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.
|10||Blake Griffin||DET||Points||FG% (borderline)|
Others to Consider: Bobby Portis, James Johnson, Wendell Carter (ranked at Center)
Players Worth Reaching for
John Isaac has the upside to win steals and blocks in H2H leagues on a weekly basis, making him someone with upside to target.
Marvin Bagley has defensive limitations but could come in and prove to be the best scorer on the Kings’ roster in his rookie season.
Players to Avoid
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson got very little preseason work in and may be slow to get going to start the season. That’s enough to downgrade him a bit, creating risk he is never truly able to get healthy this season.
Carmelo Anthony still has name brand appeal, but he didn’t fit in well with OKC last season. He won’t be the focal point of the Rockets’ offense this season either, and his best asset is his ability to score.
Carmelo Anthony’s departure will allow Jerami Grant the chance to play big minutes for the first time in his career. It’s unknown exactly what that will look like, but it’s worth a late-round pick to find out.
Jordan Bell should get plenty of minutes while Demarcus Cousins is out, and if he continues to show the flash he did in his rookie campaign, it’s possible that he’ll earn minutes even after Cousins makes it back to the floor.
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