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2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Rankings (Updated!)

Just like that the NBA is back! The shortest off-season in NBA history will come to an abrupt end as Adam Silver announced the 2020-21 season will tip-off December 22nd including a 72-game schedule.  That means it’s time to get the ball rolling and start breaking down our first run of Fantasy Basketball Rankings for the fast-approaching season!

The NBA started off with a bang this past week with a few massive trades. There’s still quite a bit to digest and a few changes will need to be made with more moves coming but in the meantime, let’s get the discussions going and find out some key risers and sleepers for this upcoming season.

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Fantasy Basketball Rankings Breakdown


 My apologies to LeBron James. This will be the first year I remember having him ranked outside the top 10 but as he said after winning the Championship, this is now Anthony Davis’s team. Expect the shortened offseason to impact veteran players who had long playoff runs and are unlikely to go through back-to-back sets. That being said, James still gets the 12th nod which makes him the last number one anchor for a 12-team league…so just the kind of underdog story he needs to keep striving.

The sky’s the limit for 21-year-old Luka Dončić who took the NBA by storm last season nearly averaging a triple-double with a 28.8/9.4/8.8 line. He improved on those numbers in the postseason averaging 31.0/9.8/8.7 almost dismantling the Clippers by himself. He is the big riser in my 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Rankings as he shoots up all the way to the number two spot.  30/10/10 numbers don’t grow on trees and there’s room for more as he continues to improve FG and FT percentages.

Recency bias always plays a big factor in the following season’s rankings. This is why many have Stephen Curry behind the 8-ball with just a 5-game season last year. Let’s not overthink and draft the 2-time MVP with confidence. Curry averaged 33.5 ppg in the final two playoff series with Durant out of the picture. It is back to being his team.

Trae Young and Devin Booker are becoming two of the game’s best scorers and round out the top 12. Young was second in the NBA in APG last season adding to his offensive prowess and we all saw what Booker could do in the bubble.

Bam Adebayo is a big riser with a great season. Just 23 years-old, the Heat have made him a focal point of the offense. Jimmy Butler who had quite the playoff run will definitely need some nights off so enjoy the BAM show in 2020-21. John Collins was a 20/10 player with great shooting percentages making him a must-own player in the top 20.  Meanwhile, the star keeps pointing up for Donovan Mitchell who scored a scorching 36.3 PPG in the playoffs to go along with the highest player efficiency rating. Kevin Durant definitely has top-5 potential if fully 100% healthy but not worth the risk for a top-12 with his injury history.

Rounds 3-5

Ja Morant just edged out fellow sophomore Zion Williamson. The metrics and dominance is there for the future star in Zion. Poor free-throw percentages should keep him from being top-24 material. He will need to get the blocks up to enter the next phase of stardom!

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with very well-rounded numbers last season contributing across multiple categories. Chris Paul is on his way to the desert making it Alexander’s team in OKC. There’s not a whole lot going on in Sacramento. I expect a big jump from 22-year-old De’Aaron Fox. Started off last year averaging 16 PPG and finished with 26.4 over the final seven. He should be running things in Sac-town in 2020.

Keep signing me up for young talented scores this season. Zach LaVine finished top 12 in scoring last season and bumped up his 25 PPG up to 28 over the final two months of the season.  Jimmy Butler recorded some playoff games for the ages but has proven to up his game in the playoffs.  Butler averaged 16.8 PPG in March compared to his 26.2 PPG in the finals. I expect heavy regression with a short offseason for the veteran.

Draymond Green was one of the bigger busts in fantasy last season. But I expect him to get back to his category stuffing ways with Stephen Curry back on the floor.

Malcolm Brogdon proved to be an important part of the Pacers lineup in the bubble with averages of 21.5 PPG and 10.5 APG in the playoffs and 18.2/6/6.3 in August. He’s a big riser for me and could even receive a bigger bump if Victor Oladipo leaves town.

Christian Wood averaged 21.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in 12 starts last season. Wood should be a solid pick here with Russell Westbrook’s usage rate shipped out of town.  Look for Gordon Hayward to bounce back after being appointed the new focal point in Charlotte. Hayward was super efficient last season and now gets to revert to being the no.1 option like his Utah Jazz days. Andrew Wiggins rounds out the top 5 here. Wiggins receives an uptick after the big loss to Klay Thompson.  Wiggins should be a great source of points, three pointers and can chip in the rebound category too.

Rounds 6-10

I love the Billy Donovan hire for sophomore Coby White. The young bulls should flourish in an up-tempo offense. White ended last season on a tear averaging 26.1 PPG adding 4.5 APG. Michael Porter Jr., needs to be rising on everyone’s list after his impressive showing in Orlando. MPJ is a true stat stuffer and more minutes are on the way in 2020. OMG! Another Jimmy Butler mention, my bad folks but his load management at times should help Tyler Herro flourish. Herro was great averaging 19.2 PPG alongside 6.2 RPG, 4.8 APG in the playoff series against the Celtics. It sounds like change is coming to San Antonio. The youth movement propels Dejounte Murray up the rankings. Murray finished the season with a line of 13.1/6.1/4.4 over the final 9 games adding 1.9 SPG. Expect an increase in minutes and a top 70 fantasy finish. Jonathan Isaac’s injury should open up scoring opportunities for Orlando Magic players. Markelle Fultz showed a lot of promise in certain spots last season and will have plenty of chances this season to make his mark.

We finish off the last few rounds taking chances on guys like Collin Sexton and RJ Barrett. Wasn’t thrilled with either rookie campaign but both can score and both teams (Knicks, Cavs) are lacking mightily in the scoring department. Stay tuned for updated rankings after NBA free-agency and draft!

2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Rankings

  • Overall

  • PG

  • SG

  • SF

  • PF

  • C

1James HardenHOUSG/PG
2Luka DončićDALG/SF
3Anthony DavisLALPF/C
4Giannis AntetokounmpoMILSF/PF
5Nikola JokicDENPF/C
6Stephen CurryGSWPG/SG
7Karl-Anthony TownsMINC
8Damian LillardPORPG
9Trae YoungATLPG
10Jayson TatumBOSSF/PF
11Devin BookerPHOSG
12LeBron JamesLALSF/PF
13Kawhi LeonardLACSF
14Kevin DurantBKNSF/PF
15Bam AdebayoMIAPF/C
16Bradley BealWASSG/SF
17John CollinsATLC
18Donovan MitchellUTASG/SF
19Joel EmbiidPHIC
20Deandre AytonPHOC
21Nikola VucevicORLC
22Kyrie IrvingBKNPG
23Ja MorantMEMPG
24Russell WestbrookWASPG
25Zion WilliamsonNOPPF/C
26Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderOKCPG/SG
27Jamal MurrayDENPG/SG
28De'Aaron FoxSACPG
29Zach LaVineCHISG
30Brandon IngramNOPSG/F
31Kemba WalkerBOSPG
32Rudy GobertUTAC
33Jrue HolidayMILPG/SG
34Ben SimmonsPHIPG
35Paul GeorgeLACSG/F
36Pascal SiakamTORPF
37Jusuf NurkicPORC
38Jimmy ButlerMIASF/PF
39Chris PaulPHOPG
40Kristaps PorzingisDALPF/C
41Draymond GreenGSWPF/C
42Khris MiddletonMILSG/SF
43Andre DrummondCLEC
44Fred VanVleetTORPG/SG
45Jaylen BrownBOSSG/SF
46Christian WoodHOUPF/C
47De'Angelo RussellMINPG
48CJ McCollumPORSG
49Jaren Jackson Jr.MEMPF/C
50Domantas SabonisINDPF/C
51Buddy HieldSACSG
52Jonas ValanciunasMEMC
54Gordon Hayward CHAPG
55Kyle LowryTORPG
56Mitchell RobinsonNYKC
57LaMarcus AldridgeSAPF/C
58Malcom BrogdonINDPG/SG
59Andrew WigginsGSWSG/SF
60Hassan WhitesideSACC
61Lonzo BallNOPPG
62Coby WhiteCHIPG
63Michael Porter Jr.DENSF/PF
64Tobias HarrisPHISF/PF
65Clint CapelaATLPF/C
66Lauri MarkkanenCHIPF/C
67Tyler HerroMIASG
68Aaron GordonORLSF/PF
69DeMar DeRozanSASG/SF
70Victor OladipoINDSG
71John WallHOUPG
72Ricky RubioMINSF/PF
73Dejounte MurraySAPG
74Kelly OubreGSWSF/PF
75Al HorfordOKCPF/C
76Robert CovingtonPORSF/PF
77Julius RandleNYKPF/C
78Eric BledsoeNOPSG
79Blake GriffinDETPF/C
80Myles TurnerINDPF/C
81Kevin LoveCLEPF/C
82Brandon ClarkeMEMPF/C
83Caris LeVertBKNSG/SF
84LaMelo BallCHAPG/SG
85Mike ConleyUTAPG
86Devonte' GrahamCHAPG/SG
87Marcus SmartBOSPG/SG
88Obi ToppinNYKSF/PF
89Terry RozierCHAPG/SG
90Evan FournierORLSG/SF
91RJ BarrettNYKSG/SF
92Collin SextonCLEPG
93Markelle FultzORLPG
94Jarrett AllenBKNC
95Danilo GalinariATLSF/PF
96Thomas BryantWASC
97Josh RichardsonDALSG/SF
98Steven AdamsNOPC
99OG AnunobyTORSF
100Marvin Bagley IIISACPF/C
101Mikal BridgesPHOSF/PF
102Davis BertansWASPF/C
103Dennis SchroderLALPG/SG
104Wendell Carter Jr.CHIC
105Anthony EdwardsMINSG
106Bogdan BogdanovicSACSG/SF
107Lou WilliamsLACPG/SG
108Montrezl HarrellLALPF/C

1James HardenHOU
2Stephen CurryGSW
3Damian LillardPOR
4Trae YoungATL
5Kyrie IrvingBKN
6Ja MorantMEM
7Russell WestbrookWAS
8Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderOKC
9Jamal MurrayDEN
10De'Aaron FoxSAC
11Kemba WalkerBOS
12Jrue HolidayMIL
13Ben SimmonsPHI
14Chris PaulPHO
15Fred VanVleetTOR
16De'Angelo RussellMIN
17Ricky RubioMIN
18Kyle LowryTOR
19Malcom BrogdonIND
20Lonzo BallNOP
21Coby WhiteCHI
22John WallHOU
23Dejounte MurraySA
24LaMelo BallCHA
25Mike ConleyUTA
26Devonte' GrahamCHA
27Marcus SmartBOS
28Terry RozierCHA
29Collin SextonCLE
30Markelle FultzORL
31Dennis SchroderLAL
32Lou WilliamsLAC

1James HardenHOU
2Stephen CurryGSW
3Devin BookerPHO
4Bradley BealWAS
5Donovan MitchellUTA
6Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderOKC
7Jamal MurrayDEN
8Zach LaVineCHI
9Brandon IngramNOP
10Jrue HolidayMIL
11Paul GeorgeLAC
12Khris MiddletonMIL
13Fred VanVleetTOR
14Jaylen BrownBOS
15CJ McCollumPOR
16Buddy HieldSAC
17Malcom BrogdonIND
18Andrew WigginsGSW
19Tyler HerroMIA
20DeMar DeRozanSA
21Victor OladipoIND
22Eric BledsoeNOP
23Caris LeVertBKN
24LaMelo BallCHA
25Devonte' GrahamCHA
26Marcus SmartBOS
27Terry RozierCHA
28Evan FournierORL
29RJ BarrettNYK
30Josh RichardsonDAL
31Dennis SchroderLAL
32Anthony EdwardsMIN
33Bogdan BogdanovicSAC
34Lou WilliamsLAC

1Luka DončićDAL
2Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL
3Jayson TatumBOS
4LeBron JamesLAL
5Kawhi LeonardLAC
6Kevin DurantBKN
7Bradley BealWAS
8Donovan MitchellUTA
9Jimmy ButlerMIA
10Khris MiddletonMIL
11Jaylen BrownBOS
12TJ WarrenIND
13Andrew WigginsGSW
14Michael Porter Jr.DEN
15Tobias HarrisPHI
16Aaron GordonORL
17DeMar DeRozanSA
18Gordon HaywardCHA
19Kelly OubreGSW
20Robert CovingtonPOR
21Caris LeVertBKN
22Obi ToppinNYK
23Evan FournierORL
24RJ BarrettNYK
25Danilo GalinariATL
26Josh RichardsonDAL
27OG AnunobyTOR
28Mikal BridgesPHO
29Bogdan BogdanovicSAC

1Anthony DavisLAL
2Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL
3Nikola JokicDEN
4Jayson TatumBOS
5LeBron JamesLAL
6Kawhi LeonardLAC
7Kevin DurantBKN
8Bam AdebayoMIA
9Zion WilliamsonNOP
10Pascal SiakamTOR
11Jimmy ButlerMIA
12Kristaps PorzingisDAL
13Draymond GreenGSW
14Christian WoodHOU
15Jaren Jackson Jr.MEM
16Domantas SabonisIND
17TJ WarrenIND
18LaMarcus AldridgeSA
19Michael Porter Jr.DEN
20Tobias HarrisPHI
21Clint CapelaATL
22Lauri MarkkanenCHI
23Aaron GordonORL
24Gordon HaywardCHA
25Kelly OubreGSW
26Al HorfordOKC
27Robert CovingtonPOR
28Julius RandleNYK
29Blake GriffinDET
30Myles TurnerIND
31Kevin LoveCLE
32Brandon ClarkeMEM
33Obi ToppinNYK
34Danilo GalinariATL
35OG AnunobyTOR
36Marvin Bagley IIISAC
37Mikal BridgesPHO
38Davis BertansWAS
39Montrezl HarrellLAL

1Anthony DavisLAL
2Nikola JokicDEN
3Karl-Anthony TownsMIN
4Bam AdebayoMIA
5John CollinsATL
6Joel EmbiidPHI
7Deandre AytonPHO
8Nikola VucevicORL
9Zion WilliamsonNOP
10Rudy GobertUTA
11Jusuf NurkicPOR
12Kristaps PorzingisDAL
13Draymond GreenGSW
14Andre DrummondCLE
15Christian WoodHOU
16Jaren Jackson Jr.MEM
17Domantas SabonisIND
18Jonas ValanciunasMEM
19Mitchell RobinsonNYK
20LaMarcus AldridgeSA
21Hassan WhitesideSAC
22Clint CapelaATL
23Lauri MarkkanenCHI
24Al HorfordOKC
25Julius RandleNYK
26Blake GriffinDET
27Myles TurnerIND
28Kevin LoveCLE
29Brandon ClarkeMEM
30Jarrett AllenBKN
31Thomas BryantWAS
32Steven AdamsNOP
33Marvin Bagley IIISAC
34Davis BertansWAS
35Wendell Carter Jr.CHI
36Montrezl HarrellLAL

Mike will be updating his 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Rankings right up until opening tip-off. Check back for updates and also the rest of our Fantasy Basketball content.

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  1. OKCyaLater says

    What’s up?!

    Will you guys be releasing the Auction values chart anytime soon? I only found last years..

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