Sun Tzu, the Chinese general, military strategist, philosopher, and author of the Art of War wrote: “what enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.” Before undertaking any endeavor in life, knowing and understanding the landscape provides a tremendous advantage for those who put in the time to obtain the information. Every fantasy basketball site has their own rankings and projections. As a result, there will be opporunities to exploit depending on which draft room you are situated in. If you know the landscape before entering the fray, you will have an advantage come draft day. Below, I’ve made a Google sheet that compares my rankings to those at ESPN, Yahoo, and Fantrax. This should give a basic lay of the fantasy landscape.

For insight into how I derived my projections and rankings, click HERE. For ESPN, I used the Sortable 2020 Projections page. I’m not playing in any ESPN leagues. For Yahoo and Fantrax, I used the Player List Rankings page from the leagues I’m in.

If you want to sort the sheet and/or search for players easier, click HERE to make a copy of the sheet.

 

  1. Ghita says:
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    Wow, Kemba is at 52 on ESPN. Definitely there will be leagues where Kemba will be a big time steal.
    As always, is a pleasure reading your articles.
    Ghita

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Yeah, crazy. I’m not sure if those rankings are in the draft room though, but that’s how they have him ranked on their projections page.

      Much appreciated, Ghita.

  2. Renz says:
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    Hi Son,

    Haven’t been here in the longest time! Man, time flies so fast because I have been busy with work and business that I was not able to research and prepare enough for this year’s fantasy. Good thing is with your sortable rankings, I somehow managed to have an overlook of the player’s stat for the upcoming season. Here’s my team looks like and let me know your thoughts.

    16-man h2h

    G: Damian Lillard, Buddy Hield, Jeff Teague, D.J. Augustin, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Patrick Beverley
    F: Thaddeus Young, Rudy Gay, James Johnson
    C: Andre Drummond, Brook Lopez, Thomas Bryant, Dwight Powell

    BIG HELP, REALLY! Hats off to you my friend!

    • Renz says:
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      I am 9th pick on this league and I think Lillard is steal for me! On the other hand, I am 5th on the other league and hopeful to snatch Jokic! Would you think Gobert is a good pair to him?

      • Son

        Son says:
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        Agreed on Lillard. I was ecstatic to get him at 9 in one of my leagues as well.

        I like Gobert a lot this year and he works well with Gobert

        • Renz says:
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          Man, KAT was still available on 5th pick so I did not hesitate to get him off the board and paired him with Trae. Another highlight of this league is that I managed to get K. Love at 5th round! What a steaaaaaaaaaaal! Anyway, here is how my squad looks like.

          G: Trae Young, Khris Middleton, Delon Wright, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Landry Shamet, Kevin Huerter
          F: Kevin Love, Kelly Oubre Jr., Miles Bridges,
          C: Karl-Anthony Towns, Bam Adebayo, Dwight Powell, Jakob Poeltl

          Quite light on AST, but I think I am solid overall esp 3’S, FG & FT%, PTS, REBS. Better than the first squad I drafted, I guess lol.

          • Son

            Son says:
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            Whoa….love that you got KAT at 5. That’s crazy. Like the KAT/Trae pairing as well. I’m not too into Love, as it hurts too much, though. Yeah, you light on dimes, but you got Bam, so it’s all good

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Renz! Missed you, my man. Good to hear from you.

      I like the squad. Impressive work considering it’s a 16-team League. Good luck this year!

      Much appreciated!

      • Renz says:
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        Thanks my man! Kudos the only son ha!

        Best of luck to you as well!

  3. slimbo says:
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    hey boss

    what side do you like in a keeper/dynasty

    Durant, Lebron, Middleton or Trae young and Porzingis

    is it even close?

    thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Sup slimbo

      In a vacuum, I like the Trae/Porzingis side

      • We The North says:
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        I’d strongly consider the KD/LBJ side – there’s so much value there. You could win your league the next two years with that trio + whoever else is on your roster. Trae and Porzy are sexy and will be better in 5-years when the other trio are gone – but for me, winning today is more important than having the better players for later.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          That’s fair. KD not playing this season has to factor into the equation, no?

  4. Moshe says:
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    great stuff Son. tho some ranks jumps weird to me. You place Al Horford 22 while Yahoo puts him on 60 (they updated their ranking) and ESPN place him at 68. any reason to be so different? while the projected numbers are almost the same

  5. Max says:
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    Hey, man. Good stuff as always. So it is almost time for my leagues draft and would like to hear your opinion on something. So I am last in draft order in 10team 9cat h2h draft (meaning 10th and 11th picks). I had numerous mock draft, did a lit of thinki could not decide who to pair with those two pick. Options should be: kemba, drummond, embiid, gobert, kawhi, pg, vuce, beal. What would you pair, and why? What you will punt with your chosen pair?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Thanks, Max!

      Man, so many directions you can go. It comes down to your vision and personal philsophies and preferences. I usually like to go assist guy/big man, but I’ve gone big/big before. I normally don’t like to punt but if I go for Gobert/Drummond, I will likely pair him with a good FT shooter. I’ve thought of going Gobert/Drummond and punting FT, but haven’t yet. Kawhi/PG is interesting if you don’t buy the load management.

  6. Max says:
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    Personally i thought about few choices: 1)kemba + gobert /embid 2)kemba + beal 3) embid + kawhi. First one i like because of balance, and i dont need to punt anything right away. But problem with gobert is that he is weak in points and ft. So automattically i need find good scorers around him to not punt points. If i go with second case (beal + kemba) i can build punt fg build, add somes firepower early and some shot blockers later(a lot good centers in late rounds). 3rd case is most intresting for me. Embiid and kawhi are top dogs, so if they can be unleashed, it would be best pair. But it is so risky. Uhh so hard:D what u think?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Ha! I probably go Kemba/Drummond, but that’s just me. You’re right in that there are some viable bigs later and points are hard to come by, and so are assists, so intrigued by Kemba/Beal

      Go with your gut!

      • Max says:
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        Hey man, so my draft just finished. Beal and Kemba was of the table early, thats why I went big for my first picks. End up with this squad:

        G: Sga, Sato, Rubio, Garland, Brogdon,
        F: PGeorge, Oubre, Isaac, Bojan Bogdanovic, Draymond,
        C: Gobert, Embiid, MRob

        What u think?

        10team 9cat h2h

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Is good. I really like your forwards and centers. Guards are weakest part of your squad, but still solid

  7. IntendedSteb says:
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    For keeper league I have few choices as my last keeper: Ben Simmons, Trae Young, Miles Turner or Luka Doncic. This is a standard scoring 9 cat H2H Yahoo keep forever league. Any thoughts on who I should choose?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      It’s between Trae and Luka for me. So, so tough. I’m probably going with Trae

      • steven says:
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        H2h Points keeper league. Covington or Ball?
        Morant or RJ long term?

        Thanks

        • Son

          Son says:
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          Ball and Ja

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