Welcome to the 2018-2019 Fantasy Basketball preseason rankings. 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.
Players Worth Reaching for
LeMarcus Aldridge will have to shoulder a lot of the scoring in San Antonio once again this season. While he doesn’t provide massive defensive numbers, he is solid across four categories and you won’t have to worry about a punt-FT% build.
Jarrett Allen has the chance to be unique, racking up Hassan Whiteside-esque block numbers while also hitting his free-throws. There’s a lot of hype around Allen already, so it will be necessary to reach a little to have any chance of rostering him this season.
Players to Avoid
Demarcus Cousins is a big name, but he currently has no timetable to return, making it unclear when he’ll be viable for fantasy lineups.
Dwight Howard is another injury risk; he was just recently shut down and is the epitome of a punt player. That’s a lot of headache, though there is still elite production potential across three categories.
Harry Giles didn’t play after being drafted last season, but has gained some hype this season. It’s difficult to trust the Kings’ rotation, especially with bigs, but the indications are that Giles will get consistent playing time.
Brook Lopez is a household name, but he had a reduced role as a Laker last season. That shouldn’t be the case in Milwaukee as the Eastern Conference is suddenly wide-open with LeBron in the West.
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