The 2015 basketball regular season isn’t even over yet, but it’s never to early too speculate who could be the fantasy basketball 2016 top 20 players.
1. James Harden
Anthony Davis is the best player in fantasy, but he isn’t the player that should be drafted first. I just don’t trust him to stay healthy. Meanwhile, Harden does just about everything a fantasy owners could want, and contributes points, rebounds, assists, steals, rebounds, and free throws. He does everything, and don’t get blinded by Anthony Davis.
2. Anthony Davis
Like I said, Davis is the best fantasy player, but I just don’t feel safe drafting. He always gets hurt, I’ve never heard of any other player having a throat contusion. Injuries aside, he’ll put up elite points, rebound and block numbers that make him almost too hard to pass up.
3. Steph Curry
Curry is a monster and leads the NBA in threes and steals. He has 50 more threes than the next person, teammate Klay Thompson. His percentages are arguably the pest in the NBA, but Harden does just a little bit more in terms of points, rebounds, and free throws to make him get the edge.
4. Russell Westbrook
Westbrook has gone absolutely bonkers this season without Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. Westbrook averages 21 shots per game, and that will obviously go down in 2016, but his reign as a dominant player isn’t over. The numbers will go down, but his averages are so high right now that going down can’t really hurt him.
5. LeBron James
It’s amazing how James seems like somewhat of an afterthought because of the superb play of others. As these rankings will reflect, I expect Kevin Love to bolt the Cavaliers, which will be a benefit to LBJ in terms of rebounding.
6. Chris Paul
Paul doesn’t get enough love as an elite fantasy stud. He is easily one of the safest picks in the draft, and who wouldn’t want his 19 points, 10 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 1.7 threes. CP3 is just solid, and sometimes those types of players get overlooked when owners want to strike gold.
7. Kevin Durant
It will be interesting to see Durant reworked to into the Thunder offense once he and Ibaka return. Westbrook has taken control since Durant went down, but the two have managed to provide big numbers while coexisting. Durant is still expected to make a full recovery from a foot injury, but there are players that are just as good, and a bit more safer at this point.
8. DeMarcus Cousins
It is a legitimate concern to be worried about when Cousins is going to explode over the state of the Kings’ franchise. While he seems to have calmed down on the court, it’s obvious he is still peeved at the franchise over Mike Malone, and other ongoings in the front office. Regardless, Cousins is a beast on the court, and
9. Kawhi Leonard
As the Spurs’ big three get older, Leonard’s fantasy value goes up. Leonard has had some injuries which has led to 2015 being a bit of a disappointment, but his play in the last two months should leave owners salivating. He’s basically averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, 3 steals, and a three since March. Looking really far ahead, but in 10 team leagues you could go CP3 and Leonard at the turn, and win steals each week.
10. Draymond Green
I fully expect Green to get a huge deal from another team, and become the number one or two option on an offense. Green is a tenacious player that provides basically every category across the board, but his free throw and field goal percentages could be better. Green only plays 31 minutes per game, and like I said, I expect him to land on a team that will really put him to work. Curry and Thompson handle a majority of the offensive load, and sometimes seem to forget about Green. He could have a huge 2016.
11. Kyrie Irving
Irving’s assists and rebounds have taken a bit of a hit playing next to LeBron James, but he has made up for it while scoring 21 points, and hitting over two threes per game. Irving is a great point guard, but just doesn’t do enough aside from score to make him a top 10 option.
12. John Wall
13. Kevin Love
14. LaMarcus Aldridge
15. Damian Lillard
16. Klay Thompson
17. Jimmy Butler
18. Gordon Heyward
19. Eric Bledsoe
20. Paul George
Best of the rest: Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gobert, Nerlens Noel, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul Millsap, Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Nikola Vucevic