The NBA Season starts today! This will be the last installation of the 2019-2020 Fantasy Season with Rounds 7-12.
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2019-2020 NBA Fantasy Season Rankings –
1. Terry Rozier – PG, Charlotte Hornets
Someone has to score, right? Yet in his most productive season he averaged 11.3 ppg. He should be a guy who averages 15 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg, and 1.5 spg. However, it’s just too tough to expect that from him without the true experience and much of an established supporting cast next to him. He’ll have the opportunity to be as good of a player as he wants. Time will tell if he takes it, but he’s worth drafting and holding on to for a good portion of the season.
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2. Tyler Herro – SG, Miami Heat
He played so well in the summer league and preseason that he was elevated to starting guard as a rookie over Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic. (Yet fellow rookie Kendrick Nunn may be the real superstar). If you own him, his inconsistency as a rookie will hit you hard, and you may end up keeping him on the bench for a while until he nails down his role. Jimmy Butler loves him though and will get him involved, so he should have plenty of opportunities to contribute.
3. Marc Gasol – C, Toronto Raptors
When Marc Gasol was on the Grizzlies last year he was averaging 15.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.2 bpg, 1.1 spg. Yet when he went to Toronto he averaged 9.1 ppg, 6.6. rpg, 3.9 apg, 0.9 bpg, 0.9 spg. So which Marc Gasol are we getting this season. Well, if we split the difference it’ll give you 12.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1 block, and 1 steal. I’ll take that as a fantasy owner.
4. Reggie Jackson – PG, Detroit Pistons
He can score, he can pass, and if he’s healthy, he should be a productive player for your team. Last year he averaged 15.4 ppg, 4.2 apg, 2.6 rpg in his first fully healthy season since a few years. Ideally with Blake Griffin back from the start of the season, Reggie should get in to his groove earlier and figure out his place in the offense.
5. Al Horford – PF, Philadelphia 76ers
He’s still Al Horford, and Philly wouldn’t have signed him to such a big contract if they didn’t think he could produce. With Embiid taking on center responsibilities, it allows Horford to play more freely. Last season he averaged 13.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, which are startable numbers if you get that again this season.
6. Jaren Jackson Jr. – PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies
Averaged 13.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 1.1 apg, 0.9 spg as a rookie. He’s got all the potential in the world and will have the opportunity to shine, especially with Ja Morant finding him in optimal spots. He’s a boom or bust type player, reminiscent of the Stromile Swift mold, but this time in a much better error more suitable for him.
7. Lonzo Ball – PG, New Orleans Pelicans
In Lonzo’s rookie season, he averaged an underrated 10.2 ppg, 7.2 apg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 spg, 0.8 rpg. During the preseason he showed that he is going to defer to Jrue most of the time, so it’s hard to know what he’s going to give you this year. But New Orleans needs him, so you wouldn’t be faulted for taking him earlier and hoping he meets and even exceeds his rookie year numbers.
8. Dejounte Murray – PG, San Antonio Spurs
From a fantasy perspective, some games he’s awesome, and other games he’s not. His speciality is really defense, which is why he just got a 4-year extension. Last year he missed the whole season with a torn ACL, so they might work him back in slowly since they have a glut of guards. If you take him, you’re doing it for his potential, but offensively he’s too hard to predict at this venture.
9. Bojan Bogdanovic – SF, Utah Jazz
After averaging 18 points and 4 rebounds, Bojan proved that he could be a ciritical part of an offense. Utah signed him because they thought he’d fit in nicely. With two distributing guards starting alongside him, he should be able to score freely at a similar level.
10. Paul Millsap – PF, Denver Nuggets
He’s a heavy guy and at 34 his 13 seasons are starting to take a toll on him. Last year was probably his least productive year with 12.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg. With Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. up and coming, I could see his production going down even further.
11. Derrick Favors – PF, New Orleans Pelicans
With Zion injured for up to two months, Favors might be a great player to have in the beginning of the season. When Zion comes back, Favors will ideally have established himself in the offense and should still be productive.
12. Klay Thompson – SG, Golden State Warriors
I’ve drafted way too many injured players in my past to take Klay. Usually what ends up happening is that I save a roster spot for them all year so that I can get them back when the playoffs begin. Yet they come back in February/March, have a great game, tweak the injury again or get nervous, and sit the rest of the games or play limited minutes. I try to trade them, end up dropping them because I need a spot, and get mad that I wasted a roster spot on them all year. Steve Kerr just said he’s probably out for the whole year too. I’m only putting him here in case your league has multiple Injured List slots, then it may be worth the risk.
1. Eric Gordon – SG, Houston Rockets
2. Fred VanVleet – SG, Toronto Raptors
3. Otto Porter Jr. – SF, Chicago Bulls
4. Justice Winslow – SF, Miami Heat
5. Ricky Rubio – PG, Phoenix Suns
6. RJ Barrett – SG, New York Knicks
7. Thomas Bryant – C, Washington Wizards
8. Zach Collins – PF, Portland Trailblazers
9. Marcus Morris – SF, New York Knicks
10. Terrence Ross – SG/SF, Orlando Magic
11. Dennis Smith Jr. – PG, New York Knicks
12. Jaylen Brown – SF, Boston Celtics
1. Rajon Rondo – PG, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Rui Hachimura – PF, Washington Wizards
3. Taurean Prince – SF, Brooklyn Nets
4. Gary Harris – SG, Denver Nuggets
5. Josh Richardson – SG, Philadelphia 76ers
6. Brook Lopez – C, Milwaukee Bucks
7. Will Barton – SG/SF, Denver Nuggets
8. T.J. Warren – SF, Indiana Pacers
9. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
10. Jarrett Allen – C, Brooklyn Nets
11. Jeff Teague – PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
12. Mitchell Robinson – C, New York Knicks
1. Isaiah Thomas – PG, Washington Wizards
2. Enes Kanter – C, Boston Celtics
3. Robert Covington – SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
4. Jonas Valanciunas – C, Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dillon Brooks – SG, Memphis Grizzlies
6. Evan Fournier – SG, Orlando Magic
7. Tim Hardaway Jr. – SG, Dallas Mavericks
8. Dario Saric – SF, Phoenix Suns
9. Tristan Thompson – C, Cleveland Cavaliers
10. Derrick Rose – PG, Detroit Pistons
11. DeAndre Jordan – C, Brooklyn Nets
12. Dwight Howard – C, LA Lakers
1. Malik Monk – SG, Charlotte Hornets
2. Wendell Carter Jr. – C, Chicago Bulls
3. Michael Porter Jr. – PF, Denver Nuggets
4. Kelly Oubre Jr. – SF, Phoenix Suns
5. OG Anunoby – SF, Toronto Raptors
6. Rodney Hood – SF, Portland Trailblazers
7. Justin Jackson – SF, Dallas Mavericks
8. Harrison Barnes – SF, Sacramento Kings
9. Coby White – PG, Chicago Bulls
10. Derrick White – PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs
11. D.J. Augustin – PG, Orlando Magic
12. Brandon Clarke – PF, Memphis Grizzlies
1. Ivica Zubac – C, LA Clippers
2. Danny Green – SG, LA Clippers
3. Bryn Forbes – PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs
4. Goran Dragic – PG, Miami Heat
5. Larry Nance Jr. – PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
6. JaVale McGee – C, Los Angeles Lakers
7. Kyle Anderson – SF, Memphis Grizzlies
8. Kelly Olynyk – PF, Miami Heat
9. Joe Ingles – SF, Utah Jazz
10. Dennis Schroder – PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
11. Glenn Robinson III – SF, Golden State Warriors
12. J.J. Redick – SG, New Orleans Pelicans
While this series was probably too late for most of your NBA fantasy drafts, hope you at least enjoyed it and perhaps it could help you evaluate trade and waiver decisions. Good luck to all this season!