2010-11 Fantasy rookie rankings (updated: 7/15, with poll)

by on Jul.15, 2010, under Rankings

John Wall

John Wall went No. 1 in this year's draft, but does that mean he'll be the best rookie in fantasy leagues in 2010-11? (NBAE/Getty Images, Ned Dishman)

While projecting the fantasy values of rookies is always more of a crapshoot than a science, it doesn’t hurt to at least begin assessing their circumstances and potential to be valuable pieces that can bolster your fantasy squad.

With about 10 days’ worth of NBA Summer League games in the books, along with other offseason tidbits,  it’s time to update our rookie rankings. Also, let us know which of these young players will be the top fantasy rookie by voting in the poll below.

Here is a list of the top 10 fantasy rookies this season (yeah, that means Blake Griffin is included), ranked by their projected draft positions (PDP). (continue reading…)

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Fantasy NBA preview: Top-25 draft rankings for 2010-11

by on Jul.09, 2010, under Rankings

Kevin Durant

Smile, KD -- you were the big winner of last night's "Decision." (Chamber of Fear/Flickr)

For us fantasy junkies, one of the first thoughts that scurried through our heads post-Decision was: how does this affect the fantasy values of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh?

Dr. A at Rotoworld.com, Brian McKitish at ESPN.com and John Cregan at ESPN.com have already posted their thoughts (which are highly recommended), and I’m here to follow suit with a preliminary ranking of the top-25 fantasy players for the 2010-11 NBA season. A longer list of rankings will be here soon enough, but I’m hoping this will whet your appetites.

In honor of Dan Gilbert’s captivating response to the King’s departure, the rankings will be typed in the glory that is Comic Sans. (continue reading…)

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Top 150 fantasy players for 2009-10 (updated 10/22/09)

by on Oct.22, 2009, under Rankings

Though some names have shuffled around, the King remains atop this list. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Though some names have shuffled around, the King remains atop this list. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

A lot has happened already during this preseason – surprisingly good play, surprisingly bad play, injuries, etc. – so it makes sense that we should adjust our top 150 rankings accordingly.

While the preseason is not always a rock-solid indicator of things to come, it does give some helpful clues about what to expect from some players this season.

The top 20 hasn’t changed all that much from our first set of rankings, though the middle and bottom portions have seen some significant shuffling.

Also, if you’re looking for other rankings out there on the Web, take a gander at these links.

Voice your reactions in the comments section below.

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Chain gang: Rankings, drafts, strategies, more rankings

by on Oct.20, 2009, under Chain gang, Rankings

  • Take a gander at the preseason player rankings that Craver at Fantasy Basket Blog just posted, which will be updated closer to the start of the NBA season.
  • Check out these links. (Flickr/bcmacsac1)

    Check out these links. (Flickr/bcmacsac1)

    Henry at FourPointPlay posted the result of his Self Esteem League’s four-hour draft day. It’s very descriptive and fun to read. The quote, pick and pass of each round is also highlighted, along with odds on each team’s chances of winning.

  • Erik at Points in the Paint is offering his keen insights into rotisserie and head-to-head fantasy formats, with sample rosters included.
  • Matt Buser recently posted parts one and two of his great head-to-head guide at busersports.com. If you’re into roto scoring, he’s got primers for each position on his site, too.
  • Patrick at Give Me The Rock is starting to tick off his top 10 fantasy players at each position and has already covered point guards and shooting guards.
  • Yours truly has already posted his top 10 fantasy players at each position in 2009-10 at Dimemag.com: point guards, shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards and centers. I’ve already had a change of heart on some of those rankings, but on the whole I firmly stand behind them. There are valid disagreements and perspectives in the comments – read them and let me know what you think.
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An alternative way to rank players: Hollinger’s PER

by on Oct.06, 2009, under Other, Rankings

Ranking players is an essential step in preparing for your fantasy basketball drafts. There are tons of ways to do this, some easy and quick, others more involved and time-consuming.

Bynum at #8? I wouldn't touch that either. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Bynum at #8? I wouldn't touch that either. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

If you’re up for a different way to rank players for your drafts, take a look at John Hollinger’s projected player rankings based on his Player Efficiency Rating (PER) at ESPN.

This is not meant for fantasy purposes, so you probably shouldn’t take his exact rankings and use them for your fantasy drafts, but at the very least it might tickle your mindgrapes and get you thinking about other ways to look at players.

According to Hollinger’s projections, here are the top 15 players of the 2009-10 season: (continue reading…)

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