Top Dogs, Overrated and Underrated for 2017-2018
I see Kevin Durant, the reigning Finals MVP, leading all players fantasy-wise this season, even on a stacked Warriors squad. His ridiculous efficiency put him in the top spot over the likes of Giannis Antetokounmp, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Scoring 25 a game on .524 from the field and 88% from the charity stripe while knocking in almost 2.5 three’s makes you drool. Toss in almost 8 boards, 5 dimes and over a block and a steal and you have yourself the Fantasy MVP. And of course, my 2017-2018 rankings reflect this.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has the talent to put up nightly triple-doubles, and has increased his production in all major categories (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3’s made, FG% & FT%) season over season, since coming into the league. The next phase of his development is his outside game, and if he ever develops a true three-point stroke – watch out.
Steph is gonna Steph. Count your team down for 3’s, points, steals, FT% & FG% with Curry. Oh yea, on top of all that scoring he is a point guard so he’ll drop 7 dimes on you while grabbing almost 5 rebounds per clip.
I see Kyrie Irving fitting in perfectly with Brad Stevens’ offense out in Boston. Uncle Drew could enjoy a career year with his first go in a C’s uniform. With more overall talent around him, not just a Big 3, and the ball in his hands more often, Kyrie should put up a career high in assists while still topping 23 points per game, good 3’s steals and great percentages.
We’ll get into sleepers soon (new article on the way), but for now I’ll just point out a few guys who I believe are overvalued and undervalued. And what I mean is, the price you pay in the draft and has nothing to do with the player’s skillset.
Andrew Wiggins – Min SG/SF
He might be the odd man out with Jimmy Butler & Jeff Teague in town. His other T-Wolves running mate Karl Anthony-Towns is going to get his. Tom Thibodeau brought Butler in to serve as the steady hand to this young roster, so he is going to get his as well.
Andre Drummond – Det PF/C
Drummond is regressing offensively and on the boards, doesn’t block as much as you’d hope from your dominant center. FT% killer. Nuff said.
Paul Millsap – Den PF/C
You saw the regression last season, which is why Atlanta was fine with letting Millsap walk. His rebounds, steals, blocks and FG% were all down last year. Working alongside dominant big Nikola Jokic will force Millsap out of position at times, not to mention the current logjam in the frontcourt with Kenneth Faried, Juan Hernangomez and Mason Plumlee vying for time.
Ben Simmons – Phi SF/PF
Forget the injury, forget this is his “rookie year”. This kid is a baller, and will give Lonzo Ball a serious run for ROY, in what is shaping up to be one of those memorable draft classes. The Sixers were “trusting the process” with Simmons last season, and with news he’s playing full contact 5-5 it’s a signal that he’s good to go. However, the same can’t be said for fellow Philly teammate Joel Embiid.
Rodney Hood – Utah SG/SF
Hood is currently projected in the 9th round, Hood will be a great source of points and 3’s with decent rebounding and low turnovers. No Hayward means more shots to go around, and Hood is the most talented offensive player for the Jazz.
Jusuf Nurkic – Por C
I wouldn’t mind pulling the trigger a round early to nab Nurkic, an up-and-coming stud who, if can manage to be serviceable at the line, can be a Top 50 player if he stays healthy. The Blazers are hungry, and missing out on Carmelo Anthony might fuel Portland to continue on with that chip on their shoulders in the rugged Western Conference. He’ll offer a double-double with 2 blocks, over a steal and nice passing from your big.