I’ve put together a nine-category top-130 for the second half of the season. I was originally going to make it a top-150, but as I was writing it up, I realized that there is really no point in ranking the Dillon Brooks of the world. The value of those low-end players is going to fluctuate drastically based on the build you are rolling with and ranking a player like Brooks, say, 140th, doesn’t tell you much. A player like that can be helpful in some builds while being completely useless in others. I cut it off at 130 because that was the point where I felt I ran out of must-own players in standard leagues. To make up for cutting the low-end players, I’ve also included a list of players who are not must-own players at the moment, but who need to be watched closely. The players on the list are not players like Josh Richardson or Eric Gordon. They are players that could be mid-round assets during the fantasy playoffs.
When creating these rankings, I took into account factors like the player’s current ranking, recent play, ceiling, floor, injury status, fit for different builds, playoff schedule, and whether or not they have had COVID during the season. I also placed more value on a player’s floor than I usually do due to how unpredictable this season has been. You’ll see players Zach LaVine, Brandon Ingram, and Domantas Sabonis ranked above where I think they’ll end up on a per-game basis for this reason.
When going through these rankings, don’t get too caught up in the number beside the player. Focus more on the area that they are ranked in. There is no difference in value between the 36th-ranked player and the 40th-ranked player. Who will be a better option for your team will be determined by your build.