Week 22 Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings: The Playoffs Continue

Week 22: March 23rd – March 29th
Four Games: BKN, BOS, CHR, GSW, MEM, MIA, MIN, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, SAS, UTA, WAS, IND, LAL, HOU
Three Games: ATL, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, MIL, NOP, SAC, TOR, LAC, PHO, CHI
Two Games: ORL

The first round of the fantasy playoffs saw several key players miss games (Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Ricky Rubio to name a few) which likely led to some first round upsets in your league. If your fantasy team was lucky enough to navigate successfully through the first round, then you’ll surely have some tough decisions about who to play in the second round.

To help you with those decisions, here are rankings for Week 22. These rankings are based on each player’s projected stats (which you can find here), as well as the number of games they play in Week 22.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. The table above shows the number of games each team plays in Week 22. One team, Orlando, plays only two games, 12 teams play three games, and 17 teams play four games.
  2. RotoWire’s recommended strategy for head-to-head leagues (which we covered in detail in the preseason) is to focus on being as dominate as you can in the six positive counting categories (points, rebounds, three-pointers, assists, steals, and blocks), even if that means you aren’t competitive in the other three categories (field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and turnovers).

This strategy is even more effective in the fantasy playoffs, because all that matters now is advancing to the next round. As a result, these rankings take into account only the six positive counting categories. If you’re using a different punting strategy you can find custom rankings here.

Point Guard

Several top point guards have only two or three games this week: Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Kyle Lowry, Kyrie Irving, Michael Carter-Williams, Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague, and Mr. Triple Double himself Elfrid Payton (whose Magic only play two games this week).

Just because these guys were drafted early, or have been elite lately, doesn’t mean you should automatically play them over wavier wire players with four games like Patrick Beverley, Isaiah Canaan, Marcus Smart, Ish Smith, and D.J. Augustin who all rank inside the top 65 this week and are available in over 80 percent of ESPN leagues. Smith is the best bet of this group to help you in the assists category.

POS Player Team Rank Auction ESPN %
PG1 Russell Westbrook OKC 1 $81 100%
PG2 Stephen Curry GSW 3 $70 100%
PG3 John Wall WAS 4 $59 100%
PG4 Ricky Rubio MIN 5 $59 72%
PG5 Damian Lillard POR 7 $46 100%
PG6 Mike Conley MEM 20 $34 87%
PG7 Deron Williams BKN 22 $31 72%
PG8 George Hill IND 26 $30 57%
PG9 Kemba Walker CHA 30 $27 84%
PG10 Goran Dragic MIA 34 $26 92%
PG11 Patrick Beverley HOU 38 $24 19%
PG12 Tony Parker SAS 39 $24 83%
PG13 Chris Paul LAC 42 $22 100%
PG14 Isaiah Canaan PHI 45 $21 13%
PG15 Marcus Smart BOS 55 $18 7%
PG16 Jordan Clarkson LAL 60 $17 17%
PG17 Ish Smith PHI 62 $16 6%
PG18 D.J. Augustin OKC 64 $16 12%
PG19 Jarrett Jack BKN 68 $13 32%
PG20 Mo Williams CHA 69 $13 63%
PG21 Eric Bledsoe PHO 70 $12 96%
PG22 Jeremy Lin LAL 73 $12 28%
PG23 Mario Chalmers MIA 76 $11 14%
PG24 Kyle Lowry TOR 77 $11 98%
PG25 Trey Burke UTA 81 $10 29%
PG26 Kyrie Irving CLE 82 $9 100%
PG27 Michael Carter-Williams MIL 110 $3 83%
PG28 C.J. Watson IND 111 $3 2%
PG29 Shaun Livingston GSW 123 $1 4%
PG30 Isaiah Thomas BOS 124 $1 64%
PG31 Zach LaVine MIN 126 $1 3%
PG32 Jeff Teague ATL 130 $1 90%
PG33 Ty Lawson DEN 131 $1 95%
PG34 C.J. McCollum POR 135 $1 0%
PG35 Aaron Brooks CHI 143 $1 21%
PG36 Ramon Sessions WAS 145 $1 0%
PG37 Phil Pressey BOS 148 $1 0%
PG38 Reggie Jackson DET 149 $1 72%
PG39 Shane Larkin NYK 153 $1 0%
PG40 Rajon Rondo DAL 162 $- 80%
PG41 Greivis Vasquez TOR 166 $- 3%
PG42 Pablo Prigioni HOU 173 $- 0%
PG43 Louis Williams TOR 177 $- 40%
PG44 Dennis Schroder ATL 179 $- 12%
PG45 Devin Harris DAL 194 $- 3%
PG46 Andre Miller SAC 197 $- 1%

Shooting Guard

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Tony Allen played 35 minutes on Saturday with Courtney Lee (wrist) out and had six steals. He could be a great option this week if you are targeting steals. Allen is available in over 90 percent of ESPN leagues.

Dante Exum ranks 72nd in our rankings. I point this out to let you know not to trust this ranking. He is playing big minutes, 26.8 in his past 10 games, but the rookie hasn’t scored a single point in three straight games. This ranking is inflated by an optimistic preseason projection – you would be better served looking elsewhere.

POS Player Team Rank Auction ESPN %
SG1 James Harden HOU 2 $79 100%
SG2 Dwyane Wade MIA 14 $38 96%
SG3 Gordon Hayward UTA 18 $35 95%
SG4 Andrew Wiggins MIN 23 $31 80%
SG5 Bradley Beal WAS 27 $28 72%
SG6 Danny Green SAS 29 $27 58%
SG7 Kevin Martin MIN 31 $27 75%
SG8 Joe Johnson BKN 33 $26 78%
SG9 Alexey Shved NYK 35 $25 38%
SG10 Tony Allen MEM 37 $25 9%
SG11 Evan Turner BOS 46 $21 18%
SG12 Rodney Stuckey IND 54 $18 43%
SG13 Avery Bradley BOS 56 $17 35%
SG14 Dion Waiters OKC 58 $17 6%
SG15 Wayne Ellington LAL 61 $16 6%
SG16 Langston Galloway NYK 65 $14 14%
SG17 Dante Exum UTA 72 $12 1%
SG18 Anthony Morrow OKC 92 $7 6%
SG19 Arron Afflalo POR 96 $7 46%
SG20 Rodney Hood UTA 99 $7 9%
SG21 Marco Belinelli SAS 101 $5 1%
SG22 Henry Walker MIA 104 $5 1%
SG23 Courtney Lee MEM 109 $3 7%
SG24 Monta Ellis DAL 115 $2 97%
SG25 Jason Richardson PHI 117 $2 1%
SG26 Gerald Henderson CHA 120 $2 18%
SG27 J.J. Redick LAC 122 $2 62%
SG28 Justin Holiday GSW 125 $1 1%
SG29 Markel Brown BKN 128 $1 0%
SG30 DeMar DeRozan TOR 129 $1 94%
SG31 Eric Gordon NOP 133 $1 53%
SG32 J.R. Smith CLE 154 $1 47%
SG33 P.J. Tucker PHO 156 $1 19%
SG34 Elijah Millsap UTA 160 $- 0%
SG35 Leandro Barbosa GSW 169 $- 0%
SG36 Nick Calathes MEM 171 $- 0%
SG37 Bojan Bogdanovic BKN 174 $- 1%
SG38 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope DET 175 $- 10%
SG39 Will Barton DEN 176 $- 6%
SG40 Terrence Ross TOR 182 $- 10%
SG41 Iman Shumpert CLE 183 $- 4%
SG42 Randy Foye DEN 187 $- 8%
SG43 Ben McLemore SAC 190 $- 7%
SG44 Jodie Meeks DET 196 $- 4%
SG45 Lance Stephenson CHA 198 $- 21%

Small Forward

Jae Crowder has a great chance to accumulate 6+ threes and steals this week with four games on the schedule. He also provides solid production in rebounds and blocks, which makes him a solid add. Crowder is available in over 90 percent of ESPN leagues and is higher in the rankings than Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gay, and Chandler Parsons, who all play only three games this week.

POS Player Team Rank Auction ESPN %
SF1 Kawhi Leonard SAS 8 $45 98%
SF2 Draymond Green GSW 10 $42 81%
SF3 Trevor Ariza HOU 15 $37 76%
SF4 Josh Smith HOU 16 $36 71%
SF5 Nicolas Batum POR 21 $32 82%
SF6 Thaddeus Young BKN 36 $25 78%
SF7 Jeff Green MEM 43 $22 68%
SF8 Wesley Johnson LAL 44 $22 4%
SF9 Corey Brewer HOU 48 $20 18%
SF10 LeBron James CLE 49 $20 100%
SF11 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist CHA 50 $20 30%
SF12 Luol Deng MIA 51 $20 67%
SF13 Paul Pierce WAS 63 $16 41%
SF14 C.J. Miles IND 66 $14 6%
SF15 Jerami Grant PHI 74 $11 1%
SF16 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute PHI 78 $10 4%
SF17 Andre Iguodala GSW 83 $9 17%
SF18 Jae Crowder BOS 86 $8 6%
SF19 Harrison Barnes GSW 90 $8 22%
SF20 Solomon Hill IND 91 $8 2%
SF21 Rudy Gay SAC 107 $4 98%
SF22 Khris Middleton MIL 112 $3 58%
SF23 Tyreke Evans NOP 113 $3 86%
SF24 Hollis Thompson PHI 118 $2 1%
SF25 Marvin Williams CHA 121 $2 1%
SF26 Danilo Gallinari DEN 132 $1 45%
SF27 Kyle Singler OKC 136 $1 0%
SF28 Chandler Parsons DAL 137 $1 88%
SF29 Michael Beasley MIA 142 $1 1%
SF30 Wilson Chandler DEN 144 $1 50%
SF31 Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL 157 $- 71%
SF32 DeMarre Carroll ATL 158 $- 33%
SF33 Chase Budinger MIN 159 $- 1%
SF34 Jonas Jerebko BOS 164 $- 0%
SF35 Matt Barnes LAC 172 $- 8%
SF36 Lance Thomas NYK 178 $- 0%
SF37 Andre Roberson OKC 180 $- 0%

Power Forward

Mitch McGary’s ranking is based on a projection of 25 minutes per game, which seems reasonable since Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison are both out, and Enes Kanter (ankle, forearem) is dealing with injuries. If you are looking for a hail mary on the waiver wire you will have a hard time finding a player with more upside, but McGary’s floor is also pretty low because the minutes are not certain.

POS Player Team Rank Auction ESPN %
PF1 Hassan Whiteside MIA 11 $42 80%
PF2 LaMarcus Aldridge POR 12 $41 100%
PF3 Derrick Favors UTA 17 $36 91%
PF4 Tim Duncan SAS 25 $30 94%
PF5 Donatas Motiejunas HOU 40 $23 28%
PF6 Zach Randolph MEM 41 $23 93%
PF7 Robert Covington PHI 52 $20 27%
PF8 David West IND 53 $19 60%
PF9 Mitch McGary OKC 59 $17 2%
PF10 Tiago Splitter SAS 71 $12 2%
PF11 Jordan Hill LAL 75 $11 47%
PF12 Andrea Bargnani NYK 79 $10 33%
PF13 Cody Zeller CHA 80 $10 2%
PF14 Nene Hilario WAS 84 $9 17%
PF15 Luis Scola IND 85 $8 4%
PF16 Anthony Davis NOP 87 $8 100%
PF17 Carlos Boozer LAL 88 $8 30%
PF18 Paul Millsap ATL 89 $8 97%
PF19 Blake Griffin LAC 94 $7 99%
PF20 Kevin Love CLE 95 $7 100%
PF21 Thomas Robinson PHI 100 $6 2%
PF22 Ed Davis LAL 106 $4 17%
PF23 Brandon Bass BOS 108 $4 16%
PF24 Joe Ingles UTA 114 $3 0%
PF25 Boris Diaw SAS 119 $2 3%
PF26 Trevor Booker UTA 127 $1 1%
PF27 Markieff Morris PHO 134 $1 73%
PF28 Kenneth Faried DEN 138 $1 84%
PF29 Adreian Payne MIN 140 $1 1%
PF30 Pau Gasol CHI 141 $1 97%
PF31 Marcus Morris PHO 147 $1 6%
PF32 Drew Gooden WAS 150 $1 0%
PF33 Mason Plumlee BKN 151 $1 14%
PF34 Dirk Nowitzki DAL 155 $1 97%
PF35 Brandan Wright PHO 165 $- 11%
PF36 Patrick Patterson TOR 167 $- 4%
PF37 Ersan Ilyasova MIL 168 $- 12%
PF38 Amir Johnson TOR 181 $- 14%
PF39 Louis Amundson NYK 184 $- 0%
PF40 Jason Smith NYK 188 $- 1%
PF41 Tarik Black LAL 189 $- 1%
PF42 Nikola Mirotic CHI 191 $- 53%
PF43 Derrick Williams SAC 192 $- 0%
PF44 Jakarr Sampson PHI 195 $- 0%

Center

Steven Adams ranks in the top 50 this week because of the opportunity to produce given the rash of injuries in OKC, and while his ceiling isn’t quite as high as McGary’s, Adams’ floor is much higher, which makes him something close to a must-add this week.

POS Player Team Rank Auction ESPN %
C1 Rudy Gobert UTA 6 $50 65%
C2 Nerlens Noel PHI 9 $44 67%
C3 Gorgui Dieng MIN 13 $40 53%
C4 Marc Gasol MEM 19 $35 99%
C5 Brook Lopez BKN 24 $31 82%
C6 Marcin Gortat WAS 28 $28 82%
C7 Al Jefferson CHA 32 $27 97%
C8 Steven Adams OKC 47 $21 16%
C9 Andrew Bogut GSW 57 $17 25%
C10 DeMarcus Cousins SAC 67 $13 100%
C11 Cole Aldrich NYK 93 $7 4%
C12 Robin Lopez POR 97 $7 35%
C13 DeAndre Jordan LAC 98 $7 97%
C14 Kelly Olynyk BOS 102 $5 8%
C15 Roy Hibbert IND 103 $5 53%
C16 Ian Mahinmi IND 105 $5 0%
C17 Andre Drummond DET 116 $2 97%
C18 Al Horford ATL 139 $1 96%
C19 Joakim Noah CHI 146 $1 90%
C20 Tyson Chandler DAL 152 $1 78%
C21 Jusuf Nurkic DEN 161 $- 5%
C22 Tyler Zeller BOS 163 $- 8%
C23 Justin Hamilton MIN 170 $- 4%
C24 Chris Andersen MIA 185 $- 1%
C25 Meyers Leonard POR 186 $- 0%
C26 Timofey Mozgov CLE 193 $- 32%
C27 Dwight Howard HOU 199 $- 70%
C28 Zaza Pachulia MIL 200 $- 7%

More Rankings (Just-for-Fun Section)

Because basketball is fun and rankings are also fun, I’ve ranked my top-10 favorite NBA highlights of the week. Most of these came from the NBA Reddit, while a few came from Twitter or various sports blogs.

10. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a player give a T a ref.

9. What do we call plays like these from Whiteside, a Hassan Hammer? An H-Bomb?

8. Look at that handle J.R.

7. LeBron is strong.

6. OLADIPO!!!

5. Check out the behind the back pass in transition from the 20-year-old 7-footer. Unreal.

4. I don’t know what’s more impressive the outlet pass or the shot. (It loses points since it came against the equivalent of a D-League roster.)

3. This might be Derrick Williams’ first and last relevant NBA moment, but boy was it a good one.

2. John Wall, ladies and gentlemen.

1b. Anthony Davis with the game on the line.

1a. I have no words for what this is.

Anthony Davis is just 22 years old and made both of those plays in the same game. The NBA should be very afraid.