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I still remember my very first year of fantasy basketball.  I dominated the league, talked smack the entire time, and went into the playoffs with a 1st round bye while already thinking about how to celebrate my championship.  I played a team that struggled all year, barely made the playoffs, and had what I thought was an opposing team of nothing but scrubs.  We both streamed where we could and when the dust settled I lost by a large margin.  All my players played well, I couldn’t understand what happened.  When I added the total games played I realized I lost a hidden, yet easily the most important fantasy category there is, and I lost it by double digits: the category of games played.  I ate every word of trash I talked all year and had to watch two other teams vie for what I considered my championship.

If you are like me and play to win, not just play to compete, then maximizing games played in the playoffs is by far the most important way to do it.  JB chimes in, “But you have to make it there first?”  “Au contraire, mon ami”, I say.   Are you really playing for 4th place?  Does anyone remember who lost in the playoffs anymore than they remember who missed them?  Nay I say, we play to win!  So here it is, the most important 3500 words I’ll write all year as far as winning your RCL goes…

H2H playoff dates are: 1st round March 16-22.  Semifinals March 23-29.  Finals March 30-April 5.  Which should be the playoff schedule for everyone.  If your league uses the last week of the year then I would highly recommend you suggest changing it.  It plays very similarly to the last week of fantasy football.

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[Reposting to the top with Updating Rankings as of October 14th!  Talk about some tough decisions to make... Damn those pesky foot bones!

And be sure to put these rankings vs. your own thoughts to the test in the 2014-15 Razzball Commenter Leagues!  Still a ton of leagues open and we need more commishes.  Sign up here today!]

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:

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Several have asked.  The path; fraught with peril.  The excruciating man hours; soul breaking.  But we got it together!  And well, I didn’t do that much work to be honest…  Everyone that uses the Official Razzball Top 200 on draft day with these sortable stats by Slim’s projections, be sure to thank Curtis and Rudy!  And Slim did the heavy lifting using his maths!  Curtis helped put together the stats, then Rudy with his wizardry made this look spiffy and easily sortable.  We’re such a community!  Need some steals late?  BOOM!  Mario Chalmers and Corey Brewer are still on the board.  If you have any questions let us know, and be sure if this helped you at all, thank Curtis and Rudy in the comments, and of course Slim for his hard work using his abacus!

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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The ThrAGNOF position!  Of all the 5 positions, SG and SF are always the least important to me.  Wings pop up all the time on the wire, they’re usually scorers and deep shooters and that’s it, and there’s enough depth with Yahoo’s position eligibility that there’s no need to reach.  SG is peppered all through the top 200 for 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball, especially when you consider a lot of the guys in the top 100 aren’t true SG (cough, Batum, cough, Kyrie).  Below are this year’s SG broken down into tiers (SG as determined by Yahoo position eligibility since 2014-15 RCL Basketball is on Yahoo), along with my mini-blurb and Slim’s projection.  Here’s the top SG for the 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball season:

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The point guard.  The most important position on your team.  Well, maybe that’s debatable, but it’s how I look at it!  PG are strewn all over my top 40 in the overall top 200 for 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball, so I’m probably ending up with at least two in my first four rounds.  A pair of points for the piper!  Yeah, I’m as confused as you with that… And by popular demand, I’ve broken down the PG into tiers (PG as determined by Yahoo position eligibility since 2014-15 RCL Basketball is on Yahoo), along with my mini-blurb and Slim’s projection.  Here’s the top PG for the 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball season:

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With the full 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Rankings now complete, let’s take a look at the final 50.  Sean Connery.  Kevin Costner.  Tons of Great Depression-esque costumes.  I’d imagine if you’re in a deep league and looking at the field below with your last pick or two, you’re feeling something like this:

It’s pretty hopeless, as in 12-teamers these are all likely guys you’re merely starring on your watch list post draft.  There’s some questionable talent, some questionable roles, maybe even someone that’ll give you The Grapes of Wrath, but some untapped upside!  Here’s my top 200 for the 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Season (based on 9-cat H2H):

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