Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2021-2022: Top 250 Players To Draft & Auction Bids

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021

Kev Mahserejian reveals his 2021-2022 fantasy basketball rankings, which feature the top 250 fantasy NBA players to draft and their corresponding auction bids. Kev also shares his position previews for guard, forward, and center, as well as his tips and observations for your 2021-2022 fantasy basketball drafts.

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Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2021-2022: League Settings

  • $200 salary cap for auction prices
  • Scoring System: H2H 9-CAT (Points, Threes, Rebounds, Assists, FG%, FT%, Blocks, Steals, and Turnovers)

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  • 2021 Fantasy Basketball Auction bid values (Bid$) for everyone in the Top 250 Rankings

Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2021-2022

1Nikola JokicCDEN$72
2James HardenGBKN$64
3Karl-Anthony TownsCMIN$63
4Stephen CurryGGS$61
5Giannis AntetokounmpoFMIL$57
6Damian LillardGPOR$55
7Luka DoncicGDAL$52
8Anthony DavisF/CLAL$52
9Jayson TatumFBOS$51
10Paul GeorgeFLAC$49
11Joel EmbiidCPHI$49
12Nikola VucevicCCHI$49
13Trae YoungGATL$48
14Jimmy ButlerFMIA$45
15Domantas SabonisF/CIND$40
16Bam AdebayoF/CMIA$40
17Kevin DurantFBKN$40
18Rudy GobertCUTH$38
19LaMelo BallGCHA$38
20Devin BookerGPHO$38
21LeBron JamesFLAL$38
22Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderGOKC$38
23Fred VanVleetGTOR$37
24Zach LaVineGCHI$36
25Deandre AytonCPHO$36
26Brandon IngramFNO$36
27Khris MiddletonFMIL$35
28John CollinsF/CATL$34
29Bradley BealGWAS$34
30Michael PorterFDEN$32
31Jrue HolidayGMIL$31
32Chris PaulGPHO$30
33Clint CapelaF/CATL$30
34Myles TurnerF/CIND$30
35Christian WoodF/CHOU$28
36Julius RandleFNY$28
37Tobias HarrisFPHI$26
38Jaylen BrownGBOS$26
39Donovan MitchellGUTH$26
40Tyrese HaliburtonGSAC$24
41Dejounte MurrayGSA$24
42Kristaps PorzingisF/CDAL$24
43Jaren JacksonF/CMEM$24
44De'Aaron FoxGSAC$23
45CJ McCollumGPOR$23
46DeMar DeRozanGCHI$22
47Jusuf NurkicCPOR$20
48Richaun HolmesF/CSAC$20
49OG AnunobyFTOR$20
50Russell WestbrookGLAL$19
51Lonzo BallGCHI$19
52Mikal BridgesFPHO$19
53Anthony EdwardsGMIN$18
54Jarrett AllenCCLE$18
55Derrick WhiteGSA$18
56Jonas ValanciunasCNO$17
57Darius GarlandGCLE$17
58Malcolm BrogdonGIND$16
59Kyle LowryGMIA$16
60Gordon HaywardFCHA$15
61Collin SextonGCLE$15
62Caris LeVertGIND$15
63Ja MorantGMEM$15
64Ben SimmonsGPHI$15
65Zion WilliamsonFNO$15
66Draymond GreenFGS$15
67P.J. WashingtonFCHA$15
68Robert CovingtonF/CPOR$15
69Miles BridgesFCHA$14
70Jerami GrantFDET$14
71Bojan BogdanovicFUTH$13
72Marcus SmartGBOS$13
73Buddy HieldGSAC$13
74Cade CunninghamGDET$12
75Josh GiddeyGOKC$11
76Chris BoucherFTOR$11
77Isaiah StewartF/CDET$11
78Terry RozierGCHA$11
79Mitchell RobinsonCNY$11
80Bogdan BogdanovicGATL$10
81Norman PowellGPOR$10
82Harrison BarnesFSAC$10
83Keldon JohnsonFSA$10
84Kevin PorterGHOU$10
85Kemba WalkerGNY$9
86Wendell CarterCORL$9
87Montrezl HarrellF/CWAS$9
88Jalen GreenGHOU$8
89Andrew WigginsFGS$8
90De'Anthony MeltonGMEM$8
91Brook LopezCMIL$8
92Devonte' GrahamGNO$7
93Nerlens NoelF/CNY$7
94Robert WilliamsCBOS$7
95Kyle AndersonFMEM$6
96Mike ConleyGUTH$6
97Malik BeasleyGMIN$6
98Tyler HerroGMIA$6
99Daniel GaffordF/CWAS$6
100Spencer DinwiddieGWAS$6
101Andre DrummondCPHI$5
102Larry NanceF/CPOR$5
103Jalen SuggsGORL$5
104Evan FournierGNY$5
105Monte MorrisGDEN$5
106Nickeil Alexander-WalkerGNO$5
107RJ BarrettGNY$5
108Mo BambaCORL$4
109Brandon ClarkeFMEM$4
110Kelly OlynykF/CDET$4
111Marcus MorrisFLAC$4
112Patrick WilliamsFCHI$4
113Jaden McDanielsFMIN$4
114Reggie JacksonGLAC$4
115Jordan ClarksonGUTH$4
116Chuma OkekeFORL$4
244Pascal SiakamFTOR$1
117Aaron GordonFDEN$4
118Joe InglesFUTH$3
119Lauri MarkkanenFCLE$3
120Duncan RobinsonFMIA$3
121Rui HachimuraFWAS$3
122Ivica ZubacCLAC$3
123Jae'Sean TateFHOU$3
124Mason PlumleeCCHA$2
125Tim HardawayGDAL$2
126Dennis SchroderGBOS$2
127Will BartonGDEN$2
128Delon WrightGATL$2
129Bobby PortisF/CMIL$2
130Saddiq BeyFDET$2
131Jonathan IsaacFORL$2
132Desmond BaneGMEM$1
133T.J. McConnellGIND$1
134D'Angelo RussellGMIN$1
135Gary TrentGTOR$1
136De'Andre HunterFATL$1
137Enes KanterCBOS$1
138Kyrie IrvingGBKN$1
139Thaddeus YoungFSA$1
140Al HorfordF/CBOS$1
141Kelly OubreFCHA$1
142Jakob PoeltlCSA$1
143Klay ThompsonGGS$1
144Seth CurryGPHI$1
145Kyle KuzmaFWAS$1
146Evan MobleyC/FCLE$1
147Kevin HuerterGATL$1
148James WisemanCGS$1
149Derrick FavorsF/COKC$1
150Aleksej PokusevskiCOKC$1
151Facundo CampazzoGDEN$1
152Dorian Finney-SmithFDAL$01
153Derrick RoseGNY$1
154Joe HarrisGBKN$1
155Nicolas ClaxtonCBKN$1
156Eric BledsoeGLAC$1
157Jordan PooleGGS$1
158Kentavious Caldwell-PopeGWAS$1
159Cameron JohnsonFPHO$1
160Danilo GallinariFATL$1
161Jalen BrunsonGDAL$1
162Tyrese MaxeyGPHI$1
163Scottie BarnesGTOR$1
164Lonnie WalkerGSA$1
165Darius BazleyFOKC$1
166Josh HartGNO$1
167Killian HayesGDET$1
168Steven AdamsCMEM$1
169Dwight PowellF/CDAL$1
170Xavier TillmanFMEM$1
171Kevin LoveF/CCLE$1
172Isaiah RobyFOKC$1
173Dillon BrooksGMEM$1
174Malachi FlynnGTOR$1
175Ricky RubioGCLE$1
176Kenyon MartinFHOU$1
177Cam ReddishFATL$1
178Terance MannGLAC$1
179Terrence RossGORL$1
180Maxi KleberF/CDAL$1
181Nicolas BatumFLAC$1
182Danny GreenGPHI$1
183T.J. WarrenFIND$1
184Isaac OkoroGCLE$1
185Matisse ThybulleGPHI$1
186Daniel TheisCHOU$1
187Josh RichardsonGBOS$1
188Reggie BullockFDAL$1
189Donte DiVincenzoGMIL$1
190Royce O'NealeFUTH$1
191Thomas BryantCWAS$1
192Justin HolidayGIND$1
193Cole AnthonyGORL$1
194Goran DragicGTOR$1
195Doug McDermottFSA$1
196LaMarcus AldridgeF/CBKN$1
197Naz ReidCMIN$1
198Derrick JonesFPOR$1
199Otto PorterFGS$1
200Marvin BagleyFSAC$1
201Luguentz DortGOKC$1
202Khem BirchCTOR$1
203Naji MarshallFNO$1
204Davis BertansFWAS$1
205Jae CrowderFPHO$1
206Tristan ThompsonF/CSAC$1
207Precious AchiuwaFTOR$1
208Immanuel QuickleyGNY$1
209Bruce BrownGBKN$1
210Jarred VanderbiltFMIN$1
211Devin VassellFSA$1
212Cody ZellerF/CPOR$1
213Luke KennardGLAC$1
214Talen Horton-TuckerGLAL$1
215Blake GriffinFBKN$1
216Aaron HolidayGWAS$1
217Kendrick NunnGLAL$1
218Juan Toscano-AndersonFGS$1
219John WallGHOU$1
220Aaron NesmithFBOS$1
221Shake MiltonGPHI$1
222Davion MitchellGSAC$1
223Oshae BrissettFIND$1
224R.J. HamptonGORL$1
225Patty MillsGBKN$1
226Rudy GayFUTH$1
227Josh JacksonGDET$1
228Payton PritchardGBOS$1
229Theo MaledonGOKC$1
230Jaxson HayesCNO$1
231Jeremy LambGIND$1
232Hassan WhitesideCUTH$1
233Goga BitadzeCIND$1
234Dwight HowardCLAL$1
235Terence DavisGTOR$1
236Cameron PayneGPHO$1
237Kenrich WilliamsFOKC$1
238Paul ReedFPHI$1
239Nemanja BjelicaFGS$1
240Justise WinslowFLAC$1
241Grayson AllenGMIL$1
242Jeff GreenFDEN$1
243Moses BrownCDAL$1
245Obi ToppinFNY$1
246DeMarcus CousinsCLAC$1
247Trey MurphyFNO$1
248Pat ConnaughtonFMIL$1
249Markelle FultzGORL$1
250Jalen SmithFPHO$1

Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2021-2022: Tips & Observations

The 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball season is on the horizon and this might be the most difficult season of all time.

Why, you may ask? Well, we have the ~fun~ task of figuring out who is vaccinated or not along with how that will affect their playing status week in and week out!

There are already reports of teams like the Houston Rockets who’ve reached 100%, which doesn’t necessarily make their players more appealing but allows for less of a sweat when on the clock.

Nevertheless, on the actual basketball side of things, the usual suspects can be found throughout the top of this board with a few new faces. LaMelo Ball is the biggest riser of all as he has cracked the high end of the draft while some future Hall of Fame locks have fallen due to age.

My board is based on H2H leagues that utilize the standard 9 categories: Points, Threes, Rebounds, Assists, FG%, FT%, Blocks, Steals, and Turnovers.

The rankings may seem way off from consensus in certain spots, but rest assured, this is not my first rodeo.

Most of my process is giving a massive ding to players coming into the season already injured or coming off of surgery. I’m also dinging less prominent players that have come into career years by playing on bad teams and being allotted massive usage/minutes.

There’s a method to the madness and hopefully, it helps you win a league or three.

Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2021-2022: Guards Outlook

Guards are tricky because they are littered throughout a draft.

By no means are you ever going to be left struggling at Guard at any point in a season, but the trouble is finding one that “does it all" and allows you to not punt. Guards are high-usage creatures by nature and can often harm you in stats like TO and most painfully, FG%.

Finding those that have a balance of their percentages, high-octane scoring, and providing stocks are special. Some obvious early-round players include James Harden, Stephen Curry Damian Lillard, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Zach LaVine.

It’s incredibly difficult to not punt FG% if you draft a high-volume guard with a weak percentage early. This approach will often drag down the category more than a later pick can improve it, unless you build the rest of your team with extremely high FG% to balance things out.

The problem with that strategy is that you may find yourself straying from BPA (best player available) too early.

As the draft goes on we have plenty of great guards, but now you are sacrificing one category or more to acquire them. Lonzo Ball is great but he doesn’t score a lot, his FG% and FT% hurt, plus he turns it over plenty. Russell Westbrook can score a ton, but he kills your percentages while turning it over at an even higher rate than Ball, without the solid floor of threes.

The deeper we delve, the more each guard sacrifices, thus creating liabilities for your roster. Once you’re past pick 100, you basically have to choose your battles wisely based on your roster construction.

This is applicable to every position, but especially guards, who are absolute killers in categories where other positions aren’t really a factor.

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets forward, posts up during the 2021 NBA Playoffs

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant headlines a tricky position in 2021 fantasy basketball drafts. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2021-2022: Forwards Outlook

Forwards are tricky in fantasy basketball.

Early on they are great assets if they are of the “do-it-all" variety, a la Jayson Tatum or Kevin Durant, who provide assists without hurting you in any category. However, the middle of the draft is full of forwards who come up empty in one category or another.

Forwards, unlike guards or centers, won’t hurt you in any one particular category, but they are typically lower-usage players who may not score, rebound, or assist much at all.

The one asset forwards do provide due to their low usage is being low-turnover players. This may entice you with their typically favorable rankings, but in a tournament-style league with an overall prize or one where you are already punting the category, their value dips dramatically due to the lack of upside.

Kyle Anderson and Draymond Green are great examples of low-upside forwards, as they will consistently provide stocks, assists, and rebounds while scoring just every other game. When they do score you’ll get some threes, but that is neither here nor there.

Later in the draft, forwards get weird. Some provide scoring and no stocks but also hurt you in one of the percentage categories, or sometimes both (Kyle Kuzma). Others don’t score and don’t provide assists but you get stocks and rebounds at a good rate (Patrick Williams, Jae’Sean Tate).

Your best bet if you miss out on a strong forward early is to just wait and grab the later ones who provide a few sets of stats. Just make sure they’re complementary of each other or at least follow your category punting strategy.

Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2021-2022: Centers Outlook

Big men have transformed throughout the past decade thanks to the three-point revolution. For the sake of fantasy, no longer is every center a back-to-basket player who scores solely in the paint and from mid-range while racking up rebounds and killing your FT%.

Centers are shooting threes at a higher rate than ever while some (Nikola Jokić, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vučević) do it at such a high level that they can even carry you in the category while not hurting you anywhere. Unfortunately, you are only likely to score one of those three and will have to settle with the abilities — or lack thereof — that other centers provide.

Centers’ impact on FT% is the biggest bugaboo of this position, but the important thing is finding those that can provide the stats you need while not shooting free throws at a high volume (unless your strategy is to go full punt). Someone like Jarrett Allen may not seem like a FT% killer shooting 70% from the charity stripe, but given that he shot nearly five free throws per game last season, there is cause for concern.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Robinson‘s career mark of 57% may seem daunting until you see his two attempts per game, which won’t really hurt you.

The deeper we go into the center position, the more hits come to each category. It’s likely the only centers you’ll find late are those that can help you with blocks or rebounds. Their FG% is mostly fugazi given their low volume and won’t really help your fantasy team. These are your Jakob Poetl types who are picked up and dropped throughout the season.

Center is best to target early so you won’t have to compromise your roster with tanks and mostly useless bigs.


Kev Mahserejian

Kev Mahserejian is an NFL/NBA/MLB analyst at The Game Day, residing in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 and began creating sports content soon after. Kev currently writes fantasy and betting pieces while also hosting his podcast The Operating Room with various guests from the sports industry to discuss topics primarily regarding fantasy. He also writes for RotoBaller and is quite active on his Twitter @RotoSurgeon.

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