2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Point Guard

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Fantasy Basketball preseason rankings. Because this is the first post in a series to come, it’s worth giving a brief overview of what will be covered in each article. Of course, there’s rankings that are mostly based on category scoring systems. To try to account for that, the “Better Format” column identifies if a player is better suited for the points or category leagues. To accommodate for optimal roster construction, the “Punt” column identifies categories that it will be difficult to win when drafting that player.

Finally, below the rankings, there are brief write ups identifying some players to avoid, some players worth reaching for, and some sleepers to target in later rounds.

Rank Player Team Better Format Punt
1 James Harden HOU
2 Steph Curry GSW Roto
3 Damian Lillard POR
4 Russell Westbrook OKC Points TO, FG%
5 Jrue Holiday NOP
6 Kemba Walker CHA
7 John Wall WAS TO
8 Ben Simmons PHI Points Percentages, TO 
9 Chris Paul HOU
10 Kyle Lowry  TOR FG% (borderline)
11 Kyrie Irving BOS
12 Eric Bledsoe MIL
13 Ricky Rubio  UTA Roto FG%
14 Jamal Murray DEN
15 Jeff Teague MIN
16 Dennis Smith DAL Percentages
17 DeAngelo Russell BKN FG%
18 Goran Dragic  MIA
19 Mike Conley MEM
20 Darren Collison IND Roto 
21 Kris Dunn CHI
22 Lonzo Ball  LAL Points FG%
23 Elfrid Payton NOP Roto
24 Trae Young  ATL
25 D.J. Augustin  ORL Roto
26 De’Aaron Fox SAC
27 Markelle Fultz  PHI Percentages
28 Reggie Jackson DET
29 Collin Sexton  CLE

* Dejounte Murray is out for the season with a torn right ACL and has been removed.

Players Worth Reaching for

Dennis Smith Jr. could be in for a leap similar to what we saw from Jamal Murray in his second season. The Mavs added talent in the offseason, which should help him improve his efficiency.

It’s difficult to reach on Jrue Holiday, considering his overall ADP is currently 20th on Yahoo! and 26th on ESPN. However, there should be no hesitation taking him there, as his usage and assists went up after DeMarcus Cousins’ departure. That sets him up for a big year, as he and Anthony Davis will be the primary options in the offense. He also illustrated that he can stay healthy for an entire season, appearing in 81 games.

Players to Avoid

Chris Paul is still getting drafted highly, and based on skill that’s the right move. However, he’s now 33 and has played just 61 and 58 games respectively the last two seasons. Injuries can happen to anyone and can’t be predicted, but steering into the risk this early into the draft isn’t necessary.

Lonzo Ball is a big name but things aren’t setting up well for him in the short-term. While he is cleared for practice after knee surgery in the offseason, the Lakers still plan to ease him into work. The signing of LeBron James also means that when on the floor, Ball will almost certainly not handle the ball as much as he did last season. While Magic Johnson is pumping up Ball’s new jumper, scoring ability isn’t the reason to target him.

Mike Conley is coming off a heel injury and entering his age 31 season. While he played well in his brief time on the court last season, it’s unclear how effective he’ll be upon his return. Conley is plenty talented so there’s a chance he’s still very effective for fantasy purposes, but with a current ADP of 47 overall there isn’t a lot of margin for error accounted for.

Sleepers

Someone has to play point guard for the Magic. That role certainly appears to be D.J. Augustin‘s for the taking, and while he is even less flashy than Collison (below), he has starters minutes and is currently the 103rd guard off the board according to FantasyPros current ADP.

Darren Collison isn’t a flashy name, but he’ll play for a good team and have safe minutes. He should score 12-13 ponts and dish five assists per game, all while shooting well from the line and field. He’s not an upper-tier player, but could be a poor man’s Jeff Teague or Goran Dragic.

2018-2019 Basketball Rankings
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Dan Marcus

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Dan recently moved to Columbus, Ohio but is a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. Fantasy baseball was and always will be his favorite fantasy sport, but he also enjoys football and basketball as well.

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