Giannis Leads Way-Too-Early Top-10 for 2019-20
Giannis Leads Way-Too-Early Top-10 for 2019-20

It's a fitting week for us to embark on a tradition unlike any other. No, I'm not talking about The Masters – I'm talking about fantasy basketball's way-too-early look at the top picks for the 2019-20 season.

The default settings are nine-categories here, though I'll comment on players whose values would change noticeably in 8-cat leagues. Also, I recommend 8-cat leagues, but that's neither here nor there.

In this first installment, we'll only reveal our early top-10, with the rest of the top-20 to come later this week.

Let's get to it.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

I couldn't have hesitated less on this pick. Most years, there is very little debate as to who should be the No. 1 overall pick. The last two seasons, in which as many as seven candidates warranted legitimate consideration, were extremely unusual. LeBron James and Kevin Durant were the runaway top choices for nearly a decade, with a third player (Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis) occasionally entering that conversion for a couple years at a time. Before that duopoly, Kevin Garnett had a lengthy run as the almost unchallenged king of the fantasy offseason – and that gets us back to the late-90s, before almost any of us were playing fantasy basketball. The point of all this? Contrary to the past two seasons, consensus at the top is the norm in fantasy basketball, and we shouldn't overthink it.

After the All-Star break, James Harden, Joel Embiid and Antetokounmpo blew

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living outside Boston.
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