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Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2022 Preseason

Posted: Aug 10, 2022Last updated: Sep 21, 2022

The dust has (almost) settled on the 2022 NBA offseason, and training camps are drawing closer each day. That means your fantasy basketball draft is coming down the pike as well.

If you’re looking for guidance with your upcoming draft, we’re here to help. Here is our full top-200 fantasy rankings and players to strongly consider for when your hoops draft happens.

League & Scoring Settings

  • Lineup: 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 C, 1 G, 1 F, 3 Utility, 3 Bench
  • Head-To-Head: Points Scoring: 
    • Points: 1
    • Rebounds: 1.2
    • Assists: 1.5
    • Blocks: 3
    • Steals: 3
    • Turnovers: -1

Note: Fantasy rankings are current as of Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. ET.


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Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2022

RkPlayerPOSTeamPOS Rk
1Nikola JokićCDENC1
2Giannis AntetokounmpoF/CMILPF1
3Joel EmbiidCPHIC2
4Luka DončićG/FDALPG1
5LeBron JamesSFLALSF1
6Kevin DurantSFBKNSF2
7Anthony DavisPF/CLALPF2
8Dejounte MurrayPGATLPG2
9James HardenPGPHIPG3
10Trae YoungPGATLPG4
11Ja MorantPGMEMPG5
12Zion WilliamsonPFNOPF3
13Karl-Anthony TownsPF/CMINC3
14Jayson TatumSG/SFBOSSF3
15Paul GeorgeSGLACSG1
16Stephen CurryPGGSWPG6
17DeMar DeRozanSGCHISG2
18Domantas SabonisPF/CSACPF4
19Devin BookerSGPHXSG3
20LaMelo BallPGCHOPG7
21Kawhi LeonardSFLACSF4
22Pascal SiakamPFTORPF5
23Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderGOKCSG4
24Kyrie IrvingPGBKNPG8
25Jimmy ButlerSG/SFMIASF5
26Donovan MitchellSGUTASG5
27Bam AdebayoPF/CMIAC4
28Damian LillardPGPORPG9
29Chris PaulPGPHXPG10
30Nikola VučevićCCHIC5
31Rudy GobertCMINC6
32Darius GarlandPGCLEPG11
33Julius RandlePFNYKPF6
34Fred VanVleetGTORPG12
35Jonas ValančiūnasCNOPC7
36Bradley BealSGWASSG6
37Brandon IngramSFNOPSF6
38De'Aaron FoxPGSACPG13
39Anthony EdwardsSGMINSG7
40Christian WoodPF/CDALPF7
41Khris MiddletonSFMILSF7
42CJ McCollumSGNOPSG8
43Jrue HolidayGMILSG9
44Russell WestbrookPGLALPG14
45Jamal MurrayPGDENPG15
46Zach LaVineSGCHISG10
47Tyrese HaliburtonPGINDPG16
48Cade CunninghamPGDETPG17
49Jaylen BrownSGBOSSG11
50Klay ThompsonSGGSWSG12
51Jarrett AllenCCLEC8
52Kristaps PorzingisPF/CWASPF8
53Terry RozierSGCHOSG13
54Evan MobleyCCLEC9
55Kyle KuzmaFWASSF8
56Deandre AytonCPHXC10
57D'Angelo RussellGMINPG18
58Ben SimmonsG/FBKNPG19
59Jakob PoeltlCSASC11
60Miles BridgesPFCHOPF9
61Wendell Carter Jr.CORLC12
62Scottie BarnesPFTORPF10
63Clint CapelaCATLC13
64Draymond GreenPF/CGSWPF11
65Lonzo BallPGCHIPG20
66John WallPGLACPG21
67Jusuf NurkićCPORC14
68Jaren Jackson Jr.PFMEMPF12
69Robert Williams IIICBOSC15
70Tobias HarrisFPHISF9
71Myles TurnerCINDC16
72RJ BarrettSGNYKSG14
73Malcolm BrogdonGBOSPG22
74Tyler HerroSGMIASG15
75Josh GiddeyPGOKCPG23
76John CollinsPF/CATLPF13
77Keldon JohnsonSFSASSF10
78OG AnunobySFTORSF11
79Cole AnthonyPGORLPG24
80Kevin Porter Jr.SGHOUSG16
81Jerami GrantSF/PFPORPF14
82Kyle LowryPGMIAPG25
83Josh HartSG/SFPORSG17
84Marcus SmartPGBOSPG26
85Desmond BaneSGMEMSG18
86Tyrese MaxeyPGPHIPG27
87Bobby PortisPF/CMILPF15
88Caris LeVertSGCLESG19
89Al HorfordPF/CBOSPF16
90Gary Trent Jr.SG/SFTORSG20
91Andrew WigginsSFGSWSF12
92Gordon HaywardSFCHOSF13
93Jordan PooleSGGSWSG21
94Dillon BrooksSFMEMSF14
95Jalen BrunsonPGNYKPG28
96Norman PowellSFLACSF15
97Will BartonSFWASSF16
98Harrison BarnesSFSACSF17
99Spencer DinwiddiePGDALPG29
100Mo BambaCORLC17
101Aaron GordonPFDENPF17
102Franz WagnerSGORLSG22
103Bogdan BogdanovićSGATLSG23
104Mike Conley Jr.PGUTAPG30
105Luguentz DortG/FOKCSG24
106Buddy HieldSGINDSG25
107Mitchell RobinsonCNYKC18
108Mikal BridgesSFPHXSF18
109Jalen GreenSGHOUSG26
110Steven AdamsCMEMC19
111Andre DrummondCCHIC20
112Lauri MarkkanenPFCLEPF18
113Anfernee SimonsSGPORSG27
114Kevin LovePFCLEPF19
115Ivica ZubacCLACC21
116Saddiq BeySG/SFDETSF19
117Jordan ClarksonGUTASG28
118Jae'Sean TateSFHOUSF20
119Kelly Oubre Jr.SGCHOSG29
120Robert CovingtonF/CPORPF20
121Tim Hardaway Jr.SFDALSF21
122Jalen SuggsPGORLPG31
123Monte MorrisPGWASPG32
124De'Anthony MeltonSGPHISG30
125Malik MonkSGSACSG31
126Markelle FultzPGORLPG33
127Marcus Morris Sr.PFLACPF21
128P.J. WashingtonPF/CCHOPF22
129Seth CurrySGBKNSG32
130Derrick RosePGNYKPG34
131Reggie JacksonGLACPG35
132Jarred VanderbiltPFUTAPF23
133Mason PlumleeCCHOC22
134Isaiah StewartCDETC23
135Jae CrowderPFPHXPF24
136Daniel GaffordCWASC24
137Brandon ClarkePFMEMPF25
138Dorian Finney-SmithFDALSF22
139Michael Porter Jr.SFDENSF23
140Alex CarusoPGCHIPG36
141Alperen SengünPF/CHOUC25
142Richaun HolmesCSACC26
143Evan FournierSG/SFNYKSG33
144Kentavious Caldwell-PopeSGDENSG34
145Cameron PaynePGPHXPG37
146Terance MannSG/SFLACSF24
147Marvin Bagley IIIPFDETPF26
148Bojan BogdanovićSFUTASF25
149Brook LopezCMILC27
150Bruce BrownG/FDENSG35
151Kyle AndersonFMINPF27
152Ricky RubioPGCLEPG38
153Kevin HuerterSG/SFSACSG36
154Paolo BancheroPFORLPF28
155Hamidou DialloSG/SFDETSG37
156TJ WarrenSFBKNSF26
157Isaiah HartensteinCNYKC28
158De'Andre HunterSFATLSF27
159Victor OladipoSGMIASG38
160Chris BoucherPFTORPF29
161Jaden IveySGDETSG39
162Immanuel QuickleyGNYKSG40
163Kelly OlynykPFDETPF30
164Nic ClaxtonCBKNC29
165Danilo GallinariSFBOSSF28
166Kevon LooneyCGSWC30
167James WisemanCGSWC31
168Precious AchiuwaPF/CTORPF31
169Chet HolmgrenCOKCC32
170Nicolas BatumFLACPF32
171Devin VassellSFSASSF29
172Killian HayesGDETPG39
173Eric GordonSGHOUSF30
174Lonnie Walker IVSGLALSG41
175Donte DiVincenzoSGGSWSG42
176Jonathan IsaacSF/PFORLPF33
177Malik BeasleySGUTASG43
178Jabari Smith Jr.FHOUPF34
179Pat ConnaughtonSG/SFMILSG44
180Grayson AllenSG/SFMILSF31
181Oshae BrissettFINDPF35
182Patrick WilliamsPFCHIPF36
183P.J. TuckerPF/CPHISF32
184Larry Nance Jr.CNOPC33
185Rui HachimuraPFWASPF37
186Darius BazleyPFOKCPF38
187Patty MillsSGBKNSG45
188Obi ToppinPFNYKPF39
189Tre MannGOKCPG40
190Damian JonesCLALC34
191Nerlens NoelCDETC35
192Duncan RobinsonSGMIASG46
193Jalen SmithPFINDPF40
194Thaddeus YoungPFTORPF41
195Cameron JohnsonPFPHOPF42
196Keegan MurrayPFSACPF43
197Thomas BryantCLALC36
198Chris DuarteSGINDSG47
199Walker KesslerCUTAC37
200Nickeil Alexander-WalkerSGUTASG48

Fantasy PG Ranking Tips

We all know the point guard conversation begins with Luka Dončić, who averaged 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game and willed the Dallas Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals a year ago. He should be among the top players selected in your league.

James Harden restructured his contract to give the 76ers more cap flexibility and should be poised for a monster year. Harden is still in the show-me phase in Philly, and with Joel Embiid as his running mate, he should be considered the second-best point guard in the game.

Much of the stress will be off of Trae Young‘s shoulders from a scoring perspective, with Atlanta acquiring Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs. Young’s assists should be up, even from his 9.7 per game average in 2021-22, but his scoring may take a hit with Murray splintering off some of his shots.

So much gets made of Kyrie Irving‘s availability — and deservedly so since he was a part-time player in 2021-22 and has shown a penchant for disappearing during the regular season — but Irving should be counted on to deliver full-time in 2022-23, wherever he ends up playing, now that his COVID-19 vaccine status is a moot point.

Those who follow the league know the Russell Westbrook experiment in Los Angeles was a nightmare in 2021-22, but he was still highly productive, averaging 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per night, even though that constitutes a down year. We think Westbrook, who was the subject of trade rumors but opted into his player option over the summer, will feel slightly more comfortable in Year 2 with the Lakers.

The Knicks made no secret of their desire to bring Jalen Brunson over from the Dallas Mavericks. Although New York’s roster has holes, Brunson is an upgrade from the aging Derrick Rose and 23-year-old Immanuel Quickley, who New York seems unconvinced can be a starting floor general.

Darius Garland led the Cleveland Cavaliers in both scoring and assists per game and had them on the verge of a playoff spot until injuries did them in.

Finally, we are waiting to see what Ben Simmons has when he someday takes the floor as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. Obviously, his value is tied greatly to the Nets’ talent, which hinges on the return of the potential Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving trades.

The drama surrounding his playing status has distracted from the fact he’s averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game over his NBA career. There’s buy-low value there if Brooklyn surrounds him with enough scoring so he can focus on distributing and rebounding.

Fantasy SG Ranking Tips

So much of the NBA offseason has focused on superstars changing teams after blockbuster trades, and the Murray to Atlanta deal feels like it flew under the radar. He’s a bona fide stat-padder, averaging almost a triple-double per game (21.1 PPG, 9.2 APG, 8.3 RPG) last season in San Antonio.

He’s going to form an elite backcourt tandem with Young and should complement a sterling group of role players, like big man Clint Capela, to make Atlanta a force in the East. Murray should be high on your radar when drafting in the first round.



The Timberwolves were one of the feel-good stories of the 2021-22 season, largely due to Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. Edwards finished second on the T-Wolves in points-per game in 2021-22 (21.3), and the top pick of the 2020 draft should continue to elevate his game in his third year in Minnesota.

The Utah Jazz are likely going to require an NBA-caliber scorer back in any trade for star guard Donovan Mitchell. But if you’re looking for a sleeper, in-house pick to pick up some of the scoring slack, Malik Beasley is one worth taking a flier on. Beasley, who Utah acquired in the trade that sent Rudy Gobert to Minnesota, is still just 25 and is only one season removed from averaging 19.6 points per game.

Kevin Durant, SF, Brooklyn Nets

Where will Kevin Durant end up playing this season? Regardless of his landing spot, he’ll be a huge player in the fantasy space. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

Fantasy SF Ranking Tips

The NBA world waits with bated breath to see exactly where Kevin Durant will land. The Brooklyn Nets superstar, who asked for a trade June 30, is still waiting to be dealt in what will surely be a blockbuster deal with ramifications that will drastically alter both these rankings and the league writ-large.

Durant aside, we’re also intrigued to see what Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum has in line for his sixth season. Tatum has surpassed his previous season’s points, assists and rebounds per game every season in the NBA and finished seventh in scoring, 27th in rebounding and T40 in the NBA in assists per game while leading Boston to the Finals.

Most of the focus gets shined on the Lakers when discussing basketball in LA, but the Clippers demand attention too. Kawhi Leonard missed the entire 2021-22 season with a knee injury, and even though there’s a ton of mileage on his odometer, he’s averaged 26.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists over the last three seasons.

Leonard’s return will undoubtedly have an adverse impact on Reggie Jackson‘s value, who was LA’s second-leading scorer, and often its alpha since top point-producer Paul George missed all but 31 games with an elbow ailment in 2021-22.

Khris Middleton‘s injury doomed any chance of a Milwaukee repeat, but he should be healthy and penciled in for 20 points, six rebounds and five assists every night for Milwaukee.

From a sleepers perspective, Jaylen Hoard had a breakthrough five-game span for the Oklahoma City Thunder down the stretch. Hoard had never started a game in the NBA yet turned a 10-day contract into a showcase with four double-doubles in a six-game span that came after OKC shut down star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander due to an ankle injury.

We’re intrigued to see what Hoard does if given the opportunity to return to OKC.

Fantasy PF Ranking Tips

Somehow Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to get better with age and with the physical toll that continues to get put on his body. He’ll undoubtedly be among the top players picked in your fantasy draft, and barring an injury, should be counted on for 30 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists — plus at least a couple blocks and one steal — every night.

Gobert’s presence in Minnesota should give Karl-Anthony Towns some power forward eligibility, which would make him the second-best 4 entering the 2022-23 season. Towns led Minnesota in scoring and rebounding but at times looked like he was trying to do too much during 2021-22.

We are intrigued by Domantas Sabonis‘ presence in Sacramento since he is expected to be the second option, and chief rebounder, behind De’Aaron Fox. Someone needs to produce for the Kings each night. It should be him.

The Orlando Magic should much-improved this season, with their roster full of high draft picks, and we are mostly interested in seeing how Paolo Banchero‘s game translates to the next level. He averaged 17.2 points and 7.8 boards in his lone season at Duke and showed good mid-range ability.

Finally, Miles Bridges had a monster 2021-22 season for the Charlotte Hornets, but he is facing felony domestic violence charges, which could adversely impact his ability to get on the court this year.

Fantasy C Ranking Tips

The conversation at center begins and ends with the top player in the league, Nikola Jokić,who is coming off his second straight MVP award. Jokić will likely be the top pick of your draft, so congrats if you luck into the No. 1 selection.

Joel Embiid was the MVP front-runner for much of the 2021-22 campaign, leading the NBA in scoring while also averaging almost 12 rebounds per game. He should be poised for an enormous, MVP-caliber season with a full season of James Harden running point in Philadelphia.

So much was made of the Westbrook-Lakers saga that it gets forgotten that Anthony Davis‘ rash of injuries is what actually doomed Los Angeles’ season. The Lakers were 16-26 without Davis last season, and although he’s missed time each of the past two seasons, Davis is still a machine when he’s in there.

Christian Wood went from journeyman to productive rotation piece, averaging a double-double per game over his 109-game tenure with the Houston Rockets. He should be poised to produce again in Dallas, where Luka Dončić will be distributing the ball.

Brook Lopez‘s productivity will wane someday, but the veteran center should be considered as a depth big man as long as he can get on the floor for more than 13 games in 2022-23.

Author

Pat Pickens

Pat Pickens is a seasoned sportswriter who has covered the NHL since 2013 for various websites, including The New York Times, NHL.com, Sportsnet.ca, USA Today, the Associated Press and many others. His debut book, titled "The Whalers" about the history of the NHL's Hartford Whalers, was released in October 2021. His greatest successful wager was an LA Kings puck-line bet (+200) in Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Final.

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