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ESPN Rankings Breakdown 2.0

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

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In case you missed the first part of the second edition, check it out right here for Yahoo! rankings.


Players listed higher than expected (players I’d prefer to take later than listed)


Kawhi Leonard (5) - You can’t take Kawhi at five.

LeBron James (9) - Rest risk.

Hassan Whiteside (15) - A shade too high in eight cat.

Paul George (20) - A lot to worry about, especially after what we saw happen to Oladipo.

Gordon Hayward (22) - Similar concerns with PG and Hayward.

Klay Thompson (27) - Better in nine cat, but would be too high in my opinion.

DeMar DeRozan (32) - More treys, still not my cup of tea.

Jusuf Nurkic (36) - Setting up to be a monster, but I’d like to see him stay healthy.

Eric Bledsoe (37) - If not for the rest last year, this could be OK. 

Otto Porter (38) - Will have a tough time hitting value in eight cat. Wasn’t great late last year.

Carmelo Anthony (41) - He should make a ton of treys, but scoring should drop.

Nicolas Batum (44) - Obviously drops here with the elbow injury.

Dennis Schroder (45) - Westbrook-esque impact on FG% and TOs. Taking a lot of 3s.

Elfrid Payton (46) - Aggressive here, and he did look great last year.

Andrew Wiggins (48) - At this price, you’re not expecting any drop in scoring on Wiggins.

Devin Booker (49) - Can he get to 1.0 steals?

Gorgui Dieng (51) - Can’t do it here with Taj Gibson around.

Jae Crowder (59) - Starting helps, but his minutes should drop. Usage too.

Robert Covington (61) - Curious to see if Dario Saric takes his minutes. Doubt it, though.

Isaiah Thomas (67) - If you have an IR spot, I guess this works.

Dario Saric (62) - So much competition for minutes at the four in Philly.

James Johnson (73) - Just a little too high at this age, but he’s been effective.

Wilson Chandler (75) - Resting for hip injury is a small red flag for me.

Dwyane Wade (76) - Preseason dunks! 

George Hill (77) - Fox will eventually take minutes away.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (81) - The one-year deal is a negative to me on this rebuilding team.

Markieff Morris (83) - Needs to move down with injury.

Rajon Rondo (84) - Ditto.

Steven Adams (86) - Just no offense and doesn’t block enough. Also bad FT%.

Eric Gordon (90) - Expecting a minutes dip. Usage too.

Zach Randolph (94) - Just no upside here.

Jabari Parker (97) - Really can’t stash him for 70 percent of the season.

Reggie Jackson (99) - Expecting Ish Smith to take his job.



Players listed lower than expected (players I’d prefer to take earlier than listed)


Stephen Curry (7) - Should still be firmly in top five.

Karl-Anthony Towns (8) - No. 1 for me. Even in eight cat.

Nikola Jokic (12) - Bigs fall off quickly, so Jokic should go top 10.

Kyrie Irving (16) - Should be in first round of a 12-team league.

Damian Lillard (18) - Ditto.

Myles Turner (26) - Better in nine cat, but still has to go in round two in eight.

Kristaps Porzingis (29) - Upside is too high not to take in top 20.

Blake Griffin (33) - Injury prone, but he should be a monster.

Kevin Love (40) - Should feast while IT is out.

D’Angelo Russell (50) - He’s looked fantastic in the new offense.

Ricky Rubio (56) - Expect him to rack up the dimes.

Victor Oladipo (65) - Lots of value in Indiana this year.

Harrison Barnes (66) - Great in percentages, added pace should help, too.

Tobias Harris (70) - Harry B-esque and should slide.

Marquese Chriss (74) - Only guy you can take after 50 with upside of 2.0 blocks, 1.0 treys.

Avery Bradley (80) - All his stats should go up in Detroit except maybe efficiency.

Dennis Smith Jr. (93) - He won’t go past 70 in any legit league. Rightfully so.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (98) - Flirted with fifth-round value post-break and should score even more.

Gary Harris (100) - Got paid and is handling the ball more.


Who to scroll down for after 100 in shallow leagues and should be 30-70 spots higher


Darren Collison (102)

Willie Cauley-Stein (103)

Jamal Murray (104)

T.J. Warren (107)

Marcus Smart (109) - *If punting FG% in H2H.

Nerlens Noel (113)

Derrick Favors (119)

Marvin Williams (125)

Josh Jackson (128)

Rodney Hood (131)

Aaron Gordon (137)

Buddy Hield (142)

Moe Harkless (149)


After 150 and still worth drafting in 12-team leagues 


Nikola Mirotic (151)

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (152)

Enes Kanter (154)

Dejounte Murray (156)

Milos Teodosic (161)

Alex Len (162)

Chandler Parsons (163)

Ish Smith (166)

Allen Crabbe (168)

Norman Powell (180)

DeMarre Carroll (181)

JaMychal Green (189)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (191)

Richaun Holmes (211)

Lance Stephenson (213)

Frank Ntilikina (246)

Lauri Markkanen (252)

Jarrett Allen (253)

Malik Monk (254)

John Collins (270)

Donovan Mitchell (271)

Caleb Swanigan (273)

Kyle Kuzma (282)

Skal Labissiere (331)

Jaylen Brown (336)

Denzel Valentine (357)

Taurean Prince (361)

Boban Marjanovic (386)

Josh Richardson (421) - Yikes.

Dewayne Dedmon (495)


Deeper league targets after 200 with nice upside


Bobby Portis (201)

Timofey Mozgov (202)

Evan Turner (204)

Caris LeVert (205)

Tyler Ulis (222)

Brandan Wright (223)

Cheick Diallo (225)

Alec Burks (227)

Yogi Ferrell (235)

Paul Zipser (238)

Juancho Hernangomez (327)

DeAndre Bembry (354)

Cristiano Felicio (389)

Trey Lyles (402)

Bogdan Bogdanovic (463)

Mike Gallagher

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