Mike Gallagher

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2018-19 Fantasy NBA Rankings 2

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


We're back to do a little preview for next season. In case you missed the top 25, bang it here. I bumped down some guards because of injuries to their knees, and there sure are a lot of them right now. 

 

This is for nine-category head-to-head leagues, so I'm putting a lot of stock into guys being available for the last month of the season.

 

26. Otto Porter - Two terrific years in a row. Does a little bit of everything and he’s stayed on the court despite a rough start to his career with injuries. Besides January of this season, he’s been consistently good for basically every month in the last two years.

 

27. Myles Turner - Letdown season in 2017-18 after a very impressive 2016-17, but don’t forget he just turned 22 last week. Plus, he’s looked better this month, too. A guy that can put up 50 FG%, 80 FT% and block around two shots is just such a great building block for a team.

 

28. Devin Booker - We wanted him to grow into a more well-rounded producer and he came through. Getting to the line 6.1 times per game and making 87.8 FT% is huge. The Suns probably want Ayton over a point guard, right?

 

29. Kyle Lowry - We’ve been waiting for the minutes drop to come, and it finally did. He played 37.4 minutes per game in 2016-17, but it dropped all the way to 32.3 this season. He also shook off the late-season injury narrative this season, too.

 

30. Kristaps Porzingis - Gonna be tough for him to be up to speed until December, but the upside is ridiculous and the Knicks won’t be very good next year. Possible rest risk late in the season, too.

 

31. C.J. McCollum - Didn’t really take a step forward with a dip in scoring, dimes, blocks, and percentages, but McCollum looks like he’s hitting 80 games for the third straight season. That’s impressive for a guy logging 36 minutes per night. Except for the final two games of last season and the first game of this season due to suspension, he’s played in every game. 

 

32. Lonzo Ball - All those Jason Kidd comparisons look legit. Sure, he’s not going to shoot the ball well, but he does so much on the stat sheet. Since the break, Lonzo averaged 10.2 points, 6.6 boards, 7.7 dimes, 2.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.0 treys.

 

33. DeMar DeRozan - Durability is the name of the game and he had a Booker-like jump to adding more non-scoring stats. DeRozan’s scoring did fall to 23.4 points per game, but he went up to 5.1 dimes and 1.1 treys.

 

34. Gary Harris - This new knee injury is a little bit of a buzzkill and don’t forget he takes a while to get over injuries. Still, he’s another guy that just does so many things well and he continues to shoot the ball efficiently.

 

35. Clint Capela - Such a great season and is the mix for Most Improved Player. He’s also up to 55.6 percent from the line this season. Remember when he missed his first 17 free throws to start his career?

 

36. Tobias Harris - Incredible how fast he picks up offenses on so many different teams. Also wild to see him get traded so many times. Also, he’s been durable.

 

37. Nikola Vucevic - Do we trust that the Magic will play their guys again? I’m not entirely sure. Plus, maybe the Magic break their team up.

 

38. Lou Williams - Gotta think he’s in a similar role next year and he’s been so, so good. The 2017-18 Sixth Man of the Year still has played 32.8 minutes per game and he’s handed out 5.5 dimes per game.

 

39. Jamal Murray - Dirk Nowitzki is the only other player this season to make at least 45 percent from the field and 90 percent from the line. He’s been a fast healer and him playing through a hernia last year helps his value, too. The Blue Arrow also just turned 21 last month.

 

40. John Wall - From Roundtable last week: We were absolutely shocked how fast Wall got over his double knee surgery summer in 2016, but now it’s come back to bite him. We have the word “knee” a whopping 350 times in all of our John Wall blurbs since he joined the league. It’s also worth a mention that his left knee surgery in 2016 was considered more serious than his right, and now he’s dealing with a left knee injury again. Plus, he’s had left knee tendinitis since 2010 and it’s been an ongoing issue, so that’s also discouraging. For a guy that relies on his athleticism like he does, it feels like he may have a tough time staying healthy or scoring efficiently. I’d easily prefer guys like Donovan Mitchell or Kemba Walker.

 

41. Kyrie Irving - Could be an overreaction here too, but general manager Danny Ainge has mentioned Irving will need time off throughout a season.

 

42. Klay Thompson - Up until this hand injury, Klay is almost never hurt, but of course there’s the concern with the Warriors.

 

43. Draymond Green - He’s been playing through some lingering injuries and you would think that could happen again next year. Up until this year, he played in 76+ games in every season, so maybe this drop in rankings is an overreaction. Then again, a lot of Dray owners probably lost their matchup last week.

 

44. Robert Covington - It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when Markelle Fultz is good to go. Fultz looked healthy on Monday.

 

45. LaMarcus Aldridge - The Kawhi conundrum will have an impact on LMA, but how much? And how careful will the Spurs be late in the season after this tough 2017-18.

 

46. Josh Richardson - A breakout season this year, which isn’t surprising after his terrific post-break run last year. J-Rich will turn 25 in September and enter his prime.

 

47. Al Horford - He’s really slowed down in the last month or so, but he was great until the break.

 

48. DeAndre Jordan - Putting up some big board numbers, and would be a huge value on a punt FT% team.

 

49. D’Angelo Russell - He really has to bump up his efficiency and keep his turnovers down, but the usage has been encouraging. Plus, it’s not like the Nets are going to add a big name this offseason.

 

50. Eric Bledsoe - Has held some nice value this year thanks to his steals.



Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.



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