As we prepare for the 2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Season, I’ll be taking a look at each NBA team with their major adds and drops to see if we can pan for any surprise rotational gold.  This open is especially witty for the Nuggets…  We’ll be counting down from worst NBA regular season to the best, mainly because I’m still figuring out how to rank the Warriors…

Houston Rockets (41-41)


Key Acquisitions:

C Ryan Anderson

G Eric Gordon

C Nene

G Pablo Prigioni

G Tyler Ennis

G/F P.J. Hairston

Chinanu Onuaku

Key Losses:

Dwight Howard

F Terrence Jones

G Jason Terry

F/C Donatas Motiejunas?

All hail D’Antoni!  Well, at least for fantasy.  Although with the NBA record-holder for most TO in a single-season, do the Rockets lead the NBA in turnovers this year?!  Maybe they become the all-time record holder?!  I think I found that it’s 24.5 a game by the Nuggets in the 70s…  Would be tough to top!

Obviously Harden is a stud, and with the uptempo pace, there is a lot to like from Houston this year.  And I can’t complain about them not playing Tjones anymore!  I can now consolidate all my rants to the Pelicans…  Anywho, here’s how the Rockets roster is shaping up for 16-17:

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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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My first RCL draft is in the books!  I may drop another league closer to the start of the season – we’ll see on that.  [editor’s note – if you’re interested in joining an RCL league, you can take a spot in several leagues with openings here!]   At any rate, I’m fairly happy with how this draft went.  I had the 11th pick, so that was ugly, but I caught a break in the first round, and I don’t think I blew it too badly after that.  You can be the judge though!

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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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A special edition Hurricane Watch Podcast! Slim braves the elements for the Pod this week, as we catch up on Hurricane lingo and storm preparedness. We also announce when the 3rd annual Slim vs. JB RCL will be posted on the 2016-17 RCL Sign-ups page! Remember, any hints in the comments and you will be REJECTED! Anway, we then go through some news and notes like injuries to Ben Simmons and Reggie Jackson, then go through my Razzball 150-200 Ranks, wrapping up our rankings review with late round fliers and deep league-only plays. Here’s our latest edition of the Razzball Basketball Podcast:

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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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October is here and you know what that means?  Hoops is just around the corner. With preseason games beginning, the excitement for meaningful basketball is now officially reaching boiling point.

After being out in the wilderness for 6 weeks with no internet access, I return with a slightly different flavor from my previous pieces, but rest assured that if you are tuning in to see “Dynasty rookie rankings 41-60”, then they are just around the corner.

As you can imagine, the excitement of having all TV and internet services installed after such a long delay (man, what did we do in the dark world before the internet?!) were soon quashed by opening my browser and the first piece of news I see in basketball news is Ben Simmons suffering a broken foot in practice. Yet more hurt for those Philly fans, with yet another top draft pick spending significant time with the medical staff. It may well be that there is some kind of curse in Philadelphia, but let’s hope the uber-talented phenom will be back on his feet soon (excuse the poor pun).

If, like me, you have a penchant for the deep league, then this may well be the article for you. Of the big fantasy sports, basketball is obvious sport where you don’t want to miss early in drafts ,with a big drop-off in production differential from the top tier to the middle tier.  But that doesn’t mean leagues can’t be won with crafty, late round selections. Without further ado, here are some late round fliers that might be tempting, depending on the depth of your league:

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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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