Fantasy hoops roto rankings: Joe Ingles is taking flight

Joe Ingles is about as unassuming a player as you can find in the NBA -- but he is balling in fantasy early on. Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

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Anthony Davis only strengthened his hold on the No. 1 overall spot in the roto rankings during the first week of the season, leading New Orleans to impressive wins over Houston and Sacramento, as the Pelicans lit up the scoreboard for 131 and 149 points, respectively.

While Davis' early averages of 28.5 PPG, 13.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 2.5 SPG and 2.5 BPG are hardly surprising, the emergence of his teammate Nikola Mirotic is another story. We knew Mirotic could score and shoot the 3-ball, but the veteran has come out of the gates as confident as we've ever seen him.

Mirotic will never be a big presence on the defensive end, but his 30 points against the Rockets in the opener and 36 against the Kings showed that he can be the second option in this offense, even ahead of bigger names like Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle. Mirotic is mostly just a points/3-pointers/rebounds guy, but he moves all the way up to No. 32 this week after making 25 of 41 shots in his first two games, including 11 of 17 3-pointers, while adding 19 rebounds.

Like Mirotic, Utah's Joe Ingles is another veteran forward who turned heads during the opening week of the season. In games against Sacramento and Golden State, Ingles showed his value on both ends of the court, making 19 of 27 shots, including 11 of 17 3-pointers, while averaging 24.5 PPG, 5.0 APG and 3.0 SPG.

Finding players who take and make 3-pointers is becoming quite easy in today's NBA, but Ingles' contributions as a passer and defender from a forward position make him one of the most underrated glue players in the game today. When he is surrounded by stars in fantasy lineups, he is the type of presence who can catapult a roster to a championship. He makes a big leap to No. 36 in this week's rankings.

Other notables who are off to a nice start and jump in the rankings include Nikola Jokic (6), Paul George (12), Jimmy Butler (14), Kemba Walker (15), Blake Griffin (29), Jayson Tatum (40), Enes Kanter (44), Zach LaVine (58) and Caris LeVert (68).

There are also several highly regarded players who haven't started the season on a positive note, and that's reflected in the lower rankings of Kyrie Irving (38), Klay Thompson (40), Draymond Green (41), Otto Porter Jr. (67) and Gordon Hayward (71).

Irving isn't taking or making many 3s or distributing a whole lot compared to other top-tier point guards. Thompson is ice cold out of the gates, making just two of 16 shots from 3-point range. Green has been nonexistent as a scorer, twice finishing with four points or fewer. Porter averaged only 10.0 PPG and 6.0 RPG in his first two games and didn't record a single assist. And Hayward is showing the rust that comes from a serious injury and a missed season.

Injuries to Dwight Howard (back), Will Barton (groin), Isaiah Thomas (hip), Dirk Nowitzki (ankle), James Johnson (abdomen) and Kevin Knox (ankle) bump them off the list, while others, like Harrison Barnes (hamstring), who appear closer to a return, remain in place. When these players get back on the court, they will all be back in the rankings.

As far as rookies go, Deandre Ayton (51), Luka Doncic (55) and Trae Young (62) have impressed early and lead the way, while Jaren Jackson Jr. (95), Wendell Carter Jr. (125), Marvin Bagley III (146) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (148) have each shown enough to crack the rankings this week.

Here is a look at the rest of my top-150 roto rankings: