Zak Hanshew’s Top-250 9-Cat Fantasy Basketball Dynasty Rankings
As we approach opening tip-off, redraft season is in full swing for fantasy basketball managers. Over the last month, I’ve posted more than a dozen redraft articles but nothing on dynasty. That changes today! Here are my top-250 overall dynasty rankings for 9-cat H2H formats. These are not rankings for any particular team situation (current contender, rebuild), rather, the players are ranked in the order that I’d feel comfortable taking them if I drafted in a brand new dynasty startup today.
As you can see from these rankings, there is a clear mix of win-now vets (James Harden, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis), ascending stars (Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, Michael Porter), and talented rookies (Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley). Of course, there are intersections to these groupings, as MPJ, Ball, Edwards, Cunningham, Green, and Mobley are all ready to contribute now. Guys like these will set you up to be competitive right away and in good standing for years to come.
Some notable players:
- Kyrie Irving #200: I can’t fathom drafting Irving in a redraft league, so why would I want him in a dynasty format? His availability for this season and beyond is about as clear as mud.
- Mo Bamba #103: Still just 23 years old, it appears that Bamba has arrived! He finished last season strong, and he’s been obliterating the competition in preseason play.
- De’Anthony Melton #99: Another 23-year-old lands high atop the rankings, and his value is on the rise. With news that Dillon Brooks will miss some time early in the season, Melton should be in for a big minutes boost, and we’ve seen how productive and efficient he can be on a per-minute basis. It may be his time to shine.
- Kevin Porter #57: KPJ inside the top-60? Yes, his ranking is a bit lofty, but so is his ceiling. He’s got incredible upside if he can improve his shooting efficiency and clean up his turnovers.
- Anthony Edwards #19/Cade Cunningham #20: Cade is a clear top-20 dynasty player, right? As the best prospect in this year’s draft class, the Oklahoma State product should shine in the NBA for years to come. But what about Edwards? Last year’s No. 1 pick and ROY contender finished his rookie season strong, and there’s plenty of room to grow if he can improve his FG%. He’s an average to above-average contributor everywhere else, and he just turned 20 years old.