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Early 2014 – 2015 Fantasy Basketball Top 25

by Will Overton

Tonight is the last night of regular season action and there is no better way to end this season than to start looking towards next season now. It’s been a fun season with a lot of turnover in the top part of the rankings, which means next year will be all the more interesting.

This offseason has the makings of a crazy road and so these rankings will probably change multiple times during the process. It’s going to be a fun ride though and I can’t wait to watch it unfold. In the meantime this is how I see next year’s top 25 shaking out as of right now. I do hold the right to change my mind and change it often though:

  1. Kevin Durant – SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. LeBron James – SF, Miami Heat
  3. Stephen Curry – PG, Golden State Warriors
  4. Kevin Love – PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
  5. Anthony Davis – PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
  6. James Harden – SG, Houston Rockets
  7. Chris Paul – PG, Los Angeles Clippers
  8. DeMarcus Cousins – PF/C, Sacramento Kings Read more

2013-2014 Seasons Biggest Overachievers and Underachievers

by Ray Lin

They say that hindsight is 20:20. In the pre-season, we use educated planning (and guessing) to best prepare for drafts. How players are expected to finish and how they actually end up finishing can vary a ton.

I wanted to see how actual performance this season compared with our preseason expectations. So, I cross-referenced actual Top-100 season player rankings (according to the ESPN Player Rater) with the pre-season rankings for those players from our RotoProfessor Basketball Draft Guide.

The values in parenthesis refer to the difference between their projected performance ranking and their actual season ranking as of today (the higher the number, the more spots by which they outperformed their projected rankings).

Underachievers

Josh Smith (-70)
Deron Williams (-53)
Tony Parker (-50)
Jeff Green (-43) Read more

Second Half Top 100 Rankings: 1 – 50

by Will Overton

It’s amazing how much change can take place in just half of a season. We have the same guys at the top of this list, but we also have a lot of guys moving up and down these rankings.

Keep in mind as you look at the top 50 that these rankings are for just the remainder of this season and not the future.

  1. Kevin Durant – SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. LeBron James – SF, Miami Heat
  3. Stephen Curry – PG, Golden State Warriors
  4. Kevin Love – PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
  5. James Harden – SG, Houston Rockets
  6. Anthony Davis – PF/C, New Orleans Pelicans
  7. Paul George – SG/SF, Indiana Pacers
  8. Chris Paul – PG, Los Angeles Clippers
  9. John Wall – PG, Washignton Wizards
  10. Kyrie Irving – PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
  11. Carmelo Anthony – SF, New York Knicks
  12. LaMarcus Aldridge – PF, Portland Trail Blazers Read more

Second Half Top 100 Rankings: 51 – 100

by Will Overton

We’re a little over half way through the season now, but the all-star break is a nice place to re-evaluate things. These rankings aren’t about long term success, but rather how I think these players will perform for the next few months until the season ends.

Here is the second half of the rankings with the top 50 to come tomorrow:

51. Greg Monroe –PF, Detroit Pistons
52. Pau Gasol – PF, Los Angeles Lakers
53. Jeff Green – SF/PF, Boston Celtics
54. Evan Turner – SG, Philadelphia 76ers
55. Nikola Vucevic – C, Orlando Magic
56. Anderson Varejao – C, Cleveland Cavaliers
57. Jeff Teague – PG, Atlanta Hawks
58. Lance Stephenson – SG, Indiana Pacers
59. Roy Hibbert – C, Indiana Pacers
60. Jimmy Butler – SG/SF, Chicago Bulls
61. Zach Randolph – PF, Memphis Grizzlies
62. Trevor Ariza – SF, Washington Wizards Read more

2013 – 2014 Top 100 Rankings: #1 – 25

by Will Overton

The top 25 has a lot of interesting talking points this season. There’s the always present Durant vs. LeBron debate. There’s also the fact that for the first time in a while I don’t think Chris Paul is in the top three. Then you have a group of big men who are all very close in talent which always makes ranking them interesting.

There’s bound to be some disagreement here, but this is the way I see the top 25 this season:

  1. Kevin Durant
  2. LeBron James
  3. James Harden
  4. Chris Paul
  5. Stephen Curry
  6. Kyrie Irving
  7. Kevin Love
  8. Paul George
  9. LaMarcus Aldridge
  10. Carmelo Anthony Read more

2013 – 2014 Top 100 Rankings: #26 – 50

by Will Overton

This section of the top 25 has an interesting mix of young guys on their way up the rankings and veteran guys trying to hold down their spots. Part of it is representative of a lot of teams in the NBA going with the youth movement and a commitment to rebuilding which in turn helps build new fantasy stars like Tobias Harris, Derrick Favors and Jeff Green.

This is the way I see the 26 – 50 part of the rankings shaking out:

26. Pau Gasol  - PF, Los Angeles Lakers
27. Ty Lawson – PG, Denver Nuggets
28. Al Jefferson – C, Charlotte Bobcats
29. Brook Lopez – C, Brooklyn Nets
30. Mike Conley – PG, Memphis Grizzlies
31. DeMarcus Cousins – PF/C, Sacramento Kings
32. Joakim Noah – PF/C, Chicago Bulls
33. Serge Ibaka – PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder
34. Monta Ells – SG, Dallas Mavericks Read more

2013 – 2014 Top 100 Rankings: #51 – 75

by Will Overton

We looked at the back end of the top 100 a couple of days ago, now we’re going to check in on numbers 51 – 75. This is just outside the top tier and these are the guys you should be looking for in rounds 4 – 6 range.

You’ll see a theme of up and coming guys who could hit it big this year and also big name guys who used to be ranked much higher, but are coming off of injuries.

Here is how I have the next set of guys shaking down:

51. Jeff Teague – PG, Atlanta Hawks
52. Andre Iguodala – SG/SF, Golden State Warriors
53. Kawhi Leonard – SF, San Antonio Spurs
54. Ersan Ilyasova – PF, Milwaukee Bucks
55. Chris Bosh – PF/C, Miami Heat
56. Nikola Vucevic – C, Orlando Magic
57. Luol Deng – SF, Chicago Bulls
58. Chandler Parsons – SF, Houston Rockets Read more

2013 – 2014 Top 100 Rankings: Part 1 – 76-100

by Will Overton

This will be the first of four parts where I unveil my top 100 rankings for this season. We will be starting with the bottom 25 of the list and work our way up in future postings. You’ll notice in the bottom quarter of the top 100 a theme of again big men who might be in for a bit of a down year this year.

Here is how I have things from 76 – 100:

76. Nikola Pekovic – C, Minnesota Timberwolves
77. Gordon Hayward – SG/SF, Utah Jazz
78. Enes Kanter – C, Utah Jazz
79. Tyreke Evans – SG, New Orleans Pelicans
80. Jimmy Butler – SG/SF, Chicago Bulls
81. Klay Thompson – SG, Golden State Warriors
82. Zach Randolph – PF, Memphis Grizzlies
83. David West – PF, Indiana Pacers
84. Joe Johnson – SG, Brooklyn Nets Read more

2013 – 2014 Rankings: Top Ten Rookies For Single Year Leagues

by Will Overton

What this past year’s draft class lacked In star power it kind of, sort of made up for it in depth and role player ability. When fantasy owners hear the words role player they roll their eyes and move on to the next massive upside guy waiting to disappoint. There is a place in fantasy basketball for role players and I think this draft class will turn out to have quite a few of them.

Here are the top ten rookies in my opinion for this season:

1.       Victor Oladipo – PG/SG, Orlando Magic: This is the number one rookie for me already, but he could widen the gap for me depending on what the preseason holds, and I’ll be watching closely. I don’t think he’ll start right away no matter what, but I am curious to see how he gets used. If Oladipo gets time at point guard and looks like he can handle the job his value goes up exponentially. If the Magic trust him to run the point as Jameer Nelson’s backup he’ll likely see 30 minutes per game off the bench and eventually Nelson or Aaron Afflalo will be traded to make room for him. Read more

2013 – 2014 Position Rankings: Top 25 Centers

by Will Overton

The infusion of young and exciting talent at Center has the position at one of it’s deepest points in a long time. You can argue over who should be the number one rated guy, but you can’t deny that the first tier or two are as deep and talented as they have been in a long time.

Here is how I see the top 25 shaking out:

  1. Al Horford – Atlanta Hawks
  2. Marc Gasol – Memphis Grizzlies
  3. Dwight Howard – Houston Rockets
  4. Al Jefferson – Charlotte Bobcats
  5. Brook Lopez – Brooklyn Nets
  6. DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings
  7. Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls
  8. Larry Sanders – Milwaukee Bucks
  9. Roy Hibbert – Indiana Pacers
  10. Nikola Vucevic  – Orlando Magic Read more