Fantasy Basketball


For the six of you who have asked about my rankings and where they’ve been, apologies for the delay! I changed countries and jobs, having moved from London back to New Zealand, but none of that matters as the NBA season is nearly upon us.

In less than 50 days a large chunk of grown ass humans will be knee deep in box-scores, grimacing at every poor choice made on and off the court, every clunked free throw, every missed lay-up (and consequent missed assist), while cheering more for a steal or block than they would from a free-throw line, under the legs, reverse double-pump dunk.

Such is fantasy basketball.

There’s no argument who’s better in reality or fantasy between say, Pau Gasol and Jahlil Okafor, but unlike a seasonal (i.e regular one and done) league, dynasty gives a nice little boost to the not-even-old-enough-to-buy-beer Okafor. Of course Old Man Gasol will continue to ball for the Spurs this year and likely another 1-2, but there will be a significant drop-off when he does lose his fantasy pau-wers, while Okafor should only improve on his solid rookie season.

My guy Zack wrote the fantasy gospel on rookies in this epic piece around a month ago, while last month I participated in an industry mock run by Z too (here).

Much like my previous ranking system, these are based on 8-cat roto and as always, if there’s a big disparity between a player’s roto or H2H ranking (yes, you DeAndre and Andre), or between 8 and 9-cat including turnovers (hello Emmanuel and Rajon), then there will be a comment about it.

So without further delay, here are my initial dynasty rankings.

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  1. Alex
    September 23, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    uh….YES! Thank you thank you thank you! I lived by your rankings last year to help guide my first foray into fantasy basketball in a decade. Took over a winless team in Mid December and ended up winning the consolation bracket of our league, and am now a major contender this year. Hopefully we will get a few updates midseason.

  2. September 28, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Thanks buddy – appreciate the comments and awesome they’ve worked for you!

    Will definitely be updating it throughout the season, once a month most likely.

    Might be doing an extra piece or two about stock watching for dynasty leagues too.

    Cheers and good luck!

    • TM
      October 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm


      Where is your 2017 list. I need you, man.


  3. Quicy
    October 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Good list with comments. PG13 is only a SF and PF this year in yahoo leagues. No more SG. however, giannis and harden have picked up a PG role as well.

    • October 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Cheers – unfortunately they changed the positions after it was posted, but I’ll update accordingly for the next list – thanks for the heads up.

  4. Mike
    October 12, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I discovered your rankings last year and it helped me out a lot. We are drafting this week and just wondering if there will be an updated list soon. Also thanks so much… I appreciate it.

  5. Kerrsed
    October 12, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Yes, im using your rankings (along with 4 others) for the basis of my draft. I then take that basis and sprinkle a thin layer of my own bias-ness on top for extra flavor. Shake twice and serve chilled.

  6. Chad
    October 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Great list and a legit help as I prep for my draft.

    Question: How much, if any, does Simmons injury affect these rankings? I have the 1st pick in a Saturday draft and plan on taking him. I feel I’ll compete regardless, and think his skill set is too good to pass up. But I do have Rubio on my team and locking down Dunn is appealing?

    Thanks for taking the time to out these rankings out. good stuff!

  7. Ken W
    October 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the rankings. What is your favorite site to play on for dynasty basketball? I play dynasty football on myFFPC, but am having a hard time finding a site that offers NBA.


  8. Jon
    December 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Is the second update coming soon? I know last year it came out right after Thanksgiving.