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2021-2022 Top 180 Fantasy Basketball Rankings

Welcome to draft season – where championships are won or lost! The following 2021-2022 fantasy basketball rankings look at NBA players from one to 250 based upon their projected value in the upcoming NBA season. Beginning next week, we will release position rankings that will explore player profiles and potential in a more detailed manner.

Prior to analyzing the player rankings, below are a few considerations to entertain as we approach draft day.

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A Player’s real-world NBA value is not consistent with or relative to their fantasy basketball value.

In the real-world NBA, Lebron James would not be ranked outside of the top 3, let alone the top 20! Unfortunately, James’ statistical profile across all categories (8 or 9) is not as strong as other players with much less real game impact. To be successful, General Managers must disassociate real NBA statistical impact from Fantasy statistical impact. Remember, points are just one category.

Statistical profiles are important when building your team, but not always apparent in the rankings. 

Player values can be tricky. Value can be concentrated heavily in one, two, or three categories or spread out across many based upon manager desire and/or strategy. Typically, the best roster is comprised of ‘specialists’ and ‘all-around’ players. For example, Rudy Gobert and Khris Middleton are similarly ranked, but Gobert’s value is concentrated in elite rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage. Middleton’s value is spread across points, threes, assists, steals, and field goal percentage and not heavily concentrated in any mixture of categories. Unless utilizing a “punt” strategy, where you disregard certain statistical categories in favor of others, it is challenging to assemble your team with both specialists and all-around talent. These rankings will help you obtain overall player value, but you must remember understanding your team build and executing a draft based on assembling a team around that build is imperative and can render certain values more and/or less important than others.

Use Rankings with ADP (“Average Draft Position”) to Identify Return on Investment

Our fantasy basketball rankings will help establish the relative value of a player in relation to another player, regardless of position. This does not mean these players must be drafted at their ranked ADP numbers. Successful General Managers find the most value at discounted prices – usually around 2 rounds of difference. It is much better to get Kirstaps Porzingis in the 6th round vs. Zion Williamson in the second round. As we get better draft data, we will be helping you identify prime targets that will return the most value.

Positional Flexibility Matters

Many players are eligible for multiple positions. This flexibility can boost a player’s value depending on where they start in your lineup. For example, Fred VanVleet and Darius Garland are eligible as point guards and shooting guards. VanVleet is the 6th ranked PG, Garland is 24th. Positioned as shooting guards, VanVleet jumps to three, while Garland jumps to 21. As you build your roster, take advantage of these nuances to gain leverage in scarce categories.

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Rankings

The following fantasy basketball rankings account for value in eight key categories and do not reflect turnovers, which have been removed from the equation. By removing turnovers, high usage players will get a bump in value, while lower usage specialists will decrease in value, generally speaking.

Players are initially listed 12 per round as they might be drafted in a 12-team league. Click ‘next’ at the bottom of the table to see the next round.

11BKNJames HardenPG/SG
21DENNikola JokicC
31GSWStephen CurryPG
41DALLuka DoncicPG
51MILGiannis AntetokounmpoPF
61MINKarl-Anthony TownsC
71BKNKevin DurantSF/PF
81PORDamian LillardPG
91LALAnthony DavisPF
101BOSJayson TatumSF/PF
111PHIJoel EmbiidC
121LACPaul GeorgeSG/SF
132CHINikola VucevicC
142TORFred VanVleetPG/SG
152WASBradley BealSG
162MIAJimmy ButlerSG/SF
172MIABam AdebayoPF/C
182NORZion WilliamsonPF
192NYKJulius RandlePF
202LALLeBron JamesPG/SF/PF
212UTADonovan MitchellPG/SG
222SACDe'Aaron FoxPG
232ATLTrae YoungPG
242BOSJaylen BrownSG/SF
253INDDomantas SabonisPF
263CHIZach LaVineSG
273MILJrue HolidayPG/SG
283OKCShai Gilgeous-AlexanderPG/SG
293CHALaMelo BallPG
303DALKristaps PorzingisPF/C
313BKNKyrie IrvingPG/SG
323MILKhris MiddletonSG/SF
333UTARudy GobertC
343CHILonzo BallPG
353PHOChris PaulPG
363INDMyles TurnerPF/C
374LALRussell WestbrookPG
384DENMichael Porter Jr.SF/PF
394NORBrandon IngramSF/PF
404TORO.G. AnunobySF/PF
414MEMJaren Jackson Jr.PF
424GSWDraymond GreenPF
434SACRichaun HolmesPF/C
444PORC.J. McCollumSG
454CHATerry RozierPG/SG
464INDMalcolm BrogdonPG/SG
474PHITobias HarrisSF/PF
484ATLClint CapelaC
495TORPascal SiakamPF
505PHIBen SimmonsPG
515SACTyrese HaliburtonPG/SG
525ATLJohn CollinsPF
535SASDejounte MurrayPG/SG
545PHODevin BookerPG/SG
555MIND'Angelo RussellPG/SG
565SACBuddy HieldSG/SF
575CLEDarius GarlandPG/SG
585DETCade CunninghamPG
595MINAnthony EdwardsSG/SF
605MEMJa MorantPG
616PORJusuf NurkicC
626SASDerrick WhitePG/SG
636BOSMarcus SmartPG/SG
646PHODeandre AytonC
656HOUChristian WoodPF/C
666INDCaris LeVertSG/SF
676MIAKyle LowryPG
686PHOMikal BridgesSF
696ORLJonathan IsaacSF/PF
706NYKKemba WalkerPG
716ATLBogdan BogdanovicSG/SF
726PORRobert CovingtonSF/PF
737CHAGordon HaywardSF
747CLECollin SextonPG/SG
757UTAMike ConleyPG
767ORLJalen SuggsPG/SG
777CHAPJ WashingtonPF
787NORJonas ValanciunasC
797DETJerami GrantSF/PF
807BOSRobert WilliamsPF/C
817NYKEvan FournierSG/SF
827PORNorman PowellSG/SF
837HOUKevin PorterPG/SG
847NORNickeil Alexander-WalkerSG
858SASJakob PoeltlC
868MEMKyle AndersonSF/PF
878DETIsaiah StewartPF/C
888GSWAndrew WigginsSG/SF
898CHAMiles BridgesSF/PF
908DETSaddiq BeySF
918NORDevonte' GrahamPG/SG
928HOUJalen GreenSG
938WASSpencer DinwiddiePG/SG
948CHIDeMar DeRozanSG/SF
958NYKMitchell RobinsonC
968CLEJarrett AllenC
979NYKR.J. BarrettSG/SF
989INDT.J. McConnellPG
999MIADuncan RobinsonSG/SF
1009UTAJordan ClarksonSG
1019UTABojan BogdanovicSF/PF
1029SACHarrison BarnesSF/PF
1039GSWKlay ThompsonSG
1049MEMDillon BrooksSG/SF
1059TORChris BoucherPF/C
1069MINMalik BeasleySG/SF
1079DETKelly OlynykPF/C
1089ATLDe'Andre HunterSF/PF
10910PHIDanny GreenSG/SF
11010ORLWendell Carter Jr.C
11110SASThaddeus YoungSF/PF/C
11210DENWill BartonSF
11310CLEEvan MobleyPF/C
11410DALTim Hardaway Jr.SG/SF
11510WASDaniel GaffordPF/C
11610MILBrook LopezC
11710BKNJoe HarrisSG/SF
11810UTAJoe InglesSG/SF/PF
11910ORLTerrence RossSG/SF
12010NORJosh HartSG/SF
12111DETKillian HayesPG
12211PORLarry Nance Jr.PF
12311CHIPatrick WilliamsSF/PF
12411LACReggie JacksonPG
12511HOUJae'Sean TateSF
12611MIATyler HerroPG/SG
12711GSWJordan PoolePG/SG
12811DALReggie BullockSG/SF
12911MEMDe'Anthony MeltonPG
13011DALDorian Finney-SmithSF/PF
13111MILDonte DiVincenzoPG/SG
13211SASKeldon JohnsonSF/PF
13312BOSAl HorfordPF/C
13412CHAMason PlumleeC
13512CHAKelly Oubre Jr.SF/PF
13612CLELauri MarkkanenPF
13712NYKNerlens NoelC
13812MINJaden McDanielsSF
13912LACMarcus MorrisSF/PF
14012OKCAleksej PokusevskiPF
14112LACNicolas BatumSG/SF
14212TORGary Trent Jr.SG/SF
14312OKCJosh GiddeyPG/SG
14412WASKyle KuzmaSF/PF
14513PHOJae CrowderSF/PF
14613DENAaron GordonPF
14713ORLChuma OkekePF
14813ORLMo BambaC
14913NYKDerrick RosePG
15013BOSJosh RichardsonSG/SF
15113MEMDesmond BaneSG
15213OKCLuguentz DortSG/SF
15313MILBobby PortisPF
15413TORGoran DragicPG
15513PHISeth CurryPG/SG
15613TORKhem BirchC
15714BOSDennis SchroderPG
15814UTARoyce O'NealeSF/PF
15914CLERicky RubioPG
16014PHOCameron PaynePG
16114GSWOtto PorterSF
16214DENJamal MurrayPG/SG
16314WASRui HachimuraSF/PF
16414OKCIsaiah RobyPF
16514LACTerance MannSF
16614OKCDerrick FavorsPF/C
16714LACIvica ZubacC
16814HOUJohn WallPG
16915DENMonte MorrisPG
17015ATLKevin HuerterSG/SF
17115LACEric BledsoePG/SG
17215ATLDanilo GallinariSF/PF
17315UTARudy GayPF
17415PHOCameron JohnsonSF
17515WASMontrezl HarrellPF/C
17615ORLMarkelle FultzPG
17715MIAVictor OladipoSG
17815ORLCole AnthonyPG
17915CLEIsaac OkoroSF
18015WASDavis BertansPF

For more great rankings and analysis, check out the 2021-22 Fantrax Fantasy Basketball Draft Kit!

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