• Funny what a year can do.

    Last year we were opening up this amusement park, trying not to do anything too stupid while keeping our foot firmly on the gas.

    We dominated the draft and the waiver runs and all throughout the buy low and sell high of the season.

    We set a foundation for the future.

    We’re feeling that foundation right now.  All of our systems are stronger, our talent is more experienced and our knowledge-base continues to expand as we surge past 50 contributors.

    Personally, this might be the most focused I have ever been in bringing these ranks together.

    Every year that I have published The Bruski 150 I have approached it with one mentality.

    Win money for myself and whatever the hell you’re betting for you. And we’ve done that each and every year.

    Starting this venture, knowing that this flagship set of rankings is going to have a great deal of influence over how fantasy owners view this thing — there is even more pressure to get this right.

    And I love it.

    In this industry — playing this game — you either back the right horse or you’re yesterday’s news. Fantasy owners are more discerning than ever. They know BS when they see it and conversely they will show up in flocks and droves if you have the goods.

    These are the goods.

    I take this list into high stakes competitions every year and win with it. My competition prints the list out and they use it against me.

    It doesn’t matter. We’re going to beat the vig, beat the odds and over time we’re going to win hand over fist.

    For those of you who have followed me from Rotoworld I thank you for your readership, your loyalty and all of the kind words you have provided during this transition.

    It wasn’t easy leaving a place I had called home for nearly 10 years. Having the name opens some doors for you, but eventually you have to make a move in this industry.

    Hoop Ball wants you to call this your new home for fantasy basketball as you seek to get the most out of this game.

    Or maybe you just want to kick a few beers back, draft blindly and talk trash throughout the year.

    Either way, this list can be your one-stop shop for dominance and you don’t even have to read a single blurb.

    Or you can read every blurb. You can participate in our forums, listen to our pods and weigh in with all of our interactive programming.

    We’re not waiting for the TV money to dry up.  We’re not sitting on our hands complaining about the status quo.  We want to change the way this industry works by adding VALUE at every juncture.

    This list epitomizes everything I want Hoop Ball to be. Over three months of nightly research poured into one big, massive bet.

    We’re not settling for fifth place.  We want it all.  Now let’s go get a chip.

    The ground rules….

    • This is a fearless list. I’m not trying to play it safe. I’m not trying to stay in the friendly confines of industry consensus. I’ll probably have a high profile miss. But as regular readers know, we’re going to hit far more than we miss. And we’re going to hit real big on a bunch of them. This list will guide how much you should pay, who you should reach for and who you should run the other direction from.
    • This is a Roto list. It’s not a head-to-head list or a points league list. It’s not a list to account for playoff formats. Frankly I’d prefer it to not even include 9-cat rankings because it’s terrible to penalize better players for handling the ball a lot. But because we all play 9-cat I include my ranks for 9-cat and the associated Average Draft Positions (ADP), as well. While I’m banging on 9-cat leagues I’ll bang on playoff leagues, too. Why go through the nightly grind of the NBA season to have the ever-growing problem of shutdowns determine your league.
    • You can now sort the list. The ADP losses and gains don’t relate well for players toward the beginning and end of the draft as they do for players in the top 30-100, nor does it correlate well to actual fantasy value being returned.  But it does give you a quick way to know how early or late a player is going.  We’ll always be looking at new features like this as we grow but we will also want to maintain the simplicity of this list.
    • Though this is a top-150 list (including 50 more honorable mentions at the end), each player in the top 350 or so has been hand-projected for each category. Those projections have been scrutinized in every context that might affect the final outcome. A proprietary blend of methodologies – both quantitative and qualitative – is used to weave the resulting numbers into these rankings.
    • This is a year-long list. By ranking a player (for example) No. 33, I am predicting they will finish as the 33rd ranked player at the end of the year, cumulatively. In that respect, it is vital owners know that I am not intending for them to draft players in this order.  You may also consider a player’s early or late season trajectory.  A young player that profiles better at the end of the year will probably play under that rank to start and over that rank to finish.
    • Again, owners need to consider their specific marketplace and determine where they would like to draft players based on ADP, strength of their league and the like. Just because I rank a guy way ahead of his ADP, or if the ADP doesn’t exist because the guy isn’t getting drafted enough – it doesn’t mean you grab him where I rank him.
    • ADPs are pulled from ESPN for 8-cat and Yahoo for 9-cat and are updated along with most of the other updates.
    • These are pure values that don’t account for any punting or specialized team builds you might want to look at. If you want to adjust for punting or a specific type of team build you’ll need to do that on your own. For what it’s worth I seek balance when building a team whether it’s Roto or H2H.
    • The only place on this list where I might eschew prediction end-of-season is toward the bottom of the 150. I do build in some logic for flier picks and upside guys over the plodders who are going to get three yards and a cloud of dust for 76 games.

    So without further ado, I give you the Bruski 150:

    UPDATED THROUGH ITEMS POSTED: October 15, 3:19 a.m.

    8-C ADP +/- NAME NOTES 9-C ADP +/-
    1 7 6 Stephen Curry A mild improvement over last year gets him here. 1 4 3
    2 2 0 Giannis Antetokounmpo I put no ceiling on his NBA future. At all. 2 5 3
    3 5 2 Kevin Durant A great find in the top-5 of drafts. 3 2 -1
    4 4 -1 James Harden Chris Paul hurts but not as much as one might think. 6 4 -3
    5 7 2 Karl-Anthony Towns A huge step forward could put him No. 1. Steep odds. 4 7 3
    6 2 -4 Russell Westbrook Still in his prime, can he keep being Superman though. 11 2 -10
    7 7 0 Kawhi Leonard Quad on radar but correct to rate as precaution (10/10) 5 8 3
    8 14 6 Nikola Jokic Hoop Ball's 2016 son; his profit margin has been destroyed. 7 12 5
    9 15 6 Chris Paul A slight edge over LBJ; maybe Mike D can light a spark. 8 14 6
    10 6 -4 LeBron James A safer play in the back-end of Round 1. 15 8 -7
    11 11 -1 John Wall Also a safe play in the back of Round 1. 23 11 -12
    12 7 -5 Anthony Davis His numbers will be challenged by Cousins/Rondo. 9 7 -2
    13 17 4 Jimmy Butler Should be the man; will the good teammates help or hurt? 10 18 8
    14 17 3 Damian Lillard Continuity in Portland; he's still hungry as all hell. 13 17 4
    15 18 3 Paul George The Westbrook deal helps stabilize OKC/fantasy values 14 16 2
    16 14 -2 Kyrie Irving Expectations should help fuel a big fantasy campaign. 17 14 -3
    17 27 10 Myles Turner Going ahead of Dray because of the upside potential. 12 27 15
    18 24 6 Draymond Green One of the safest plays you will find in Round 2. 16 21 5
    19 37 18 Joel Embiid Has been going R2/3, better play if team needs 'pop' 27 29 2
    20 24 4 Kemba Walker Consistent as they get; won't reach high into top-20 19 23 4
    21 28 7 Kyle Lowry Injury concerns but doesn't have to work hard to get here. 26 24 -2
    22 14 -8 DeMarcus Cousins If he isn't locked into the post this could get worse. 28 14 -14
    23 22 -1 CJ McCollum Pretty much fully leveraged, but a very safe play. 24 27 3
    24 25 1 Kristaps Porzingis Injury concerns but some upside beyond this rank, too. 18 22 4
    25 14 -11 Rudy Gobert Only real risk is typical big man block decreases. 20 15 -5
    26 42 16 Eric Bledsoe Some risk of PHO tanking; a trade would hurt too. 36 36 -1
    27 27 -1 Klay Thompson Rock solid production and durability. Safe as they get. 21 28 7
    28 23 -5 Gordon Hayward Some frictional challenges, big opportunity in Boston. 29 26 -3
    29 17 -13 Hassan Whiteside Has to get back to defense but priced right here. 22 19 -3
    30 33 3 Mike Conley The only risk is the Grizz won't take chances on injuries. 31 28 -3
    31 37 6 Paul Millsap Age, less touches are issues; but efficiency could be a boon. 30 42 12
    32 35 3 Khris Middleton Still flying under the radar; great stat set, looked good late. 35 40 5
    33 44 11 Jeff Teague Could go higher if Thibs really hits the throttle. 41 47 6
    34 35 1 Marc Gasol Same issues as Conley; old guy on young team. 34 33 -1
    35 27 -8 Bradley Beal Beal shirked injury issues last year, can he do it again? 33 32 -1
    36 29 -7 DeMar DeRozan Still so much fuel to improve; safe play in late early rds. 38 30 -8
    37 45 8 Otto Porter In his prime and needs to earn that $$$. 25 44 19
    38 66 28 Victor Oladipo This is the safe zone for Oladipo. 50 60 10
    39 47 8 Al Horford Should be on autopilot for this type of value. 32 48 16
    40 38 -2 Kevin Love It got crowded all of a sudden in Cleveland. 37 36 -2
    41 90 49 Taurean Prince Sneaky offense, all the tools for fantasy owners, big mpg. 39 143 104
    42 61 19 Ricky Rubio Interchangeable with a few guys below him in 8-cat rank. 55 46 -9
    43 50 7 Goran Dragic He'd be higher if the Heat weren't so deep at guard. 64 38 -26
    44 46 2 Brook Lopez Should be fine in L.A.; injury risk but healthy lately. 46 40 -6
    45 41 -4 Jusuf Nurkic He's pretty leveraged this high in ranks; injury risk. 62 48 -14
    46 49 3 Dennis Schroder Will be an 8-cat monster; efficiency on bad team an issue. 91 53 -38
    48 42 -5 Devin Booker All the opportunity in the world, can he be efficient? 87 45 -42
    47 79 31 James Johnson A lot of value here; has bought into Heat culture. 54 90 36
    49 97 48 Gary Harris Needs to prove he can stay healthy; solid fit in Denver. 40 93 53
    50 53 3 D'Angelo Russell Tough to bet on big step forward w/ new squad deep at G. 89 64 -25
    51 56 5 Jrue Holiday Turned corner on injury issues a bit; Rondo hurts 52 52
    52 56 4 Elfrid Payton Big second half last year; just needs to keep foot on gas. 66 71 5
    53 91 38 Tim Hardaway Jr Was going to be featured perimeter scorer regardless 77 92 15
    54 58 4 Nikola Vucevic I wonder about a slowdown, but mostly solid here. 51 54 3
    55 90 35 Aaron Gordon Some upside beyond this, but still has a lot to prove. 43 98 55
    56 66 10 Isaiah Thomas Only this high for chance he beats timetable. High risk. 53 29 -24
    57 66 9 Clint Capela Efficiency next to CP3/Harden could go through roof. 42 69 27
    58 75 17 Tobias Harris Safe play with some upside if DET ever frees him up. 45 65 20
    59 60 1 Gorgui Dieng Backup role not a death knell. 49 83 34
    60 121 61 Joe Ingles Smokin' Joe has a great stat set and underrated talent. 57 125 68
    61 70 9 Julius Randle If he takes a small step forward he lands here. 93 74 -19
    62 101 39 Malcolm Brogdon Giannis/Khris to keep him in check, but good young player 63 88 25
    63 59 -4 Serge Ibaka Safe play in this range. Not much upside though. 48 51 3
    64 140 76 Richaun Holmes Injury will help chill his ADP, main risk is slow start. 47 147 100
    65 65 0 Robert Covington Money counting stat monster. Old regime though. 59 67 8
    66 85 19 George Hill Injury concerns; Kings youth hold his rank back. 67 79 12
    67 116 49 Nikola Mirotic Frontcourt logjam holding this rank back a bit. 60 128 68
    68 113 45 Nerlens Noel If we get signs he can handle minutes, he goes higher. 58 75 17
    69 98 29 Guillermo Hernangomez A bit aggressive with this rank, but deservedly so. 72 98 26
    70 43 -27 Andrew Wiggins Not betting on a massive change; incremental improvement. 102 52 -50
    71 66 -5 Harrison Barnes Mid-round plodder with solid floor. 56 63 7
    72 50 -22 Nicolas Batum Injury drops him but still could eke out mid-round value 79 52 -27
    73 86 13 Steven Adams FT shooting really faded; might watch a lot on offense 68 89 21
    74 110 36 Allen Crabbe Crabbe is good. Nets need him to be. That's not a haiku. 88 138 50
    75 82 7 Marquese Chriss Big Sauce injury didn't hurt; money counting stat set. 113 113
    76 70 -6 Trevor Ariza No knock on him, but depth etching away at his value. 44 65 21
    77 114 37 Thaddeus Young Would put him higher if not for stat set and trade potential. 82 123 41
    78 68 -10 Dwyane Wade Fluid rank, could be moved, this is fairly aggressive. 112 81 -31
    79 95 16 Greg Monroe Moose has some hidden upside; can cruise to this rank. 80 106 26
    80 113 33 Darren Collison Fresh start could be big for him; good situation in Indy. 104 112 8
    82 31 -50 Blake Griffin Stat set issues, injury risk, don't @ me. 90 36 -55
    83 120 38 Kelly Olynyk Whiteside durability issues alone push KO up the ranks. 69 137 68
    84 122 39 Kent Bazemore It all comes down to the knee; plenty of opportunity. 107 120 13
    85 55 -29 Andre Drummond Roto rank but he's slipping in cats people punt for too. 85 53 -33
    86 96 11 Lou Williams Different team, same story for late-round Lou. 105 73 -32
    87 42 -44 DeAndre Jordan Roto rank but he's slipping in cats people punt for too. 70 44 -26
    88 91 4 Marcin Gortat Getting up there in age; lack of C depth could push him up. 65 67 2
    89 95 7 Markieff Morris Watch off court stuff, but fairly stable and good value. 83 100 17
    90 35 -54 Carmelo Anthony Hard to see the mighty fall; but it happens to everyone. 78 45 -33
    91 117 27 JaMychal Green Shallow squad and he's in a great spot to take advantage. 84 143 59
    92 52 -39 Lonzo Ball Will get overdrafted. But still the best fantasy rookie. 119 56 -63
    93 93 1 Jeremy Lin Lower minutes, plenty of depth, injury risk. Tough. 106 93 -13
    94 71 -22 Jonas Valanciunas Ibaka hurts and we know what he is after years of waiting. 61 71 10
    95 75 -19 Danilo Gallinari Hard to see him controlling tempo as much next to Blake. 74 75 1
    98 83 -12 Rajon Rondo Hernia injury a reminder he has a lot of mileage. 140 93 -47
    97 110 14 TJ Warren Should excel on bad team, stat set needs work. 71 127 56
    99 92 -5 Zach LaVine This rank may have finally settled in with mid-NOV news 109 110 1
    100 81 -17 Avery Bradley Not needed to board; will steal away a lot of his value. 111 76 -35
    100 66 -33 Jae Crowder The Wade acquisition ruined his sleeper value. 73 68 -5
    96 123 23 Tyler Johnson Hidden upside if folks get hurt; a lot of depth to deal with. 81 139 58
    81 140 39 Justin Holiday Biggest beneficiary of the Wade departure. 76 130 54
    103 150 48 Bogdan Bogdanovic Sizable move down the ranks after Joerger's early stance 146 140 -6
    104 112 9 Enes Kanter Will be asked to score more in New York. 96 125 29
    105 84 -20 Evan Fournier Jonathon Simmons keeps his upside in check. 124 84 -40
    106 110 5 Willie Cauley-Stein If he trends back toward defense, this can improve. 75 93 18
    107 91 -15 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope One year deal is a blessing and a curse. 110 95 -15
    108 94 -13 Patrick Beverley Could be featured PG, but injury issues and Milos linger. 103 87 -16
    109 130 22 Jeremy Lamb Was a B150 deep sleeper before the injury to Batum 95 141 46
    110 125 16 Will Barton Fairly aggressive here, if things loosen has a decent stat set. 114 131 17
    111 52 -58 Ben Simmons Stat set issues, other ballhandlers, shooting problems. 209 53 -156
    112 140 29 Danny Green Betting against Pop here as much as betting against Green. 86 138 52
    113 150 38 Dewayne Dedmon No history of big mpg, but ATL depth as bad as it gets. 97 138 41
    114 51 -62 LaMarcus Aldridge Declining skills, age, mileage all working against him. 94 54 -40
    115 140 26 Kris Dunn Injury a setback but still a lot of season left. 152 141 -11
    116 118 3 Jordan Clarkson Lives in this region of the ranks and will do it again. 138 128 -10
    117 140 24 Cody Zeller Injury issues, but also has upside if Howard struggles. 92 148 56
    118 89 -28 Pau Gasol Might have one more kick left, but Father Time undefeated. 101 97 -4
    119 114 -4 Marcus Smart Still stuck behind guys, still struggling with efficiency. 122 108 -14
    120 111 -8 Wesley Matthews If there's a year he outperforms it's this one, hard to bet on. 108 121 13
    121 109 -11 JJ Redick Downgrade in teammates will eke away at value. 121 121
    122 96 -25 Rudy Gay If he trends toward 30 mpg projection this rank will rise. 125 93 -32
    123 114 -8 Rodney Hood Exum injury really pushes him to the forefront. 133 118 -15
    124 103 -20 Reggie Jackson Ish a problem that's not getting solved immediately. 172 122 -51
    125 71 -53 Dario Saric Depth a problem, assist decrease a problem. 157 83 -75
    126 140 15 Al-Farouq Aminu A late-round plodder that needs injury help. 120 145 25
    127 140 14 Terrence Ross In his prime but depth issues will keep him in check. 118 144 26
    128 120 -7 Moe Harkless Good stat set and still in his prime. 99 148 49
    129 140 12 Skal Labissiere If we see the light bulb in preseason we'll bump him up. 142 143 1
    102 125 -4 Josh Richardson Strong preseason, McGruder injury frees up just enough mpg 89 147 24
    130 109 -21 Jamal Murray Stat set issues setting him up to be overhyped. 148 125 -23
    131 91 -40 Dennis Smith The fantasy hype is insane but we agree he can play. 127 92 -35
    132 140 8 Tyler Ulis Love his talent, some stat set issues, good upside though. 150 160 10
    133 118 -15 Marvin Williams Solid late-round plodder best suited for 14-team leagues. 100 118 18
    134 140 6 Jerian Grant Dunn injury gives him an early shot to make his mark. 134 140 6
    135 96 -39 Brandon Ingram Has more potential than this, but %s hinder him greatly. 151 109 -42
    136 140 4 Alex Len He's a Tyson Chandler injury away from 26+ mpg. 126 143 17
    137 140 3 Courtney Lee Classic late-round plodder on a bad team. 115 145 30
    138 125 -13 Bojan Bogdanovic Could emerge in Indy but lack of versatilty kills him. 165 146 -19
    139 175 36 Dwight Powell Flashed some $ counter potential; needs injury help. 116 160 44
    140 116 -24 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Miscast as PF and limited mpg as a result. 136 148 12
    141 107 -34 Dirk Nowitzki Better in 9-cat but needs more volume to be old Dirk. 98 93 -5
    142 89 -54 Markelle Fultz FT% a major blemish; will be overdrafted. 251 79 -173
    143 117 -26 Robin Lopez A smidge of upside for a stable low-end asset. 139 109 -30
    144 175 31 Larry Nance Hard to see him staying healthy enough for mpg increase 117 141 24
    145 114 -31 Trevor Booker Projects to be better early on, just like last year. 155 145 -10
    146 90 -56 Eric Gordon Losing too many touches with HOU's newfound depth. 132 96 -36
    148 114 -33 Buddy Hield Great percentage potential but D numbers hurt him. 137 118 -19
    149 118 -30 Evan Turner Crabbe's exit opens up the top-150 value. 170 141 -29
    150 110 -39 Seth Curry Injury an untimely reminder of his durability issues. 144 117 -27
    151 67 -83 Dwight Howard Roto rank here; hard to expect a reprise of last year. 185 68 -117
    152 122 -29 Marcus Morris BOS has more depth than DET. He'll slide accordingly. 130 133 3
    153 140 -12 TJ McConnell Sneaky late pick for owners needing a PG. 156 146 -10
    154 200 47 Ivica Zubac Late season upside, might be relevant in 14-teams to start 141 138 -3
    155 175 21 Jon Leuer DET got a tiny bit deeper; he's low man on totem pole 145 144 -1
    156 85 -70 Wilson Chandler Jokic/Millsap offense will cut back on his iso-attack. 143 108 -35
    147 111 -45 Dion Waiters Stat set issues and MIA depth will hold him back. 172 109 -73
    157 175 18 Donovan Mitchell Intruiging talent but needs more versatility, more proof. 205 139 -66
    158 150 -8 Caris LeVert Hope you didn't get hyped up last year by all the Vines. 153 146 -7
    159 103 -56 Tristan Thompson Late round plodder and easy prediction for a while now. 129 116 -14
    160 140 -20 Jonathan Isaac A lot of potential and worth reaching for a bit more than this. 158 139 -19
    161 140 -21 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Getting harder and harder to see any big steps forward. 128 138 10
    162 140 -22 Patty Mills Will get asked to do more this year; Murray lingers. 168 144 -24
    163 200 37 Mike Muscala Good opportunity in shallow frontcourt. 147 145 -2
    164 140 -24 Ish Smith Same backup role as last year; Galloway an odd add. 180 142 -38
    165 99 -66 JR Smith Could be better than this while IT is out, if he's out. 149 134 -15
    166 103 -63 Andre Iguodala As the Warriors get deeper, Iguodala takes the hits. 131 133 2
    167 250 83 Thabo Sefolosha If he gets any minutes at all his stat set pushes him up. 164 160 -4
    168 123 -45 Frank Kaminsky Howard acquisition killed any chance of early impact. 154 113 -41
    169 119 -50 Ersan Ilyasova Should get an early green light; top-125 OCT-DEC play. 159 138 -21
    170 114 -56 Ryan Anderson Added depth in HOU isn't helping already hurting value. 135 118 -17
    171 200 29 PJ Tucker Will take a hit to his minutes in Houston. 161 139 -22
    172 120 -52 Justise Winslow Any step forward on offense would bring this rank higher. 178 142 -37
    173 140 -33 Thon Maker Will get let loose, but not as potent of a stat set as we'd like. 171 139 -32
    174 200 26 Delon Wright Raps lost some depth and Wright is ready to step in. 179 175 -4
    175 110 -65 Milos Teodosic Fluid rank, hard to say how he'll react to the NBA. 174 138 -36
    176 114 -63 Mason Plumlee Stuck behind Jokic and in a contract conundrum. 183 134 -50
    177 200 23 Jonathon Simmons Needs a lot more minutes to hit the standard league radar. 191 138 -53
    178 130 -48 Chandler Parsons Maybe he bounces back but terrible to bet on. 169 143 -26
    179 225 46 Mindaugas Kuzminskas Needs to improve his stat set; 2nd half target. 181 200 19
    180 250 70 Garrett Temple All-D team voters barfed on themselves with no votes for GT. 163 160 -3
    181 140 -41 Kelly Oubre Needs to improve his stat set but poised for a step forward. 166 140 -26
    182 140 -42 Jaylen Brown His stat set needs further maturation after solid year. 195 140 -55
    183 200 17 Paul Zipser If there is a change in stat set he'll get interesting. 266 200 -66
    184 200 16 Ron Baker NYK will need him to get more involved on offense. 222 225 3
    185 150 -35 Norman Powell Raps lost depth but Powell needs big volume to matter. 186 140 -46
    186 200 14 CJ Miles Can get this with relatively healthy year. 162 144 -19
    187 140 -47 Kenneth Faried Will probably be better if traded. 176 138 -38
    188 200 12 Tony Snell Deep league plodder that needs injury assistance 167 160 -7
    189 175 -14 Andre Roberson The knee is concerning, but defense gives him upside. 160 140 -20
    190 200 10 Michael Beasley Never a great bet to get more than 23 mpg. 189 141 -48
    191 99 -92 Zach Randolph 23 mpg and a bunch of kids ready for minutes. Pass. 190 94 -96
    192 200 8 Sean Kilpatrick Nets are a mess but he had some moments last year. 228 146 -82
    193 103 -90 Jabari Parker Playoff owners might consider a last pick stash. 177 84 -93
    194 225 31 Justin Anderson Wasn't able to cash in any potential last year. Rough. 259 200 -59
    195 140 -55 Manu Ginobili The legend is back and was yamming playoff dunks in May. 226 132 -94
    196 200 4 Cheick Diallo A stash in deeper formats; DMC/AD all sorts of risk. 175 175
    197 140 -57 Tyreke Evans No real upside, just a stat grabber for downtrodden squads. 233 148 -85
    198 200 2 Matthew Dellavedova He'll get some low-end minutes and matter in deep formats 241 151 -90
    199 200 1 Cory Joseph Robinson injury pushed him into the 8-cat, top-200. 215 142 -73
    200 111 -89 Derrick Favors Has a ton to prove just to stay on the floor. 193 107 -86
    201 111 -90 De'Aaron Fox Playoff owners give him a boost, early it could be rough. 280 135 -145
    202 220 18 Spencer Dinwiddie Was solid last year, has one helluva roster crunch. 199 220 21
    203 200 -3 Juan Hernangomez A Chandler trade could put him on standard league radar. 173 175 2
    204 140 -64 Lauri Markkanen Stat set issues, logjammed frontcourt, rookie struggle 208 139 -69
    205 117 -88 Tyson Chandler Deep league center target for first half of the season. 216 137 -79
    206 108 -99 Jayson Tatum Stat set questions and BOS's depth ruin the fun here. 244 125 -119
    207 175 -32 Dejounte Murray Stat set issues but upside makes him a mild question mark. 292 143 -149
    208 185 -23 Denzel Valentine A lot of question marks but CHI needs production bad. 254 200 -54

Fantasy News

  • Dwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards

    Dwight Howard will return to Washington D.C. and start on-court work on Wednesday.

    Dwight has been recovering from November spine surgery, and it's good to see him progressing. He's still a few steps away from playing, and with the injuries he's been dealing with this season, it's hard to see him being useful outside of deep free throw punt teams. More likely, the greatest impact he'll have is eventually taking a few minutes from Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Henry Ellenson - F - New York Knicks

    Henry Ellenson plans to sign a 10-day contract with the Knicks.

    Ellenson has shown promise at times, but he has never really put together any fantasy-relevant stretches. Leave him on the wire for now, but it's not impossible to imagine a scenario where the tanking Knicks are missing or sitting a couple bigs, giving Ellenson some decent run.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Clint Capela - C - Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela (thumb) returned to practice on Tuesday with no limitations, which could determine his playing status for Thursday's game against the Lakers.

    Capela underwent surgery on January 17 and was initially given a 4-to-6 week timetable, so this would be at the early end of a return. The fact that he is returning to practice without any limitations is a great sign for owners, meaning a return is imminent. Watch out for the Rockets injury report on Wednesday.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Jodie Meeks - G - Toronto Raptors

    Jodie Meeks is signing a 10-day contract with the Raptors, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Meeks was waived by the Bucks following the conclusion of his 25-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug program. He hasn't played since last season with Washington and is unlikely to see much action with Toronto. He'll give the team some extra shooting when he does see the floor.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jared Dudley - F - Brooklyn Nets

    Jared Dudley (left hamstring strain) was scheduled to be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

    Dudley has already made it known that he's planning to return right out of the All-Star break, so unless today's checkup revealed some kind of further issue we're expecting him to be ready for Brooklyn's two games this week. His biggest fantasy impact will be taking minutes from more intriguing players.

    Source: Greg Logan on Twitter

  • Caris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert will undergo an evaluation from the Nets medical staff on Tuesday.

    There's no sign of any setbacks from LeVert but the team will obviously keep a close eye on him after he's returned from a dislocated foot. This shouldn't be anything more than routine maintenance, so fantasy owners don't need to worry about it.

    Source: Greg Logan on Twitter

  • Ray Spalding - F - Phoenix Suns

    The Suns are expected to sign Ray Spalding to a 10-day contract.

    Spalding was the 56th pick in last summer's draft but only appeared in one NBA game this season with the Mavs. He was waived at the trade deadline with Dallas taking on one more player than they sent away, and will look to make an impression in a crowded Phoenix rotation. His college numbers (12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.7 blocks in 27.7 minutes per game) make him a name to file away in deep dynasty leagues.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • MarShon Brooks - G - Chicago Bulls

    Marshon Brooks has agreed to terms with the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Sportando.

    Brooks played 29 games for the Grizzlies this season averaging 6.6 points and he is expected to replace Malcolm Delaney. Leave him on the waiver wire.

    Source: Sportando

  • Kristaps Porzingis - F/C - Dallas Mavericks

    Mark Cuban said that Kristaps Porzingis won't play this season, even if the Mavs somehow are able to make the playoffs.

    The Mavs want to put their world-class training staff, led by Casey Smith, to work, strengthening Porzingis’ body the rest of this season and throughout the summer to hopefully prevent similar injuries in the future. And after all, given the amount of money the Mavs could be committing to KP this summer, a max salary of $158 million, there is no need to risk something happening to him in a season where making the playoffs seems unlikely. Kristaps remains a great stash in redraft leagues.

    Source: 247sports.com

  • LeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers

    Joe Vardon of The Athletic is reporting that the Lakers are "somehow a little concerned" about LeBron James.

    LeBron hasn’t been showing the same speed or overall movement lately and the team is concerned that he’s not fully recovered from the groin injury that cost him to miss a career-high 18 games. The Lakers are in the 10th place in the Western Conference, three games behind the Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot and they will need LeBron to be healthy for the rest of the season. James is averaging 26.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists in 35 minutes per game, while his shooting percentage (51 percent), 3-point percentage (35 percent) and free-throw percentage (68 percent) are all down from last season. He is still returning borderline top-15 value in standard leagues and owners can only hope he doesn’t suffer a setback.

    Source: The Athletic