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!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Preseason is here! Preseason is here! I’m as giddy as N64 kid on Christmas Day.
But before we got into any action, Nick Young had a rough end of to his week last week, jacking up his thumb on his shooting hand requiring surgery. He’ll be out 8 weeks, which puts him back in Purp-n-Gold mid-to-late November, optimistically. You can drop him off your fantasy teams now! He’s got a plenty big cast to hitchhike his way somewhere else. I would say to “Scrubtown” but if you say that three times fast it starts to sound kinda like Scranton and I don’t want to offend Scrantonites or fans of The Office.
I wasn’t big on Swaggy P anyway, but no reason to touch him except in the very deepest of leagues. Pretty empty scoring. Wesley Johnson gets a minor bump up, and that’s the extent of the impact. Now back to preseason! Of course every performance must be taken with a grain of salt, and this early it’s a friggin’ pillar of salt, but it’s never too early to see how players are doing – especially this year’s ridiculous class of rooks. Here’s what’s gone on across the league: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?
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?
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?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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:Please, blog, may I have some more?