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With less than a month to go to the NBA announcement, the moving parts of fantasy are sure to be on the move.
No one knows if Kyrie Irving will play on Day 1 (by man himself in a ESPN maintenance), nobody knows or Ben Simmons will be playing, and no one knows when a variety of injuries across the league will be rehabilitated.
Here we’ll take a look at each of the main positions and end with a fictitious draft of the first round.
For ranking context, these are based on performance expectations in 12-team, nine-category head-to-head leagues. Where ADP (Average Provisional Position) is mentioned, it is based on consensus rankings from the experts at FantasyPros.
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1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
3. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
4. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
5. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
6. Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
7. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
9. De’Aaron Fox, Kings of Sacramento
10. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzly
It might go without saying, but Irving and Simmons are both difficult to project this season due to their uncertain situations. After them, the more intriguing areas involve Chris Paul and two young players: De’Aaron Fox and Ja Morant.
Compared to consensus rankings, Fox and Morant are both way above the ADP here. Their presence pushes CP3 to n Â° 11, which does not seem correct. The veteran has been on a Tom Brady tour, exceeding the expectations of someone his age. Yet the 36-year-old ceiling feels more limited than Fox and Morant.
Fox, 23, and Morant, 22, both averaged over 19 points, seven assists and three rebounds last season. Their shooting percentages largely held them back in the fantasy speech, but these are obvious talents on the pitch with youngsters and the skills to become more consistent and justify higher throws.
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1. James Harden, Brooklyn Nets
2. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
3. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
4. Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat
5. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
6. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
7. CJ McCollum Portland Trail Blazers
8. Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves
9. Caris LeVert, Indiana Pacers
10. Kevin Porter Jr., Houston Rockets
Like Irving, it is hard to know which arenas Bradley Beal will be allowed to play in. Still, the shooting guard is a less stacked position for fantasy, so keeping him out of the top two is just as difficult.
After James Harden and Beal, full of statistics, the field opens considerably. Zach LaVine has just had a productive year, but he could cede opportunities to DeMar DeRozan. And, conversely, Anthony Edwards has not been spectacularly productive in 2020-21, but he has shown the flashes for a big step forward this year.
The two obvious bumps against ADP here are Devin Booker and Kevin Porter Jr. The ranking of the former is based on the cap seen in last year’s playoffs, while the latter is simply the belief in the eye test that he can not only maintain but also improve a surprise campaign.
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1. Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers
2. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
3. Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
4. Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans
5. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
6. Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets
7. Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers
8. OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors
9. Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns
10. DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls
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After the first five small, well-balanced attackers, you can shoot with the rest based on team stats and risk aversion. Michael Porter Jr. most certainly falls into the latter category, as a history of health issues belies a potential contract worth over $ 200 million.
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1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
2. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
3. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
4. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
5. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
6. Julius Randle, New York Knicks
7. Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
8. Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons
9. PJ Washington, Charlotte Hornets
10. John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
In power, the top three are superstars, the next three are stars, and the bottom four have large ceilings with questionable floors.
Zion Williamson is a fan favorite, but his range of contributions to the box score is relatively limited. On the opposite end of the spectrum, despite being only two points apart, PJ Washington may not have revealing potential, but he does hit an interesting range of categories for the job.
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1. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
2. Towns of Karl-Anthony, Minnesota Timberwolves
3. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
4. Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
5. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
6. Christian Wood, Houston Rockets
7. Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
8. Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls
9. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
10. Clint Capela, Houston Rockets
The big three centers are incredible picks in the first round, but the rest are more dependent on your team’s favorite categories.
However, while some sacrifice shooting and others defensive numbers, the most interesting player is Christian Wood.
After averaging 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.9 threes and 1.2 vs for the Houston Rockets last season, the 26-year-old has the type of versatility to earn a wild production if Houston does. improves and stays healthy.
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1. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
3. James Harden, Brooklyn Nets
4. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
5. Giannis Antetoukounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
6. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
7. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
8. Towns of Karl-Anthony, Minnesota Timberwolves
9. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
10. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
11. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
12. Bradley Beal, Wizards of Washington
For the first round you just need to go with your heart as most players will adapt to any strategy. The biggest exception is Giannis Antetokounmpo, whose owners might want to consider making three, but even then you can make his output work in virtually any version.
Beyond the real basketball issues, some first-round players have other question marks. Joel Embiid’s health and Beal’s availability stand out, but there will likely be resti speak for guys like Kevin Durant and Nikola Jokic throughtaste the season.
However, at present, these rankings are more comfortable given the statistical ceilings and the expected opportunities. Media week is underway, the regular season is slated for October 19, and there is a ton of news to watch in the meantime.