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.

Cheers, Stro.

Serge Ibaka (Final 11 Games of 2014-15 Rank: 8)

After finishing 14th and 17th respectively in per game averages his previous two years, Ibaka took a step back last season and finished 22nd. A lot of that had to do with added offensive responsibility and showing a continued tendency to trek to the 3 point line for jumpers, dropping his FG% to 47%. With a full strength & hopefully healthy Thunder team, Serge Iblocka should be able to return to an early second round value that can be had at a late second round price. They’re definitely a lot of players that have more hype, but not many more are as safe and solid a selection as Serge. Don’t sleep on him.

Drafted Pick: 18-25

Expected Value: 12-20

Trevor Ariza (Last Season Rank: 44)

When drafting Ariza, you have to know what you’re getting and know what you’re not getting. A hell of a lot of 3’s and steals and a hell of a lot of bricks. The key to unleashing the value of the 44th ranked player last year is to hold through the valleys and hold through the peaks.  As with all streaky long range bombers, he will have his lean stretches. But all-in-all, he’s an early round value with no serious competition for his position on the Rockets.

Drafted Pick: 50-60

Expected Value: 40-50

Carmelo Anthony (Last 3 Seasons Ranks: 8, 8, 24)

Carmelo’s previous two completed fantasy seasons represent two 8th place finishes. But oh how the mighty have fallen… Melo only made it through 40 games last year and his stock has taken a considerable hit. Injury concerns aside, there aren’t many players who can and have produced first round value regularly that is almost guaranteed to go in the second round this year. He should be elite in FT%, PTS and 3’s while providing a trickle of everything else. The Knicks have some resemblance of a team this year and have a realistic shot at a 8th seed in the East, which hopefully sees Melo ball in 15-16. Also to keep in mind, the Knicks don’t own their draft pick this season so tanking will not be an option for the Knickerbockers. Make no mistake there is as much risk here as as any other injury-prone player, however the reward is as great as any other as well.

Drafted Pick: 12-18

Expected Value: 8-12

Victor Oladipo (Final 2 Months Rank: 22)

After a slow start to the season due to a facial fracture, Oladipo averaged 20.3/4.3/4.5 with 1.8 steals, 1.5 3’s and 0.5 blocks a game at 42.5% FG and 82.4% FT @ 4.8 FTM a game over the final two months of the season. Still young at 23, minutes should not be an issue with Orlando searching for a playoff berth. Young, durable (80 games year 1, 72 games year 2) and with a friendly roto game, I imagine this will be the last year you’ll be able to get Oladipo with a late third/early fourth round pick.

Drafted Pick: 30-40

Expected Value: 15-25

Eric Bledsoe (Last Season Rank: 20)
Finishing 28th & 20th overall in per game metrics, Bledsoe looks ready to explode again in 2014-15. One of the golden group of players in Roto that is capable of a 1-1-1 stat line (3’s/stls/blk), the opportunity is there to really become the anchor of the Suns for years to come. Assists numbers should increase with the addition of pick and roll finisher Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight serving as more a secondary ball handler with Bledsoe the main man.

Drafted Pick: 20-30

Expected Value: 12-20

  1. MAC says:
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    RAZZUP MAN?!!! really??? stromile swift in the house?!!!

    • Stro

      Stro says:
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      @MAC: haha. Yeah mate, hopefully you enjoy my articles as much as my game.

      • MAC says:
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        @Stro:
        i do like ur first article man. i like it that you reference players overall rank in past seasons and some prediction of value this coming season. though i only play 9 cats, i still find ur articles usefull man.

        so, wat up man? which player reminds u of yourself right now, and specifically stat wise in fantasy? and wats up with that thing u do after dunks? looks cool!

        • Stro

          Stro says:
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          @MAC: Thanks man, I thought it was easy to layout that way, any ideas on what articles you guys might like in future?

          Not sure if anyone really reminds me of myself but I obviously like all the dunkers like LaVine, Griffin, Westbrook, Vinsanity.

          Just something different after dunks, gets the crowd involved. Who are your breakout players this year?

          • MAC says:
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            @Stro:
            no idea right now, u only do 8 cats right?

            definitely like those guys games. man, just saw ur dunk over tyrus thomas. thats why hes not in the league anymore.

            im bullish with drummond having a career year. depends on what pick i have, definitely looking for him in the 30-40 range. i like horford and conley to have bounce back seasons, being their contract years. though, with yahoos ranks, they are a bit over rated.

  2. Phamtastic

    khang says:
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    Hey man welcome to the site! Super excited to read your articles. What are your thoughts on Hibbert this year? Every year I hold out hope that he’ll bounce back.

    Does the awful perimeter D in LA translate to more blocks and boards, or just more fouls?

    • Stro

      Stro says:
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      Hey [email protected]khang: Khang,

      I can’t see too much of a resurgence from Roy, his previous 3 seasons have provided 64, 92, 110. It literally all depends on his blocks for his fantasy game. If you do draft him, I see value for him around the 100-110 mark, thinking he can return top 85-95 value. As always remember Roy should start hot and fade late so get your trades out after a big game.

      Stro

  3. Thunder from Down Under says:
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    Welcome Stro! I look forward to reading your articles from down under!

  4. Matty says:
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    What’s good, Stro? Great to see some fresh blood here at Razzball (…not that we don’t love JB & Slim and all the 9-cat goodies they send our way).

    I’ve been playing NFBKC for a couple years now and loving the 8-cat roto format over there, so any additional insights from some sharp bball minds is welcome to this set of eyes!

    I love Ibaka’s game, his talent, and his dedication to improving his skills (i.e. extending his shooting range)…but I don’t love how stacked OKC is. Ibaka could arguably be the fifth option on offense amongst the starters. You know Russ and KD are both going to be top-5 in usage again this season. Kanter is going to be the primary post option on offense (replacing offensively-challenged Steven Adams). And you know Waiters is going to be looking to chuck it when KD or Russ kick out of double teams. If this squad is healthy, the pie just isn’t big enough for Ibaka to get much more than a few crumbs. His defense should be pretty stellar though, especially with help-side blocks since we know Kanter is a matador on that end of the floor. I think Serge is going to need to be ultra efficient on offense to crack the top-20 on a healthy Thunder team.

    I do, however, agree with your Bledsoe love. I think he’s going to be a monster this year if he can play 75+ games again…unfortunately he’s establishing a trend of healthy one year, hurt the next (GP last five years: 81, 43, 76, 40, 81), so he’s “due” for an injury-plagued 2015/2016 season if you believe in trends like that. But assuming he stays on the floor, I have every reason to believe he’ll build on a very strong 2014 campaign. I can see a positive regression in both 3P & FG %s and if his minutes stay in that mid-30s range, there’s no reason to believe he won’t continue to offer half a block, 1.5 STLs and over a 3PM per. In 8-cat where his mid-3s TOs don’t matter a lick, this kid is a beast and should return great value on your draft day investment.

    Thanks again for the article. Keep that turnover-free content comin’! Cheers.

    • Stro

      Stro says:
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      @Matty: I play ESPN 8-Cat usually. Glad that someone might get something out of these articles.

      I do see your concerns with Serge however, I just don’t feel Kanter getting a massive load of minutes when they already have two of the most dominant offensive players of our generation in the starting lineup. Defense is what OKC need out of their other 3 starters and Kanter is a matador. But your point has been taken. Maybe a few less point for Serge but his value ultimately lies in efficiency and block parties. I can’t seem that not trending up with Serge cleaning up Kanters mess.

      Great that we agree on Bledsoe. I don’t read too much into the injury history. Nothing has been really chronic so let’s cross our fingers. His a hot name though so be ready to reach anywhere from late second to early third.

      Keep the comments coming. Thanks guys.

      • Matty says:
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        @Stro: Oh, at 4 years/$70 mil Kanter is gonna get run! There’s no way the Thunder let that money burn on the bench while Funaki/Collison/McGary stumble around. I’d bet dollars-to-donuts that Enes sees right around 30 MPG for the first time in his career and absorbs a lot of low-post touches and rebounds.

        Question for you on Bledsoe – your 2015 projected value for him is 12-20…if you’re drafting at the end of the 1st round and have picks 12/13, are you going to have the stones to burn one of them on EB knowing he in all likelihood will not be there when you pick again at 36? It’d be a pretty bold pick and likely called a “reach” by your leaguemates…but if he’s your guy, you have to in that spot, right?

        • MAC says:
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          @Matty:
          i had the same dillema as well, but in the end, draymond millsap should be the picks there. getting both gives you all the cats, with fg the only concern. as bigs, they give u dimes stls and 3s. and u can basically still get a big in the next turn. doing some mocks, teague and favors are my target in the 36 37 turn.

  5. Ken says:
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    Hey man! Surprised and glad to see you on here. Whats your view on taking an injury prone player like Brook Lopez or Danilo Gallinari? Gallo is actually someone that I’m really hoping to get this year.

    Btw, this is one of my favorite dunks ever
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfN0gF6MIRQ

    • Stro

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      @Ken: Gallinari, Im not on the bandwagon this year, although it does depend what pick you can get him at. His highest average in blocks in his 7 year career is 0.7 way back in 09-10 for new york, highest steal total 1.0 in 11-12. I just prefer my SF to have more stocks. Also you really need him to be averaging 2.5+ 3’s a game as his a career 41% shooter on a high volume.

      Brook I’m on this year, he upped his rebounds to 7.4 his highest total since 09-10 and his usage really sky rockets without Deron as per last year. Easily the best offensive player on the Nets, I can see a big year from BroLo. He is a huge injury risk but a FG & FT darling with elite blocks is worth taking the risk on.

      As with all selection it really depends on your picks. Id be more inclined to draft these two if I had a late round pick say 9-12 in a snake format, in order to win with those picks you need to hit on big risky picks through the middle rounds I believe.

  6. James says:
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    Is this really Stromile Swift? Anyway welcome man, I look forward to reading your articles as I really only play 8 cat myself.

    I’m a big Ibaka fan and I agree with him not having to force his hand on offense this season he should be much more efficient as he’ll go back to pretty much being a spot up shooter which he absolutely excels at and I’d like to think his blocks will go up a bit, we know he is capable of 3+ BPG in the right situation….as you say he could get a lot of weakside opportunities with Kanter there (and now more energy to expend on the defensive end).

    I like all these actually and in the 8 cat I always look to draft all of them. Ariza you know what you get……elite 3’s and steals, good boards from the SF etc…..Melo should definitely have another great year and if he stays healthy we all know he’ll put up elite stats, he’s obviously still their best player and so skillful that any drop in athletcism at this point won’t hurt him too much.

    Bledsoe too I can see having a big year, I think he and Knight fit each much better than Dragic and Bled…..Knight is more suited to the 2 as a secondary ball handler and great spot up 3 option which should help Bled assists wise. Look for a big year from him as the lead guard with his ability to get into the lane.

    Nice picks Strom, look forward to seeing your next few articles.

    • Stro

      Stro says:
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      @James: Good to see we are on the same page.

      No it isn’t the real Stomile Swift, the league that my friends and I started we all chose random NBA journey men. So there is a franchise called Brian Scalabrine and Pops Mensah Bonshu etc

      Who else do you think is undervalued or overvalued this year?

  7. dark knight says:
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    good to see you here man. just want to know if there are active nba players playing the nba basketball fantasy game. does it affect their game? thanks.

    • Stro

      Stro says:
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      Not sure mate, I doubt it but stranger things have happened

  8. Yaomiiiing says:
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    Stro!

    Wow, great to have you on board. Awesome first article. Do you really think Melo is worth the 2nd round risk? Also, what do you think of Porzingis this year in fantasy?

    • Stro

      Stro says:
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      @Yaomiiiing: Yao,
      Glad you liked it. I do think Melo is definitely worth a second rounder, he has returned top 8 value two years prior to his injury ravaged 14-15 season. With a better supporting cast and a genuine attempt by the Knicks to make the 8 seed in the east I can see a huge year coming for Melo.

      Porzingis I really like as a keeper but probably won’t be able to provide top 150 value this year in a redraft unless the Knicks fall out of the playoffs which I can’t see happening until the end of season if at all.

  9. PK says:
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    Good stuff. Great to see that you’re a fantasy b-ball enthusiast! Looking forward to more Stro!

    • Stro

      Stro says:
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      @PK: any ideas on what articles you might like to see next?

      • Chairman Hao says:
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        @Stro: So you are doing articles for 8-catters now?? That is good because my league is too busy worrying about their six figure salaries and naggy wives to care about turnovers. I don’t play in the Razzball leagues but I enjoy this website from preseason until the end. I think a really good article would be on the most durable and injury prone players. Freshmen to our sport of fantasy don’t always understand the importance of this and since I began paying more attention to this detail, I have made it to the playoffs every year.

  10. Michael says:
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    whoaa Stro ??

    Welcome to the site

    Who do you think I shoud keep in 9 cat roto. Andre drummond or Nelens Noel? I want to keep Drummond but his free throws just make it so hard for me to win, and Noel was a monster down the end of the stretch last season.

    • Stro

      Stro says:
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      @Michael: Hey mate,

      Im probably better to ask about 8-cat rankings but ill give it a shot. Is this a dynasty ranking? H2H or roto?

      They are pretty much the same age (Noel 21, Drum 22), need a bit more information, I rate Drummond higher, but if its a Roto rank, I have never drafted or kept a FT% killer, I find its too hard to catch up on. Noel shot 60% from the line last year compared to Drummond roughly 35%, unfortunately I can’t see Drummond ever shooting over 45% or so from the line. So if it was me I’d take Noel due to his ability to not kill you in any category.

      • michael says:
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        Hi stro,
        Thanks for your response. It is a roto league and we can keep the players for 3 years.

        Thanks
        Mike

      • michael says:
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        3 players only

  11. Stro

    Stro says:
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    What are your options? If its Roto I just can’t see you winning with a FT% killer like Drummond.

    With that said Id go Noel

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