It’s been about a month since we last published some fantasy basketball rest-of-season rankings, so here’s a look at where things stand as of mid-January:
Here, we’ll touch upon some of the most notable risers and fallers from the last month:
- Nikola Jokic made an early-season appearance as a faller in our weekly risers and fallers column, but since the end of November, it’s been all smiles for his fantasy owners. After playing well off the bench for six games, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone reinstalled Jokic as a starter; since then, the big man has averaged 17.3 points on 64.8 percent shooting, 8.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 0.6 triples, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in 26.1 minutes across his past 11 games. Accordingly, Jokic jumped 13 spots in the rest-of-season rankings, rising to No. 43 overall. If the Nuggets ship out some of their other frontcourt options by the trade deadline—namely Kenneth Faried or Jusuf Nurkic—Jokic could manage to live up to his lofty preseason expectations despite his slow start.
- Whereas Julius Randle looked like a Kenneth Faried clone during his sophomore season for fantasy purposes, he’s emerged as more of a well-rounded option in 2016-17, averaging 13.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists in just 29.4 minutes. Over his past 23 games, Randle has gone off for 16.3 points on 50.5 percent shooting, 8.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.5 minutes, putting up sixth-round value during that span. As a result, he soared 21 spots in the latest update to the rest-of-season rankings, moving up to No. 89 overall.
- Malcolm Brogdon was little more than a fantasy afterthought for the first month-and-a-half of the season, but since mid-December, he’s been impossible to ignore. Over his past 11 games—seven of which he started—Brogdon has averaged 12.8 points on 52.4 percent shooting, 6.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.1 triples and 1.0 steals in 31.1 minutes, good for fifth-round value during that span. After a five-game layoff due to a hamstring injury, Matthew Dellavedova has since returned the fold but hasn’t supplanted Brogdon in the starting lineup, which suggests Brogdon should hold legitimate rest-of-season value. He jumped 62 spots in the rankings to No. 122 overall.
- Other risers: Donatas Motiejunas (plus-89), Seth Curry (plus-88), Tim Hardaway Jr. (plus-86), Tony Allen (plus-85), Dirk Nowitzki (plus-79), Michael Carter-Williams (plus-70), Ty Lawson (plus-69), Doug McDermott (plus-63), Buddy Hield (plus-37), Tony Parker (plus-35), Garrett Temple (previously unranked)
- Heading into the year, Darren Collison looked like a mid-round steal for those who could stomach his eight-game suspension, as Ty Lawson was his only real challenger for point guard minutes in Sacramento. As it turns out, Lawson is proving a far more formidable threat to Collison’s playing time than expected, especially with the UCLA product struggling to run the Kings’ offense full-time. Collison has gotten back into a groove over his past six games, averaging 15.8 points on 52.0 percent shooting, 3.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 triples in 32.3 minutes, but he churned out just 7.0 points on 30.4 percent shooting, 4.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 0.4 treys over his previous eight games. As a result, Collison tumbled 20 spots to No. 91 overall.
- Those who spent a fourth- or fifth-round pick on Derrick Favors can’t be thrilled by their disappointing return halfway through the season. One year after putting up 16.4 points on 51.5 percent shooting, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 32.0 minutes per game, Favors is averaging just 8.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting, 5.9 boards and 1.0 rejections in 22.5 minutes across 25 games, putting him below 16th-round value on the season. He’s shown promising flashes of late—a 15-point, six-rebound, three-steal, two-block outing against Minnesota on Saturday was a glimpse of the old Favors—but until he begins regularly playing more minutes, inconsistency may plague him. He plunged 20 spots to 87th overall in this latest update.
- At this point, it’s hard to have much optimism about Jeremy Lin becoming a reliable fantasy contributor in 2016-17. After missing 17 games with a left hamstring strain throughout November and December, he lasted just seven outings before suffering another left hamstring strain. While Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks told Newsday‘s Greg Logan that the injury is in “a different area to the first one” and added “they’re not linked,” the team hasn’t disclosed when Lin is expected to return from this latest setback. Considering how easily aggravated hamstring injuries are, fantasy owners without injured reserve slots must give serious consideration to whether Lin is worth the headache. He dropped 29 spots here, falling to No. 103 overall.
- Other fallers: J.R. Smith (minus-105), Sergio Rodriguez (minus-77), E’Twaun Moore (minus-74), Tim Frazier (minus-71), Thabo Sefolosha (minus-67) John Henson (minus-65), Jahlil Okafor (minus-45), Rajon Rondo (minus-44), Monta Ellis (minus-36), Derrick Rose (minus-23)
All rankings via Basketball Monster are based on nine-category leagues and are current heading into Wednesday, Jan. 11. All ownership percentages via ESPN.com. All average draft position info via FantasyPros.