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 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.

4 Games: LAL, DAL, SAS, LAC, NOR, UTA, WAS, MIL, SAC, MEM, DET, MIN, BKN, POR, CLE, TOR, CHI 
3 Games: HOU, BOS, OKC, DEN, GSW, MIA, ORL, PHO, IND, CHA, PHI, ATL
2 Games: NYK

Week 21 Sportsline Projections
Rank Name G 3PM RPG APG SPG TOPG BPG PPG FPTS
1LeBron James, SF, CLE45.77.97.81.43.30.724.8188.1
2John Wall, PG, WAS44.84.610.21.93.80.721.4180.9
3Damian Lillard, PG, POR411.55.57.30.93.10.326.7179.9
4Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC36.19.710.31.94.80.330.2174.1
5DeMarcus Cousins, C, NO46.011.24.11.23.11.423.6170.0
6Karl-Anthony Towns, C, MIN43.912.32.60.62.71.225.2166.7
7Chris Paul, PG, LAC47.94.88.82.02.40.118.7163.2
8James Harden, SG, HOU39.07.510.01.74.50.628.9162.5
9Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL42.28.74.91.43.01.621.9161.1
10DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR42.15.54.61.02.70.226.9160.1
11Blake Griffin, PF, LAC41.78.45.00.92.40.522.3158.6
12Anthony Davis, PF, NO42.010.62.01.22.11.824.0158.3
13Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA47.86.33.52.11.90.725.4158.3
14Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE48.23.15.41.32.30.423.8148.4
15Jimmy Butler, SG, CHI44.85.64.21.52.20.522.6145.4
16Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA48.15.54.31.12.00.322.7144.4
17Marc Gasol, C, MEM44.16.84.30.92.11.418.8137.8
18Stephen Curry, PG, GS313.65.46.81.83.50.228.1136.9
19CJ McCollum, SG, POR410.04.14.11.02.40.522.7135.8
20Mike Conley, PG, MEM49.23.45.91.32.00.319.0135.0
21Andrew Wiggins, SF, MIN44.54.22.30.92.40.324.0126.6
22Isaiah Thomas, PG, BOS38.72.86.71.12.50.126.9125.4
23Andre Drummond, C, DET40.013.40.91.51.81.314.9124.6
24Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN43.34.48.61.72.80.110.5123.7
25Bradley Beal, SG, WAS410.93.23.21.11.90.221.6123.1
26LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, SA41.28.22.00.61.51.118.3122.7
27Jrue Holiday, PG, NO45.93.56.61.42.80.414.7122.0
28Rudy Gobert, C, UTA40.012.71.50.71.92.313.4120.7
29Brook Lopez, C, BKN44.86.21.90.62.21.720.1120.2
30Julius Randle, PF, LAL40.69.24.10.72.40.413.3117.5
31Eric Bledsoe, PG, PHO34.86.46.41.33.50.521.5117.4
32D’Angelo Russell, PG, LAL49.43.65.31.32.80.216.4116.7
33Reggie Jackson, PG, DET45.12.85.70.82.30.115.6113.8
34Kemba Walker, PG, CHA38.04.45.51.32.30.323.0113.0
35Dwyane Wade, SG, CHI42.64.43.41.02.40.717.8112.8
36DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC40.013.60.90.71.31.911.4112.3
37Jusuf Nurkic, C, POR40.010.02.61.12.81.612.8111.9
38Khris Middleton, SG, MIL47.94.33.61.31.90.216.7111.1
39Draymond Green, PF, GS34.19.66.72.02.71.712.6109.4
40Tyreke Evans, PG, SAC44.54.84.81.22.60.413.9109.2
41Nikola Jokic, PF, DEN31.99.34.90.92.20.817.8109.0
42Goran Dragic, PG, MIA35.04.06.41.12.60.220.1106.8
43Harrison Barnes, SF, DAL44.85.21.80.71.30.218.0105.5
44Darren Collison, PG, SAC45.72.74.61.21.90.314.7104.7
45Cory Joseph, PG, TOR42.64.04.91.01.70.212.7103.6
46Zach Randolph, PF, MEM41.28.51.80.61.50.214.4103.3
47Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA30.014.50.60.81.92.717.1102.9
48Pau Gasol, C, SA42.07.92.60.41.31.212.3102.7
49Tobias Harris, SF, DET45.45.61.80.71.20.516.5102.7
50Serge Ibaka, PF, TOR46.17.11.00.61.31.515.7102.1
51Paul George, SF, IND37.06.63.41.42.70.321.0100.1
52Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL46.16.41.70.61.00.614.899.1
53Wesley Matthews, SG, DAL411.63.72.71.11.40.215.598.4
54Klay Thompson, SG, GS311.34.12.30.82.00.724.497.7
55Marcin Gortat, C, WAS40.010.11.30.61.41.111.397.5
56Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR40.09.90.90.41.60.913.197.4
57Paul Millsap, PF, ATL33.17.83.41.32.21.117.697.3
58Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL30.610.12.61.01.81.216.796.8
59Ish Smith, PG, DET41.73.25.60.91.50.49.896.1
60Seth Curry, SG, DAL49.73.03.31.11.60.114.895.9
61Markieff Morris, PF, WAS43.46.31.91.21.60.613.795.4
62Jeremy Lin, PG, BKN45.73.14.10.82.60.413.995.0
63Jordan Clarkson, PG, LAL46.03.12.91.22.10.115.694.9
64Nicolas Batum, SF, CHA35.66.75.61.02.70.614.894.7
65Jeff Teague, PG, IND32.93.87.11.12.40.414.594.6
66Ty Lawson, PG, SAC42.72.85.61.12.00.110.293.8
67Greg Monroe, C, MIL40.07.22.11.01.70.512.293.2
68Marcus Morris, PF, DET46.44.82.20.81.10.314.193.0
69Derrick Favors, PF, UTA40.07.41.40.91.31.112.393.0
70Al Horford, C, BOS33.07.34.30.91.41.214.292.2
71Nerlens Noel, C, DAL40.07.71.61.41.41.210.891.6
72Gorgui Dieng, PF, MIN40.68.21.81.01.51.010.791.6
73Dennis Schroder, PG, ATL33.73.16.10.93.00.117.191.0
74Rajon Rondo, PG, CHI42.25.25.61.12.60.27.690.7
75Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, DET48.23.32.21.21.10.214.389.0
76Tony Parker, PG, SA41.72.15.10.61.60.110.889.0
77Jordan Crawford, SG, NO46.83.12.70.91.40.213.687.5
78Otto Porter, SF, WAS46.55.81.31.40.60.511.986.3
79Yogi Ferrell, PG, DAL45.62.84.70.81.70.110.286.0
80Devin Booker, SG, PHO35.53.93.10.72.80.320.285.5
81Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, POR45.47.61.91.01.70.89.784.8
82Elfrid Payton, PG, ORL31.44.26.21.32.30.512.184.6
83J.J. Barea, PG, DAL45.52.44.60.41.60.010.684.5
84Rodney Hood, SG, UTA47.63.52.20.71.20.213.583.9
85T.J. McConnell, PG, PHI30.74.37.61.82.20.28.683.7
86Dwight Howard, C, ATL30.011.91.30.82.11.413.283.6
87Victor Oladipo, SG, OKC35.24.73.01.41.80.416.581.5
88Malcolm Brogdon, SG, MIL44.22.83.81.11.70.110.481.2
89Myles Turner, PF, IND31.47.51.30.81.32.214.679.2
90Sean Kilpatrick, SG, BKN45.93.81.90.61.80.113.178.7
91Trevor Booker, PF, BKN40.97.61.60.81.60.49.078.1
92Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY24.47.34.01.02.40.524.377.1
93Evan Fournier, SF, ORL36.03.23.11.02.00.117.076.2
94Tristan Thompson, C, CLE40.08.60.90.40.81.08.076.1
95Tyler Johnson, SG, MIA34.04.13.41.11.10.613.875.9
96DeMarre Carroll, SF, TOR46.54.91.51.10.90.310.775.8
97Avery Bradley, SG, BOS36.14.92.11.41.40.215.875.2
98Dion Waiters, SG, MIA35.23.13.70.91.80.314.673.9
99Bojan Bogdanovic, SG, WAS46.83.41.40.51.10.112.873.7
100Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN35.24.51.90.71.00.316.473.6
101Wilson Chandler, PF, DEN34.55.91.90.81.50.415.073.0
102Dario Saric, SF, PHI34.37.12.40.62.20.313.772.9
103JJ Redick, SG, LAC49.12.21.30.61.10.113.872.7
104Alec Burks, SG, UTA44.13.91.60.71.30.111.572.3
105Jameer Nelson, PG, DEN34.62.75.80.81.90.110.672.0
106Lou Williams, SG, HOU37.02.12.81.11.40.316.372.0
107Robin Lopez, C, CHI40.06.10.80.21.11.69.571.8
108Channing Frye, PF, CLE49.15.01.00.50.90.710.671.8
109JaMychal Green, PF, MEM42.47.01.10.61.20.58.871.3
110Maurice Harkless, SF, POR43.85.11.21.01.10.89.770.8
111Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL43.44.22.50.41.60.49.270.5
112Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SG, BKN40.95.41.91.01.40.58.370.4
113Marcus Smart, PG, BOS33.53.94.21.81.70.410.469.8
114Patrick Beverley, PG, HOU34.95.53.91.51.20.59.269.8
115Eric Gordon, SG, HOU39.02.82.70.91.50.415.369.8
116Joe Johnson, SF, UTA44.93.32.50.51.10.19.569.4
117Derrick Williams, SF, CLE44.44.21.00.60.90.210.768.8
118Willie Cauley-Stein, C, SAC40.05.11.00.81.01.19.268.7
119Kyle Korver, SG, CLE410.03.31.70.60.90.410.568.7
120Clint N’Dumba-Capela, C, HOU30.08.30.80.71.11.411.968.3
121Jon Leuer, PF, DET42.65.01.30.40.90.39.668.1
122Tony Allen, SG, MEM40.84.91.31.81.40.48.667.5
123Buddy Hield, SG, SAC48.23.51.50.61.60.111.367.4
124Danny Green, SG, SA47.63.62.01.21.00.88.267.0
125Jae Crowder, SF, BOS35.25.42.01.20.80.312.367.0
126Luol Deng, SF, LAL44.44.51.60.70.90.29.266.8
127Enes Kanter, C, OKC30.37.60.90.51.60.513.566.8
128Matthew Dellavedova, SG, MIL43.72.04.50.61.80.07.066.6
129Nick Young, SF, LAL410.71.91.00.60.60.212.566.1
130Thaddeus Young, SF, IND31.76.41.81.41.30.511.465.9
131Aaron Gordon, PF, ORL32.75.52.00.81.20.712.065.4
132Arron Afflalo, SG, SAC45.02.91.60.51.00.110.565.2
133Derrick Rose, PG, NY21.14.35.80.82.70.318.365.2
134Bobby Portis, PF, CHI42.36.40.70.30.90.38.965.2
135Trevor Ariza, SF, HOU36.25.62.21.71.00.310.764.9
136Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA30.08.11.51.00.91.09.664.8
137Jahlil Okafor, C, PHI30.05.91.20.31.81.113.864.8
138Monta Ellis, SG, IND32.32.93.91.12.00.411.364.7
139Will Barton, SG, DEN33.14.32.80.81.40.411.964.5
140Robert Covington, SF, PHI36.45.91.31.51.60.811.963.9
141Nikola Mirotic, PF, CHI45.64.90.90.61.10.78.963.1
142Allen Crabbe, SG, POR46.12.91.30.60.90.210.362.9
143T.J. Warren, SF, PHO31.35.41.00.90.70.512.862.7
144Kristaps Porzingis, PF, NY23.78.31.80.81.91.718.862.4
145P.J. Tucker, SF, TOR43.15.31.51.10.80.26.762.1
146Frank Kaminsky, PF, CHA34.15.02.00.71.00.611.361.7
147Ryan Anderson, PF, HOU37.35.00.90.50.90.313.861.5
148Marvin Williams, PF, CHA35.06.21.30.70.90.811.061.1
149Nemanja Bjelica, PF, MIN44.54.71.50.71.20.47.861.1
150Andre Iguodala, SF, GS33.14.53.51.11.00.58.260.8
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