I know, I know, we’re a little behind the 8-ball here.  YOU CAN’T RUSH MATH!  I think that’s something Russell Crowe yelled in A Beautiful Mind.  I actually just watched some of that the other day, and I swear his douchiness was the inspiration behind Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory.  Speaking of nerds, here’s a fully functional spreadsheet, sortable by Slim’s projection for the upcoming season!  They’re still sorted by my ranks, so obviously the projections have a little give-and-take with Slim’s thoughts vs. mine.  All you gotta do is click the category you want to sort by, and whizzbang!  Stats sorted by each cat are at your fingertips.  Including by age!  We all know how age-ist Slim is…  Big shout out to Rudy for helping us get these together!  Here’s our 2016-17 Razzball Top 200 Projections for the upcoming Fantasy Basketball Season

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[10/21 – Final Update!  Complete with all of Slim’s stat projections, a few final tweaks, and hopefully a list that’s 95% accurate!  I’m going to try my best to keep our ranking’s post active throughout the whole regular season so commenters can give me some love for the calls that went right, or slam me where it went all Wiggins-ish.  Good luck this year, Razzball Hoops Nation!]

Oh.  My.  God.  It’s here!!!

Not too be all Sapper (I love Millsap!), but this post is the pinnacle of everything I’ve worked for through the years at Razzball.  Taking over hoops in 2013 and building a community with you awesome commenters has been unreal.  And is anything more important in fantasy hoops than ranks?!  As Zoolander would say when clowned for having one look, “I DON’T THINK SO!”

Enough melodrama, this is where it all comes together!  Our one-stop rankings page where we will be continually updating the top 200 until opening night, complete with Yahoo position eligibility (where we’ll be playing in 16-17 RCLs – sign up now!), my short-form blurb (you can read further on everyone in the rankings posts linked below), Slim’s ranks projection (if a rank looks wildly wrong compared to Slim’s projection – it’s a player we wildly disagree on!), and the comments section below that I dare say was the best in fantasy basketball last year.  In 15-16’s ranks, we got to 1,572 comments complete with rankings disagreements, breaking news, draft strategy, draft reviews, and general Razzball hijinks that can’t be topped.  Let’s go for 2,000 this year!

Here’s our 2016-17 Razzball Fantasy Basketball Rankings:

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Hell yeah, it’s REL draft time! Slim and I are like kids at Christmas, with the draft finally arriving like an N64! We live podcast as best we can through the draft (it’s harder than you think!) which you can check out here. Slim gets a crazy value on Kris Dunn to kick it off! We also check in with our own Peter Kap and Adam after their big buys of the draft to talk about their teams, along with all the other action through the first hour of the draft.

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1617-rcl-logoThe epic battle between good and evil has begun! The 3rd annual JB vs. Slim RCL drafted last night, pitting the heroic forces of yours truly against the nefarious hordes of that villainous Slim. Last year, I got the upper hand by knocking Slim out of the semi-finals, but still fell short of winning the league title. Stupid Mr. Green Beans! Ruining it for everyone…

If you’re still jittery with excitement for the NBA season, there’s still time to make a last second RCL League! If we can get a couple more created, I’ll be sure to heavily promote them through the end of this week and the weekend to be sure you have a full league. Hit up our 2016-17 RCL Sign-Ups!

With the epic responsibility to maintain goodness and order in the universe by besting Slim, here’s how my draft went down:

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So admittedly, we’re not going to quite get through all of these…  I always underestimate the time it takes to keep the rankings afloat!  But we have time for at least a few more….

As we prepare for the 2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Season, I’ll be taking a look at each NBA team with their major adds and drops to see if we can pan for any surprise rotational gold.  This open is especially witty for the Nuggets…  We’ll be counting down from worst NBA regular season to the best, mainly because I’m still figuring out how to rank the Warriors…

Memphis Grizzlies (42-40)


Key Acquisitions:

F Chandler Parsons

G Wade Baldwin

F Deyonta Davis

G Troy Daniels

Key Losses:

F Jeff Green

Mario Chalmers

Lance Stephenson


Well, not too much of a change for the most famous city in Tennessee!  Weird reference to another Podcast – I think like 4 years ago and on a baseball Podcast – but let’s see if anyone gets it!  Without losing much, the Grizz sign Chandler Parsons, who new coach David “Plop, plop, fizz” Fizdale said they want to use like LeBron.  Aherm, OK!  And apparently Fizdale is scrapping the Grizzlies slow-paced mold, and going for more uptempo looks.  Any time someone is comparing an offense to D’Antoni, my fantasy tent gets pitched!  So let’s take a look at their roster, and see if an uptempo system can work:

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Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry reacts after a turnover in the second half against the Brooklyn Nets in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Barclays Center in New York City on April 27, 2014. The Raptors defeated the Nets 87-79 and tied the series at 2-2. UPI/John Angelillo

Draft season is now truly upon us with all sites having listed their official rankings for the fanatics, but how accurate those rankings are will well and truly depend on the structure of your league. One of the many attractions to the fantasy sport of basketball is the many different strategies that can play out, and of course the variety of settings and types of leagues that can be afforded to those that take the time to be commissioner of one of our favorite past times.

One of the big minefields that I spend scrupulous hours changing my ranks is trying to balance the variety of categories. The biggest minefield for me is turnovers.

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(Re-posting to the top one last time, with the same SUPER LOGO!  Last chance to create an RCL league and try to topple the field, or fill out on of the remaining leagues that needs owners.  Let’s get a few more leagues together before Opening Night next Tuesday!)

The RCLs are back, baby!  Ugh, I am eager to win some titles this year after getting bounced in the finals in not one, not two, but THREE different leagues last year.  Infuriating!  I think that just proves I need to be in like, 15 RCLs this year.  You should too!

With the new season upon us, it’s time to round up the competitors in Razzball Nation for a chance at RCL glory.  Try for infamy and join legends High as Greg Kite, Akron Lebrons, & Nick is Razzy in the RCL Hall of Fame by beating the best & brightest fantasy basketball community in the land.  And if you’re stumped on a good team name for your 2016-17 RCL squads, be sure to use our RAZZBALL BASKETBALL TEAM NAME GENERATOR with some Razzball-exclusive terms in there.  Robin Lopez TOTALLY sucks at basketball!  While getting your name immortalized in the Hall of Fame is obviously priceless, 1st place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and the power of puppetry by subjecting me to another YouTube shaming video.  I’m totally up for suggestions here, just no tattoos, gross out challenges, or things that would get me in trouble with my wife…

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We’re locked in baby! With the season a mere week away, we’re settled into 2 Podcasts a week, which will be out first thing on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Audio orgasm! Audiogasm! On today’s show, we review the risers and fallers in my latest rankings update including Joel Embiid, Matthew Dellavedova, and Lou Williams, plus discuss a few guys that didn’t quite make the cut. Also, be sure to post your teams in the comments if you’d like them reviewed on the show next week!

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Oh, you thought it would be easier with Ben Simmons out of the fold until the All-Star Break at best? C’mon, kids…this roster is still more convoluted than a Donald Trump attempt at either apologies or giving compliments. It needs some ‘splainin’.

This series is intended to cut through the weeds, bypass the ADPs, and decide which players in current position battles hold the best value for fantasy basketball in 2016. Think of it as an ‘either or’ for two players, or a ranking of sorts when multiple players are jockeying for position. 

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So here we are, heading towards the start of the season and what a difference a few weeks makes. If you have been following the rookie rankings (remember these rankings are just from the 2016 NBA draft, and thus exclude draft and stash candidates), then you know that we are at the home stretch, bringing you numbers 41-60.

For those of you that have not quite caught up to speed, and only just starting to get your research together, then here is the previously stated top 40:

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