Dynasty Basketball

The Top 200 Dynasty Basketball Rankings, December 2016 Update

This basketball season has been a mixed bag for me personally. On the one hand, it’s been a blast watching Giannis blossom, Harden and Westbrook dominate and Chris Paul continue to be masterful. On the other hand, it’s become increasingly clear that it’ll take a miracle or an injury (or two) for anyone to challenge the Warriors.

With such low stakes during this NBA regular season, fantasy hoops is more important than ever for my basketball fandom.

February Edit: Check back on the dynasty basketball rankings page for updates including the February, 2017 rankings.

Standard disclaimer: This is most focused on 9-category, head to head formats. I have also been known to forget a player or two, so please call out omissions! Thanks and enjoy.

Rank Name Comments
Tier 1
1 Karl-Anthony Towns Pristine dynasty resume.
2 Giannis Antetokounmpo What more could you ask for, besides maybe some more threes?
Tier 2
3 Anthony Davis Only injury risk caps his limitless fantasy upside and dynasty value.
4 Kevin Durant
5 Stephen Curry
Tier 3
6 Kristaps Porzingis
7 Kawhi Leonard
8 James Harden I’d elevate to tier two in leagues without turnovers
9 Russell Westbrook RT: I’d elevate to tier two in leagues without turnovers
Tier 4
10 Ben Simmons A healthy Simmons could belong in tier three.
11 Chris Paul
12 D’Angelo Russell
13 Damian Lillard
14 Paul George
15 DeMarcus Cousins
16 Draymond Green
17 Kyrie Irving
18 Jimmy Butler
19 Nikola Jokic I’m trying to buy low where I can, but it’s apparently many owners have yet to lose faith.
Tier 5
20 Myles Turner
21 Kemba Walker
22 LeBron James
23 Andrew Wiggins
24 Zach LaVine
25 Rudy Gobert
26 Hassan Whiteside
27 John Wall
28 Otto Porter Aggressive rank for Porter who has developed into a Kawhi-light all around type. Remember he was a blue chip prospect as a prospect. Can fade in turnover leagues since a good percentage of his appeal is his efficiency.
29 CJ McCollum
30 Andre Drummond
31 Kevin Love
32 Klay Thompson
33 Joel Embiid I probably won’t have shares, because of the health risk. Easy to dream on him sneaking into the top two or three tiers.
Tier 6
34 Blake Griffin
35 Kyle Lowry
36 Al Horford
37 Nerlens Noel Should reward those patient with unmatched blocks and steals.
38 Isaiah Thomas
39 Devin Booker
40 Jabari Parker Modest improvement from three is encouraging; the hope is he’s Carmelo Anthony 2.0.
41 DeMar DeRozan Has sustained insane usage, but fantasy holes exist in his game, especially three pointers.
Tier 7
42 Gorgui Dieng
43 Gordon Hayward
44 Ricky Rubio Needs a trade out of Minnesota, but dominant h2h skills remain in tact. Nice buy low target due to playing time blues.
45 Brook Lopez
46 Jrue Holiday
47 Aaron Gordon The “Aaron Gordon is a small forward” experiment is going predictably terribly and he’d rank higher were it not for his limited present value.
48 Clint Capela I worry some that he’s got a “90’s” game and more playing time will never come.
49 Carmelo Anthony
50 Marc Gasol
Tier 8
51 Tobias Harris I tried to justify a lower ranking, but he has added the shooting efficiency required to take a fantasy leap.
52 Bradley Beal Has yet to convert tools into top 50 value, in part due to health, but there’s room for further growth.
53 Victor Oladipo
54 Kris Dunn Disappointing rookie year, but already averaging over 3 blocks and steals per 36 minutes.
55 Dragan Bender Raw as advertised.
56 DeAndre Jordan
57 LaMarcus Aldridge Ranks above younger, better overall players due to his ability to dominate categories.
58 Eric Bledsoe
59 Serge Ibaka
60 Jae Crowder
61 Paul Millsap
62 Jeff Teague
63 Avery Bradley
64 Rudy Gay
65 Derrick Favors
Tier 9
66 Jonas Valanciunas
67 Brandon Ingram
68 Jahlil Okafor Would have been a really good player in the 90’s. In today’s NBA he can be schemed out of games.
69 Dennis Schroder I cautioned in October that his efficiency was lacking, but even I didn’t expect it to get worse. Better days are ahead.
70 Marcus Smart
71 Justise Winslow Has barely progressed on offense, but the fantasy floor is very high thanks to the athleticism stats. Still only 20.
72 Mike Conley Injury makes him a sneaky buy for rebuilders or those rich enough to wait for his return.
73 George Hill Sell, sell, sell.
74 Steven Adams
75 Nikola Vucevic
76 Harrison Barnes
77 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Prototypical “three and D” fantasy role player could get even better with more seasoning.
78 Trevor Ariza Still a second tier star for 9-category leagues and can dominate steals and threes category
79 Nicolas Batum
80 Jamal Murray
81 Elfrid Payton The concern is that his skill set isn’t conducive to winning real life basketball games, but I still like his upside and especially his fit on punt FT teams.
82 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Disappointing sophomore season. I still like the upside, but there’s more risk that the offensive skills flat line and / or he’s lost athleticism coming back from the injury.
83 Dwight Howard
84 Dwyane Wade Has flourished in Chicago, but I’d still cash out.
Tier 10
85 Jaylen Brown Has flashed enough athleticism to dream on the tools turning into skills one day.
86 TJ Warren
87 Moe Harkless Has taken very well to his 3 and D role. Modest upside for more.
88 Greg Monroe
89 Khris Middleton
90 Pau Gasol
91 Evan Fournier
92 Julius Randle Playmaking has improved to the point where you can start to dream on Draymond- (ultra) light. Next step is more confidence from three.
93 Cody Zeller Enjoying a career year and his fourth consecutive season of steady, incremental improvements. However, he has yet to convince the Hornets that deserves starter’s minutes.
94 Marquese Chriss Requires faith in the athleticism and tools that got him drafted where he did, because the statistical profile was shaky. Won’t turn twenty until the summer.
95 Juan Hernangomez Nice start including stretch four skills that earn playing time. The Nuggets need to clear out their cloggers (Nurkic and Faried) to make way for Jokic and Hernangomez.
96 Gary Harris Injuries and development of Murray make for a giant “womp-womp” for Harris, but lots of time to improve.
97 Emmanuel Mudiay You have to squint to see it, but Mudiay is slightly better tha he was a year ago. Has the same boom / bust potential, but slightly less optimistic.
98 Rodney Hood
99 Danilo Gallinari
100 Thaddeus Young
101 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
102 Jordan Clarkson
103 Tristan Thompson
104 Goran Dragic
105 Enes Kanter
106 Tyus Jones A blue chip prospect by the numbers with a regular guy’s body and size, Jones has delivered and now needs to get out of Minnesota.
Tier 11
107 Marcin Gortat
108 Rajon Rondo
109 Trevor Booker Here purely because of his undeniable short-term value. I’m not a fan of his dynasty value long-term.
110 Jeremy Lin
111 Darren Collison
112 Marvin Williams
113 Nikola Mirotic
114 Brandon Knight Has really stalled out in Phoenix. Looks more like a scoring option off the bench than a quality starter.
115 Dirk Nowitzki
116 Marcus Morris
117 Sean Kilpatrick
118 Mason Plumlee
119 Monta Ellis
120 Frank Kaminsky
121 Larry Nance Has been statable in relatively modest minutes thanks to well rounded fantasy game, I just don’t know how much playing time upside there is here.
122 Alex Len
123 Lucas Nogueira
124 Domantas Sabonis The most important thing for power forwards to be able to do (generalizing) is knock down threes. Sabonis is doing that with excellent efficiency for a 20-year-old.
125 Kent Bazemore
126 JJ Redick
127 Andre Roberson
128 Robert Covington
129 Danny Green
130 Derrick Rose
131 Robin Lopez
132 Eric Gordon
133 Lou Williams The new Jamal Crawford, only more under control and efficient.
134 Kenneth Faried
135 Mike Muscala Modern NBA big man skills should make Muscala a high-floor player with some upside as Dwight declines and misses more games.
136 JR Smith
137 Tyler Johnson
138 Wesley Matthews
139 Sam Dekker
140 Richaun Holmes Lots of upside here. Get him on your radar now, because he’s stuck behind more high profile bigs, but Holmes has fantasy friendly skills like shot blocking and three point range to go with very impressive efficiency numbers for his age.
141 Denzel Valentine Has been a massive disappointment for someone who was billed as polished and NBA ready.
142 Buddy Hield
143 Jacob Poetl
144 Dario Saric
145 Ante Zizic Based on limited information on his progression, it sounds as though the Croatian Celtics’ stash makes for an excellent upside dice roll.
146 Thon Maker
147 Deyonta Davis
148 Caris LeVert
149 Ivica Zubac
150 Wade Baldwin Coming into the league we were fairly certain he would post monster steal and block rates, but struggle to shoot. So not much has changed.
151 Dejounte Murray So far hasn’t flashed ability to convert tools into production, but way too early and the sample is way too small to have a strong opinion on whether he can be San Antonio’s next starting point guard.
152 Trey Lyles
153 Kevon Looney Intriguing prospect stash has played very well in limited minutes, but who knows whether he’ll get an opportunity in Golden State during the life of his rookie deal. Fell due to injury / health concerns, so his talent is more in line with a late lottery pick.
154 Chris McCullough
155 Tyler Ulis
156 Terry Rozier
Tier 12
157 Jon Leuer
158 Henry Ellenson
159 Ryan Anderson
160 Kelly Olynyk
161 Andrew Bogut
162 John Henson
163 Josh Richardson
164 Wilson Chandler
165 Patrick McCaw
166 Patty Mills Low volume, but useful spot starter thanks to very solid scoring chops. I can imagine Louis Williams value out of him if things break right situation wise.
167 Terrence Jones
168 Markieff Morris
169 Justin Hamilton
170 Dewayne Dedmon
171 Dwight Powell
172 Tyson Chandler
173 DeMarre Carroll
174 Patrick Beverley
175 Jusuf Nurkic
176 Kyle Anderson Continue to monitor him because he has such a diverse game that includes plenty of combined steals and blocks on a per minute basis, but obviously hasn’t taken the leap I expected him to on offense.
177 Willy Hernangomez Advanced scorer in the post, but a bit of a PF/C tweener and way too many turnovers.
178 Joakim Noah
179 Allen Crabbe
180 Kyle O’Quinn
181 Andrew Harrison
182 Seth Curry
183 Malcolm Brogdon
184 CJ Miles
185 Justin Anderson
186 Will Barton
187 Bismack Biyombo Terrible fit with spacing-poor Magic.
188 Meyers Leonard
189 Tim Frazier
190 Thabo Sefolosha
191 Nick Young
192 Channing Frye
193 Courtney Lee
194 Kyle Korver
195 JaMychal Green
196 Zach Randolph
197 Zaza Pachulia
198 Chris Bosh
199 Brandon Jennings
200 Jordan Adams

The Author

Tom Trudeau

Tom Trudeau


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  3. Corey
    December 16, 2016 at 8:37 am

    What are your thoughts on Stanley Johnson? I noticed he dropped out of the rankings since October. Omission or intentional? Thanks for doing these rankings! They’re incredibly helpful, especially in a rebuild.

    • December 16, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Omission. He’d be in tier 11, probably towards the back. You’re just hoping he develops enough offensive game to stay on the floor and give you steals and blocks. He’s improved, but only incrementally. Still very young, but he’s not a guy I’m necessarily targeting except as a sweetener / throw in if I had a free roster spot.

  4. Michael
    December 16, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I couldn’t find Reggie Jackson. I assume he’d be somewhere in the 7-9 range, tier wise. Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated, especially if he’s not an omission.

    • December 16, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Thank you, Michael! I’d have him in the back half of tier 9.

  5. Kody
    December 22, 2016 at 5:18 am

    No Chandler Parsons?

    • December 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you, Kody! Jeez, Parsons has had a nightmare season. I respect his diverse game for fantasy, but I’m staying away. Added him among the (growing) list of omissions.

      • Kody
        December 23, 2016 at 3:28 am

        Honestly really easy to forget about him. I only asked because I wondered about his trade value in 8 cat roto. Would you trade him for Steven Adams?

        • Tom Trudeau
          December 23, 2016 at 10:46 am

          I would be thrilled to get Adams for parsons.

  6. Johnny Tuttle
    February 17, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Kelly Oubre, Jr.?

    • February 17, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Hasn’t progressed much at all and unlike Otto Porter who did nothing early in his career, he doesn’t have the pedigree to make a sudden leap. He’s a decent stash if he comes for free, but most leagues you can find a better stash.

      • Johnny Tuttle
        February 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

        You’d drop him for Tyus?

        • February 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

          No question. Tyus only problem is playIng time.

          I talked about tyus a lot on episode 3 of the dynasty guru podcast

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