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?
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):Please, blog, may I have some more?
One of me and JB’s favorite forms of philanthropy is the celebrity car wash. Obviously we aren’t going to fool anyone into thinking we’re famous without a bit of a makeover. To achieve that ‘celebrity look’ all you have to do is rent a minivan old enough to still have a tape deck, hire a dozen or so hourly day laborers, and borrow your parents/grandparents circa 1980s shoulder mounted video camera. Now just find a Walmart parking lot with access to water and you have almost everything you need. I say almost because you still need to stick out from your newly created entourage. A pair of henna sleeves representing as many religions as possible and as much costume jewelry as weight you can squat is all you will need to complete the look. Once you’re set up with everything you need to start the car wash borrow a cassette tape from one of your laborers, swing those double rear doors open, and crank it up to 11. Just don’t forget to make sure your documentarian is recording it all.
We don’t do it for charity per se but I’m sure what we do is still called philanthropy. You see we don’t charge money either. We do it for the sheer pleasure our performances gives others. Although, we still don’t do it just for them. I know it’s the same for JB even though he doesn’t really talk about it, but I can surely say for me that once the soaps are sudsin’, the water gets flowing, and I’m dancing to the plucking of guitar strings in nothing but my pink string bikini – I feel alive! So what if my skin turns red from the sun, green from the ‘gold’, and brown from the ‘ink’, the joy, at least I think that’s joy, we see on the faces of an entire car load of Smiths can’t be washed off in a week either.
In fantasy basketball this amount of joy can only be achieved by guessing right on a rookie and being rewarded with an all-star. The two top rookies this year are unquestionably Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. Both are as talented as they come and both should receive plenty of fantasy relevant playing time immediately. You want one, I want one, everyone else we’re drafting with wants one. Before I decide if that’s going to be me I need to figure out what kind of player they are, or in a dynasty what kind of player they could become. So I give to you Wiggins v Parker, in all its hip-shaking, beard-drenched glory:Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the full 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Rankings now complete, let’s take a look at the double digit rounds. The debate over Scrub A or Scrub B. We don’t want no scrubs! Well, play in a shallower league then! People say you win your leagues in the later rounds. I don’t know who these people are, but they’re probably jaded after drafting Derrick Rose in the 2nd round last year. Where’s the violins?! What I would say, is if you hit on one guy in the late rounds with 30th or 40th overall value, you’re set. 75% of your last picks are probably going to be drops. So 75% of your late picks will be passes to Brandon LaFell. Wrong sport! Still bitter about how bad he was… Go Kelvin Benjamin! Aka my favorite Panther. Stay focused! Here’s my top 150 for the 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Season (based on 9-cat H2H):Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the full 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Rankings now complete, let’s take a look at the top 100. After a week filled with triumphs, successful trades going through, and possibly the biggest news of the offseason – Jared Dudley getting moved. I couldn’t finish the top 100 without knowing where Dudley would be! The ramifications would be catastrophic! So past 75 you’re starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel. The dregs of the cask. Which means it’s sleeper land! Bring out the sleeper patrol! And a lot of times if you hit on just one of these and avoid injuries in your early rounds, you’re set for a playoff run. Here’s my top 100 for the 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Season (based on 9-cat H2H):Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the full 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Rankings now complete, let’s take a look at the top 75. Captain N is aboard! Captain on the bridge! The respect he garners trumps captain Russell Crowe with long hair… Captain Patrick Stewart with no hair… Captain N has a huge ass flat top! And this captain is Nerlens Noel; double the N for twice the… nifty…? Twice the… neat hair? This captain will put non-believers 20,000 leagues under the sea! Here’s my top 75 for the 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Season (based on 9-cat H2H):Please, blog, may I have some more?
Heading into the upcoming Fantasy Basketball Season, Razzball will be interviewing local NBA beat writers for actual, real-life basketball knowledge to shed some light on our measly fantasy basketball knowledge. Keep your eye out for interviews from [hopefully!] every NBA team through the summer. This installment comes courtesy of Joe Dexter from leading Detroit Pistons blog Piston Powered (interview held on Aug. 13):Please, blog, may I have some more?
If you were an 80s baby, your teenage years were flush with great movies such as There’s Something About Mary, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Cable Guy. Remember the stars of those films, Cameron Diaz and Jim Carrey? Sure we do. They were great! Diaz commanded the screen as a sexy, but funny “everyday” kinda gal. Carrey contorted his face and gave us belly laughs from role to role. They even starred in The Mask TOGETHER, which was Diaz’s film debut. Carrey had a pretty good run in the 90s. In addition to the aforementioned films, Dumb & Dumber and the Truman Show were also instant comedy classics. He even ventured into the “serious” with a breakout performance in Man on the Moon (which was the Andy Kaufman bio-pic). Diaz had a less-than-illustrious early career as far as critical acclaim was concerned, but she was still immensely popular and became one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.
Then came the year 2000. To me, that year was the end of an era for both of these icons.Please, blog, may I have some more?