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.

AUCTION VALUES: These values are for leagues with a $200 auction budget. If you want a player, pay up for him. Numbers should be used as a guideline. Feel out the auction and look to nominate players you don’t want when major spending sprees are happening. Always pay up for the players you want. Before spending that extra dollar, look at depth charts to get starters.

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Marquese Chriss Headshot

Steve Kerr believes Marquese Chriss can "get a lot better" next season.

The Dubs team could look a lot different after the draft and free agency, but right now, it looks like Chriss will be battling Kevon Looney for the starting center spot next year. If they don't bring on another big man, and Chriss can secure the starting spot at training camp, then he'll be someone to consider taking with a late-round pick on draft day. Across 21 starts this past season, Chriss put in averages of 12.7 points, 7.8 boards, 2.6 dimes, 1.0 steal and 1.4 swats per contest on 59.2% shooting.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Anthony Davis Headshot

Frank Vogel said that Anthony Davis (ankle) and LeBron James (thigh) are a little sore, but they'll be good to go for Game 5 on Saturday.

Davis tweaked his ankle in Game 4 and James got kneed in the thigh, but they both played through it, and we were never worried about either of these guys missing Saturday's potential closeout game. Expect another big line from The Brow, as he's the greatest mismatch in this series.
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4:11 pm (EST)
Klay Thompson Headshot

Klay Thompson participated in Friday's light practice.

Thompson has been sidelined since tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, so this is a huge milestone. He's had roughly 15 months to recover since then, and with the next season unlikely to begin until January at the earliest we like his chances of hitting the ground running. "This was his first practice coming off an ACL injury," said Steve Kerr. "I didn't expect him to be in top form and he was not. But he moved well and it was a great first step. Klay got a lot of good work in and was able to gauge where he is right now." 
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
2:46 pm (EST)
Nikola Mirotic Headshot

Nikola Mirotic has extended his contract with Barcelona through the 2024-25 season. 

Mirotic shocked many when he turned down several NBA offers last season to head overseas, but you can't blame him for wanting to play on one of the best teams in his home country at this point in his career. “I’m very happy and very grateful to the club for this new opportunity," he said in a statement. "I’m happy to have extended my contract. 2025 sounds great. So many years wearing this shirt and hopefully achieving further success. I look forward to repaying that trust.”
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
12:02 pm (EST)
Fred VanVleet Headshot

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said in a radio interview on Thursday that he'd be "pretty surprised" if Fred VanVleet doesn't re-sign with Toronto. 

We would be surprised too, as the Raptors have made their intentions very clear -- Raptors president Masai Ujiri said last week that re-signing VanVleet this offseason is a "big-time priority." FVV is the top unrestricted free agent guard available in this class and should command one of the largest pay days of the summer. 
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
10:31 am (EST)
Dwight Howard Headshot

Dwight Howard started Game 4 on Thursday, racking up 12 points on 5-of-6 FGs and 2-of-3 FTs, 11 boards, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes.

Howard made an impact from the start of this series and he'd always been considered as a replacement for starting center JaVale McGee. Neither of L.A.'s centers had a big role vs. the small-ball Rockets in the Conference Semifinals, but it's a different story vs. Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets. Dwight had eight points on 4-of-4 shooting with eight boards in the first quarter of Game 4, so it stands to reason that he'll also start Game 5 on Saturday.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Yesterday 11:56 pm (EST)
JaVale McGee Headshot

JaVale McGee had just one rebound off the Lakers' bench during Thursday's Game 4 win.

He played five minutes while serving as Dwight Howard's backup, after a lineup shift. Anthony Davis also gets plenty of run as the Lakers' center, and McGee is low-usage anyway at 13.4% usage in the Orlando bubble, so there's no clear fantasy upside whether or not he's starting. L.A. won this game without McGee playing much, which doesn't bode well for his DFS value.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Yesterday 11:54 pm (EST)
Dion Waiters Headshot

Dion Waiters (left groin) didn't play in Game 4 on Thursday.

Waiters was listed as 'doubtful' and his absence was no surprise. He hadn't played since Sept. 9, when he logged three minutes of garbage time vs. the Rockets. There's no reason to think he'll make an impact for L.A. in the postseason.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Yesterday 11:53 pm (EST)
Anthony Davis Headshot

Anthony Davis opened Thursday's game 7-of-7 from the field, finishing with a game-high 34 points (13-of-14 FTs) in a 114-108 win that gave L.A. a 3-1 series lead.

The Nuggets have rallied from a 3-1 deficit twice this postseason, but they haven't done it vs. the Lakers. Davis didn't stay perfect from the field with a 10-of-15 mark, but he thrashed the Nuggets' defense early and helped L.A. take a huge series lead. Neither Jerami Grant nor Paul Millsap look capable of stopping AD individually, which leaves Davis as a goldmine for both the Lakers and DFS managers.
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Yesterday 11:50 pm (EST)
Paul Millsap Headshot

Paul Millsap got into early foul trouble during the Nuggets' Game 4 loss, finishing with five points, six boards, three assists, three turnovers and five fouls in 17 minutes.

Millsap has been tasked with slowing down Anthony Davis in this series. He fared well in Game 3 but AD made a point of going right at him on Thursday, and Millsap didn't stand a chance. He's headed into unrestricted free agency, at age 35, and his performance this postseason suggests he won't be paid much more than the going rate for a locker-room mentor. 
Analysis: Fantasy Alarm 
Yesterday 11:48 pm (EST)
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