• Hey guys, I had two big jobs over the All Star break and one was to work with the guys to get the new website released and the other one was the annual look at the last third of the season. 

    As many of you know, the Bruski 150 we sell as a part of the draft guide takes three months of nightly breakdowns and statistical analysis, leaving no stone unturned in a fully comprehensive analysis.

    The Post All Star Break B150 is not that.  There are statistical elements that start as a backbone of the research, but it’s virtually impossible to cram three months of work into one week.  But the week does give us a chance to let things settle, teams get into a clearly differentiated post-AS break mode and between tanking, resting, shutdowns and young players finally getting let loose — it’s a really fluid situation and the rankings are absolutely fluid.

    I don’t do 8- and 9-cat versions (just 8-cat). I don’t count remaining games because it’s a variable that would truly clog up the analysis, and at the same time I trend it more toward qualitative analysis because there are stashes that have more value than your typical late-round plodder.  We don’t know your format, we don’t know your playoff weeks, we don’t know what categories you’re chasing and we don’t know your appetite for risk.

    With all of that said, I’ll restate a few of these ground rules and then we’re off to the races.  This info is accurate as of right at the start of Thursday’s game. 

    –These are 8-cat rankings. You’ll have to make your own adjustments for 9-cat.

    –Games played are not a consideration and neither are playoff schedules

    –There is a qualitative aspect to stashes, injury-impacted players and the like in relation to low-end plodders

    Name Notes
    1 James Harden Hunting an MVP trophy and blowing everybody away
    2 Kevin Durant Giving KD the durability edge over Steph by a hair
    3 Stephen Curry Turning the corner on ankle issues, hopefully.
    4 Giannis Antetokounmpo Not the ROI owners hoped for this year.
    5 Anthony Davis Davis can be No. 1 on this list. Say your prayers.
    6 Karl-Anthony Towns At low end of productivity curve currently.
    7 LeBron James How much does he have in the tank after busy season
    8 Damian Lillard Mild durability concerns but otherwise rock solid.
    9 Chris Paul Hope that the Rockets push hard for playoff seeding
    10 Jimmy Butler Has stat set kick where other Round 2 guys don't
    11 Victor Oladipo Just has to stay healthy and he'll cruise to this
    12 Russell Westbrook His volume has really taken a hit this year.
    13 Nikola Jokic Hopefully the Millsap integration isn't untimely
    14 Paul George As safe as they get in the top-15 range
    15 Andre Drummond Drummond hasn't slowed down with Blake around
    16 Bradley Beal With Wall out he will put up some monsters.
    17 Kyrie Irving Rest games will be annoying but otherwise solid.
    18 Joel Embiid Hasn't truly hit his next gear yet. Rest/injury risk.
    19 Jrue Holiday He's already churning; an AD injury away from more
    20 Draymond Green Rock solid as a top-24 play
    21 Kemba Walker I worry about pushing through any knee soreness
    22 Nikola Vucevic No real competition for touches
    23 Devin Booker It's going to be all Booker all the time
    24 Lou Williams Clips have new depth but it might not slow him down
    25 Kyle Lowry Always have to worry about that late season injury
    26 Eric Bledsoe Got a big boost with the Brogdon injury.
    27 Ben Simmons A lot of variance here b/c of the efficiencies
    28 Marc Gasol Pray he doesn't get conservative as MEM tanks.
    29 Hassan Whiteside Some rest before the playoffs wouldn't be shocking
    30 Al Horford Slow and steady wins the race
    31 Klay Thompson Another safe play in the top-36
    32 Khris Middleton Hasn't enjoyed the Brogdon bump yet
    33 DeMar DeRozan You know what you're getting here
    34 Nikola Mirotic Can go higher too if anything happens to Davis
    35 Isaiah Thomas Buy low after media smears, knee-jerk analysis
    36 Otto Porter Hasn't enjoyed it yet but the Wall bump is coming
    37 Myles Turner Hasn't truly been able to get into a rhythm yet.
    38 Donovan Mitchell Just has to keep doing what he's already doing
    39 Gary Harris Millsap might hurt; but he's been rock solid
    40 Elfrid Payton The move to Phoenix fits his game so well
    41 Enes Kanter He's been great and they need him more post-Zinger
    42 Rudy Gobert Explosion not quite there from last season
    43 C.J. McCollum Last year's percentages looking like outliers
    44 Clint Capela A safe big man play down the stretch
    45 Aaron Gordon Can he jump back in with peak efficiencies?
    46 Tyreke Evans MEM: "Screw it let Reke play his way out of MEM"
    47 Blake Griffin Overrated in LAC, overrated in DET
    48 Dario Saric Quietly bringing home the bacon every night
    49 Joe Ingles Hoop Ball's adult son is SMOKIN
    50 Dennis Schroder Nothing in Schroder's way down the stretch
    51 DeAndre Jordan Clips' playoff run should keep him in action
    52 LaMarcus Aldridge If Kawhi doesn't return he goes much higher than this
    53 Jeff Teague Mostly locked in for fantasy purposes
    54 Kris Dunn His game translates to 8-cat very well
    55 Ricky Rubio Hip derailed hot streak; ranked as mostly healthy
    56 Steven Adams Takes a lot of contact but pretty much locked in
    57 Robert Covington 40-rank variance with the shooting percentage
    58 Kent Bazemore Quietly having a great season so far
    59 Josh Richardson Wade concerning, but J-Rich playing very aggressive
    60 Paul Millsap Should bring top-40 numbers when he returns
    61 Trevor Ariza Rockets could low key save him for the Warriors
    62 Evan Fournier The Magic are a stable fantasy squad
    63 Tobias Harris Fitting in just fine with the Clippers so far
    64 Jayson Tatum Some rookie wall lately, rest will do him good
    65 Darren Collison Knee issue dragging out, dragging his rank down
    66 John Wall 10-15 games of top-24 numbers (8-cat)
    67 Bogdan Bogdanovic The Kings' best player and they finally maybe know it
    68 Buddy Hield Sweet shooting stat set; minutes should jump up
    69 Will Barton Things could get messy when Millsap returns
    70 Lauri Markkanen Mirotic trade clears the runway for solid finish
    71 Danilo Gallinari Hopefully he's got the missed games out of the way
    72 Jonas Valanciunas Good lately but always at risk of slippage
    73 J.J. Redick You know what you're getting here
    74 Taj Gibson Let's see if Thibs gets him to the playoffs alive
    75 Thaddeus Young The #Thadditude is strong in these parts
    76 Zach LaVine Needs to be this good to sniff the right ROI
    77 Jusuf Nurkic Back to mid-round in 8-cat; injury risk
    78 Spencer Dinwiddie Hoop Ball's other adult son is cruising along
    79 T.J. Warren On autopilot for the rest of the season
    80 Harrison Barnes In the running for most boring fantasy play
    81 Julius Randle Turning it on lately, fits well with Thomas
    82 Courtney Lee Very well positioned for strong finish
    83 Lonzo Ball Thomas will cut into his value; also dealing with knee
    84 Taurean Prince 2018 splits are extreme outliers; needed the rest
    85 Markieff Morris Wall injury opens the door for solid late year run
    86 Serge Ibaka Also in the running for most boring fantasy play
    87 Goran Dragic Efficiencies down across the board
    88 Tim Hardaway Jr. Just has to stay healthy; otherwise locked in
    89 James Johnson Hopefully the break helps to reset him.
    90 Jeremy Lamb Can go way higher if the Hornets start resting guys
    91 Jamal Murray Dodged so many bullets this year; Millsap will hurt
    92 Marquese Chriss Strong stat set, some risk but easy top-75 upside
    93 John Collins This is a safer ranking for him; could go higher
    94 Kevin Love Getting 10-15 games of 4th-5th round value
    95 Kyle Anderson If Kawhi gets ruled out bump him up 10 ranks
    96 Kawhi Leonard So hard to rank. Check the most recent news.
    97 Wesley Matthews He's a gamer but there's no reason to push him hard
    98 DeMarre Carroll The Nets like having him out there as vet presence
    99 Nicolas Batum 5th round upside, shutdown risk with elbow injury
    100 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope He should hover around here even with IT around
    101 Eric Gordon Safer late-round play
    102 Larry Nance Jr. Top-100 value as long as he's healthy
    103 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Getting beat up as a PF; but can go higher if healthy
    104 Willie Cauley-Stein Stat set lost potency with move to offense
    105 Brandon Ingram This assumes he takes another step forward
    106 Dennis Smith Jr. Efficiency the problem; everything else is there
    107 De'Aaron Fox Ditto
    108 D'Angelo Russell Dinwiddie the better player; expect inconsistency
    109 Josh Jackson %s a big issue; but poised for big finish
    110 Skal Labissiere Kings seem geared up to let him play. Finally.
    111 Jarrett Allen The lack of defensive stats the only downer here
    112 Kelly Olynyk Bump him up 10-20 ranks if there's good shoulder news
    113 Derrick Favors He's holding on so far; how long can he do it for?
    114 Pau Gasol Will be a mess with DNP-Pop's down the stretch
    115 Al-Farouq Aminu Consistent late round value
    116 Michael Beasley Stat set issues and injury risk; clear runway though
    117 Kelly Oubre Jr. Hasn't had the Wall bump yet; upside beyond this
    118 Dewayne Dedmon Safely ranked here; can go higher
    119 Carmelo Anthony Name bigger than the game
    120 Kyle Kuzma Stat set problems, still a bit crowded; good fit w/ IT
    121 T.J. McConnell Consistent top-125 value
    122 Danny Green Kawhi might hurt; might not. Green safe here
    123 Bobby Portis Mirotic trade clears the runway for solid finish
    124 Andrew Wiggins Stat set problems
    125 Jaylen Brown Still has holes in his stat set; will continue to improve
    126 Brook Lopez Doesn't look like top-50 Lopez anytime soon
    127 Dwight Powell Can he finally step into the upside?
    128 Jonathon Simmons His role is safe; a tiny bit of upside too
    129 Tomas Satoransky Ranked to take advantage of current situation
    130 Dragan Bender Chandler neck issue bumps him up, $ counter potential
    131 Alex Len Chandler neck issue bumps him up, can he cash in?
    132 Emmanuel Mudiay An 8-cat player, absorbs usage, NY needs that
    133 Jabari Parker Crowded rotation, injury recovery put him in bad spot
    134 Ed Davis Locked into late round value at 16-20 mpg
    135 Marcin Gortat Even though he doesn't miss Wall; he misses Wall
    136 Bam Adebayo Hasn't been able to convert on the potential just yet
    137 Jae Crowder Guess who couldn't wait to get out of Cleveland
    138 Justin Holiday Getting DNPs kills the drill; not his fault at all.
    139 Delon Wright Solid player; no upside without injury ahead of him
    140 Marcus Smart Inefficient stat set; needs an injury to matter
    141 Austin Rivers Worth owning in 12-team leagues
    142 Dirk Nowitzki Owners can drop for any free agent/stash
    143 Dwight Howard Roto ranking here; shutdown potential in lost season
    144 Domantas Sabonis Needs a core player to be hurt to have 12-team value
    145 Avery Bradley Real value came getting rebounds in Boston
    146 Allen Crabbe Owners can drop for any free agent/stash
    147 Bojan Bogdanovic Owners can drop for any free agent/stash
    148 Ersan Ilyasova Owners can drop for any free agent/stash
    149 Marvin Williams Owners can drop for any free agent/stash
    150 E'Twaun Moore Owners can drop for any free agent/stash
    151 Rajon Rondo Owners can drop for any free agent/stash
    152 Andrew Harrison If he can corral the percentages he can go higher
    153 Terry Rozier A better 9-cat play; would be good if Irving got hurt
    154 Tyler Johnson Needs some injuries in Miami to be a must-own
    155 Jordan Clarkson His role might provide safer fantasy value over Hood
    156 Rodney Hood Hood's stat set requires volume. Will he get it?
    157 Stanley Johnson Owners can drop for any free agent/stash
    158 Reggie Bullock Owners can drop for any free agent/stash
    159 George Hill Can he handle enough to have any upside?
    160 Malcolm Brogdon Probably not enough to juice to help most owners
    161 Ish Smith Valuable until Reggie Jackson returns
    162 Frank Ntilikina The picture is bleak and NYK is his worst enemy
    163 D.J. Augustin A great bet for late-round value the rest of the way
    164 J.J. Barea Late-round value whenever he's healthy
    165 Jordan Bell Does he have enough ramp to get back on the radar?
    166 Kyle O'Quinn Late-round value the rest of the way
    167 Montrezl Harrell Clips playoff chase keeps players from shutting down
    168 Dillon Brooks Will plod his way to a value higher than this
    169 JaMychal Green Hasn't been able to stay healthy or produce
    170 Greg Monroe PHO didn't do anything to help his conditioning
    171 Dejounte Murray Inconsistent stat set kills his value
    172 Mario Hezonja As guys return the leash will get tightened
    173 John Henson Parker's return complicates his late-round value
    174 Richaun Holmes The Sixers don't know what they're doing
    175 Caris LeVert LeVert needs injury help and more to truly emerge
    176 Jonathan Isaac Nice cash counting potential; needs injury help
    177 Nerlens Noel Going to play soon, this rank could go way up quick
    178 Royce O'Neale Good stat set early on; if Rubio gets hurt #TakeNote
    179 Cheick Diallo Playing behind Anthony Davis has benefits
    180 Fred VanVleet Been great off the bench; deep leaguer only
    181 Trey Lyles Millsap's return will end his run
    182 Wayne Ellington Deep league 3-point specialist
    183 Shabazz Napier Consistent for owners in 14-16 team leagues
    184 Willy Hernangomez The Hornets need offense; but center slot is clogged
    185 Milos Teodosic Not enough mins/production with LAC at full strength
    186 Joe Harris Deep league plodder
    187 Dwyane Wade Even in Miami, he won't have enough juice for owners
    188 Reggie Jackson Unclear what role he's returning to
    189 Jarell Martin Would have value if Gasol bows out
    190 Rudy Gay Not sure on return; but late-round potential
    191 Denzel Valentine Needs injury help with LaVine back
    192 Cedi Osman FT% hurts him; role not secured; but he does stuff
    193 David West Quietly brings back late-round value
    194 Daniel Theis Would be interesting if Horford got hurt
    195 Shelvin Mack Looking at 20-25 mpg going forward
    196 Gorgui Dieng Thibs is not getting a Christmas card
    197 Jerami Grant Cash counters at least make him interesting
    198 Maxi Kleber Flashes of potential followed by severe duds
    199 Kyle Korver Maybe LeBron brings him back to life

Fantasy News

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    In an interview Wednesday, Magic head coach Steve Clifford said he could see Nikola Vucevic improving across all areas of his game, and echoing his player's belief that he is in his prime.

    One of the areas Clifford thought Vucevic could improve upon was his 3-point shooting percentage, and also seemed to indicate that he could contonue to up his play on defense. He's unquestionably solidified himself as the anchor of this team, and the Magic as a whole are likely eyeing to improve upon their momentum as a rising young playoff team in an Eastern Conference that looks pretty weak after the top four to five teams. Expect Vucevic to produce safe second-round value this season.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Suns General Manager James Jones said in a recent interview that Deandre Ayton is capable of playing PF if needed.

    One could chalk this up to either Ayton continuing his development in becoming a more dynamic offensive player, or the Suns covering up for the lack of depth on their roster at PF. In reality it's likley a mix of both, and is a positive for Ayton's value heading into this season. If he does end up spending meaningful time at the four, it would not bode well for the value of Dario Saric, who is already barely going at the end of drafts in 9-cat leagues.

    Source: NBA.com

  • DeMarcus Cousins
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have been granted a $1.75 million Disabled Player Exception for DeMarcus Cousins (torn left ACL).

    This now officially rules DeMarcus Cousins out for the season. The Lakers will now have the ability to go out and acquire a player that will in all likelihood occupy the end of their bench. Because they signed Dwight Howard, using this cap space on a center isn't necessarily as big a priority as it once was when Cousins initially went down.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Mo Bamba will enter training camp second on the depth chart behind Nikola Vučević.

    Head coach of the Magic, Steve Clifford, told a reporter that he plans on having Bamba as his primary backup center while Khem Birch will be third on the depth chart. The Magic also have Vučević, who was re-signed in the offseason to a four-year, $100M contract. As long as Bamba is backing up Vučević, his fantasy ceiling is capped outside of standard redraft leagues.

    Source: NBA

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Brett Dawson of The Athletic believes that Nerlens Noel could see a slight bump in minutes if the Thunder limit Steven Adams' usage.

    Noel is a great per-minute producer of steals and blocks but only appeared in 13.7 minutes per contest last season. Additional playing time would make him more useful in deeper leagues.

    Source: Brett Dawson of The Athletic

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    In a video, Joel Embiid announced that he lost about 25 pounds over the summer.

    Embiid is one of the best fantasy players around but has struggled at times with conditioning. The Sixers will gladly accept any improvements from last season's averages of 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    According to Pacers beat writer Scott Agness, Pacers forward T.J. Warren has no injury worries heading into the season.

    Warren has missed 56 games during the last two seasons, but he hopes to stay healthy for all of 2019-20. Warren is likely to start for the Pacers and could hold top-100 value if he can stay on the court.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard expects to play for Team USA during next year's Summer Olympics.

    Lillard skipped this year's World Cup but is planning to play in Tokyo. He should be a late first-round or early second-round fantasy pick this year.

    Source: news.com.au

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Warriors guard Stephen Curry expects to play at next year's Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

    Curry will have a busy year ahead of him. Still, it's no surprise that many potential members of Team USA skipped this year's FIBA World Cup in favor of an Olympics appearance. Curry will be a popular early first-round pick in fantasy drafts.

    Source: ESPN

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left thumb.

    This is rough news for the Wizards, who already have John Wall on the shelf. Thomas was a candidate to start at point guard, but instead he'll have to recover from yet another injury. Thomas averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 assists in limited action for the Nuggets last campaign.

    Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter