[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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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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I’m going to warn you all ahead of time; this article will be filled with cliches about winning… Fortunately, many of them apply to fantasy, particularly dynasty leagues. That being said, let’s dive into the keys to success!

  • Winning is all that matters.

Yes, I know this seems obvious, however, a surprising amount of dynasty owners in all sports get carried away with upside and forget about winning. This is particularly the case in baseball, but basketball owners are not immune to this lackadaisical approach. At the end of the day, nobody cares how much upside your team is going to have a couple years from now.

I’m not advising against young players, but you have to keep things in perspective. I’m not advising against drafting rookies, but you have to make sure to keep a balance between upside and actual production. Yes, you want that underrated guy that could be a superstar someday, but you also want to have those boring veterans that put up stats. Consistency is key.

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Feb 8, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) smiles on the court in the game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Oklahoma City won 122- 106. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

I apologize for the click-bait title right away. However, the sentiment is correct, since Westbrook will go too high to be drafted by the savvy fantasy owner.

“Why is this??” You ask incredulously. Good question! I’ll tell you!

I absolutely love Westbrook in real life. He plays with a passion that rivals the likes of Bryant, Iverson, the original Isaiah Thomas, and many other greats. However, he will kill your fantasy team. I’m sure you can already guess why, but hear me out.

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Last week for my debut piece for Razzball, I bought you my dynasty rookie rankings part 1. And what better way to follow up than bringing part 2, in which I cover my rankings from 21-40, delving deeper into the nitty gritty of those players likely to come at more of a bargain price.

If you read last week’s article, you will know the reasons why I will be reaching for Wade Baldwin and Deyonta Davis and in this article you will find more targets that I will be looking to aggressively draft come season start.

In traditional fashion (or following up from last week) I will bring you my favorite target, my top stash, my safe pick and the player I will be avoiding from each multiple of 10, but remember opinions are like assholes, we all have one (and any opinion shared here is that of my own, and not representative of Razzball in its entirety).

Let’s quit the jibber-jabber and get straight to the beef with the rookies I have ranked 21-40:

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The basketball season may still be 2 months away, but it is never too early to start the research for your fantasy dynasty rookie rankings. We have already seen a wild off-season, what with the crazy free agency period, a period in which Kevin Durant found a new home; the NBA draft – a draft which was one of the most unpredictable in years; and Olympic basketball, in which we saw a spirited Serbian team pick up a silver medal against the odds.

In this article I will be looking at the long term value of those rookies selected in this year’s NBA draft, and how I rank their long-term future in the NBA for all of you in dynasty leagues. This year’s draft class is not as top heavy as previous seasons, but still brings a lot of intrigue nonetheless. This article will feature my top 20 picks, be sure to check out next week’s edition where I dive into my 21-40 picks.

Remember that these are dynasty league rankings, so are focused on the future from a talent/upside perspective for fantasy, rather than that of immediate impact in the NBA.

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Finally, we’ve got some action to break down on the court! And what better venue than the Summer League, where raw NBA rooks and sophs go to strut their stuff and get fantasy basketballers needlessly excited. Remember all the Mario Hezonja hype last Summer League?! Hopefully I did pretty well to quash that! Wow, surprised I was right that “quash” was a word… I thought people were just saying squash too fast!

But one guy I definitely don’t want to squash/quash is second-year PG Cameron Payne. We were pretty big on this guy coming out of the draft last year, and he really surprised as a rookie overtaking D.J. Augustin as the backup to Russell Westbrook by going 14.6/4.4/5.6/1.9/0.3 in per-36 during 2015-16, with only 2.3 TO. He didn’t shoot particularly well (41%), but a lot of that was due to nearly 40% of his shots being treys. In his one start of 2015-16, he went 17/3/7 against the Spurs who shockingly weren’t resting anyone.

In the Orlando Summer League which wrapped a couple days ago, Payne led the league in scoring at 18.8 Pts a game, averaging 4 AST to only 2.5 TO. Not huge in the AST total, but that’s a ton of usage for a very few giveaways. The deep ball was still a little meh only going 4-14 from the perimeter, but he did have a 14-14 FT game in there. The Thunder squad (or quad, maybe?) went 4-0 in the games he played, and Payne looks primed for a bigger role with OKC.

With all the talk on Russell Westbrook being shopped (and even if he isn’t traded pre-season, a deadline deal would be very likely), a lot of focus has been on what newly acquired Victor Oladipo could do. No Westbrook and no other big-time creators would obviously be big for RainbOladipo. But lost in that noise is what it would mean for Cameron Payne. I think he’d all but certainly shift into the starting line-up (or at least near-starting minutes, if they still wanted to start Andre Roberson), and give a nice low-TO line with a handful of dimes and steals. The FG% might be lacking, but he would become a top-80ish asset in my mind. So while visions of sugarplums and rainbow lines for Oladipo might cloud your Christmas Eve dreams if Westy is traded, don’t forget about the huge opportunity it would give Major Payne. Here’s what else has caught my eye thus far during 2016’s Summer Ball:

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