Piggy-backing off of Slim’s (in?)famous “Slim vs. Slim” series of years past, I’m going to be writing a number of articles pitting two players with similar ADPs against one another. The format will be slightly different, but the goal remains the same – provide fantasy owners some food for thought to better inform their decision if faced with these two players come draft day. It’s not a groundbreaking idea across the fantasy sports spectrum, but I’ve always found it to be a good way to help avoid a coin toss scenario once the clock starts ticking. So in lieu of a long-winded introduction, let’s just get down to brass tacks, shall we?Please, blog, may I have some more?
You aren’t going to find too many elite fantasy basketball assets sitting on an NBA bench. You’re going to find them on a 50’ wide by 94’ long stretch of hardwood, running their shoes tread-bare.
Fantasy production or “numbers” – essentially the only thing you’re mining for as you prepare for your drafts – is what results from the beautiful union between talent and opportunity.
Talent with limited opportunity (think: Jonas Valanciunas) leaves you with little choice but to sit back and wonder what could have been. Conversely, all the opportunity in the world afforded to players short on talent (I’m looking at you, Courtney Lee) has you questioning why you’re tending to vines that bear no fruit.
Unfortunately, in the world of the National Basketball Association, opportunity is usually held to a finite number each night – and that number is 240. Two hundred and forty minutes is all a given team can distribute amongst its roster during a regulation game. (For our purposes here today we’ll refrain from delving into the impact of overtime/multi-overtime games adding to the pool of minutes, though it does obviously impact the calculus.)
With NBA coaches now regularly employing rotations of nine and 10 men, there are very few players (regardless of talent, youth and good health) who are asked to play more than 75% of a game. In point of fact, during the 2014/2015 NBA season a grand total of six players averaged over 36 minutes of court time. Go just one year farther back and that number jumps to 16. The 12-13 campaign? 22 such players eclipsed the 36 MPG mark and seven ran for over 38 minutes a night. And to really put things into perspective – less than a decade ago we saw nine players average 40 minutes, with the kicker being that none of them missed more than 10 games.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Razzball Hoops Pod returns, and on today’s show we talk Brandon Jennings‘ delayed return from injury, the Jazz PG battle, and big performers from international play this summer. Slim also talks up a player he feels I have under ranked, we review my RCL league draft, and discuss what we’ve been watching the past week. Plus the big reveal! Through some pieces of trivia, we give out the date and time the JB vs. Slim RCL league will be added to the 2015-16 RCL Sign-Ups.
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The NBA fantasy draft season is upon us! With plenty of terrible early projections going on, early drafts are always fun. This is basically going to be a recap of my first RCL draft of the season, with a little of bit of sleeper info thrown in for good measure. I really love the team I got in this league, even though I was sniped on a few picks. Just FYI I’ll be setting up another RCL league in about a week or so – to draft in October – so I hope some more of you guys join me! By then Yahoo’s rankings should be much closer to the ballpark of reason… At any rate, let’s dive in!Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m going to pull an Infinite Jest here… Literary jokes! 2015-16 will now be known as “The Year of the Point Guard Hoarding”.
Man it was unreal finally drafting a real team, and not having an awful mock draft with uneducated click-happy idiots or autodrafting based off of Yahoo’s pre-ranks… Shizz got intense! The PG run got so hot-n-heavy that I had to go to my warm-and-fuzzy Rubio just to feel safe…
To feel the immense pressure of the PG run, or the frustration of sleepers two-to-three pages down from the top available slipping through your fingers right before your pick, start up a Razzball Commenter League today! We need more commissioners, more leagues, we need more mmmmk! Had a little Mr. Mackey happen right there… If you’ve thought about starting a new league with good competition, or have a few friends trying to start a new league and need the best fantasy basketball community to fill it out, start an RCL league today and join the fun. 100% free, great competition, and solid prizes – mainly me making an ass of myself on Youtube…
Anyway, I feel pretty good about this first RCL team I drafted, mainly by scoring a randomized top-3 pick and netting an ideal PG/C combo to start my draft. But that damn PG run got me caught up, and I don’t love my bigs… Here’s how the draft went last night, and my pick-by-pick analysis below:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hey Razzball nation! We’re getting towards the end of the sleeper stream, so I hope you’ve enjoyed so far! There probably will only be one more sleeper article from me after this one, so look out for that next week. My first RCL league draft is coming up on Saturday, so I figured I would just help everyone out and post some of the obvious early ranking screw-ups in Yahoo’s NBA projections. With no prep you can get screwed over by these ranking problems, but with a little knowledge you can abuse their rankings harder than DeAndre Jordan posterizing Brandon Knight! At any rate, lets dive in!Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’re back with the Razzball Hoops Pod, and on today’s show we discuss risers and fallers from the past two weeks in The Official Razzball Top 200 Ranks, then finalize our rankings discussion with players ranked 150-200 and who could be usable deep sleepers on draft day.
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Stromile Swift here; I will hopefully be bringing you some weekly 8-cat information to Razzball this season. The below article relates to 8-cat Roto leagues – I’ve always played 8-cat leagues and prefer no turnovers, as I feel it can sometimes punish the elite players. Below are some of my value picks that will hopefully help win 8-cat championships. Please feel free to comment on any of the article below and I’ll respond to all and sundry. I’m very excited to join the team and look to develop my skills as a writer and commenter on Razzball.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Time for the undraftables!
It’s an absolute barren wasteland trying to sift through the 151-200 ranks, akin to that 60-year-old retiree scanning a remote beach with his metal detector. Bleep! Bleep! Eureka I found a dime! But none of these guys are good enough to get dimebags!
We’re finally wrapping up the top 200 (Rank 1-10 | Rank 11-20 | Rank 21-50 | Rank 51-75 | Rank 76-100 | Rank 101-150), with most of these guys untouchable in 12ers. However, there is some upside to be had with your last-pick fliers and hopefully help out with the deeper leagues. The deep ballers. “I’m balls deep in sleepers!” If only that were the case – a lot of these guys are likely duds or rooks that won’t see enough PT. “I’m balls deep in DNPs!” So remember upside is a big factor when you get this late, as no one wants to be balls deep in O.J. Mayo‘s 20 minutes off the bench…
If you disagree with these ranks, be sure to put your fantasy acumen to the test in the Razzball Commenter Leagues! We need more commissioners and leagues, so sign up a league today, it takes literally a minute – I stop-watched myself – and face off against the best fantasy basketball community around! Prizes and me shaming myself on YouTube abound!
Back to it, here’s the Top 200 for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Season:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Basketball season is approaching quickly, as signaled by the start of our Razzball Basketball Commenter Leagues! The RCL leagues are a ton of fun, so make sure to get in one of those. I’ll be hosting at least one or two in the near future, so if you join one of those, just think of this as a list of guys you should let me draft! We’re starting to get into the more interesting sleepers as we work our way deeper into the rankings. So lets get into it!Please, blog, may I have some more?