J-Mo's 2010-11 Fantasy Draft Rankings

By James "J-Mo" Morris | Oct. 7, 2010
With the preseason in full swing, that in turn means the start of the fantasy NBA drafts. Some of you may already be playing fantasy football and wondering if you have time for fantasy basketball, and all I can say to you is there is always time for fantasy sports.

We are going to break down the top 10 for each position and I will give you a little information about the player and his pros and cons. So, without further ado, let’s get the 2010-11 fantasy basketball season kicked off with a bang.

POINT GUARDS

1) Chris Paul The thing that worries me the most about Paul is his attitude. We all know he isn’t happy in New Orleans, but we also know he is the unanimous No. 2 pick in fantasy basketball.

2) Deron Williams Williams is my No. 2 pick at PG because of his assists, which is what I want out of a PG. He doesn’t get enough steals and threess to make a case for him to be the No. 1 PG. He is still in an offense that suits him perfectly and I don’t see a problem taking him in the top five.

3) Rajon Rondo Rondo and the Celtics are going for another run at the league title, so there is no reason to think he won’t finish as a top-three PG. The truth is he is a triple-double threat every time he steps on the floor and I have no problems having him as my starting PG in any format.

4) Stephen Curry: Curry looked like an amazing rookie on a team that desperately needs him last season, but new Coach Keith Smart hurts his value slightly. Curry doesn’t get enough steals to be in the top three, but his assists are on par and his 3-pointers make him an elite PG in leagues that count threes.

5) Steve Nash After all these years, Nash is still a top-five PG for me. He will be without Amare Stoudemire and I am not crazy about his supporting cast, but talent is talent and Nash has lots of it.

6) Jason Kidd I personally put Kidd on my Do-No-Draft-List, but his stats (outside of FG percentage) make him a starting fantasy PG. He can still get a triple-double any given night, but that FG percentage pretty much tanks that stat for his owners.

7) Russell Westbrook I like Westbrook because he is playing with the No. 1 overall pick (Kevin Durant) and that makes him a little better than Derrick Rose. Westbrook will get many more chances to rack up the assists; so if you get him, feel confident heading into the season.

8) Derrick Rose Rose plays in a very talented Bulls offense and he is the most talented players on the roster. Rose will probably score more than any other PG in the league, but that also means he will get fewer assists and steals than the other starting PGs out there.

9) Chauncey Billups Billups has long been one of the best PGs in the NBA, and 2010 is no exception. However, with the possibility of losing Carmelo Anthony, and Kenyon Martin not happy, Billups is barely making the top 10 because of it.

10) Darren Collison Collison made a name for himself while filling in for Chris Paul last season and now he is with the Pacers. Collison will be running the offense alongside Danny Granger, and that will make him a prime sleeper candidate at PG. He is going to be bargain for someone.

Pacers Prospects

T.J. Ford Ford watched his chances of taking the starting PG spot go down in flames when the team traded for Collison this past off-season, but that doesn’t mean he has zero fantasy value now. Those in 14-team or deeper leagues need to keep an eye on Ford as he will come off the bench behind Collison and has shown the ability to score double digits when healthy.

SHOOTING GUARDS

1) Kobe Bryant I remember when Bryant was the undisputed No. 1 pick in any basketball draft, but those days are gone and Bryant is more in the 6-to-8 range. Bryant won’t dominate games anymore, but he will give you a little of everything.

2) Dwyane Wade I’m not one of the super excited people out there waiting to see how Wade and LeBron James share the shots this season. The truth is Wade has an injury history and James will take Wade from a 2,000 point scorer down to around 1,800 if we are lucky.

3) Tyreke Evans The drop from two to three at SG is fairly large, so be prepared. Evans gets the No. 3 slot for me because I think he provides the more well-rounded stats and shoots a little better than Monta Ellis at No. 4.

4) Monta Ellis The issue I have with Ellis is the new owners are willing to trade him and that could become a distraction as the season goes on. Ellis has some injury history, but when he is healthy and on his game, he is a top talent in Coach Don Nelson’s offense.

5) Joe Johnson Now, why in the world Johnson got a $121 million dollar contract is beyond me. He is going to give you just over 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal per game, but that’s it. He won’t go off for 30 on any given night, but he is reliable.

6) Stephen Jackson Jackson will be the focal point of the Bobcats offense and that is both a blessing and a curse. Jackson will give you 20 points, 5 rebounds and nearly 2 steals a night, but he also shoots just 42 percent from the field and turns the ball over just over 3.2 time-per-game. So, be aware and beware.

7) Brandon Roy Roy is on a talented Trail Blazers team and he won’t hurt you in any category really. His health is an issue for me, not to mention the lack of blocks, four boards, less than a steal per game, and a sub-80 free throw percentage.

8) Gilbert Arenas Agent Zero is officially back, but now he will play alongside phenom rookie John Wall. Arenas won’t be dropping 50 on the scoreboard again in his career, but I like him to finish with 20-plus points with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal a night.

9) Jason Richardson Richardson should end up being the main scorer on the Suns this season with Stoudemire gone. I am not going to jump on the breakout bandwagon, but he should be a solid SG to target in the fourth round.

10) O.J. Mayo Mayo has not missed a game in his career, which means you can put him in as your starting SG and never have to worry about an injury. He doesn’t do much more than score, so don’t take him until round five.

Pacers Prospects

Mike Dunleavy Dunleavy is finally healthy, is in a contract year and should win the starting SG job on opening night and I think he could be a nice sleeper pick this season. He is a value pick because you will likely get him late in the draft.

Brandon Rush Rush is suspended for the first five games of the season and is looking for the team to pick up his option for the coming season. So, like Dunleavy, he has every reason to put up career numbers this year. But, missing the first week of the season cost him a shot at the starting SG job and that could ultimately be his downfall with Dunleavy healthy and George looking like the future at SG. He isn’t worth drafting unless something happens on the depth chart.

SMALL FORWARDS

1) Kevin Durant There is going to be someone that takes James first overall, just make sure you aren’t the one. Durant will score over 2,500 points with 600-plus rebounds, 200-plus assists, 100-plus steals and should approach 100 blocks. He is my choice if I have the first overall pick in my draft.

2) LeBron James James may be in Miami and his stock takes a step down, but that doesn’t mean he should be out of the top three overall picks. He will share the ball with Wade, but he will still be a walking triple-double and that equals fantasy success.

3) Carmelo Anthony 'Melo isn’t happy and his owners need to pay attention to that. I really think the Nuggets will move him before they lose him for nothing, but he isn’t going to get his wish and end up in New York. The worse the team he goes to, the lower his stats are going to be.

4) Danny Granger Mr. Handyman does everything on the floor and helps you in every category possible. Injuries are a concern with Granger, but the addition of Collison makes Granger a steal at the bottom of the first round in my rankings.

5) Andre Igoudala Iggy will do more of the same simply because the 76ers aren’t any different than they were last season. Expect 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals a night will be the expected line for him this season.

6) Antawn Jamison Without James, the Cavaliers are going to be a very different team and Jamison will be the focal point. New Coach Byron Scott has toyed with the idea of bringing Jamison off the bench, but I will believe that one when I see it. He should come close to 20 points and 8 boards a night, but that is it. He also qualifies as a PF, which might help his overall stock.

7) Gerald Wallace Wallace isn’t a first-round pick, so don’t reach for him with dreams of 20 point games. But, if you take a center or PG in the first round and need a SF that gives you 18 points and 9 rebounds a night, Wallace is your man.

8) Rudy Gay Gay signed a huge extension to stay with the Grizzlies, so expectations are going to be high for Gay. I’d target Gay in the third round and expect him to put up 20 points, 5 rebounds and maybe a steal every game.

9) Danilo Gallinari The Knicks snagged Stoudemire this summer and Gallinari is possibly the best 3-point shooter in the league. If your league counts threes, then he is your man. But, if not, then take him sometime in the late third/early fourth round.

10) Paul Pierce I am a big Pierce fan and there is no reason to think anything will change with him this season. Pierce should average 18 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds and a steal a night, and that makes him a solid top 10 fantasy SF.

Pacers Prospects

Paul George The rookie drew rave reviews during the Pacers training camp and he could end up taking over the starting SG spot from Dunleavy at some point if he continues his strong performance into the season. There are even rumors that he is further along right now than Granger was at the same point in his rookie campaign. He isn’t someone that should be drafted in standard 12-team leagues, but those in 14-team or deeper leagues might want to stash him on their benches.

POWER FORWARDS

1) Amare Stoudemire Stoudemire is now with the Knicks, and that is both good and bad for him. I think he should do well in fantasy terms because he will be the center of the Knicks offense. But, it will also be bad for him because there isn’t anyone that strikes fear into opposing teams, so he will see plenty of double-teams all season long.

2) Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki is an underappreciated fantasy player because he isn’t flashy in how he gets the job done. Over the past three seasons Nowitzki has averaged 24.8 points and 8.2 rebounds. His only problem in my eyes is the lack of blocks for a 7-footer.

3) Pau Gasol The Lakers are the two-time defending NBA champions, and Gasol has been a big part of both title runs. The Lakers are without Andrew Bynum for the first month of the season, but that only makes Gasol’s value rise and I see no problems taking him with your second pick of the draft.

4) David West You know exactly what you are going to get with West each season, 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists a night. The main drawback to West is his lack of blocks, so I’d wait until Round 4 to take him.

5) David Lee Lee moves from one of the worst teams in the NBA to one of the best fantasy teams in the NBA in the Warriors. The problem I have with Lee is there are only so many shots to go around with Ellis and Curry already in the mix, so Lee could easily have a lower season than we expect.

6) Tim Duncan Duncan is about as steady as they come in the NBA, so you can feel safe if you get him as your starting PF. That being said, his stats are on a steady decline and this is likely his last run as a first- or second-round pick in fantasy basketball. Personally, I see him finishing the season with a line of 17 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, a far cry from his glory days.

7) Josh Smith I’m not as sold on Smith as others seem to be, but I think he will finish in the top 10 for PFs. Smith does average 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1-2 steals and 2 blocks a night, so he is a legit top 10 fantasy PF in any format.

8) Kevin Love I am a big fan of Love’s, but playing time seems to have plagued him throughout his career. The good news is that Al Jefferson is no longer on the team, but Michael Beasley and Darko Milicic are in the mix. Love seems ready to finally become a starting fantasy PF.

9) Zach Randolph Randolph is on a bad Grizzlies team, but that doesn’t mean you can’t count on him to get you 20 points and 10 rebounds most nights. He has problems with his attitude in the past, so he is a risk/reward kind of player.

10) Chris Bosh Bosh is part of the well publicized big three in Miami but I expect his stats to take a fairly large hit playing alongside James and Wade. Look for him to finish closer to 15 points and 8 rebounds this season.

Pacers Prospects

Josh McRoberts McRoberts takes over the starting PF job after Troy Murphy was traded. His value is going to be very similar to that of Murphy’s in that he will get you some boards, some threes and he will do some rebounding. McRoberts is not a guy you want to reach for, but if you need some depth at PF and want someone who could produce sleeper numbers, give McRoberts a try.

Tyler Hansbrough Now that he's back on the court, he's worth keeping an eye on because he was productive last season before the vertigo issues. He could wind up splitting time with McRoberts.

Magnum Rolle I don’t see him having any value this year, but those in dynasty leagues will want to give Rolle a look for the future.

CENTERS

1) Dwight Howard Superman is easily the No. 1 fantasy center in the league right now and it is largely due to his superior rebounding and blocking abilities. His free-throw percentage and turnovers are horrendous, so expect to draft a PG and SG that fixes that if you get Howard.

2) Brook Lopez No player in fantasy circles is making a bigger leap than Lopez is this season. The Nets are a good young team and I expect 20 points and 9 boards a night from Lopez and I would take him right after Howard is taken.

3) Al Jefferson Jefferson should average a double-double this season, but he recently weighed in at 280 pounds and that concerns me. He is highly motivated after moving to the Jazz, but his weight causes a major concern for his conditioning and health.

4) Andrea Bargnani With Bosh out of the picture, Bargnani becomes a legitimate top five fantasy center. His drawback is a lack of rebounds (6.2 last season), but he should score about 18 points a night and he hits enough 3-pointers to make him attractive to leagues that count threes.

5) Marc Gasol Gasol is one of the few bright spots the Grizzlies have and I don’t have an issue taking him in the top five. He should flirt with a double-double most nights, so stick him into your C1 spot and feel confident.

6) Al Horford You could probably swap Gasol and Horford in most formats, but I would take Horford after Gasol. He will probably average right around 14 points and 10 rebounds a night, and mix in a block and a steal.

7) Joakim Noah Noah is going to be among the top 3-5 in rebounds and blocks for centers, but he will be one of the worst fantasy starters in points. If you can handle a center that does little scoring, then take Noah on your squad.

8) Nene I’m not really super excited about Nene this season because Carmelo Anthony might not be there and Kenyon Martin is unhappy. Team unhappiness makes him less appealing for me, but he will be a solid back-end starting center based on his 14 points and 8 rebounds a night average.

9) Samuel Dalembert Dalembert makes the move from the 76ers to the Kings and fantasy owners hope he can finally produce. He has the talent to put up double-doubles with a few blocks mixed in, but he could also revert back to '08 numbers when he averaged 6.4 points and 8.4 rebounds a night.

10) Marcus Camby I toyed with the idea of putting Roy Hibbert here, but Camby has produced long enough to trust that he can do it again if he stays healthy. Now, we all know that Camby is a walking injury report, but when he is on the floor he can put up 12-plus rebounds, 2-plus blocks and score 8-10 points for you.

Pacers Prospects

Roy Hibbert Hibbert worked this off-season alongside legendary bigman Bill Walton, so expectations are high. I love Hibbert as a sleeper C2 this season if he can stay healthy and stay out of foul trouble. He could easily average a double-double if he put all his skills together, but for now I think we can expect 12 points, 6-7 rebounds and right around two blocks a night. Hibbert is just outside the top 10 rankings at No. 11 for me.

Jeff Foster Word is that Foster is competing with McRoberts for the starting PF job, but I don’t buy it. Foster is 33-years-old and has been injury riddled the last few years. Sure, McRoberts may not be an NBA caliber starting PF, but Foster is no spring chicken and can’t give you more than 12-15 minutes a night. I’d ignore Foster on draft day unless something special happens on the depth chart.

James Morris hails from Rio Rancho, N.M., anad has been playing fantasy sports since 1997. In addition to writing the Pacers Fantasy Forecast, Morris also writes fantasy articles for the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA as well as the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL. His articles are featured on Rotohog.com and Rotorob.com. You can also find him on Twitter

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