Archive for Position Breakdowns

2014 – 2015 Position Breakdown: Top 25 Center Rankings

by Will Overton

Historically the Center position has been the weakest of all positions with a small top tier, a less than ideal middle tier and a bunch of fliers and over the hill veterans to round things out. As the game changes though so too changes the fantasy basketball game, including the Center position.

With athleticism across the league improving the Centers in the league are becoming better stat stuffers. Also positional flexibility is a big boost too as many guys who would have been power forwards are playing Center now.

Here is my breakdown of the position for this season with my top 25, my sleeper, deep sleeper and bust:

  1. DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings
  2. Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls
  3. Chris Bosh – Miami Heat
  4. Al Jefferson – Charlotte Hornets
  5. Marc Gasol – Memphis Grizzlies
  6. Al Horford – Atlanta Hawks
  7. Dwight Howard – Houston Rockets
  8. Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons Read more

2014 – 2015 Position Breakdown: Top 25 Power Forward Rankings

by Will Overton

Continuing on with our look at each position to help prepare for fantasy drafts that are certainly upcoming, today we look at power forwards. This is a position with some depth as I have seven of these guys in my top 30 overall rankings.

After that top tier we have a nice mix of veterans who we know what we’re getting from, the David Lee, Zach Randolph and Tim Duncan group, as well as some young guys with upside like Terrence Jones, Derrick Favors and John Henson. There’s a little bit of everything in this bunch.

Here is how I have the top 25 shaking out as well as my personal sleeper, bust and deep sleeper for the position:

  1. Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans
  2. Kevin Love – Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge – Portland Trail Blazers
  4. Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks
  6. Serge Ibaka – Oklahoma City Thunder
  7. Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks
  8. Kenneth Faried – Denver Nuggets Read more

2014 – 2015 Position Breakdown: Top 25 Small Forward Rankings

by Will Overton

The kings of fantasy basketball still reign supreme at the top of this list as the Durant vs. LeBron battle wages on. The depth at the position is improving though with Carmelo Anthony apparently still getting better, Rudy Gay coming back around and the emergence of young guys like Nicolas Batum and Kawhi Leonard.

With your drafts coming up soon we are trying to equip you with as much information as we can and so we are going to break down our top 25 small forwards and then offer you our sleeper, bust and deep sleeper at the position. So without any more time wasted, let’s get to it:

  1. Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks
  4. Nicolas Batum – Portland Trail Blazers
  5. Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio Spurs
  6. Rudy Gay – Sacramento Kings
  7. Chandler Parsons – Dallas Mavericks
  8. Gordon Hayward – Utah Jazz Read more

2014 – 2015 Position Breakdown: Top 25 Shooting Guard Rankings

by Will Overton

With October approaching draft day will be coming for fantasy basketball owners. With that in mind it’s time to get down to business and start looking at some rankings and position breakdowns. We started things off last week with point guards and now we are moving onto shooting guards. This is a position that lacks a depth of elite talent but really makes up for it by what seems a larger than normal mid tier.

I am going to give you my top 25 shooting guards and then break down who my sleeper, bust and deep sleeper is at the shooting guard position this year. Here is the breakdown:

1. James Harden – Houston Rockets
2. Eric Bledsoe – Phoenix Suns
3. Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors
4. Monta Ellis – Dallas Mavericks
5. DeMar DeRozan – Toronto Raptors
6. Dwayne Wade – Miami Heat
7. Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers Read more

2014 – 2015 Position Breakdown: Top 25 Point Guard Rankings

by Will Overton

With October approaching draft day will be coming for fantasy basketball owners. With that in mind it’s time to get down to business and start looking at some rankings and position breakdowns. We are going to get started with the point guard position. One of the deepest in the league and essential to fantasy teams given how many categories your point guard can contribute in.

I am going to give you my top 25 point guards and then break down who my sleeper, bust and deep sleeper is at the point guard position this year. Here is the breakdown:

  1. Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
  2. Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers
  3. Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. John Wall – Washington Wizards
  5. Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
  6. Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers
  7. Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors
  8. Ty Lawson – Denver Nuggets Read more

Position Battles: A Look at the Boston Celtics

by Ray Lin

“Rebuilding”. In most sports circles, it’s a dirty word used for a losing team emerging from dire straits and trying to re-establish a team identity. Roles are undefined, performance is unpredictable and nearly everything is in flux.

Even though they’ve evaded the losing team label by finishing a mere game above .500 last season, the Boston Celtics are undoubtedly one of the most intriguing rebuilding projects in the NBA for the 2013-2014 season (and well beyond). In the offseason, longtime head coach Doc Rivers is departed to Tinseltown and Brad Stevens left the college ranks of Butler to take the keys to his very first NBA ride. All year long, Stevens’ molding and managing of the transformed Celtics roster and lineup will be one to watch, especially in fantasy.

Here’s a position-by-position look at the new C’s (with preseason stats)

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Position Breakdown: 2011 – 2012 Top 40 Centers

We have reached the final positional breakdown needed to get you ready for your drafts. My number one center should be no surprise as we broke down Dwight Howard vs. Amare Stoudemire last week and you know I like Dwight Howard despite the flaws.

Center is a typically shallow position, but this year the first 24 guys on the list are all solid contributors making this one of the deeper center classes in some time. This is thanks in large part to an influx of your talent at the position over the last few years. So while there are some great centers at the top of the board, you shouldn’t feel like you’re in trouble if you don’t get one of them because there are plenty more in the mid rounds.

Here is the way I see the center position breaking down this season:

  1. Dwight Howard – Orlando Magic
  2. Amare Stoudemire –  New York Knicks
  3. Pau Gasol – Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Al Jefferson – Utah Jazz
  5. Al Horford – Atlanta Hawks
  6. David Lee – Golden State Warriors
  7. Brook Lopez – New Jersey Nets
  8. Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls Read more

Positional Breakdown: 2011 – 2012 Top 40 Power Forwards

Another day and another position to breakdown. Today we’re going to be looking at the power forward spot. The top ten power forwards might be as strong as the top ten in any position, other than point guard.

The solid depth continues down the line with the next group of guys having a little something for everyone. There are shot blockers, steals guys, points scorers and rebounders. And there’s also a solid mix of young guys with lots of upside and older veterans who you know what you’re going to get from. The tail end does fall off pretty hard, but even there we have some nice upside picks to like.

So with all that said, here’s the way I have the top 40 shaking out along with some sleepers and busts:

  1. Kevin Love – Minnesota Timberwolves
  2. Amare Stoudemire – New York Knicks
  3. Pau Gasol – Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks
  5. Josh Smith – Atlanta Hawks
  6. Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers
  7. LaMarcus Aldridge – Portland Trail Blazers
  8. Zach Randolph – Memphis Grizzlies Read more

Positional Breakdown: 2011 – 2012 Top 40 Small Forwards

Much like the overall rankings the battle for number one is extremely close between Kevin Durant and Lebron James. An argument can be made both ways and it’s really a matter of preference as neither guy will do you wrong outside of an injury that cannot be predicted.

From there on the small forward group is full of guys who can contribute to your team in points and threes in particular, but also some steals and rebounding specialists mixed in.

Much like the other rankings these do stand a good chance of changing as the landscape of the NBA teams are changing everyday. But for the time being here is my breakdown of the small forward position:

  1. Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder
  2. Lebron James –  Miami Heat
  3. Carmelo Anthony –  New York Knicks
  4. Danny Granger –  Indiana Pacers
  5. Rudy Gay –  Memphis Grizzlies
  6. Paul Pierce –  Boston Celtics
  7. Andre Iguodala – Philadelphia 76ers
  8. Joe Johnson –  Atlanta Hawks Read more

Positional Breakdown: 2011-2012 Top 40 Shooting Guards

Today is the day that everything kicks off and if last night’s craziness is any indication there is going to be a lot of things changing, or maybe David Stern won’t allow anything to change, who knows. Instead of waiting for things to sort out we need to get something going right now to help you prepare for your fantasy drafts. So with in mind here is my shooting guard breakdown.

The class of shooting guards has a pretty sharp fall off from really good tier 1 & 2 players to question marks in a hurry. But it is also a deep class in terms of players who can contribute to a fantasy team. Shooting Guard is filled primarily with category specialist type players rather than all-around players, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because those kind of players are needed to fill out a team too.

Here is my top 40 rankings and sleepers and busts:

  1. Dwayne Wade – Miami Heat
  2. Monta Ellis –  Golden State Warriors
  3. Kobe Bryant –  Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Eric Gordon – Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Tyreke Evans – Sacramento Kings
  6. Kevin Martin – Houston Rockets
  7. Andre Iguodala – Philadelphia 76ers
  8. Manu Ginobili – SG, San Antonio Spurs Read more