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Fantasy basketball ADP battle: Jaren Jackson Jr. vs. James Wiseman

Will Jaren Jackson be able to outplay James Wiseman despite kicking off the 2020-21 season hurt?

Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on July 31, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the start of the 2020-21 NBA season and that means fantasy basketball is just around the corner. There will be tons of controversy surrounding what players are worth taking early in drafts for season-long leagues and we’re here to help you sort through the mess.

The fantasy world is split on what to expect from Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman isn't expected to be far behind the third-year when it comes to ESPN ADP. Let’s go over the fantasy outlook for each payer.

Fantasy basketball ADP battle: Jaren Jackson Jr. vs. James Wiseman

Jackson improved his scoring output by a few points per game in his second NBA season but didn’t do much else to inspire fantasy managers to believe in his fantasy basketball potential. His 17.4 points and 4.6 rebounds are nothing to scoff out but his ESPN ADP is just 92.

Jackson is set to miss the beginning of the upcoming season because of a meniscus tear he suffered in August but will likely lead the Grizzlies offense alongside Ja Morant when he returns. Jackson’s rebounding leaves something to be desired but we know for certain that he’ll be a focal point for Memphis. He shot 39.4 percent from beyond the arc in 2019-20 and his stroke isn't going anywhere. I think he’ll outperform his ADP once he gets back into the flow of things.

Wiseman is more of a wild card. While the rookie will likely start for Golden State from the jump there’s no telling how quickly he’ll be able to adapt to the NBA with such a quick turnaround from November’s draft. His ESPN ADP in 102 and he has the physical tools to be a double-double machine as part of the Warriors’ undersized frontcourt. However, it’s unclear how he’ll fit in on offense behind Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Kelly Oubre Jr. Rebounding is a given for the No. 2 selection from this year’s draft but whether he’s competent enough on defense to stay on the court will determine how much he can contribute on offense. I think there’s a good chance Wiseman will also outperform his ADP but shouldn’t overcoming Jackson. You can definitely wait until later in drafts to take Wiseman.