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?
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…
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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?
Ah, the late-round fliers! Which I think is “fliers”. A lot of the time, I almost write it “flyers”. Zach LaVine is a late round flyer! Eesh, being a married man makes you start getting reallllll corny with the jokes.
So as I’ve mentioned a few times getting through the top 100 (Rank 1-10 | Rank 11-20 | Rank 21-50 | Rank 51-75 | Rank 76-100), there just isn’t many warm bodies out there to call “JB’s late sleepers”. And, well, a lot of that is because I have guys that are ranked in the 100s on Yahoo and ESPN in my mid-rounds (cough, Jordan Clarkson – ESPN 99 Yahoo 144, what the hey?! aherm, cough cough – I’ve caught the plague!), while just as much is the lack of sexy rookies in good situations. Jahlil Okafor is awful for fantasy. D’Angelo Russell loves talking 401ks with Josh Smith by the turnovers at the breakfast buffet. Stanley Johnson looks awesome, but Detroit has a bigger wing mix than Bdubs. Asian zing – that one my jam!
With these final rounds of players, it’s also important to factor in league size. These ranks are [hoping to tailor] for a 12-team league, so I’ll reach for a tad more upside the later we go than go for stability. Tristan Thompson is going to be mad consistent for some points and boards for the very deep leagues, but lordy he’ll be unownable in a 12er. You’re fired! Can’t believe this Trump stuff is still going on… Anyway, here’s the Top 150 for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Season:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Ah, the almost-studlies. The “still can’t quite miss, but you can start reaching round.” …Almost sounds like I said reach around…
This is where the sommeliers really can knock their drafts out of the park – it’s all about the pairings. You don’t serve red wine with fish, you cro-magnon! But what’s great about fantasy hoops as opposed to a pretentious French restaurant is there’s very few pairings that can go wrong. I mean your first rounder is awesome and your second rounder awesome with it! I know a lot of people like the FT punt builds, but really the only pairing I can’t see doing is going big-big. There’s a ton of FT-punt bigs littered through the first 4-5 rounds, so I think you can still punt, but start with a LeBron James/Draymond Green pair, then PG/C in 3/4. I’m sure Slim and I will work on more culinary pairings as we go through the ranks and do some mocks on the Podcast, as we attempt to put together the best fine dining experience… I just wanna avoid the friggin’ snails! Here’s the Top 20 for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Season.Please, blog, may I have some more?
“Dude, you can’t make a title caps to make the pun work, or else it’s a stupid lazy joke!” Well, ya know I’m pretty effin’ rusty out here catching back up with Summer Ball and this final batch of free agency moves! I’m as old and as rusty as Deron Williams, who completed his buyout with the Nets, turned it into piles of gold he buried in his backyard, and will be eating Mulligan’s steak with Mark Cuban. The rich stay rich, just with the richer! Wait, did that make any sense? While D-Will has just as much risk as an active Claymore mine sitting on your desk (and giving it a fourth grade girl), I think I might actually buy in a bit. He’s in a steady decline, but when looking at his numbers last year, it’s easy to forget he came off the bench for a bit – and his bench numbers were horrific. As a starter he was 14.3/3.6/7.1 with a steal per and only 2.4 TO. And interestingly enough – nearly 33 minutes a game while staying [mostly] healthy! Must be the new bacon and eggs diet. He shot pretty horrible – sub 40% as a starter – but it was 39.6% vs. 32.3% as a sub. Couldn’t figure out how to get it done off the pine! Sounds like a merit badge the Pawnee Rangers would give out. Moving to Dallas, he’s surrounded by SO MUCH better talent that he should have no problem falling into comparable numbers as his starting days in Brooklyn, maybe even with a few more dimes, a few less TO, and playing as the starter all year (if he stays glued together). This is likely D-Will’s final chance to be on a winner, and after a very sub-par 14-15 I think he could be a draft day value. Either that or he’ll be a hot spinning cone of meat! Here’s what else has gone on in the past week of fantasy basketball:Please, blog, may I have some more?
The draft is here! I’m so excited that I pushed through a hectic day to have a live post throughout the night, something I told Slim I probably wouldn’t be able to get to. He’s all like, “5,000 ranty words on Interstellar, and you can’t do a live draft post?!” And I’m like, “MUUURRRPPPHHHHH!!!!!”
Let me start with this question to loyal Razzball Nation readers – is the NBA draft the best of the professional sports drafts? My vote is hell yea! Better trades, it flows faster, rooks impact right away… Ugh, I wish the MLB draft got a little more interesting at the top. And the NFL draft, well, 2/3 of the players who get picked don’t impact fantasy so I care a lot less…
So here we go folks! I’ll be updating the post live with every pick – so constantly hit dat refresh – along with some immediate fantasy thoughts and a gut-call grade as we go. Here’s how the 2015 NBA Draft went down (which you can compare to Slim and I’s mock draft early this month):Please, blog, may I have some more?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Christopher Nolan fan. I remember in early middle school, Memento blew me away; a year or two later I made my mom take me to see Insomnia and she probably thought I was nuts… And again I was blown away by tour-de-force acting and a great character study.
Then of course came all the Batmans which were great, even though the third one had, well, a few issues that the Honest Trailer people figured out. And I even really liked Inception even though it also had some problems.
And then we get Interstellar. Nolan doing sci-fi. Check. About space. Check. About the future. Check. And man was I mad! It’s like no one read the script except Nolan, who is apparently going nuts! Really the only thing about the movie that isn’t flawed is the amazing score by Hans Zimmer, who is the man. It’s also shot really well…
So I decided to go back and watch Interstellar and find 50 plot holes (sure, some may be more “issues” than “plot holes”) and connect them using metaphors – like how the movie uses the metaphor for human love to explain everything – to fantasy basketball. The plot holes that really grinded my gears are in italics.
FULL DISCLOSURE! I’m not going to watch the Honest Trailer for Interstellar until I’m done!
If this isn’t your viewing companion next time you watch Interstellar, then I don’t know what is… Here we go:
(note – if I really need to say “spoiler alert” for a post like this if you haven’t seen it, then that might be your issue…)Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yikes, after the top 10 things become a hodgepodge of nitpickery! I think I made that word up, but I’m not going to let my creativity wane during the offseason!
After putting out my Way Too Early Top 10 last week, I fought some procrastination and internal debates to get 11-20 down. Fought some ranker’s block! It’s like writer’s block, except I’m a lot less cool than Hank Moody in Californication. Ranker’s block doesn’t score me the Hollywood A-listers! But with a bottle of booze and in a plain black T, I truck forward thanks to the insistence of Runkle. Here’s my Way Too Early Top 20 for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Season:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Fresh off surviving the 2014-15 Razzies with his nomination for worst coach, Brad Stevens only kinda-sorta did something right last night… Yo Brad, how about you have Marcus Smart take some other shots than 3s (1-5 FG with 1-4 3PTM last night)?!
But despite the Celtics’ horrific mismanaging of Smart, Stevens did run Isaiah Thomas a whopping one-more-minute than Smart, and IT2/3 went nuts for 34/3/6 on 10-17 FG (4-8 3PTM 10-11 FT). In a 10-point win, you don’t run IT2/3 over 30 minutes with a +35?! Only got to 29:47 last night, but you’ll take it when he’s at at least 23 Pts, 2 treys and 4 3PTM the past three games. Those are the floors! Other than the %s (he is shooting a ton more though), IT2/3 has really improved since changing into green, and I think that slow start in Phoenix might make him a value next year. IT2/3, the Hoppin’ Leprechaun! That might have to be his full official Razzball nickname… Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy basketball action:Please, blog, may I have some more?