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Ranking players for Fantasy Basketball is a completely different animal than in baseball or football. The large amount of crossover between both a player’s positional eligibility and roster flexibility allow for a true best overall player approach.

Since most Fantasy Basketball rosters consist of a PG/SG/G/SF/PF/F/C/UTIL/UTIL lineup, a player with a SG/SF eligibility can be started six of the nine spots. Even a player with just PG or C eligibility has three different spots available, so drafting for position is not a factor until the last few rounds.

Now let’s get to the actual 2015 Fantasy Basketball rankings. I have ranked the top 200 players regardless of position and the rankings are geared towards both category/roto style of play (like most Fantasy Baseball leagues) or a points-based system (like Fantasy Football).

I think that in the general sense of using points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and three pointers made along with the above roster construction, the style of scoring does not differentiate the rankings too much.

Some might use a player’s weighted percentage in ranking differences between roto and points leagues. A weighted percentage is using a player’s overall usage in field goal/free throw attempts when factoring in their shooting percentages.

I think most points-based leagues have this built in by using 1 point for field goal/free throw made, and -1 point per missed shot. When you combine their overall point total with their shooting percentage it takes care of the weighted percentage issue.

That is why I stick to a value-based strategy with rankings. For position rankings please check out the guards, forwards or centers, but as for now here are my rankings by each player’s overall value:

Rk Player Name Position Team
1 James Harden SG,SF HOU
2 Anthony Davis PF,C NOR
3 Kevin Durant SF,PF OKC
4 Damian Lillard PG POR
5 DeMarcus Cousins PF,C SAC
6 Stephen Curry PG,SG GSW
7 LeBron James SF,PF CLE
8 Russell Westbrook PG OKC
9 Blake Griffin PF,C LAC
10 Andre Drummond PF,C DET
11 Chris Paul PG LAC
12 Carmelo Anthony SF,PF NYK
13 Klay Thompson SG,SF GSW
14 John Wall PG WAS
15 Paul George SG,SF IND
16 Nikola Vucevic PF,C ORL
17 Marc Gasol C MEM
18 Reggie Jackson PG,SG DET
19 DeAndre Jordan C LAC
20 Monta Ellis PG,SG IND
21 Eric Bledsoe PG,SG PHO
22 Gordon Hayward SG,SF UTH
23 Al Jefferson PF,C CHA
24 Kyle Lowry PG TOR
25 Jimmy Butler SG,SF CHI
26 LaMarcus Aldridge PF,C SAS
27 Chris Bosh PF,C MIA
28 Tyreke Evans PG,SG NOR
29 Kevin Love PF,C CLE
30 Kenneth Faried PF,C DEN
31 Rudy Gobert C UTH
32 Paul Millsap PF,C ATL
33 Andrew Wiggins SG,SF MIN
34 Pau Gasol PF,C CHI
35 Draymond Green SF,PF GSW
36 Kawhi Leonard SG,SF SAS
37 Brook Lopez C BKN
38 Dwight Howard PF,C HOU
39 DeMar DeRozan SG,SF TOR
40 Rudy Gay SF,PF SAC
41 Greg Monroe PF,C MIL
42 Markieff Morris PF,C PHO
43 Derrick Favors PF,C UTH
44 Goran Dragic PG,SG MIA
45 Al Horford PF,C ATL
46 Jarrett Jack PG,SG BKN
47 Mike Conley PG MEM
48 Kemba Walker PG CHA
49 Nerlens Noel PF,C PHI
50 Ty Lawson PG HOU
51 Isaiah Thomas PG BOS
52 Jeff Teague PG ATL
53 Victor Oladipo PG,SG ORL
54 Brandon Knight PG,SG PHO
55 Chandler Parsons SF,PF DAL
56 Serge Ibaka PF,C OKC
57 Giannis Antetokounmpo SF,PF MIL
58 Nicolas Batum SG,SF CHA
59 Jonas Valanciunas C TOR
60 David Lee PF,C BOS
61 Tobias Harris SF,PF ORL
62 Mason Plumlee PF,C POR
63 Dirk Nowitzki PF,C DAL
64 Hassan Whiteside C MIA
65 Danilo Gallinari SF DEN
66 Elfrid Payton PG ORL
67 Karl-Anthony Towns C MIN
68 Kobe Bryant SG,SF LAL
69 Zach Randolph PF,C MEM
70 Marcin Gortat C WAS
71 Thaddeus Young SF,PF BKN
72 Nikola Mirotic SF,PF CHI
73 Josh Smith SF,PF LAC
74 Tim Duncan PF,C SAS
75 Deron Williams PG DAL
76 Enes Kanter C OKC
77 Bradley Beal SG WAS
78 Khris Middleton SG,SF MIL
79 Michael Carter-Williams PG MIL
80 Wilson Chandler SG,SF DEN
81 Joe Johnson SG,SF BKN
82 George Hill PG,SG IND
83 Robin Lopez C NYK
84 Mo Williams PG,SG CLE
85 Derrick Rose PG CHI
86 Jusuf Nurkic C DEN
87 Roy Hibbert C LAL
88 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG DET
89 Trevor Ariza SG,SF HOU
90 Julius Randle PF LAL
91 Dwyane Wade PG,SG MIA
92 Ed Davis PF,C POR
93 Ricky Rubio PG MIN
94 DeMarre Carroll SF,PF TOR
95 Danny Green SG,SF SAS
96 Robert Covington SG,SF PHI
97 Terrence Jones SF,PF HOU
98 J.R. Smith SG,SF CLE
99 Kyrie Irving PG,SG CLE
100 Ryan Anderson PF,C NOR
101 Jared Sullinger PF,C BOS
102 P.J. Tucker SG,SF PHO
103 Jeff Green SG,SF MEM
104 Jordan Clarkson PG LAL
105 Harrison Barnes SF,PF GSW
106 J.J. Redick SG LAC
107 Donatas Motiejunas SF,PF HOU
108 Ersan Ilyasova SF,PF DET
109 Avery Bradley PG,SG BOS
110 Ben McLemore SG SAC
111 Rajon Rondo PG SAC
112 Gorgui Dieng PF,C MIN
113 Kevin Martin SG,SF MIN
114 Joakim Noah PF,C CHI
115 Tyson Chandler C PHO
116 Al-Farouq Aminu SF,PF POR
117 Kyle Korver SG,SF ATL
118 Luol Deng SF,PF MIA
119 Timofey Mozgov C CLE
120 Jordan Hill PF,C IND
121 C.J. McCollum PG,SG POR
122 Eric Gordon SG NOR
123 Marcus Smart PG BOS
124 Darren Collison PG SAC
125 Louis Williams PG,SG LAL
126 Zaza Pachulia C DAL
127 Tony Parker PG SAS
128 Isaiah Canaan PG PHI
129 O.J. Mayo PG,SG MIL
130 Devin Harris PG,SG DAL
131 Wesley Matthews SG,SF DAL
132 Rodney Hood SG,SF UTH
133 Myles Turner C IND
134 Jamal Crawford SG,SF LAC
135 Jrue Holiday PG NOR
136 Andrew Bogut C GSW
137 Meyers Leonard PF,C POR
138 Jeremy Lamb SG,SF CHA
139 Jabari Parker SF,PF MIL
140 Tony Allen SG,SF MEM
141 Andrea Bargnani PF,C BKN
142 D’Angelo Russell PG LAL
143 Otto Porter SG,SF WAS
144 Tristan Thompson PF,C CLE
145 Zach Levine PG,SG MIN
146 Alec Burks SG UTH
147 Trey Burke PG UTH
148 Kristaps Porzingis PF NYK
149 Evan Turner SG,SF BOS
150 Gerald Henderson SG,SF POR
151 Brandon Jennings PG DET
152 Noah Vonleh SG,SF BKN
153 Jerian Grant PG NYK
154 Bismack Biyombo C TOR
155 Arron Afflalo SG NYK
156 Jahil Okafor PF,C PHI
157 Emmanuel Mudiay PG DEN
158 Javale McGee C DAL
159 Dennis Schroder PG ATL
160 Mario Hezonja SF,SG ORL
161 Stanley Johnson SF DET
162 Jeremy Lin PG CHA
163 David West PF SAS
164 Amir Johnson PF,C BOS
165 Aaron Gordon PF,SF ORL
166 Bojan Bogdanovic SG,SF BKN
167 Frank Kaminsky PF,C CHA
168 Willie Cauley-Stein PF,C SAC
169 Taj Gibson PF,C CHI
170 Justice Winslow SG,SF MIA
171 Mitch McGary PF,C OKC
172 Rodney Stuckey SG IND
173 Brandon Bass PF LAL
174 Jose Calderon PG NYK
175 Paul Pierce SF LAC
176 Tony Wroten PG,SF PHI
177 Randy Foye SG DEN
178 Langston Galloway PG,SG NYK
179 Nikola Pekovic C MIN
180 Matt Barnes SF MEM
181 Jameer Nelson PG DEN
182 Omer Asik C NOR
183 Anthony Morrow SG,SF OKC
184 Andre Iguodala SG,SF GSW
185 Marcus Morris SF,PF DET
186 Lance Stephenson SG,SF LAC
187 Nik Stauskas SG PHI
188 Manu Ginobili SG,SF SAS
189 Nene Hilario PF,C WAS
190 Aaron Brooks PG CHI
191 Anderson Varejao C CLE
192 Corey Brewer SG,SF HOU
193 John Henson PF,C MIL
194 Mario Chalmers PG,SG MIA
195 J.J. Barea PG DAL
196 Dion Waiters SG OKC
197 Patrick Beverley PG HOU
198 C.J. Miles SG,SF IND
199 Norris Cole PG NOR
200 Kent Bazemore SG,SF ATL


Notable Observations

  • I think it is safe to say that LeBron James is still the best overall player on the planet, but his Fantasy value has dipped. With a full season under his belt and the best assist player (Irving) and best rebounder (Love) he has played with, all of his statistics will see a slight dip.
  • The two players that have a serious chance at finishing as the top overall performer outside of the top-3 would be DeMarcus Cousins and Russell Westbrook. If Kevin Durant misses any time than Westbrook shoots up to the top spot. If Cousins stays out of the Boogie zone, then he could be the most prolific player in the league.
  • By using a player’s overall value in the different statistical categories, the big men definitely have an advantage. Seeing Andre Drummond in the top-10 and Nikola Vucevic in the top-15 may seem weird, but if you look back at their seasons last year they do belong.
  • With the majority of his best teammates playing in different cities this season, Damian Lillard will be a counting stat superstar. I think he finishes right around the middle of the top-10.


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