With only nine days left until the 2015-16 NBA regular season commences, fantasy basketball drafting season is in full swing as we close in on opening night. While some fantasy owners may wait until the last few days before participating in drafts to figure out final rotations, avoid drafting injured players that may get injured during the preseason, etc., there are also advantages to drafting earlier as lack of clarity on the aforementioned issues mentioned above can enable owners to find good values they may not otherwise have found. As a quick aside, these rankings are an attempt to forecast the players values by the end of the season and shouldn’t be used as a draft template in terms of when to draft players as using ADP would be a better way to go about that.
For the most part I tried to rank the players at the position that is most conducive to them earning fantasy value. For instance, DeMar DeRozan (SG/SF) is much better utilized at SF compared to SG because his lack of 3-pointers puts him at a vast disadvantage compared to the rest of the group, while his lack of treys doesn’t stand out as much among SF. On the flip side, players like Jimmy Butler (SG/SF), Anthony Davis (PF/C), DeMarcus Cousins (PF/C), Nerlens Noel (PF/C), Thaddeus Young (SF/PF) and Nikola Mirotic (SF/PF) have more versatile skill sets that enables them to employed comfortably at either of their eligible positions so they were accordingly ranked at both.
Additionally, you’ll see notorious FT% killer guys like DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard, and Jahlil Okafor ranked much lower in this format compared to one where owners may draft one of them and implement the punt strategy. While punting categories can be a viable strategy if employed correctly, especially in H2H formats, I personally don’t subscribe to punting and strongly advise against doing so in roto leagues. You may notice other players like Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings and Wesley Matthews being ranked lower than some pundits may have and that’s due to injury concerns, which plays a huge role in trying to determine the final projected values of players.
With all that being said, I’m sure you’re eager to go ahead and view the rankings so why don’t we get to the best part of the article. Without further ado, here are my personal Top-200 9-cat roto rankings.
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Honorable Mention: Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic, Tristan Thompson, Omer Asik, Anderson Varejao, Ian Mahinmi, Iman Shumpert, Lance Stephenson, Marco Belinelli, Gerald Henderson, Mario Hezonja, Tony Wroten, Donald Sloan, Will Barton, Evan Fournier, Kelly Oubre, Mario Chalmers, Aaron Brooks, James Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Boris Diaw.
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