The NBA Season is a few days away and I am continuing my in-depth Fantasy Player Ranking Round by Round for a prospective 12 team league for this upcoming 2019-2020 Fantasy Season. Round 4 contains a group that could probably go in any order amongst themselves.
Make sure to first check out:
2019-2020 NBA Fantasy Season Rankings –
1. Zion Williamson – PF, New Orleans Pelicans
Whoop, there it is. When you look at Zion and see the large mass on his 6’7”(?) frame, the first instinct is to question if his knees will hold up. That was a concern before the draft, and as of this week, is once again a concern. He’ll definitely produce when he’s in though. I could easily see him being a 20-10 player this year. Yet, he’s a rookie, with a knee injury now, so there’s a risk in drafting him.
2. Steven Adams – C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Big man gonna eat! When you have a point guard like Chris Paul, and you are a post up player, you are going to get the ball in optimal position plenty of times. He’ll also gobble up so many more rebounds with Westbrook gone and not a ton of rebounding in the front court with him. He’ll need a big year too if he wants another team to trade for his large contract. If you are basing your assessment off of previous years, you won’t have him this high. Yet I’m picturing him becoming at least a 15-15 guy this year.
3. Marvin Bagley III – PF, Sacramento Kings
In 25 minutes per game off the bench, Bagley averaged almost 15 points per game, 7.6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1/2 steal. Now he’s their starting power forward and based off of preseason alone, he looks ready to showcase his offensive arsenal. He’s risky as a second year man, but there’s every reason to believe he’ll have a 20-10 season. Sacramento might not win a ton of games with him playing a lot of minutes, but from a fantasy perspective he should be solid.
4. Buddy Hield – SG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy wants a new contract and he won’t be afraid to show it. He yanked up 651 3-point shots last year, making 278, and averaged 20.7 points per game with 5.0 rebounds. While he may bring that average up a few points, it’s not clear how much his rebounds will go up, and it’s less likely that his assists will go up with Fox handling the point. His last season in college he averaged 25 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg, and 0.5 bpg. Those are probably best case scenario numbers this season, but expect somewhere in between last season and his last college season.
5. D’Angelo Russell – PG/SG, Golden State Warriors
Last year Russell averaged 21.1 ppg, 7.0 apg, 3.0 rpg as an extremely motivated player. He was looking to get a big new contract, prove his Laker doubters wrong, and make the Nets relevant. It seemed clear to me that his numbers would go down with Golden State as he was no longer the number one option and he would try to assimilate to the Warriors offense, staying out of the way of Steph Curry. That was until his last preseason game against the Lakers where he scored 29 points with 6 3’s. Then I realized, there’s no reason why he can’t replicate Klay Thompson’s role and reach those numbers or better again.
6. Brandon Ingram – SF, New Orleans Pelicans
Did you realize he averaged 18.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.6 bpg last season? The problem was, besides in scoring, he really didn’t improve much from previous season. Usually teammates are a lot better with LeBron passing them the rock and getting defensive attention, but injuries and youth took a toll. This year on a new team, he’ll have to step it up a little more, and that should increase those numbers bit. He’s still only 22 and has just as much potential as any player out there. Ideally we’ll see 20-7-3 this year, but we could see the same as last year if the motivation isn’t there yet. After only playing in 52 and 59 games respectively the last few seasons, there’s also wonder if his thin frame will hold up against the physicality of the NBA. Tread lightly with expectations if you take him early.
7. Kristaps Porzingis – PF, Dallas Mavericks
The theory is that Porzingis will continue to improve upon two seasons ago when he averaged 22.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, and 2.4 bpg. He’s healthy and has an exciting point guard in Doncic. Yet for an injury that took him out for a whole season, the Mavericks might not try to take any chances playing him too much, especially if they start losing. They have one of the weaker teams in the league, so defensive attention will be on Doncic and Porzingis, leaving him with less opportunities than he might be expecting. If he gets muscled early and starts hesitating with his knee, expect him to lose some offensive aggressiveness and settle outside.
8. Clint Capela – C, Houston Rockets
It’s hard to figure out if the Westbrook/Harden relationship is going to help or hurt Capela’s numbers. Ideally you have two incredible distributors, and aggresive offensive players, who will lob up either alley opps or misses for Capela to gobble up. Yet what if they try to take all the rebounds and leave everyone out of the offense besides themselves. Capela averaged 16.6 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 bpg, 0.7 spg last year which is plenty solid. He’s had an up and down preseason, performing better when Westbrook was out or had little impact. Take him and expect a repeat of last season’s numbers, but be prepared for anything, good or bad.
9.DeAndre Ayton – C, Phoenix Suns
In his rookie year, Ayton averaged 16.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, and almost a block and a steal. For a 7 footer playing the traditional center role, I imagine his rebounds should go up a few, along with his blocks. His scoring could too with an NBA year under his belt. I can’t see him being worse than last year though, which bodes well if you take him since he wasn’t that bad. Him and Capela should put up very similar numbers.
10. Khris Middleton – SF, Milwaukee Bucks
In a somewhat down year for Middleton, he still averaged 18.3 ppg, 6.0 rpb, 4.3 apg, 1 spg with 179 3 pointers. With Giannis commanding all the defensive attention, that should give Middleton plenty of continued opportunities to score. He should get back up to that 20 ppg level, with conservatively 5 rpg, 4 apg, and maybe 200 3 pointers.
11. C.J. McCollum – SG, Portland Trailblazers
You’re getting 21-4-3 with him. He’s been around some combination of that the last 4 years and I don’t expect that to change much. And that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with building your team around stable guys who you know are going to produce consistently.
12. Julius Randle – C, New York Knicks
I’ve been a big fan of Randle since high school and his year in Kentucky. Last year he finally came in to his own as an offensive player for New Orleans, coincidentally in a contract year (wink, wink), scoring 21.4 ppg, grabbing 8.7 rpg, and dishing out 3.1 apg. The Knicks need him to repeat that same performance, but they also signed a ton of other big men to do the same thing. Based on preseason though he’ll likely be a 20 and 9 guy again. Just beware of Coach Fizdale shuffling his starting line up each week like it’s a deck of cards.
Looking for Tobias, Tatum, Draymond? Keep reading for Round 5!