The preseason is upon us!  And just like how you don’t put too much stock in Spring Training or the NFL Preseason – there isn’t anything to go too crazy about with what happens in the box scores.  However, some guys do get hurt, hurt guys can show they’re back, and there’s additional news to spruce up everyone’s rankings (my updated top 200 is below and broken down by position in the menu).  But before you scroll down! We really need some RCL commissioners to start up new leagues to show me just how bad my rankings are.  The winner gets their name shaved in my head for god’s sake!  Please don’t make it anything too profane… I don’t want to tell the barber he has to put @$%#% somewhere in my scalp!  Rather than belaboring current events and more RCL pandering, let’s just hop right in:

Russell Westbrook – Another day, another knee surgery.  Yikes.  I hate drafting players coming into the year with knee injuries (exacerbated by the whole 2012-13 Derrick Rose fiasco) and for a guy like Westbrook to need the same knee he tore up last postseason get knife treatment is no beuno.  As I mentioned on The Double Bonus Sports Radio Show in our Western Conference Preview, I moved KD to one (probably should’ve always been #1, but hey, I’ve got it right now) and Westbrook way down.  Helps my high Serge Ibaka rank as well.  Moves Reggie Jackson pretty high into my rankings.

Chase Budinger – More knee surgeries – more guys to avoid.  Dropped him out of my top 200.  I liked Corey Brewer heading into the ranks before the Budinger injury and like him even more with the starting gig.

Derrick Rose – OOHHHH MMYYY GOOOODDDDD!!!!! He played!!!!!  For the about 100 comments last year when I took over in February, I’m sorry my answer for Rose’s return date wasn’t October.  13 Pts and 3 Asts in 20 minutes on Saturday and 13 Pts and 3 Asts in 23 minutes on Monday.  Mirror effect!  2 then 3 steals for 5 total thus far as well.  He’s back!

Anthony Bennett – Apparently Bennett playing in scrimmage was like watching the long shot in The Biggest Loser.

Jimmy Butler – Went 1-4 in 29 minutes but 9-12 from the line in Friday’s preseason opener?  Say whaaaa?  Along with 11 Pts added 6 Rebs, 2 Asts, 3 Stls and a Blk.  Rainbow lines a’comin’!

Danny Granger – 2-10 in his first 28 minutes of the preseason.  Brandon Roy called him after the game with retirement 401K advice.

Dwight Howard19-9 in his Houston debut.  The most shocking stat so far in the preseason?  Dwight is 7-11 from the stripe.

Klay Thompson – Played a whopping 37 minutes in the Warriors preseason debut – and off the bench at that.  Hit 11-18 but only 2-7 from deep.  Stephen Curry barely played in the opener.  KT then went 8-17 and 0-3 from deep last night.  Still not a huge fan.

Ben McLemore – 4-8 and hit three threes on six attempts in his NBA preseason debut.  A 13/3/1/2/2 slash neared a rainbow line, but did have 4 TOs in 24 minutes.  Think he will be solid, but not reaching.

Xavier Henry – Put up 29 and 7 in 26 minutes for a Lakers team without Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol in the Lakers’ Saturday preseason opener.  Followed it up with a 4-7 game for 15/3/0/1/1 in 24 minutes on Sunday.  He’s in a crowd of 2/3 guys for playing time and this won’t do much to help that – but worth noting.  Also helps Henry’s case to be on your radar with Wesley Johnson hurt.

James Anderson – Looking like the starting 2 on the Sixers.  Which is worth about a 0.8.  Math!

JaVale McGee – Still has upside, but in 16 minutes on Sunday’s preseason opener, 3 TOs and 4 fouls.  Watching McGee is like seeing a lanky 14-year old kid play with AAU 10-year olds.

Ty Lawson – 7-10 15 Pts 10 Reb and 6 Ast in debut.  Obvious that Lawson will lead the NBA in rebounding.

Steve Nash – Played 22 minutes in his preseason debut on Sunday and didn’t score.  Did nab 6 boards and dish 5 dimes, but man, tough to be too optimistic on him still.

Pau Gasol – Waited until Sunday’s leg of back-to-back preseason openers as well, and was a bit rusty going 4-13 with 4 boards and 13 points in 22 minutes.  He’s going to provide nice value this year though.

Nicolas Batum – Played a lot of minutes in EuroBasket and came out with a sore back.  Still played in the Blazers opener and went 12/3/2 with three TOs no steals and no blocks in 27 minutes.  Probably won’t end up on any of my teams.

LaMarcus Aldridge – Sat out last night’s Blazers opener.  Still worried about a trade down the line a lot more than this minor quad injury.

Jrue Holiday – 8 turnovers in the Pelicans debut Saturday then 4 on Monday.  His ball handling is about as slick as a BP oil spill.

Anthony Davis – 11-19 25/7/0/1/1 on Monday after scoring 21 in Saturday’s opener.  You’ve been uni-browed!

C.J. McCollum – Fractured his foot and will miss significant time.  I didn’t have him in my top-200, and the fallout didn’t have me tweak my rankings too much.  Slightly more run for Mo Williams is possible and keep your eye on Will Barton who I thought looked good in a few games last year.

Otto Porter – Isn’t even running yet.  I probably wasn’t drafting him this year even after the original rankings, not touching him most likely even in deeper leagues now.

Martell Webster – Is the biggest benefactor with Porter’s hip injury.  I imagine the hip specialist seeing “Otto Porter” coming into his practice with a hip injury had him immediately picturing a 90-year-old.

Jonas Valanciunas – Luminescent Lithuanian!  5-7 for 10 points with 10 boards, 2 assists and 2 blocks.  But he did foul out in 27 minutes in the Raptors’ preseason opener.  Don’t play too rough!

DeMar DeRozan – 0-3 from deep in the Raptors’ opener.  So much for the improving perimeter game!  Hoping my call on him stands – would like to see him get hot in a preseason game.

DeMarre Carroll – Just wanted to go back-to-back DeMar[re]s.  10/4/2/3/1 in preseason debut.  Think he has deep league value as a mini 5-cat guy.

Paul Millsap – 6-10 for 12 Pts and 3 Reb in Hawks debut in 24 minutes.  Will be a great fit in that offense.

Carlos Boozer – 7-12 for 16 Pts with 4 Reb in preseason debut on Monday.  Still one of my least favorite players in real life – but I maintain he’s a little overlooked in fantasy this year.

Brandan Wright – 7-8 in the Mavericks opener on Monday for 14 Pts in 19 minutes.  Think he’ll be a nice asset in deeper leagues.  Notice how I like the Tar Hell and not the Dookie?

DeAndre Jordan – 6-9 for 16 Pts 8 Reb 1 Ast and 4 Blks.  Plus an absurd 4-5 from the FT line.  Man – if only he could do that every night…

Glen Davis – Sometimes the comedy takes care of itself.  Per Rotoworld/Orlando Sentinel – “Glen Davis (foot) has been dieting and taking yoga classes as he prepares for the season.  He’s eating six to seven small meals a day and doing yoga at 5:15 a.m. in a 100 degree room.”


1 ↑ Kevin Durant, SF, OKC Westbrook injury has me caving to conventional wisdom, no way you can’t go KD 1
2 ↓ LeBron James, SF/PF, MIA Still think an elite season coming, but can’t question KD at 1 anymore.
3 James Harden, SG/SF, HOU Easy to forget he was traded less than a week before 12-13 season.
4 Chris Paul, PG, LAC Game’s best PG, will be leaned on to do everything for Doc.
5 Stephen Curry, PG/SG, GS A little worried about career ankle issues, no Jarrett Jack.
6 Serge Ibaka, PF/C, OKC I’ll reach, scored 4 more a game, developing deep shot, 57.3 FG% 12-13.  Westbrook injury now has him a key scorer as well, but obviously doesn’t move above the big 5.
7 Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE The additional bigs should give Kyrie all sorts of room to drive and dish.
8 John Wall, PG, WAS Love Wall, was a first-round talent in last two months of 12-13, healthy offseason.
9 Marc Gasol, C, MEM Does everything, increased scoring with Gay gone in 2nd half 12-13.
10 Kevin Love, PF/C, MEM First-round talent, injury downside.  Slides into top-ten with Westbrook injury.
11 Derrick Rose, PG, CHI I buy the perimeter game offseason work, excited for a really big season/big Asts.  Looked good back on the court.
12 Paul George, SG/SF, IND Love George as a player, think he’s getting overhyped in fantasy.
13 Deron Williams, PG, BKN A bit worried about recent ankle injury, will sink if lingers into preseason.
14 Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN Another point I buy the improved perimeter game, fully recovered from ACL.
15 Al Horford, PF/C, ATL Millsap is more efficient than Josh Smith, love Teague, big year for big Al.
16 Dwayne Wade, PG/SG, MIA Career-high FG% in 12-13, another solid year ahead.
17 Al Jefferson, PF/C, CHA Charlotte finally has a big, offense will run through him.
18 Damian Lillard, PG, POR Buying offseason improvements, FG% to go up, big season.
19 Carmelo Anthony, SF/PF, NY Elite scoring, sure, think boards go down and a little injury prone.
20 Nicolas Batum, SG/SF, POR Wrist injury a concern (no surgery), falling numbers and %s in second half scary.  Played a lot of minutes in EuroBasket, has a bad back now.
21 LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, POR Would move 5-6 spots up if guaranteed with POR all year – trade concerns.  A tad gimpy right now.
22 Anthony Davis, PF/C, NO Huge second half, lots of scorers coming in a slight concern.
23 Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL After working his way back, elite Hall-of-Famer we’re used to in 2nd half.
24 Ty Lawson, PG, DEN No Gallinari, no Iguodala, will have to do it all.
25 Josh Smith, SF/PF, DET Has opportunity, very volatile in his value.
26 Joakim Noah, PF/C, CHI Injuries will be concerning, but very big year from Noah in 12-13, Rose = FG% up.
27 Larry Sanders, PF/C, MIL GM calls him key to the team, contract extention in works, big year ahead.
28 Ersan Ilyasova, SF/PF, MIL Easy to overlook he was coming off the bench before Skiles fired, huge 2nd half.
29 Tony Parker, PG, SA Fire to win the title, elite when healthy.
30 Jeff Teague, PG, ATL Will be on all my teams, Millsap will help efficiency, one of my big breakouts.
31 David Lee, PF/C, GS Often underrated, not worried about the hip injury that’s healed up.
32 Mike Conley, PG, MEM Boosted scoring, assists, fewer TOs when Gay left.
33 ↓ Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC Injury changes everything, don’t like knee injury for guy that relies on explosiveness.
34 Pau Gasol, PF/C, LAL Bye-bye Dwight, hello to old ways.  Or would it be hola?
35 Nikola Vucevic, PF/C, ORL Not only a double-double guy, 2 ast 1 stl 1 blk a game as well.
36 Dwight Howard, C, HOU Probably won’t end up on many of my teams, but upside is obviously still there.
37 Tim Duncan, PF/C, SA Dream season last year, think he’ll come close to duplicating going for title.
38 Paul Millsap, PF, ATL Only 27, played only 30:26 a night last year, will flourish in ATL.
39 Brandon Jennings, PG, DET Could be elite, could go 2-17 some nights.  Another high risk/reward talent in DET.
40 Rudy Gay, SF/PF, TOR Buying all things Raptors, solid multi-cat contributor.
41 Kawhi Leonard, SG/SF, SA Love him, love the multi-cat game, Yahoo at 24 seems extraordinarily high though.
42 Roy Hibbert, C, IND Flashed elite big man potential in playoffs, extremely durable.
43 DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, SAC Still risky, one of fantasy’s biggest high risk/reward picks yet again.
44 Blake Griffin, PF, LAC Despite hardcore fantasy player’s hate, there’s still upside – but I won’t reach.
45 Jeff Green, SF/PF, BOS Huge, huge upside with extraordinary breakout potential.
46 Nikola Pekovic, C, MIN Already great FG% that will go up with Love, dub-dub with stl/blk a night.
47 Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL Could obviously move up with incoming optimistic news, rehab doing too well to be lower.  Looking like he’ll miss opening night, but not too much more action.
48 Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR If you’ve read me since last year, he’s my #1 sleeper.  Offense to run through him.
49 Chris Bosh, PF/C, MIA Under-the-radar (at least to me) very productive 12-13 despite dwindling skill set/rebounding.  Some further regression.
50 Derrick Favors, PF/C, UTA The Jazz have a ton of faith in him, oozes potential/high block total.
51 Kemba Walker, PG, CHA Lower than almost anywhere else, don’t think Jefferson fixes bad FG%, low Asts.
52 Brook Lopez, C, BKN Love his game, had him top-20 in May.  Foot injury and big trade limits #s.
53 Monta Ellis, PG/SG, DAL Excited to see him play with Dirk, should have a solid season, slight scoring dip.
54 ↓ Jrue Holiday, PG, NO While #1 NO scorer/disher, I find myself never coming close to Jrue at original #42 rank in drafts thus far.
55 Greg Monroe, C, DET Think Josh Smith/Jennings actually will help his fantasy value.
56 Trey Burke, PG, UTA I’m still ready to take the big risk despite horrible Summer League showing.
57 Tobias Harris, SF/PF, ORL My boyfriend from last year, flashed fantastic goodness in 2nd half.  Will start.
58 Chandler Parsons, SF/PF, HOU Fantastic 12-13, think he has another great, efficient season.
59 Paul Pierce, SF, BKN Name value and new locale may have someone reach, Yahoo at 87 too low.
60 George Hill, PG/SG, IND Quiet, unassuming, steady production.
61 Eric Bledsoe, PG/SG, PHX Flashed brilliance when starting, polarizing fantasy ranks, big upside.
62 ↑ Jose Calderon, PG, DAL I said in the original full rankings I needed to move him up, so I did.
63 Ryan Anderson, PF/C, NO Despite new faces, don’t think his role/numbers change much.
64 Klay Thompson, SG/SF, GS I’ve seen him very overranked, ThrAGNOF!
65 Goran Dragic, PG, PHX Still upside there, and despite a “bust” last year, still produced at this rank’s level.
66 David West, PF, IND Solid 12-13, another solid 13-14.
67 Zach Randolph, PF/C, MEM Read West, David.
68 DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, TOR A big sleeper of mine, TOR a great line-up now, buying the offseason work on 3s.
69 Gerald Henderson, SG/SF, CHA Back-to-back sleepers, Henderson showed elite production in 2nd half.
70 Thaddues Young, SF/PF, PHI Someone has to score in Philly, right?  Solid 12-13 as well, but not in love.
71 Rajon Rondo, PG, BOS No need to rush him back in a big rebuilding year – despite him saying he’s already mentally ready.
72 O.J. Mayo, SG, MIL Will lead offensive attack for the Bucks, solid talent around him.
73 Bradley Beal, SG, WAS Showed talent at times in rookie season, big injury concerns.
74 Luol Deng, SF, CHI Trade/contract issues persist, but solid player and should be with Bulls all year.
75 Greivis Vasquez, PG/SG, SAC Think there’s multi-cat upside, but ankle injury and IT2 issues remain.
76 Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, DEN Low floor/low ceiling, moves to another fast-paced team to duplicate 12-13 #s.
77 Jimmy Butler, SG/SF, CHI A little surprised I’m higher on him than most, will start, multi-cat goodness.
78 J.R. Smith, SG/SF, NYK Knee injury, suspension for smoking, but past those I’m fine with him here.
79 Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR You know you’re getting good production, but only when he’s on the floor.
80 Gordon Hayward, SG/SF, UTA Minutes, steals, assists up as 12-13 went on, TOs down, Jazz need consistency.
81 Marcin Gortat, C, PHX Another guy from the Suns that was a semi-bust but still put up #s.
82 Danny Green, SG/SF, SA Really underrated multi-cat season: 1.2 stl 0.7 blk 12-13 a little shocking.
83 Enes Kanter, C, UTA Big upside in starting role.
84 Wilson Chandler, SG/SF, DEN Without Gallinari until probably February, Chandler a huge breakout candidate.
85 Brandon Knight, PG/SG, MIL Still very young, think with actual talent around him could emerge.
86 Kenneth Faried, PF, DEN Love the Manimal in real life, think his fantasy value can be a little overrated.
87 Jeremy Lin, PG, HOU Some upside with reports he and Dwight looking good from the Dream, great Stls.
88 Wesley Matthews, SG/SF, POR Don’t see him playing 35 mins a night, even with rook McCollum to miss prolonged time.
89 JaVale McGee, C, DEN Obvious upside with more minutes due to Karl firing, Shaqtin a Fool downside too.
90 Victor Oladipo, SG, ORL Only other rookie in top 100, may start slow but I see bigger role in 2nd half.
91 Carlos Boozer, PF/C, CHI One of my least favorite players, is actually going a bit underrated in 13-14.
92 Andre Drummond, PF/C, DET Sure some upside, but 37.1 FT%?  Really?
93 Raymond Felton, PG/SG, NY Still driving a high-powered offense, think Beno Udrih eats into a few minutes.
94 Andrew Bogut, C, GS Says he’s healthy and expects big minutes, multi-cat performer, always injured…
95 Steve Nash, PG, LAL 39, numerous injuries last year, but still top 100 value.
96 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA People overrate a 19-yr old rookie season and write him off, multi-cat breakout.
97 Jamal Crawford, PG/SG, LAC Will duplicate what we saw last year, which was top 100 worthy.
98 Spencer Hawes, C, PHI Has the 1st half to prove worth until Noel gets minutes, out of position 3s nice.
99 Tyson Chandler, C, NY Not a huge fan, injury prone and a wild card, but value has him crack 100.
100 Amir Johnson, PF/C, TOR Despite probably a sub-10 PPG scorer, gave you 1 stl 1.4 blks last year.
101 Cody Zeller, PF/C, CHA A surprise from Summer ball, there’s upside playing next to Jefferson.
102 Isaiah Thomas, PG, SAC An unreal second half, potential is there but stifled by new regime/Vasquez.
103 Chris Kaman, PF/C, LAL Thrived when he’s gotten starting minutes, will be vastly undervalued.
104 Kevin Garnett, PF/C, BKN Kidd says he’ll bench KG on back-to-backs, #s still there last year, down a bit this year.
105 ↓ Tyreke Evans, SG/SF, NO Ankle dinged up after preseason injury, hate to draft him injured even with report he should make opening night.
106 Anderson Varejao, PF/C, CLE The unreal rebounds are tough to ignore, but less minutes, Bynum = less value.
107 Kelly Olynyk, C, BOS Minutes and opporunity are there, worth a slight bit of a reach to me.
108 Eric Gordon, SG, NO Oh those knees… A great player when 100% healthy, but those days over.
109 Joe Johnson, SG/SF, BKN Someone will reach for name value, scoring/3s down with all the options.
110 Jameer Nelson, PG, ORL Oladipo to play some at point, everyone healthy right now, avoiding.
111 Andrew Bynum, C, CLE Don’t want him, knees hurt again, but still some upside. Yahoo @ 53 = nuts.
112 Danny Granger, SF, IND Like Bynum, tough to rank and I won’t be reaching for him – 2-10 in preseason opener.
113 Maurice Harkless, SF, ORL Flashed multi-cat goodness with 1.2 stl/0.8 blk in only 25 minutes per game.
114 Andrei Kirilenko, SF/PF, BKN Never been a huge fan, but will still get minutes behind elderly former Celtics.
115 Harrison Barnes, SF, GS Potential has always been there, but becomes a 6th man with Iggy.
116 Arron Afflalo, SG/SF, ORL Empty scoring, but still produces despite status with Magic in turmoil.
117 Shawn Marion, SF/PF, DAL I don’t buy a repeat, but Marion was huge last year under-the-radar.
118 Jarrett Jack, PG/SG, CLE Wahhhhhh, I’m Jarrett Jack!  Will find time at the 2 late in games.
119 Michael Carter-Williams, PG, PHI The FG% will be terrible, but minutes and opportunity are there for the gamble.
120 J.J. Redick, SG, LAC Limited upside, but should be able to replicate what he did with the Magic in 12-13.
121 Tristan Thompson, PF/C, CLE Loved him before Bynum/Bennett/Clark brought in, Bynum hurt, TT could start.
122 ↑ Reggie Jackson, PG, OKC Sure he’s only got the starting gig until Westbrook is back, but Jackson will still get minutes as Russell is eased back in and tremendous upside to start the year.
123 Kevin Martin, SG, MIN Will score, but doesn’t get to the line anymore, still doesn’t do anything else.
124 Randy Foye, PG/SG, DEN Gallinari hurt, no Brewer, no Iggy, no Koufos, Denver will need scoring.
125 Ben McLemore, SG, SAC Crowded backcourt, but they seem determined to play him, some upside.
126 Kyle Korver, SG/SF, ATL Despite my reluctance to draft 3-point specialists, was solid in 12-13.
127 Dion Waiters, SG, CLE Jack will take some minutes, a lot of new options on the Cavs.
128 ↑ Corey Brewer, SG/SF, MIN (two weeks ago)I just think he’s better than Budinger or Shabazz, more multi-cat value than expected. (now) Budinger hurt, Brewer to start.  Me likey.
129 Manu Ginobili, SG/SF, SA Injuries and lower minutes of course lower value, but can still produce.
130 Evan Turner, SG/SF, PHI I just thought he’d be a better NBA player and he’s not, not buying new opportunity.
131 Tiago, Splitter, C, SA Underrated multi-cat year, played 81 games, nice late stat booster.
132 ↑ Martell Webster, SG/SF, WAS Porter’s hip injury lagging deeper than thought, Webster in line to get minutes in his stead.  Wiz to ease Porter in when ready.
133 Anthony Bennett, SF/PF, CLE Frontcourt is loaded, but loaded with injury-prone guys.  Still won’t reach for #1 pick.  Showing conditioning problems recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
134 Gerald Wallce, SF/PF, BOS Will get minutes early, he’s getting shopped, probably loses value on deadline deal as I doubt he gets traded into a big role.
135 Greg Stiemsma, C, NO Going to start and get the Robin Lopez role, will block and can board better.
136 ↑ Andrea Bargnani, PF/C, NYK Apparently gelling well with Melo and Amar’e is still hurt.  Not going to go nuts for him, but upside warrants the slight boost.
137 Nene Hilario, PF/C, WAS Adds 3 dimes a game, but up there in age and not a guy I’m drafting earlier.
138 ↑ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, DET More and more glowing reports – could start and be a key shooter.
139 Metta World Peace, SF/PF, NY Should play despite not playing under this name.  Probably avoiding.
140 Brandan Wright, PF/C, DAL Dalembert the de facto starter, but I see Wright getting upper 20 minutes a night.
141 ↑ Archie Goodwin, SG, PHX The more I’m looking at guys below him, the more I have the rookie nookie urge to take Goodwin.  6th man role in team that will play him.
142 Ramon Sessions, PG/SG, CHA Was on his way to a great 12-13 before a knee injury, should still see good mins.
143 Nick Young, SG/SF, LAL Might be droppable after Kobe is back, but could have a strong start.
144 Alec Burks, SG, UTA Will probably be undrafted in a lot of leagues, starting minutes gives him value.
145 John Henson, PF/C, MIL Won’t get boatloads of minutes, but his per/48 is fantastic and can contribute.
146 Iman Shumpert, SG/SF, NY Returned from ACL surgery last year, could be solid after healthy offseason.
147 Nate Robinson, PG/SG, DEN Not a fan, but will get some run as the 1/2 off the bench and is being reported he could play some with Lawson in shortest backcourt ever.  Next they’ll bring in Spud Webb.
148 Andre Miller, PG, DEN Played in every game past 2 years, Nate Robinson steals the possible min. uptick.
149 Omer Asik, C, HOU Huge loss of minutes, Dwight/Asik frontcourt would be worst FT% ever.
150 J.J. Hickson, PF/C, DEN Behind Faried and McGee, will still get pretty solid minutes.
151 Lou Williams, PG/SG, ATL Still recovering from the ACL, will be eased in, but still 2nd half upside.
152 Rodney Stuckey, SG, DET Even if KCP starts, Stuckey will get minutes running the second unit and at times with starters.
153 Avery Bradley, PG/SG, BOS You don’t really want any of the Celtics gaurds, but they’ll play.
154 Robin Lopez, C, POR Looking like he’ll start & could repeat 12-13 which has value even though he blows.
155 Marcus Thornton, SG, SAC McLemore takes some of his value, a streamer ThrAGNOF when hot.
156 Trevor Ariza, SG/SF, WAS Even with Porter lingering injury, don’t think it changes Ariza’s value all that much – boost went to Webster for me.
157 ↓ Amar’e Stoudemire, PF/C, NY Name value probably has him going earlier, not touching him.
158 Ray Allen, SG, MIA ThrAGNOF!
159 Mario Chalmers, PG, MIA He plays…
160 Matt Barnes, SF, LAC Really solid multi-cat 12-13, should be used similarly.
161 Tony Allen, SG/SF, MEM Gives you the minutes, not any upside.
162 Lance Stephenson, SG, IND Same as above.
163 Samuel Dalembert, C, DAL Set to start, won’t play huge minutes but will boost blocks.
164 Jared Dudley, SG/SF, LAC Still see Barnes playing more minutes, but a chance to start on a good team.
165 Luis Scola, PF/C, IND Relegated to the bench, still has efficient scoring upside.
166 Vince Carter, SG/SF, DAL Unreal he’s still playing, unreal the scoring/3s last year, still some value.
167 DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC Strictly a guy for blocks and a handful of boards, the FT% destroys you.
168 Tayshaun Prince, SF/PF, MEM Starts, gets minutes, will give you a tiny bit of scoring.
169 Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, DET Steals specialist, not much else.  Could boost a tad of socring with no Westbrook for a while
170 ↓ Otto Porter, Jr., SF, WAS Might take a while until we see consistent PT, hip injury recovery and will get eased in when ready, but upside in 2nd half.
171 Mo Williams, PG/SG, POR Probably seeing the fewest minues since a rook, still will find time late in games.
172 Darren Collison, PG, LAC Think he could see a tad of time at the 2, Bledsoe had value behind Paul too.
173 Carl Landry, SF/PF, SAC Revolving door at the 4 for the Kings, I think Landry is most consistent.
174 Nerlens Noel, PF/C, PHI Will get eased in, always a chance he has big last couple of months.
175 Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, CHI Minutes will come as the backup to Deng and Butler.
176 Kosta Koufos, PF/C, MEM Was productive in only 22 minutes/per last year, will get 18-20 and a few boards.
177 Brandon Bass, PF/C, BOS Unclear role with Humphries/Wallace stealing some minutes.
178 Courtney Lee, SG/SF, BOS The steal a game gives him a little value in hodgepodge backcourt.
179 Markieff Morris, PF, PHX Hey, he’s starting.  Deep leagues could do worse this late.
180 Glen Davis, PF/C, ORL Hurt, probably misses opener, they’re trying to dump him – 180 from my thoughts in May.
181 Brandon Rush, SG, UTA Burks is by no means a sure thing, could be a deep contributor.
182 Thomas Robinson, PF, POR This deep, there’s late-season upside if LA gets moved/hurt.
183 Patrick Patterson, PF/C, SAC P Pat is stuck in that 3-man PF rotation with Landry/Jason Thompson.
184 Antawn Jamison, PF, LAC He’s old but can still score off the bench as a mid-week streamer.
185 Ed Davis, PF/C, MEM Randolph is reliable but old, Davis showed potential with TOR in 1st half of 12-13.
186 ↑ Caron Butler, SF, MIL Delfino injury opens the door for some spot scoring, but his lack of other stats keeps him low for me.
187 ↑ James Anderson, SG/SF, PHI Interesting that he might start, and that’s about it.  Sixers look awful.
188 Alex Len, C, PHO Coming off surgery on both ankles I don’t think he’s good even if Gortat is moved.
189 Shane Battier, SG/SF, MIA When you’re going this deep, it’s gonna start getting ugly.
190 Jason Terry, PG/SG, BKN Won’t have much value unless Deron gets hurt, but very possible given history.
191 D.J. Augustin, PG, TOR Not as good in fantasy as Terry, more likely Lowry gets hurt and D.J. gets mins.
192 Toney Douglas, PG/SG, GS Can score off the bench in a fast-paced offense, Curry’s ankles iffy.
193 DeMarre Carroll, SF/PF, ATL I always thought he was underrated, will see decent minutes as reserve 2/3.
194 Greg Oden, C, MIA Yeah if someone wants to draft him before here, go ahead.
195 Marco Belinelli, SG, SA On the right team to throw up some ThrAGNOF streaming!
196 ↓ Carlos Delfino, SG/SF, MIL Probably missing the opener, doesn’t need his foot too healthy to camp behind the three point line.
197 Wayne Ellington, SG, DAL Another ThrAGNOF streamer, should get decent minutes for shots.
198 Marressee Speights, PF/C, GS Think he’s a better player than opportunities he’s been given, works into mins.
199 Jermaine O’Neal, C, GS Somehow managed 1.4 blks a game in 12-13 in 18 minutes per.  Reported he might play some with Bogut.
200 Boris Diaw, PF/C, SA Just so fun to say his name like Rick Flair, he had to be my Mr. Irrelevant!

Dropped Out: Chase Budinger, Wesley Johnson, Danilo Gallinari

Razzball Basketball Ranks PDF

  1. Byron from Austin says:

    JB! My keeper team stunk last year- partly due to injuries- but I’d like your opinion on selecting my fifth (and final) keeper, and my first draft pick!

    so I think I’m def keeping Marc Gasol, Lillard, Pekovic, and Dragic. That leaves one spot for Tyreke Evans, Joe Johnson, Varejao, and Harrison Barnes. I’m leaning towards Varejao or Barnes, But not sure. The keeper format is you pick 5 every year, no costs or term limits. Also because I finished 11th/12 teams, I’ll have the 2nd pick every round. Which rookies would you be targeting, with this core? I think the highest ranked unkept veteran is probably Bledsoe, just FYI. Thanks JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Byron from Austin: Yo! Yikes, yea tough spot there. I think I go Barnes and hope for a semi-breakout with his youth. JJ just won’t have the same value with the Boston guys coming in and then it’s two always hurt guys. If you indeed get Bledsoe, I love love love Archie Goodwin this year to get a lot of run as the 6th man and he would be a greta backup should either Bledsoe or Dragic get hurt. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is getting rave reviews and I moved him up in this update as well. Thanks for reading!

      • Byron from Austin says:

        @JB Gilpin: update, someone left teague unprotected so i took him at #2 overall 🙂

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @Byron from Austin: Sweet! You know I love Teague this year – nice!

  2. Scrappy says:

    yo JB,

    I am in a Yahoo Public standard 12-team roto league.
    I think my draft went well, i used your rankings a lot to differentiate my draft from the
    typical guys tweaking Yahoo rankings.

    i am strong pretty much everywhere, but maybe a little shaky @ PG (??)
    What do you think?

    Wahhhhhh, I’m Jarrett Jack
    isaiah thomas

    will that pass the test or should i explore the trade market?

    thanks as always,

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Scrappy: Hahaha, so happy you used Wahhhhhh, I’m Jarrett Jack! Well since I have Wall a first rounder I think it’s a good start, and I’m higher on Burke than virtually anywhere else so I think you’re fine to open the season with that core.

      • Scrappy says:

        @JB Gilpin:

        you had me in tears crying laughing about that Jarrett Jack nickname.
        hec, if we can’t have fun doing this stuff we might as well go home right?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @Scrappy: Haha yup – fantasy is supposed to be fun above all else! Beating your friends and taking their money, a close second

  3. Enes Kanter at 83, no_thank_you. Whatever you’re drinking, stop drinking it!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Swedish Godzilla: Drinking that smooth Turkish Jazz double-double shot of he’ll be boring but productive there. Haha.

    • Scrappy says:

      @Swedish Godzilla:
      Tommy Beer has Kanter ranked 78, so i don’t think JB is out of line on that or at least he’s not alone.

  4. neff says:

    anyone know of any sites that has nba player stats sortable by second half of the 2012-13 season?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @neff: Since I am a frequent Yahoo user, I click on player pages and and click on Split Stats and it breaks down Pre/Post All Star as well as by month. Now of course that is one player at a time, so if you’re doing bulk sortable stats the site a lot of people use is Basketball Monster where you can set custom date ranges and it will sort players by either per-game or total value.

  5. Matthew says:

    Drafted my first team of the season, a little early, but with the 9th pick in a 12 Team H2H 5X5

    PG – Wall
    SG – Bledsoe
    G – Connley
    SF – Deng
    PF – Nowitzki
    F – DeRozan
    C – M Gasol
    C – Pekovic
    UTIL – J Butler
    UTIL – C Zeller
    B – Olynyk
    B – Kidd Gilchrist
    B – I Thomas

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Matthew: Love it! See a lot of names I like as undervalued – Butler, DeRozan, MKG. Love your guards. Think that’s a solid team

      • Matthew says:

        @JB Gilpin: I’m gonna do my 2nd league next Monday and the big Money league the week before the season starts.

        See, since I’ve been coming to Razzball, my fantasy positions have increased
        ex: 4 money Baseball leagues, and Grey and you guys brought me to a 1st in my bigger $ league, a 2nd a 2nd and a 4th, haha.

        I like your rankings, and as knowledgeable as I am, I agree with your guys’ rankings for all 4 sports.

        I am also hugely high on Kanter, Favors, and Ibaka, targeting those 3 in my next drafts!!!

        Thanks JB!!!

          • Matthew says:

            @JB Gilpin: I quite possibly may be in. Lemme read everything when I get a chance and figure out what I’m going to do . Thanks!!!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:

              @Matthew: Cool – No thank you!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:

              @Matthew: As in – no, thank you for reading! (Haha still adjusting to getting off work this late…)

  6. skizzy says:

    just drafted a team in a 20 team h2h points league. i was 17th pick =/

    ricky rubio
    gerald henderson
    michael kidd-gilchrist
    serge ibaka
    marcin gortat
    ersan ilyasova
    jeff teague
    wilson chandler
    kelly olynyk
    randy foye

    not to excited about this team

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @skizzy: Dude I like that team. I am obviously huge on Ibaka, and if I got him at 17 I’d be jumping up and down. LIke Rubio, then Teague where you got him in 3rd round too.

  7. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:

    I know you mentioned you work on Yahoos highlight videos. Are we anywhere near getting those highlights integrated into the stat tracker? Ideally there would be a little icon next to my player when a highlight is available and when I click it it brings up a small pop up. Or it could be associated with the games like ESPN does for their game tracker. I think that would be a massive upgrade for the stat tracker.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Buddah Lovaz: I’m honestly not sure, our company provides the video solution and Yahoo is responsible for the framework of how it’s presented. If I had to guess I’d say it’s probably not going to be in Stat Tracker, but again not sure. I know they had some plans to improve where the highlights go, but not sure what those are.

  8. Scrappy says:

    12 team league – picked 10th

    1 (10) Serge Ibaka (OKC – PF,C)
    2. (15) John Wall (Was – PG)
    3. (34) Damian Lillard (Por – PG)
    4. (39) Joakim Noah (Chi – PF,C)
    5. (58) Jeff Teague (Atl – PG)
    6. (63) Jeff Green (Bos – SF,PF)
    7. (82) Tobias Harris (Orl – SF,PF)
    8. (87) O.J. Mayo (Mil – SG)
    9. (106) Gordon Hayward (Uta – SG,SF)
    10. (111) Trey Burke (Uta – PG)
    11. (130) Brandon Knight (Mil – PG,SG)
    12. (135) Cody Zeller (Cha – PF,C)
    13. (154) Iman Shumpert (NY – SG,SF)

    will this dog hunt?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Scrappy: Love that team. A lot of guys you picked I have ranked higher, looks a lot like a team I mocked a week or two ago. Nice draft!

      • Scrappy says:

        @JB Gilpin:

        thanks dude – your influence is all over it I know. It’s just last year was a disaster for me because i drafted Bynum in Rd 2 in two different leagues. you can laugh if you want i am kinda over it now but needless to say it killed me.

        this year I was determined to to find someone who knew injury status earlier – because I like to draft early on. ESPN & Yahoo both had him ranked like 15-18 overall last year if I recall correctly.

        thanks for the insight – no one hits 100% but I can tell your projections are well thought out and they obviously are considering health.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @Scrappy: Ugh yea tough break on Bynum… Thanks man! I’ll try to do at least one more update before the season starts to address health concerns…. Suck because I liked Westbrook so much, but what can ya do?

  9. Fahed says:

    What Catagories do these rankings take into account?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Fahed: I tried to make a one-stop-shop rankings, mostly for 9 cat as that’s what RCL is this year.

  10. Cowa says:

    JB, will y’all be putting together auction values like last year? I always like those better, as it gives me relativites between players rather than straight rankings.

    Also, are the rankings based on 8 or 9 cat leagues? Just trying to make sure i’ve got apples to apples in my analysis.


    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Cowa: Mostly for 9-cat, with the hopes they are close to applicable to 8 but I know some won’t translate well… I hadn’t planned on doing auction values since RCL is snake drafts, but I may be able to get an auction rankings together. Thanks for the suggestion!

  11. John says:

    I made some moves before the preseason started. Now this is how my line up looks like. I’m playing ESPN 9 Cat ROTO.




    Tobias Harris

    Marc Gasol
    Al Jefferson
    Jonas Valanciunas

    What can you say on my team?
    I don’t know how I got this kind of front line. But I’m a little bit scared on my back court. Plus guys like Batum, Ilyasova, Lowry and Aldrige’s minor injuries are concerning, not mentioning Kobe’s and Westbrook’s major injuries. Should I start moving guys like Batum, Ilyasova and Lowry or should I stick with them? Guys like Gerald Wallace, Jameer Nelson, Jimmy Butler and Tristan Thompson are still on the free agency pool. Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @John: Sheesh – what a team! Kinda unfair… How many teams?! I have 14 of your 15 in my top 60 I think. Yeah I think I’d grab Butler for Lowry. I have him a couple spots over him and it will give you SG depth since you’ll only have Henderson there to start the year until Kobe is back. I wouldn’t look to make any trades, your team should dominate.

      • John says:

        @JB Gilpin: 9 teams. Drummond is superb this preseason. Do you think he can sustain it through out the season? Drummond, Lowry, or Jimmy Butler?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @John: Eh, still not a big Drummond fan. Still Butler for me. Drummond does indeed have better upside though, so with your team as stacked as it is, I wouldn’t fault going for Drummond instead.

  12. Pete Nice

    Pete Nice says:

    Stuck with Rondo? Who’s holding and who’s dumping?

    • Shawn M says:

      @Pete Nice: I’m in one league that doesn’t use percentages so in there I’d be holding. Any other league I’d be dumping (trading) him. Yeah the asts per game are very nice but he doesn’t really contribute anywhere else. He’s not a scorer, doesn’t shoot 3’s, and has a Dwight Howard-esque free throw %. Plus with two big weapons leaving town his asts may track down a bit. Although I think Green and Olynk will still be nice to dish to I could see it lowering 1-2 asts per game. In my opinion there are better options out there at PG that will contribute across the board for a team.

      • Pete Nice

        Pete Nice says:

        @Shawn M: Thanks man. My bigger concern is his health. The earliest I’m hearing, from him, is mid-December. But even that is best-case scenario. Might just dump.

  13. Arc Angel says:

    Can we get a printable version of this? Maybe like a .pdf or something? My draft is tomorrow and I dont want to have 30 pages at my cheat sheet. Not complaining I just love your work so please dont force me to use ESPN.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Arc Angel: Thanks man! Lemme see what I can whip up

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Arc Angel: Got the PDF link at the very bottom of the post – just right click and “Save Link As” and you’ll have em on your Desktop! I just put a random character in front of names that had moves up and down, since the arrow I’ve been using is a WordPress symbol. And sorry it’s so long! But included all pages so it has position ranks as well. Hope that helps and thanks again for the kind words on the rankings!

  14. Shawn M says:

    Need opinions on keepers. Keep 4. Took over a team in a 12 keeper. I have the #1 pick and #7, will technically be in 5th round after keepers. After keepers are announced I’ll probably be posting asking for advice on who to grab with #1 haha.

    I’m already keeping Rubio, Smith, and Jennings. Need to decide between Ilyasova and Jeff Green? I’m leaning towards Green since I think he will be a more important part of that team (hoping for a mini Harden year). Ilyasova is solid too but I’m slightly worried about all the team love for Henson.

    Thanks to anyone who helps!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Shawn M: I’d go Green too. Would’ve gone Ilyasova a couple days ago, but his ankle is pretty jacked up. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Shawn M says:

        @JB Gilpin: If I could get my hands on Sanders without losing too much would you keep him over Green?

        Guy who has him isn’t keeping him so he may not cost too much. I also could wait it out and possibly grab him with 1st pick. Just unsure exactly how I feel about him. He’s a blk and reb machine but part of me would almost rather see what Green could possibly do and grab Hibbert with 1st pick. Thoughts?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @Shawn M: Yeah I’d want Sanders over Green if it didn’t cost ya much. With Ilyasova messing up his ankle, Sanders will be leaned upon for a lot of front line minutes. I’d indeed keep Green and hope Sanders isn’t kept, and if that owner changes his mind getting Hibbert isn’t too big a downgrade.

  15. Victor says:

    Corey Brewer or Iman ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Victor: I’d rather Brewer for whole season, Iman first few weeks.

  16. Jay says:

    I used your rankings (w/c I thought was more daring compared to other rankings) for my 9-cat 12-team roto draft and here’s what I got after drafting 6th:

    1 (6) Kyrie Irving (Cle – PG)
    2. (19) John Wall (Was – PG)
    3. (30) Ty Lawson (Den – PG)
    4. (43) Joakim Noah (Chi – PF,C)
    5. (54) Jeff Teague (Atl – PG)
    6. (67) Nikola Pekovic (Min – C)
    7. (78) Jonas Valanciunas (Tor – C)
    8. (91) Tobias Harris (Orl – SF,PF)
    9. (102) Paul Pierce (Bkn – SF)
    10. (115) Jimmy Butler (Chi – SG,SF)
    11. (126) Wilson Chandler (Den – SG,SF)
    12. (139) Kelly Olynyk (Bos – C)
    13. (150) Randy Foye (Den – PG,SG)

    I’m pretty stacked up on single-positioned PGs and Cs but lacks PF and SG. What do you think?

    • Jay says:

      @Jay: btw, Archie Goodwin, Maurice Harkless and K. Caldwell-Pope are some guys who went undrafted.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Jay: Thanks man! I like your team. I’m fine with having Noah and Tobias for your PFs, but yeah, SG a little thin. That said, it’s a thin position this year. I’d grab KCP for Oylnyk.

  17. JW says:

    Rule #1 in a Auction league…when somebody nominates SETH Curry PG SG GSW..stay far away OUCH!!! Sorta like he year there were 2 Adrian Petersons

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @JW: Haha or how there was two Ryan Brauns in baseball for a while. At least the RP on the Royals was clean!

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