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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Oh, you thought it would be easier with Ben Simmons out of the fold until the All-Star Break at best? C’mon, kids…this roster is still more convoluted than a Donald Trump attempt at either apologies or giving compliments. It needs some ‘splainin’.

This series is intended to cut through the weeds, bypass the ADPs, and decide which players in current position battles hold the best value for fantasy basketball in 2016. Think of it as an ‘either or’ for two players, or a ranking of sorts when multiple players are jockeying for position. 

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So here we are, heading towards the start of the season and what a difference a few weeks makes. If you have been following the rookie rankings (remember these rankings are just from the 2016 NBA draft, and thus exclude draft and stash candidates), then you know that we are at the home stretch, bringing you numbers 41-60.

For those of you that have not quite caught up to speed, and only just starting to get your research together, then here is the previously stated top 40:

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Sorry for the delay in content here from yours truly, as I’m still without power due to downed power lines from Hurricane Matthew.  After all our silliness on the Pod, turns out I got it worse than Slim!  But at least we had no damage and no broken bones unlike Gordon Hayward.  Man this one sucks!  Apparently Rodney Hood decided to talk about it in Game of Thrones vicarious detail, revealing the bone popped through the skin.  Injuries in preseason make me want to gouge my eyes out like The Mountain vs. Viper!  He’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which will only claim about 2-3 weeks of the regular season.  I’m likely to move him down a few spots in my Top 200 Ranks, but nothing substantial.  I think Hayward’s fans already overrate him a little bit, but if you trust the Gordon’s fisherman, then you have a discount situation on your hands!  Just don’t go reaching too hard too fast, or else you might see part of your pinky bone sticking out…  In the meantime, vault Joe Johnson up your deep league boards.  I already thought he’d be pretty usable in his bench role leading the 2nd unit, and now he gets a few weeks with starting minutes.  Here’s some other news and notes around the NBA during this preseason:

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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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[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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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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