Opening tip-off for the NBA is fast approaching! Now that the major moves of free agency are behind us and rosters have taken shape, it’s time to dive into some fantasy basketball rankings. These are my early top 150 for 9-category leagues featuring a short blurb on each player. I’ll be updating these throughout the offseason.
Last updated: 9/20/21
1. Nikola Jokic PF, C (DEN)
The Joker wasn’t kidding around when he stepped on the court last season, averaging a monstrous 26/10/8 while nailing 1.3 triples and shooting 56.6% from the field. Most incredibly, he did all of this from the center position. The reigning MVP has a unique skillset as a point center that should place him atop the fantasy rankings for the 2021-22 season. The only other player who could challenge him for this honor is Steph Curry, but Jokic’s triple-double upside gives him the edge for me.
2. Stephen Curry PG, SG (GSW)
There’s a clear argument to be made for Curry at No. 1, so if you prefer him over Jokic, I can’t fault you. Last season, Chef Curry led the league in scoring (32.0 PPG) and made 3-pointers (5.3 p/g) while racking up over five rebounds and assists per contest. Golden State gets a little help in the scoring department with the addition of Otto Porter, but I’m not counting on Klay Thompson playing at anywhere close to 100% after being off for the better part of two seasons. Curry will have to put this team on his back yet again, so I would expect plenty of monstrous stat lines in 2021-22.
3. Luka Doncic PG, SG (DAL)
One of basketball’s biggest stars should open the season as an MVP favorite after what he’s been able to accomplish in his brief NBA career. Over the last two seasons, Doncic has averaged 28.3 points, 8.7 dimes and 8.7 boards while posting some monster triple-doubles and signature games in the process. He carried Dallas on his back to a Game 7 showdown with the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, and he led Slovenia to a quarterfinal appearance in the Olympics. His biggest knocks are turnovers and FT%, but slight improvements in those categories give him No. 1 upside.
4. Damian Lillard PG (POR)
It’s hard to imagine, but Dame has been undervalued in fantasy hoops over the last few years. That should change in 2021 after another dominant performance last season. Over the last six seasons, Lillard has averaged 27.3 points, 7.0 dimes, 4.4 boards, 1.0 steal and 3.4 triples while shooting 44.3/38.2/90.8 splits and turning the ball over less than three times. He doesn’t hurt you in any category except for blocks, and his elite production across the board should make him an easy top-3 selection this season in fantasy drafts.
5. James Harden PG, SG (BKN)
Harden’s move from Houston to Brooklyn may have initially been viewed as a downgrade for fantasy purposes, but The Beard thrived in his new locale, averaging a near triple-double thanks to 8.5 boards and 10.9 dimes. Despite (likely) playing more games alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant this season, Harden should still be viewed as an elite first-round talent who will play the majority of his minutes at point guard. He’s got a stable floor because of his stellar shooting and steals, and his ceiling remains sky high.
6. Karl-Anthony Towns C (MIN)
It’s been a rough couple of years for Towns, who has appeared in just 85 games over the last two seasons. Despite injuries and family tragedy, KAT still averaged at least 24/10/4 with one at least two triples and one steal in that span. As long as he’s healthy, the big man is a strong contender for a top-5 pick given his ability to score, rebound, shoot efficiently, and fire from beyond the arc.
7. Joel Embiid PF, C (PHI)
On a per-game basis, Embiid is nearly unrivaled at center, though health/rest concerns have always got to be in the back of fantasy managers’ minds. Embiid has appeared in 51 games in back-to-back seasons, so you’ll likely be without him for stretches of the season. He averaged career highs in points (28.5), steals (1.0), and shooting (51.3/37.7/85.9) on his way to runner-up for MVP behind Nikola Jokic. If Ben Simmons is moved, Embiid could see an increase in usage, so there’s hope for an even more productive campaign.
8. Kevin Durant SF, PF (BKN)
Though Durant missed the entire 2019 -20 season, you couldn’t tell based on his elite performance in his Nets debut. The Slim Reaper led Brooklyn to the playoffs with a 27/7/5 line that included 2.4 triples, 1.3 swats, and lights-out shooting. As long as he’s healthy, it’s safe to expect more of the same in 21-22.
9. Paul George SF, PF, SG (LAC)
Playoff P impressed in the postseason, leading the Clippers past the top-seeded Jazz without Kawhi Leonard. With Leonard expected to be out through at least the All-Star Break, expect PG13 to take on a high usage rate and contribute significantly across most categories. He’s a borderline top-5 player who’s going in the early-to-mid second round, making him quite a value.
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo PF, C (MIL)
The two-time MVP and reigning world champion and Finals MVP is an easy first-round selection in fantasy drafts, but unless he can improve his awful FT shooting (sub-70% last two seasons), he’s an end-of-the-first type of guy. His elite scoring, rebounding, and assists are dragged down slightly by his three-point shooting but massively by his shooting from the charity stripe.
11. Bradley Beal SG, SF (WAS)
Beal finished with a career-high 31.3 points per game in 20-21, narrowly missing his second-straight scoring title while being edged out by Steph Curry. He understandably took a step back in the assists department with Russell Westbrook on the team, but Beal still ended the year with a 31/4/4 line that included 2.2 triples and 1.2 steals to go with elite shooting. With Westbrook gone, expect an uptick in assists and potentially a new career high in scoring, making Beal a first-round guy.
12. Jayson Tatum SF, PF (BOS)
Tatum’s star is burning brighter than ever heading into the new season after his electric scoring outburst to close out the season. Though Boston exited in the first round, it wasn’t for lack of trying on Tatum’s part. He scored 122 points over Boston’s final three playoff games, and from May 18 – May 28, he scored 50 points twice. Tatum is coming off his best season as a pro, averaging 26/7/4 with 2.9 triples, and we haven’t seen his best basketball yet. He’s well worth a first-round pick.
13. Anthony Davis PF, C (LAL)
Davis was arguably last season’s biggest bust thanks to career lows in points (21.8), rebounds (7.9), blocks (1.6), and FG% (49.1). AD appeared in a career-low 36 games thanks to lingering injuries, so his health almost certainly played a role in the lacking production. He’s sure to fall in drafts after the down year, but as long as he’s healthy, he’s still capable of posting first-round value.
14. Trae Young PG (ATL)
Arguably, no player saw his fantasy stock rise more in the playoffs than Young, who led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals and dazzled crowds along the way. He averaged 25.3 points, 9.4 dimes (career high) and 3.9 boards in 20-21, and while he did take a step back in the scoring department thanks to improved depth around him, he continued to nail triples and shoot well from the free-throw line. Young can make the leap to a top-12 player if he cleans up his turnovers and improves his FG%.
15. Jimmy Butler SF, PF, SG (MIA)
Fresh off signing a max extension, Butler will look to continue his strong play in Miami this season. He averaged 21/7/7 last season with 2.1 steals and just 2.1 turnovers. In two seasons with the Heat, he’s averaged 6.8 boards and 6.5 dimes. While the assist numbers will likely take a hit with Kyle Lowry on the roster, Butler shouldn’t fall off enough in that category to drop outside the second round of drafts. He’s not a three-point shooter, but he’ll provide strong contributions nearly everywhere else, including elite steal totals.
16. Nikola Vucevic C (CHI)
Vuc was one of the biggest fantasy surprises of last season, ending the year with first-round value thanks to some bonkers center stats. The big man posted a career-high 23.4 points while grabbing 11.7 boards, dishing 3.8 assists and hitting 2.5 triples. He’s an elite rebounder, shooter, and three-point specialist who rarely turns the ball over. He might take a step back in scoring thanks to the Bulls’ addition of DeMar DeRozan, but Vuc is a safe pick in the second round due to his strong production in non-scoring categories.
17. Domantas Sabonis PF, C (IND)
One of the best passing big men in basketball, Sabonis averaged a ridiculous 6.7 dimes from the center position to go with 20.3 points and 12.0 boards. He also posted 10 triple-doubles in his career-best campaign. Sabonis has shown continued improvement as a scorer, rebounder, and facilitator in each year since entering the league, and there’s optimism that he hasn’t peaked yet. Top-20 value isn’t out of the question at all.
18. Fred VanVleet PG, SG (TOR)
FVV averaged averaged 19.6 points, 6.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 3.3 triples across 52 games in yet another strong season in 20-21. Kyle Lowry has taken his talents to South Beach, which could lead to an increase in scoring and facilitating opportunities for the Wichita State product and a potential top-20 season.
19. Kyrie Irving PG, SG (BKN)
Last season, Irving became one of only four players in NBA history (Larry Bird twice, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry) to shoot 50/40/90 while averaging at least 26 points per game. He may see a decline in his counting stats if he, Durant, and James Harden can manage to stay on the floor together more often, but Irving’s elite shooting provides him a high fantasy floor worthy of a late second or early third-round selection.
20. Bam Adebayo PF, C (MIA)
What more can you say about a big who can score, rebound, and assist at a high level while shooting efficiently, providing quality defense, and posing as a triple-double threat? Adebayo is all of these things, and despite the absence of a three-point game, he should be locked and loaded as a second-round draft pick with first-round upside.
21. Michael Porter Jr. SF, PF (DEN)
MPJ took a strong step forward last season with 19.0 points, 7.3 boards, 2.8 triples and quality shooting, but can he make improvements in Year 3? He’s got the tools to be a first-round fantasy value, though he just hasn’t put it all together yet, lacking consistency from night-to-night. I’m willing to take a chance on him in the second round, though you’ll likely be able to get him later in drafts.
22. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG, SG (OKC)
SGA appeared in just 35 games and finished last season in March due to a plantar fascia tear. With OKC’s season already in the toilet and the team in full-tank mode, it wasn’t surprising to see him held out in a precautionary move. The young guard took another leap forward in his third season, averaging career highs in points (23.7), assists (5.9) and threes (2.0) to go with 4.7 boards while shooting high percentages from the field and the charity stripe. He agreed to a five-year max extension in the offseason and is on track to be ready for the start of the season. His status is one to monitor, but he’s still locked in as an early-round selection in fantasy drafts.
23. Chris Paul PG (PHO)
Every year we doubt CP3, and every year he delivers. Last season, Paul led the Suns to the NBA Finals behind a staggeringly strong regular season in which he averaged 16.4 points and posted a 4-1 assist-to-turnover margin. He’s an elite shooter, defender, facilitator, and rebounder who doesn’t hurt you in any category except blocks. There’s no reason to expect a precipitous drop-off this season.
24. LaMelo Ball PG, SG (CHA)
After winning Rookie of the Year honors behind strong all-around stats, the sky’s the limit for Ball in Year 2. In 32 starts, he averaged 17.9 points, 5.8 boards, 6.1 dimes, 2.1 triples, and 1.6 steals across 31 minutes per contest. He proved himself as a shooter and playmaker, and a step forward in any category would boost his value significantly. He could push for second-round value in his first full year as the starting PG.
25. LeBron James PG, SG, SF, PF (LAL)
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge LeBron fan. I just can’t justify drafting him around the Round 1/2 turn this season. James finished 24 in per-game average last season and 75 in totals after appearing in just 45 contests. He provided above-average production in points, assists, rebounds, threes, steals, and FG% while playing 33.5 minutes per night. The Lakers’ move to add Russell Westbrook (a player who needs the ball in his hands) was surely calculated to take some of the ball-handling responsibilities away from LeBron and give him another reliable playmaker. In his short tenure with the Lakers, he’s been the de facto PG, racking up plenty of counting stats along the way. With Russ in town (in addition to other notable shooters and playmakers including Carmelo Anthony), it wouldn’t be surprising to see a reduction in workload for the King, pushing his value back to the end of the second or beginning of the third round. He should still provide elite per-game numbers, but they won’t be worth a first-round selection. His value diminishes even more in roto leagues based on his recent durability.
26. Zach LaVine SG, SF (CHI)
The additions of Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan won’t scare me off LaVine at the second/third round turn. Last season, the young superstar averaged 27/5/5 while knocking down 3.4 triples per game and shooting phenomenally from the floor. His counting stats may take a slight dip, but he won’t be crashing back to earth by any means.
27. Zion Williamson PF (NOR)
After an electric sophomore season, Zion should be highly-touted heading into the new fantasy season. He’s an elite scorer who contributes significantly in boards and FG%, though he hasn’t shown a propensity for racking up defensive stats, and his three-point game is non-existent. One of the most valuable players in dynasty formats due to his immense upside, Zion’s value in redraft formats will depend on his ability to imrpove on defense and three-point shooting. In the meantime, he’s a top-30 guy.
28. Jrue Holiday PG, SG (MIL)
Holiday played an integral part in the Bucks’ championship last season, and his role should remain the same in ’21-22 as a floor general of one of the league’s best offenses who can stuff the stat sheet on a nightly basis. He averaged 17/6/4 a season ago, contributing 1.9 triples and 1.6 steals while shooting better than 50% from the floor. He’s an easy pick in Round 4 if he’s still on the board.
29. Rudy Gobert C (UTH)
Over the last five seasons, the big man has averaged 14.6 points, 12.7 boards, and 2.4 blocks while shooting 66.4% from the field. He won’t give you any threes and lacks in FT% and assists, but he more than makes up for those deficiencies with league-leading shooting efficiency and rebounding, elite blocks, and limited turnovers. He’s one of the safest picks in all of fantasy hoops thanks to his year-in consistency from the center position.
30. Khris Middleton SF, PF, SG (MIL)
Middleton is as steady and reliable as they come for fantasy managers, continually posting strong counting stats while shooting ultra-efficiently. In 2020-21, he dished a career-high 5.4 assists to go with 20.4 points and 6.0 boards while teasing a 50/40/90 shooting performance. His production isn’t expected to change in 2021-22, and he can be drafted in the mid-to-late third round of drafts.
31. Richaun Holmes PF, C (SAC)
Holmes parlayed his career 2020-21 season into a four-year extension in the offseason, and there’s no reason to believe he can’t post similar numbers in 21-22. The big man provides fantasy managers with solid scoring and rebounding, elite FG% and blocks, and few turnovers. Taking him in the fourth round wouldn’t be a reach at all.
32. Donovan Mitchell PG, SG (UTH)
Perhaps no player exemplifies consistent elite play more than Spida, as he’s averaged at least 20/4/4 with 2.4 triples and 1.0 steal in every one of his four NBA seasons. He averaged career highs in scoring (26.4) and assists (5.2) last season and will look to keep the forward momentum going in 21-22.
33. Tobias Harris SF, PF (PHI)
Harris posted huge numbers in 2020-21, averaging 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 combined blocks/steals while shooting 51/39/89 splits. A high-scoring, low-turnover, high-efficiency player like Harris should be drafted in the third or fourth round of drafts, knowing that there is upside for more after Ben Simmons is traded.
34. OG Anunoby SF, PF (TOR)
Anunoby posted career highs in points (15.9), rebounds (5.5), assists, (2.2), steals (1.5), and threes (2.4) while shooting 48/39/78 splits. He’s taken major steps forward and developed a well-rounded and efficient game that’s perfect for 9-cat fantasy leagues. Pascal Siakam will likely be out to start the season, boosting Anunoby’s value even further. Expect top-40 numbers at a severely-discounted price based on early ADP.
35. Jaylen Brown SG, SF (BOS)
Brown took another step forward last season, averaging 24/6/3 while flashing his upside as an elite scorer. With Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier gone, Brown should see even more work on offense as he continues to develop his game. Barring any setbacks from May wrist surgery, he should be all systems go for opening tip-off. An improvement from the FT line would raise his fantasy value even further.
36. Brandon Ingram SF, PF (NOR)
BI remains an elite fantasy option on a bad team who can contribute across the board. He’s got 40-point scoring upside and can steadily produce 20/4/4 lines in his sleep. He’s a safe fourth-round selection this season.
37. Jaren Jackson Jr. PF, C (MEM)
Jackson appeared in just 11 games last season but looked good while on the court. If he can remain healthy this season, there’s hope that he can build upon his productive 2019-20 season in which he averaged 17.4 points, 4.6 boards, 2.5 triples, and 1.6 blocks while shooting efficiently. Improvements on these numbers could net him top-40 production, and he may be an undervalued steal in fantasy drafts.
38. Julius Randle PF, C (NYK)
Last season’s Most Improved Player going from league-winner to bust? I’m afraid so. Randle led the Knicks in scoring, rebounds, and assists last season while rocking a 28.5% usage rate. That usage and those gaudy stats that made him such a valuable fantasy player are sure to take a dip in 2021-22. After relying on the likes of Alec Burks, Elfrid Payton, and Reggie Bullock for heavy minutes as playmakers last season, New York added Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier for an instant backcourt upgrade. Mitchell Robinson appeared in just 31 games last season but is expected to be healthy to start the season. After a spectacular regular season in which he led the NBA in minutes, Randle appeared fatigued in the playoffs, shooting just 29.8% from the floor and 33.3% from deep. After inking him to a massive, four-year extension, the Knicks are likely to take it easy on their franchise cornerstone, resulting in a decline in production this season. He’ll have a tough time living up to his lofty ADP.
39. Myles Turner PF, C (IND)
Last year’s blocks leader looks like a strong third-to-fourth-round selection in drafts this season. Turner won’t give you many points, but he can pull down boards, step out for a three, and rack up otherworldly swats.
40. Devin Booker SG, SF, PG (PHO)
Unsurprisingly, Booker took a step back as a facilitator last season with Chris Paul on the roster, though he still averaged a healthy 25/4/4 line. Booker doesn’t contribute much defensively, and his three-point game isn’t elite, but he can still get cooking on any given night. He’s worth a fourth-round pick this season.
41. Clint Capela C (ATL)
After averaging 15/14 with a pair of blocks, Capela will return to the Hawks on a new, two-year deal. He’s a 20/20 threat every time he takes the court and a reliable fantasy pick inside the top-50.
42. De’Aaron Fox PG (SAC)
Fox is one of the most exciting young point guards in the game, and though he can average 25/7/3 with ease, turnovers and poor FT shooting drag his value down into the late fourth round.
43. Deandre Ayton C (PHO)
Coming off a highly-productive postseason, Ayton will be a prized early-round center in fantasy drafts this season. Expect another double-double average with low turnovers, high FG%, and decent defensive stats.
44. Robert Williams III C, PF (BOS)
Time Lord was a huge fantasy pickup last season, and his strong play earned him a four-year extension with the C’s. After sharing time in a crowded frontcourt rotation last season, he looks like the bona fide starter, which should be a boon to his fantasy value. Health has been a problem for him throughout his career, but as long as he can stay on the court, receive minutes in the mid-to-high 20’s, and improve his poor shooting from the charity stripe, he could be a third-round value thanks to strong rebounding, FG%, and blocks. His current ADP is nowhere close to his ceiling, so take advantage while you can.
45. Malcolm Brogdon PG, SG (IND)
Brogdon may take a step back in some of his counting stats with a full season of Caris LeVert and the return of T.J. Warren, but he’s still a top-50 player thanks to his elite shooting and multi-category contributions.
46. Dejounte Murray PG, SG (SAS)
Murray enjoyed the best statistical season of his career in 2020-21, averaging 15/7/5 while recording five triple-doubles. He’s continued to grow in each of the three seasons since his rookie year, and if that trend continues, he could be ready to take off for fantasy managers.
47. John Collins PF, C (ATL)
Atlanta loaded up in the offseason, and Collins unsurprisingly took a nosedive in nearly every category. Still, there was a long way to fall from last year’s gaudy numbers, which ranked him 9th in per-game average. He fell just outside the top-50 in 20-21, but regardless of counting stats, he’s got a sturdy floor thanks to elite shooting and low turnovers.
48. Mikal Bridges SG, SF (PHO)
A jack-of-all-trades, Bridges offers elite shooting and strong production in a number of categories. His only weakness is a lack of assists, but otherwise, he doesn’t hurt you anywhere.
49. Christian Wood PF, C (HOU)
Wood is a 20/10 guy who can provide some useful defensive numbers and three-pointers to boot. He may take a step back in the scoring department this season with the addition of Jalen Green and a full season from Kevin Porter Jr, but Wood should remain a mid-round fantasy player thanks to his upside in other categories.
50. Gordon Hayward SG, SF (CHA)
Hayward’s sprained right foot caused him to miss the final 25 games of the regular season, and health concerns still cloud his fantasy outlook. Since 2017-18, his games played are: 72, 52, and 44 respectively. When on the court, he came up big in his first season with the Hornets, averaging 19.6 points, 5.9 boards, 4.1 dimes, 1.9 triples, and 1.2 steals while shooting efficiently as usual. As long as he’s healthy, he has obvious potential to post top-40 per-game numbers. Reports indicate he’ll be ready to go for Charlotte’s opener, but keep an eye on him ahead of drafts.
51. Lonzo Ball PG, SG (CHI)
Ball took a leap forward as a shooter last season, nailing a career-best 3.1 triples per game to go with his well-rounded averages. Ball is an effective rebounder and facilitator capable of posting triple-doubles any time he takes the floor. As long as he can maintain his elite long-range shooting with Chicago, he’s got a chance for top-50 numbers, leading and distributing to an offense of capable scorers.
52. Kristaps Porzingis PF, C (DAL)
KP’s wretched playoff performance is sure to leave a sour taste in some fantasy managers’ mouths, but he’s still a top-70 fantasy player this season. The big man continues to put up strong regular-season numbers in points, rebounds, triples, and blocks. He’s appeared in just 100 games for the Mavs over the last two seasons after sitting out the entire 18-19 season. Injury concerns are omnipresent, but if you can stomach the uncertain availability, he’s worth a roster spot for his per-game production.
53. Jusuf Nurkic C (POR)
Nurkic is another example of a skilled passing big, and as such, his skillset is highly valued for fantasy hoops. Health is a clear concern, but if he can remain on the court, Nurkic has second-round upside given the lack of depth at center in Portland.
54. Russell Westbrook PG (LAL)
Westbrook is a counting stats machine who’s now averaged a triple-double four seasons in a row, including last season in Washington. He’s a monstrous player in points leagues, though his value gets dragged down due to shooting, threes, and turnovers in categories leagues. Regardless, he should have enough volume in LA to warrant top-60 consideration in 9-cat leagues and top-50 consideration in 8-cat leagues that ignore turnovers.
55. CJ McCollum PG, SG (POR)
McCollum started hot out of the gate last season before an injury forced him to miss 25 games. He finished the year with career highs in points (23.1), assists (4.7), and triples (3.6). You know what you’re getting from CJM every year — 20/4/4 with some solid shooting. He’s a top-60 guy, but Damian Lillard caps his upside.
56. Derrick White PG, SG (SAS)
White came into his own as a three-point shooter last season, notching career highs in threes attempted, threes made, and three-point percentage. That lead to a spike in scoring to go along with quality contributions in the peripheral categories. Most notably, he averaged a block per game from the guard position. With DeMar DeRozan gone, White could see his minutes, production, and fantasy value shoot up.
57. Caris LeVert SG, SF (IND)
LeVert averaged 20/4/4 in 35 games with the Pacers last season, starting slow and finding his stride as the season went on. He was placed in the league’s health and safety protocols ahead of Indiana’s final game of the season but is expected to be back healthy for his first full season with the team. LeVert should slot in as the starting SG.
58. Mike Conley PG (UTH)
The veteran has aged like a fine wine, and despite starting last season injured, he finished on a high note and averaged 16/6/3 with over 2.7 and 1.4 steals per contest. He signed a lucrative, three-year deal to remain with the Jazz, so he’s firmly entrenched as the starting PG.
59. DeMar DeRozan SF, PF, SG (CHI)
DeRozan’s scoring and facilitiating are sure to regress with Chicago, but he can still be a 20/4/4 guy, which is just fine for fantasy managers. DeRozan doesn’t have a three-point game to speak of, but he does enough elsewhere to warrant top-60 consideration.
60. Ja Morant PG (MEM)
Morant is without a doubt one of the highest-upside young talents in the NBA, but is that upside worth an early fourth-round fantasy pick? Morant finished last season outside the top-100 in per-game value thanks to a decrease in his already-poor shooting and negligible increases in scoring, rebounds, and assists. There’s a lot to love about a guy who averaged 19/7/4 a season ago, though he has some glaring weaknesses in defensive stats, turnovers, threes, and shooting percentages that make him a risky option in Year 3. Memphis has a backcourt loaded with talent in the likes of Dillon Brooks and De’Anthony Melton and talent across the roster at every position. While Morant will obviously have the ball in his hand more often than not, he’s far from the only playmaker on the team. He’ll need to clean up his turnovers and improve his efficiency this season if he hopes to live up to the fantasy hype that’s been heaped upon him.
61. Pascal Siakam PF, C (TOR)
Spicy P took small steps back in scoring, threes, and rebounds last season, though he improved in steals, assists, FG% and FT%. His outlook is trending up with the departure of Kyle Lowry, though Siakam had surgery on his shoulder in June, meaning he likely won’t be available to start the season. As long as his play isn’t affected by the injury, he’s poised to post top-50 value once again.
62. Terry Rozier PG, SG (CHA)
Rozier’s career season (20/4/4 with 3.4 triples) earned him an extension with Charlotte, and while replicating those numbers might be difficult, he shouldn’t be too far off the mark this season.
63. Kyle Lowry PG (MIA)
Lowry continues to produce this late into his career, and he’s a guy who can still give you 15/7/4 on a nightly basis with some steals and threes mixed in. Don’t expect his production to fall off after signing with Miami. You can feel confident drafting him in the fifth or sixth round of fantasy drafts.
64. Darius Garland PG, SG (CLE)
In his second season, Garland took significant strides as a scorer and facilitator, posting career highs in points and assists to go with career highs in steals, threes, and FG%. If he can continue to score at a high clip and get teammates involved, he should be a fine target in the sixth or seventh rounds of drafts.
65. Bogdan Bogdanovic SF, PF, SG (ATL)
Bogdanovic was huge for Atlanta when Trae Young was out, and he played well alongside Young as well. Over the final 29 games of the regular season, Bogi averaged 20.4 points, 3.9 dimes, 3.8 boards, 1.5 steals, and just 1.3 turnovers while shooting 50/48/90 splits and chipping in 4.1 triples. That elite production was good for first-round value for large stretches of that span. He be a huge value to fantasy managers if he remains healthy for the entire season, offering strong numbers in points and triples while contributing useful peripheral stats as well.
66. Anthony Edwards SG, SF (MIN)
After a slow start to the season, Edwards turned it on to close out his rookie campaign and finished with averages of 19.3 points, 4.7 boards, 2.9 assists, 2.4 triples, and 1.1 steals. An improvement in FG% and FT% could push his value even higher after finishing as a top-100 player on a per-game basis in 20-21.
67. Isaiah Stewart PF, C (DET)
The All-Rookie selection averaged an impressive 13.3 points, 11.2 boards, and 2.1 blocks per-36-minutes in his inaugural campaign, and with Mason Plumlee off to Charlotte, Stewart should be in line for an expanded role in his second season. The arrival of Kelly Olynyk complicates things, but Stewart should see a significant uptick in the 21.8 minutes he averaged as a rookie.
68. Tyrese Haliburton PG, SG (SAC)
Haliburton earned Rookie of the Year votes behind an impressive campaign in which he averaged 13/5/3 while making significant contributions in threes and steals. He missed the final eight games of the season due to a knee injury but is expected to be fully healthy. He’ll have renewed competition for minutes in the form of Davion Mitchell, who was drafted No. 9 by the Kings in this year’s draft.
69. Draymond Green PF, C (GSW)
Green will never be a preeminent scorer or shooter, but he makes up for those lacking stats in the peripheral categories. Over the last six seasons, he’s averaged 7.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 2.7 combined blocks/steals. Green’s got a safe fantasy floor as a reliable contributor in those categories.
70. Miles Bridges SF, PF (CHA)
Bridges took another step forward as a three-point shooter last season, and he averaged 12/6/2 with 1.8 treys and solid shooting. Minutes may be tougher to come by in 21-22 with the additions of Kelly Oubre and Mason Plumlee.
71. Collin Sexton PG, SG (CLE)
Sexton posted career highs in points, assists, rebounds, steals, and FG% in his third season, and if he can continue his strong play from 2020-21, he should comfortably be a top-75 fantasy option thanks in large part to his premier scoring.
72. Jonas Valanciunas C (NOR)
After two and a half strong seasons with Memphis, JV will play for the Pels this season in a move that will likely diminish his fantasy value. Valanciunas finished 40th in per-game value last season, as he parlayed career highs in points (17.1), rebounds (12.5), and FG% (59.1) into the best fantasy season of his career. Based on that finish, his ADP is already lofty, and taking him in the middle of the fourth round would be drafting him at his ceiling. Playing alongside Zion Williamson, Valanciunas will likely be asked to play more outisde of the paint to help space the floor and open things up for the former. While Valanciunas has been a respectable three-point shooter in limited tries throughout his career, he’s not a high-volume outside scorer. Playing further away from the basket could cut into his rebounds and FG% – two of the categories that made him such a value a season ago.Finally, I can’t think of a scenario in which JV approaches the 17.1 points he posted a season ago while sharing the court with two high scorers in Williamson (27.0 PPG) and Brandon Ingram (23.8 PPG).
73. Mitchell Robinson C (NYK)
Blockinson appeared in just 31 games last season, though he averaged a career-high 8.1 boards to go with 8.3 points and 1.5 swats while shooting 65.3% from the floor. He can offer elite blocking and FG% with solid rebounding, though he has no three-point game, horrendous FT shooting, and lack of scoring upside.
74. Jerami Grant SF, PF (DET)
After stints with the Nuggets and Thunder, Grant broke out in his first season with the Pistons, leading the team in scoring with a career-high 22.3 points per game. He may cede some of that scoring to Cade Cunningham, but Grant should remain heavily involved in the offense.
75. Cade Cunningham PG, SG (DET)
The No. 1 pick in this year’s draft should slot in immediately as the Piston’s top scorer and playmaker, giving him top-75 upside.
76. Jakob Poeltl C (SAS)
Poeltl came on last season with increased opportunity, logging a career-high 26.7 minutes per game. In those minutes, he averaged career highs in points (8.6), rebounds (7.9), and blocks (1.8) while shooting better than 60% for the fourth straight season. He should be the Spurs’ starting center this season, and if he can see similar playing time, he could be in line to set new career highs.
77. Chris Boucher PF, C (TOR)
No fantasy player was more frustrating than Boucher last season. He would post a monster game then be relegated to the bench, then repeat the cycle over and over again. The addition of Khem Birch complicated matters further, but heading into the new season, Boucher remains the higher-upside player. He’ll likely cause some headaches, but his ceiling is too high to fade.
78. D’Angelo Russell PG, SG (MIN)
As long as he can remain healthy, Russell has plenty of appeal in the seventh or eighth round of fantasy drafts as a solid source of points, threes, and steals. He’s more valuable in 8-cat leagues that ignore turnovers.
79. Marcus Smart PG, SG (BOS)
With Kemba Walker gone, Smart is expected to take on an expanded role as a facilitator this season. He’ll be a great source of assists, steals, and threes for fantasy managers.
80. P.J. Washington PF, C (CHA)
Despite added depth, Washington should remain a staple in the Hornets’ starting lineup at PF. In two seasons, the Kentucky product has shown the ability to rebound and rack up defensive stats at a high level while contributing in threes.
81. Reggie Jackson PG, SG (LAC)
Jackson played a pivotal role for the Clippers in last year’s playoffs, averaging 21.4 points, 4.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals over the final eight games. With Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely, Jackson should hear his number called as a primary scorer and facilitator. He’s an easy top-100 fantasy pick with upside for more.
82. Kevin Porter Jr. SG, SF, PG (HOU)
KPJ was a tour de force in 26 games last season, averaging 16.6 points, 6.3 dimes, 3.8 boards, and 1.9 triples after being called up from the G League. The highlight of his season came on April 29, when he led the Rockets to an improbable double-OT victory over the Bucks behind 50 points, 11 assists, five boards, and nine triples. The sky’s the limit for Porter if he can clean up his turnovers and improve his shooting percentages.
83. Spencer Dinwiddie PG, SG (WAS)
Dinwiddie missed all but three games in 20-21 due to a knee injury, but the last time we played a full season, he averaged 20.6 points, 6.8 dimes, 3.5 boards, and 1.9 triples with Brooklyn and was snubbed for what should have been an obvious All-Star selection. He’ll be the Wizards’ starting PG this season in a role that should be highly-beneficial to his fantasy value.
84. Andrew Wiggins SG, SF (GSW)
In his first full season with the Dubs, Wiggins posted solid numbers across the board, and while his scoring took a step back, his efficiency certainly did not. Wiggins shot a career-high 47.7 FG%, nailed 2.0 threes a game for the second straight season, and shot his best FT% in four seasons. He improved on defense as well and averaged 1.9 combined blocks/steals. With Klay Thompson still out and no significant additions to Golden State’s roster, Wiggins is a borderline top-100 guy again.
85. Devonte’ Graham PG, SG (NOR)
After his last two strong seasons with the Hornets (16.5 points, 6.5 assists, 3.4 triples, 3.0 rebounds), Graham landed a four-year deal with the Pels, where he figures to be the starting PG with Lonzo Ball gone. He’s a top-100 guy for the 21-22 season.
86. Jarrett Allen C (CLE)
Allen had the best season of his career in 2020-21, posting averages of 12.8 points, 10.0 boards, and 1.4 blocks while shooting 61.8% from the field. A traditional big with no three-point game, Allen is reliant on rebounds, blocks, and a high FG%. At least two of those categories could be poised to take a dip this season. With the third pick in this year’s draft, Cleveland selected Evan Mobley, the seven-footer who can handle the ball and has the ability to shoot outside the paint and swat shots effectively. Also in the mix is the now-expensive Lauri Markkanen who came to the Cavs via sign-and-trade in the offseason. Both frontcourt additions figure to see 25-30 minutes a night and could eat into Allen’s numbers. It’s tough to imagine Allen falling outside the top-90 this season, but drafting him at current ADP in the middle of the sixth round is a bit of a reach. You can find better options in this range with less question marks.
87. Robert Covington PF, C, SF (POR)
The prototypical 3-and-D player, RoCo offers a little bit of production across the board, though he’s not elite in any one. After a slow start to last season, he finished in fantasy managers’ good graces. Portland added Larry Nance in the offseason, and his skillset is similar to Covington’s, meaning there may be competition for minutes at PF.
88. Buddy Hield SG, SF (SAC)
Hield is going to face plenty of competition for minutes in Sacramento’s crowded backcourt, but he’s one of the league’s preeminent three-point shooters who’s able to contribute just enough in other categories to remain in the top-100.
89. Evan Fournier SG, SF (NYK)
Fournier should be a primary scoring option for the Knicks right away, and his steady shooting and ability to knock down threes has him right inside the top-100.
90. Nickeil Alexander-Walker SG, SF, PG (NOR)
NAW shined last season, making his most with an expanded role in his second year in the league. In 13 starts, he averaged 19/5/3 with 3.1 triples and 1.1 steals. With Lonzo Ball and Eric Bledsoe shipped off to new locales, NAW is expected to be the Pels’ starting SG in 21-22, opening the door for a possible breakout.
91. Jonathan Isaac SF, PF (ORL)
Isaac missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus, and he’s played just 34 games over the last two seasons. His upside as an elite defender makes him an interesting late-round selection, though there are plenty of risks involved with spending a pick on him.
92. Kyle Anderson SF, PF (MEM)
Slow Mo won’t blow you away in the box score, but he provides sound production across multiple categories and doesn’t drag you down in any of them.
93. Ben Simmons PG (PHI)
After an embarrassing performance in Philly’s second-round loss and tumultous offseason, Simmons’ stock is in the toilet. Still, it’s tough to entirely fade a PG who racks up rebounds, assists, and steals in droves. Simmons’ knocks are the same as they ever were, and his value takes a hit thanks to poor FT% and the complete absence of a long-range game. It’s tough to pin down his value until we find out where he’s playing next season, so for now, he should be viewed as a risk/reward pick in the eighth or ninth round.
94. Bobby Portis Jr. PF, C (MIL)
“Crazy Eyes” will return to the Bucks after playing a key role for the championship squad last season. He was a top-100 player off the bench and should approach similar value this season.
95. Dennis Schroder PG (BOS)
Though Schroder has unfortunately become a punchline for turning down a lucrative offer from the Lakers last season to end up signing a one-year deal with the C’s, he should still be a productive fantasy player who can contribute in multiple categories. No matter his role, expect him to play with tenacity after the disastrous offseason.
96. Brook Lopez C (MIL)
Lopez won’t wow with scoring or rebounding, but he does enough in both categories paired with his strong production in blocks and triples to remain a top-100 guy, albeit a boring one.
97. Norman Powell SG, SF (POR)
Powell will return to Portland on a new, five-year extension. He figures to be a primary scoring option alongside Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
98. Mason Plumlee PF, C (CHA)
Plumlee fills an obvious position of need for the Hornets and should be a nice addition to fantasy benches after going 10/9/3 last season with the Pistons. He’s one of the better passing centers in the league.
99. Kelly Olynyk PF, C (DET)
To say Olynyk played well down the stretch of last season would be an understatement. After his trade to the Rockets, the big man averaged 19.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals over 31.1 minutes across 27 games. He provided first-round fantasy value in that span and likely won some managers their league titles. He’s not likely to have the same impact or minutes for Detroit, but he should push for top-100 value.
100. Thaddeus Young PF, C, SF (SAS)
“Thadgic Johnson” averaged 12/6/4 for Chicago last season while teasing multiple triple-doubles. His ability to play point forward will serve him well wherever he ultimately plays this season. Fantasy managers can draft him just outside the top-100.
101. Derrick Favors C, PF (OKC)
Favors logged just over 15 minutes per game last season, but his per-36 averages were impressive: 12.8, 13.0, and 3.5 combined blocks/steals while shooting better than 63% from the floor. Al Horford had plenty of success in OKC when healthy and on the floor, and Favors could fill a similar role if the Thunder decide not to give Isaiah Roby a major role this season. Favors will likely be slept on, but he’s got a realistic path to top-80 numbers, assuming he gets 25 minutes a night.
102. Daniel Gafford C, PF (WAS)
After joining the Wizards at the end of last season, Gafford averaged 10.1 points, 5.6 boards, and 1.8 blocks over 17.7 minutes in 23 appearances. That works out to 20.6 points, 11.1 boards, and 3.6 blocks per-36 minutes. He was used sparingly, though with both Alex Len and Robin Lopez gone, Gafford should find his way to more minutes, at least while Thomas Bryant is out.
103. Harrison Barnes SF, PF (SAC)
Harrison supplied reliable scoring, rebounding, and assists for Sacramento last season, and his role should remain unchanged in 21-22.
104. John Wall PG (HOU)
Wall has appeared in just 113 games over the last four seasons, and while he can be a strong source of scoring and assists, his poor shooting and turnovers drag his value down significantly when he’s on the court.
105. Jalen Suggs PG, SG (ORL)
Suggs averaged 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.7 combined blocks/steals across 21.8 minutes in three Summer League appearances before a thumb sprain forced him out early. He should be all-systems-go for the opener, but keep an eye on the rookie. As long as he’s healthy, his athleticism and skillset make him an intriguing top-100 selection in fantasy drafts.
106. Khem Birch PF, C (TOR)
Birch experienced a revival after arriving in Toronto, averaging 11.9 points, 7.6 boards, and 1.2 blocks across 30.4 minutes per contest in 19 games. Though Chris Boucher’s ceiling is higher than Birch’s, the two shouldn’t be viewed as miles apart in fantasy value, as they could be sharing minutes this season.
107. Jordan Clarkson PG, SG (UTH)
Clarkson earned Sixth Man of the Year honors in 2020-21 after averaging 18.4 points and 3.1 triples per contest. Providing instant offense for Utah, he was the only player to come off the bench and score 40 points last season. With Mike Conley available to start the season, Clarkson could lose some playing time, though he should still be relied on for his microwave offense and push for top-100 value again.
108. Wendell Carter Jr. C (ORL)
Carter looked solid in his limited run with the Magic last season, and he’s expected to be the team’s starting center in 21-22. He’s a nice pick in the later ninth or tenth rounds of fantasy drafts.
109. De’Andre Hunter SF, PF (ATL)
Hunter appeared in just 23 games last season but showed plenty of promise as a shooter, scorer, and rebounder. As long as he can stay healthy this season, Hunter could push for top-100 value.
110. Ivica Zubac C (LAC)
Zubac has a low ceiling, but he’s a dependable source of rebounds and FG% who starts for a shorthanded team.
111. Kemba Walker PG (NYK)
Walker will play for the PG-needy Knicks this season where he should be expected to provide scoring and facilitating that were lacking from that position a season ago. Derrick Rose is back, and it’s unclear how the minutes will shake out. For now, Walker is the safe bet to start, though Rose could limit his time on the court.
112. Larry Nance Jr. PF, C (POR)
Nance will likely come off the bench in a Sixth Man role for the Blazers, but he’s proven to be a strong contributor in rebounds, defense, and threes and should be fantasy relevant even with a decreased workload.
113. Keldon Johnson SF, PF (SAS)
Johnson took a step forward last season with 12 points and 6.8 boards across 28.5 minutes per game, and with DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay gone, Johnson could see an even bigger workload in 21-22. Johnson’s value would get a bump if Thad Young gets traded.
114. Isaiah Roby C, PF (OKC)
Roby appeared in 61 games last season (34 starts), though he only averaged 23.4 minutes per contest. He showed plenty of promise as a scorer and rebounder, and with Al Horford and Moses Brown with new teams, Roby should be in line for a full-time starting role that could net him significant fantasy value.
115. Saddiq Bey SF (DET)
One of two Pistons’ All-Rookie selections last season, Bey showed off as a scorer and lethal three-point shooter. He’s expected to be Detroit’s starting SF this season, but the addition of Cade Cunningham could limit Bey’s opportunities as a scorer on the wing.
116. Joe Ingles SG, SF, PF (UTH)
Ingles was a nice streaming option last season with Mike Conley in and out of the lineup, but with Conley expected to be healthy, Ingles’ value is outside the 10th round of fantasy drafts.
117. Klay Thompson SG, SF (GSW)
Thompson hasn’t played since 2018-19 due to a torn ACL and torn Achilles. He’s targeting a return on Christmas, but it’s unclear how much he’ll play when he returns and how much rust he’ll have to knock off. He’s worth a late-round gamble if you have a vacant IR spot.
118. Aleksej Pokusevski SF, PF (OKC)
Poku had a productive rookie campaign, averaging 11.1 points, 5.4 boards, and 2.7 dimes in 28 starts. He’s an interesting player, who can play any position 3-5 and occasionally get hot from three, though last season’s strong showing may have been born of necessity while OKC dealt with a plethora of injuries. Poku likely won’t have a ton of value if the roster is healthier and/or he can’t clean up his dreadful shooting percentages.
119. Kyle Kuzma SF, PF (WAS)
Though Kuzma’s fantasy value went into the tank after LeBron James came to LA, he’s shown that he can be a productive scorer and rebounder when given the opportunity. The move to Washington could give him a needed kickstart, especially on a team where he figures to play a key role on offense.
120. Evan Mobley C, PF (CLE)
It’s tough to project Mobley’s usage as a rookie as he’ll join a frontcourt that features Lauri Markkanen, Jarrett Allen and (for now) Kevin Love. A No. 3 draft selection suggests that he’ll still figure prominently into the gameplan given his defensive abilities. He’s worth a look in the later rounds of drafts.
121. Nerlens Noel PF, C (NYK)
Noel was a fantasy darling last season, posting top-100 numbers thanks to elite defensive numbers and FG%. He should still provide some streaming value when Mitchell Robinson is out, but as long as Robinson is healthy, Noel will likely play out the year as a blocks specialist for teams in need.
122. Royce O’Neale SF, PF (UTH)
One of the most boring and unheralded fantasy players, RON has continued to see heavy minutes as a full-time starter for the Jazz. He contributes enough production across the board to keep him in the top-125 conversation year after year.
123. Joe Harris SG, SF (BKN)
Harris always finds his way to fantasy relevancy thanks to elite shooting, particularly from beyond the arc.
124. Matisse Thybulle SG, SF (PHI)
Thybulle isn’t likely to be a consistent source of offense for Philly, but his work as a defender keeps him squarely in the top-150. He averaged 1.1 blocks and 1.6 steals last season in just 20 minutes per game, and an increase in playing time would do wonders for his fantasy value. With Ben Simmons likely on the move and Tyrese Maxey a potential trade chip in any hypothetical deal, there’s optimism that Thybulle’s role could expand in Year 3. He’ll need to cleanup his poor shooting to ascend further up the fantasy rankings.
125. Kawhi Leonard SG, SF, PF (LAC)
After undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL, Leonard is out until at least the All-Star Break, though no definitive timetable has been given for his return. He’s a risky pick in the later rounds of fantasy drafts and should only be taken if you have multiple IR spots in which to stash him.
126. Dillon Brooks SG, SF (MEM)
Brooks continued to ascend as a scorer last season, averaging a career-high 17.2 points while chipping in some big games. He’s worth a late-round shot to see if he can improve in the peripheral categories.
127. Mo Bamba C (ORL)
Bamba came on strong to end last season, averaging 11.1 points, 7.5 boards, 1.6 blocks, and 1.2 triples in just 20.1 minutes of action in his final 24 games. He’s likely to come off the bench this season, but his stellar per-minute production should earn him additional minutes which could translate into big fantasy numbers. He’s worth a look near the top-125 as a potential league-winner if Wendell Carter is forced to miss time.
128. Derrick Rose PG, SG (NYK)
Rose is back with the Knicks, and there’s a good chance he shares significant minutes with Kemba Walker at PG. Rose has proven to still be an effective scorer and facilitator when he’s on the court, and given his history with Thom Thibodeau and the three-year extension he just signed, there’s good reason to believe he’ll play meaningful minutes.
129. Lauri Markkanen PF, C (CLE)
It’s tough to know how Cleveland will dole out its frontcourt minutes, but Markkanen will have to compete with Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen for playing time. Markkanen is an interesting late-round flier due to his upside as a three-point shooter, but he remains a guy to target in the later rounds of drafts rather than inside the top-100. There are too many question marks right now.
130. Jalen Green SG (HOU)
Arguably one of the best scorers and playmakers in this year’s draft class, Green should start for the Rockets right away and play a featured role on offense.
131. Chuma Okeke PF (ORL)
After missing all of 2019-20 due to a torn ACL, Okeke made his NBA debut and showed plenty of upside. He averaged 12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals in 30.9 minutes over his final 17 appearances (all starts), but he played just 45 games and missed the end of the season with a knee injury. As long as he’s available, he should be a full-time starter for the rebuilding Magic – a role which makes him a solid late-round addition to fantasy teams in upcoming drafts.
132. Montrezl Harrell PF, C (WAS)
Harrell had a down year in LA, but the former Sixth Man of the Year should have some increased opportunities off the bench in the nation’s capitol this season.
133. Marcus Morris Sr. PF, C, SF (LAC)
Morris should be a starter for the Kawhi-less Clippers, and his usual numbers are enough to warrant end-of-draft consideration.
134. T.J. McConnell PG, SG (IND)
After a surprisingly efficient season, McConnell should be a useful fantasy option in 21-22 thanks to his quality shooting, steals, and assists even off the Pacers’ bench.
135. De’Anthony Melton PG, SG (MEM)
Melton once again saw limited run, but he was ultra-efficient with his minutes, averaging 16.3 points, 5.5 boards, 4.5 dimes, 3.2 combined blocks/steals, and 3.0 triples per-36 minutes last season. It’s unlikely he sees an uptick in minutes this season, as Memphis’ backcourt is one of the most crowded in the NBA. You can roll the dice on him as a late-round flier, but you can’t win your leagues on per-36 numbers.
136. Malik Beasley PG, SG, SF (MIN)
Beasley is being slept on this season given the injuries and suspensions that cost him all but 35 games last season, but his production can’t be ignored. In his brief first full season with the Wolves, Beasley averaged career highs in points (19.6), rebounds (4.4), threes (3.5), and assists (2.4). He’ll lose some of that volume and usage to Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell, and Karl-Anthony Towns, but Beasley has served his prison sentence and NBA suspension, appears to be healthy, and will likely start for Minnesota. He’s probably being undervalued in fantasy drafts right now.
137. Patrick Williams SF, PF (CHI)
After a dominant Summer League, can P-Will carve out a meaningful role in what’s become a loaded Bulls’ starting lineup?
138. Al Horford PF, C (BOS)
Even though he’s getting a bit long in the tooth, Horford can still provide meaningful numbers for fantasy managers. He’s one of the smartest players in the league who’s known for efficiency, shooting threes, and the ability to contribute accross multiple categories.
139. Nicolas Batum SF, PF, SG (LAC)
Batum goes the dynamite! The former Hornet enjoyed a career resurgence in his first season with the Clippers, and that success should carry over into 2021-22. Batum provided negative production in just two categories last season: points and assists. He should be called on more as a scorer with Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely, and he does enough as a capable shooter to make up for deficiencies elsewhere.
140. Thomas Bryant C (WAS)
Bryant underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee back in February. His timetable for return has him back in action around December 1, though that is not firm. Bryant has shown plenty of upside in recent seasons, averaging 13.8 points, 6.7 boards, 1.5 combined blocks/steals, and 0.9 triples, while shooting 61.5% from the floor over the 56 games played across the last two seasons. If you’ve got room at the end of your bench or an extra IR spot and can stomach the uncertainty that comes with drafting him, he’s worth a look in the 12th round or later.
141. Facundo Campazzo PG (DEN)
In 28 games as a starter last season, Campazzo averaged 9.4 points, 5.2 dimes, 3.5 boards, 1.6 steals, 1.6 triples, and 1.6 TOs per contest. He shot just 38% from the field, but his well-rounded stat line made him a viable pickup after Jamal Murray went down with a torn ACL. It’s unclear if Facu or Monte Morris will be the starter for Denver while Murray recovers, but both are worthy of a pickup at the end of fantasy drafts. The early edge should go to the former because of his three-and-D abilities.
142. Jae’Sean Tate SF, PF (HOU)
Tate came out of nowhere, starting 58 games as a rookie and landing an All-Rookie selection in the process. He’ll have additional competition for minutes at forward with Jalen Green and Daniel Theis, though Tate should be the first forward off the bench.
143. Tim Hardaway Jr. SG, SF (DAL)
Hardaway inked a four-year extension to remain with the Mavs, and outside of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, he’s the most reliable scorer on the team. He averaged 16.6 points and 3.0 triples last season and should be a useful source of points and threes in 21-22. Don’t expect too much in the peripheral categories, though.
144. RJ Barrett SG, SF (NYK)
Barrett ranked 154 in per-game fantasy value and 102 in total fantasy value last season in large part due to his poor shooting and lack of defensive stats. He’ll need to take another step forward in efficiency if he hopes to be fantasy relevant on a team that just added Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier to contribute on offense. Barrett’s primary value to this point in his career has been points, and a decrease in volume doesn’t bode well for a career 42/68/35 shooter.
145. Donte DiVincenzo PG, SG (MIL)
DiVincenzo provided 10th-round value last season thanks to a strong all-around game and a full-time starting role with the Bucks. As long as he’s recovered from the ankle injury that forced him to miss the majority of the playoffs, he should be in line for a similar role in 21-22.
146. Eric Bledsoe PG, SG (LAC)
After a miserable season in New Orleans, Bledsoe is back with the team that drafted him, and he should be in line for minutes in the mid-20’s to low-30’s. He’ll likely slot in as the team’s starting SG or play some PG for the second unit. Regardless, it’s tough to trust him given his poor shooting and loss of his role as a primary facilitator.
147. Jae Crowder SF, PF (PHO)
Crowder is the prototypical 3-and-D player that NBA teams covet, which is why he’s found his way to the Finals in two straight seasons for two different teams. An elite source of threes who commits less than a turnover per game, Crowder’s fantasy value is reserved to deeper leagues, though he’s provided plenty of useful stat lines throughout his career when given expanded minutes.
148. Duncan Robinson SG, SF (MIA)
As one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA, he’s worth a look near the end of fantasy drafts.
149. Steven Adams C (MEM)
Adams had a disastrous 2020-21, averaging 7.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.6 combined blocks/steals while shooting just 44.4% from the charity stripe. Though he turned in one of the worst seasons of his career, Adams could bounce back in Memphis, where he’s likely to start at center for the Grizz. Given his track record, he’s worth a late-round flier, though expecting much more than late-round production is taking a leap of faith. The Grizzlies could opt to play Jaren Jackson at center, where he could stretch the floor as a three-point shooter – something that’s not a part of Adams’ game.
150. Kelly Oubre Jr. SG, SF, PF (CHA)
Oubre enjoyed a productive season in his only season with the short-handed Warriors, though his numbers are likely to take a big hit with the loaded Hornets.
By Zachary Hanshew