We’re back! It’s been a month, and Yahoo! made some MAJOR changes to their ranks. Sadly, most of those changes were bad news with a lot of my favorite targets getting a major boost to their default rankings.
Here’s a look at some guys I have ranked differently compared to the great crew at Yahoo! Sports. This analysis is based off nine-cat rankings.
Players listed higher than expected (players I’d prefer to take later than listed)
James Harden (1) - Could make a case for him in eight cat, but I’d easily take AD or KAT over him.
Stephen Curry (4) - Only AD has a higher upside, but Curry has even more injury risk.
Russell Westbrook (10) - Even without the injury risk, Westbrook wasn’t a top-20 player per game las year.
Kawhi Leonard (13) - Could be a top-five player, but has never played more than 75 games. Missed a lot of time.
Chris Paul (15) - Missed 20-plus games in back-to-back years and he’s 33 years old.
Kyrie Irving (18) - Was only 14th per game last year, Hayward is back, he’s missed 19 games per year, Rozier, and Boston will rest guys. Too much risk.
John Wall (24) - Was only 24th percentile as a scorer last year, major knee concerns, and he doesn’t appear to be in great shape. #TeamThicc
C.J. McCollum (28) - The PRP treatment over the summer is enough to take him out of the top 40.
Draymond Green (30) - A Warrior with a knee injury in the preseason is a major red flag. He’s 28, too.
Klay Thompson (32) - Still only 37th per game last year with Curry banged up, and only a 21.0 USG% last two years.
Marc Gasol (33) - Injuries and age aside, FG% has gone down three years straight with career-low 42.0 last year.
Al Horford (43) - He’ll slide and he was not good to close last season. Boston’s depth is a weakness in fantasy.
Lauri Markkanen (50) - Presumably, Yahoo! will knock him down after 6-8 week elbow injury.
Lonzo Ball (63) - Basically hasn’t been healthy at all in 2018 due to constant knee issues.
Nikola Mirotic (66) - Preseason Achilles issue is a little worrisome, and now has major competition for minutes.
Dwight Howard (65) - Feels like this back issue will absolutely affect him in the season.
Harrison Barnes (70) - Gets the bump down for the hammy and Dallas is going to have balanced scoring, per Carlisle.
Serge Ibaka (79) - Always falls in drafts and likely won’t get PF minutes.
J.J. Redick (84) - Not quite buying Fultz as a starter, but not a good sign for JJR regardless.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (90) - The Lakers want their young guys to play.
Thaddeus Young (99) - Bojan could play at the four and taking Thad is just too boring for me.
Players listed lower than expected (players I’d prefer to take earlier than listed)
Anthony Davis (2) - Sure he has a bad late schedule and goes to the locker room more than the equipment manager, but you have to take him No. 1.
Karl-Anthony Towns (5) - He started in each of his 246 games. Only other player to do that this century is…
Nikola Jokic (8) - Firmly in the top five (and I filled Dame and Jokic to make my 82-game point).
Joel Embiid (21) - Stayed healthy last year and enters year restriction free.
Devin Booker (25) - Could lead NBA in possessions and feels like a lock for six dimes.
Khris Middleton (26) - Only a slight bump to 20-23, but new offense should help.
Rudy Gobert (27) - He’s in #TheBestShapeOfHisLife, you guys! Expect more growth offensively, too.
Eric Bledsoe (39) - Budenholzer gets a lot out of PGS and Bledsoe was a top-10 player after the break. Strong target at 30.
Aaron Gordon (41) - Emphasis on more steals, boards, and the Magic will need him to make plays.
Myles Turner (42) - Last year probably couldn’t have been worse and he was 55th per game. A top-25 option.
Jarrett Allen (46) - I miss the days we could get him after 80.
Note: Yahoo ranked most guys very well from 50-68
Deandre Ayton (69) - Was sold in Vegas and am even more sold after two preseason games. He will be fed.
Jonas Valanciunas (76) - Rare that guys can gain value in second unit, but JV is going to feast in 24-26 minutes.
Hassan Whiteside (81) - Brutal last season, but looks as good as ever this month.
Wendell Carter Jr. (83) - Already playing PF and has shown major upside with blocks and even some threes.
Jaren Jackson Jr. (85) - Will get long looks at PF and C and could get 32 minutes if Gasol gets hurt.
Jonathan Isaac (88) - I had him in the 50s before the ankle injury, but now he’s still close to 70.
D’Angelo Russell (93) - Looked composed in the preseason opener, and offseason should lead to health.
Who to scroll down for after 100 in shallow leagues and should be 30-70 spots higher
Dejounte Murray (101) - Needs to improve in all offensive sets, but he’s the captain now. Could lead in steals.
Jusuf Nurkic (102) - Wasn’t remotely on him a month ago, but he always slides.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (111) - He’s going to have a lot of shooters around him for dimes and space.
Jordan Bell (113) - A bench role will suit him just fine and he only needs 24 minutes anyway.
Terry Rozier (118) - Continues to earn more SG run and is the top handcuff in fantasy.
Mo Bamba (122) - Magic will play two-C lineups and Bamba is ahead of schedule on offense.
Josh Hart (125) - Feels like he’ll start and he should run the offense when veterans on bench.
De’Aaron Fox (126) - He’s the “franchise guy” and the added pace will help him.
Josh Jackson (145) - Is handling the ball a bunch in preseason and feels like a good bet to start at SG.
Patrick Beverley (147) - Clippers free-flowing offense helps him, and a trade would likely help, too.
Danilo Gallinari (150) - Major risk, but hard not to be impressed with is two preseason gems.
After 150 and still worth drafting in 12-team leagues
Jeremy Lamb (151) - Should start at SG and will likely get a handful of SF minutes, too.
Wesley Matthews (152) - Carlisle really wants to start him and he’s going to be so open for treys.
Kristaps Porzingis (155) - A fine IR stash, but you’ll have to wait a while.
Collin Sexton (156) - Speed still translate to the NBA game and Cavs will find ways to play him a bunch.
Kevin Knox (167) - Super encouraging shot selection in preseason, almost a lock to start at SF.
DeMarcus Cousins (168) - Ahead of schedule and maybe he’s back before 2019.
T.J. Warren (169) - New rotation should help him get 26 minutes either way.
Avery Bradley (170) - A fine last-round flier after a great run in the previous two seasons before terrible 2017-18.
Tyus Jones (172) - Gotta hold him until the Jimmy smoke clears.
Bobby Portis (180) - Won’t start, but will get a chance to close, especially because of Jabari’s “defense.”
Frank Ntilikina (186) - Warming up to him, but only as a last-round flier.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (192) - Impressive start with Gortat screens, open looks, and should rack up steals.
Harry Giles (194) - Murky situation, but he looks to be the most talented right now.
Rodney Hood (198) - I guess he’s worth drafting, but keep him on a short leash if he starts slow.
Deeper league targets after 200 with nice upside
Zach Collins (204) - Worst start for guys I’m watching, but not dead yet.
Willy Hernangomez (209) - He may not start, but he’s worth the risk in all leagues to see what happens. Big upside.
David Nwaba (211) - Could force his way into minutes.
Malik Monk (218) - Scored 20 per night in last five to end last season and looks great in small sample.
Ryan Anderson (228) - Will get every chance to start and will be chucking treys.
Yogi Ferrell (238) - Will be main beneficiary to start with Bogdan out.
Cody Zeller (320) - Probably going to start and more passing in O should help overall Charlotte output.
Wayne Selden (391) - Not ready to give up yet, minutes available on the perimeter.
MarShon Brooks (412) - Ditto.
Antonio Blakeney (444) - Got a reminder of LaVine’s health risk on Wednesday, Blakeney is his backup.
Miles Bridges (540) - Crazy impressive start and playing three positions.
Isaiah Hartenstein (553) - Capela banged up right now and Hartenstein was crushing in camp before injury.
Josh Okogie (560) - A name to watch while we wait on Jimmy.
Elie Okobo (562) - The Booker move would hurt him a lot, but he feels like he’s the man
Allonzo Trier (563) - 20 points in the first half on Wednesday, feels like he’ll make the team.
De’Anthony Melton (617) - A rough start in camp, but has nice fantasy upside.
MITCHELL ROBINSON (640) MY CAPS LOCK IS STUCK FOR A REASON I WONDER WHY!!!!
Frank Jackson (675) - Super speed will be an asset on high-paced O, is getting minutes at two positions.
60) - Encouraging start in July, and could be the future with MB3.
Gary Trent Jr. (553) - Blazers want him to play right away.