2018-2019 Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Center

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.

Rank Player Team Format Punt
1 Anthony Davis NOP
2 Karl-Anthony Towns MIN
3 Nikola Jokic DEN
4 Joel Embiid PHI
5 Rudy Gobert UTA Roto FT%
6 Andre Drummond DET FT%
7 Kevin Love CLE
8 Draymond Green GSW
9 LeMarcus Aldridge SAS
10 Clint Capela HOU FT%
11 Al Horford BOS Roto
12 Myles Turner IND
13 Marc Gasol MEM
14 Jarrett Allen BKN Roto
15 Nikola Vucevic ORL
16 DeAndre Ayton PHO
17 Hassan Whiteside MIA FT%(borderline)
18 DeAndre Jordan DAL Points FT%
19 Jonas Valanciunas TOR Roto
20 Brook Lopez MIL Rebounds
21 Steven Adams OKC FT%
22 Jusuf Nurkic POR Points FT%
23 Wendell Carter CHI Roto
24 Jordan Bell GSW
25 Larry Nance CLE
26 Enes Kanter NYK Points
27 Dwight Howard WAS Points FT%
28 Harry Giles SAC FT%
29 Mo Bamba ORL FT%
30 Demarcus Cousins GSW

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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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.