If you hadn’t gathered through some comments and a few less articles the past week, I’m back from my adventure in Bavaria and over my Oktoberfest hangover! Geez those Oktoberfest litre (European spelling!) beers were strong! If anyone has had the chance to go, definitely share your stories. Drunk munchies of currywurst and then trying to order steak for some reason (or so I’m told!) was absolutely fantastic.
So indeed I am back, and even though I have a callus on my forefinger from raising my beer glass, my hand is in better shape than Rajon Rondo‘s! Broke his hand in the shower on Friday, and with surgery will miss 6-8 weeks. Let me set up the scene as I pictured this incident: Rondo is on the run after ripping off his bank, pulls into the Olynyk Hotel, he starts to shower and the piercing violin theme sounds – with Kelly Olynyk storming in with a butcher knife! Pretty much Kelly Olynyk anything is scary. “He’s coming at me with a fish stick!” Then all the sudden he turns 5 fish sticks into enough to feed the whole crowd… (Of course, I wrote that whole intro before news came out Rondo was spotted on a trampoline at a park, and that sounds more likely a hand-breaking locale. Maybe he was practicing for a revival of SlamBall!)
I’ve gotten flack for liking Rondo a lot this year, with my rationale him expanding into a perimeter game and likely a career best in points, but as I’ve said before – sometimes injuries can help you from bad ranks! Moving him way down into 50s or so, maybe even later, even though he’ll only miss the first week or two (report surfaced today 10-15 games so more like 3 weeks). Here’s what else has gone down lately in the world of offseason hoops:Please, blog, may I have some more?
1) I’m sure I’ve mentioned this numerable times but JB and I are well known members in the swingers community. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to give away our anonymity but I feel like I can trust you. I go by the Hairless Wonder, don’t ask, and JB goes by the alias… If you would like JB’s alias to be ‘Big Country’ go to paragraph 5. If you think JB’s alias should be ‘The Diesel’ go to paragraph 3.
2) … Twister. I’m sure you’ve been there before, you’ve got your left foot on green, your left hand on red and if someone says right hand blue you know you’re going to be the unfortunate soul who’s going to have the sad face when you’re given your parting gift of a half of a gallon of Purell and sent on your way home. Since JB never breaks character I have no idea if he’s giving me a good spin or he wants to see me end up … For the epic conclusion go to paragraph 6.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Buy low! Sell high! Somehow make millions off frozen orange juice futures by short selling them that still sorta confuses me!
Yessir, auction values are here! And just like how I talked about approaching auctions last year, get your wallets wide open for KD (also look at my blurb for the final $1 pick… Haha – still my thoughts exactly!). First off – unless you are fortunate enough to have Kevin Durant as a keeper or luck into a randomized first overall pick, you’re not going to get him. So in an auction setting, I imagine the bidding to be frantic. However, I think he’s worth the ridiculous premium I have him listed for. Maybe by fortune of having the greatest fantasy editor job in the world, I have done so much work with rankings that I feel I can round out a stars-and-scrubs team spending half my budget on Durant.
As with all fantasy auction drafts, have a few guys on your radar, but have an open mind. Value can come at any time for any player. I also want to note, some of these values mean I’m getting a guy in all auctions, even if it’s at a price much lower than the values I have them listed for. Michael Carter-Williams is the obvious guy there. He’s averaging an $8 buy on Yahoo. I’m not saying “if the bid is at $7, bid $38 on MCW!” It’s just how I would have listed projected auction values using my ranks to give you an idea of how high or how low I would be in an auction setting. So what my $38 is saying is, “buy MCW in all leagues!”
Sorry if I’m a little slow with your awesome comments this week, but I’m back full force this weekend with a new Pod with Slim next week as well.
Values are based on Yahoo standard line-up (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?
Here it is, folks! Below is our official Razzball Basketball top 200, which we’ll be updating through the preseason, listed with Yahoo position eligibility and accompanied by a small blurb for my reasonings. Which isn’t a word?! What if I have more than one reasoning!?
And as an extra step up from last year, Slim has included his projection for each player. All in this one, easy to use list! Slim and I see eye-to-eye on most things fantasy hoops, but he’ll of course have some differences of opinion. So if you see a Slim projection that looks variant from my rank, you’ll know why! And as always, we’re both always hitting up the comments and can [attempt to] explain our reasonings… There it is again! I want it plural, dammit! Here’s our one stop shop for our 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Rankings:Please, blog, may I have some more?
JB jacked up the first podcast, but Slim was a trooper and we did a shorter, condensed version due to some tech issues and recap a few pieces of news including Tyreke Evans still ailing from offseason surgery, then recap drafted teams including a commenter’s team in a new segment we’ll be doing through the preseason.
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Whoa, drafts are starting already?! The early bird catches the predator! Wait, I don’t think I got that right… Getting a draft done early after all this rankings work was a liberating, yet headache-inducing experience. People have been looking at my ranks too much! Razzball Nation is going to a tough customer in their fantasy leagues this year… If you’re itching to start a Fantasy Basketball league, we need more RCL commishes to host a league just like this one, so hop over and start and RCL League today!
Overall, I’m iffy on my first team. I think I like it. Has a little too much youth – but just how the draft went. “Enough noodling, show us your goods!” “What if my goods are a noodle!?” Here’s how the draft went last night, and my pick-by-pick analysis below:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Your force in the middle. The Center. Or Centre, if you’re a British reader… “Those Americans are so pompous!” I actually like Centre, seems more regal. And why I like Fantasy Basketball! It’s the biggest sport worldwide, and I know from some of the loyal commenters we’re helping fantasy owners on the global scale. Take that Jay and Razzball Football! We’re trying to start a workplace rivalry… So back to Cs this year, as I mentioned in the PF Tiers, more than I can ever remember there are PF that are C eligible. No need to reach for the C eligibility. The C&C Music Factory is redundant! Overall ranks come from Razzball’s top 200 for 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball, and below are this year’s C broken down into tiers (C as determined by Yahoo position eligibility since 2014-15 RCL Basketball is on Yahoo), along with my mini-blurb and Slim’s projection:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Sex. Money. Power. Forwards. Yes, it’s time to tier up the PF, who I’m sure are having plenty of sex and have plenty of money out there… Just ask Larry Sanders! A lot of your PF are also going to have that sweet, sweet C of eligibility as well, making fantasy teams – especially in Yahoo/RCLs – pretty easy to manage on the front line. No more reaching for Joel Przybilla! Or Primoz Brezec! Ah, memory lane… Overall ranks come from Razzball’s top 200 for 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball, and below are this year’s PF broken down into tiers (PF as determined by Yahoo position eligibility since 2014-15 RCL Basketball is on Yahoo), along with my mini-blurb and Slim’s projection:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The epic misnomer of the small forward. Giannis Antetokounmpo is almost 7 feet tall! And, well, plays even smaller at SG sometimes! At 6’7 myself, as a SF in the NBA I’d be undersized… And I promise you I’ve never been called undersized! Not even by a spiteful ex! SF is interesting because it’s your Swiss Army knife. There will be a lot of reaching and passing when I’m making my SF picks vs. my top 200 for 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball ranks based on roster comp. You got the ThrAGNOFs, the multi-catters, the %-drainers (cough, Josh Smith) “Enough with the cough usage the past two days, JB!” I’ll put this article in the “Not the Best, but Still Readable” Tier. Below are this year’s SF broken down into tiers (SF as determined by Yahoo position eligibility since 2014-15 RCL Basketball is on Yahoo), along with my mini-blurb and Slim’s projection:Please, blog, may I have some more?