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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Centers

If only free throws were this easy for Dwight...

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 17 and published Dec. 20. I’ve done several drafts in the last few days and have noticed that you are going to have to reach for Greg Monroe, JaVale McGee and DeAndre Jordan if you want them. Joakim Noah is falling and offering great value.  

For years, the center position has been the most important one in Fantasy Basketball. These days, with so many power fowards manning the middle often enough to earn eligibility at the position, it isn’t as crucial to burn early picks on true centers. Pau GasolAmar’e StoudemireKevin Love and David Lee are just a few examples of players who are power forwards most of the time but pick up center eligibility in most leagues.

For the purposes of these rankings, we have including only the players who are expected to play the majority of their minutes at the true center position this year. As always, it is important to examine your own league’s positional eligibility rules prior to drafting. The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO). We break down players into tiers as well to help you organize them within your overall cheat sheets. These rankings take into account not just stat projections, but injury risk, competition for minutes and other intangibles.



1. Dwight Howard, ORL

Projected Stats: 22.7 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 3FG, 1.3 SPG, 2.5 BPG, 3.5 TO, 59.1 FG%, 59.8 FT%

To the casual player, Howard is the No. 1 center in the league by a mile. In Fantasy, it certainly depends on the format. He’s more of a second or third-round value in rotisserie leagues. In a head-to-head or points-based format, he challenges Chris Paul for the No. 3 overall selection. Howard’s dominance in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage sets your team up perfectly in H2H leagues, as you can punt free throws and surround him with complementary pieces in the other categories. Howard also averaged 1.4 steals last year, an underrated part of his game and an amazing number for a center.

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Damn Lies Fantasy Hoops Show: Free Agency Frenzy

Tracy McGrady is set to sign a contract with the Atlanta Hawks' training room.

So much hoops to talk, so little time. Jeff and Greg were on the horn Wednesday night to go over the latest rumblings around the league, from the Chris Paul drama to the news that Chuck Hayes may join the Kings. Even Tracy McGrady was discussed, probably for way too long. Greg also gave his thoughts on the Damn Lies Top 150, comparing and contrasting Jeff and Tom’s more interesting selections. With the start of free agency looming, we’re all getting a little giddy for some fantasy basketball. Enjoy the show! Continue reading

Fantasy & Free Agent Fest: Atlantic Division

In the days leading up to the start of free agency on Dec. 9, Damn Lies & Statistics will be taking a look at each team’s potential moves, top fantasy players and more. We’ll start with the Atlantic Division.

Fantasy-Worthy Players Under Contract (H2H Draft Round in Parentheses): G Rajon Rondo (2/3), F Paul Pierce (3/4), G Ray Allen (7/8), F Kevin Garnett (8)
Key Unrestricted Free Agents: F Glen Davis, G Delonte West, F Troy Murphy
Key Restricted Free Agents: F Jeff Green
What to Look For: Boston is a team looking to win right now. Allen and Garnett come off the books for the summer of 2012, so this is it. Unfortunately, since the core of the team is aging and expensive, there are few moves Danny Ainge can make outside of trading an asset like Rajon Rondo. Rumors are already starting to percolate that the Celtics could move Rondo for Chris Paul. Crazier things have happened under Ainge’s reign as GM. For now, the team will likely hope Jeff Green doesn’t get any big offers and try to fit him into a reasonable new deal. Davis is likely gone and West could return on the cheap. With the doddering Jermaine O’Neal as the team’s only center, expect the C’s to grab a few cheap big men. The bottom line is that barring a major trade, the fantasy values are set in stone here. However, we’re very wary of spending high picks on Garnett or Allen, and even Pierce, considering the condensed nature of the 66-game schedule. They will have to be rested regularly and are injury risks.
The Damn Lies Bold Recipe: Let both Davis and Green walk, re-sign West, lure Chuck Hayes on the cheap and maybe use the mid-level on Carl Landry or Tayshaun Prince. Fill out the roster with a Roger Mason or Theo Ratliff, and try to win with this group. Dwight Howard and Chris Paul ain’t walking through that door. Continue reading

2011-12 Damn Mock I: Second Round

The Damn Lies & Statistics 2011-12 Mock Draft continues with round two. You know you love it.

The rules: Jeff, Tom and Greg are taking four teams each in this 12-team league, which is a nine-category rotisserie league (FG%, FT%, PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, TO) that will draft the following: 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 SF, 1 PF, 2 C, 1 F, 1 G, 2 U. We’ll be building each team ourselves based on this format. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to mock us in the Comments.



13. Team 12 (Tom) – Josh Smith – After taking Dirk in the first round, I have a little FT% wiggle room and a need for some defense, assists and more rebounds. I’ll opt to kill two birds with one stone here and pick up one of the league’s best all-around defenders and someone who can pull in 8-plus boards per game. As a plus, Smith did shoot a career-best 72.5% from the free-throw line and actually made 0.7 threes per game last season, so it’s not as if he’s completely deficient in those categories. I now have my Franklin and Bash. Continue reading

Damn Lies Midseason Report: Atlantic Division

A cheap ploy for us to get page views, and Nets forward Kris Humphries.

We’re gonna mix it up a bit this week at Damn Lies. Now that the season is roughly halfway over (emphasis on ‘roughly’), we thought it would be fun to hand out grades to each player who has made an impact, positive or negative, on the fantasy landscape. Think of these as sort of the Golden Globes to our annual postseason awards, The Dammies, only with fewer scientology jokes. This isn’t very scientific, in the sense that the three of us were liberal arts majors and are much more comfortable making stuff up rather than postulating an actual theory, which I can rarely do without pulling a muscle. For each team, we’ll assign grades based on how players have lived up to fantasy expectations. If a guy has disappointed or has been hurt more than not, he could get a ‘D’ or ‘F’ even though his numbers aren’t totally awful. If someone went undrafted in every league but has come out of nowhere to offer solid value, he could get an ‘A’. Or not. It’s really up to us. Don’t think to much about it.

I’ll start with the Atlantic Division, and we’ll have a new division per day. Enjoy! Continue reading

Fox Unbalanced: Ty-reek!

Every year I have that one guy who looks like a steal in the spot I picked him, but then ends up giving me not only Larry Demic-type numbers, but a bleeding ulcer as well. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Tyreke Evans, who fell to me in the middle of the third round of the Damn Lies draft.

"You'll be under the media spotlight now, kid. My advice: try to ignore Greg Fox's screeds. He's never happy."

I really didn’t see much of Evans as a rookie. I knew he put up some pretty fancy numbers, and although I heard that he couldn’t shoot straight, he did manage 45 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the line; definitely livable. This was the third round, and despite some mild plantar fasciitis in training camp, I thought for sure he’d be gone.  I was licking my chops for either Monta Ellis or Derrick Rose, but they were both selected earlier in the round, Rose just two spots ahead of me. I’ve since left my chops alone. Continue reading

Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: New Jersey Nets

There are many questions surrounding the Newark, New Jersey Nets in 2010-11, including who will start at shooting guard between Terrence Williams and Anthony Morrow, and who will start the season at power forward if Troy Murphy is not ready?  But since the departure of Yi Jianlian, the biggest question on everyone’s mind is who will be the go-to Net when needed at a season-ticket holder’s Bar Mitzvah?  You see, last year the Nets’ marketing department concocted a devastating ploy to increase season subscriptions by offering up the Net of the ticket-holder’s choice to attend one of his or her functions, including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.  I still can’t get the imagery of Yi in a yarmulke out of my head.

Brown paper bags are the new yarmulkes.

This is officially Brook Lopez‘s team and the talented seven-footer is going off draft boards in the early second round.  Last season, he averaged 18.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks and was also among leaders at his position in steals (0.7) and free throw percentage (.817).  Having Murphy beside him may keep his rebounding average below double figures, but it should also open things in the interior a bit more.  Murphy had been an underrated fantasy star as a member of the Pacers and although there might be a slight falloff, his numbers should remain pretty steady.  He is one of few big men who can average double-digit rebounds (10.2 in ’09-10) and nearly two threes per game (1.8), and even hobbled by a bad back in the preseason, he shouldn’t last past the sixth round.

For those of you who, like me, drafted Devin Harris in the second round last year, I’m pleased to report that not only did we survive the torrent of feces that was rained upon us, no one took matters into his own hands to tar and feather the little bastard.  Harris’ most redeeming quality in ’09-10 was that he barely played. On the rare occasion that he wasn’t laid up with Dengue Fever or some other mysterious ailment, he was an atrocity as he dropped in every major category from the previous year except for blocks (0.3) and turnovers (2.8).  The reason I am so hard on Harris is because the man has plenty of raw ability.  He is one of the quickest guard in the game, and on a team where he is relied on to both score and create, last year’s results were bitterly disappointing.  The injury bug will bite again, that you can be sure of, but he has to perform better for Avery Johnson than he did for Lawrence Frank and Kiki Vandeweghe.  The sixth round is where he belongs.

Williams and Morrow will likely end up in a time share which severely limits their upside.  Morrow is one of the deadliest long-range shooters in the league, having knocked down 47 and 46 percent, respectively, the last two years.  He doesn’t do enough in any other category to warrant earlier than a 12th round selection, unless of course Williams goes down.  Speaking of, if Morrow were to go down or if Travis Outlaw doesn’t come as recommended, Williams can fill either role and is kind of a poor man’s Stephen Jackson.  He can do a little bit of everything, including draining some threes.  He also shoots a horrifying percentage from the field like Captain Jack, converting only 40 percent  of his chances as a rookie.  I think he should be gobbled up before Morrow in the middle rounds and hope that his coach thinks 30 minutes a night is a reasonable target.

Outlaw showed flashes of what he can do as a reserve the past seven years in Portland and now he finally has a chance to fulfill his potential as a starter in New Jersey.  He was signed by Mikhail Prokhorov to a five-year, $35 million contract, so his leash will be long.  He is capable of putting some crooked numbers in a box score, particularly in the difficult blocks, steals and 3-point categories.  He’s had a ho-hum preseason, but don’t be lulled to sleep by that. Despite his length of time in the league, Outlaw is just 26 and could turn out to be a nice gift for someone in the later rounds.  The rest of the roster is filled with non-draftable guys and that includes lottery pick Derrick Favors.  The Georgia Tech product could see some extra work in the early going as Murphy continues to rehab his back, but he is a long way from being ready to contribute to anyone’s fantasy team.  I can see new backup point guard Jordan Farmer being relevant following one of Harris’ injuries.  Also half Jewish, Farmar will be relied upon by that vaunted marketing machine.  Stay away unless you’re a season ticket holder looking for a good time.

PG: Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar
SG: Anthony Morrow, Terrence Williams
SF: Travis Outlaw, Stephen Graham
PF: Troy Murphy, Derrick Favors
C: Brook Lopez, Johan Petro

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