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.
Late Round Draft Fodder
101. Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors (Points, Free Throw Percentage)
Iguodala suffered in drop off in every category, bar percentages, last season, his first with the Warriors. He’s still a handy source of dimes late and from the small forward position.
102. Marcus Smart, PG, Boston Celtics (Points, Field Goal Percentage)
Perhaps a surprising choice for my second rookie, but Smart has the upside of the pending Rajon Rondo trade. His elite ability to get steals also helps.
103. Brandon Knight, PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks (Rebounds, Field Goal Percentage)
Knight was a surprise last season, and will likely be good value again, getting you points and dimes in the latter rounds.
104. Taj Gibson, PF, Chicago Bulls (Three-Pointers, Steals)
Although Carlos Boozer left town, the addition of Pau Gasol tempers out expectations of Taj somewhat. Still, even in limited minute, Gibson is a good source of rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage and if Pau misses time, he could explode.
105. Miles Plumlee, C, Phoenix Suns (Three-Pointers, Assists)
One of last season’s surprise packets, Plumlee looks to be the starter to begin the season, although Alex Len will push for the job as the season progresses.
106. Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks (Points, Field Goal Percentage)
Like a lot of my favourite fantasy players, Antetokounmpo is a better rotisserie option than head-to-head, but he is still enticing. Out of all of the guys in the 100-150 range, he has the best chance to be a top 50 guy by season’s end.
107. Larry Sanders, C, Milwaukee Bucks (Points, Three-Pointers)
I swear it’s not just an all Bucks list. Sanders will be looking to rebound from an abortion of a season and can swing your blocks category with a late round pick.
108. Tyreke Evans, PG/SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans (Three-Pointers, Blocks)
Evans disappointed early last season, but exploded when the all of the Pelicans’ injuries hit. Injury prone himself, Evans will be limited by the plethora of options New Orleans has now.
109. Andrew Bogut, C, Golden State Warriors (Points, Steals)
Injuries have curtailed the big Australian’s career and if he somehow plays 82 games (or close enough), his rank will shoot up considerably.
110. Jimmy Butler, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls (Assists, Field Goal Percentage)
With Derrick Rose back, and the addition of Doug McDermott, Butler may not have the ball in his hands as much, and his legendary minute load may be reduced. He’s still a good source of steals.
111. Tyson Chandler, C, Dallas Mavericks (Points, Three-Pointers)
Back in Dallas after checking out on the Knicks last season, Chandler is one of the best players to bump your field goal percentage, as well as adding rebounds and blocks.
112. JaVale McGee, C, Denver Nuggets (Steals, Free Throw Percentage)
I’m all over the place with McGee, but here’s hoping he starts over Timofey Mozgov this season. Elite level blocks and the potential high rebounds, make him enticing, but the risk is palpable.
113. Reggie Jackson, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder (Rebounds, Blocks)
Jackson is in line to start at the two in Oklahoma City and he was serviceable player last season, both when Russell Westbrook played or when he sat.
114. Henry Sims, C, Philadelphia 76ers (Three-Pointers, Steals)
Sims could easily start, shifting Nerlens Noel to power forward given that Thaddeus Young is now in Minnesota. He came out of nowhere after coming from Cleveland last season and has the potential to be a high value pick.
115. Arron Afflalo, SG, Denver Nuggets (Steals, Blocks)
Afflalo was overrated last season, despite his breakout performance, but at this stage in the draft, it’s hard t get the kind of points he offers. Just bear in mind that he’ll be competing with Randy Foye and rookie Gary Harris for minutes.
116. K.J. McDaniels, SG/SF, Philadelphia 76ers (Steals, Field Goal Percentage)
With the Sixers’ roster so thin, McDaniels could easily start and as a shooting guard, gives you an insane amount of blocks. His efficiency is poor, but he’ll help in other categories and could be this season’s rookie surprise.
117. Timofey Mozgov, C, Denver Nuggets (Three-Pointers, Steals)
Mozgov has some monster lines last season, but even if he starts, will share time with McGee. He doesn’t have the upside of McGee and has been constantly rumoured to be heading to Cleveland which would kill his value.
118. Jordan Hill, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers (Three-Pointers, Steals)
Hill is pencilled in as the starter and if he can stay fit and healthy could bound into the top 70. It’s a big if though.
119. J.J. Redick, SG, Los Angeles Clippers (Rebounds, Steals)
Redick give you triples and free throw percentage, and that’s it. He also was injured a lot last season, so there is a small amount of risk here.
120. P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns (Points, Blocks)
Tucker locked down the starting small forward spot last season and grabbed a cray amount of boards, a great out of position stat. Although he’s suspended for the first two games due to a DUI, he’s likely to be the starter again over Gerald Green and rookie T.J. Warren.
121. Gerald Green, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns (Rebounds, Assists)
Like a lot of his Suns teammates, Green was a surprise packet. Finishing in the top 10 in the NBA in three-pointers made, Green will be hard pressed to repeat that given the added competition in the backcourt. Still, if you need threes, Green can help.
122. Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors (Rebounds, Assists)
Along with Corey Brewer, Ross was the most obscure owner of a 50 point game last season. He’ll start again in Toronto, but needs to add a few more strings to his bow to be a reliable fantasy star.
123. Nikola Pekovic, C, Minnesota Timberwolves (Three-Pointers, Steals)
Pekovic is great for points and rebounds, but horrible everywhere else. He’s also injury prone. People will reach for him with Kevin Love gone, but I’d leave him for others.
124. DeMarre Carroll, SF, Atlanta Hawks (Points, Assists)
A much better rotisserie guy, Carroll locked down the starting small forward job in Atlanta last season and there’s no reason to think the same won’t happen this season. His bread is buttered with steals and three-pointers.
125. Gorgui Dieng, C, Minnesota Timberwolves (Points, Three-Pointers)
When Pekovic is out, Dieng becomes top 50, but otherwise he’s stuck behind him and Thaddeus Young. He beasted last season, grabbing a ton of boards, but until he gets regular minutes, he’s a late round, end of the bench type player.
126. Samuel Dalembert, C, New York Knicks (Points, Assists)
Dalembert looks to be the starter in New York and while he won’t score, he’s a nice source of boards and blocks. He’s hardly what you’d call reliable though.
127. Andrew Wiggins, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves (Assists, Field Goal Percentage)
Wiggins may become a transcendent talent, but it won’t be this season. Minnesota is deep and Wiggins won’t blow up straight away. He won’t be on any of my non-dynasty teams.
128. Jared Sullinger, PF/C, Boston Celtics (Assists, Steals)
Huge upside for Sullinger in his third season and with Kris Humphries out of the way, he should be the focal point down low for the entire season.
129. Spencer Hawes, C, Los Angeles Clippers (Points, Steals)
A true stretch five, Hawes will be much less valuable than last season, but he should still get low 20′ in the minutes department.
130. Ryan Anderson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans (Assists, Steals)
I’m still horribly scared off by Anderson’s injury from last season and that’s why he’s so low. If he’s fully recovered, he can be a top 60 player, but until then, I’m steering clear.
131. Matt Barnes, SF, Los Angeles Clippers (Points, Field Goal Percentage)
Barnes was top 20 for a good stretch last season. It’s unlikely he replicates that at all, but he’s a solid pick, especially with Jared Dudley now in Milwaukee.
132. Rodney Stuckey, SG, Indiana Pacers (Blocks, Field Goal Percentage)
133. Enes Kanter, C, Utah Jazz (Assists, Steals)
Kanter was killed by coach Ty Corbin last season, but now that Corbin is gone (hallelujah), Kanter may be able to realise his potential.He could easily end up in the top 100.
134. Elfrid Payton, PG, Orlando Magic (Three-Pointers, Free Throw Percentage)
Payton looks like he’ll have big minutes in the Magic’s backcourt, but his value could be tempered by the acquisition of Luke Ridnour. He is a strange point guard, in that he doesn’t give any three-pointers or help in free throw percentage.
135. Luol Deng, SF, Miami Heat (Blocks, Field Goal Percentage)
Deng, aside from being horrendous in Cleveland, is now caught up in the Atlanta Hawks racist brouhaha. He’ll replace LeBron James in the starting lineup, but has never been a great fantasy option, even when playing 40 minutes a night in Chicago.
136. Vince Carter, SG, Memphis Grizzlies (Rebounds, Field Goal Percentage)
Carter is mainly just a thee-point specialist at this stage of his career, but he’s still going to be used a lot in Memphis, given how badly that team struggled from deep last season. Don’t expect much more from Carter than scoring this season.
137. Alec Burks, SG, Utah Jazz (Rebounds, Blocks)
Burks will likely start at the two over Dante Exum and is a fairly solid player right across the board. He’s a great option for points at the end of your draft and can also hand out assists.
138. Randy Foye, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets (Rebounds, Field Goal Percentage)
Foye was a revelation last season, but will have Afflalo taking minutes from him this season, He’s still going to be able to hit three-pointers and dole out some dimes.
139. Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls (Points, Rebounds)
We don’t know the Bulls’ starting lineup yet, but I’d hazard a guess Dunleavy will get the nod over McDermott, especially for the season’s first few months.
140. John Henson, PF/C, Milwaukee Bucks (Steals, Free Throw Percentage)
Henson had the chance to take the starter’s job by the scruff of the neck last season with Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova injured, but inept former coach Larry Drew couldn’t trust him and went with Zaza Pachulia. With those guys back, I don;t think Henson will start, but he’s still good for some blocks off the bench
141. Kelly Olynyk, C, Boston Celtics (Points, Steals)
Huge upside on this pick, after Olynyk tore up Summer League for the second straight season. He’s still raw, but can be a stretch five in this league.
142. Ersan Ilyasova, PF, Milwaukee Bucks (Points, Assists)
Another Bucks’ player who tanked last season, Ilyasova has shown us all he has top 40 value. Can he get back there? It’s unlikely, but in the last round, why not take a flier?
143. Jarrett Jack, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets (Rebounds, Blocks)
I see Jack as a potential starter in Brooklyn and with Deron Williams one play away from injuring his ankles again, Jack could see himself thrust into the main ball handler role at anytime.
144. Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs (Points, Rebounds)
Injuries hold Manu back from being a top 100 player, but even in limited appearances, he’s still a great source of assists from a shooting guard. With Patty Mills injured, he may be relied upon a bit more early in the season.
145. Mirza Teletovic, PF, Brooklyn Nets (Steals, Field Goal Percentage)
Teletovic is a bomber and that’s it. Don’t expect much more from him, but he could easily average over two three-pointers per game.
146. Brandon Bass, PF, Boston Celtics (Three-Pointers, Steals)
Bass is a very solid player. Nothing more, nothing less. He’s also a great guy to combine rebounds, field goal percentage, blocks, and free throw percentage — a rare combination.
147. Corey Brewer, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves (Points, Rebounds)
Brewer will likely come off the bench, but there are hardly any better options for steals available at any stage in the draft.
148. Courtney Lee, SG, Memphis Grizzlies (Points, Rebounds)
Lee seems to be the starting two guard in Memphis, but doesn’t offer a huge amount to owners. He does offer solid shooting however, as a shooting guard.
149. Marco Belinelli, SG, San Antonio Spurs (Rebounds, Blocks)
Like Ginobili, Belinelli will have extra responsibilities with Mills out. He’s value comes exclusively from three-pointers.
150. Cody Zeller, PF, Charlotte Hornets (Points, Three-Pointers)
Maybe I’m in the minority, but I think Zeller will start over Marvin Williams this season and be a really solid upside type of fantasy player. With Noah Vonleh sidelined, my case feels even more solid.
The top 150
- 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
- Andre Iguodala
- Marcus Smart
- Brandon Knight
- Taj Gibson
- Miles Plumlee
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Larry Sanders
- Tyreke Evans
- Andrew Bogut
- Jimmy Butler
- Tyson Chandler
- JaVale McGee
- Reggie Jackson
- Henry Sims
- Arron Afflalo
- K.J. McDaniels
- Timofey Mozgov
- Jordan Hill
- J.J. Redick
- P.J. Tucker
- Gerald Green
- Terrence Ross
- Nikola Pekovic
- DeMarre Carroll
- Gorgui Dieng
- Samuel Dalembert
- Andrew Wiggins
- Jared Sullinger
- Spencer Hawes
- Ryan Anderson
- Matt Barnes
- Rodney Stuckey
- Enes Kanter
- Elfrid Payton
- Luol Deng
- Vince Carter
- Alec Burks
- Randy Foye
- Mike Dunleavy
- John Henson
- Kelly Olynyk
- Ersan Ilyasova
- Jarrett Jack
- Manu Ginobili
- Mirza Teletovic
- Brandon Bass
- Corey Brewer
- Courtney Lee
- Marco Belinelli
- Cody Zeller
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.