Your force in the middle.  The Center.  Or Centre, if you’re a British reader… “Those Americans are so pompous!”  I actually like Centre, seems more regal.  And why I like Fantasy Basketball!  It’s the biggest sport worldwide, and I know from some of the loyal commenters we’re helping fantasy owners on the global scale.  Take that Jay and Razzball Football!  We’re trying to start a workplace rivalry…  So back to Cs this year, as I mentioned in the PF Tiers, more than I can ever remember there are PF that are C eligible.  No need to reach for the C eligibility.  The C&C Music Factory is redundant!  Overall ranks come from Razzball’s top 200 for 2014-15 Fantasy Basketball, and below are this year’s C broken down into tiers (C as determined by Yahoo position eligibility since 2014-15 RCL Basketball is on Yahoo), along with my mini-blurb and Slim’s projection:

The “I’m Hoping to End Up with the Brow on as Many Teams as Possible” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
1 2 Anthony Davis, NOP PF, C Very legit chance of going 20/10 with a rainbow line. Well, we can dream and he could be really close. As close as his brows!
Slim’s Proj: .510/.780/0.4/23.5/9.8/1.8/1.5/3.0/1.9 :38

The “I’m Reach-Around-Ing for Ibaka Yet Again This Year!” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
2 7 Serge Ibaka, OKC PF, C Iblocka! Plus he should take another baby step forward in FG%, Pts, treys… There’s really nothing not to like.
Slim’s Proj: .525/.770/0.6/17.0/9.3/1.2/0.5/3.0/1.5 :34
3 8 Kevin Love, CLE PF, C With LeBron and Varejao cutting into his boards, Kyrie will also slash his points and treys. Still a multi-cat contributor, but not the top-5 stud while in Minny.
Slim’s Proj: .465/.820/2.3/21.0/11.2/2.6/0.7/0.4/2.1 :36

The “Ridiculous, I’m Gonna Get Caught Up in the Crossfire Run on Big Men” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
4 12 DeMarcus Cousins, SAC PF, C Finally put it all together last year, and should once again set a career mark in scoring with IT2 replaced by Collison.
Slim’s Proj: .490/.740/0/24.0/12.0/3.0/1.6/1.3/3.5 :34
5 13 Paul Millsap, ATL PF, C A bit of a reach, but his best month of scoring/treys in 13-14 was with Horford on the court, and will continue to develop the perimeter game with Horford establishing the paint.
Slim’s Proj: .465/.740/1.0/19.0/8.7/3.1/1.8/1.0/2.5 :36
6 14 Al Horford, ATL PF, C Was having a career season until the pec injury. Same argument as Millsap – another perimeter threat will help Horford down low.
Slim’s Proj: .540/.720/0/18.0/8.9/3.0/1.0/1.3/2.2 :34
7 15 LaMarcus Aldridge, POR PF, C The FG% from a big is no fun, but a sneaky multi-cat contributor.
Slim’s Proj: .455/.810/0/22.0/9.8/2.5/0.9/0.9/1.9 :36
8 16 Al Jefferson, CHA PF, C Had an unreal run in the second half of 13-14, going 25.2/11.4/2.3/1/1 from Jan. 14 to the end of the year. Plantar fascia seems to be a non-issue.
Slim’s Proj: .490/.730/0/20.0/10.0/2.0/1.0/1.0/1.7 :34
9 17 Dirk Nowitzki, DAL PF, C The age is the question, but I don’t see much of a fall off. That said, boards are trending down.
Slim’s Proj: .475/.880/1.4/21.0/6.2/2.6/0.9/0.6/1.5 :34
10 18 Blake Griffin, LAC PF, C A breakout last year, I think he replicates his 13-14. But why in the name of Mutumbo can this guy not block more shots?!
Slim’s Proj: .530/.720/0/24.0/9.4/4.0/1.2/0.6/2.7 :36

The “I’m Going to Plagiarize my PF Tiers and Call This the ‘I’m Moving Bosh and Drummond Up in my Overall Ranks'” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
11 28 Chris Bosh, MIA PF, C LeBron gone gives the perennial high-floor option a high-ceiling as well. Expansion of a perimeter game and more shots his way should yield another top-30 season.
Slim’s Proj: .495/.820/0.7/18.0/7.4/2.2/0.9/1.0/1.9 :34
12 29 Nikola Vucevic, ORL PF, C Has always been underrated, should have another 1+ 5-cat line with his minutes bouncing back up and terrific %s.
Slim’s Proj: .510/.770/0/16.0/11.8/1.9/1.0/1.0/2.0 :34
13 32 Marc Gasol, MEM C 19th overall player final two months, and that’s after recovering from a bad MCL sprain. Started slow under the Joerger regime, I’m stoked if Gasol falls to me here.
Slim’s Proj: .480/.780/0/15.0/7.8/3.8/1.0/1.4/1.9 :34
14 33 Joakim Noah, CHI PF, C Had a career season without Rose, obvious regression to hit and lengthy track record of lingering injuries scares me.
Slim’s Proj: .490/.740/0/12.0/10.4/3.8/1.2/1.6/2.1 :34
15 36 Andre Drummond, DET PF, C Stan Van Gundy to emphasis rotations for defensive efficiency, FT% could have him losing some late minutes, but the output was mammothian last year and should be again in 14-15. A lot of people are reaching, but I’m not getting him close to top 20.
Slim’s Proj: .600/.440/0/14.5/12.9/0.5/1.4/1.7/1.5 :34

The “Shopping for Party Favors at Party City!” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
16 41 Derrick Favors, UTA PF, C So, so underrated. Shot 52.2% from the field last year, and with a terrible supporting cast, was creating his own post opportunities. Played only 30 MPG last year, will get expanded if he can cut down the fouls and boost the board and blocks.
Slim’s Proj: .505/.690/0/16.0/9.6/1.4/1.1/1.8/2.0 :34
17 42 DeAndre Jordan, LAC C Played 3 minutes less a game post-ASB, and getting benched late is a worry for me. No way he plays 35 per in 14-15. I think we see more hack-a-Dre.
Slim’s Proj: .650/.440/0/9.5/11.7/0.8/0.9/2.1/1.3 :32
18 47 Brook Lopez, BKN C Was 12th overall in per-game value in a short 13-14 sample, injury-risk still a big concern, but upside is tremendous.
Slim’s Proj: .510/.790/0/18.0/6.0/1.0/0.5/1.6/1.7 :30
19 49 Pau Gasol, CHI PF, C FG% should jump back up on a better team, out-of-position dimes are huge, chips in blocks still as well… Not much to not like other than injury risk.
Slim’s Proj: .500/.750/0/16.0/8.4/2.9/0.4/1.3/1.8 :30
20 51 Nerlens Noel, PHI PF, C This should put him on all of my teams. Immense upside, more polished offensive game than he gets credit for – the probable minutes limitation does make it a gamble.
Slim’s Proj: .510/.680/0/10.5/7.4/1.3/1.5/2.6/1.9 :28
21 52 Marcin Gortat, WAS C Huge season in Wizards debut, should have no problem having a comparable encore.
Slim’s Proj: .545/.680/0/13.0/9.4/1.5/0.5/1.4/1.5 :32
22 53 Tim Duncan, SAS PF, C Despite losing minutes and a racking up a couple DNPs, finished top-40 last year.
Slim’s Proj: .480/.740/0/14.0/8.9/2.5/0.5/1.5/1.8 :28
23 54 Dwight Howard, HOU PF, C FT shooting kills him in 9-cat, would be near elite in non-FT/non-TO leagues. Ultimate league settings-variable pick.
Slim’s Proj: .580/.550/0/18.0/11.9/1.6/0.9/1.9/2.9 :34
24 59 David Lee, GSW PF, C Boring Pts/Reb guy, solid %s and high-floor keep him top-60.
Slim’s Proj: .510/.780/0/17.0/8.9/2.4/0.7/0.3/2.1 :30
25 62 Ryan Anderson, NOP PF, C Out-of-position treys with virtually no TOs makes him a good pair with the bigger name PGs, while spinal injury last year is scary, I think he’ll bounce back and be healthy.
Slim’s Proj: .430/.850/2.4/15.0/6.2/1.0/0.4/0.3/0.9 :28

The “I’m Gonna Slam Robin Lopez for Being Terrible at Basketball No Matter What the Stats Say!” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
26 73 Robin Lopez, POR C Played 82 games past two years, and low TOs help the overall seasonal-ranking. I probably should be higher, but just can’t get over how not great at basketball he is…
Slim’s Proj: .540/.810/0/11.0/8.6/0.8/0.4/1.6/1.0 :32
27 77 Greg Monroe, DET PF, C Jennings and Smoove and their inefficiencies hurt his 13-14 campaign, Stan Van should help make the team efficient again and Monroe can bounce back.
Slim’s Proj: .490/.680/0/16.5/9.6/2.4/1.2/0.7/1.8 :34
28 82 Nikola Pekovic, MIN C Slightly empty Pts/Reb/FG%, and does have some injury risk, but a stalwart while in there.
Slim’s Proj: .530/.740/0/17.0/8.7/1.0/0.6/0.6/1.7 :30
29 83 Larry Sanders, MIL PF, C So hard to rank, so hard to like as a person, but upside is still there and his contract means he’s going to at least get a shot. Henson might start, however Sanders was still a monster in 12-13 at 27 MPG. I’m not reaching; that said, not explicitly passing either.
Slim’s Proj: .490/.560/0/9.0/8.1/1.1/0.9/2.3/1.2 :28
30 84 Markieff Morris, PHO PF, C Per-36 26/11.3/3.4/1.6/1.4 with 0.8 treys a game last year, and looking at a role close to those minutes. Sleeper patrol!
Slim’s Proj: .480/.790/0.8/17.0/6.8/2.2/1.0/0.9/2.2 :34
31 85 Channing Frye, ORL PF, C His former teammate is going to be an out-of-position ThrAGNOF king in Orlando where no one else is a perimeter threat.
Slim’s Proj: .430/.810/2.0/11.0/5.6/1.2/0.7/0.8/1.0 :30
32 86 Jonas Valanciunas, TOR C Vastly improved post-ASB, especially with FG% from 50 to 58, and maybe had some sophomore-slump-itis or an injury most of last year. Upside to bounce back, but I can’t reach after being burnt last year.
Slim’s Proj: .540/.780/0/13.5/9.0/0.8/0.4/1.1/1.8 :30

The “Collection of Mostly Boring Vets Except the Sweet, Sweet Upside of the Muppet Man!” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
33 92 Zach Randolph, MEM PF, C Consistency! And Pts/Reb! And that’s it…
Slim’s Proj: .465/.750/0/16.0/9.4/2.3/0.7/0.3/2.1 :32
34 93 Taj Gibson, CHI PF, C Durable, and even as a 6th man should get to 30 minutes especially behind brittle bigs. Underrated blocker.
Slim’s Proj: .490/.730/0/14.0/7.2/1.2/0.5/1.5/1.8 :30
35 101 John Henson, MIL PF, C Early news is he’ll get the first shot to start, and in 23 starts last year 13.3/8.5/2/0.5/2. Poor man’s FT-punt big! If news hold he starts, will move 10-20 up.
Slim’s Proj: .530/.530/0/12.0/7.9/1.7/ 0.7/1.7/1.7 :28
36 102 Andrew Bogut, GSW C Always ends up ranked higher than you’d expect, but always ends up as hurt as you’d expect…
Slim’s Proj: .570/.450/0/7.5/9.5/1.6/0.6/1.6/1.4 :26
37 104 Spencer Hawes, LAC PF, C A revelation last year, should still get must-own minutes as Clips’ 6th man.
Slim’s Proj: .465/.770/1.4/11.5/7.4/2.3/0.4/1.0/1.7 :28
38 106 Tyson Chandler, DAL C Return to Dallas will solidify a nice late Reb/Blk contribution.
Slim’s Proj: .600/.660/0/8.0/9.4/1.0/0.6/1.1/1.2 :30
39 108 Jared Sullinger, BOS PF, C 13.9/9/1.8/0.5/0.8 with 0.8 treys in 44 starts last year, in 29:33 a game. Markieff Morris-lite.
Slim’s Proj: .440/.780/1.0/15.0/8.4/1.8/0.6/0.7/1.9 :30

The “I’m Avoiding Roy Hibbert and Hoping to Scoop Up Plumlee in a Ton of Leagues” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
40 114 Amir Johnson, TOR PF, C Lingering ankle issue and Raptors PF depth scare me.
Slim’s Proj: .560/.680/0.3/12.0/7.6/1.6/0.9/1.4/1.7 :30
41 116 Josh McRoberts, MIA PF, C Should repeat 13-14 numbers – overall value last year inflated a bit by low TO. Solid plug-n-play for across the board stats.
Slim’s Proj: .440/.730/1.3/10.0/5.6/3.9/0.8/0.6/1.1 :30
42 117 Jordan Hill, LAL PF, C 13/8.9/0.8/0.5/1.1 in 32 starts last year, but still in under 25 minutes a game. Per-36s look great, needs the conistsnt run.
Slim’s Proj: .530/.720/0/14.0/8.3/0.9/0.7/1.4/1.6 :28
43 118 Roy Hibbert, IND C I’m not touching Hibbert unless he falls way down and I need blocks.
Slim’s Proj: .450/.760/0/12.0/7.1/1.3/0.4/2.1/1.9 :28
44 123 Mason Plumlee, BKN PF, C Could shoot way up for me if news is encouraging on his 14-15 role, per-36s in rookie year were very solid.
Slim’s Proj: .550/.650/0/13.5/8.3/1.3/1.0/1.2/2.1 :28
45 125 Anderson Varejao, CLE PF, C Big rebounds and not too much else in a sub-30 MPG role, does sneak in a steal a game for you from a big.
Slim’s Proj: .500/.670/0/8.0/9.2/2.0/1.0/0.6/1.1 :26
46 126 Nene Hilario, WAS PF, C Worth a reach if punting FT or TO, would be higher if he wasn’t so old and injury prone.
Slim’s Proj: .500/.660/0/13.0/5.8/2.6/1.1/0.8/1.9 :28
47 131 Omer Asik, NOP PF, C Beyond boards and a block a game, doesn’t do too much and won’t get huge minutes. FT drain a bugaboo too.
Slim’s Proj: .540/.600/0/9.0/10.2/0.5/0.5/1.2/1.8 :28
48 134 Andrea Bargnani, NYK PF, C 13.7/5.3/1.1/0.3/1.3 with 0.7 treys and only 1.3 TOs in 23 starts last year, and a good fit for the Triangle offense. There’s upside there, even if it’s hard to believe…
Slim’s Proj: .430/.820/0.8/13.0/4.6/0.9/0.4/0.8/1.4 :28
49 136 Miles Plumlee, PHO PF, C Completely fell off when the calendar turned to 2014, but for a late source of blocks, Frye let go will open up more minutes.
Slim’s Proj: .510/.580/0/9.0/8.0/ 0.6/0.6/1.2/1.4 :26

The “There’s Actually a Lot of Upside Options with your Last Pick for Blocks Like McGee, Wright and Gobert” Tier:

C RANK TOTAL RANK PLAYER, TEAM POS NOTE
50 142 Brandan Wright, DAL PF, C Not too much depth behind Dirk and Tyson, and both are way up there in age giving Wright a shot at more than expected minutes.
Slim’s Proj: .600/.700/0/10.5/4.9/0.7/0.7/1.1/0.8 :22
51 149 Enes Kanter, UTA C Terrible on defense and was much better against second units. Youth and opportunity still remain for some late boarding upside.
Slim’s Proj: .490/.740/0/13.0/7.6/1.0/0.4/0.6/1.9 :28
52 155 JaVale McGee, DEN C Blocks upside still there, will have to compete for minutes.
Slim’s Proj: .530/.590/0/10.0/6.8/0.5/0.5/1.7/1.5 :24
53 158 Henry Sims, PHI C 13.1/7.7/2/0.9/0.4 with only 1.4 TO in final 19 games last year, and should start for most of the year until Embiid is 100% ready.
Slim’s Proj: .500/.750/0/12.0/7.2/1.8/0.9/0.5/1.4 :28
54 159 Steven Adams, OKC C All the upside in the world for his career, not going to score much, but board, steals and blocks upside.
Slim’s Proj: .540/.620/0/7.0/7.1/ 0.8/0.7/1.0/1.3 :24
55 164 Alex Len, PHO C With no one else behind Mason Plumlee, who really fell off last year, the former #5 pick could be a really interesting off-the-radar surprise.
Slim’s Proj: .510/.660/0/5.5/5.1/ 0.6/0.2/0.8/1.2 :18
56 167 Boris Diaw, SAS PF, C Late source of out-of-position assists, giving you 2.8 a game last year from a center.
Slim’s Proj: .510/.720/0.5/8.5/4.1/2.8/0.6/0.4/1.5 :24
57 168 Gorgui Dieng, MIN C I usually don’t rank guys with so low upside for minutes this high, but he was so good late last year that he’s a must-own in deeper leagues if he gets a shot should/when Pek gets hurt.
Slim’s Proj: .510/.680/0/7.5/7.6/ 0.9/0.6/0.9/1.1 :20
58 172 Chris Andersen, MIA PF, C A surprise value last year, should have similar numbers with maybe a few extra minutes.
Slim’s Proj: .560/.680/0/7.0/6.6/0.2/0.5/1.7/0.9 :22
59 173 Samuel Dalembert, NYK C I think Jason Smith is going to steal more minutes than you’d expect, still some late blocks upside.
Slim’s Proj: .560/.750/0/9.0/7.9/0.7/0.6/1.3/1.3 :24
60 174 Carlos Boozer, LAL PF, C Even though he only scores and boards, starting minutes should be there.
Slim’s Proj: .480/.730/0/14.0/8.5/1.7/0.7/0.3/2.1 :28
61 175 Timofey Mozgov, DEN C McGee to reclaim some minutes, Mozgov is the boring one of the pair.
Slim’s Proj: .530/.750/0/8.5/6.2/0.7/0.3/1.2/1.5 :20
62 179 Kris Humphries, WAS PF, C Backup PF/C minutes galore, with both guys ahead of him old and injury-prone. Solid when given run last year.
Slim’s Proj: .500/.800/0/10.0/6.6/1.0/0.5/1.0/1.0 :24
63 184 Luis Scola, IND PF, C Hibbert could continue to be awful, Mahinmi is hurt, there’s just no depth on that front line.
Slim’s Proj: .470/.750/0/8.0/5.2/1.2/0.3/0.2/1.4 :20
64 185 Kelly Olynyk, BOS C A decent NBA player, but not a good starter and will be stuck in a minutes logjam.
Slim’s Proj: .480/.810/0.8/12.0/7.1/2.7/0.5/0.5/1.9 :28
65 187 Jason Smith, NYK PF, C Late-round flyer for some boards and a block, should see some decent minutes behind Dalembert.
Slim’s Proj: .460/.770/0/8.0/4.8/0.6/0.3/0.9/0.9 :20
66 188 Rudy Gobert, UTA C Monsieur Elbow! Blocks upside and the only C option behind the terrible Enes Kanter give him some upside, always in foul trouble and can’t hit FT hurts him though.
Slim’s Proj: .560/.580/0/5.0/7.2/0.3/0.3/1.5/1.3 :20
67 191 Tiago Splitter, SAS C No upside, but hits all cats for a roster-filler in deep leagues.
Slim’s Proj: .540/.710/0/9.0/6.2/1.5/0.6/0.6/1.2 :22

 

Wow, so as I mentioned in the title of that last tier, tons of names for upside blocks late… Gobert, Mozgov, Dalembert, McGee, Dieng, Andersen, Wright… Might be a little bit of an overrated stat this year, even though it won’t sway my Ibaka love!  Can’t discount the emerging perimeter game and % consistency… I hope you like how we did the position breakdown this year, as always shoot your thoughts below and happy Centre-drafting!

  1. Phamtastic

    Khang says:
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    Gotta move Drummond up a few spots lol. He’s gonna be beastly. Would be ecstatic to get him at 36, but that won’t happen.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Khang: Yup I know haha. Still won’t be on any of my teams most likely, but will get up to 30ish

    • Zar says:
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      @Khang: Well draft is today, I know where you’ll be targetting him!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Zar: Lemme know where he ends up goin!

        • Zar says:
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          Drummond went at 21 in the draft. Take a look at the results when it’s done, it’s pretty crazy.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Zar: Geez! Well, that seems about right from what I’m hearing, by high for me. Takin a look now

  2. Pancho says:
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    What does a “rainbow line” mean? I have seen it used a few times recently.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pancho: Great question, rainbow line is at least a 2/2/2/2/2 game Pts/Reb/Ast/Stl/Blk. Why Oladipo has the nickname RainbOladipo because he had a few and flirted with some other last year. Some other crazy things we makes up can be found here in our glossary: http://basketball.razzball.com/the-razzball-basketball-glossary

      Thanks for stoppin by!

  3. SMLV1 says:
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    Drop Nash for Stuckey?

    Drop Jack for Trey Burke?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SMLV1: Definitely get Stuckey. And yeah get Burke, but that one is a smidge closer, definitely in a 10 or 12 team league for upside of Burke

  4. CTMN says:
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    Assuming I don’t get a guy from one of the top 2 tiers, I’d probably go for one from each of the next 3 tiers, maybe something like Millsap/Bosh/Favors, then round out my big men with Markieff and then either Henson or Amir Johnson (nice stls/blks with solid rebs and fg%, and I’m a raptors fan). I probably wanna have 5 bigs, 4 wings, and 4 PGs, with at least 1 PG being SG eligible.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @CTMN: Yeah totally buy that, Amir I have ranked probably right at his ADP but he has some good high-floor, marginal upside still in him. Just hope the ankle is OK! Favors is a big name we like here so love he’s in your plan, same with Markieff later on. In my RCL, it def helped Curry is PG/SG since I didn’t get another SG eligible guy until the very end with Stuckey. Not huge value with SG names, so very smart plan!

      • CTMN says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I like Brandon Knight actually as an SG qualifier and 4th PG. Goran dragic too as a 2nd rounder SG.

      • CTMN says:
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        @JB Gilpin: oh yeah and thanks for the feedback!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @CTMN: Yup def love Dragic too, any time!

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