Welcome to the 2018-2019 Fantasy Basketball preseason rankings. Because this is the second post in a series to come, it’s worth briefly overviewing what will be covered in each article. These rankings 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, there are brief write ups below the rankings identifying some players to reach for, avoid, and some sleepers to target in later rounds.
TO, FG% (borderline)
|Honorable Mentions: Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LaVert, Josh Hart
Players Worth Reaching for
It’s time to get over the narrative that Jrue Holiday is injury prone and he provides strong stats across the board. Outside of James Harden, it’s a difficult case to find a safer option at the position.
Zach LaVine is a polarizing figure in the fantasy community, and while he could turn out to be a bust I’m willing to take a risk on him. He’ll provide a safe floor in points, provide good field-goal percentages as well as chipping in decent assists and boards. Steals is the one area he may lag, but the upside is there for big return.
There are a number of high-scoring options in Denver, but they are one of the most efficient offensive teams across the last few seasons. That isn’t likely to change in 2018-2019, which makes Gary Harris another player I want on my team. He’s an elite source of steals, threes and also strong in percentages. He’s illustrated he can contribute in all areas of the game, and is still only 24 so there’s some room for him tor grow.
Players to Avoid
Klay Thompson’s name value often causes him to push up draft boards, but the reality is, he’s not an elite fantasy option.
With LeBron James now on the Lakers, it’s difficult to gauge exactly what roles will be. Josh Hart showed he’s talented, but it’s hard to take a big leap of faith on him this season.
Avery Bradley wasn’t good last season, but he should start for the Clippers this season and get consistent minutes. At the very least, he’ll be a nice source of steals, and should see his field goal percentage climb once again.
The rotation in Brooklyn could be a mess again this season, but Caris LaVert has flashed in his first two campaigns and could finally break into the starting lineup.
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