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2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Rankings

As the calendar turns another month and Halloween decorations start going up the basketball season jumps up to the forefront beginning on October 19.  This means it’s fantasy basketball rankings time! With rosters nearly set, our analysts here at Fantrax update from our early season ranks to get you going, and prepared for your upcoming fantasy drafts! Let’s take a look at who has who where and how far King LeBron James has fallen down the ranks…

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Meet the Rankers

Below are the analysts that will be breaking down our Fantasy Basketball rankings for the 2021-22 NBA season. In the upcoming weeks, we will continue to update our ranks depending on injuries and roster changes.  In the meantime, we have four analysts from you to draw from. We’ve included their initials so that you know who is who in the rankings table, and also their Twitter handles, so you can give them a follow and let them know what you think of their rankings!

Fantasy Basketball Rankings Breakdown


Fantasy MVP Nikola Jokic gets the number one spot. It’s hard to argue with the Joker who’s entering his prime and produces elite numbers at multiple categories. No Jamal Murray to begin the season is the cherry on top making him a lock for the top spot. It’s tough to rank the reigning finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo outside the top five but Stephen Curry and Luka Dončić offer too much upside to pass by.

Anthony Davis is my big-name to slide out of the first round. I am not wasting a first-round selection on the injury-riddled Davis. The Lakers have shown in the past the regular season is not important and I will not be drafting the big fella. Give me Karl Anthony Towns who has better FT% and averages 2.5 more rebounds per game. Kawhi Leonard gets bumped way out of the rankings due to uncertainty regarding his ACL injury. That leads to a bump in Paul George’s status who could flirt with top-10 status this year. Look out for Donovan Mitchell to take another jump in year-5 and keep proving Shaquille O’Neal and the doubters wrong. A top-20 fantasy season is in sight for the Jazz star.

Fred VanVleet gets a big boost with Kyle Lowry out of the picture in the North and getting an average rank inside the top-30. Michael Porter Jr. continues to offer tons of upside finishing last season with 19 PPG. The third-year pro is definitely worth taking a chance on early with some injuries going on in Denver. Dejounte Murray rounds out the top-four rounds after an impressive season averaging 15.7 points, 5.4 assists, and 7.1 rebounds. The 24-year-old continues to improve and is a breakout candidate for the 2021-22 season.

Rounds 5 and On

Don’t forget about the injured stars! Jaren Jackson Jr. played in just 11 games last season but was great in 2019 averaging 17.4 points and five rebounds per game. Lots of rebounds will be up for grabs with Jonas Valanciunas out of town to New Orleans. Caris LeVert looked great in a starting role with Indiana averaging 20.2 PPG and chipping in with 5.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds. Don’t let him slip too far. Cade Cunningham is the first rookie off the board in the seventh round. Doesn’t get much better than landing in Detroit where he could lead the team in scoring. Collin Sexton was amazing at times in 2020 and I expect another jump leading the Cavs in scoring and being worthy of a top-80 pick.

We finish off the last few rounds taking chances on guys like Nickeil Alexander-Walker who’s now running the point in New Orleans. Kevin Porter Jr. will score for Houston and after Dennis Schroder turned down all that money to sign for donuts in Boston, you know he’s going to be working overtime to get back that dough! I’m shipping up to Boston and getting Schroder on my team!

Fantrax Breakout Players

MO – Dejounte Murray, PG/SG – San Antonio Spurs

KF – Jusuf Nurkic, C – Portland Trail Blazers

BN – Lonzo Ball, PG/SG – Chicago Bulls

Fantrax Busts Predictions

MO – Chris Paul, PG – Phoenix Suns

KF – Jonas Valanciunas, C – New Orleans Pelicans

BN – Kyle Lowry, PG – Miami Heat

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Rankings

1Nikola JokicDENC1131
2Stephen CurryGSPG2352
3Luka DoncicDALPG/SF32212
4Giannis AntetokounmpoMILPF/SF6617
5Karl-Anthony TownsMINC55611
6James HardenBKNSG/PG9982
7Damian LillardPORPG84129
8Jayson TatumBOSPF/SF101295
9Joel EmbiidPHIC77716
10Anthony DavisLALPF/C1410114
10Kevin DurantBKNSF/PF414417
12Bradley BealWASSG1281518
13Nikola VucevicCHIC1715168
14Paul GeorgeLACSF/SG13172114
15LeBron JamesLALSF/PF/PG18111031
16Bam AdebayoMIAPF/C15181925
17Kyrie IrvingBKNPG/SG22202910
18Trae YoungATLPG11131449
19LaMelo BallCHAPG28273415
19Donovan MitchellUTASG/PG20292332
21Zion WilliamsonNOPF16231850
22Julius RandleNYPF/C21212740
23Rudy GobertUTAC34373013
24Fred VanVleetTORSG/PG3343356
25Zach LaVineCHISG23222253
26De'Aaron FoxSACPG32373719
27Domantas SabonisINDPF/C24262552
28Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderOKCSG/PG26302846
29Devin BookerPHXSG/PG19161779
30Jimmy ButlerMIASF/SG37383920
30Russell WestbrookLALPG27252062
32Clint CapelaATLC36323137
33Michael Porter Jr.DENSF/PF30394624
33Khris MiddletonMILSF/SG35243347
35Jaylen BrownBOSSG/SF29333841
36Chris PaulPHXPG45423623
37Deandre AytonPHXC39352451
38Brandon IngramNOSF/PF31313256
39Tobias HarrisPHISF/PF40364045
40CJ McCollumPORSG46444428
41Christian WoodHOUC/PF38344160
42Ja MorantMEMPG25282696
43Kawhi LeonardLACSF/PF1001913NR
44Lonzo BallCHIPG44585921
45Anthony EdwardsMINSG/SF53534829
46Jrue HolidayMILPG/SG50465038
46Dejounte MurraySAPG/SG41524942
48Myles TurnerINDC/PF47545534
49Tyrese HaliburtonSACPG/SG51506133
50Terry RozierCHAPG/SG52516530
51John CollinsATLPF/C42484271
52Kristaps PorzingisDALPF/C62626722
53Jaren Jackson Jr.MEMPF/C57656927
54Malcolm BrogdonINDPG/SG49454582
55OG AnunobyTORSF/PF56796226
56Jonas ValanciunasNOC43417169
57Ben SimmonsPHIPG63404781
58Pascal SiakamTORPF/C55555270
59Jamal MurrayDENPG/SG864743NR
60Gordon HaywardCHASF67495664
61Jerami GrantDETSF/PF54595372
62Jonathan IsaacORLSF/PF58577054
63Mikal BridgesPHXSF61648535
64Kyle LowryMIAPG68615166
65Richaun HolmesSACC/PF60716355
66Jusuf NurkicPORC59815857
67D'Angelo RussellMINPG/SG72567558
68Buddy HieldSACSG78608144
69Robert CovingtonPORPF/SF83787839
70Caris LeVertINDSG/SF64846468
70Jarrett AllenCLEC73675486
70DeMar DeRozanCHISG/SF70636087
73Bogdan BogdanovicATLSG/SF84737948
73Kemba WalkerNYPG80667761
75Robert Williams IIIBOSPF/C489910236
76Mike ConleyUTAPG66706885
77Norman PowellPORSG/SF65698875
78Derrick WhiteSAPG/SG76110NR43
79Chris BoucherTORPF/C77748376
80RJ BarrettNYSG/SF746866108
81John WallHOUPG877576NR
82Klay ThompsonGSSG717257118
83Cade CunninghamDETPG/SG79808777
84PJ WashingtonCHAPF/C817772102
85Collin SextonCLESG/PG691047397
86Draymond GreenGSPF/C829510663
86Miles BridgesCHASF/PF94769680
88Duncan RobinsonMIASG/SFNRNRNR88
89Jalen SuggsORLPG968982NR
90Dennis SchroderBOSPG909491NR
91Marcus SmartBOSPG/SG859811274
91Darius GarlandCLEPG/SG7510310091
93Isaiah StewartDETPF/C102NR11065
93Kyle KuzmaWASPF/SF959389NR
95Saddiq BeyDETSF1118810467
96Kyle AndersonMEMSF/PF1041149459
96Andrew WigginsGSSG/SF931088684
98Nickeil Alexander-WalkerNOSG/SF10186NR94
99Jordan ClarksonUTASG8810680104
100Jalen GreenHOUSG/SF929697NR
101Kevin Porter Jr.HOUSG9783107NR
102Jakob PoeltlSAC1141029878
103Devonte' GrahamCHAPG/SG919211993
104Jaden McDanielsMINPFNRNRNR99
104Lauri MarkkanenCLEPF9982116NR
106Chuma OkekeORLPFNRNRNR100
107Wendell Carter Jr.ORLC1128784119
108Spencer DinwiddieWASPG/SG8990101124
109James WisemanGSC12410774NR
110Joe InglesUTASF/PF9885123NR
111Evan MobleyCLEC10311392NR
112Eric BledsoeLACPG/SG11710093NR
113Mitchell RobinsonNYC1051249095
114Evan FournierNYSG/SF122117NR73
115Daniel GaffordWASC118NRNR92
115Dorian Finney-SmithDALSF/PFNRNRNR105
115Rui HachimuraWASPF/SFNR105105NR
118Reggie BullockDALSG/SFNRNRNR106
119Brook LopezMILC110NR12189
120T.J. WarrenINDSF12510111590
121Kelly Oubre Jr.GSSF/PF10797108120
122Malik BeasleyMINSG/SF11312395103
123Markelle FultzORLPG109109NRNR
124Blake GriffinBKNPF/CNRNR111NR
125Steven AdamsMEMC11612099NR
126Dillon BrooksMEMSG/SFNRNRNR112
127Tyler HerroMIAPGNR112113NR
128Jae'Sean TateHOUSF119NR109110
129Tim Hardaway Jr.DALSF/SFNRNR125101
129Nicolas BatumLACSF/PFNRNRNR113
131Andre DrummondPHIC106121NRNR
132Terrence RossORLSG/SFNRNRNR114
133Harrison BarnesSACSF/PF115119117107
133Gary Trent Jr.TORSG/SF121125103109
135Bojan BogdanovicUTASF/PF108118118NR
136Kelly OlynykDETC/PF120111122111
137Joe HarrisBKNSG/SFNR122114115
137Jae CrowderPHOSF/PFNRNRNR117
139Mason PlumleeCHACNR115124NR
139Aaron GordonDENSF/PF123116NRNR
141Cole AnthonyORLPGNRNR120NR
142Will BartonDENSG/SFNRNRNR121
143De'Anthony MeltonMEMPG/SGNRNRNR122
144Larry Nance Jr.PORPF/CNRNRNR123
145Reggie JacksonLACPG/SGNRNRNR125

Also check out which major star Bradlee Kilgore has on his Do Not Draft List!

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