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RotoExperts Draft Kit: Top 25 Small Forwards

Durant edges LeBron as the NBA's top flag football player

From the RotoExperts 2011-12 NBA Draft Kit

These rankings were written on Dec. 16 and published a day later. Derrick Williams is flying up draft boards, while Corey Maggette has been available late. Andrei Kirilenko’s future remains cloudy; rumors persist that he will sign with New Jersey but nothing is official yet. Austin Daye looked strong in the Pistons’ first exhibition game and has more upside than Tayshaun Prince. Watch that situation closely. 

Positional eligibility is important to consider when building your Fantasy basketball team. The top sites usually vary in terms of positional leniency, and the games played at a position is much foggier than in, say, Fantasy Baseball. For the purposes of the RotoExperts Top 25 positional rankings, we limited players to one list only; namely, the position they play most of the time. Under these circumstances, the small forward position is very top-heavy, with stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant heading the list. The talent drops off significantly, so it is crucial that, depending on your league’s positional rules, you check to see what shooting guards and power forwards could also slot into your SF spot.

In general, drafting based on positional depth is a solid strategy, and true small forwards and true centers are in shorter supply this season than the three other positions. It’s just something to keep in mind while you are drafting; it might be a good idea to get one of the top SFs on this list before it’s too late.

The following rankings are based on a nine-category, head-to-head league format (PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK, 3FG, FG%, FT%, TO), using Yahoo!’s positional eligibility. 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.

ROTOEXPERTS.COM SMALL FORWARD RANKINGS

TIER 1

1. Kevin Durant, OKC

Projected Stats: 28.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.0 3FG, 1.1 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 2.9 TO, 46.5 FG%, 89.6 FT%

He’s Fantasy Basketball’s 1A to LeBron’s 1B. Who you choose comes down to, perhaps, personal preference (do you dislike rooting for LeBron because of “The Decision”?) or, if you are a cold and calculating Fantasy player, or league format. In rotisserie scoring, Durant is the clear No. 1 overall pick because of his incredible free throw percentage at such a high volume. In H2H formats, it is more of a toss-up. Durant turns it over less than LeBron, has that better free throw percentage, and even bests him in blocks. He’s also easier to root for. There’s your tiebreaker! Continue reading

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2011-12 Damn Mock I: Third Round

On to Round 3! I can’t say this round excites me too much. In fact, the fourth round contains many players of equal value. The third is when we start thinking about filling out our rosters based on positional and statistical needs, where your instincts lead you the rest of the way. Where people stop being polite, and start getting real.

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.

FIRST ROUND | SECOND ROUND

DAMN MOCK I THIRD ROUND

25. Team 1 (Greg) – Paul Millsap – Anyone who can’t appreciate the hard-nosed Sapper is no friend of mine. Millsap is a throwback type player and also pretty effective in fantasy circles. Firmly entrenched in the Utah lineup, Team 1 can expect 16-18 points, 7-8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and a terrific field goal percentage out of him. With Durant and Rondo by his side, this team is shaping up fine. Continue reading


Moving Without the Ball: Trade, Dead Line.

Original to RotoExperts.com

Monday marks the worst week of the Fantasy Basketball season, with no teams playing more than twice as we head into the All-Star break. I know that some owners are looking at this week as a bit of a break from the daily grind, but owners in leagues who don’t split this short week as an add-on to the following week can pick up a tough loss in a blink.

My colleague Jake Ceily broke the short week down in his schedule piece. He made a lot of great points in maximizing your games played. The other key to winning the week is following the injury buzz. For example, you have Paul Pierce who is dealing with an injured left foot. On Monday, Pierce was scheduled to get an MRI on said foot, and while it’s expected that his MRI will come back negative, it’s likely that the Celtics will sit Pierce on Wednesday as a precautionary measure.

The Celtics will suit up once this week, against the Nets on Wednesday, which is the kind of game Boston can win without their team captain. In this case, you want to look at Von Wafer as a pick-and-plug option for Wednesday. The Celtics are already short at the small forward position, with Marquis Daniels out for the next six-to-eight weeks. If Pierce is also sitting on the bench in street clothes, the Celtics would have no choice other than to give Wafer significant minutes. We saw him in action on Sunday, playing 13 minutes and scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with two threes and two steals. He’s Nick Young-lite, a scoring wing who does little else. You won’t get assists, rebounds or blocks from Wafer, but in this short week any numbers you can get could help you in winning this short week.

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Fox Unbalanced: You got to know when to hold ’em

I can’t believe that my main man Tom Lorenzo stole my thunder with this whole Tony Allen/O.J. Mayo thing. I really can’t blame him, and this is such a great story that I’m still going to run with it instead of talking about last night’s incredible Boston/San Antonio brouhaha. I mean, how much is there to say? Rajon Rondo is a freak, Big Baby is the most underrated player in the league, Tim Duncan is feeling the effects of turning 50, and the Spurs need to get their act together defensively if they are going to win a championship.

But Greg says "Don't Cut Bait. Hold the Mayo."

I love this latest trend in which teammates wager a few milkshakes while playing cards on their charter flights from NBA city to NBA city. The other night, Allen and Mayo had to be separated over a game of Go Fish as Mayo appears to have lost and proceeded to welsh on their bet. Allen retaliated by calling Mayo a dirty word (I believe stinker was the ugly term used) and it escalated from there.

What makes this all the more interesting and entertaining is the fact that the two are officially competing with each other for minutes in the Grizz backcourt. Allen, who has suffered myriad foot and leg issues over the years, appears healthy and is averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and a freakish 3.4 steals and is a perfect 13-for-13 from the line in 26.4 minutes over his last five games. Mayo appears to have fallen out of favor with head coach Lionel Hollins. But as my colleague Mr. Lorenzo will tell you, he (Mayo, not Lorenzo) is still very young (23) and talented and bait should not be cut just yet. I do recommend hopping on Allen like a cheap suit at this point as he could carry your team in steals, at least until Xavier Henry returns from a sore knee.

Hollins has since banned all card games during team travel, putting a sad end to the Old Maid wars between Zach Randolph and Hamed Haddadi. And speaking of wars, fantasy basketball is a game of attrition. Let’s find a few guys who are bound to turn it around as we near the midway point of the season. Continue reading


Moving And Shaking: Hoopsters Gone A Courtin’

The early movement in my 7,145 fantasy hoops leagues continues. I am seeing guys come off the free-agent list daily, and I generally like what I see. I’m even starting to see some trades happen, for better or worse. It’s that time of year: panic is setting in! I continue to preach patience, but you never listen to me anyway. This week I saw one blockbuster-type of trade in one of my leagues and successfully pulled off a “meh” for an “eh” in another.

Comparing Bosh to Wallace is a slap in the face... for someone.

Trade: Chris Bosh (PF/C, MIA)
Trade: Gerald Wallace (SF/PF, CHA)

Both players have been disappointing early on. I would say that Bosh has been more disappointing, but that depends on what your expectations were for each player. Bosh hasn’t been this bad since his rookie season. He’s averaging just 14.8 points on 47.7% shooting and 5.9 rebounds on the season. Just awful for a late-2nd, early-3rd rounder. He’s only taking 11.5 shot attempts per game on the season, proving that he can co-exist with the ‘Big Two’ — but if this is co-existing I’d rather he simply exist. (You following me?). I would much rather have Wallace in this case. I don’t see Bosh getting much better. How about 16 points, 7 rebounds, and less than a block per game? That’s just terrible. At least with Wallace he has the upside to give you 2.5 blocks+steals. He’s already scoring more points, pulling down more boards, and playing better defense than Bosh. And he can only get better. I’ll take Wallace in this deal. Besides, I’ve already got the letters “BU..” stitched on my Bosh jersey. The “ST” aren’t too far behind.

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Damn Lies Fantasy Preview: Charlotte Bobcats

I’d like to sit here and tell you that this year’s version of the Charlotte Bobcats will pick up where they left off and catapult themselves into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference. I’d like to tell you that the team that last year added Stephen Jackson and won 16 of its final 23 regular season games to claim the seventh seed will be a more cohesive unit with that experience under its belt. I’d like to tell you that there are no glaring holes on this roster. I’d also like to tell you that Basil Marceaux will claim the Governor’s seat in Tennessee, but ain’t none of this gonna happen.

 

"And then I sliced it into the sand trap..."

 

LIES
Over the years, the reviews on Jackson are as mixed as a Whitman’s Sampler. He seems like an absolute nightmare to play with, and after a few months of blending in, I’m sure he’ll be ready to anoint himself team leader as he did in Golden State and Indiana. From a fantasy perspective, Captain Jack is often terrific across the board, particularly if your league doesn’t count field goal percentage and anti-social behavior. His running mate and clearly the best player on this squad, Gerald Wallace, is poised for another big season barring injury. Crash averaged 18.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks last year and that makes absolutely no sense since I can’t remember the last time he accumulated less than 17 rebounds in a game. Grab Wallace long before your mind wanders in Jackson’s direction.

DAMN LIES
With Ray Felton now studying Talmud with Amar’e Stoudemire in The Big Apple, the ‘cats have an intriguing situation brewing at point guard, where D.J. Augustin is the incumbent. Newly acquired Shaun Livingston finally appears semi-healthy after enjoying a solid final month in ’09-10 with Washington, and will battle Augustin for the starting spot in camp. Should Augustin not live up to Larry Brown’s lofty point guard standards, Livingston could parlay that good health into serious daylight. Despite Mussolini’s penchant for destroying the wills of his lead guards, it should be Augustin’s job to lose in the preseason and he could prove to be a nice source of assists, threes and steals. His field goal percentage last year (.386) might scare off fellow owners, but I like him as a high upside pick in the 8th or 9th round.

STATISTICS
You can thank the Charlotte frontcourt for that odor coming from your computer screen as Boris Diaw (11.3, 5.2, 4.0) is set at power forward and a combination of Nazr Mohammed, DeSagana Diop and Kwame Brown (yes, that Kwame Brown!) will man the middle. I know we’ve said this before, but fifth-year tease Tyrus Thomas has a chance to put up some stupid numbers. I know, I know: for every 12-point, 14-rebound, 6-block, 4-steal game, there are 15 clunkers. But the Bobcats will struggle mightily unless Brown decides to go small and use their athleticism by inserting Thomas at center. I’m hopping on Thomas in the middle rounds, though I’m sure I’ll be regretting it by Election Day.

DEPTH CHART
PG – D.J. Augustin, Shaun Livingston
SG – Stephen Jackson, Gerald Henderson
SF – Gerald Wallace, Dominic McGuire
PF – Boris Diaw, Tyrus Thomas
C – Nazr Mohammed, DeSagana Diop

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Daily Lies & Statistics: Up Next: Jewish Singles Night at the Meadowlands

It was Jewish Family Night yesterday at the Meadowlands as the Nets secured win No. 8 of the young season by thrashing Sacramento, 93-79. New Jersey held Israeli rookie Omri Casspi to two points on 1-of-8 shooting from the field and fans celebrated the victory by heaving kasha varnishkes onto the Izod Center floor.

And what better way to celebrate the Nets’ orthodoxy than by holding this special occasion. For a mere $18, fans received a ticket to the game along with a Jewish Family Night tee-shirt.  This evening could rival another of the Nets marketing machine’s ingenious strategies of having Yi Jianlian, or any other Net for that matter, making an appearance at your son or daughter’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah with the purchase of a season ticket. Of the people who have done this, I’d love to know the percentage of those who didn’t choose Chairman Yi. Big mistake if they didn’t.

The Nets fan has replaced the Jew on the self-loathing scale.

As for the game, Brook Lopez erupted for 26 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. Devin Harris added 24 points (2-5 3-pt-fg) and nine assists. The Kings, still playing without the concussed Tyreke Evans, were again led by Mark Price, again wearing his Beno Udrih costume, and finished with 19 points (8-13 fg), eight boards and five assists.

It was a busy night in the Ligg, as Hubie Brown would say. Let’s take a peek at some of the fantasy standouts.

Rajon Rondo – Rage On explained to his owners last night why he was drafted in third round following his 11-point, 11-rebound, 15-assist, four-steal beauty.

Paul Pierce – Pierce is apparently over whatever has been ailing him the past few months. Last night he torched the Nuggets for 27 points (10-16 fg), seven rebounds, two steals and a block and has averaged 24.4 points and is shooting 57 percent from the floor over his last five.

Dwight Howard – Superman put up some seriously crooked numbers (19 pts, 24 reb, 4 bk, 2 st) in a tough loss at Atlanta. He’s a free throw percentage killer, but if you’ve owned him all season, there’s no longer a need to worry about that category.

Jameer Nelson – Nelson has been brutal of late, but maybe he’s over his doldrums as last night’s 20-point, 8-assist performance will attest.

James Singleton – Even with Andray Blatche (21 pts) in the starting lineup despite bickering with Flip Saunders, Singleton exploded for 19 points, 21 rebounds and a block. The Wizards are probably the worst team in the NBA right now and Singleton should get the chance to prove his worth with 30+ minutes a night the rest of the way. If you can still make adds, look no further.

Josh McRoberts – He did post a double-double last night with 14 points, 12 caroms and two blocks. But don’t go running to your waiver wires as it did come against lowly Washington and Roy Hibbert was out with a sprain of his temporo mandibular joint. God, I’ve been waiting all my life to write that.

Deron Williams – Williams is a freak and proved why with his devastating 18-point, 16-assist, four-steal extravaganza in the blowout win over the fading Raptors.

Wesley Matthews – Matthews has been on the fringe of being a legit pickup and now may be his time following a 16-point (3-6 3-pt fg), 8-rebound effort. The son of blazing fast former NBA guard Wes Matthews has averaged just over 34 minutes per game over his last four.

Jose Calderon/Jarrett Jack – This situation stinks as they continue to split time at the point guard position. Both are unstartable right now.

Darko Milicic – This may be my only chance to write about Darko, who totaled 10 points, four caroms and two blocks in last night’s loss at Charlotte. He does not resemble an NBA player by any stretch of the imagination yet he has some pretty steep demands if he plans on returning to the league next season. Darko, do us a favor and don’t come back. As Branch Rickey once told the great Ralph Kiner, “we can finish in last without you.”

Gerald Wallace – It’s got to be fun to open a Bobcat boxscore when owning Wallace and knowing the team had a good night offensively. That is if one considers 23 points (9-16 fg), four assists, four steals and three blocks a quality night.

Stephen Jackson – Captain Jack bounced back from some subpar shooting nights with 37 points on 15-of-24 from the floor. He also got his owners high with five rebounds, three assists, four 3-pointers and two steals. If you can live with a low field goal percentage, Jackson is your man.

LeBron James – LeBron celebrated the return of his big li’l buddy Zydrunas Ilgauskas with a typical 38-6-9 on 15-of-22 from the field. The Cavs could have home court advantage throughout the playoffs locked up by the end of next week, so don’t be surprised to see the 2009-10 MVP’s minutes limited the last few games of the regular season.

Marcus Thornton – Somehow, Thornton is the big winner in the return of Chris Paul Sweepstakes. Now entrenched in the starting lineup, the rookie registered 20 points and five assists in 43 minutes of work. Paul (5-2-7) and Darren Collison (17-4-7) each saw 31 minutes of court time.

Jason Kapono – Kapono has done nothing to deserve his starting role in Philly, but it is what it is. In last night’s upset win in Milwaukee, he recorded only 10 points in 23 minutes, but he is a phenomenal 3-point shooter and could get hot from long range just in time to help fantasy owners.

Trevor Ariza – Ariza’s field goal percentage (39%) has been an atrocity for much of the season, but he remains a solid fantasy performer. Last night he actually converted 8-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points, two blocks and two steals.

Jeff Green – If he would only change his name to Jeffer Green a la Brigham Young sharpshooter Jimmer Fredette, he would be a lot more recognizable. As it is, Green has put up strong numbers of late, averaging 19.6 points and 1.4 steals over his last seven. Last night he totaled 19 points (8-11 fg), five rebounds, five assists and two rejects in the Thunder’s blowout win over the Rockets.

Lamar Odom – Now starting with Andrew Bynum again on the shelf, Mr. Kardashian tallied 19 points and yanked down 13 boards in a statement win at San Antonio. As I’ve always said, if he gets the minutes, Kardashian will deliver.

Ralph Willoughby – Was led to the court from Section 246 by Don Nelson prior to tipoff and delivered 22 points, six assists and three blocks for the Warriors. Keep an eye on Willoughby as he may have supplanted Corey Maggette as the starting small forward.

Reggie Williams – Played 29 minutes off the Golden St. bench and contributed 23 points (8-14 fg) and five rebounds. There is no such thing as a D-Leaguer in Nellie’s system.

Stephen Curry – I still have no idea if Curry is even any good as this system or lack thereof masks myriad offensive deficiencies. But man, owning Curry must be the equivalent of a five-year old walking into Dylan’s Candy Shop. Last night, he erupted for 30 points (12-19 fg), five rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in the easy win over the Grizzlies.

Only three games on the slate tonight, but Mavs at Blazers should be a doozy.


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