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Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2015-2016

Updated on October 16, 2015

The streak was in mortal peril. In twelve years I’d never finished worse than second place in any fantasy basketball league and after one dreary weekend that summoned for an unhealthy dosage of drafts to fill the void, the streak was all but over. The buffoonery ballooned my normal number of three into twenty- four leagues, drowning under the sea.

What started as a father son activity in high school quickly led to an obsession as our utter dominance buoyed extra attention to the sport, meaning watching boatloads of NBA league pass. In college I picked up a second league that I won the first six years before losing in the last two and also a third league that I play with some close friends who have yet to beat me in half a decade. All the while the streak was surviving and seeming unbreakable. .

It ended for me, but at least my dad still holds the claim. Although undeniably impressive it was also undoubtedly a lame thing to brag about. One pesky roto league branded me with the third place stigma after a brutal finish, falling from first to third on the final night. Curiosity of the roto realm is what started the binging and ended up coming back to haunt me. Roto leagues are extremely taxing and require too much careful planning and speculation because of the restriction of games allowed per position. As a result my teams were running out of games by the end of the year and squandering stellar Westbrook performances or Harden 40-burgers.

Eventually the bubble was bound to burst, hopefully now this doesn't trigger some sort of 4th place catastrophe. It’s wise to return back to my shell with just the three leagues and maintain this current stranglehold over my friends for as long as possible, or until they kick me out. Fortunately fantasy basketball relies on luck significantly less than their richer more beloved peer fantasy football, or perhaps it's just that I’m not good at fantasy football.

Amidst the frenzy of the past year a chain was forged, I’m now a fantasy maester. Here are my rankings for 2015-2016:

  1. Anthony Davis PF/ NOR

  2. Stephen Curry PG/GSW

  3. James Harden SG/HOU

  4. LeBron James SF/CLE

  5. Kevin Durant SF/OKC

  6. Russell Westbrook PG/OKC

  7. DeMarcus Cousins PF/ SAC

  8. Chris Paul PG/ LAC

  9. Paul George SF/IND

  10. John Wall PG/ WAS

  11. Klay Thompson SG/GSW

  12. Blake Griffin PF/LAC

  13. Damian Lillard PG/POR

  14. LeMarcus Aldridge PF/SAS

  15. Jimmy Butler SG/CHI

  16. Kawhi Leonard SF/SAS

  17. Marc Gasol C/MEM

  18. Pau Gasol PF/CHI

  19. Reggie Jackson PG/DET

  20. Carmelo Anthony SF/NYK

  21. Andre Drummond C/DET

  22. Eric Bledsoe PG/PHO

  23. Kyrie Irving PG/CLE

  24. Chris Bosh PF/MIA

  25. Serge Ibaka PF/OKC

  26. Gordon Hayward SG/UTA

  27. Jeff Teague PG/ATL

  28. Victor Oladipo SG/ORL

  29. Kevin Love PF/CLE

  30. Hassan Whiteside C/MIA

  31. Draymond Green PF/GSW

  32. Paul Millsap PF/ATL

  33. Al Horford C/ATL

  34. DeAndre Jordan C/LAC

  35. Brook Lopez C/BKN

  36. Rudy Gobert C/UTA

  37. Kyle Lowry PG/TOR

  38. Karl-Anthony Towns C/MIN

  39. Derrick Favors PF/UTA

  40. Monta Ellis SG/IND

  41. Al Jefferson C/CHA

  42. Derrick Rose PG/CHI

  43. Mike Conley PG/ MEM

  44. Isaiah Thomas PG/BOS

  45. Goran Dragic PG/MIA

  46. Brandon Knight PG/PHO

  47. Bradley Beal SG/WAS

  48. Dwayne Wade SG/MIA

  49. Andrew Wiggins SF/MIN

  50. Tyreke Evans SF/NOR

  51. Rudy Gay SF/SAC

  52. Giannis Antetokounmpo SF/MIL

  53. Nicolas Batum SF/CHA

  54. Ty Lawson PG/HOU

  55. Nikola Vucevic C/ORL

  56. Kemba Walker PG/CHA

  57. Khris Middleton SG/MIL

  58. DeMar DeRozan SG/TOR

  59. Chandler Parsons SF/DAL

  60. Nerlens Noel PF/PHI

  61. Thaddeus Young PF/BKN

  62. Dwight Howard C/HOU

  63. Nkola Mirotic PF/CHI

  64. C.J. McCollum SG/POR

  65. Robert Covington SF/PHI

  66. Trevor Ariza SF/HOU

  67. Ricky Rubio PG/MIN

  68. Tim Duncan C/SAS

  69. Markieff Morris PF/PHO

  70. Meyers Leonard C/POR

  71. Terrence Jones PF/HOU

  72. Michael Carter-Williams PG/MIL

  73. Greg Monroe C/MIL

  74. Zach Randolph PF/MEM

  75. Kenneth Faried PF/DEN

  76. Tobias Harris SF/ORL

  77. Danny Green SG/SAS

  78. Kobe Bryant SG/LAL

  79. Dirk Nowitzki PF/DAL

  80. Kyle Korver SG/ATL

  81. Joakim Noah C/CHI

  82. Aaron Afflalo SG/NYK

  83. Wesley Matthews SG/DAL

  84. Enes Kanter C/OKC

  85. Elfrid Payton PG/ORL

  86. Deron Williams PG/DAL

  87. Emmanuel Mudiay PG/DEN

  88. Jarret Jack PG/BKN

  89. Marcin Gortat C/WAS

  90. Robin Lopez C/NYK

  91. Jahlil Okafor C/PHI

  92. Tony Parker PG/SAS

  93. Isaiah Canaan PG/PHI

  94. Rajon Rondo PG/SAC

  95. Jonas Valanciunas C/TOR

  96. David Lee PF/BOS

  97. J.J. Reddick SG/LAC

  98. Danilo Gallinari SF/DEN

  99. DeMarre Carroll SF/TOR

  100. Loul Deng SF/MIA

  101. Eric Gordon SG/NOR

  102. Joe Johnson SG/BKN

  103. Jamal Crawford SG/LAC

  104. Avery Bradley SG/BOS

  105. Jeff Green SF/MEM

  106. Jrue Holliday PG/NOR

  107. Zach LaVine SG/MIN

  108. Julius Randle PF/LAL

  109. Myles Turner C/IND

  110. Jabari Parker PF/MIL

  111. Alec Burks SG/UTA

  112. Trey Burke PG/UTA

  113. Al-Farouq Aminu SF/POR

  114. Mason Plumlee C/POR

  115. Ryan Anderson PF/NOR

  116. Kevin Martin SG/MIN

  117. Wilson Chandler SG/DEN

  118. Jordan Clarkson SG/LAL

  119. Gorgui Dieng C/MIN

  120. Mo Williams PG/CLE

  121. Lou Williams SG/LAL

  122. Dennis Schroeder PG/ATL

  123. Darren Collison PG/SAC

  124. Alex Len C/PHX

  125. Roy Hibbert C/LAL

  126. Amir Johnson C/BOS

  127. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG/DET

  128. Jusuf Nurkic C/DEN

  129. Anthony Morrow SG/OKC

  130. George Hill PG/IND

  131. Otto Porter SF/WAS

  132. J.R. Smith SG/CLE

  133. Patrick Patterson PF/TOR

  134. Stanley Johnson SF/DET

  135. Marcus Smart PG/BOS

  136. Ersan Ilyasova PF/DET

  137. Bojan Bogdanovic SG/BKN

  138. T.J. Warren SF/PHX

  139. Frank Kaminsky PF/CHA

  140. Ben McLemore SG/SAC

  141. Tyson Chandler C/PHX

  142. Wes Johnson SF/LAC

  143. D’Angelo Russell PG/LAL

  144. Brandon Jennings PG/DET

  145. Donatas Motiejunas PF/HOU

  146. Paul Pierce SF/LAC

  147. Nik Stauskas SG/PHI

  148. Archie Goodwin PG/PHO

  149. Aaron Gordon PF/ORL

  150. Josh Smith SF/LAC

  151. Nene Hilario PF/WAS

  152. Jose Calderon PG/NYK

  153. Evan Turner SF/BOS

  154. Tony Allen SG/MEM

  155. Rodney Hood SG/UTA

  156. Harrison Barnes SF/GSW

  157. Greivis Vasquez PG/MIL

  158. Andrea Bargnani PF/BKN

  159. Jared Sullinger PF/BOS

  160. Jameer Nelson PG/DEN


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