Wazzup razz nation! This article is primarily going to cater to the more casual reader, simply because I’m not going to go into any in-depth stat analysis, for this particular post. Basically, this is going to address some of the pet players we have on this site, and why we adore them. I’m not going to cover most of the first few rounds with players like Andrew Wiggins and Rudy Gobert, since they have been covered in a fair amount of detail previously. Without further ado, lets dive in!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Previous “Jump Ball” articles:
9/26 – Kawhi Leonard v Jimmy Butler
TALE OF THE TAPE
|BLAKE GRIFFIN||SERGE IBAKA|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Team||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|PF, C||Position (Y! Eligibility)||PF, C|
|41st||9-Cat Rank (Total Value)||36th|
|28th||9-Cat Rank (Per Game)||18th|
|35.2||Minutes Per Game||33.1|
|27.0 (16th)||Usage Rate (Rank)||17.6 (T-194th)|
Auction drafts are chess, snake drafts are checkers! Pretty sure Denzel in Training Day agrees!
Nothing beats a good auction draft. Yes, they can be long, hard, and full of Kaman, but they also ensure you can get players you like as long as you’re willing to pony up the dough. Luckily this year has more parity across the first round, and you can spread your bets accordingly. Pre-Kevin Durant injury last year, it was back-to-back seasons of paying a ridiculous premium for the Slim Reaper since he was safe (ugh, I guess not really!) and so much better than the field. Now there’s a case to be made for any of the big 3 as #1 overall, I’ve heard KD even enter the discussion that high, some like DeMarcus Cousins over some of the PG, some don’t like John Wall as a first-rounder, etc. etc. etc. So while I do like the stars-and-scrubs philosophy, I don’t think I have to overpay too much unlike the past two seasons where I had KD in the high-$90s. However, I will note there’s a steep dropoff for me outside the top-10. And you’ll notice a bevy of guys at $1-$2. I’ll go in hoping to get two elites, a few mids, and a lot of dollar guys where I see value.
A big luxury of auction drafts is it’s much easier to maintain a team strategy. I don’t love punting in snakes, as guys that fit your build can be picked before you. But in an auction, you can build more efficiently and accurately. You can also punt positions – I would be all for getting two elite PG and having 3-4 $1-$2 high-upside bigs and hope I hit on one or two to flank some mid-range guys.
And one obligatory final note – I know I am high on Andrew Wiggins this year, so obviously if he hits $23 with only one team left bidding, don’t suddenly climb it with one bid from $23 to $39 willy-nilly! These suggested auction values are a framework for my ranks, and the price I’d go if drafting with 11 other mes. Ugh, horrifying, it’d be like having an auction draft in the “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich!” scene!
Values are based on Yahoo standard line-ups (PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C, C, UTIL, UTIL, BN, BN, BN) and 12-team leagues (RCL size – and we need more leagues! Commish one now!) with a $200 budget:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The last two months of the NBA season can produce some extremely strange numbers. You don’t necessarily have to be a good basketball player to produce at the NBA level during these months. That doesn’t matter for winning fantasy leagues though. Numbers are NUMBERS:
2014/2015 NBA Season Final 2 Months Ranking 8-Cat:
Rudy Gobert (27)
Hassan Whiteside (63)
Jordan Clarkson (40)
Zach LaVine (85)
Nikola Mirotic (61)
What do all these players have in common?
-They were all undrafted or dropped to the wire in the majority of 12-team 8-cat roto leagues last year.
-They were all rookies or sophomores for the 2014-2015 season. (Whiteside excluded)
-They all provided top 100 per game value for the final two months of the 2014-2015 season.
Every year there are difference makers that arise throughout the final two months of the season. The correlation between winning teams and scooping up difference makers in the back end of the season cannot be underestimated. Below are some players I think may be able to break out in the final months of the season:Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’re back with another off-season soon-to-be pre-season Pod, and joining Slim and I today is another one of our awesome new writers Matty, and we cover news from the past week, Matty’s Minutes Men article, and his Jump Ball series. We also debut our Podcast draft reviews (well, we will debut them next week, post your draft in the comments if you want a Pod review next week!) and talk about what we’ve been watching at the movies.
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[Updated as of September 28th! We’ll be frequently updating through the remainder of preseason, and be sure to put these ranks to the test in the Razzball Basketball Commenter Leagues! Sign up and start a league today!]
We’re back with the Razzball Hoops’ all-in-one, frequently updated, hopefully mostly right, let’s do this Rubio!, is this a run on sentence?, fantasy basketball ranks!
Below is our official Razzball Basketball top 200, which we’ll be updating all through the offseason, training camp, preseason, and up until the final night before 2015-16 tips off. With each player, I give a small blurb on my thoughts, list Yahoo position eligibility (since this is where we’ll be playing our RCL leagues), and Slim gives his 9-cat projection along with projected minutes played. Alas, Slim and I don’t agree on everything! So if you see a projection that seems out-of-whack with where a player is ranked, we’ve probably argued the point on the Podcast… But we also love all of your questions/comments/disbelief at ranks. We answer any and all of your comments, so if you play in different formats, have keeper questions, salary cap quandaries, or want to be the one to break a piece of news, the comment thread on this running post will be our hub for all fantasy hoops thoughts!
So without any further [James Michael Mc]Adoo, here’s our one stop shop for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Rankings:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Previous “Jump Ball” articles:
TALE OF THE TAPE
|KAWHI LEONARD||JIMMY BUTLER|
|San Antonio Spurs||Team||Chicago Bulls|
|SG, SF||Position (Y! Eligibility)||SG, SF|
|12th||9-Cat Rank (Total Value)||15th|
|6th||9-Cat Rank (Per Game)||8th|
|31.8||Minutes Per Game||38.7|
|21.4 (T-93rd)||Usage Rate (Rank)||20.6 (T-112th)|
Ah, the big boys. Remember when they used to say you should build your franchise around a center? I actually have no idea if they said that, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem the Dream were peaking before my time! But it did seem to be the focus of the NBA, as then it shifted to Shaq and his Kazaam-type activity. Now the big slow C is the way of the past, with fantasy’s best C a do-it-all wet dream of gorgeous fantasy-a-tude. I’m just making up words I’m so in love! The best microcosm of this shift has been the oft-commented Luminescent Lithuanian, who is so hard to rank if the Raptors keep their big fellah mired in a 26 MPG role. We want to stretch the ball more! Ugh, frickin’ rotations and less minutes going around! Matty’s Minutes Men article is just depressing, I want to see guys go 40+ again. I’m getting rambly – Monty Python get on with it! – here’s the top C for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball season:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Bring the powah! In one of the more shiftiest of positions in the NBA, we now embrace the stretch-4 as if small ball is the cure-all for everything in the NBA, and have thrown out the twin towers philosophy. No more Monroe and Drummond and 800 pounds worth of NBA center clogging the paint! The NBA is getting more versatile, and I think we’re seeing it more with all the ways a PF can help you in fantasy. Dimes from LeBron, treys from like half of em, a lot of rainbow line threats… It’s as variant as Johnny Depp’s characters in Tim Burton movies! Oh wait, they’re all weird/bumbly/creepy, that’s completely wrong… It’s as variant as nationalities in the NBA! Love that FIBA had so many NBA players participating, so fun… Anyway, the point is (if there ever was a point to this open), that PF can fit a lot of builds, and can band-aid some stats late, so it’s not a positional necessity. I might have made up a completely new term there… Here’s the top PF for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball season:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The big wings! Not to be confused with the big wigs. Not to be confused with the big Whigs. No William Henry Harrison here! We got history jokes! Continuing our week of tiers, which I think is probably in the 2nd tier of preseason weeks of content, it’s time to group our small forwards. Certainly a misnomer since guys like Giannis are 7-feet, and the multi-cat guys certainly aren’t small in production. I’m certainly small in interesting opens! Intro-ing these tiers articles is tough! I lump this intro in the “Undraftable in 12ers” Tier. Here’s the top SF for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball season:Please, blog, may I have some more?