investing a late-round fantasy pick on a player with a financial goal.
  118. D.J. Augustin
  119. Trevor Ariza
  120. Thaddeus Young
  121. Rajon Rondo
  122. Bobby Portis
  123. Rodney Hood
  124. Larry Nance Jr.
  125. Carmelo Anthony
  126. J.J. Redick
  127. Spencer Dinwiddie
  128. Elfrid Payton
  129. Dirk Nowitzki
  130. Jordan Bell
  131. Avery Bradley
  132. Marvin Williams
  133. Pau Gasol
  134. Jerami Grant
  135. Kelly Olynyk
  136. Brandon Ingram
  137. Terry Rozier
  138. Collin Sexton
    • Sexton has been inconsistent this preseason. He has the raw talent to immediately fill the stat sheet in this league and if the Cavs deal George Hill before the trade deadline, his stock will rise significantly.
  139. Domantas Sabonis
  140. Marvin Bagley III
  141. Patrick Beverley
  142. Joe Harris
  143. Al-Farouq Aminu
  144. Dewayne Dedmon
  145. Kelly Oubre Jr.
  146. Trey Lyles
  147. Pascal Siakam
  148. Harry Giles
  149. Caris LeVert
  150. Marcin Gortat


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4 thoughts on “Fantasy Hoops: Preseason Top-150 Rankings

  1. Guest617

    durrant added multiple yrs to his career by joining warriors. estimating 2.5 yrs x 25M

  2. Nebrasketball

    I love Kawhi, but he’s going to sit for a lot of 4th quarters… might give great value in 30 min a night, but I suspect he’ll also take some back-to-backs off.

    I’d avoid him in a fantasy draft if he’s going that high.

  3. Nebrasketball

    Should add that I think DeRozan is a smart pickup this year, as he might play some additional minutes at the point. His assists went up by a good margin last year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he averaged 6+ a game this year. If only he could hit 3s!

  4. x%sure

    Underrated: 8Lebron, 21Russ, 57JarretAllen, 64JoeIngles, 93WendellCarter, 95DanilloGallinari, 104Jabari(3s), Most from 125 to 142, 146TreyLyles.

    29TobiasHarris– Lot of love for him lately. Will not trade! Top 30! I did not know he was so crucial. All the Clipper 4s look like 3s. Gortat & Harrell will be busy.

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