Downtown’s Fantasy Basketball Dynasty Rankings 2016

Nov 26, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first quarter of a game at New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

With all fantasy leagues on break and some great playoff action to captivate you, it’s easy to forget that you may have some decisions to make.

If you play in a dynasty or keeper league format, then you’re never really on break—the box scores just take a breather for a few months.

And if you’re like me, you’re already planning for next season, whether it’s preparing for your rookie draft, working through trade possibilities or deciding which players to keep for next season and which to throw back into the free agent pool.

So now is a good time for you to analyse the true value of your roster as you consider those options.

Every dynasty/keeper league has a different format or rules around how many players you keep. Some keep everyone year on year, only allowing space for incoming rookies, while others keep as few as three players each season.

Whatever your format, this list should help you decide how to manage your roster heading into next season.

As has become tradition, a few housekeeping rules before getting stuck into the rankings:

1) Value is based on standard nine-category formats (pts, rebs, asts, 3ptm, stls, blks, FG%, FT%, TOs);

2) Age matters. In a keeper format would you rather three or four more years of LeBron James or 10 more years of Kawhi Leonard? Youth wins out nearly every time;

3) Position scarcity was barely a factor. You’re keeping Paul Millsap over DeAndre Jordan in nearly every format even if there are six PFs ranked higher;

4) This is the caveat. These rankings are current as of May 2016, and with the draft next month, free agency in July and coaching changes ongoing, these will need to be updated before next season starts. For now though, before we try to put a value on Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram, I’ve tried with my comments to address any uncertainty.

Without further ado, here are my 2016 dynasty rankings.

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Just missed:

Elfrid Payton, DeMarre Carroll, Justise Winslow, Stanley Johnson, Al Jefferson, Nikola Jokic, Marcus Morris, Kent Bazemore, Patrick Beverley, Dwyane Wade, J.J. Redick, Luol Deng.


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When you’re introduced to the NBA as a 6 year old in 1984, staying up late to watch Bird, Magic and Dr. J, it’s pretty hard not to fall in love with the game. I became consumed with the Association, and as my own game was developing, I tried to emulate as much as I could at an early age and learn how to play “the right way”. I have memories as a teenager of being glued to Saturday Basketball on TV and spending every spare cent I had on basketball cards and replica jerseys and so began my obsession with NBA knowledge and stats. I played my first season of Fantasy Hoops in 2002, as my serious playing days were slowing down. I now play in 5 or 6 leagues every year. To say I’m obsessed with Fantasy Hoops would be an understatement. To say I love nothing more than sharing my opinion on a player’s value would be entirely accurate, and I guess, the reason why I’m here. Follow me on twitter: @tomhersz @downtownball

2 Responses

  1. Canberra T-Shirt Cannons. at |

    too high:
    AD (injuries are a killer, every year)
    Wiggins (way too high; total lack of 3-ball and low boards/assists/defensive stats)
    Oladipo (is he even a real foundational piece in Orlando?)
    Otto (the new Jeff Green)
    Eric Gordon (“hasn’t played 70 games since his rookie season”, yet at #80???)
    Dante (wasn’t very good as a rookie)

    too low:
    KAT (just had a Duncan-esque rookie year, already a top 10 player, should be Top 4)
    CP3 (think he’s gonna age well)
    Klay (just had the best non-Steph 3PT season of all time)
    Jokic (he just ranked 65 on the year as a 20-year-old rookie, but not in yr top 100?)
    Jordan Mickey (check out those per-36s!)

  2. Anonymous at |

    Wheres Kyrie Irving?

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