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REL Basketball1Status quo up top with Scurry to the Left maintaining a lead on the standings by 1.5 games, but look out for Slim getting healthy!  I still ring the bell and shout “SHAME!” at the league for letting him draft The Poison Goose at under $30…

Monster week on the wire in this morning’s FAAB processing, so if you’re playing in deeper leagues and wondering who some adds might be, check out the action on our wire this week!  Here’s how week six in the 2016-17 REL went down, and how we’re looking heading into week seven:

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With how the Poppycockers put together their “Super Team”, I admittedly had some worries that the bunch of Tom Cruise-divas they threw out there might make The Poison Goose a mere co-pilot.  But not with moxie like this!

Dude doing that at 7’3!!!!!  SEVEN THREE!!!  Monster game from Kristaps Porzingis last night, going a career-high 35/7/3/1/1 with 3 treys on 13-22 shooting.  He played 40 minutes, and put the Poppies on his back.  While I was a little apprehensive of his USG, I still think my rank of 23 ended up being ahead of the curve (I would confirm this, but FantasyPros is being a little ish and not making it easy to find draft day expert consensus!).  Alas, I was unable to get the Goose in any leagues, and I’m suffering some major poultry withdrawal.  Thankfully Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  He’s taken 15+ shots the past 7 games, attempting 2 more treys a game than last year, and the TO rate has gone from 1.7 his rookie year to 1.3.  His ridiculous 7’3 size makes him too tough for stretch-4s to cover him, and his ridiculous speed and ball-handling makes him too tough for centers.  He’s becoming a true matchup nightmare with the added iso moves, and is – I’m going there – a no question first-rounder next year.  Slim having him on his REL team has me depressingly reaching for the Grey Goose!  Here’s what else went down in fantasy hoops action last night:

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As I try to do in my opens, I pull in some real-life news or experience to try and humanize the open. No one wants robot reporting! Just ask Mark Cuban. And that whole situation seems like such a cop out, “I’m going to ban reporters, and the reason why is that I want more human reporting!” Something else is going on there…

Anywho, for this open, I actually have relevant life experience! As previously mentioned regarding Derrick Favors, I too have suffered from IT Band Syndrome. It’s an inflammation of a thin band of nerves that connect from your hip bone on the outside of your leg, past your knee, and connected to your lower leg. Sometimes it can manifest itself in a mad sore hip, but usually it impacts the outside of your knee. When it flares up, it feels like a bone-on-bone “catching” on the outer part of your knee, like you have some horrific scar tissue from a torn meniscus (something I’ve also had). The real annoyance of the injury is you can feel awesome for a few days, then it flares up out of nowhere. You’re just walking normal, and all the sudden that “catch” makes your knee feel like you re-tore something. It’s pretty friggin’ frustrating.

So when I heard Favors was starting last night despite a flare up of knee soreness again on Saturday, I wasn’t the most surprised. I bet it felt great in warm-ups! Then at some point, I’m guessing he felt that same nerve irritation, and he ended up leaving early. I know his frustration. As a nerve thing, this isn’t really a consistent pain-tolerance thing, or a sprain to play through. It feels fine, then a sudden flare up makes your knee feel unstable. I didn’t watch any of this game, but he apparently didn’t look right, and went only 6/2/0/2/0 in 21 minutes. As I mentioned on the Pod, I nabbed some shares of Trey Lyles on Sunday given Favors’ knee issues and knowing this could be a long-term thing, getting rewarded with an 18/5/2/2/0 line with a trey. A trey from Trey! With leaving games early a persistent issue now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Favors gets treatment for a few weeks, and I would take the flier on Lyles where I could. It took me about two months of rehab and a session of dry needling to stimulate the nerves to finally shake my IT issues. Don’t watch if you don’t like needles! Here’s what else happened in fantasy hoops action last night:

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Every week, we’ll be pitting our two die-hard Larry Bird fans in a duel to the death on a fantasy debate.  Hopefully this will become as infamous as Burr vs. Hamilton.  Look what it did for Broadway!  This week, we’re taking a look at who is fantasy’s number one player.  After a slow start from Curry, Adam is going for Kevin Durant, with Billy sticking with Harden.  Let the vitriol fly!

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REL Basketball1The first week is in the books!  I hope everyone out there in the deep dynasty landscape had a strong first week, saw their rooks get into the rotation a little bit, and avoided the old dinosaurs like Dirk giving them early DNPs…  Smh.

If you’re still unfamiliar with the REL, I wanted to give a quick format recap for this first in-season look-in – it’s a 20 team league, 12 starting roster spots, 5 bench, 1 IL, standard 9-cat H2H.  You can keep an unlimited number of keepers (well, up to roster size) up to the auction budget of $200.  Whatever cash you don’t keep, you use to buy up the younguns outta the draft.  Then arguably the most crucial aspect of the league is the waiver wire.  All pickups are $1 keepers for life, so our $100 FAAB budgets have a dramatic impact on roster construction.  Expect to see some big buys for young guys who break out!

Enough with the league rules recap JB, we get it (says 99% of readers, who have seen these before)!  Here’s how week one in the 2016-17 REL went down:

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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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REL Basketball1With the season here tomorrow, it’s been a busy offseason getting our dynasty chess pieces lined up for a run at the REL golden jersey!  The race for the most coveted prize in all of fantasy basketball’s dynasty leagues (no hyperbole there!) begins now!  Well, maybe it’s not the most coveted, but it’s the most priceless!  Hard to believe I care more about this free league than leagues I pay for…  But we talk about the REL here on hoops and on the Pod more than any other, because deep leagues is where it’s at!

If you missed the live Podcast during the draft, give ‘er a listen here!  With the draft now complete and the first round of FAABing in the books, it’s time to start analyzing the league!  Here’s how owners are feeling about their drafts for our first REL update of the 2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Season:

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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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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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It’s time for everyone’s favorite rankings compartmentalization – tiers!  In all honesty, I used to kinda shrug off the practice of putting players in tiers.  Maybe it’s because I play on Yahoo for the most part and they give virtually every player two positions, or maybe it’s because it’s already a subconscious thing I’m doing with my ranks/draft day strategy.  Either way, it ends up being a pretty interesting post to put together!  My favorite part is naming the tiers…  I feel like when you’re drafting and you see the tier of your upcoming need’s position get dried out, you start to panic.  And it’s always with PG!  In RCL drafts, PG always becomes a panic button for me.  People sniping Elfrid Payton from me, like a bunch of morons!  Here’s the top PG for the 2016-17 fantasy basketball season, in tiers:

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