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NBA Fantasy Trends

Abusing The Default Rankings 2

by Mike Gallagher
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

We’re back with the second edition. In case you missed the first one about ESPN, bang it here. There are some thoughts about how to draft in there for the intro, too.


Also, we've been going heavy draft talk for the podcasts, so check those out! Here's the link to Wednesday's: 


Regarding ESPN and Yahoo! lists, some of them have some similarities and some differences. While the scroll-down guys are a bit different, the differences have to do with where they are ranked for each list. For the most part, most of these guys are on both lists. Also don't forget Y! is nine-cat and ESPN is eight.


Ranked higher than expected (guys I wouldn’t take based on this rank)

Draymond Green (19) - Having a really rough preseason. Looks like he might get hurt the most.

LaMarcus Aldridge (20) - He’s 31 now and has injury problems in the past. I like him in the third, though.

Derrick Favors (28) - A big back problem last year and knee issue now. Tough to take in third.

Kevin Love (32) - He usually goes after 40, but his floor is solid.

Trevor Ariza (41) - I think Ariza will be close to top 40, but there are so many wings late.

Ricky Rubio (43) - Another low-demand guy who usually falls to 60 or so.

Gorgui Dieng (45) - He’s a beast when he’s on, but new coach is a little scary to take in fourth.

Marc Gasol (54) - Big Spain is extremely well-rounded, but that foot bone bruise scared me away.

Otto Porter (59) - I like Porter late and took him at 121 in a 30-man. Around 85-100 seems good.

Nerlens Noel (63) - Too much uncertainty to take before 80. Groin, bench role, no PF minutes.

Steven Adams (64) - Major bump coming, but 64 is way too early.

Nikola Mirotic (71) - Taj looks like he’s going to start. That hurts Niko.

Rudy Gay (72) - Fair to assume a trade would hurt his value.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (79) - I’m a big Rondae fan, but no equity at 79.

DeMarre Carroll (81) - You can get him a lot later.

Kenneth Faried (83) - The “Jurkic” will hurt him a lot.

Clint Capela (102) - Can’t draft him now. Maybe I’m overreacting, but can’t trust Mike D.


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Ranked lower than expected (guys I would take based on this rank)


James Harden (3) - My No. 1 player.

Paul Millsap (13) - That small knee hiccup should still keep him in the first round.

Isaiah Thomas (36) - I’m not too high on IT4, but he should go before 36.

Avery Bradley (68) - He always falls and you can probably get him after 68.

Marcin Gortat (69) - I think people are overreacting to the Mahinmi deal. Gortat is a beast.

Bradley Beal (73) - The obvious risk with his stress fracture is there. Twenty shots, though?

D’Angelo Russell (83) - Fourth round of a 12-team league all day for me.

Greg Monroe (84) - Don’t worry about the bench role. He was just as good off bench last year.

Chandler Parsons (91) - Has top-20 potential, but injury concern is very real.

Kent Bazemore (95) - Was 74th last year and should have bigger role this year.

Jeremy Lin (96) - Kenny Atkinson is going to run a very fantasy friendly O.

Robert Covington (106) - Should be going top 70, especially with the Ben Simmons injury.

Devin Booker (109) - I like D-Russ two rounds earlier. Booker goes so early.


The scroll-down gang (guys after 130 and are worthy of ownership in standard leagues)


Josh Richardson (131) - Shouldn’t miss much time.

Courtney Lee (135) - Big minutes and a high floor. No need to be aggressive.

Joakim Noah (137) - Not a big fan, but good opportunity.

Brandon Ingram (138) - I guess he goes earlier than he should.

Emmanuel Mudiay (140) - Toxic in a few categories, but did work on his J a lot. Worth a shot.

Terrence Jones (141) - A nice handcuff-type pick with Anthony Davis.

Matthew Dellavedova (145) - Pains me to say it, but I like Delly.

Taj Gibson (147) - Should be starting and Mirotic is banged up.

Bojan Bogdanovic (148) - Weird that he’s not starting. Should still be fine.

Ish Smith (155) - SVG should get him going.

Tyler Johnson (158) - Now that he’s healthy, he’s looking good. Dragic trade rumors are big, too.

JaMychal Green (157) - Memphis’ pace is way up and they’re up in 3s.

Seth Curry (162) - The secret it out. Still worth it. The Seth-ret is out?


Stash players to put on your watch list


Jamal Murray (132) - Great job at PG in the last week. Awesome for his value.

Jerryd Bayless (146) - He would’ve been worth drafting, but wrist issue knocks him down.

Jared Dudley (164) - Should have value early. Suns at 107.1 pace (as of Oct. 18).

Mirza Teletovic (176) - The Tony Snell move hurt him a tad.

Wilson Chandler (184) - The Nuggets will be tough to figure out early.

Ersan Ilyasova (186) - It looks like Sabonis will start. Not a lock.

Patrick McCaw (193) - Should be a lot of garbage time for a high-ceiling per-minute guy.

Dwight Powell (194) - Two positions with the two guys ahead of him aging.

Trevor Booker (197) - Looks like the starter at power forward.

Dante Exum (199) Could benefit while Gordon Hayward is down.

Chris McCullough (202) Disaster of a preseason. Like his upside.

T.J. McConnell (212) - Probably going to start.

Terry Rozier (213) - The hype train is slowing down. Still set for 20-25 minutes.

D.J. Augustin (225) - Elfrid Payton is playing well this month. Keep an eye on DJA, though.

Cole Aldrich (227) - Per-minute monster and only needs 20 minutes for 16-team value.

Jaylen Brown (228) - Stevens is talking him up a ton.

Mario Chalmers (235) - Might have value in the right spot.

Jerami Grant (253) - Several positions and gets most of Simmons’ minutes.

John Henson (254) - Elite guy for block rate and Monroe is coming off bench.

Derrick Williams (276) - Could start. Both Spo and D-Will saying the right things.

Moe Harkless (281) - The favorite to start.

Nemanja Bjelica (306) - Thibs rotation isn’t set yet and Belly is creating buzz.

Tony Snell (304) - Snelly Cat is on the prowl and is likely going to start.

Richaun Holmes (337) - If Noel and Okafor both go down, Holmes gets 23-26 minutes.

Norman Powell (343) - Always have to keep an eye on Norm.

Cameron Payne (345) - Watch list only for now.

Justin Anderson (348) - Basically if any starter goes down, Anderson benefits.

James Ennis (354) - Chandler Parsons (knee) doesn’t appear to be ready.

JaVale McGee (371) - He’s going to make the Warriors. Happy day!

Kelly Oubre (383) - Otto Porter (ribs) missed two games and counting.

Montrezl Harrell (408) - Clint Capela is losing his grip.

Justin Hamilton (411) - Helpful to see he started at PF on Monday.

Sam Dekker (475) - One of the sneaky risers for very deep leagues.

Malcolm Brogdon (495) - The backup point guard?

Kay Felder (501) - One of the must-see rookies this month.

Caris LeVert (550) - The Nets are not good. LeVert is.

Marquese Chriss (528) - Preseason superstar from last week.

Domantas Sabonis (565) - A possible starter after 550.

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.