Who’s ready for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball season?!  Pssshhh, who cares about the playoffs?!  Not like anything good or interesting has happened…

So it’s time to start gearing up for 2015-16!  Man am I pumped…  Mostly because I know Michael Carter-Williams won’t burn me.  In my never again pile!  MCW is like that sexy crazy chick that you know you’ll regret hooking up with again…  Sexy assets, but makes you wanna blow your brains out!  Kinda a shocker MCW isn’t a redhead, as all firecrotches are nuts.  Sorry Scottish readers, but it’s true!  Even on Game of Thrones the tall Stark one had to dye her hair…

As tradition, we’ll be ranking the Top 50 in our Way Too Early Rankings to get an idea of where we stand heading into the upcoming season.  We’ve got a lot of great stuff planned through the Summer with Draft analysis, Team Previews, and a whole hell-of-a-lot of rankings extravaganzas.  Here’s the Way Too Early Top 10 for the 2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Season:

1. James Harden Don’t fear the #1 Beard!  Although, fellow Houstonite Dallas Keuchel’s beard is mad saucy right now.  Wait, a guy named Dallas pitches for Houston?!  Wait, isn’t this an NBA rankings post?!  I’m so confused right now!  I have a feeling the top 3 will be some variation of my top 3, and I’m going with consistency over sexiness.  But it’s not like Brow or Curry are redheads!  In average stats, Harden came in at 3rd on both Basketball Monster and Yahoo, and 2nd on both in total stats.  Not like it’s going to happen, but if Harden cut his TO in half he would be BY FAR fantasy’s #1 player.  It’s the only real knock, and what puts him at 1 for me is the category clinching FT%.  Even with one of the FT-punt Cs, you’re going to do fine.  Assists went up to a career high 7.0 in 14-15, and he’s only missed 14 games the past 3 seasons.  With Dwight Howard losing effectiveness and the ability to stay on the court and clog the middle, Rockets will again be all Harden and only a ridiculous PG acquisition or fluke injury will scare me away.

2. Anthony Davis I think this will raise some eyebrow!  I know people will be very anti-Brow #1 or #2, but even with the nagging injuries he was the #1 player in average stats across 68 games.  Plus tied for 2nd on Basketball Monster and 4th on Yahoo in total stats.  Seems like he missed more than 14 games!  The issues with all those naggers (don’t miss that word on Wheel of Fortune…) has me keeping Brow 2 instead of the clear #1 that I thought I’d have him for the second straight season.  Not much to say that we don’t already know – FG% went up on more shots, will hit his FT for a big, blocks are NBA best, and his 1.4 TO a game are unreal.  Stay healthy Brow, all my teams with the #2 pick will need you!

3. Stephen Curry Well, let’s get some of the first hate mail for the 2015-16 season goin’!  Curry was the #1 player last year in total stats, 2nd behind Brow in average, and I have a feeling he’s going to be ranked 1 or 2 more often than 3.  We all know the good – record-setting 3s, nice dimes, and had a career-best 2.0 steals.  What concerns me is 32:39.  That’s how many minutes he played a game in 14-15, and I don’t see a scenario where the Warriors are any worse next year.  Steve Kerr, yet another who’s been in the Popovich system, is likely to keep it low again in blowouts and I could see even more DNPs in 15-16.  He’s obviously an elite player, and at 3 I’d really be happy with any of these guys, it’s razor close.

4. Kevin Durant Here comes the flood of hatemail!  I better make a JB’s Ark to survive this deluge!  If the foot heals, this is a steal.  If it acts up or limits him at all, it’s a bust.  That’s it – plain and simple.  I know a lot of KD owners last year will have the Slim Reaper in their “never again” pile like me and MCW, but even with a foot that never healed right and the battle through an ankle sprain, Durant was still the #5 player in average stats.  Pretty crazy for a guy who wasn’t close to himself.  Even with the most optimistic of offseasons I don’t think he’ll crack the big 3, but with anything negative he might slide.

5. LeBron James The [former] King vs. Paul.  Twas a toughie for me, but I’m going LBJ 5 mostly because I feel bad about his receding hairline…  The headbands make so much more sense now!  To hit this rank, James will need to improve drastically.  #12 in average stats on Basketball Monster, #16 in Yahoo, the 13 missed games drops him even further in total stats.  Dat TO rate doe!  A career worst 3.9 last year with it over 4 most of the season, and a 2nd-career-worst 71.0% from the FT line.  What has me encouraged for a bounce back was he had his worst TO rate before 14-15 in his first year in Miami, and I think we all know Kevin Love is going to become an even more ancillary guy.  I mean, dude can’t even keep his shoulders in place!

6. Chris Paul I could see these last two switching up, as Paul do what Paul does with over 10 dimes a game, hits his FT, and turns the ball over a lot less than some of the studs ahead of him.  While he hit a career best 1.7 from deep, I really didn’t like seeing a career worst in FTM as it shows he’s settling a little more for jump shots.  Plus the elite steals fell to below 2 for the second time in his career, previously in 06-07.  I still expect elite stuff, but it’s enough of a knock to move him out of the top 5.

7. Russell Westbrook An interesting thought would be where Westbrook would be if Durant was no longer on the Thunder…  We shall never know!  For now at least…  But we know Scotty B ain’t there!  Westbrook was dead on at 7 last year in average stats, which means he’ll really need to improve his efficiency while co-existing with Durant for 15-16.  The days of the crazy tripdubs and 30+ Pts every other night will probably dissipate, but hopefully it will cut down on that atrocious career-worst 4.4 TO a game and he takes a few less 3s after shooting under 30% from downtown on 4.3 attempts last year.

8. Kawhi Leonard Mmmmmm, the day is finally here!  Kawhi is a first rounder!  One of my favorite players in the NBA, Kawhi was 6th in average stats last year, which may surprise some people given his unflashy slashes.  It’s all about contributing everywhere – only elite in the steals – but it’s another year of tread on the Spurs tires and if the grandpas retire, I think Kawhi will move even further up my board.

9. Damian Lillard This may be one of the higher ranks you’ll see for The Omen, but I’m a cautious man!  Well, not really, I like to live a little dangerously, but the safety makes him a first rounder to me.  In average stats he was 16 and 14 per Basketball Monster and Yahoo, respectively, but he shoots to 6 on both in total stats.  Nothing too drastic has changed – he’s marginally upped the scoring every year but did have a career-worst 3PT% – but the biggest number here is 0.  That’s how many games he’s missed in his 3-year career.  After painfully trying to sift through all the DNPs over the final month in 14-15, having a PG that’s the closest thing to an 82 game lock will have me excited at 9th.

10. DeMarcus Cousins Man, if a couple things fall right we could easily see Boogie break into the top 5 in 15-16.  But as it stands now with the Kings still an abomination, I don’t see much changing.  Great numbers across the board for a big, good FT shooter, it’s just so tough to like a C that gives up 4.3 TO a game.  I was hoping to find some sort of evidence that it was much better with Darren Collison there, but nope, worse in the first half.  You pretty much have to walk on eggshells with your gaurds in a Boogie build, but it’s not enough to knock him outside the top 10.

 

I hope everyone is pumped for the 2015-16 Season which is still a good bit away, but it’s never too early to start weighing your options.  Happy offseason Razzball Nation!

  1. Blint says:
    (link)

    Finally something to read fantasy basketball related 😀

    Surprised with the Lillard ranking. What happens to him if LMA leaves. He wears the Westbrook mask and all hell breaks loose?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
      (link)

      @Blint: Wooooo, hoops is back! Well, it hasn’t left yet, but ya know 🙂

      Ummm, I don’t know if Lillard is that kind of player. Maybe I’d put him ahead of Kawhi but that’s about it. Although The Omen wearing a mask would be awesome!

      • Blint says:
        (link)

        @JB Gilpin:

        JB what exactly are we supposed to be from June to October? 😛

        If nothing else you guys should at least continue the 30 point challenge during the playoffs and give slim a chance for a come back!! Though next year there should be a negative point if the player you picked scores less than double digits !

        Really worried about my hawks in my keeper league. I have Teague and Hoford. Why are they playing so bad?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
          (link)

          @Blint: NBA draft analysis and summer league! Haha.

          Noooooooo, Slim is done! Maybe in the few offseason pods we do during the playoffs we’ll do some informal ones 🙂

          Hmmmm, maybe, although I think I mighta lost with negative points haha. I had some brutal ones.

          I dunno man, I wonder if all the benching and DNPs is good for a younger team. Spurs get away with it with all of them old vets, Hawks not so much. A little rusty

          • Blint says:
            (link)

            @JB Gilpin:

            Where is Slim anyway ? ahaha summer league pods. By the genuine question has there been a player that was under the radar and played well in summer league and became a star in the NBA?

            Hawks won thank god! Who you rooting for JB in the playofs?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
              (link)

              @Blint: Oh Slim is around! We’re already working on our plans for the offseason.

              Ummmm, Noel had a great Summer league and played well… He wasn’t “that” under the radar I guess… Can’t think of much past that…

              I really don’t have a team I’m rooting for, I guess the Spurs going back to back and to have everyone retire off that so Kawhi can go ham, I’d like that haha

              • Blint says:
                (link)

                @JB Gilpin:

                There are a lot of things I want to happen this offseason. Since I played in a keeper league last year I am looking at every move this offseason as how will it impact my team 😛

                I need kanter to go so my steven adams gets more minutes. I need Draymond to stay because I don’t want him to go play for a bad team. I want Rubio surgery to go well. RONDO should not sign with Lakers because I have Clarkson. Tobias should go to New York and become number 2 option there. Orlando should not draft or sign a PG because I have Elfrid. Keeper leagues are fun you get emotionally vested with the players you own. Also Harden was my first rounder this year who I got as 8th pick , but I still would take Brow over him! Shocked you have him number 2!!!

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
                  (link)

                  @Blint: Totally agree! Keeper leagues get you more into your guys, especially if you have a clear and away favorite like our REL league for me.

                  No way the Magic change up from Elfrid, he’s too good 🙂 Harden just feels a tad safer, all top 3 are close though!

            • Slim

              Slim says:
              (link)

              @Blint: I didn’t go back and check but I do remember last year being impressed by Jordan Clarkson in summer league. LaVine and Schroder were pretty solid too. Wiggins and Parker were decent, but obviously very talented. It isn’t only about the players who can play but the ones who can’t too. Exum had a terrible summer league and it was painfully obvious he wasn’t close to being NBA ready.

              • Blint says:
                (link)

                @Slim: Slim my man where you been! What are your hopes for your 2nd home team the UTAH JAZZ :d I am a jazz fan myself!
                Exum improves and if so to what level ? Will Utah draft a PG again this year? I really believe we can content if he have someone to run the offense NOW.

                Great call with Clarkson ! 🙂

  2. kisses says:
    (link)

    This seems like a pretty clear-cut top 10 where, depending on need, 6-10 could be moved around for each other. Who do you have at the turn for 12 teamers? Klay? Blake? Carmelo?

    Also, not sure if you saw this but the Rockets made some twitter history last night with the horse murder + suggested rape comment. No good. (https://scontent-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t34.0-12/11127854_10205050189108122_904462971_n.jpg?oh=d0a75d4f28c2dee25f66732f5ef26579&oe=5542C2E0)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
      (link)

      @kisses: It’s going to be very tough getting through 10-20, I haven’t solidified anything yet. All 3 are certainly in there, I think Blake will be top 12. Love the assists.

      Yikes, someone in the Rockets social media team lost their job! The Houston PR boss called them into their office and during the meeting was like, “shhhhh, don’t worry, your job will be over soon”

  3. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
    (link)

    JB, whats good my dude? You enjoying the playoffs so far? Do you think the Blazers will bring it back to Rip City tonight? McCollum and Meyers had a monster impact in game 4, McCollum looks like he can take on the Jamal Crawford role for the Blazers. His game has come along nicely. Also, I know it was a small sample size, but Leonard put up a 50/40/90 season in 2015, pretty impressive for a cat that is 7’1. He is a legit shooter.

    Any thoughts on Paul George’s value for next season?

    Thanks man, nice work.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
      (link)

      @OldMilwaukeePounders: All’s good man thanks! Yeah playoffs have been good! I’ve only been in and out a little, a lot less fun than fantasy 🙂

      Leonard is interesting, but I don’t know if he could handle a starting role. Maybe he progresses more into 2016. I’m leaning Grizz closing it out tonight 🙁

      George will likely be late 2nd/early 3rd for me. It’s already hard getting out of the top 10. George vs. Melo for example. Probably going George, so maybe he does crack top 20…

      Appreciate it man!

  4. MAC says:
    (link)

    Razzup guys?!!! harden davis curry are clear cut top 3 picks next season. and for me, it will just depend on their playoffs schedule. assuming the 3 are healthy going into the season. for kd, i wouldnt be touching him in the first round. id rather let him be someones else risk. keep the rankings coming!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
      (link)

      @MAC: Yeah I agree those are the clear 3, I wonder if a crazy good offseason/preseason pushes KD in for some people. Will do my man!

      • MAC says:
        (link)

        @JB Gilpin:
        will definitely help kd ranking with a strong preseason. but still, i would not touch him in the first 12 maybe top 15? hehe. still depends on the rankings. but players with recent major injury, atleast for me, i would want that player to atleast see it make through a whole season. holiday burned me this past season. and didnt touch horford. but now horford is back in my good graces, though its tough with those dnp-rest hawks.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
          (link)

          @MAC: There’s just too much upside to go that far for me 🙂 But agree, the downside is def there. Agree on Holiday I has some risk built in, Horford I thought would be fine, he was fine off tearing the other pec. But with a foot I certainly won’t be 100% confident with KD

  5. Dante Green says:
    (link)

    KD?!? Nope!!! Bahahaha I mean, srsly, I had KD ranked at around 40-ishhhh! I get this feelin that he’s gonna be like Drose man!! Like srsly!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
      (link)

      @Dante Green: Haha, well I think he’ll be consensus top 5. I don’t think he’s Drose yet with one injury hah

  6. Phamtastic

    Khang says:
    (link)

    How late do you think Paul George will go next year? Was hoping to get him in the second round due to injury. Is that realistic you think?

    PS. Can I join the REL now that I won a championship? I might have beat Slim for that championship too if Trey Burke didn’t decide to slack off and not play lol 🙂

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
      (link)

      @Khang: For sure! I think even late 2nd round is where I’ll have him. I don’t have too many concerns, but 10th-12th overall was his peak, I don’t know if we should expect it up that high again.

      Hah, well if an extra spot opes we will for sure have you! Right now I’m pretty sure it’s full up, but I’ll let ya know!

  7. Lasandro says:
    (link)

    This is awesome man, thanks!

    So after drafting KD with my 3rd overall pick last season, instead of Harden, I feel like I’ll need to check in with you before my next Roto draft. Would be curious to see how your ranks defer from H2H to roto. I’m thinking someone like Lillard won’t be above say, Wall, in a roto… right?Kawhi is the man, but a 1st rounder in roto? I can completely see his worth in H2H. Should be real interesting. My bf Jimmy B could still do some great work next season, despite Rose looking like (a less consistent version of) himself again.

    Of all the early free agent talk, which one of these guys do you see blowing up next season? B Lopez and/or Thad may not be in BK next year. Draymond SHOULD be retained by GSW, but who knows. If Carroll left ATL, dude could be a pretty monstrous #2 or #3 guy on his new squad. LMA outta POR? No Love in CLE (although I see other teams being scared off now by his unfortunate injury)? Any scrubs from the Knicks or LAL coming up next season? Yada yada.. I miss our fantasy chats

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
      (link)

      @Lasandro: Yessir! Will be truckin’ along with 10-20 in a day or two.

      In these top 10, I don’t know if too much changes. Cousins might be bounced out because of the awful TO. Lillard I think would stay in – you want those nice 3s plus low TO.

      Haha – well of the guys you mention, I think Thad could surprise. Obviously it’d be huge if Aldridge goes elsewhere, but he’ll be good anywhere. And Lopez would probably be a downgrade, but maintain the injury risk.

      We’ll be here all offseason man!

  8. Chris says:
    (link)

    I primarily play roto fantasy leagues and for me, CP3 switches places with Lebron mainly bc Lebron’s poor TOs and FT%. Do you agree?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
      (link)

      @Chris: Ah, yup I would change those in roto ranks as well – I usually am H2H and never owned LeBron in a roto haha. Never felt that roto pain

    • Chris says:
      (link)

      @Chris:
      For roto, my top 12 goes like this:
      1. AD
      2. Curry
      3. Harden
      4. KD
      5. Cp3
      6. Lebron
      7. Westbrook
      8. Leonard
      9. Lillard
      10. Irving
      11. Ibaka
      12. Aldridge

      On the bubble: Butler, Millsap, Cousins, Klay, Horford, both Gasols….

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
        (link)

        @Chris: Yup, agree cousins bounces out. Klay would be a real close 13 for me, as would Millsap. I also go AD one.

        • Chris says:
          (link)

          @JB Gilpin:
          In terms of elite SGs, I love Klay, but between him and Butler, I value the elite steals compared to the elite 3ptm. I believe I can use the waiver to pick up 3ptm easily, which puts Butler ahead of Klay for me. Also, I am not sure if I am sold on Klay’s uptick in blocks this year, so I expect that to regress a bit. On the other hand, hopefully Butler was not just playing for a contract this year…..always a bit aprehensive about that…

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
            (link)

            @Chris: I know 3s are easier to find off the wire, but I still like the 3s he brings a lot more in roto vs nice steals from Butler. Plus Butler seems to always have minor injury issues. I think I’d take Klay of the 2

Comments are closed.