2021-22 NBA fantasy basketball: Top 250 player rankings with notes
FantasyPros breaks down the top 250 fantasy basketball players for the upcoming season, with notes on every player.
Zachary Hanshew, Fantasy Pros
I posted my top 150 rankings just over a month ago, but information has changed since then. We’ve learned more about injury situations, potential starting lineups, and players who are opposed to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Taking all of those factors into consideration, along with some updates based on tinkering and research, I updated that top 150 and added another 100 players just for good measure. Below, you’ll find my top 250 with notes for every single player. Yep, that’s nearly 17,000 words. So, if you’re looking for some fantasy hoops reading material, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s jump in!
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 3-pointers (career-high 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 near 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 once again.
3. 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.
4. 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, FT%, and lack of defensive numbers, but improvements in those categories could give his value an even bigger boost. He’s a contender for No. 1 overall in points leagues, where his value is at its highest.
5. 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-5 selection this season in fantasy drafts.
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 finish given his ability to score, rebound, shoot efficiently, and fire from beyond the arc. He’s got the unique skill set of a stretch five which is so valuable in the early rounds of drafts.
7. Giannis Antetokounmpo PF,C (MIL)
The two-time MVP, 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 a mid-first-round type of guy. His elite scoring, rebounding, and assists are dragged down by his three-point shooting and struggles from the charity stripe. In a points league, Giannis is a no-brainer top-2 pick, but his value in categories leagues is a bit lower.
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. If you’re drafting at the 1-2 turn, you’re actually at an advantageous spot to be able to snag George and another elite player in one fell swoop.
10. 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. If you draft Embiid, it’s a great idea to pair him with his backup Andre Drummond in a later round.
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. Those numbers were good for a top-12 finish in per-game average, and with Westbrook gone, expect an uptick in assists and potentially a new career high in scoring. Beal is a first-round guy, though he’s often being drafted in the early second round, making him a clear value selection.
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. 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%.
14. 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. Even after the disappointing campaign, Davis finds himself as an early second-round guy, but it’s unclear how much he can bring to the table after the Lakers brought in Russell Westbrook, an array of shooters. The good news is that Davis is likely to play more at center rather than power forward which should be a boon to his fantasy value.
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. Current ADP suggests Butler is being undervalued, and if you can land him around pick 20 or later, you’ve got yourself real value.
16. 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-15 season. He’s a liability in FG%, but otherwise, VanVleet is capable of providing huge numbers across the board.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. Rudy Gobert C (UTA)
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.
28. 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.
29. Donovan Mitchell PG,SG (UTA)
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.
30. Richaun Holmes PF,C (SAC)
Holmes parlayed his career 2020-21 season into a four-year extension, 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 as a top-30 guy wouldn’t be a reach, and Holmes’ ADP is far below this value. He should be a great value on draft day.
31. 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 with a high ceiling, but as the preseason hype grows for Anunoby, don’t expect to get him at a bargain on draft day.
32. 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.
33. 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.
34. 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 improve on defense and three-point shooting. He falls outside the top-30 due to recently announced concerns about offseason foot surgery that could limit him in the early goings of the season.
35. 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.
36. Brandon Ingram SF,PF (NOR)
It’s been steady as she goes for Ingram since joining the Pelicans. In two seasons in the swamp, the former Laker and Blue Devil has averaged 23.8 points, 5.5 boards, 4.6 dimes, and 2.3 triples while shooting 46.5% from the field and 86.5% from the charity stripe. Aside from a dip in rebounds last season, his production was nearly identical in 2019-20 and 2020-21. With turnover in the backcourt and Zion Williamson’s foot injury, expect BI to be dialed in for another productive season. He’s one of the safest picks in the 30-50 range of fantasy drafts.
37. 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-40.
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. Deandre Ayton C (PHO)
Coming off a highly-productive postseason, Ayton will be a prized early-round center in fantasy drafts Expect another double-double average with low turnovers, high FG%, and decent defensive stats. Ayton should have some extra incentive in a contract year as he looks for his first big pay day.
42. 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.
43. 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.
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 creeping closer and closer to this ranking, and the window to get him at a steep discount has likely closed.
45. 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.
46. 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.
47. 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.
48. 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. The problem with selecting him in that range is that it’s unclear how many games he might miss due to the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols. I’m dropping Irving down to 50, but I’d be wary of having him on my fantasy team at all.
49. 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.
50. 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 got a top-60 floor with huge upside if Damian Lillard gets traded.
51. 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 or early-fifth round. Sacramento has a talented backcourt group that also includes Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, and Davion Mitchell, though Fox’s minutes seem the most secure of the quartet.
52. 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 led 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.
53. 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.
54. 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.
55. 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. Expect Scary Terry to be a top-60 play for another season.
56. 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.
57. 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.
58. 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. An often undervalued fantasy play, Bridges is likely to be drafted well below where he should be.
59. Mike Conley PG (UTA)
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 2.7 triples 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.
60. 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.
61. 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.
62. 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, Bogy 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 could 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.
63. 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.
64. 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.
65. 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. If he can add a reliable three-point game to his repertoire, Stewart’s value could spike considerably. For now, he should be viewed as a top-70 guy.
66. 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.
67. DeMar DeRozan SF,PF,SG (CHI)
DeRozan’s scoring and facilitating 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-70 consideration.
68. Russell Westbrook III 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-70 consideration in 9-cat leagues. Brodie is much more valuable in points leagues that ignore shooting percentages.
69. 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.
70. Jonas Valanciunas C (NOR)
After two and a half strong seasons with Memphis, JV will play for the Pelicans 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 at current ADP 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 outside 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).
71. 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.
72. 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.
73. 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.
74. 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.
75. D’Angelo Russell PG,SG (MIN)
As long as he can remain healthy, Russell has plenty of appeal in the seventh round of fantasy drafts as a solid source of points, threes, and steals. Despite concerns over health and usage, Russell’s ability as a facilitator and elite long-range shooter offer a solid floor.
76. 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 after an impressive season at Oklahoma State. In his only season with the Cowboys, Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 boards, 3.5 dimes, 2.3 triples, and 1.6 steals on 43/40/84 shooting splits. He’s got the skills to provide top-75 value immediately.
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. 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.
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. 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.
81. 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. Though Walker will share PG duties with Derrick Rose, he should be the starter and see a starter’s minutes approaching 30 a night. As long as he’s healthy, Walker can push for top-75 numbers.
82. 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.
83. 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 category. After a slow start to last season, he finished in fantasy managers’ good graces. Portland added Larry Nance in the offseason, and his skill set is similar to Covington’s, meaning there may be competition for minutes at PF.
84. 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.
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 Peloicans, where he figures to be the starting PG with Lonzo Ball gone. He’s a top-100 guy for the 21-22 season.
86. 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 a top-90 guy who’s being drafted well into the final rounds of drafts. Draft him late and enjoy the production!
87. 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.
88. Nerlens Noel PF,C (NYK)
Noel was a fantasy darling last season, posting top-80 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.
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 make him a top-90 selection. His current ADP suggests that he’s flying under the radar, and you can likely draft him well below his ceiling.
90. Nickeil Alexander-Walker SG,SF,PG (NOR)
NAW shined last season, making the most of 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 Pelicans’ 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 selection inside the top-100, though there are obviously some big red flags when it comes to his availability.
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. 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.
94. 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 off the Pacers’ bench. The Pacers may be shorthanded to start the season, which bodes well for McConnell’s usage and outlook.
95. 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.
96. 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.
97. Norman Powell SG,SF (POR)
Powell will return to Portland on a new, five-year extension, and he figures to be a primary scoring option alongside Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Powell offers solid shooting, triples, and steals and could get an enormous boost if Lillard is traded during the season.
98. 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.
99. 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. The recent update that he’s been vaccinated should quell any concerns about his availability for the upcoming season.
100. 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.
101. 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.
102. 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.
103. 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 skill set make him an intriguing top-100 selection in fantasy drafts.
104. Jordan Clarkson PG,SG (UTA)
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.
105. 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.
106. 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.
107. 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.
108. 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.
109. Bobby Portis Jr. PF,C (MIL)
“Crazy Eyes” will return to the Bucks after playing a key role for the championship squad last season. The highly-effective per-minute rebounder offers some interesting value outside the top-100.
110. Ivica Zubac C (LAC)
Zubac has a low ceiling, but he’s a dependable source of rebounds and FG% who provides steady and predictable numbers. The return of Serge Ibaka could cut into his production, but Zubac hasn’t needed too many to be fantasy relevant in the past.
111. 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.
112. 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.
113. Joe Ingles SG,SF,PF (UTA)
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.
114. 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.
115. Tyrese Maxey PG,SG (PHI)
In eight starts as a rookie, Maxey averaged 18.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.3 triples. In those contests, he posted two games with at least 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 stocks. He’s got tremendous upside, especially if Ben Simmons sits, and Maxey opens the season as the 76ers’ starter.
116. 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 game plan, especially given his strong defensive abilities. He’s worth a look in the later rounds of drafts.
117. 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 man any position 3-5 and occasionally get hot from three, though it remains to be seen if last season’s strong showing was born of necessity while OKC dealt with a plethora of injuries or if he’s the real deal. Poku should open the season as a starter for the Thunder, and his value is right inside the top-120.
118. 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.
119. Kyle Kuzma SF,PF (WAS)
Though Kuzma’s fantasy value went into the tank after Anthony Davis 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. 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-120 numbers, assuming he gets 25 minutes a night.
121. 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.
122. 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.
123. Joe Harris SG,SF (BKN)
Harris always finds his way to fantasy relevance thanks to elite shooting, three-pointers, and low TOs. He’s a quiet contributor on a team that features three superstars, but Harris should provide top-125 numbers yet again.
124. 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.
125. 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.
126. 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.
127. 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 if and where he’s playing. Simmons has begun his holdout, and even if you want to take a huge gamble on him, I wouldn’t make that selection inside the top-125.
128. 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.
129. 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 T-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.
130. 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 across multiple categories.
131. 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.
132. 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.
133. Scottie Barnes SF,PF (TOR)
Barnes opens the season with the potential to see strong minutes in the absence of Pascal Siakam. Siakam should be back in the lineup within 2-3 weeks of the season starting, but Barnes isn’t likely to fade away. The No. 4 pick in this year’s draft profiles as a strong defender and passer with a high basketball IQ. He’s got a chance to return top-150 value and beyond.
134. 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.
135. 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. It’s unclear how valuable he can be for fantasy managers outside his gaudy scoring totals.
136. 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.
137. Will Barton SG,SF (DEN)
Availability will be a concern, as Barton has appeared in just 157 games over the last three seasons. When healthy, he’s been a useful fantasy option who should be taken near the back of the top-150.
138. Andre Drummond C (PHI)
One of the best rebounders of the last five years, Drummond has completely fallen off the fantasy map after signing with the Sixers. He should be a reliable big-man streamer when Joel Embiid has the night off, but barring long-term injury to Embiid, Drummond doesn’t need to be drafted in 12-team leagues.
139. 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.
140. Royce O’Neale SF,PF (UTA)
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-140 conversation this season.
141. Bojan Bogdanovic SF,PF (UTA)
Bogdanovic is a productive scorer and long-range threat, but he doesn’t offer much outside of points and triples. He’s a guy to grab at the end of fantasy drafts for a boost in those categories.
142. 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.
143. 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.
144. 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.
145. 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.
146. 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.
147. 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?
148. 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.
149. Josh Giddey PG,SG (OKC)
The Australian wonder averaged 10.8 points, 7.4 boards, and 7.4 dimes in the NBL a season ago, and while there is a lot to love about a 6’8 PG, Giddey is very raw coming into the NBA. He’s a poor shooter and sub-par defender which makes him a more valuable play in points leagues, but if he can improve his efficiency, he could become a solid contributor in 9-cat formats. Giddey’s services are best suited for dynasty leagues or deep redraft leagues at this time, but he has the upside to be relevant in 12-team leagues as a rookie.
150. Tyler Herro PG,SG (MIA)
Herro’s role should remain unchanged this season, so he’ll slot in right inside the top-150. The young guard offers adequate points, rebounds, assists, and triples without many turnovers.
151. Naz Reid C (MIN)
Reid continued to improve in Year 2, making the most of his career-high 19.1 minutes per game. When given additional opportunities, however, he was huge for fantasy managers. Across 15 starts, Reid averaged 13.1 points, 6.3 boards, and 2.7 stocks. One of the most efficient blockers in basketball, Reid has appeal off the bench but even greater appeal if Karl-Anthony Towns is forced to miss time. Reid was 165 in per-game average and 108 in total fantasy production a season ago, and he deserves consideration as an end-of-round target in 12-team leagues.
152. 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.
153. Serge Ibaka PF,C (FA)
Ibaka should be good to go from the back surgery that ended last season prematurely, and as long as he’s healthy, he should provide some late-round value. From (18-19) – (19-20), he averaged 15.2 points on 51.9 FG%, 8.1 boards, 1.1 blocks, and 1.0 triples.
154. 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.
155. Dorian Finney-Smith SF,PF (DAL)
DFS often flies under the radar, but he should remain a fixture in Dallas’ starting lineup this season. He won’t do much in the assists, blocks, or points categories, but he’s average or better in the remaining six categories as a three-and-D specialist who can shoot well and doesn’t turn the ball over.
156. 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.
157. Duncan Robinson SG,SF (MIA)
As one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA, Robinson is worth a look near the end of fantasy drafts. He’s averaged 3.6 triples across the last two seasons.
158. 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.
159. 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.
160. Victor Oladipo SG,SF (MIA)
Dipo looked as good as ever last season on a per-game basis, and his all-around skillset helped him finish inside the top-90 fantasy players. Disappointingly, he appeared in only 33 games last season and has played in only 88 over the last three seasons. Health is a major concern, as is the addition of Kyle Lowry to the roster. If he can be available, there’s a chance he flourishes as a Sixth Man, so he’s a high-risk/high-reward target in the later rounds of drafts. The quad injury that ailed him last season will likely keep him out through the first month or two of the season.
161. Alperen Sengun C (HOU)
If he can carve out a 20-minute per night role with the rebuilding Rockets, he can provide sneaky value for fantasy managers right away. Sengun is a nightly double-double threat with upside for blocks and solid FG% and FT%. He’s reportedly had a strong training camp thus far.
162. Jaden McDaniels PF,SF (MIN)
Last year’s No. 28 pick enjoyed a strong rookie campaign, providing steady defensive stats with some triples mixed in for good measure. He struggled with efficiency, but in 27 starts, he averaged 9.0 points, 4.3 boards, 1.5 triples, and 1.5 stocks on 48/38/82 shooting splits. He’s slated to open the season as Minny’s starting PF, and he’s got a lot of upside, especially if he can shoot with more consistency.
163. Gary Trent Jr. SG,SF (TOR)
Trent should enjoy a starting role for the new-look Raptors this season, and that gives him borderline top-150 value. He’s primarily a scorer, so he’ll give you solid points and elite triples while chipping in steals and rarely turning the ball over.
164. Daniel Theis PF,C (HOU)
After back-to-back solid seasons with the Celtics and Bulls, Theis inked a 4-year, $36M contract and signed with the Rockets. He’ll face plenty of competition for playing time and usage with the likes of Christian Wood, Alperen Sengun, and KJ Martin. Theis is a borderline top-150 guy.
165. Danny Green SG,SF (PHI)
Green is typically overlooked by fantasy managers, but he’s a proven source of three-and-D stats that make him a glue guy at the end of benches.
166. Monte Morris PG,SG (DEN)
Morris and Facundo Campazzo split starting PG duties last season, though it was the latter who saw 28 starts to Morris’ 14. In his games as a starter, Morris’ production was uninspiring, posting 11.1 points, 3.9 dimes, 2.0 boards and just 0.9 triples. Campazzo was the better facilitator and three-point shooter, though it’s unknown who will be the clear-cut starter or if these two will rotate in some sort of committee. Campazzo holds slightly more fantasy value, though both are worth a look at the end of standard drafts or in deeper leagues.
167. LaMarcus Aldridge PF,C (BKN)
Back out of retirement, LA is an interesting late-round selection in fantasy drafts after finishing 115 in per-game average a season ago. He’s projected to start at center for Brooklyn this season, and he has the opportunity to post useful numbers as a stretch five for one of the league’s hottest offenses.
168. Marvin Bagley III PF,C (SAC)
Marvin Bagley. He’s a guy who’s consistently slandered by fantasy managers, but you just can’t quit him. The 2018 No. 2 pick has averaged just over 39 games per season and failed to live up to his massive hype. Health, poor shooting, and a lack of real defense have been major factors in Bagley’s lack of success thus far. He’ll have added incentive in a contract year, so he’s worth a look in deeper leagues or in 12-man leagues where you want to shoot for the moon.
169. Nicolas Claxton C,PF (BKN)
Claxton saw limited minutes in his second season but averaged 12.8 points, 10.1 boards, and 3.8 combined blocks/steals per-36 minutes. DeAndre Jordan is on his way out of town, and Blake Griffin isn’t the player he once was. Claxton will be Brooklyn’s starting center sooner than later.
170. Cameron Payne PG,SG (PHO)
Payne played a key role in Phoenix’s championship run last season, as he averaged 8.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds with 48/89/44 shooting splits across 18.0 minutes per contest. He made his bones in Games 1-2 of the Western Conference Finals when he started in place of Chris Paul and averaged robust numbers: 20.0 points, 9.0 assists, 3.0 stocks, and 2.0 rebounds. The Suns inked Payne to a three-year deal in the offseason, and he can reasonably be expected to see a small uptick in minutes off the bench and a top-175 finish.
171. Delon Wright PG,SG (ATL)
Splitting his time between Sacramento and Detroit, Wright enjoyed the best season of his career in 2020-21, averaging career highs across the board with 10.2 points (on 46/37/80 shooting splits), 4.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 triples across 27.7 minutes per contest. He’s sure to see his role diminish this season backing up Trae Young, but his ability to rack up steals and assists quickly keeps him in the top-175 conversation.
172. Isaac Okoro SG,SF (CLE)
Known for his strong defense, Okoro turned it on as a scorer to close out last season, averaging 15.8 points over his final 11 games, including a 32-point eruption against the Suns on May 4. Cleveland will need him to keep his foot on the gas if the team hopes to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference, though finding shot opportunities may be tricky for a team that added Lauri Markkanen and Evan Mobley.
173. 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.
174. Danilo Gallinari SF,PF (ATL)
Gallo isn’t a top-tier fantasy play anymore, but he excels in FT% and triples. His limited contributions in other categories keep him outside the top-175.
175. Markelle Fultz PG,SG (ORL)
As the Magic’s starting PG and primary facilitator, Fultz is a borderline top-150 player who can dish effectively and shoot well from the free-throw line. The addition of Jalen Suggs and ascension of R.J. Hampton could throw a wrench into Fultz’s outlook, but he should still be in line for a productive season.
176. Josh Hart SG,SF (NOR)
Russell Westbrook led all guard-eligible players in rebounds last season with 11.6. Tied for second? Luka Doncic and Hart with 8.0 apiece. New Orleans’ young wing recently signed an extension to return to the Pels, and he should have an even bigger role this season. Hart is a great addition later in drafts for his quality rebound totals.
177. Talen Horton-Tucker SG,SF (LAL)
THT took a big step forward in Year 2, logging better than 20 minutes per game and setting career highs across the board. He stepped up in a big way when called upon, averaging 12.8 points, 7.5 dimes, 2.8 boards, and 1.5 steals in four starts. He’s currently listed behind the likes of Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza, and Kent Bazemore on the wing, though it wouldn’t be shocking to see Horton-Tucker pass them at some point during the season. The 20-year-old has a lot of promise headed into his third season.
178. Killian Hayes PG,SG (DET)
Hayes averaged 9.5 points, 7.4 dimes, 3.7 boards, and 1.5 steals per-36 minutes as a rookie across 26 appearances, though his shooting was pedestrian at best. The 6’5/216 lb guard has great size for his position, and if he can improve as a shooter and scorer, he could have a ton of fantasy value. Until that happens, he’s best viewed as a later-round guy with upside.
179. Goran Dragic PG,SG (TOR)
The aging vet continues to post respectable numbers, though his move to Toronto and uncertainty about his future there have dropped him down draft boards significantly.
180. Kevin Love PF,C (CLE)
Love’s availability has been a huge question mark in recent years, and that won’t change in 21-22, especially after the Cavs added Lauri Markkanen and Evan Mobley in the frontcourt. When on the court, Love can provide strong rebounding, three pointers, FT%, and low TOs. On a per-game average, he’s fine for deep leagues if you can stomach the risk.
181. T.J. Warren SF,PF (IND)
Warren appeared in just four games last season due to a left foot injury that required surgery. Based on the date of the injury and the original timeline, he was expected to be ready for the start of this season, but according to the latest from Marc J. Spears, Warren is out indefinitely. He flashed his upside as a premier scorer in the Orlando Bubble and though fantasy managers must be eager to see him back on the court, there’s no way he can be selected inside the top-150 given his uncertain availability headed into the season.
182. Aaron Gordon SF,PF (DEN)
Despite the massive (and surprising) extension Gordon just signed, he’s not a guy to target in drafts outside deep leagues. In 35 games with the Nuggets (regular season and playoffs), he averaged just 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 27.1 minutes. A poor FT shooter and never prolific from long-range, Gordon has limited upside in a crowded Nuggets frontcourt.
183. Jordan Poole PG,SG (GSW)
If you’re looking for points and threes late in your draft, Poole is a great target. He should be in for an even larger offensive role this season.
184. Chris Duarte SG (IND)
Duarte offers strong three-and-D play that should be a valuable skill set for the fantasy hoops game. With Caris LeVert banged up and T.J. Warren still out indefinitely, there could be minutes available immediately for the talented Oregon product. He’s worth a late-round flier even in 12-team leagues.
185. Jamal Murray PG,SG (DEN)
We know what Murray can do when healthy, but after tearing his ACL in April, it’s unclear when or if we’ll see him this season. He’s not someone to spend a premium pick on in fantasy drafts. Based on current Yahoo ADP, Murray is flying off the board in the sixth round. That’s a problem for someone else in your league to manage.
186. Brandon Clarke SF,PF,C (MEM)
After a strong rookie campaign, Clarke fell back to earth last season and saw noticeable declines in points, rebounds, and particularly shooting percentages. His fortunes don’t figure to trend upward in Year 3, especially if Jaren Jackson can stay healthy.
187. Coby White PG,SG (CHI)
White’s appeal has diminished significantly with the arrivals of Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, and DeMar DeRozan. He may have some big scoring performances ahead of him this season, but he’s not a guy to target for your fantasy team.
188. Juan Toscano-Anderson SF,PF (GSW)
JTA was a fantasy darling for stretches of last season, averaging 9.5 points, 7.1 boards, 4.8 dimes, and 2.0 stocks while shooting 60/34/83 in 12 games with at least 30 minutes. He benefited from multiple Golden State injuries, but with the additions of Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala, and Jonathan Kuminga, the frontcourt is suddenly a bit more crowded.
189. Rui Hachimura SF,PF (WAS)
Hachimura’s status for the start of the season is unclear, as he recently left the Wiz indefinitely for a personal matter. Even if he’s good to go, he’s a forward who can’t shoot threes and doesn’t offer strong defensive numbers who will be competing for minutes with Kyle Kuzma.
190. Seth Curry PG,SG (PHI)
Barring a trade from Philly, Seth Curry will play for the same team in consecutive seasons for the first time in his eight-year career. It’s easy to see why Philly would bring him back after a career year for the Sixers in which he averaged 12.5 points, 2.7 dimes, 2.4 boards, and 2.2 triples per game while shooting 48/45/87 splits. Most impressively, he averaged 22.1 points and 4.3 triples on 58.6% from deep over the final eight games of the Sixers’ playoff run. A much-needed floor-spacer and source of instant offense when he’s hot, Curry is a more valuable real-life player than he is for fantasy. He’s worth a look late in drafts in deeper leagues.
191. Hassan Whiteside PF,C (UTA)
A per-minute beast, Whiteside’s fantasy value will be limited to deeper leagues and best ball formats while playing behind the typically durable Rudy Gobert.
192. Doug McDermott SF,PF (SAS)
It looks like Dougie McBuckets should have a full-time starting role for the Spurs this season, and he may be poised to post the best numbers of his career. The Creighton product can offer scoring, triples, and efficient shooting with some useful rebound numbers. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues.
193. Ricky Rubio PG (CLE)
Rubio could be an effective source of assists should Collin Sexton or Darius Garland miss time this season, but otherwise, Rubio is off the radar in most league sizes.
194. R.J. Hampton Jr. PG,SG (ORL)
Hampton struggled to find meaningful playing time in Denver to start the season, but he came alive in Orlando. The talented rookie ended his inaugural campaign on a high note, posting averages of 13.5 points, 6.0 boards, and 4.3 dimes over his final 12 games. Hampton will need to improve his shooting and defensive contributions to become a fantasy difference-maker, but he’s worth a gamble in deeper leagues.
195. Jeremy Lamb SG,SF (IND)
Since joining the Pacers, Lamb has appeared in just 82 games across two seasons, including a 36 in 2020-21 – his fewest games played since his rookie season. Health is a concern, but when on the court, Lamb has been a highly-efficient shooter with the ability to chip in across multiple categories. If Caris LeVert and/or T.J. Warren miss extended time this season, Lamb could see minutes in the mid-20s, which would be a positive for his fantasy value.
196. Josh Richardson SG,SF (BOS)
It’s unclear if Richardson will be a starter for Boston or play a prominent role off the bench, but in either case, he’s got top-150 upside thanks to his ability to do a little bit of everything in the box score while committing few turnovers.
197. James Wiseman C (GSW)
Last year’s No. 2 overall pick logged just 21.8 minutes per game, but his per-36 averages were encouraging: 19.3 points, 9.7 boards, and 1.6 blocks. He’s got huge upside if he can see an uptick in playing time, but unfortunately, he’ll be coming back from a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery. He’s reportedly on track for training camp, but these injuries can be tricky, so fantasy managers should keep a close eye on his health. He remains a strong dynasty stash, but he’s not a guy to target until the later rounds of fantasy drafts, if at all.
198. Cole Anthony PG (ORL)
It’s a crowded backcourt in Orlando, but Anthony has a ton of potential as a scorer, rebounder, and facilitator. For now, he’s a deeper-league add only, but he could provide some useful numbers in 12-team leagues if Markelle Fultz is forced to miss time.
199. Justin Holiday SG,SF (IND)
Holiday offers serviceable three-pointers and defensive stats, and with Caris LeVert and T.J. Warren out, Holiday could see an expanded role for the Pacers.
200. Oshae Brissett SF,PF (IND)
Brissett was huge in his limited playing time last season, averaging 10.9 points, 5.5 boards, 1.9 stocks, and 1.6 triples across 21 games. In 16 games as a starter, those numbers rose to 13.3 points, 7.1 boards, 2.3 stocks, and 2.0 triples. If Brissett can earn a regular spot in the Pacers’ rotation, he could be a huge fantasy value.
201. Terrence Ross SG,SF (ORL)
The veteran three-point specialist ranked 120 in per-game average last season, and he’s likely flying a bit under the radar in 21-22. He’s still expected to open the season as a starter for the Magic, and though he doesn’t fit well with the young, rebuilding Orlando squad, he should see enough playing time to flirt with top-150 numbers.
202. Enes Kanter C (BOS)
Kanter went 11/11 while shooting better than 60% across 72 games for the Blazers last season, but he may see his role diminish with the Celtics while sharing center duties with the likes of Robert Williams and Al Horford. The last time he was with Boston in 2019-20, Kanter averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 boards in just under 17 minutes per contest. He’s a stat-stuffing beast when given the minutes, so an injury to Time Lord or Horford could free him up for another big season.
203. Desmond Bane PG,SG,SF (MEM)
Bane enjoyed modest production as a rookie, though his numbers weren’t enough to land him inside the top-200. He should push for minutes in the low 20’s, but with so much depth on the wing in Memphis, it’s hard to imagine Bane being fantasy relevant outside dynasty formats.
204. Darius Bazley SF,PF (OKC)
The long and athletic Bazley was a productive rebounder and scorer last season, though the latter of those stats was highly dependent on volume. Bazley shot less than 40% from the field a season ago, and his upside may be capped by the return of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a healthy Thunder roster. He’s a guy best reserved for dynasty leagues and can remain undrafted in 12-team formats.
205. Luguentz Dort SG,SF (OKC)
It’s really tough not to root for a guy who puts people in the “Dort-ure Chamber” with his lockdown defense, but Dort is a guy whose real-life contributions surpass his fantasy contributions. He’s a volume scorer with poor percentages who doesn’t rack up enough blocks or steals to put him on the fantasy map barring injuries across the Thunder lineup like we witnessed last season and in the Orlando Bubble. Keep an eye on Dort as a “next-man-up” option off the waiver wire, but he doesn’t need to be drafted outside deep leagues.
206. Lonnie Walker IV SG,SF (SAS)
Walker should see an expanded role this season with the departure of DeMar DeRozan, but he should remain off your radar outside of deeper leagues. Walker is primarily a scorer and three-point specialist who offers little in the peripheral categories.
207. Maxi Kleber PF,C (DAL)
Kleber isn’t a high-usage guy, though he can still do enough as a stretch-five with rebounds, triples, FT%, and low TOs to flirt with top-200 value.
208. Bruce Brown Jr. SG,SF (FA)
Brown has proven to be a reliable starter when any of Brooklyn’s Big 3 miss time, and he should continue to play a key reserve role for the Nets this season. Brown offers strong rebounding and FG%, around one swipe per game, and the occasional big scoring night mixed in. Brown is likely playing for his next contract as he returned to Brooklyn on a one-year deal.
209. Blake Griffin PF,C (BKN)
Griffin was an easy drop for fantasy managers early in the season thanks to his poor play in Detroit, but he received new life after landing with the Nets. BG is expected to play an important frontcourt role alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, and while he could post some big games, he shouldn’t be counted on for more than top-200ish numbers over the course of the season.
210. Alec Burks SG,SF (NYK)
Burks averaged 12.7 points to go with career highs in rebounds (4.6), assists (2.2), triples (2.1), and three-point percentage (41.5). He logged 25.6 minutes off the bench, and he should be expected to see minutes in the low-20s once again, though his production could suffer with the additions of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier.
211. Otto Porter Jr. SF,PF (GSW)
With no firm timetable yet established for Klay Thompson’s return and Kelly Oubre now a Hornet, OPJ should have a sizable role out of the gate for his new team. With Andrew Wiggins’ vaccination status now confirmed, Porter’s appeal has diminished significantly.
212. Davis Bertans PF,C (WAS)
Bertans is an elite three-point specialist who offers little fantasy value outside of that category. He can remain undrafted in 12-team leagues.
213. Cameron Johnson SF,PF (PHO)
Johnson’s numbers from his first season to his second were nearly identical, though he did take a step back in three-point shooting efficiency. Johnson doesn’t offer much outside of threes and FT%, so if you’re looking for a boost in either of those categories late in deep-league drafts, Johnson is a reasonable target.
214. Malachi Flynn PG (TOR)
Flynn was very useful for fantasy managers at the end of last season, and if he can get some increased run in 21-22, he’ll be someone to stash on the end of your bench. Kyle Lowry is gone, but Goran Dragic will take his spot, leaving Flynn to fight for minutes at PG behind Dragic and Fred VanVleet.
215. Immanuel Quickley PG (NYK)
IQ provided microwave offense for the Knicks in his rookie season, but that was where the fantasy value ended. Despite seeing just 19.4 minutes of court time per game, he still produced 11 games of at least 20 points, averaging 3.9 triples in those contests. Quickley has some deep-league value as a scorer and three-point shooter, but his opportunities could be limited this season with the additions of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier.
216. Cam Reddish SG,SF (ATL)
He could be a nice source of steals late in deep-league drafts, but his value is limited on Atlanta’s loaded roster.
217. Eric Gordon SG,SF (HOU)
In five seasons with the Rockets, Gordon has averaged 16.5 points and 3.0 triples per contest, providing fantasy managers with steady and reliable production in both categories. Gordon offers little production in peripheral categories, making him a deep-league play only. Over the last two seasons, he’s only appeared in 63 games, so drafting him is a risky prospect regardless of league size.
218. Xavier Tillman PF,C (MEM)
Tillman had some big games as a rookie, but his usage is likely to take a massive hit in 2021-22. With Jaren Jackson back to full health and playing on a loaded Memphis roster, Tillman has little fantasy relevance, barring an injury to JJJ, Brandon Clarke, or Steven Adams. Tillman remains a hold in dynasty formats.
219. Shake Milton PG,SG (PHI)
Milton is an efficient shooter, scorer, and facilitator who could see additional run this season thanks to Ben Simmons’ holdout. Keep an eye on the Sixers’ backcourt rotation heading into the season.
220. Kevin Huerter SG,SF (ATL)
Huerter only provides middling production in a few categories, and he’s only above-average as a three-point shooter. With renewed competition for minutes this season from a (presumably) healthy De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, and Bogdan Bogdanovic, Huerter profiles as more of a three-point streamer in deeper leagues. He doesn’t need to be taken in standard, 12-man leagues.
221. Dwight Powell PF,C (DAL)
Dallas’ frontcourt rotation has gotten a bit more crowded, but even if he can secure 18-20 minutes a night, Powell can return deep-league value thanks to high FG%, efficient FT%, blocks, and rebounds.
222. Kenyon Martin Jr. SF,PF (HOU)
Martin made a name for himself in the G League thanks to some huge stat lines, and he didn’t disappoint at the NBA level. In eight starts, Martin averaged 19.0 points, 8.1 boards, 3.5 dimes, 2.6 triples, and 2.1 stocks across 38.8 minutes. He was able to see so much run with Houston due to injuries, but with a healthy Christian Wood and the additions of Daniel Theis and Alperen Sengun, it may be difficult for Martin to see the court enough to make a fantasy impact.
223. Reggie Bullock SG,SF (DAL)
Dallas is eager to put shooters around Luka Doncic, and Bullock can space the floor with the best of them. After knocking down 2.5 triples per contest a season ago, he should enjoy similar production in his new home.
224. Terance Mann SF,SG (LAC)
With Kawhi Leonard out of action indefinitely, can Mann take the next step forward after impressing the NBA community with a 39-point eruption against the Jazz in last year’s playoffs?
225. Trevor Ariza SG,SF,PF (LAL)
It’s unclear how many minutes Ariza might see in Los Angeles this season, but he’s projected to open the season as a starter alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. Ariza is an unexciting add at the end of deep-league drafts.
226. Kendrick Nunn PG,SG (LAL)
It’s unclear what his role in the Lakers’ rotation will be this season, but we’ve seen the sharpshooting Nunn post some big games when given the opportunity. He offers plenty of appeal as a scorer, shooter, and three-point specialist, but he doesn’t offer much in the peripheral categories.
227. Trey Murphy III SG,SF (NOR)
The Virginia product had an impressive Summer League, but he’ll have a tough time getting on the court with so many talented teammates ahead of him on the depth chart. Murphy has the likes of Josh Hart, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Kira Lewis to contend with for wing minutes, but if he can carve out a meaningful rotational role, he could be a viable late-rounder in deep leagues.
228. Grayson Allen SG,SF (MIL)
The sharpshooting Duke product provided the best season of his career with Memphis in 2020-21, but he’ll have a tough time finding minutes in a backcourt that features Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, and Pat Connaughton.
229. Kenrich Williams SF,PF (OKC)
Kenny Hustle had one of the best seasons of his career last season with the Thunder, and in 13 starts, he averaged 10.8 points, 6.4 boards, 3.9 dimes, and 1.5 steals across 31.2 minutes. His situation hasn’t changed much heading into 21-22, and he should see 20 at least 20 minutes per game off the bench with some starting opportunities if any of the regular starting five are forced to miss time.
230. Dewayne Dedmon C (MIA)
Dedmon appeared in just 16 games for the Heat last season but averaged an impressive 7.1 points and 5.4 boards in just 13.1 minutes per contest. He could be a nice play if Bam Adebayo misses time, but otherwise, he doesn’t belong on fantasy rosters.
231. Rudy Gay SF,PF (UTA)
Even heading into his 16th season, Gay can still be counted on for the occasional double-double and a couple of triples per contest. He’s a depth piece of Utah’s loaded roster and should only be drafted in deeper fantasy leagues.
232. Wayne Ellington SG,SF (LAL)
Ellington offers some elite three-point shooting, but he’s a one-category specialist limited to deep fantasy leagues.
233. Pat Connaughton SG,SF (MIL)
Connaughton has provided solid bench minutes for Milwaukee for years as a high-energy guy who can score and rebound in spurts. He’s much more valuable on the court than he is in fantasy lineups.
234. JaVale McGee C (PHO)
You know the drill with McGee. He’s a per-minute phenom who could offer strong streaming appeal if Deandre Ayton misses time.
235. Jaxson Hayes C (NOR)
Hayes has provided serviceable scoring. blocks, and occasionally rebounds in two seasons with the Pelicans, but he’s never averaged more than 16 minutes a game in either season. That’s not likely to change in 21-22, as he competes with Jonas Valanciunas and Willy Hernangomez for center minutes. Hayes remains a hold in dynasty leagues, but he can be avoided in redraft formats outside the deepest of leagues.
236. Jarred Vanderbilt PF,C (MIN)
After two seasons with minimal court time, Vanderbilt saw his playing time rise dramatically in Year 3. He averaged 5.4 points (on 60.6 FG%, 5.8 boards, and 1.7 stocks across 17.8 minutes and started 30 games. Vanderbilt will fight for playing time behind Jaden McDaniels and Karl-Anthony Towns making his role and fantasy value unclear for the upcoming season.
237. Davion Mitchell SG,PG (SAC)
The Baylor standout started his NBA career off on the right foot with some impressive Summer League play. He averaged 10.8 points, 5.8 dimes, and 1.4 boards while shooting 47.1% from long range, though his defense was what really set him apart from the competition. Mitchell was named co-MVP of the Summer League as he locked down offensive phenom Payton Pritchard in the championship game to lead Sacramento to the Summer League title. Mitchell will compete with De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Tyrese Haliburton for backcourt minutes, diminishing his value significantly in redraft leagues.
238. Payton Pritchard PG (BOS)
After a magnificent Summer League showing, Pritchard is set to take on an expanded role for a Celtics team that just lost Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier.
239. Cody Zeller C (POR)
After two stellar seasons from 2017-18 to 201819 in which he averaged over 74 games, Jusuf Nurkic has appeared in just 45 games over the last two seasons. Given his recent availability, it’s reasonable to expect Nurkic might not play every game or close to every game this season. That could open the door for Big Cody Z to step up and do some damage as a guy who can average a double-double when given starter’s minutes. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues.
240. Devin Vassell SG,SF (SAS)
With DeMar DeRozan gone, Vassell should see an increased role, especially thanks to his solid defense. His numbers may not translate to huge fantasy value this season, but he’s worth a gamble in the later rounds of deep leagues.
241. Tomas Satoransky PG,SG (NOR)
Strong shooting and dimes keep him inside the top-250, but he’ll face stiff competition for minutes from the likes of Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Kira Lewis, and Devonte’ Graham.
242. Tony Bradley C (CHI)
Bradley enjoyed the best statistical season of his career in 2020-21, going for 7.1 points, 5.7 boards, and 1.1 stocks on 66.5% shooting from the field. He provided these numbers in just 16.9 minutes per contest, and he can reasonably be expected to see a similar allotment of minutes while backing up Nikola Vucevic this season.
243. Alex Caruso PG,SG (CHI)
Caruso’s strong defense and athleticism should afford him strong minutes off the bench. His standalone value is quite limited, but if Lonzo Ball misses time, Caruso could be an interesting streamer.
244. Kevon Looney PF,C (FA)
Looney is a wholly uninspiring fantasy option, though he offers some appeal in deep leagues as an end-of-draft big. Last season, Looney averaged 4.1 points, 5.3 boards, and 2.0 dimes while shooting 54.8% across 19 minutes per contest.
245. Deni Avdija SG,SF,PF (WAS)
Avdija can provide some solid rebounds, but he’s not too appealing in other categories. As a sub-par shooter, it’s likely guys like Davis Bertans and Kyle Kuzma siphon minutes from him due to their floor-spacing abilities.
246. Tristan Thompson PF,C (SAC)
Thompson provides bench depth behind Richaun Holmes, but his standalone fantasy value is minimal.
247. Dwight Howard C (LAL)
Howard should back up Anthony Davis at center, giving him minimal appeal as a big-man steamer if Davis misses time.
248. Furkan Korkmaz SG,SF (PHI)
In 15 starts last season, Korkmaz averaged 2.3 triples and 1.0 steals. He doesn’t offer much in other categories other than the occasional strong scoring performance, but with Philly’s backcourt minutes wide open, Korkmaz could have some streaming appeal at some point in the season.
249. Cameron Thomas SG (BKN)
Thomas doesn’t offer much outside of scoring, but he can put the ball in the basket with electricity. He averaged 23 points per game at LSU last season, 27 points per game in Summer League play, and dropped a team-high 21 points in the Nets’ preseason opener against the Lakers on 3 Oct. With risk for any of Brooklyn’s Big 3 taking time off during the season, Thomas could see immediate opportunities as a microwave scorer off the bench.
250. Moses Brown C (DAL)
One of the hottest waiver wire pickups of last season, Brown erupted for a couple of weeks before cooling down considerably to close the season. He averaged 14.5 points, 15.0 boards, and 3.0 combined blocks/steals per-36 minutes, but playing time looks to be an issue with his new team as well.