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Way-too-early 2017-18 fantasy basketball rankings | Top 150 overall

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 12: Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Russell Westbrook (0) accepts the award from NBA legend Oscar Robertson on April 12, 2017, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK. (Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire)
Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire

We’ve looked at the top 10 at each position for fantasy basketball owners in 2017-18. We’ve pegged some early sleepers, breakouts and busts. At long last, it’s time for the big kahuna: my first crack at a Top 150 for the 2017-18 season.

The usual caveats apply: Since we can’t accurately predict where each player will land in free agency or which prospects each team will draft, we’ll operate under the assumption that all free agents re-sign with their respective teams and will not include any rookies. Before trades, the draft and free agency radically alter the fantasy landscape, though, this should help give owners a sense of where things stand in mid-April for nine-category, head-to-head leagues.

Below the rankings themselves, you’ll find a few early takeaways to keep in mind with regard to draft strategy:

1 Russell Westbrook PG1
2 James Harden SG1
3 Karl-Anthony Towns C1
4 Kevin Durant SF1
5 Stephen Curry PG2
6 Kawhi Leonard SF2
7 Giannis Antetokounmpo SF3
8 Anthony Davis PF1
9 Chris Paul PG3
10 John Wall PG4
11 Rudy Gobert C2
12 LeBron James SF4
13 Nikola Jokic C3
14 Jimmy Butler SF5
15 DeMarcus Cousins C4
16 Kyle Lowry PG5
17 Paul George SF6
18 Hassan Whiteside C5
19 Damian Lillard PG6
20 Draymond Green PF2
21 Kyrie Irving PG7
22 Isaiah Thomas PG8
23 Myles Turner C6
24 C.J. McCollum SG2
25 Kemba Walker PG9
26 Marc Gasol C7
27 Kristaps Porzingis PF3
28 Klay Thompson SG3
29 Mike Conley PG10
30 Bradley Beal SG4
31 Gordon Hayward SF7
32 Al Horford C8
33 Kevin Love PF4
34 Eric Bledsoe PG11
35 Joel Embiid C9
36 Jusuf Nurkic C10
37 Serge Ibaka PF5
38 Paul Millsap PF6
39 DeMar DeRozan SG5
40 Carmelo Anthony SF8
41 Brook Lopez C11
42 Ricky Rubio PG12
43 Blake Griffin PF7
44 DeAndre Jordan C12
45 Jeff Teague PG13
46 Jrue Holiday PG14
47 Nicolas Batum SF9
48 Trevor Ariza SF10
49 Khris Middleton SG6
50 LaMarcus Aldridge PF8
51 Nikola Vucevic C13
52 Gorgui Dieng PF9
53 Goran Dragic PG15
54 Nerlens Noel C14
55 Jae Crowder SF11
56 Robert Covington SF12
57 Avery Bradley SG7
58 Tobias Harris PF10
59 Jonas Valanciunas C15
60 Devin Booker SG8
61 Marvin Williams PF11
62 Patrick Beverley PG16
63 Gary Harris SG9
64 Otto Porter Jr. SF13
65 Andre Drummond C16
66 Danilo Gallinari SF15
67 Aaron Gordon PF12
68 Dwyane Wade SG10
69 George Hill PG17
70 Derrick Favors PF13
71 Pau Gasol C17
72 Rudy Gay SF14
73 Seth Curry SG11
74 Ben Simmons PF14
75 Andrew Wiggins SF16
76 Dennis Schroder PG18
77 Buddy Hield SG12
78 Clint Capela C18
79 Elfrid Payton PG19
80 Victor Oladipo SG13
81 Harrison Barnes SF17
82 Willie Cauley-Stein C19
83 Markieff Morris PF15
84 Jeremy Lin PG20
85 T.J. Warren SF18
86 Dirk Nowitzki PF16
87 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG14
88 Dwight Howard C20
89 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF19
90 Thaddeus Young PF17
91 James Johnson SF20
92 D’Angelo Russell PG21
93 J.J. Redick SG15
94 Marcin Gortat C21
95 Evan Fournier SG16
96 Cody Zeller C22
97 Reggie Jackson PG22
98 Wilson Chandler SF21
99 Greg Monroe C23
100 Nikola Mirotic PF18
101 Tim Hardaway Jr. SG17
102 Rajon Rondo PG23
103 Wesley Matthews SG18
104 Trevor Booker PF19
105 Terrence Ross SF22
106 Courtney Lee SG19
107 Darren Collison PG24
108 Ryan Anderson PF20
109 Willy Hernangomez C24
110 Malcolm Brogdon PG25
111 Julius Randle PF21
112 Eric Gordon SG20
113 Moe Harkless SF23
114 Tyler Johnson PG26
115 Steven Adams C25
116 Jamal Murray SG21
117 DeMarre Carroll SF24
118 Marquese Chriss PF22
119 Jordan Clarkson SG22
120 Yogi Ferrell PG27
121 Marcus Smart SG23
122 Alex Len C26
123 Rodney Hood SG24
124 Marcus Morris SF25
125 Larry Nance Jr. PF23
126 Will Barton SG25
127 Frank Kaminsky PF24
128 Brandon Ingram SF26
129 J.R. Smith SG26
130 Ivica Zubac C27
131 Dario Saric PF25
132 Patty Mills PG28
133 Josh Richardson SG27
134 Andre Iguodala SF27
135 Al-Farouq Aminu PF26
136 Robin Lopez C28
137 Andre Roberson SF28
138 TJ McConnell PG29
139 Skal Labissiere PF27
140 Taurean Prince SF29
141 Enes Kanter C29
142 Taj Gibson PF28
143 Dion Waiters SG28
144 Michael Beasley SF30
145 Amir Johnson PF29
146 Mason Plumlee C30
147 Lou Williams SG29
148 Danny Green SG30
149 Tristan Thompson C31
150 Thabo Sefolosha SF31 

A few major takeaways:

  • Point guard and center are by far the deepest position. Unless you’re in a 14- or 16-team league, you’re virtually guaranteed to get a solid PG1, and this year’s draft class only figures to further bolster the point guard ranks, as five of the top 10 picks could be floor generals. Centers aren’t as deep as point guards, but they still make up 15 of the top 60 players on my board. Few (if any) of the top-tier options should be adversely affected by offseason moves, making them some of the safest options in the early and middle rounds. There are values to be found at both positions later in drafts, too, so owners who prefer to load up at other spots early on won’t be left empty-handed.
  • Ideally, you’re going to want a top-seven small forward, as there’s a yawning gap between Gordon Hayward and Carmelo Anthony, Nicolas Batum and Trevor Ariza. Six SFs should be off the board in the first 15-20 picks, including three in the first round (Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo). All seven of the top-tier options are well-rounded enough to help you in a multitude of categories, whereas many of the middle- and later-round SFs are mostly specialists. Outside of the top 10, uncertainty abounds, as offseason moves could adversely affect the value of guys such as Robert Covington, Otto Porter, Danilo Gallinari and Rudy Gay.
  • Unlike point guards and centers, shooting guards and power forwards thin out quickly. Outside of James Harden, there isn’t a single SG worth selecting with a top-20 pick, and Anthony Davis is the only PF deserving of a top-15 selection. Unless you’re in position to grab Harden or Davis, you should eschew SGs and PFs for the first two rounds, but it makes sense to target those two positions in Rounds 3 and 4 to ensure you’re not scraping the bottom of the barrel.
  • The 2016 NBA Draft class was largely a disappointment in 2016-17, but that could create some major opportunities for fantasy owners next year. If Ben Simmons avoids any further setbacks with his foot, he should hit the ground running as the Philadelphia 76ers’ de facto starting point guard, making him a high-upside mid-round pick. Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram has sleeper potential as well, assuming the Lakers embrace their youth-centric rebuild and he adds muscle to his spindly frame during the offseason. The Sacramento Kings should let Buddy Hield run wild after trading DeMarcus Cousins for a package centered around him, while Jamal Murray has sleeper potential if the Denver Nuggets move him into a more consistent role next year. None of the class of 2016 players will be early-round picks, but a number of them could be mid- and late-round sleepers.

OTHER POSITIONAL RANKINGS

Top 10 PGs

Top 10 SGs

Top 10 SFs

Top 10 PFs

Top 10 Cs

All rankings via Basketball Monster are based on nine-category leagues and are current through the end of the regular season. All ownership percentages via ESPN.comAll average draft position and ECR info via FantasyPros.

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