Ahhhhh, the love and hate of auctions! You love them the first 20 picks for all the bickering and bidding wars, then you hate them at the end when it takes forever, because the last moneybags owner keeps cycling the clock down until 2 seconds are left, then $2 cockblocking the remaining owners. Make your bids quicker, people! And if this paints a bad picture of auctions, then be sure to come and join us in an RCL League! 100% free to join fan leagues, SNAKE drafts, with prizes, an immortalized name in the Hall of Fame, and general awesomeness!

If you read that last paragraph, you’re either thinking I’m jaded in auction leagues, or just continuing to whore myself out for more RCL leagues. It’s the latter! Just take advantage of me selling off my sweet, sweet body, why don’t ya?! But I love the RCLs, and it ends up being hella fun the final few weeks and through the playoffs.

Any the who, auction leagues are dope as shit too! I especially love the REL, which combines auction pricing with a dynasty aspect. With a league of extraordinary fantasy foes, doing redrafts in the form of an auction is probably the purest test of fantasy acumen. But it’s also the purest test of stamina, as redraft auctions are longgggggg. So more power to you if you’re prepping for a redraft auction – hit that coffee, hit that Monster, hit that Red Bull… and hit the floor apparently of a heart attack, but you get the picture!

This year is wildly different from the auction values I’ve put together in previous seasons. There’s no clear stud, no clear “pair at the top”, but a concrete top 4 and a concrete #5 in Towns. With that said, in a standard 9-category league, I’m deflating my top end values like never before. I have Curry ranked #1 and Durant #4, but are they really $10 different? Even $5?! Hell, it’s all so close at the top! So I’ll take the cheapest value of the top 4, might even just save for Towns, and go from there. And one final reminder – these are guidelines based off my ranks, not explicit $ guesses. I like Parsons more than most – it doesn’t mean I’m expecting to have to quite spend $26 -but it reflects what I would pay in a draft with 11 other JBs. Girls have dreams about what to do with 12 JBs!

Without any further ado (or RCL whoring), here’s our 2016-17 Razzball Auction Values:

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A special edition Hurricane Watch Podcast! Slim braves the elements for the Pod this week, as we catch up on Hurricane lingo and storm preparedness. We also announce when the 3rd annual Slim vs. JB RCL will be posted on the 2016-17 RCL Sign-ups page! Remember, any hints in the comments and you will be REJECTED! Anway, we then go through some news and notes like injuries to Ben Simmons and Reggie Jackson, then go through my Razzball 150-200 Ranks, wrapping up our rankings review with late round fliers and deep league-only plays. Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Basketball Podcast:

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[The day is nigh! Our Step Brothers themed league drafts tonight, and we need you to fill the last open spots! Join the league through this link here, and check out all the other RCL openings in our signup post. Can’t wait for this ish to start!]

The big men!  You can’t win without a good center!  …just tell the Sixers that…

Center offers some of the biggest variables in fantasy hoops.  E’rybody out hurr loves to punt that FT%!  But you also have Boogie making you punt TO, you HAVE to get good FG% guys if you wanna stay balanced with your shooting, and if you draft too many of the swatters early, you’re probably hurting for points later.  One thing that has become interesting – it seems like there’s more streamable blocks on the wire these days.  Biyombo, John Henson, etc. etc.  Just look how long my “Late round flier”  Tier is!  So don’t waive the white flag if you feel like your swats are too low by your final rounds, or even coming out of the draft.  Here’s the top C for the 2016-17 fantasy basketball season, in tiers:

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[RCLers!  A new league was opened that is drafting quick – tomorrow/Wednesday at 8:30 PM EST – and it’s Step Brothers themed!  Join the league through this link here, and check out all the other RCL openings in our signup post.  Can’t wait for this ish to start!]

Fight the powah!  Although to keep going with the theme of that intro, I really need some hip hop help…  I grew up in the suburbs, the son of  two classical musicians!  True story…  Then I rebelled and became a metal head…  Anyway, I need Grey over from baseball or Dan A to make this work!

Like our heavy doses of position eligibility at the wings, PF has guys all over the place, with the most players within my top-200.  Wait, why isn’t Giannis a PF, he could technically play PF if he needed to!  Dude is 7’0!  He really should have the PG, SG, SF, PF, C eligibility…  Hah!  Luckily PF is still a very malleable enough position to do a few things with in your drafts, and it’s not until we get to C that it really starts locking up.  Here’s the top PF for the 2016-17 fantasy basketball season, in tiers:

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Is that a small forward, or are you just happy to see me?! If it’s Kelly Oubre, then I’m very happy! Although I didn’t even rank Oubre… Love me some Oubre in dyno though! Let’s get Otto Porter out of here! Man, I’m distracted by shiny objects – aka young basketball players.

As we move along with the tiers, and not to dissuade you from reading through this article (cough, cough), I think SF is the least meaningful position in Yahoo. So many wings have the SG/SF, so many stretch 4s have the SF/PF, that I can’t seem to ever remember being in a bind to fill up my three hole. Wow, that sounds weird… Like something someone would say on that new Wyatt Cenac show about alien abductions. That looks like it could be really funny or really stupid. Pretty much the same 50/50 criteria I have on all of my articles! Here’s the top SF for the 2016-17 fantasy basketball season, in tiers:

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With my Top 200 Rankings now complete and listed in one easy-to-use list, it’s time to take a look at where I stand against the experts. Every year, I ignore ADP and other ranking sets when making my top 200 list, so I’m not sullied with crazy opinions – many of which you can read about here! I am unsullied, like Khaleesi’s war general dude! That guy is boss! Except for… Well, ya know…

Stemming from a comment, I was asked more-or-less “who are your guys this year?” And well, without really knowing ADPs or expert consensus, it was tough to answer. So for the first time since I’ve been helming the Razzball ship (helm to 108!), I decided to put an article together, highlighting where I deviate from the septum. Time for a nose job! If Ryan Anderson breaks his nose this year, his new nickname should be Ryno-plasty! Ok, focus JB, I know you’re pumped for basketball, but we have your calls to get to! Here’s where I’m against the grain according to other experts’ ranks on FantasyPros:

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Weekly Pods, woooooo! Slow clap the ish outta that! On today’s show, we catch up on some early training camp headlines like Cameron Payne’s tough injury and Denver further hype-training Slim’s boyfriend. He has so many boyfriends on Denver, it’s tough to keep track! We then go through my Razzball 100-150 Ranks, with some good yelling and arguing through the late round calls. Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Basketball Podcast:

(…of course, an hour or two after we record, the huge news on Ben Simmons hits. Stupid timing! He obviously gets crushed in the ranks… Saric time!)

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The ol’ 2 guard!  Man things have changed since I started, because I remember in 13-14 when SG was a travesty.  Curry had the combo eligibility, then it was a minefield.  I should note and remind everyone that these positionsal breakdowns are based on Yahoo position-eligibility.  Why Yahoo?!  Because it’s RCL time baby!  And we need more leagues!  We’re still in the “just under a month out, so I’m not a straggler for making an RCL league this late” tier!

Due to Yahoo whoring out their position eligibility, SG is no longer an issue, but this was still an interesting tiering system to put together as it pertains to PTS/3s/AST/STL needs as you move along in your draft.  But never forget that ThrAGNOF!  Here’s the top SG for the 2016-17 fantasy basketball season, in tiers:

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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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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…

Utah Jazz (40-42)

Utah Jazz

Key Acquisitions:

G George Hill

G/F Joe Johnson

Boris Diaw

Key Losses:

Trey Burke

F Trevor Booker

A terrible logo!

Hell yes!  Look at the Jazz bringing sexy back, using their old school look as their official logo of 16-17.

Ya know, this team reminds me of a defensive-minded version of the Wolves.  Oodles of young talent, they barely made any changes, and I think Slim will indeed get his wish and see them as a postseason team.  Slim loves his Jazz!  I think it’s just because they’re a team in the West who didn’t burn his Heat…

Anywho, the position where they made the biggest change was a MASSIVE upgrade at PG, so A+ in the offseason moves department!  And oh man, wait until you get idea of what this second unit is gonna be…  Here’s how the 16-17 Utah Jazz are coming together for the upcoming season:

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