September 6, 2019, 6:44 am
Part of solid preparation for any fantasy draft is an in-depth, or at the very least, a bird’s-eye inspection of the pre-draft rankings of the platform you use. For the purposes of this article, we’ve thrown listed the top-150 players in Yahoo’s rankings (as of September 5, 2019) and added a bit of commentary.
These rankings are likely to change as the people behind it impute the impact of news that comes out of training camps and preseason action. However, for those of you who are in leagues that draft early, this is what you’ll be working with.
Speaking of expected changes, the current pre-draft rankings do not have any rookies in the top-150, which obviously is unrealistic. If your league is drafting soon-ish, make sure to find the right spots to sneak in those Zions and Jas.
UPDATE (Sept. 25):
Yahoo! updated their pre-draft rankings recently and there were some significant swings. One good thing to note though, is that they’ve finally added the rookies in the rankings. There were four of them in the new top-150, if I’m not mistaken.
I’ve edited the table to reflect the changes as of September 25, 2019
Here are some of the notable major movements in rankings from the original September 5 one we covered and September 25.
- LeBron James 28 -> 9
- Trae Young 35 -> 17
- Deandre Ayton 9 -> 22
- Russell Westbrook 51 -> 23
- Andre Drummond 12 -> 26
- Luka Doncic 37 -> 27
- Jaren Jackson Jr. 46 -> 36
- Jayson Tatum 24 -> 37
- Brook Lopez 32 -> 42
- Kevin Love 59 -> 43
- D’Angelo Russell 65 -> 44
- Khris Middleton 25 -> 45
- Danilo Gallinari 89 -> 51
- Kyle Lowry 83 ->52
- C.J. McCollum 31 -> 55
- Derrick Favors 77 -> 56
- Aaron Gordon 72 -> 57
- Bam Adebayo 30 -> 60
- Victor Oladipo 88 -> 67
Deandre Ayton, C Phoenix Suns (9)
Ayton had a solid rookie season, thanks mostly to his fantasy-friendly shooting from the field (.585), while also chipping in 16 points, 10 rebounds and nearly a steal and a block per game. However, calling him a top-10 guy this season is a bit too generous. He will need to make a significant leap in his blocks per game to merit a ninth overall pick, and even then his upside will be tightly priced in.
Thaddeus Young, SF/PF Chicago Bulls (85)
Thad will get minutes, but more likely in the mid-to-low 20s. He is, after all, serving more of a mentor’s and backup role with the Bulls. Lauri Markkanen will be commanding a lot of minutes at the four, so it’ll be a tough sell to project Young posting value inside the top-100.
Victor Oladipo, PG/SG (88)
Given the severity of his injury and the timeline (or lack thereof) of his rehab, it would be a wise choice to avoid Dipo in most standard-league drafts. There’s already too much risk floating around with guys who may miss time due to actual injuries or due to load management. His prima facie risk still outweighs his expected rewards upon his return.
Davis Bertans (92), Marvin Williams (94), Zach Collins (115), Monte Morris (117), Ivica Zubac (129), Rodions Kurucs (145)
LeBron James, SF/PF Los Angeles Lakers (28)
Prior to 2018-19, LBJ exploded for one of his best seasons. There’s too much of a knee-jerk reaction in this ranking. Considering the millions of dollars he’s spent taking care of his body with cryotherapy, physical therapy and Taco Tuesdays, LeBron is worth at least a second-round pick in standard-league drafts.
Ben Simmons, PG Philadelphia 76ers (41)
Yes, the kid has his stat-set flaws. However, given the growth track he’s on, we’re expecting those to matter less and less as he sees an across-the-board bump in those juicy counting stats.
Draymond Green, PF/C Golden State Warriors (49)
If the Warriors want to stay relevant and make the playoffs, Dray will need to step up. He should be able to bring value closer to top-30 than to top-50 given his ability to fill up the stat sheet. Yes, he saw a decline last season, but you can chalk that up to a dip in usage. This season, said usage will be bouncing back up, just like Green’s value.
Russell Westbrook, PG Houston Rockets (51)
Westbrook’s stat line has its faults and yes, there’s some concern as to how the league’s highest usage players will share the rock in the same backcourt. That said, Harden and Westbrook are professionals and their skill and basketball I.Q. should be enough to help carry them to a smoother-than-expected transition together. This is more of a floor view as opposed to a fair outlook – at least as far as pre-draft rankings are concerned.
D’Angelo Russell (65), Kyle Lowry (83), Blake Griffin (91), Gary Harris (114), Caris LeVert (124), Taurean Prince (142)