KEY 2017-18 Fantasy Basketball - Seasonal Rankings

Use these rankings to decide who to draft and where to draft them. FA rankings are based on a players short term and long term value with upside and injury risk factored in. Use these with confidence during your draft and throughout the season.

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Kobe Bryant Headshot

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

There will be a formal announcement on Saturday, and the NBA has been expected to induct Kobe into the Hall of Fame since his tragic helicopter crash in January. Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston adds that Rudy Tomjanovich will also be elected to the Hall of Fame in what is the best class since 2009 (Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan, C. Vivian Stringer). It'll be an emotional day for the NBA community as it honors one of its greats.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Yesterday 4:53 pm (EST)
Mike Miller Headshot

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Knicks president Leon Rose is not expected to make any front office changes during the hiatus.

Rose is reportedly holding scouting meetings with his staff via conference call/video regarding the draft. Per Berman's report, "it’s a good bet Knicks GM Scott Perry will be in place for the NBA Draft 2020 whenever it is held. The current date is June 25. What happens after the Knicks’ draft is unclear." Interim head coach Mike Miller will likely be replaced once the team settles on a GM. 
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Yesterday 2:28 pm (EST)
Michael Porter Headshot

Michael Porter Jr. said that the NBA hiatus has also allowed for his right ankle to heal properly.

Porter Jr. acknowledged Thursday that the right ankle injury he suffered at Milwaukee on Jan. 31 was “worse than I thought” and that he was playing through pain when he did return after the All-Star break. Porter has access to a private gym that he can use whenever he wants. “I’ve literally been in the gym just as much as I was in Denver, which has been really good,” Porter said on Altitude’s digital show. “I feel like I haven’t really lost a lot. And it’s been good for my ankle, too, because you know my ankle was still kind of sore. I’m kind of using this time as beneficial to me, getting to rest that ankle,” Porter added. “It was a pretty bad sprain, worse than I thought. It’s been good to just be able to get my body back right and everything. Yeah, I was playing through a lot of pain, Especially planting on it and cutting. That was tough for me. I felt like I needed to play, obviously.”
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Yesterday 11:08 am (EST)
Julius Randle Headshot

According to a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post, some Knicks were "frustrated by [Julius] Randle’s penchant for not distributing the ball quickly enough and overdribbling." 

Randle has posted solid counting stats this season, averaging 19.5 points per game and 9.7 rebounds, while recording the 12th-highest total of double-doubles (30) in the NBA. However, his style of play has irked some of his teammates, including rookie RJ Barret. Per Berman's column, "the on-court chemistry between Randle and Barrett, who is used to having the ball in his hands, bears major watching next season. For the most part, Barrett kept quiet about the Randle situation."
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Yesterday 9:16 am (EST)
Al Horford Headshot

Al Horford and C.J. McCollum have joined the ranks of NBA players donating to coronavirus relief efforts.

Horford is giving money to fight the pandemic in his native Dominican Republic, and McCollum is supporting organizations in both Oregon and Ohio. Kevin Love, Zion Williamson and Giannis Antetokounmpo are among those to support arena workers affected by the outbreak, and some NBA players are also donating in a different way. Marcus Smart is one of multiple players who have recovered from COVID-19 and will donate their blood for experimental treatments.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Apr 02 3:33 pm (EST)
Meyers Leonard Headshot

Meyers Leonard has been rehabbing his sprained left ankle in his pool and estimates he's about 90% recovered.

Leonard acknowledged that he's still not in basketball shape, but it sounds like he's just about over the ankle injury that he sustained on February 3. He should be ready to go once the season starts back up, so we'll be taking him off the injury report.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Apr 02 12:41 pm (EST)
Elton Brand Headshot

Sixers GM Elton Brand is reportedly a candidate for the Knicks' vacant GM position.

Just because New York is interested doesn't mean Brand is going anywhere, of course. He's under contract beyond 2020 and the Sixers are reportedly "very happy" with his performance. His moves to acquire Tobias Harris and Al Horford came with steep price tags, but it gave the team added veteran depth to accompany franchise pillars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid -- whether that's enough to win the East remains to be seen.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Apr 01 8:09 pm (EST)
Kemba Walker Headshot

Kemba Walker said his knee is doing well during his time off.

He was able to return from his knee issue on Mar. 3 and had a week of action before the hiatus, but not having access to the team facility right now is challenging. “It’s difficult because I don’s have anyone around to get me some treatment or anything like that, so I have to do my own stuff, which I’m trying my best to do as much as possible," Walker said. The Celtics will likely have a plan for Walker upon his return, and hopefully it won't affect his output.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Apr 01 8:08 pm (EST)
Jonathan Isaac Headshot

Jonathan Isaac is continuing his rehab work from a severe knee sprain. 

Isaac suffered a left knee sprain and bone bruise back in early January.  The Magic applied for a Disabled Player Exception, but the NBA denied the request, meaning an NBA-designated physician determined that is was not "substantially more likely than not" that Isaac would be out through June 15. Thus, there's an outside shot he could see some game action when/if the regular season and/or playoffs resume. Isaac, like the rest of his teammates, is working out privately, with the team having to supervise remotely. “They’ve got a detailed layout of everything that I’ve got to do,” said Isaac. “They send it to me and I get it done. But it works. I like it that way. I know what I’ve got to do each day, and I put some music on and I knock it out.”
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Mar 31 11:02 am (EST)
Joe Harris Headshot

Pending free agent Joe Harris said he wants to re-sign with the Nets this offseason. 

“Yeah, definitely! Why wouldn’t you?” Harris said when asked if he hoped to re-up with the Nets and stay in Brooklyn. “Obviously those are guys who I’ve gotten close with now that I’ve been with them this past year. They’re obviously incredible players. You see what they’re able to do when they are healthy and are playing. I don’t see that there’s anybody in the NBA who wouldn’t want to play with those guys.” The Nets surely want to bring him back and will have his Bird Rights, but Harris will be a highly-coveted free agent this summer. He is in line for a major pay raise. 
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Mar 31 9:37 am (EST)
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