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ESPN Default Ranking Breakdown

Saturday, September 16, 2017

We're back with the second part of the analysis of the default rankings. In case you missed the intro in the first part on Yahoo!, check it out right here. Also, there are some explanations on that one, so there's no need to hit that again.

 

Here's how I view the ESPN ranks when going into a draft. 

 

Pro tip: When you log into the draft room (or are about to draft at a friend's), make sure you have a queue filled with guys at the bottom.

 

Players listed higher than expected (players I’d prefer to take later than listed)

 

James Harden (2)

Kawhi Leonard (5)

LeBron James (9)

Isaiah Thomas (19)

Paul George (21)

Gordon Hayward (23)

Klay Thompson (27)

Eric Bledsoe (29)

Jusuf Nurkic (39)

Otto Porter (40)

Jeff Teague (44)

Nicolas Batum (47)

Dennis Schroder (48)

Elfrid Payton (49)

Andrew Wiggins (51)
Gorgui Dieng (54)

Ben Simmons (55)

LaMarcus Aldridge (56)

Dario Saric (61)

Jonas Valanciunas (64)

Robert Covington (65)

Dwight Howard (66)

 Jae Crowder (67)

Jabari Parker (69)

Rudy Gay (77)

Zach LaVine (78)

Zach Randolph (80)

Wilson Chandler (82)

Dwyane Wade (83)

Rajon Rondo (91)

Eric Gordon (94)

Derrick Rose (95)

Frank Kaminsky (97)

 

Players listed lower than expected (players I’d prefer to take earlier than listed)

 

Karl-Anthony Towns (8)

Nikola Jokic (12)

Kyrie Irving (16)

Damian Lillard (18)

Draymond Green (25)

Kristaps Porzingis (30)

Myles Turner (31)

Blake Griffin (37)

Kevin Love (42)

Al Horford (50)

Ricky Rubio (59)

Victor Oladipo (72)

Julius Randle (75)

Marquese Chriss (79)

D’Angelo Russell (80)

Avery Bradley (87)

Willie Cauley-Stein (100)

 

Who to scroll down for after 100 in shallow leagues and should be 30-100 spots higher

 

Tim Hardaway Jr. (101)

Dennis Smith Jr. (105)

Nerlens Noel (110)

Kent Bazemore (113)

Gary Harris (115)

Derrick Favors (117)

Marvin Williams (121)

T.J. Warren (122)

Rodney Hood (129)

Aaron Gordon (134)

Thaddeus Young (135)

Buddy Hield (141)

Jamal Murray (147)

 

 After 150 and still worth drafting in 12-team leagues 

 

Frank Ntilikina (153)

Lauri Markkanen (159)

Jarrett Allen (160)

John Collins (177)

Jaylen Brown (247)

Dejounte Murray (249)

Kris Dunn (273)

Caris LeVert (274)

Taurean Prince (277)

Boban Marjanovic (303)

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (331)

Richaun Holmes (335)

Josh Richardson (348)

Bogdan Bogdanovic (393)

JaMychal Green (426)

Dewayne Dedmon (433)

Allen Crabbe (455)

Mike Muscala (462)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (491)

Chandler Parsons (508)

 

Deep League Targets

 

Thon Maker (235)

Skal Labissiere (241)

Cheick Diallo (246)

Tyler Ulis (264)

Denzel Valentine (271)

Kris Dunn (273)

Stanley Johnson (322)

Delon Wright (330)

Sam Dekker (336)

Larry Nance (349)

Ish Smith (530)

Timofey Mozgov (533)

Danny Green (557)

DeMarre Carroll (568)

Jarrett Jack (632)

J.R. Smith (640)

Andre Iguodala (649)

 

 

Kobe Bryant (692) - Just kidding




Mike Gallagher has covered fantasy hoops for eight years and this season is his second with Rotoworld. You can find him on Twitter talking about a player's shots at the rim.
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