Fantasy Basketball Start and Sit: Week 21 Top 150 rankings

Editor’s Note: Every week we will release the Top 150 players based on their projections for that scoring period. Use this list to compare players and help make those really tough decisions.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: This latest New York Knicks ’ season is not going exactly going to plan.

I know, I know, it’s surprising. Things usually work out for the Knicks. They sit at 26-39 heading into play on Friday and, though they aren’t totally out of the running for a playoff spot, things look as bleak as ever in Madison Square Garden -- though the low point may end up being Phil Jackson’s quasi-public campaign to convince Carmelo Anthony to waive his no trade clause this winter.

This isn’t a team that has a lot to provide for Fantasy players either. The Knicks are led, yet again, by Carmelo Anthony, averaging a decidedly Carmelo Anthony-esque 23.1 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the field. Anthony’s best days are in the rearview mirror, and he has to be considered a bit of a disappointment this season, coming in as the No. 38 player in Rotisserie scoring, though he still racks up enough volume that you’ve almost certainly never considered sitting him.

Second-year big man Kristaps Porzingis has taken a step forward from an already impressive rookie season, averaging 18.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, however even his season feels a bit disappointing, given how sky-high expectations were for him coming into the season. Somehow, a top-40 finish in Rotisserie scoring feels a bit disappointing, even though it is mostly in line with his No. 29 ADP coming into the season.

And that’s the end of the Knicks’ must-start Fantasy options. That’s how bleak things have been. That problem is multiplied in Week 21 (March 13-19), as the Knicks are the lone team in the league with only two games on the schedule. Anthony is the only player on the roster projected to still be a solid starter for the Week, so you can mostly ignore the Knicks this week. That’s bad news for those of you who have been depending on anyone from this roster, but if you can make it through Week 21, is there anyone else who can help you?

Perhaps no player personifies the Knicks’ disappointment more than Derrick Rose this season. His per-game production -- 17.9 points, 4.5 assists -- isn’t bad, but efficiency has been an issue, and Rose hasn’t shown much more than random flashes of his former self. He can be a useful Fantasy option down the stretch, especially in H2H points leagues, but he doesn’t do enough to be much more than a fringe starter in Roto.

Part of the problem is, those three don’t leave much room for anyone else to shine in New York. Courtney Lee will get his 10 points and one or two 3-pointers on most nights, and Lance Thomas or Kyle O’Quinn will produce enough to be worth a look every once in a while, especially when a starter goes down.

The one role player who has a chance to be a difference maker down the stretch might be rookie Willy Hernangomez , the better of the rookie brothers. Hernangomez has put up impressive per-minute numbers all season long, and should get plenty of run moving forward. He recently missed two games with an ankle injury, and returned off the bench in his first two games, putting up 22 points and 13 rebounds in 31 combined minutes. He started his third game back Wednesday, and racked up 13 points, 12 rebounds, and three combined blocks and steals in 28 minutes before fouling out.

Hernangomez is the one young guy beyond Porzingis who might have some upside for this team, and they look like they are going to give him a chance here in the final quarter of the season. He might not be too useful in Week 21, but Hernangomez has plenty of appeal for the three or four weeks left in the season beyond that. On this team, that’s worth chasing.

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Week 21 Sportsline Projections
1 LeBron James , SF, CLE45.
2 John Wall , PG, WAS44.84.610.
3 Damian Lillard , PG, POR411.
4 Russell Westbrook , PG, OKC36.19.710.
5 DeMarcus Cousins , C, NO46.
6 Karl-Anthony Towns , C, MIN43.912.
7 Chris Paul , PG, LAC47.
8 James Harden , SG, HOU39.07.510.
9 Giannis Antetokounmpo , SF, MIL42.
10 DeMar DeRozan , SG, TOR42.
11 Blake Griffin , PF, LAC41.
12 Anthony Davis , PF, NO42.
13 Kawhi Leonard , SF, SA47.
14 Kyrie Irving , PG, CLE48.
15 Jimmy Butler , SG, CHI44.
16 Gordon Hayward , SF, UTA48.
17 Marc Gasol , C, MEM44.
18 Stephen Curry , PG, GS313.
19 CJ McCollum , SG, POR410.
20 Mike Conley , PG, MEM49.
21 Andrew Wiggins , SF, MIN44.
22 Isaiah Thomas , PG, BOS38.
23 Andre Drummond , C, DET40.
24 Ricky Rubio , PG, MIN43.
25 Bradley Beal , SG, WAS410.
26 LaMarcus Aldridge , PF, SA41.
27Jrue Holiday, PG, NO45.
28 Rudy Gobert , C, UTA40.
29 Brook Lopez , C, BKN44.
30 Julius Randle , PF, LAL40.
31 Eric Bledsoe , PG, PHO34.
32D’Angelo Russell, PG, LAL49.
33 Reggie Jackson , PG, DET45.
34 Kemba Walker , PG, CHA38.
35 Dwyane Wade , SG, CHI42.
36 DeAndre Jordan , C, LAC40.
37Jusuf Nurkic, C, POR40.
38 Khris Middleton , SG, MIL47.
39 Draymond Green , PF, GS34.
40 Tyreke Evans , PG, SAC44.
41 Nikola Jokic , PF, DEN31.
42 Goran Dragic , PG, MIA35.
43 Harrison Barnes , SF, DAL44.
44 Darren Collison , PG, SAC45.
45 Cory Joseph , PG, TOR42.
46 Zach Randolph , PF, MEM41.
47 Hassan Whiteside , C, MIA30.
48 Pau Gasol , C, SA42.
49 Tobias Harris , SF, DET45.
50 Serge Ibaka , PF, TOR46.
51 Paul George , SF, IND37.
52 Dirk Nowitzki , PF, DAL46.
53 Wesley Matthews , SG, DAL411.
54 Klay Thompson , SG, GS311.
55 Marcin Gortat , C, WAS40.
56 Jonas Valanciunas , C, TOR40.
57 Paul Millsap , PF, ATL33.
58 Nikola Vucevic , C, ORL30.610.
59 Ish Smith , PG, DET41.
60 Seth Curry , SG, DAL49.
61 Markieff Morris , PF, WAS43.
62 Jeremy Lin , PG, BKN45.
63 Jordan Clarkson , PG, LAL46.
64 Nicolas Batum , SF, CHA35.
65 Jeff Teague , PG, IND32.
66 Ty Lawson , PG, SAC42.
67 Greg Monroe , C, MIL40.
68 Marcus Morris , PF, DET46.
69 Derrick Favors , PF, UTA40.
70 Al Horford , C, BOS33.
71 Nerlens Noel , C, DAL40.
72 Gorgui Dieng , PF, MIN40.
73 Dennis Schroder , PG, ATL33.
74 Rajon Rondo , PG, CHI42.
75 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope , SG, DET48.
76 Tony Parker , PG, SA41.
77Jordan Crawford, SG, NO46.
78 Otto Porter , SF, WAS46.
79 Yogi Ferrell , PG, DAL45.
80 Devin Booker , SG, PHO35.
81 Al-Farouq Aminu , SF, POR45.
82 Elfrid Payton , PG, ORL31.
83 J.J. Barea , PG, DAL45.
84 Rodney Hood , SG, UTA47.
85 T.J. McConnell , PG, PHI30.
86 Dwight Howard , C, ATL30.
87 Victor Oladipo , SG, OKC35.
88Malcolm Brogdon, SG, MIL44.
89 Myles Turner , PF, IND31.
90 Sean Kilpatrick , SG, BKN45.
91 Trevor Booker , PF, BKN40.
92Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY24.
93 Evan Fournier , SF, ORL36.
94 Tristan Thompson , C, CLE40.
95 Tyler Johnson , SG, MIA34.
96 DeMarre Carroll , SF, TOR46.
97 Avery Bradley , SG, BOS36.
98 Dion Waiters , SG, MIA35.
99 Bojan Bogdanovic , SG, WAS46.
100 Danilo Gallinari , SF, DEN35.
101 Wilson Chandler , PF, DEN34.
102 Dario Saric , SF, PHI34.
103 JJ Redick , SG, LAC49.
104 Alec Burks , SG, UTA44.
105 Jameer Nelson , PG, DEN34.
106 Lou Williams , SG, HOU37.
107 Robin Lopez , C, CHI40.
108 Channing Frye , PF, CLE49.
109 JaMychal Green , PF, MEM42.
110 Maurice Harkless , SF, POR43.
111 Brandon Ingram , SF, LAL43.
112 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson , SG, BKN40.
113 Marcus Smart , PG, BOS33.
114 Patrick Beverley , PG, HOU34.
115 Eric Gordon , SG, HOU39.
116 Joe Johnson , SF, UTA44.
117 Derrick Williams , SF, CLE44.
118 Willie Cauley-Stein , C, SAC40.
119 Kyle Korver , SG, CLE410.
120Clint N’Dumba-Capela, C, HOU30.
121 Jon Leuer , PF, DET42.
122 Tony Allen , SG, MEM40.
123 Buddy Hield , SG, SAC48.
124 Danny Green , SG, SA47.
125 Jae Crowder , SF, BOS35.
126 Luol Deng , SF, LAL44.
127 Enes Kanter , C, OKC30.
128 Matthew Dellavedova , SG, MIL43.
129 Nick Young , SF, LAL410.
130 Thaddeus Young , SF, IND31.
131 Aaron Gordon , PF, ORL32.
132 Arron Afflalo , SG, SAC45.
133Derrick Rose, PG, NY21.
134 Bobby Portis , PF, CHI42.
135 Trevor Ariza , SF, HOU36.
136 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist , SF, CHA30.
137 Jahlil Okafor , C, PHI30.
138 Monta Ellis , SG, IND32.
139Will Barton, SG, DEN33.
140 Robert Covington , SF, PHI36.
141 Nikola Mirotic , PF, CHI45.
142 Allen Crabbe , SG, POR46.
143 T.J. Warren , SF, PHO31.
144Kristaps Porzingis, PF, NY23.
145 P.J. Tucker , SF, TOR43.
146 Frank Kaminsky , PF, CHA34.
147 Ryan Anderson , PF, HOU37.
148 Marvin Williams , PF, CHA35.
149 Nemanja Bjelica , PF, MIN44.
150 Andre Iguodala , SF, GS33.
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