These rankings reflect standard scoring formats, taking into account a player's expected production in the following categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, 3-point shots made, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, and turnovers.
Anthony Davis' game-to-game output hasn't been a concern in quite some time. He's averaged no fewer than 20.8 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, and 1.3 steals per game in any season dating back to 2013-14, with recent improvements to his passing and 3-point shooting rounding out his eye-popping fantasy profile.
No, the only asterisk beside Davis' name has been his availability. Whether due to injury or the Pelicans' season outlook, he's eclipsed the 70-game mark just twice through seven seasons. That could change. Even if playing alongside LeBron James will afford him more leeway, the Lakers will have to fight all the way through Game 82 to secure a high seed in the brutally tough Western Conference.
Joel Embiid has a similar statistical profile to Davis. However, his injury potential is far more profound. He's missed 88 regular-season games over the past three years after missing the entirety of his first two seasons. If you tab the 76ers star with your top pick, be mindful of how much risk you assume in the rest of the early-to-middle rounds of your fantasy draft.
Blake Griffin suffers from a catch-22: The Pistons needed him to play 75 games in 2018-19 just to eke out a 41-41 record, but his high usage in the regular season resulted in his body breaking down come playoff time. Coach Dwane Casey probably needs to implement a load-management program to ease the 30-year-old's workload. There's value in Griffin even if he's held to 65 games.
There have been 16 instances of a player averaging six assists, one steal, and one block per game in NBA history. Draymond Green has authored four of them in consecutive years, dating back to 2015-16. While he'll likely never top 20 points per game, the Warriors' unsung linchpin is a strong contributor in nearly every fantasy category.
If Green can rediscover his long-range touch - he shot 38.8% on threes in 2015-16, the year before Kevin Durant's arrival - he should finish close to the top 10 fantasy players this season. If not, he still boasts a top 40 floor.
|23||Otto Porter Jr.||CHI|
|28||Jaren Jackson Jr.||MEM|
|34||Larry Nance Jr.||CLE|
Despite instability throughout the Grizzlies' 2018-19 season, Jaren Jackson Jr. averaged 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in just over 26 minutes per game. Not bad for a 19-year-old big man.
There shouldn't be any confusion about Memphis' direction, with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol gone and first-time head coach Taylor Jenkins tasked with shepherding the Grizzlies' youth movement. Look for Jackson to receive an uptick in playing time, which should benefit his statistical contributions across the board.
Though he turns 35 in February, Paul Millsap is a nice middle-round pickup. If he can reproduce last year's numbers - 12.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, two assists, and 1.2 steals per game with solid scoring efficiency and a low turnover rate - you'll be happy to have him as a depth option in the frontcourt.
|41||Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI|
Every major roster decision the Orlando Magic have made since selecting Jonathan Isaac at No. 6 in the 2017 draft has impeded his fantasy potential - namely, extending Aaron Gordon, drafting Mo Bamba, and re-signing Nikola Vucevic.
Still, Isaac might be the most dynamic of the bunch. The 22-year-old has averaged 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 made 3-pointers per 36 minutes through two seasons - an uncommon combination of secondary fantasy categories. With a bit of natural development across the board and a greater emphasis within the Magic offense, Isaac could be a sleeping fantasy giant.
Honorable mentions: Jabari Parker (ATL), Bobby Portis (NYK), Cody Zeller (CHO), Tristan Thompson (CLE), Dwight Powell (DAL)