2014 Fantasy Basketball Rankings
So much for the Lebron James or Kevin Durant debate that inevitably led up to almost every fantasy basketball draft of the last few years. Kevin Durant suffered a fractured metatarsal that could be tough to heal as the blood flow to that particular area of the foot can affect healing.
So now the debate becomes just how far we let Durant slide down the rankings as he will miss at least 20 games. The conversation also shifts to Anthony Davis and his ascension to the rarefied air of top three fantasy basketball draft status. For me, Davis was already in the third spot before the Durant injury and finds himself in the number two overall spot, just behind Lebron.
Rookies like Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are rookies that cannot be ignored on draft day, as they are elite scorers with multi-category potential. Sensational sophomore Giannis Antetokounmpo could be the starting point guard in Milwaukee and even if he doesn’t win the job, he will definitely handle the ball more this season which will lead to more fantasy numbers.
The injuries to Jodie Meeks and Bradley Beal further cloud the shooting guard rankings for 2014. Can Kobe be Kobe and can Dwayne Wade get back to filling up the stat sheet with Lebron moved on to Cleveland.
At the Center position Rudy Gobert could push Enes Kanter to the bench with his improved all around game and needs to be handcuffed if you invest a pick in Kanter or Derek Favors. Gobert offers a real rim protector and has worked on his offensive game. If Kanter struggles Gobert could see big minutes.
Keep checking back for updated rankings as the preseason finishes up.