We halfway home. Woo hoo! Take me home, country roads. To the Old Town Road? You want to hear how washed I am? I didn’t know about that song until the young 20-something-girl who takes care of a kid at my son’s school told me about it. When she played it to me, I asked, “What the bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeep is that?” Anyways, that’s what many of you probably ask when going through my rankings. That’s fair….especially in this range because there are many players that could just as easily be in the top 100. Oh wells. It is what it is. Before I unveil the Top 150, click on the below links one trillion times. The kids deserve to super size their meals.
As always, keep in mind that these rankings are based on overall value from my projections. I detailed my process in the Top 10. Use them in context of your roster construction, ADP, and personal preference.
101) Thaddeus Young (PF – Chicago Bulls)
Over the past three seasons, Young has finished as the number 69, 69, and 67 player in 9-cat leagues. Throughout his entire nine-year career, he has never finished outside the Top 100. Now, Young is a slight negative in the points, tres, dimes, and blocks categories, but he’s a positive in boards and derives much of his fantasy value from the steals he provides. Also, the turnovers are low. The free throw percentage is the biggest bugaboo for Young, but the across-the-board production, with comfort in knowing that he’s missed a total of only 2 games over the past two years, make him an enticing fantasy asset in the right builds.
102) Marvin Bagley III (PF – Sacramento Kings)
I have a weird history with Bagley. Don’t worry, we are not Eskimo brothers. Or are we? Anyways, I saw him run at The Drew before he went to Duke. Whoa….a high schooler was giving it to grown men. I was impressed. Yet, I still kind of soured on him when he was at Duke. For some reason, I thought he was too limited offensively to make an impact in the NBA, even though the athleticism was off the freaking charts. Well, I’m now not so dumb because I’m back into Bagley. The offensive repertoire has expanded but the athleticism shines bright even among the NBA elite. Now, the free throw shooting isn’t great, but points, boards, and blocks should be plentiful.
103) Enes Kanter (C – Boston Celtics)
I love Kanter. He talks shit to Recep Erdogan and one snack time session could feed me for an entire week. We here for fantasy, though, and there is some uncertainty how Kanter will fit in with Boston. He can’t defend on the perimeter and fails to protect the rim. As a result, how many minutes will Brad Stevens give him? I have him down for 24 minutes, so while he’s on the court, he should provide plenty of points, boards, and good field goal percentage. Don’t expect much else.
104) Maxi Kleber (PF – Dallas Mavericks)
I always started getting hungry when I wrote about Kleber last season, and also clowned him quite often, but at the end of the day, I’d tip my cap to him and call it a day. He’s a big man who boards and blocks shots but can also drain tres. In addition, the turnover rate is miniscule. I liken him to a corner piece in a puzzle. Now, I have him projected for 26 minutes per game, and acknowledge that could be on the high side, but the Mavericks are thin in the front court. Boban Marjanovic won’t play more than 14-15 mpg. Then there’s Dwight Powell (26 mpg) and Kristaps Porzingis (30 mpg), who will be load managed. Yes, Luka Doncic (32 mpg) will play some power forward, but he won’t play all his minutes there.
105) Patrick Beverley (PG – Los Angeles Clippers)
Beverley is a dog and will relentlessly hound the opposition for the entirety of a game. He’s the guy that you hate when he’s on the other team, but would Thelma & Louise off a cliff with if he’s a teammate. For fantasy, Beverley won’t score much, but will provide tres, some boards, dimes, and steals.
106) Mikal Bridges (SF – Phoenix Suns)
You need 3-and-D? Then Mikal on over the Bridges. I deserve all the internet tomatoes thrown at me. Go. I’m ready. The Suns have a ton of wings, so there’s a chance that minutes could be limited, but I have him down for 24 mpg, and the organization does seem to love him.
107) T. J. Warren (SF/PF – Indiana Pacers)
Last season, Warren regulated and produced a top 50 season for fantasy, the first time in his five-year career. Now, he’s in Indiana, where the shot attempts should decrease. No bueno. At least the percentages should be good, and he does chip in some D stats.
108) Kelly Olynyk (PF/C – Miami Heat)
Olynyk is a big man who can shoot. He will provide good percentages from both the field and free throw line, and provide tres. That’s about it. If you want to make fun of him because he has a girl’s name, by all means. If you need tres and some ratio help, though, prepare to bend the knee.
109) Kevon Looney (PF/C – Golden State Warriors)
“We’re tiny, we’re toony. We’re all a little Looney!!! And in this cartoony. We’re invading your TV.” I used to love watching that cartoon. Anyways, Kevon Looney is definitely not tiny, as he’s a solid 6′ 9″ 220 pounds. He does have some offensive skills, but primarily does the boarding and hustling. Earlier in the offseason, my interest was piqued, as he seemed to be in-line for a ton of playing time. Then, the Warriors went out and acquired Willie Cauley-Stein. As a result, I see them splitting the center minutes down the middle.
110) Wendell Carter Jr. (C – Chicago Bulls)
The Wendell Carter Administration got off to a rocky start, as he missed 38 games due to injury last season. We did get to see glimpses of why he was selected with the overall number seven pick, though. The IQ, footwork, and 7′ 5″ wingspan allowed him to control the paint at both ends of the floor. Unfortunately, there are quite a few hogs on the Bulls, so he may never get the touches that he needs, but at least changes at the point guard position bring a modicum of hope.
111) Gary Harris (SG – Denver Nuggets)
Sniff sniff…..sniff sniff…..There are no white lines on my desk. I do smell something, though. I smell…..Most Improved Player for Harris? Prior to last season, Harris finished as the number 56 and 34 player in 9-cat leagues. Last year, he ended as the number 163 player. He only played 57 games, the minutes decreased by 5 per game, as did the points, but most importantly, the efficiency cratered, as he shot 42% from the field. What’s that? It’s a man running across the street with a sign. S……T…….O……P……..Harris has played 57, 67, 57, 76, and 55 games in the past five seasons. We can cancel the MIP parade for Harris. I do expect a bounceback, though.
112) Andrew Wiggins (SF – Minnesota Timberwolves)
I hate Wiggins. I despise Wiggins. I loathe Wiggins. Hey look, an article saying Ryan Saunders is going to unlock Wiggins! I’M IN!!! Yeah right. I’m not falling for the old bananna-in-the-tailpipe routine again. Wiggins is who he is. An athletic, low-IQ, hucker and chucker of shots that make the analytics department cringe. But what if he does stop taking long twos and drives to the hoop more? And rather than standing in the corner, he cuts backdoor? Fuck, I’ve fallen for it, haven’t I. Look, he has talent. You don’t get the nickname Maple Jordan for nothing. And there were stretches even last season in which he contributed across-the-board. Seriously, with his athleticism, he should be a maven on D, but like the scarecrow, he needs a heart. Alright, enough blabbering. There is a chance that Saunders does unlock Wiggins. A small one, but still a chance. The difference this year is that the ADP is finally at a price that makes the risk worth it. You laughing now, but when you are searching for points in the 10th round, don’t forget to think about me.
113) Rudy Gay (SF/PF – San Antonio Spurs)
Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! No sentimentality cheering here. This Rudy is actually a real baller. Injuries have derailed his career a bit, and Father Time is catching up to him, but Gay can still produce. The percentages are good, turnovers are low, and he will provide tres, points, and boards. The D stats are light, but he does give a little something something. The main issues for Gay are the number of minute and games he will play, as the Spurs manage their players well.
114) Dewayne Dedmon (C – Sacramento Kings)
I really like this signing for the Kings, as Dedmon gives them a big who can stretch the floor and give more room for Marvin Bagley and De’Aaron Fox to operate. I didn’t forget about my Buddy, but this is a Dedmon blurb. Last season, in 25 mpg with the Hawks, he ended as a top 50 player. Tres, steals, blocks, and good percentages are what he delivers. I have him down for 24 mpg.
115) Spencer Dinwiddie (PG – Brooklyn Nets)
The Nets are loaded in the backcourt, with Kyrie Irving, Dinwiddie, and Caris LeVert. You could probably throw in Garrett Temple and Joe Harris. Regardless, Dinwiddie should still get his, as he will lead the second unit. From a fantasy perspective, expect points, tres, and dimes.
116) Bogdan Bogdanovic (SG – Sacramento Kings)
Bog is my dog, as I love his fearless mentality. He doesn’t back down, is willing to take the tough shot, and gets dirty on the defensive end. He provides points, tres, boards, some dimes, and steals. The field goal percentage is poor, though. The issue for Bog is the situation, as the Kings are loaded at the wings. I have him projected for 25 mpg, but it’s well within the range of outcomes that it’s much less.
117) Paul Millsap (PF – Denver Nuggets)
Remember when Millsap was a top 10 player for fantasy? Yeah, neither do I. But it did happen….twice (2011 and 2015). The allure of Millsap is the across-the-board production that he provides. The mehness of Millsap is that he’s 34 years old. He’s not going to play the 34 mpg that he used to, but 28 is viable. With that said, I dinged him a bit because I’m an ageist and also for the fact that newly-acquired Jerami Grant could eat into his playing time.
118) J. J. Redick (SG – New Orleans Pelicans)
Redick is one of the premier 3-without-the-D specialists in the game. He is playing in New Orleans, where the pace should be one of the fastest in the league, and there should be plenty of good looks as teams focus their defensive attention on Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson.
119) Fred VanVleet (PG – Toronto Raptors)
VanVleet was instrumental in the Raptors winning the chip last season. His defense was smothering and he hit some huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge shots. Now, Kawhi Leonard is gone, so I expect Kyle Lowry to step up and assert himself offensively. VanVleet should lead the second unit, but has upside if Lowry succumbs to injury, which has been prone to happen in the past. The shooting efficiency stinks from the field, but the turnovers are low and FVV will provide tres and dimes.
120) Landry Shamet (PG/SG – Los Angeles Clippers)
Threeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeecola……….and low turnovers. Shamet should get plenty of looks with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the court. With that said, the contributions in the other cats are almost non-existent, but he should play a ton of minutes and fall into a few from time to time.
121) James Johnson (SF/PF – Miami Heat)
I’ve always been intrigued with Johnson. Phrasing, Son. Phrasing. Archer was such a damn good show. Anyways, this Johnson always possessed the skill set to be an across-the-board contributor for fantasy, but could never reach the heights I mental masturbated over. Injuries have played a big part. Johnson can shoot, rebound, and play D, but he’s a slight negative in all cats. With that said, this is a case where the whole is greater than the sum of parts.
122) Jaylen Brown (SG/SF – Boston Celtics)
The next Kawhi he is not. Whoops. He is still only 22 years old, though, so as the great Lloyd Christmas asked, “So you’re saying there’s a chance?” The free throw shooting is below average, but Brown will deliver tres, points, boards, and steals.
123) Ja Morant (PG – Memphis Grizzlies)
Rookies are so freaking hard to project. Grrrrrr…….izzlies. Ja is a freak athlete and some have compared him to a mini-Westbrook. Possibly, but Westbrook is THE freak athlete. Regardless, they do both attack the rim with reckless abandon. Ja should step right in and garner as much usage as he can handle. The turnovers will likely be high and the efficiency from the field will be low, but he’s a good free throw shooter. Expect some tres, points, dimes, steals, and some boards.
124) Marcus Smart (PG/SG – Boston Celtics)
You hunting for tres, dimes, and steals? Then Get Smart. Yes, I am a dad. The counting stats come at a price, though, as the efficiency is poor and the points are few.
125) Eric Gordon (SG – Houston Rockets)
Gordon is the ultimate specialist, as he will literally just provide tres and points. He was seventh in makes and fifth in attempts from downtown. Outside of not contributing in the other cats, the efficiency from the field is poor. At least the turnover rate is low. He finished as the #146 player in 9-cat leagues last season, but prior to that, he was the number 100, 91, 78, 113, and 113 player.
126) DeAndre Jordan (C – Brooklyn Nets)
He must really be boyz with Kevin Durant, since the Nets already had Jarrett Allen on the roster. The Google machine shows that they indeed are good friends, winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, and most importantly, partied in Greece afterward. Jordan must’ve been a good ass wingman! Now that I think about it, those dudes don’t need wingmen! Must’ve been some epic parties then. Anyways, for fantasy, Jordan will provide boards, blocks, and good field goal percentage. The free throw shooting is a bugaboo, but the biggest negative to his outlook this season is the minutes distribution. I have both he and Allen splitting the center minutes right down the middle.
127) De’Andre Hunter (SF – Atlanta Hawks)
Man, the Hawks are building a team of extraordinary magnitude! And Hunter is going to be an important piece. I can see him being one of the premier 3-and-D players in the league for years to come. At 6′ 7″ 225 pounds, with a 7′ 0″ wingspan, Hunter will be able to guard multiple positions. On offense, he’s a very good shooter, as he converted 43.8% of downtowners last season in college. According to NBA.com, he shot 48.3% when closely guarded. The release is high and the stroke is clean, so he should be able to get his shot off against NBA defenders, but it may not matter because most of his looks should be of the wide open variety. Thanks, Trae. The defensive stats weren’t great in college, but I think system had a lot to do with that. The blocks may never be voluminous, but he should rack up plenty of steals. Will Hunter ever be an alpha or win a week for you in H2H Probably not, but he should contribute a little something something across-the-board, and he will be playing in one of the juiciest fantasy environments.
128) Harrison Barnes (SF – Sacramento Kings)
Mehrrison Barnes is…..well, meh of course. He will provide tres, points, and some boards. That’s it. To make matters worse, he could be more meh this season, as I have him projected for fewer field goal attempts. The last three seasons, Mehrrison attempted 13.3, 15.7, and 16.2 shots per game. I have him down for 9.69 this season, as the team is going to revolve around De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley.
129) Jerami Grant (SF/PF – Denver Nuggets)
I was a fan of Grant going into last season because of the skill set and opportunity. Grant has range from downtown, grabs boards, will abuse smaller players down low, possesses the handles to break the lead-footed on the perimeter, and contributes in the defensive categories. He ended as a top 75 player last year, as he notched 32.7 minutes of run each game. Now he’s in Denver. I love the fit for both player and team. Unfortunately, the Nuggets are loaded, so I only have him playing 25 minutes per game.
130) Malik Monk (SG – Charlotte Hornets)
For the first two years of Monk’s career, he averaged 17.2 and 13.5 minutes per game. Entering his third season, Monk should see an elevated role, and I have him projected for 25 minutes. Have you seen that Hornets roster? He should be in huck-and-chuck mode all year long. The only issue is when will he and Terry Rozier fight to the death in a cage match for huck-and-chuck supremacy? Maybe they are kindred spirits and things are kumbaya because they see a part of themselves in each other. “I’ve never seen a shot I don’t like. Hey! Me too! I love you, man.” Points and tres with category-busting shooting percentage are what you’re looking at here. He should also trip into a handful of boards and dimes.
131) Jordan Clarkson (PG/SG – Cleveland Cavaliers)
Basically, Malik Monk with better efficiency. Monk provides more tres.
132) Cedi Osman (SF – Cleveland Cavaliers)
I wish Cedi was Osman, but he’s not. Mehdi Osman? Nah, that would be disrespectful to Mehrrison. Mehby Osman? That fits better, as he has shown flashes of brilliance. And he’s still only 24 years old, so there’s hope. Mehby will provide tres, points, boards, and some dimes. Don’t expect many D stats. I’m beginning to think that the Cavs front office isn’t aware that those categories exist.
133) Kevin Huerter (SG – Atlanta Hawks)
I like Huerter a lot. And you know I’m bullish on the Hawks in general. If he ends up in the top 100, I wouldn’t be surprised, especially since he dishes a fair amount of dimes. I personally like him better than Monk and Clarkson, but that’s personal preference. In terms of overall value, the numbers slot him here.
134) Ivica Zubac (C – Los Angeles Clippers)
Montrezl Harrell will soak up most of the center minutes for the Clippers, but Zubac should receive around 20 minutes per game. The shooting efficiency from both the field and line will be good, boards will be plentiful, and Zubac will provide some blocks. Don’t expect tres, dimes, or steals.
135) Willie Cauley-Stein (C – Golden State Warriors)
Cauley-Stein goes to Golden State after spending four season with the Kings. The offensive system and surrounding talent should be beneficial for his offensive output, so double-digit points and 50%+ from the field is a likely outcome. The boards and steals are decent, but for some reason, WCS has never been a huge blocks guy. A shame because he has the athleticism to be a force. I guess he attended the Lake Griffin school of defense.
136) Will Barton (SG/SF – Denver Nuggets)
Injuries destroyed Barton’s season last year, as he could never quite get going. The shooting efficiency plummeted to Rozierian-esque levels. That’s not an easy thing to do. I do expect a bounceback from Barton, which should result in the across-the-board production from two years ago, when he finished as the number 52 player for fantasy. Barton was a slight negative in only the rebound and field goal categories that season. The coaching staff loves his versatility, especially on defense, so he should get a healthy amount of playing time. With that said, the Nuggets are deep, and that’s without Michael Porter Jr., so I have Barton projected for 28 mpg. Not the 33 he received two years ago. The last thing regarding Barton is that he’s played 60 or fewer games in four seasons, so he gets dinged there.
137) Luke Kennard (SG – Detroit Pistons)
Still boggles my mind that the Pistons selected Kennard ahead of Donovan Mitchell, Bam Adebayo, and John Collins in the 2017 draft. For any Pistons fans reading this, I salute you for I wouldn’t have the fortitude myself. With that said, here’s a knife, which I shall stab you in the chest, then twist it, remove it halfway, sprinkle some salt, rub some Bengay, strap you into a chair and make you watch Kennard highlights Clockwork Orange style. Now, for fantasy, Kennard should play a ton of minutes and provide tres with some points, boards, and dimes sprinkled in. As for the D? The city claimed all the rights. Hmmm, now Lake Griffin is starting to make more sense.
138) Kyle Kuzma (SF/PF – Los Angeles Lakers)
Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz should be raining tres all season long for the Lakers. He will also grab some boards, but that’s pretty much the extent of his fantasy contributions. My only question is how will Frank Vogel deploy him. Will he be coming off the bench? Or will he be on the court with LeBron James and Anthony Davis? Probably a combination of both. I guess it depends on his defense and shooting. Regardless, health permitting, one of the superstars should be on the court at all times for the Lakers, so Kuzma should get plenty of open looks.
139) Evan Fournier (SG – Orlando Magic)
Fournier has 17 points, 2 tres, 3 boards, 3 dimes, and 1 steal per game upside. He’s finished in the top 70 two times in his career. More than likely, though, he will end up in the 125-150 range. If a player could somehow get negative blocks per game, my money would be on Fournier.
140) Collin Sexton (PG – Cleveland Cavaliers)
Sexton is a score first, score second, and score third point guard. Makes sense with a name like that. Over the final month of last year, Sexton played 35 minutes, attempted 16 shots from the field with 6 from downtown, and shot 48% from the field and 41% from downtown. Those are damn good, impressive numbers. I forgot about the 82% from the line on 3.8 attempts. Now for the bad. He’s a zero in the D stats and only provides around 3 dimes per game. Doesn’t he know that successful lovemaking requires one to be unselfish?
141) Kyle Anderson (SG/SF – Memphis Grizzlies)
Mr. Anderson has flipped the matrix upside down, as he is the proverbial D-without-the-3 player. He attempted a career-high 6.4 shots per game last season. Ha! Whatever, because you’re not drafting him for the points. It’s all about the boards, steals, and blocks. He will even dish out a few dimes. So thoughful of him. He did miss 39 games last season, but played 74, 72, and 78 the prior three seasons.
142) Jae Crowder (SF – Memphis Grizzlies)
Doling out the minutes for the Grizzlies was more difficult than I expected. Taylor Jenkins can go in a number of directions, especially since the roster is littered with players who can play multiple positions. I settled on Mr. Anderson getting the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard with Crowder getting a majority of the small forward minutes. There are a ton of wings on this squad, so I couldn’t give him more than 26. As with most players in this area, he’s not exciting, especially since the efficiency isn’t great, but he will provide tres, some boards, and a teenie beenie bit of steals. Turnover rate is super low, but that’s what happens when no one passes you the ball! I kid. He’s also been a rock when it comes to games played, which is half the battle. Yo, Joe!
143) Reggie Jackson (PG – Detroit Pistons)
Another Pistons player who doesn’t deliver the D. Smh. I just realized something. Detroit and Drummond are the only ones providing the D. It’s crazy. There is literally not another player on the roster who comes close to stealing or blocking 1 per game. For the insightful ones, yes, there is Derrick Rose, but his D just stands for doo doo. Ha! I crack myself up sometimes. Alright, back to Jackson. He’s going to provide tres, points, and some dimes. The efficiency isn’t great though from the field, but he does shoot well from the line. The main concern for Jackson is the signing of the aforementioned Rose. I have both projected for 27 minutes.
144) Nicolas Batum (SG – Charolotte Hornets)
Last season was the first in which Batum did not finish as a top 100 player. Those in the front cars, put your hand way up in the air, because we about to roll straight down. I’ve got his minutes at 20 per game, and there’s a chance it could be fewer than that. The Hornets are going to be bad, like real bad, so they will likely play their young guys, Malik Monk, Miles Bridges, and Dwayne Bacon in particular. There’s a chance Batum gets traded, but his hefty contract makes that an unlikely event. In addition, I see no reason why the Hornets would give up prime draft picks to move that contract. So, what can we expect from Batum? Some tres, boards, and dimes. Maybe a smidgen of D stats, but not many.
145) DeMarre Carroll (SF – San Antonio Spurs)
‘Tis the season, to be jolly, fa la la lala. Carroll provides tres, points, and boards. The efficiency isn’t good, and the Spurs aren’t known to play for the downtown ball, but maybe Pop is tweaking things a bit. Why did I just picture Pop squatting and shaking his ass? I’m a strange man.
146) Nerlens Noel (PF/C – Oklahoma City Thunder)
Everytime I think about Noel, my mind immediately goes to the Dave Chappelle, When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong, sketch. I’m going to bet on myself and shoot for the moon. “Hey Nerlens. Mark Cuban here. I’d like to offer you a four-year, $70 million contract.” Noel’s response? “Fuck you, Mark. I’m going to keep it real and bet on myself.” Now he’s playing on a one-year, $2 million contract. Noel won’t play much, as Steven Adams will soak up most of the center minutes for the Thunder, but when he’s on the court, he should provide boards and defensive stats.
147) Goran Dragic (PG – Miami Heat)
Dragic missed 46 games due to injury last season. The shooting efficiency was poor, which is common for injured players. The counting stats were fine, though. There could be a bounce back this season, but Jimmy Butler is now in Miami, so he may likely cede usage. When healthy, Dragic will provide tres, points, dimes, and some boards.
148) C. J. Miles (SG/SF – Washington Wizards)
Miles had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot earlier in the summer. He may return by November. As a result, I have him projected for 66 games played. If/when he gets healthy, Miles likely won’t start, but should see significant minutes backing up Bradley Beal at shooting guard and Troy Brown Jr. at small forward. Miles will provide tres and points, but it comes with poor efficiency.
149) Kent Bazemore (SG/SF – Portland Trail Blazers)
I like the signing of Bazemore for Portland. He gives them another backcourt scoring option who can stretch the floor and play defense. He can also play small forward, so versatility is another asset. From a fantasy perspective, he will provide tres, points, boards, steals, and blocks. The shooting efficiency isn’t great, though.
150) Derrick White (PG – San Antonio Spurs)
White really stepped up for Pop last season after Dejounte Murray succumbed to injury. He shot well from the field and line, grabbed boards, dished out dimes, and racked up stocks. White won’t provide many tres, though. Now, things are getting crowded in San Antonio. Dejounte Murray is back and should soak up most of the point guard minutes. DeMar DeRozan is at shooting guard, but the team is high on Lonnie Walker IV and Patty Mills and Bryn Forbes are still on the roster. I have White projected for 20 minutes, as he will back up Murray and there could be times when both are in the same backcourt. That would be a nasty defensive tandem. Anyways, there’s upside here for more minutes if Murray gets injured again.