The NBA Season starts today and I am continuing my in-depth Fantasy Player Ranking for this upcoming 2019-2020 Fantasy Season before tip-off.
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2019-2020 NBA Fantasy Season Rankings –
1. Kyle Kuzma – SF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kuzma’s not trying to step on anyone’s toes this year and will likely sit outside waiting for some shots. It’ll be hard to replicate the 18.7 ppg season with Anthony Davis there and a bunch of other vets looking to stay relevant. At the same point, he’s in his 3rd season, and would normally be primed to make a leap. LeBron and AD are hard enough to contain for a defense, which should leave Kuzma plenty of opportunities to score. Somewhere around what he produced last year is probably expected.
2. Eric Bledsoe – PG, Milwaukee Bucks
Last year Bledsoe averaged 15.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.5 spg, proving he’s still very effective. With Malcolm Brogdon gone, he should embrace his role a little more and bump up his scoring and assists even further. Giannis will command a lot of attention on offense, so Bledsoe will be a benefactor. He’s an underrated pick, especially this late, as he’s only 29 and could still improve.
3. Gordon Hayward – SF/PF, Boston Celtics
Two seasons ago he averaged 5 minutes a game, 2 points, and 1 rebound. Half-kidding! He really did, but that’s because after 5 minutes he tore his ACL and was done for the season. Last year upon his return he averaged 11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 0.9 spg. His points were about half of what he was averaging in Utah, but the rest of the numbers were aligned. Was he deferring to others, was the offense just not running optimally, or did he lose a step. It could be all 3, but I don’t think he lost a 10-points-per-game-step. Maybe 5. Expect around 15 ppg and the rest of the numbers about the same.
4. Danilo Galinari – PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Danilo feels like he’s been around for a while, but he’s only 31, so he’s got a couple more good years still left. Last year while with the Clippers, it was his best statistical season of his career where he averaged career highs for points/game with 19.8 and rebounds/game with 6.1. Oklahoma City needs as much offense as possible, so they’ll be looking for him to score at the same pace, if not more. Chris Paul will be feeding him the ball and Adams will be rebounding, so he’ll just need to get open and put the ball through the hoop.
5. Montrezl Harrell – PF/C, LA Clippers
Harrell averaged 16.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 bpg, 0.9 spg off the bench for the Clippers last year. He’s a productive, high energy player who will continue to do so on a team that will give him plenty of opportunities. Harrell is still only 25 years old and trying to get a new contract as an unrestricted free agent, so he easily still could improve upon those numbers this year.
6. Myles Turner – PF/C, Indiana Pacers
Indiana has wanted to featured Turner in their offense for a while, but he’s not taking the reigns. His numbers last year, essentially matched those from 2 years before. I don’t see you getting much more than the 13.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.7 bpg he put up last year, even as he continues to mature. Yet if you need a center, he’s serviceable and he’ll get you enough points to probably keep starting him over alternatives.
7. Andrew Wiggins – SG, Minnesota Timberwolves
It’s been easy to draft Wiggins the last 2 seasons. After averaging 23.6 ppg, 4.0 rpb, 2.3 apg, 1 spg in his junior year, one would think that was the trajectory he was going in. Then he got a big contract and the following year he averaged 17.7 ppg. Then last year 18.1 ppg. His rebounds and assists went up to career highs at 4.8 and 2.5 respectively, but just barely, and still very low given the expectations. It’s hard to say where he goes from here or how motivated he really is to play hard and to win. Expect what you got last season, but hope for a slight bump in points.
8. Collin Sexton – PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
As a rookie, Sexton averaged 16.7 points, 3 assists, and about 3 rebounds per game. He’s still going to be the man on this team, so expect him to remain aggressive and score even more. Cleveland is looking at him to be the cornerstone of this franchise, and Beilein has shown during his time at Michigan to know how to feature scoring point guards. Yet as a first time NBA coach, who knows how his rotation will land, so that’s one variable that you’ll want to keep in mind.
9. Miles Bridges – SF, Charlotte Hornets
There was a 5 game stretch towards the end of March where Miles Bridges averaged 14.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 spg. His last two games he scored 18 points each, and had similar averages to that 5-game stretch with a few more blocks. This gives most people the hope that last year’s averages of 7.5 pts, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 bpg, 0.7 rpg were just rookie numbers. He is Charlotte’s future and cornerstone at this point in time, so they’ll do whatever they can to let him get the ball in his hands.
10. Malcolm Brogdon – PG, Indiana Pacers
The President averaged 15.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, and 3.2 apg in a somewhat limited season. He’s on an Indiana team that needs him to be more of a point guard with Oladipo already there, so his assists should go up. Tough to say what his production will be on a new team. Ideally, he’ll want to prove his big contract was worth it by putting up a strong offensive performance. He won’t overwhelm you, but he’ll be effective, just like his game.
11. Caris LeVert – SG, Brooklyn Nets
Everyone’s expecting big things from Caris LeVert. In the playoffs against the 76ers he averaged 21 points per game, 4.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg. This was after missing most of the season with a horrific injury. This year he’s older, wiser, and has Kyrie passing him the ball. He’ll be featured in the offense quite a bit, so he’s worth picking to see how Brooklyn’s offense plays out.
12. Ja Morant – PG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja averaged 11.3 ppg and 7.3 apg during his 4 preseason games, which is reasonable as a rookie. Yet I’d feel more comforable if he was closer to 15 ppg in meaningless games. Someone has to perform on this team though, right? It’s understandable if you want to take your chances with Ja this year after he averaged 24.5 ppg, 10 apg, and 5.7 rpg as a sophomore at Murray State. Just temper your expectations since he’s a rookie, and there may be players available that outperform him for the whole season.
Tyler Herro and other fan favorites are coming next in Rounds 7-12!