So we’re through my top-50 and now getting into the mid-rounds. ¬†We’re taking this through the whole top 100, but some of these are going to be gold and some fool’s gold. ¬†As in, Larry Sanders‘ gold. ¬†If I got to the end of a rainbow and Larry Sanders was there, I’d ask for a refund…
Through¬†the Top 20¬†and Top 50, I think I’ve done the rankings pretty well. ¬†They tell you towards the end of high school, “the smart ones get the As, but the most successful get Bs.” ¬†I might have made that up since I never studied for virtually anything and got Bs… ¬†But a 3.00 GPA thus far sounds about right! ¬†Rankings are based¬†on my final updated top 200,¬†comparing them to the¬†FantasyPros aggregate Draft Day Rankings¬†along with¬†Basketball Monster’s Total Value¬†for 9-cat leagues on the season. ¬†Slim then grades me. ¬†I asked him, “will you give me As if I show you my double-Ds?” ¬†He then flunked me… ¬†Here’s a look back at the Top 75 for the 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Season:
FantasyPros Draft Rank #41
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #41
I think this one was fine, a little surprised he was all the way up at 41 in aggregate ranks. ¬†Nothing too bold or special here.
Slim‚Äôs Grade –¬†B
FantasyPros Draft Rank #39
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #209
Yeah, I mean I don’t want an injury to ever prove me right, but the low rank for Jrue ended up working out. ¬†I had him at 42 earlier on in the preseason but kept passing when available, so moved him down. ¬†He was playing well until the stress fracture, but who knows what would’ve happened down the stretch.
Slim‚Äôs Grade –¬†B –¬†We were a little too down on him. Before the injury Jrue was playing like a top 10 PG. I bet he’s going to be undervalued and on most of my teams next year.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #53
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #60
Looks like a win across the board, and while Monroe’s per-game wasn’t exemplary, playing 82 games with decent returns is going to boost your overall value. ¬†I think he’s a pretty good player, but that is a toxic team that takes terrible shots and Andre Drummond is going to gobble down a ton of the boards. ¬†Going to hate him next year.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – C¬†–¬†Didn’t work out and I don’t think it’s ever going to. Monroe is barely a top 100 fantasy player and it’s going to get worse for Monroe as it get’s better for the other big in Detroit… Where is he JB? #91?!? That’s days away.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #71
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #132
Obviously this was a bummer of a pick, but that bad ankle injury early on derailed his whole season. ¬†And to my credit, before opening night I said ¬†“Lots of red flags popping up against my boy. ¬†Dealing with an ankle sprain, there‚Äôs also a chance Vaughn brings him off the bench based on reports. ¬†I love the guy, but feeling iffy on his rank right now.” ¬†Too bad that all came out last second! ¬†I rode Tobias to some titles in 12-13 then he flounders as an upside pick… Dunno what I’ll do next year, a lot will depend on what the Magic do.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B¬†–¬†This was such a good gamble but the early season ankle injury lingered for far too long. I’d blame it on the injury but at the end of the year Tobias was¬†ceding¬†too many minutes to role players.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #70
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #35
Man, Parsons was under-the-radar fan-friggin-tastic last year! ¬†I had him in 1 or 2 leagues, and enjoyed the steadiness. ¬†Looks like this was one of my more solid calls. ¬†I think seeing him ranked this high while he didn’t really “go off” will have him a great value next year.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B¬†–¬†I’m Belieber when it comes to Parsons. A Parlieber, no, that’s not quite it. I promise I will put way too much time and effort into finding just the right way to express my love for Chandler.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #42
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #91
Not gonna lie, the weird tooth injury thing scared me a bit coming into the year, and I was just passing everywhere. ¬†I also didn’t like the crowded backcourt, but it was just a horrific season for Jennings, whose total value at 91 is atrocious given his 80 games played and over 34 minutes per. ¬†I’m not touching Jennings next year.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – A¬†–¬†A round later than most and you kept us away. Shamefully I must confess, that I traded for him but I then immediately traded him away.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #61
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #63
I hated this rank for a bit, but it could’ve been a lot worse. ¬†Pierce wasn’t really too hot for any particular stretch, but gave you pretty good multi-cat. ¬†Slow and steady wins the race! ¬†Or at least, keeps you in the race…
Slim‚Äôs Grade – C¬†–¬†Yahoo ranked him too low but this is too high. In the 70s would have been about right, you know, the decade Pierce was a rookie. I’m pretty sure it’s been that long.¬† I’ll look it up.¬† Yep, 1978, Pierce has been playing in the NBA for 36 years.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #67
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #77
Ugggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh. ¬†This one sucked. ¬†But because he never turned the ball over and got through 76 games, he still got a decent total value rank. ¬†We all know he wasn’t worth a top-100 rank with the terrible season he had.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B¬†–¬†Probably dropped in most 12ers. I don’t think anyone saw it coming though so you’re being graded on a curve here.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #57
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #164
Played in 43 games, but when he was playing, he was pretty awesome. ¬†Half the season you liked the ranking around here, the other half you didn’t… I think he’s too dynamic with too many fans to be ranked unfavorably next year, but I’ll like him about with the masses I’d assume.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B¬†–¬†You kept us away and that’s worth an ‘A’ but that was due to an injury and you were far too low on him.¬† For that you get a ‘C’.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #74
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #45
It’s weird what Calderon turned into, as the dimes disappeared for career high 3s. ¬†But the real value for 9-cat is he just plain never turned the ball over for a PG. ¬†I mentioned numerous times at face value he kinda looked like a bust, but underneath the numbers was a real quality season going on. ¬†I think he’s going to be a value next year in like the 90s ADP-wise.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B¬†–¬†Where did the assists go? Does Calderon really pass the ball to Dirk that infrequently?
FantasyPros Draft Rank #65
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #241
Obviously crushed by injuries, but Anderson was #18 in per-game output according to Basketball Monster. ¬†I’m rooting for the guy to get healthy ASAP.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B¬†–¬†Anderson looked much better for the 22 games he played though.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #48
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #34
The total value rank is a little misleading as I doubt anyone who drafted KT at 48 was really that happy. ¬†His utter lack of any other stats I think has me right – you take out those threes and replace with daily streaming and my ThrAGNOF principles and you could’ve picked someone a lot better in the 5th round.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – A¬†–¬†The ThrAGNoF coverboy. JB kept us away and he was right.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #64
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #25
An incredible year for Dragic. ¬†I liked him a fair bit and ended up with him in a few leagues, but I can’t say I was particularly bold. ¬†Well, definitely not bold enough. ¬†I will say that I think a full season of Bledsoe might hurt the numbers, so could be overrated next year.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B¬†–¬†This ranking looks to be around the industry standard. Will you be scared to draft Dragic in the 2nd round next year? I won’t be.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #59
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #46
I thought he’d be fine, looks like the aggregate thought he’d be fine, and his numbers were fine. ¬†The 80 games played really did the damage – and one missed was when Vogel benched everyone – so I think you were fine. ¬†I will say his range of 32-82 was weird, who woulda ranked him 32?!
Slim‚Äôs Grade – A¬†–¬†¬†It looks like you once again kept us away from a declining vet. Actually that reminds me…¬† My dog doesn’t look well I think I should tweet David West and see what he thinks I should do.
65. Zach Randolph
FantasyPros Draft Rank #60
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #84
Wow, a little surprised how low he fared on Basketball Monster. ¬†Played 79 games, gave you your dub-dubs, but 2.3 TO from your big man who does nothing else ain’t gonna cut it. ¬†He’s probably out of my top 80 next year.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – C¬†–¬†The points and boards aren’t worth it. I’ll learns ya. It may take some fuzzy math but that’s my favorite kind.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #84
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #42
Woop, there it is! ¬†A big sleeper call that worked out, and a guy I liked early last Summer. ¬†Paid great dividends if you grabbed him when available in the 7th or 8th round. ¬†One of my gold stars this past season.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – A¬†–¬†Good call! But a word of caution. I still don’t believe DeRozan is a top 50 player. In the 60s is perfect.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #98
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #149
Well, I swung for the fences with DeRozan and hit it out of the park, then whiffed bad here. ¬†I’m like Pedro Alvarez! ¬†Hendo’s huge second half last year translated into a bottomless pit of nothingness this year. ¬†I’m going to send him an Elijah Dukes text – “you dead dawg!”
Slim‚Äôs Grade – F¬†–¬†Bad call! You had a good stretch. Did Henderson go to UNC? Nope, JB gets burned by a dookie! JB takes a big ‘ol bite of the 5 star General Hendu’s and 2 hours later… I’m sorry, the rest is between JB and his witch doctor, me.¬† You didn’t know I was a witch doctor?¬† It’s true, I’m licensed in 2 states and specialize in proctology.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #55
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #26
I didn’t like Young coming into the year, but he had some absolutely phenomenal stretches for the tanking 76ers. ¬†The trade possibility was a big part of my hate, and if he indeed got shipped off, his fantasy value would’ve disintegrated. ¬†I don’t feel too bad I was well below the average on this one.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B¬†–¬†Thaddeus played much better than this ranking but JB gets the ‘B’ due to the constant trade uncertainty that could have destroyed his value.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #77
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #272
Hmmmm, interesting. ¬†I thought I was a little lower on Rondo than most, but memory fades eight months later. ¬†He was solid for ya when he got back, but sat on back-to-backs and was out longer than most expected. ¬†Not too happy with this one. ¬†I will say his range on FantasyPros was 32-133, so there were some crazy opinions out there. ¬†At least I wasn’t too high like the top range!
Slim‚Äôs Grade – C¬†–¬†Too much time missed and we knew it was going to happen. ¬†Rondo wasn’t worth drafting in the 6th round in a 12er.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #73
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #246
And then O.J. Mayo happened. ¬†Obviously no one saw this coming, and while I was right with the consensus, I thought Mayo was going to flourish offensively for a terrible team with no scorers. ¬†Instead, he flourished on the DNP-Coach’s Decision leaderboard. ¬†Hopefully you didn’t reach.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – D¬†–¬†At his ADP fine, but a round or 2 earlier hurts.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #54
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #87
Well, I was way right! ¬†But I can’t lie, injury concern was the name of the game for me, and he was able to get through 73 games despite a scary leg injury early on. ¬†Beal’s a good player, don’t get me wrong, but I think too many rankers got the upside fever. ¬†Which isn’t quite as bad as hay fever, but close.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B
FantasyPros Draft Rank #66
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #138
Well I was right on this one! ¬†I wasn’t really high or low on him, but I’ve never been a fan and would’nt have drafted him. ¬†The trade to the Cavs sunk his value – a concern I had going into the ranks.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B –¬†Is it just me or did Deng age 5 years in about 2 months?
FantasyPros Draft Rank #85
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #170
Hmmm weird. ¬†Definitely don’t remember being high on Vasquez, but he was brought to SAC to start then they quickly shipped him off. ¬†Obviously was droppable right then and there,¬†and while he had a few nice streamer stretches, tough to know the Kings were going to get rid of him so fast.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – B¬†–¬†Another guy that was probably dropped in most leagues. It’s not JB’s fault. Toronto should have played him more when they got him.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #58
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #110
Some people lovvvvvvvvvvved Iggy. ¬†Wasn’t me! ¬†Cough, Pete Nice, Cough. ¬†I just didn’t think he had any upside and indeed thought he had a pretty deep floor, hence me sinking him. ¬†Rough season fantasy-wise for the vet.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – C¬†–¬†It’s late enough in the draft at this point but I’m done with Iguodala, his best days are long past.
FantasyPros Draft Rank #81
Basketball Monster Total Value Rank #74
Not going to lie, I waffled a little bit with Butler throughout the year, as I thought his foot injury early in the season was going to linger. ¬†Turns out he was great in the second half, owning the Stls. ¬†Almost got his value dead on.
Slim‚Äôs Grade – A¬†–¬†The gamble payed off pretty well here. I’m such a sucker for high end steals, but Butler gave much more and I know I’ll be all in again next year.