Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Week 24
Justin Fensterman goes position-by-position, ranking his top-20 fantasy plays for the NBA week ahead.
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|1||Russell Westbrook||OKC||4||Westbrook having a full slate will make owners happy. This multi-category producer continues to dominate in all areas and he should be the top fantasy NBA producer this week.|
|2||Damian Lillard||POR||4||Lillard's usage will remain the highest its ever been because of C.J. McCollum's injury. McCollum will be evaluated this week, but it's looking like he'll miss at least the next few games.|
|3||Stephen Curry||GSW||3||Curry is well-rested and ready to go for his three-game slate and he'll continue sharing top scoring responsibilities w/ Kevin Durant .|
|4||Mike Conley||MEM||4||The Grizzlies haven't announced Conley getting restricted or shutdown, but don't be overly surprised if it happens w/ Memphis having nothing to play for. For now, consider him a full go for the week.|
|5||De'Aaron Fox||SAC||4||The Kings need wins and Fox will continue handling the ball more than any other player and he'll use his amazing speed to change the pace of the game.|
|6||Kyrie Irving||BOS||3||I'll keep warning you about the Irving situation every week until it's all over. He can be benched at any moment as the Celtics have been able to succeed without him. He may sit a game this week.|
|7||Ben Simmons||PHI||3||Simmons will always have minutes on his side because he plays multiple roles for the Sixers and you'll continue to see him in different match ups providing multi-category production.|
|8||Kemba Walker||CHA||3||Walker will need to take on a bigger role (if that's even possible) as the Hornets big men continue to get injured. More of the offense will have to come from the guards on the perimeter.|
|9||Jamal Murray||DEN||4||Murray's primary focus will continue to be scoring, but he'll still set up Nikola Jokic and others when he's bringing up the ball. He's a solid producer both on and off the ball.|
|10||Rajon Rondo||LAL||4||Rondo is not a good shooter, but he'll be the primary playmaker and he'll find ways to get into the paint. He's been helpful w/ boards and dimes and he'll score in the lane.|
|11||Kyle Lowry||TOR||3||Lowry has been able to stay healthy and he'll continue to be the second scorer for the Raptors and primary ball-handler. Down the stretch, they may look to rest Lowry a bit to preserve him.|
|12||Chris Paul||HOU||3||Paul has also been able to stay healthy and the Rockets need him on both sides of the ball and he'll continue to be the second scorer behind James Harden and contribute plenty of assists.|
|13||D'Angelo Russell||BKN||3||Russell is very much needed if the Nets are going to clinch a playoff spot. He's far and away the top scoring option and he spends a lot of time w/ the ball. He's effective at both guard spots.|
|14||Tomas Satoransky||WSH||4||Satoranksky will be the primary playmaker for the Wizards for the rest of the way and he'll be needed to score a bit more if Trevor Ariza needs more time off.|
|15||Dennis Schroder||OKC||4||Schroder has been the prioritized scorer w/ the Thunder's second unit and he'll continue to get a lot of time w/ the ball. He's been a good change of pace player for the Thunder all season.|
|16||Patrick Beverley||LAC||4||Beverley has been able to sneak in minutes at both guard spots and he'll focus on more than just ball-handling and scoring as he'll crash the boards and fight for long rebounds at the top of the paint.|
|17||D.J. Augustin||ORL||4||Augustin makes the list w/ the full slate and it's not looking like we'll see Markelle Fultz at all this season and Augustin's minutes as the starting PG will be safe for the rest of the way.|
|18||Trae Young||ATL||3||Young continues to show his growth. He's a more patient player, takes better shots and definitely focuses more on setting up his other teammates. He'll help w/ points and dimes.|
|19||Eric Bledsoe||MIL||3||Bledsoe will continue to be needed as the ailing Bucks continue to miss a lot of pieces. He'll get more shots and he'll be needed to crash the boards a bit more and he'll help w/ steals.|
|20||Elfrid Payton||NO||3||Payton has cooled off from his triple-double streak, but w/ Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore still sidelined, he'll be needed to score and drive and he'll help w/ points, assists and steals.|
|1||James Harden||HOU||3||Harden keeps the top spot and this shouldn't be a surprise because these are FANTASY rankings and he continues to be a mega-producer in pretty much every category, especially scoring.|
|2||Bradley Beal||WSH||4||Beal will be needed even more to score and defend the perimeter if Ariza misses more time. His usage has risen a lot since John Wall 's injury and he'll still log a lot of minutes until we hear differently.|
|3||Buddy Hield||SAC||4||Hield takes the third spot this week because he continues to shot his maturity on both sides of the ball. Besides being a strong mid and long-range scorer, he'll also help grab boards.|
|4||Lou Williams||LAC||4||Williams doesn't need to be defended. He's the most dangerous off the bench player in the league and he'll get minutes at both guard spots and be a multi-category producer.|
|5||Devin Booker||PHX||3||There hasn't been talk of limiting Booker w/ the Suns having nothing to play for and he's by far and away their top scoring option and will be needed even more w/ T.J. Warren and Kelly Oubre Jr. hurt.|
|6||DeMar DeRozan||SAS||3||There is no slowing down DeRozan. He gets into the lane whenever he wants and he'll help w/ boards and dimes and make some of the toughest shots ever as the Spurs prioritized scorer.|
|7||Evan Fournier||ORL||4||Fournier moves up the rankings w/ the full slate and he'll see a lot of shots off of screens and he'll always get a handful. He'll surprise defenders at times by attacking the lane and tear-dropping shots.|
|8||Donovan Mitchell||UT||3||Mitchell is the Jazz prioritized scorer and he needs to always look to attack the lane because opposing teams know how trigger-happy he is shooting from the arc.|
|9||Klay Thompson||GSW||3||Thompson will always have shots locked in, but lately he's been a bit more helpful on the defensive end as he'll produce steals on the perimeter and he'll grab boards too.|
|10||Khris Middleton||MIL||3||Not having Malcolm Brogdon or Nikola Mirotic in the lineup completely benefits Middleton. It'll give him more shots and more time w/ the ball. Expect him to play more minutes as well this week.|
|11||Zach LaVine||CHI||3||INJ: LaVine is dealing with a Thigh injury that has sidelined him for his last two games and he did not practice on Sunday and he may have to miss his first game of the week.|
|12||Gary Harris||DEN||4||Harris hasn't made as much of an impact in the second half of the season and I'm fully convinced he's not fully over his Groin injury he suffered earlier this season, but he will help w/ three's and steals.|
|13||Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||LAC||4||Gilgeous-Alexander continues to get minutes in the Clippers lineup and the guards and Danilo Gallinari handle a lot of the scoring and Gilgeous-Alexander continues to produce double-digit scoring.|
|14||Jeremy Lamb||CHA||3||If Nicolas Batum can't recover from his illness, Lamb will continue to see more usage and starts. He'll produce three-pointers and boards as he's been a reliable sharp-shooter and committed defender.|
|15||Andrew Wiggins||MIN||3||Jeff Teague , Derrick Rose and Robert Covington are out for the rest of the seasn and Wiggins will be relied on as the second scoring option and he'll log a lot of minutes down the stretch.|
|16||JJ Redick||PHI||3||Redick will always have a role and because the Sixers are so top-heavy, he'll get a lot of chances to produce w/ the second unit and he'll provide a ton of help w/ scoring and dimes.|
|17||Jordan Clarkson||CLE||3||Clarkson will continue to see playing time at both guard spots and he'll provide production w/ points, assists and steals and he's good at running the floor, but he tends to put up a lot of wild shots.|
|18||Dwayne Wade||MIA||3||The Heat are fighting for a playoff spot and they'll rely on Wade a bit more to bring up the ball and help w/ mid-range defense w/ Justise Winslow hurt. He's been helpful w/ scoring and rebounding.|
|19||Eric Gordon||HOU||3||Gordon will score a lot of points w/ the Rockets second unit and he'll even get time to run the point. He'll help a bit w/ boards and assists, but it's the three's where he'll help most.|
|20||Nicolas Batum||CHA||3||INJ: Batum has been sick and he's missed his last two games. His status is up in the air for Tuesday's game.|
|1||Paul George||OKC||4||George has had an awesome last few months and he's made the Thunder intio a contending team and he'll log a lot of minutes and produce a lot of points, boards and steals.|
|2||LeBron James||LAL||4||The Lakers are out of the playoff race and James continues to see games in the 30's. He even suffered a minor Knee injury and he's still playing. Play until he's benched. Ride him out but be prepared.|
|3||Giannis Antetokounmpo||MIL||3||As much as the Bucks will want to preserve the Greek Freak's health, because of all of the other injuries other Bucks players have suffered from, he's desperately needed on the floor.|
|4||Kevin Durant||GSW||3||Durant would be higher on the list if he had a full slate of games and even though it's unlikely that Stephen Curry will rest again this week, Durant will still score a lot of points.|
|5||Kawhi Leonard||TOR||3||Leonard shouldn't be rested this week as he doesn't have any back to backs on his schedule but owners should continue to be on high alert so they can sub him out if needed.|
|6||Danilo Gallinari||LAC||4||Gallinari will continue to be heavily prioritized in the scoring scheme for the Clippers. He'll continue to get a lot of mid and long-range shots and he'll also help grab long boards.|
|7||Luka Doncic||DAL||3||Doncic will see his usage go up even higher w/ Tim Hardaway Jr. out for the season. Expect him to take on even more of a scoring role and he'll continue bringing up the ball a lot.|
|8||Jabari Parker||WSH||4||Parker moves way up because not only does he have a full slate of games, but Ariza is hurt and he's the heir to more playing time if Ariza is out and he's done a good job drawing out bigger defenders.|
|9||Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||4||Bogdanovic has been able to hang on to his spot in the rotation and not only has he proven he can bring up the ball, but he's been a very reliable outside shooter and balls are kicked out to him often.|
|10||Jimmy Butler||PHI||3||Butler continues to get prioritized more, especially when Joel Embiid rest's. He's been very clutch and he's been productive all over the floor and he draws a lot of contact in the lane.|
|11||Terrence Ross||ORL||4||Ross is going to continue to get utilized and played heavily, especially when coming off the bench. He'll get playing time at both SG and SF and he'll help out by grabbing steals.|
|12||Will Barton||DEN||4||Barton has improved his scoring lately and his playing time is reflective of that and he'll help w/ points, boards and steals and even though the Nuggets are deep, he'll continue to see a lot of PT.|
|13||Jonathan Isaac||ORL||4||Isaac continues to show that he's a force inside, but his stats are all over the place. The Magic will continue to play him in the late-20's and he's proven he can help w/ scoring and blocking shots.|
|14||Justin Holiday||MEM||4||Holiday will have a strong role for the rest of the way and it wouldn't be shocking to see Conley ruled out of games and that will make Holiday the primary scorer. Expect his usage to go up.|
|15||Josh Richardson||MIA||3||Richardson will see a bigger role if Winslow has to miss more time and he'll even get time to bring up the ball and he'll continue see a lot of mid and long-range shots.|
|16||Rudy Gay||SAS||3||Gay has been a strong mid-range player for the Spurs all season and he's been very reliable when it comes to producing points and boards. He'll help w/ steals and blocks inconsistently.|
|17||Joe Ingles||UT||3||Ingles is a strong perimeter defender and he'll help grab steals. His offense continues to be relied on and he always looks for the pick and pop off the ball to get high-percentage three's.|
|18||Bojan Bogdanovic||IND||3||Bogdanovic's usage has gone up a lot since Victor Oladipo got hurt and he'll continue to get set up a lot from long-range. He's also grabbed 4.1 rebounds per game.|
|19||Trevor Ariza||WSH||4||INJ: Ariza has missed his last two games with an injured Groin and his status is up in the air for the week.|
|20||Otto Porter Jr.||CHI||3||INJ: Porter has missed his last three games with an injured Rotator Cuff and there is talk of him getting shut down for the rest of the season but nothing is confirmed.|
|1||Aaron Gordon||ORL||4||Gordon takes the top spot w/ the full slate and the Magic haven't shown any signs of slowing him down by limiting his playing time. He'll continue to produce a lot of points and boards.|
|2||Blake Griffin||DET||3||The Pistons are in the middle of a playoff race and their offense is lead by Griffin and he'll continue to get a lot of shots and he'll pull down a lot of rebounds and play a lot of minutes.|
|3||Kyle Kuzma||LAL||4||Kuzma will continue to be the second scoring option and he'll be prioritized even more if LeBron James ever gets ruled out. He'll shoot a good amount of three's but then he'll crash the boards.|
|4||Paul Millsap||DEN||4||Millsap continues to improve his production down the stretch as he's been very helpful w/ drawing out bigger defenders and he'll help w/ mid and long-range scoring and he'll grab boards on defense.|
|5||Kevin Love||CLE||3||The Cavs continue to play Love despite not having anything to play for and owners should absolutely keep riding him, even if he's limited to just 20 minutes. He doesn't need a lot of PT to produce.|
|6||Bobby Portis||WSH||4||Portis is set for another big week as he'll get a lot of minutes at both PF and C and he's been able to control the paint and keep plays alive and he doesn't have much competition at the position.|
|7||LaMarcus Aldridge||SAS||3||Aldridge will be used heavily as the Spurs will need him in the paint down the stretch. Aldridge will provide a ton of scoring help in the most and he'll grab a lot of boards and blocks as well.|
|8||Marvin Bagley III||SAC||4||Since returning from injury, Bagley has been tough to keep out of the paint and he has no problem sacrificing his body and he'll help a ton w/ points and boards down the stretch.|
|9||Harrison Barnes||SAC||4||Barnes has fit very well into this lineup and he'll continue to see a good amount of time w/ the ball and he'll help grab long boards. Let's not forget how strong of a perimeter defender he is.|
|10||Tobias Harris||PHI||3||Harris continues to see a lot of shots in the Sixers offense and he's still able to put up 20-plus point games and he's a strong defender and will continue to be very helpful w/ pulling down boards.|
|11||Julius Randle||NO||3||Randle will continue to see extended minutes while Anthony Davis is limited and w/ Holiday and Moore still hurt, Randle will see more plays in the post and he'll help a ton w/ boards.|
|12||John Collins||ATL||3||Collins will be the prioritized scorer for the Hawks and he also leads the team in rebounding. Don't expect the Hawks to limit Collins because he was hurt at the start of the season and needs reps.|
|13||Lauri Markkanen||CHI||3||Markkanen will see his usage go up more if Porter can't make it back to the floor and w/ LaVine also banged up, Markkanen will absolutely be featured more in the Bulls offense this week.|
|14||Jerami Grant||OKC||4||Grant has been able to keep his role all season and his perimeter shooting has made him a threat on both sides of the ball. He'll grab long boards and he'll help w/ scoring and steals.|
|15||Al-Farouq Aminu||POR||4||Aminu is one of the most inconsistent offensive players in the league, but he still has a solidified role for the Blazers and he has a full slate. His scoring is all over the place but he grabs 7.4 rpg.|
|16||Jeff Green||WSH||4||Green will see more minutes at both forward spots this week if Ariza needs to sit out for more games and he's been a strong change of pace player for the Wizards and he'll hit three's and grab boards.|
|17||Nemanja Bjelica||SAC||4||Bjelica is hanging on for dear life when it comes to his spot in the Kings rotation. He's been able to get shots, and he'll help w/ boards. His defense is keeping him in the rotation.|
|18||Pascal Siakam||TOR||3||Siakam has not been impacted as much by Marc Gasol being on the team as Serge Ibaka has, but Siakam has scored 23-plus points in each of his last three games and he'll be a multi-category producer.|
|19||Draymond Green||GSW||3||Scoring is hard for Green, but he'll help you a lot in other areas. He fights hard in the post and he'll help a lot w/ boards, dimes and steals. He has scored in double figures in two of his last three games.|
|20||Serge Ibaka||TOR||3||Ibaka has seen his minutes reduced a bit, but he's been getting enough chances to score in double figures. He'll also provide a ton of help by grabbing boards and blocks.|
|1||Nikola Jokic||DEN||4||Jokic is in the best spot to produce w/ the full slate this week. He'll have plays in which he controls the offense and brings up the ball. He'll grab a ton of boards as it's hard to contain him in the paint.|
|2||Nikola Vucevic||ORL||4||Vucevic moves up the rankings w/ the full slate and like w/ Gordon, the Magic are not looking to limit his minutes for now and he's shown an improved offensive game from the arc this season.|
|3||Joel Embiid||PHI||3||Embiid shouldn't have to rest this week, but you never know as the Sixers naturally want to keep him healthy heading into the playoffs. Owners should make sure they watch his status game by game.|
|4||Karl-Anthony Towns||MIN||3||Taj Gibson being hurt should benefit Towns owners because it'll likely keep him in the lineup. The Timberwolves have already ruled out three players for the rest of the way, Towns could be next!|
|5||Jusuf Nurkic||POR||4||Nurkic's production is not threatened by Enes Kanter . Nurkic has great moves in the post and he prioritizes fighting for boards and he'll be the second scorer on the Blazers w/ McCollum hurt.|
|6||Andre Drummond||DET||3||We all know the story w/ Drummond. He's the second scorer, but his offensive moves are very limited. He'll pull down a ton of boards and he'll score a lot off of second-chance opportunities.|
|7||Anthony Davis||NO||3||Davis minutes will continue to get limited and he may even be held out at times down the stretch, but he can still produce if given 20 minutes of playing time. Holiday being out helps his cause.|
|8||Rudy Gobert||UT||3||Gobert will continue to produce from the low-block on both sides of the ball. He's hard to contain once he gets the ball in the post and he'll provide plenty of boards and blocks on defense.|
|9||Steven Adams||OKC||4||Adams moves up w/ the full slate and he's a low-post player who will suceed off the give-n-go and he'll also grab boards on both sides of the ball and he'll score off of put backs.|
|10||Montrezl Harrell||LAC||4||Harrell has proven that he's one of the toughest players in the league. Opposing big men have a hard time keeping him out of the post and he'll produce a lot of points and boards.|
|11||Willie Cauley-Stein||SAC||4||The Kings are a very deep team, but there's still room for Cauley-Stein to produce. He'll draw out bigger defenders to the elbow and he won't shy away from shooting long-range jumpers.|
|12||Jonas Valanciunas||MEM||4||Valanciunas by default will see a lot of plays in the post. The Grizzlies front court is very hurt and even though they have nothing to play for, they want to give Valanciunas reps before the season ends.|
|13||Clint Capela||HOU||3||Capela would be much higher in these rankings if he had a full slate of games, but due to the lack of big men the Rockets have, Capela will continue to play extended minutes and be a prioritized scorer.|
|14||JaVale McGee||LAL||4||McGee doesn't need a lot of minutes to produce and the Lakers are suffering from a lot of injuries and even if give just 25 minutes, McGee will be able to produce points, boards and blocks.|
|15||Enes Kanter||POR||4||Kanter makes the rankings because of the full slate of games and the Blazers have kept him in the rotation and Kanter has proven he can be a volume producer when it comes to points and boards.|
|16||Deandre Ayton||PHX||3||Ayton will continue to be the second scoring option for the Suns and w/ Oubre and Warren hurt, expect Ayton to take a decent amount of mid-range jumpers down the stretch.|
|17||Marc Gasol||TOR||3||Gasol doesn't make as much of a scoring impact on the Raptors, but he's still scored in double figures in three of his last four games. He'll provide help w/ blocks, boards and even dimes too.|
|18||DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||3||Cousins should not be rested this week because the Warriors don't play back to back games. Don't be surprised though if his minutes are restricted a bit because the Warriors want to preserve him.|
|19||Hassan Whiteside||MIA||3||The Heat are fighting for a playoff spot and Whiteside's defense will be needed and he'll help out a good amount w/ points and boards. He's hard to contain once he's in the lane.|
|20||Thomas Bryant||WSH||4||Other players needing to shift down because of the Ariza injury could benefit Bryant by giving him more minutes. He has a full slate and He's played 35-plus mpg in his last 2 games.|
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B. Bowen - SG
The Pacers have signed Brian Bowen to a two-way contract according to Scott Agness.
Not selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, Bowen signed a two-way deal with the Pacers and appeared in six games. He and the Pacers will be dealing with different two-way rules this season, as Bowen can be active for up to 50 games and there are no limits on practice time. Bowen won't play much, but this season will be key when it comes to his development as a pro.
Added Yesterday 6:55 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 6:55 pm (EST)
R. Tucker - SG
The Jazz are sending Rayjon Tucker and a future second round pick to Cleveland in exchange for cash.
Tucker made just 20 appearances with the Jazz last season, averaging just 8.1 minutes. It's unclear if the Cavaliers see Tucker as part of their future as they probably had more interest in the future pick. He remains miles off the fantasy radar barring a strong training camp.
Added Yesterday 2:44 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 2:44 pm (EST)
A. Johnson - SF
The Raptors have reached a deal with forward Alize Johnson.
The terms of the deal are not yet known. Johnson, a 24-year-old forward, spent the last two seasons with the Pacers where he made a combined 31 appearances. He's facing an uphill battle for playing time in Toronto.
Added Yesterday 1:42 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 1:42 pm (EST)
N. Mannion - PG
The Warriors have signed Nico Mannion to a two-way contract.
The Warriors signed Brad Wanamaker to be Stephen Curry's backup at PG, so Mannion will look to develop his skills in the G League. He's completely off the fantasy radar in re-draft formats.
Added Yesterday 11:54 am (EST)
Added Yesterday 11:54 am (EST)
T. Johnson - SG
The Nets have signed Tyler Johnson.
The deal is expected to be for the minimum. The Nets are rewarding Johnson for his strong showing in the bubble but he will head into camp on the outside of Brooklyn's stacked rotation.
Added Yesterday 10:36 am (EST)
Added Yesterday 10:36 am (EST)
J. Barea - PG
J.J. Barea will sign a one-year, $2.6M deal to return to Dallas.
The Mavs were always expected to bring back the veteran and Shams Charania of The Athletic notes that it is a guaranteed deal. Barea has lost a step and may not be a consistent part of the rotation as the Mavs have Jalen Brunson, Tyrell Terry and Trey Burke behind Luka Doncic.
Added Yesterday 10:29 am (EST)
Added Yesterday 10:29 am (EST)
F. Kaminsky - C
Frank Kaminsky has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.
Kaminsky will provide some emergency depth for Sacramento, but when the team is at full strength, he'll likely be collecting DNP-CDs.
Added Nov 26 4:28 pm (EST)
Added Nov 26 4:28 pm (EST)
K. Oubre - SF
Kelly Oubre said he did not feel mentally prepared to play in The Bubble coming off of knee surgery.
"My knee, obviously after I had surgery last season, COVID hit. I couldn’t go to rehab any more at the facility; I had to rehab from home," said Oubre. "I didn’t have anybody check on my knee. I didn’t get any MRIs after, like, the first three weeks of checkup time. It was just a lot of uncertainty... I just didn’t feel comfortable coming back from that injury when I didn’t have any time to really get my mind around how I was feeling." Oubre underwent the surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in early-March, so while he wasn't mentally ready to play in The Bubble in August, he should be fine for this year's December 22 start date. He should be even better in his age-25 season, so he's looking like an excellent target in the 50-range.
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Added Nov 26 3:29 pm (EST)