The weather is changing, and no matter where you are located on the planet, that only means one important thing — the NBA is getting closer to a return. As fantasy leagues begin to set draft dates, the months of September and October are key in preparing yourself as best you can before that critical day. Peruse these fantasy basketball rankings at your leisure, and hopefully you can get an edge on your competitors.
Check out the other installments of the rankings, where I explain the complete rationale behind these rankings.
The rankings I’ll be presenting are for eight category, head-to-head leagues and take into account each players best six categories. For each player, I’ll mention which two categories I’ve excluded from my calculations.
Filling Out Your Roster
76. Jabari Parker, SF, Milwaukee Bucks (Assists, Field Goal Percentage)
And there it is, my first rookie (Nerlens Noel is technically a rookie, but I’m talking 2014 Draft here guys) and it’s the consensus best fantasy rookie, Jabari Parker. I think if you guy by these rankings, you aren’t going to get Parker, as he’s likely going to be off the board around pick 50, but for me, it’s way too early. Given Jason Kidd‘s unknown rotations and rookie’s generally taking time to acclimatize, I won’t be taking a risk, no matter how great I think Parker may become.
77. Amir Johnson, PF/C, Toronto Raptors (Points, Three-Pointers)
One of the more underrated fantasy players year in, year out, Johnson is a great punt-points target. Boards, blocks and solid percentages make Johnson a favourite of mine and he is inked in as the team’s starting four, with only Patrick Patterson to get minutes behind him.
78. Jamal Crawford, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers (Rebounds, Field Goal Percentage)
One of the best sixth-men in the NBA, Crawford is a solid fantasy contributor, particularly if you need points late in your draft. In general, points are clustered in the first fifty picks and Crawford is guy who can boost that, along with triples and free throw percentage, late in the draft.
79. J.R. Smith, SG, New York Knicks (Blocks, Field Goal Percentage)
Is this the year Smith becomes a full-time starter? I say yes and he instantly becomes the Knicks’ second best offensive option behind Carmelo Anthony. Smith is a guy who can swing the three-point category single-handedly when he is switched on.
80. Kevin Martin, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves (Rebounds, Field Goal Percentage)
It’s a run of three-point shooting two guards! Martin still figures to be the starter even with Andrew Wiggins in town and will continue doing what he does for fantasy owners — that being, scoring, hitting threes and hitting free throws. With no Kevin Love, Martin becomes the teams go to scorer, a role that Wiggins is not yet equipped to fill.
81. Draymond Green, SF, Golden State Warriors (Points, Field Goal Percentage)
Green took a leap in his sophomore campaign and all signs point to him making another jump in his third season. Coach Steve Kerr has mused that Green may start over Andre Iguodala, but even in a bench role, his ability to get boards, three-pointers, blocks and steals and a great help in the less-focused upon fantasy categories.
82. Trevor Ariza, SF, Houston Rockets (Blocks, Field Goal Percentage)
Initially, I was confident that Ariza would retain a good portion of the value he had last season in Washington. But, upon further review, his numbers were just too good last season and too far away from his usual form to think they are sustainable. Now with James Harden and Dwight Howard to contend with and without an elite distributor like John Wall, Ariza will likely take a hit in efficiency and total value.
83. Tony Parker, PG, San Antonio Spurs (Rebounds, Blocks)
It looks like the 2012-13 season was an outlier for Parker, as he regressed to his previous form last season. His lack of steals as a point guard hurt, and even though he is one of the best point guards for field goal percentage, he just doesn’t warrant a higher pick, as he is slightly injured prone and also doesn’t hit three-pointers.
84. Trey Burke, PG, Utah Jazz (Blocks, Field Goal Percentage)
As I mentioned on the Utah Jazz podcast, I’m not very high on Dante Exum’s stocks this season. That means I like Trey Burke a little more. And when you take the horrific field goal percentage out of the mix, Burke is an interesting late-round point guard option, albeit with limitations.
85. Jeff Green, SF, Boston Celtics (Assists, Field Goal Percentage)
This guy killed me last season, but he is better suited as a second best player, with Rajon Rondo distributing the ball to him on the wing. He’s going to get his points and is also a nice source of blocks late.
86. Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics (Points, Blocks)
I bet you were thinking I’d forgotten about “The Man Who Would Be Traded”. Even though Rondo’s last two season’s have been wrecked by the ACL injury, prior to that also couldn’t play a full season and expect injury troubles to strike him again this season. He’s an elite source of assists, obviously, but he hurts both percentages, doesn’t score and doesn’t hit threes and is an overrated fantasy contributor.
87. Jodie Meeks, SG, Detroit Pistons (Rebounds, Blocks)
Meeks was a breakout player in Los Angeles with Kobe Bryant injured, and while he is the presumed starter in Detroit, it’s unlikely he replicates the top 60 finish he had last season, due to the emergence of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the limitations of new coach Stan Van Gundy’s system. Still, he’s a great source of three-pointers and steals at this late stage.
88. Joe Johnson, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets (Steals, Blocks)
I killed Johnson last season, but he actually played solidly down the stretch. Without Paul Pierce, he may have to increase his scoring output, hopefully without sacrificing his efficiency. He’s hardly a sexy pick and there is little upside, but he is going to be fairly consistent.
89. George Hill, PG, Indiana Pacers (Rebounds, Blocks)
Another guy I killed last season, Hill has a chance for a bounce back due in large part to Paul George‘s injury. In 2012-13, Hill was a decent fantasy option, and I expect him to return to that sort of output without George and Lance Stephenson.
90. Patrick Beverley, PG, Houston Rockets (Rebounds, Field Goal Percentage)
Without Jeremy Lin in Houston, Beverley should see an increase in his minutes, unless Houston feels more comfortable with Isaiah Canaan and Ish Smith than I do. Beverley is a steals and three-pointer type of point guard, but there is some upside for him to contribute a little more this season.
91. Kyle Korver, SG/SF, Atlanta Hawks (Points, Rebounds)
A roto delight, Korver suffers slightly in head-to-head, especially in eight category leagues If turnovers are counted, his value jumps precipitously, but at this stage, his efficiency and elite three-point shooting, make him a safe pick.
92. Omer Asik, C, New Orleans Pelicans (Points, Free Throw Percentage)
After one season lost in the wilderness, Asik is back to fantasy relevance as the starter in New Orleans. Blocks and boards are where it’s at for the big Turk and should have a few big games in him this season.
93. Danny Green, SG, San Antonio Spurs (Points, Rebounds)
Green was despised by fantasy owners last season due to his pedestrian point totals, but you don’t draft Green for volume scoring. He gives great threes, and fantastic blocks as a guard and in the 90’s, what more can you ask for?
94. Josh McRoberts, PF, Miami Heat (Points, Steals)
McRoberts essentially will slide into LeBron James‘ role at power forward for the Heat, with Chris Bosh at centre and Luol Deng at the three. McRoberts surprised last season with his fantastic assist numbers of 4.3 per game, easily a career high. He may not reach those heights again, but he’s still a fantasy relevant, must-own player.
95. Paul Pierce, SF, Washington Wizards (Rebounds, Blocks)
As we near the end of Pierce’s Hall of Fame career, his fantasy value will obviously decline. It began last season and on an arguably stronger Wizards squad, with Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr. pushing for minutes, it’s unlikely Pierce tops 30 minutes. He’s still a solid player and will be the starter, but he’s not a top 30 player as he was just a few years back.
96. Pau Gasol, PF/C, Chicago Bulls (Three-Pointers, Steals)
Gasol was impressive, but injured, last season, but in a stacked Chicago frontcourt, the minutes likely won’t be there for him to excel in a fantasy sense. Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, and Nikola Mirotic will all take minutes away from the Spaniard, but he can still be counted on for solid offensive numbers.
97. Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets (Three-Pointers, Free Throw Percentage)
When Kevin Garnett was out late last season, Plumlee started and excelled. Although Brook Lopez is back and Garnett is likely returning, Plumlee is poised to have a breakout campaign, fresh off his time with Team USA. He’s a beast for field goal percentage, as well as boards and blocks and has as much upside as anyone in the ninth or tenth round.
98. Channing Frye, PF, Orlando Magic (Assists, Field Goal Percentage)
Frye moves into a crowded frontcourt situation in Orlando, competing with Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Kyle O’Quinn, and fourth overall draft choice, Aaron Gordon. He’s still going to hit three-pointers and a great free throw percentage, but his upside is limited by playing time.
99. Carlos Boozer, PF, Los Angeles Lakers (Three-Pointers, Blocks)
In a new locale, Boozer will still give you exactly what you expect — points and rebounds and nothing much else. He’ll be the starter at power forward over rookie Julius Randle for at least the beginning of the season and there is no real upside, but at least you’ll get some solid numbers out of the veteran.
100. Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies (Three-Pointers, Blocks)
I don’t like Randolph as a fantasy player, as he literally only gives two positive contributions — points and rebounds. At this stage of the draft, that’s ok, but others will tout Randolph as a top 60 player and I’m just not buying it.
The top 100
- Kevin Durant
- Stephen Curry
- James Harden
- LeBron James
- Anthony Davis
- Andre Drummond
- Chris Paul
- John Wall
- Dwight Howard
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Russell Westbrook
- Carmelo Anthony
- DeAndre Jordan
- Blake Griffin
- Serge Ibaka
- Kyle Lowry
- Damian Lillard
- Al Jefferson
- Kevin Love
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Kemba Walker
- Paul Millsap
- Mike Conley
- Brandon Jennings
- Monta Ellis
- Chris Bosh
- Ty Lawson
- Joakim Noah
- Dirk Nowitzki
- Ricky Rubio
- Michael Carter-Williams
- Kyrie Irving
- Jeff Teague
- Al Horford
- Nerlens Noel
- Victor Oladipo
- Gordon Hayward
- Tim Duncan
- Derrick Favors
- Goran Dragic
- Klay Thompson
- Kobe Bryant
- Marc Gasol
- Greg Monroe
- Robin Lopez
- Deron Williams
- Josh Smith
- DeMar DeRozan
- Nicolas Batum
- Eric Bledsoe
- Jrue Holiday
- Nikola Vucevic
- Kenneth Faried
- Marcin Gortat
- Jonas Valanciunas
- Kawhi Leonard
- Dwyane Wade
- Derrick Rose
- Wesley Matthews
- Roy Hibbert
- Darren Collison
- Jeremy Lin
- David Lee
- Brook Lopez
- Jose Calderon
- Rudy Gay
- David West
- Thaddeus Young
- Bradley Beal
- Lance Stephenson
- Mario Chalmers
- Isaiah Thomas
- Chandler Parsons
- Markieff Morris
- Terrence Jones
- Jabari Parker
- Amir Johnson
- Jamal Crawford
- J.R. Smith
- Kevin Martin
- Draymond Green
- Trevor Ariza
- Tony Parker
- Trey Burke
- Jeff Green
- Rajon Rondo
- Jodie Meeks
- Joe Johnson
- George Hill
- Patrick Beverley
- Kyle Korver
- Omer Asik
- Danny Green
- Josh McRoberts
- Paul Pierce
- Pau Gasol
- Mason Plumlee
- Channing Frye
- Carlos Boozer
- Zach Randolph
And so we have the top 100 revealed. I’m sure there’ll be some kick back on a few of these rankings, so remember to leave comments below or on Twitter @redrock_bball.