<![CDATA[Mr. Fantasy Freak Your Home For Fantasy Sports News And Updates - Blog]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:33:32 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:58:03 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/2017-18-fantasy-basketball-draft-guideFantasy Basketball Draft Guide
2017-18 Edition

The craft of drafting a winning Fantasy team is no easy task but everyone is capable of it. In this Draft Guide I will outline some principles for you to follow to have success in your Fantasy Basketball leagues this year.
 
My 2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide will cover everything from position depth to sleepers and busts as well as my actual draft strategy.
 
Over the past few years I've implemented a draft strategy based on a few key factors like three-point shooting, the lack of depth among Centers and the idea of separating the elite from the average at every position. Those will continue to be themes in this year's Guide but I'm going to add another dynamic that has the potential to alter the way we approach Fantasy Basketball.
 
I'll get to that new dynamic later, for now let's begin by going over a few basics. First of all, the elite players are elite for a reason. In the first round of your draft go ahead and make your selections from the list of players below (they're in no particular order or rank):

 
Guards
Russell Westbrook OKC
Steph Curry GS
James Harden HOU
John Wall WSH
Damian Lillard POR
 

Forwards
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL
Kevin Durant GS
Kawhi Leonard SA
LeBron James CLE
Jimmy Butler MIN
Paul George OKC


Bigs
Anthony Davis NO
Karl-Anthony Towns MIN


After those 13 are off the board, I want you to shift your focus to Bigs and Wings. If you happen to land one of the elite Point Guards in the first round going after them seems like the obvious thing to do. However, if you end up with a Small Forward, Power Forward or Center in the first round stay the course and keep with this strategy and continue to take more Bigs. This strategy has a big pay off if you follow it through completely. If you need some help on who to select, you can take a look at my Player Rankings.

For instance, if you draft Kevin Durant in the first round, I suggest going after a Nikola Jokic or DeMarcus Cousins in the second.
 
If you land Anthony Davis in the first round I want you to make it a priority to select either Rudy Gobert or Draymond Green in the second.

I even think it would be beneficial to take two wings early on. A one-two punch of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will get you far this year.


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In the third round I still want you to value Bigs and Wings over Point Guards. A few players I think are being undervalued in the third round this year are Kristaps Porzingis, Hassan Whiteside, Marc Gasol and Myles Turner. The addition of any one of these players to your roster should solidify your team with the groundwork for what I'm trying to help you accomplish.
 
Upon doing this you'll be passing over star Point Guards like Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving. As hard as that will be, it's going to end up being the key to your team's success this season.
 
Once your foundation is laid with the above players you can turn your attention back to Point Guards (and Shooting Guards) by going after a few of my favorites in the fourth and fifth rounds:


Fourth Round ADP
DeMar DeRozan TOR
Bradley Beal WSH
Eric Bledsoe PHO
Mike Conley MEM
Goran Dragic MIA
 
Fifth Round ADP
Isaiah Thomas CLE
Jeff Teague MIN
Elfrid Payton ORL
Lonzo Ball LAL


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Here is where your attention to detail must be called upon. If you begin your draft with the selection of one of the elite Point Guards (Westbrook, Curry, etc.) you'll have no need to take two more Point Guards in the fourth AND fifth rounds. You will be fine just adding one to your roster at this point in your draft. If you stayed away from a Point Guard early, then you have to make it a priority to select multiple PG's in these two rounds.

I put Isaiah Thomas as a fifth rounder but I have some real concerns with him this season due to his hip. Take him at your own risk and understand that you'll need a backup plan should he miss a significant amount of time.
 
If those guys aren't available, I think it's a good idea to see if Philadelphia 76ers 'rookie' Ben Simmons is out there. The 21 year old is an okay pick in the 4th round and almost a steal if you can grab him in the 5th round (I'd personally target him in the 5th). Simmons has the physical makeup and skill-set of a LeBron James type of player. Simmons falls into the Power Forward category but will likely distribute the ball like a Point Guard.
 
Before we continue, let's take a look at a few scenarios you may find yourself in after the first five rounds:

 
Example One
Round 1 - Kevin Durant GS
Round 2 - Nikola Jokic DEN
Round 3 - Kristaps Porzingis NYK
Round 4 - Mike Conley MEM
Round 5 - Lonzo Ball LAL


Example Two
Round 1 - Anthony Davis NO
Round 2 - Draymond Green GS
Round 3 - Marc Gasol MEM
Round 4 - Goran Dragic MIA
Round 5 - Elfrid Payton ORL


Example Three
Round 1 - Russell Westbrook OKC
Round 2 - DeMarcus Cousins NO
Round 3 - Hassan Whiteside MIA
Round 4 - Bradley Beal WSH
Round 5 - Ben Simmons PHI


Remember that in standard leagues you typically deal with the following roster spots:

1 Point Guard
1 Shooting Guard
1 Small Forward
1 Power Forward
1 Center
1 Flex Guard (PG or SG)
1 Flex Forward (SF or PF)
3 Utility (any position)
 
As your draft carries on into the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds you should shift your focus on what your team has and what your team needs. What I mean is that you should look over your roster and find out what your team is projected to do at this point and find the weaknesses.
 
If you look above at the second example (the team with Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, etc.) you should be able to see that your roster is pretty much set on blocks and rebounds. As a result, you’re going to need help in assists, steals and threes. Moving forward I'd suggest going after Victor Oladipo in the sixth, Jrue Holiday in the seventh and Robert Covington in the eighth round.


PG: Goran Dragic MIA
SG: Victor Oladipo IND
SF: Draymond Green GS
PF: Anthony Davis NO
C: Marc Gasol MEM
Flex G: Elfrid Payton ORL
Flex F: Robert Covington PHI
Utility: Jrue Holiday NO
Utility:
Utility:


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The above roster has good depth and the potential to compete in every statistical category. As your draft continues to roll on into the ninth and tenth rounds I want you to turn your attention to underrated players. Brandon Ingram feels like a no-brainer in the ninth round this year; same goes for Clint Capela, Gary Harris and Patrick Beverly. Wesley Matthews and Danilo Gallinari are going to be steals in the tenth.
 
Earlier I mentioned another 'dynamic' that has the potential to alter the way we approach Fantasy Basketball: the amount of shots put up each game.


Last season the NBA saw 21 teams attempt over 2,000 three pointers (only four had fewer than 1,900 attempts). That was not the case during the 2006-07 season when no team attempted more than 1,967 threes. In fact, during the 2006-07 season the NBA only had three teams attempt more than 1,725 threes. That same year there were only five teams who made over 600 threes; last season alone there were 25 teams that hit over 700 threes (12 of those made over 800). Teams averaged 9.7 made threes per game last season and attempted an average of 27 per game - both NBA records.

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Over the past few years teams are still averaging right around the 104-point mark. That said, I expect things to change in the coming seasons as teams continue to focus their offenses around the three point shot. A bottom tier team could end the season averaging 110 or more points per game within three or four years. And that's going to affect the way we play Fantasy Basketball.
 
Here is a look at league leaders from the 2006-07 season compared to last season:

2006-07 Season

3 Pointers Made
1. Phoenix 785
2. Houston 705
3. Golden State 700


3 Pointers Attempted
1. Golden State 1,967
2. Phoenix 1,965
3. Houston 1,893


Total Points Scored
1. Phoenix 110.2 PPG
2. Golden State 106.5 PPG
3. Denver 105.4 PPG


2016-17 Season

3 Pointers Made
1. Houston 1,181
2. Cleveland 1,067
3. Boston 985
 

3 Pointers Attempted
1. Houston 3,306
2. Cleveland 2,779
3. Boston 2,743


Total Points Scored
1. Golden State 115.9 PPG
2. Houston 115.3 PPG
3. Denver 111.7 PPG


So what does this mean?
 
Because there are more three point shots, we are seeing more rebounds, more fast breaks and more possessions each game. During the 2006-07 season only one team took over 7,000 field goal attempts. Last season there were 15 that took over 7,000 shots.
 
What you need to do to take advantage of this trend is focus on efficiency. Find the players who can shoot threes at a high percentage. Someone like JJ Redick is going to have value this season (I have him as a tenth rounder) simply because he is a good three point shooter and in Philadelphia he'll have the potential to take six or seven threes per game. Last season Redick attempted 468 threes and just 422 two point attempts.
 
Others who fit the Redick mold include Patty Mills and CJ Miles; both of whom are great pickups late in drafts.
 
You will also want to keep an eye on players who produce in limited time on the court. Andre Iguodala and Jamal Crawford are both bench players worth rostering in your leagues if you get the chance. Efficient players like Iguodala and Crawford will be especially vital in deep leagues as you'll have to find productive players in the later rounds who won't hurt your team’s overall numbers.
 
Upon entering the final few rounds of your drafts you'll need to fill out your roster. Below are a handful of guys at every position worth drafting:

Point Guards
George Hill SAC
Dennis Smith Jr. DAL
Patty Mills SA
Darren Collison IND
Reggie Jackson DET


Shooting Guards
Dion Waiters MIA
Tim Hardaway Jr. NYK
CJ Miles TOR
Danny Green SA
Zach LaVine CHI

Small Forwards
Malcolm Brogdon MIL
Marvin Williams CHA
Thaddeus Young IND
Jayson Tatum BOS
Tyreke Evans MEM


Power Forwards
Pau Gasol SA
JaMychal Green MEM
Cody Zeller CHA
Greg Monroe MIL
Tristan Thompson CLE


Centers
Nerlens Noel DAL
Willie Cauley-Stein SAC
Robin Lopez CHI
Bojan Bogdanovic IND
Bismack Biyombo ORL


Lastly, I want to preach patience after you complete your Draft. We all know that guy who tries to send out trades 30 minutes after the completion of the Draft. Don't be that guy, nobody likes that guy.
 
I hope this Draft Guide helps. Please keep checking the site throughout the preseason and regular season for updated Rankings and new articles. Good luck this year!

Alex Wiesner
September 21st, 2017
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<![CDATA[2017-18 Fantasy Basketball: Versus]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:46:04 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/2017-18-fantasy-basketball-versusFantasy Basketball: Versus

The "Versus" article is a fun way to give a detailed breakdown of a few of the players I ranked in my Player Rankings. It's more-or-less of a way for me to excogitate and then show why they landed where they did.
 
Like in the past, this article will cover each player for the upcoming season only, any Keeper League information will be noted as such.
 
I'll start off with some young Power Forwards...

Anthony Davis vs. Karl-Anthony Towns

At 24 years of age Anthony Davis continues to get better every season. Last year the 6' 11” Forward averaged 28.0 points, 2.2 blocks, 11.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He did that while shooting 50.5% from the field and 80.2% from the free throw line. In terms of efficiency, Davis has everything going for him and will probably get even better this season.

Not to be outdone, Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 2.7 assists and 0.7 steals per game last season. Towns has played every single game of his career so far and will likely challenge another 82-game campaign this season for the Timberwolves. Towns is a better three point shooter but the difference between these two will be the amount of touches their respective teams will get them in 2017-18.

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The Timberwolves added Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague while the Pelicans added DeMarcus Cousins late last year. Davis recorded 11 30-point games and 14 double doubles after Cousins' arrival and did not show any signs of slowing down despite Cousins' presence. I'm not sure KAT will be able to do the same this season. Give me Davis over Towns, but they're both valid first round picks and MVP candidates.

John Wall vs. LeBron James

Last year Wall averaged 23.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds per game and did it while shooting 45.1% from the field and 32.7% from three. In the playoffs Wall stepped his game up by averaging 27.2 points, 10.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. LeBron, meanwhile, averaged 26.4 points, 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game last year while shooting 54.8% from the field and 36.3% from behind the arc. Of course LeBron played in just 74 games as he made time to sit games for rest as he and his team prepared for the postseason. LeBron made 1.7 threes per game last year while Wall only made 1.1 three pointers per game. In terms of Fantasy value for this season, the three ball will be the difference between these two this season. Give me LeBron over Wall at the back end of the first round.

Rudy Gobert vs. Nikola Jokic

With Gordon Hayward (Boston) and George Hill (Sacramento) both gone, Rudy Gobert is now Utah's best player. The addition of Ricky Rubio as the team's Point Guard should only bolster Gobert's Fantasy value as he now has a great distributor who  can get him the ball. Gobert shot 66.1% from the field and 65.0% from the free throw line.

Nikola Jokic made strides last season, his second as a pro, by averaging 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 0.8 blocks. Jokic was solid down the stretch last year averaging 17.7 points, 11.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists in the second half of last season. Jokic ended the year with 39 double doubles, the 14th most in the NBA ahead of All Stars Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. I think Denver as a team is on the rise and because of Jokic, I'm going to predict them to make the postseason this season.

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I lean towards Gobert in this debate but both big men are terrific second round picks entering this year. YOU CAN'T GO WRONG.

Klay Thompson vs. Gordon Hayward

Despite the arrival of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson was able to increase his shots/game to a career high 17.6 (he shot 46.8% from the field). Klay also averaged a career high 8.3 three point attempts last year (he shot 41.4% from behind the arc). In Boston, Gordon Hayward should expect a fair amount of shots in an offense set around him and Kyrie Irving. Before the arrival of Kyrie Irving to Boston I would have easily picked Hayward over Thompson but Irving's lack of a passing skills concerns me. I think Gordon will have a solid season but I'd rather own Klay Thompson in Fantasy this year.

Lonzo Ball vs. Jeff Teague vs. Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas has the upside of a Top 10 Fantasy player but with his hip injury I have no choice but to move him down to a fourth round spot. Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game last year but will likely see a bit of a drop off playing in Cleveland. Thomas shot 47.8% from the field in Boston last season, 3.3% higher than when he was on the road. Isaiah also shot 25 points higher at home on threes last year.

Jeff Teague, now in Minnesota, has a lot of star players around him in Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. As much as that helps Teague's assists numbers, it hurts his points-potential and takes away from a few other categories including rebounds and three point attempts (and he's never been a great three-point shooter anyways). Ricky Rubio averaged 11.1 points per game and 9.1 assists per game with Minnesota last season; I think Teague will put up similar numbers this season.

Then we have Lonzo Ball. The rookie has huge upside and will join a fun roster with the Lakers and Head Coach Luke Walton. A season stat line with 15 points, 10 assists and six rebounds is not out of the question. At 6' 6" Ball has incredible court vision and terrific passing skills to go with it. Ball is the one rookie right now who is built to change the culture in Los Angeles. He's a Top 50 player right now.

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This match-up pits three solid Point Guards against each other. In my Player Rankings I ranked them Thomas (38th), Teague (39th) and Ball (49th). That said, give me Thomas over Teague and Ball if, and only if, Isaiah is healthy when your league drafts. Teague is the safest of the three and feels like a lock to put up Top 10 PG numbers. Ball has the highest upside of the three but I'm not ready to go all-in on him this season as a rookie. All three of these players are vital to my Draft Strategy this season and terrific options in the fourth and/or fifth rounds.

If you have any questions or comments please post them at the bottom of the page.

Alex Wiesner
September 21st, 2017
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<![CDATA[September 18th, 2017 Fantasy Football Player Rankings]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:51:16 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/september-18th-2017-fantasy-football-player-rankingsFantasy Football Player Rankings

After an interesting first two weeks, I've decided to change up my Fantasy Football Rankings. There aren't too many major changes but there are a few key changes that you should take note of moving forward as you look to improve your roster.

I'm going to focus this article around Kareem Hunt and the breakout star that he's becoming. Hunt has 229 rushing yards on 30 carries, 126 receiving yards on eight receptions (on eight targets) and five total touchdowns. If you listened to me before the year began, you would be reaping the benefits of this rookie. He's a top 5 guy.

I also want to mention David Johnson's absence as he's slated to miss the next two to three months. Here's a few Backs worth adding to replace him: Samaje Perine (Redskins), Chris Carson (Seahawks), Marlon Mack (Colts), Jamaal Charles (Broncos) and Tarik Cohen (Bears).

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If you have any questions or comments or want to start a discussion, please feel free to post your thoughts at the bottom of this page.

Flex Rankings

1. Antonio Brown PIT
2. Ezekiel Elliott DAL
3. Le'Veon Bell PIT
4. Mike Evans TB
5. Kareem Hunt KC
6. Julio Jones ATL
7. A.J. Green CIN
8. Todd Gurley LAR
9. Devonta Freeman ATL
10. Amari Cooper OAK
11. Jarvis Landry MIA
12. Jordy Nelson GB
13. Odell Beckham Jr. NYG
14. Melvin Gordon LAC
15. C.J. Anderson DEN
16. Jay Ajayi MIA
17. Brandin Cooks NE
18. Ty Montgomery GB
19. Doug Baldwin SEA
20. T.Y. Hilton IND
21. DeAndre Hopkins HOU
22. Lamar Miller HOU
23. Carlos Hyde SF
24. Michael Thomas NO
25. Davante Adams GB
26. Dez Bryant DAL
27. Leonard Fournette JAX
28. Dalvin Cook MIN
29. Demaryius Thomas DEN
30. Michael Crabtree OAK
31. Alshon Jeffery PHI
32. Keenan Allen LAC
33. Tyreek Hill KC
34. LeSean McCoy BUF
35. DeMarco Murray TEN
36. Marshawn Lynch OAK
37. Mike Gillislee NE
38. Golden Tate DET
39. Travis Kelce KC
40. Emmanuel Sanders DEN
41. Allen Hurns JAX
42. Randall Cobb GB
43. Chris Hogan NE
44. Isaiah Crowell CLE
45. Jordan Howard CHI
46. Jordan Reed WSH
47. Javorius Allen BAL
48. Christian McCaffrey CAR
49. Delanie Walker TEN
50. Rob Gronkowski NE
51. LeGarrette Blount PHI
52. Kyle Rudolph MIN
53. Zach Ertz PHI
54. Martellus Bennett GB
55. Jeremy Maclin BAL
56. Larry Fitzgerald ARI
57. Jonathan Stewart CAR
58. Terrance West BAL
59. Terrelle Pryor WSH
60. Jamison Crowder WSH
61. Tevin Coleman ATL
62. Tyrell Williams LAC
63. Sterling Shepard NYG
64. DeVante Parker MIA
65. Charles Clay BUF
66. Chris Carson SEA
67. Ameer Abdullah DET
68. Jimmy Graham SEA
69. Kelvin Benjamin CAR
70. Donte Moncrief IND
71. Mohamed Sanu ATL
72. Marqise Lee JAX
73. Tyler Eifert CIN
74. Coby Fleener NO
75. Brandon LaFell CIN
76. Pierre Garcon SF
77. Cooper Kupp LAR
78. Derrick Henry TEN
79. Frank Gore IND
80. DeSean Jackson TB
81. Jermaine Kearse NYJ
82. Mark Ingram NO
83. Samaje Perine WSH
84. James White NE
85. Jason Witten DAL
86. Torrey Smith PHI
87. Sammy Watkins LAR
88. Jordan Matthews BUF
89. Adrian Peterson NO
90. Jacquizz Rodgers TB
91. Theo Riddick DET
92. Marvin Jones DET
93. Rishard Matthews TEN
94. Doug Martin TB
95. Joe Mixon CIN
96. Willie Snead NO
97. Bilal Powell NYJ
98. Matt Forte NYJ
99. Stefon Diggs MIN
100. Adam Thielen MIN
101. Jared Cook OAK
102. Eric Ebron DET
103. Hunter Henry LAC
104. Martavis Bryant PIT
105. J.J. Nelson ARI
106. Brandon Marshall NYG
107. Thomas Rawls SEA
108. Kerwynn Williams ARI
109. Tarik Cohen CHI
110. Tyler Lockett SEA
111. Mike Wallace BAL
112. Kenny Stills MIA
113. Julius Thomas MIA
114. Darren Sproles PHI
115. Jamaal Charles DEN
116. David Johnson ARI
117. Cameron Brate TB
118. Corey Davis TEN
119. Jack Doyle IND
120. Jamaal Williams GB
121. Giovani Bernard CIN
122. Chris Ivory JAX
123. Kenneth Dixon BAL
124. Brandon Coleman NO
125. John Ross CIN
126. Phillip Dorsett NE
127. Chris Thompson WSH
128. Paul Perkins NYG
129. Shane Vereen NYG
130. Zach Miller CHI
131. Evan Engram NYG
132. Nelson Agholor PHI
133. Austin Hooper ATL
134. Dwayne Allen NE
135. Danny Amendola NE
136. Jerick McKinnon MIN
137. Alvin Kamara NO
138. John Brown ARI
139. Eric Decker TEN
140. Markus Wheaton CHI
141. Greg Olsen CAR
142. Paul Richardson SEA
143. Kamar Aiken IND
144. Jaron Brown ARI
145. Robby Anderson NYJ
146. Devin Funchess CAR
147. Kenny Golladay DET
148. Zay Jones BUF
149. Tedd Ginn Jr. NO
150. Eddie Lacey SEA


Quarterbacks, Defenses & Kickers

Quarterbacks
1. Aaron Rodgers GB
2. Tom Brady NE
3. Derek Carr OAK
4. Matt Ryan ATL
5. Matthew Stafford DET
6. Drew Brees NO
7. Ben Roethlisberger PIT
8. Cam Newton CAR
9. Marcus Mariota TEN
10. Carson Wentz PHI
11. Jameis Winston TB
12. Philip Rivers LAC
13. Dak Prescott DAL
14. Kirk Cousins WSH
15. Russell Wilson SEA
16. Alex Smith KC
17. Andrew Luck IND
18. Trevor Siemian DEN
19. Eli Manning NYG
20. Tyrod Taylor BUF
21. Joe Flacco BAL
22. Jared Goff LAR
23. Jay Cutler MIA
24. Carson Palmer ARI
25. Sam Bradford MIN
26. Blake Bortles JAX
27. Andy Dalton CIN
28. Deshaun Watson HOU
29. DeShone Kizer CLE
30. Brian Hoyer SF


Defense & Special Teams
1. Denver Broncos
2. Houston Texans
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Carolina Panthers
5. Philadelphia Eagles
6. Minnesota Vikings
7. Seattle Seahawks
8. Baltimore Ravens
9. Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Los Angeles Rams
12. Arizona Cardinals
13. New York Giants
14. New England Patriots
15. Atlanta Falcons
16. Green Bay Packers
17. Buffalo Bills
18. Dallas Cowboys
19. Los Angeles Chargers
20. Detroit Lions
21. Miami Dolphins
22. Oakland Raiders
23. Tennessee Titans
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
25. San Francisco 49ers
26. Washington Redskins
27. Cleveland Browns
28. New Orleans Saints
29. Cincinnati Bengals
30. Chicago Bears


Kickers
1. Justin Tucker BAL
2. Matt Bryant ATL
3. Stephen Gostkowski NE
4. Dan Bailey DAL
5. Mason Crosby GB
6. Blair Walsh SEA
7. Matt Prater DET
8. Brandon McManus DEN
9. Cairo Santos KC
10. Chris Boswell PIT
11. Dustin Hopkins WSH
12. Wil Lutz NO
13. Graham Gano CAR
14. Kai Forbath MIN
15. Ryan Succop TEN
16. Adam Vinatieri IND
17. Giorgio Tavecchio OAK
18. Phil Dawson ARI
19. Ka'imi Fairbairn HOU
20. Nick Folk TB
21. Robbie Gould SF
22. Connor Barth CHI
23. Stephen Hauschka BUF
24. Greg Zuerlein LAR
25. Cody Parkey MIA
26. Zane Gonzalez CLE
27. Jake Elliott PHI
28. Aldrick Rosas NYG
29. Jason Myers JAX
30. Chandler Catanzaro NYJ


Alex Wiesner
September 18th, 2017
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<![CDATA[2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper Picks Week 2]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:47:34 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/2017-fantasy-football-sleeper-picks-week-2Fantasy Football Weekly Sleeper Picks
Week 2 Results

 
Alex Wiesner


Mark Merriam


Kenneth Teape

Sleeper QB
Carson Palmer
9 pts

Carson Palmer
9 pts

Philip Rivers
17.2 pts

Sleeper RB
Robert Kelley
7.8 pts

Theo Riddick
6.7 pts

Javorius Allen
21.1 pts

Sleeper WR
DeSean Jackson
6.9 pts

Corey Davis
1.4 pts

Sterling Shepard
5 pts

Sleeper TE
Charles Clay
5.3 pts

Julius Thomas
5.6 pts

Eric Ebron
15.2 pts

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<![CDATA[2017-18 NHL Season Predictions]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:51:21 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/2017-18-nhl-season-predictionsNHL Season Predictions
2017-18 Season

1. After winning back-to-back Stanley Cup titles I have the utmost confidence in my first overall prediction:
 
The Pittsburgh Penguins will not three-peat as Cup champions.
 
The NHL has not seen a three-peat since the 1979-1983 New York Islanders won four straight Stanley Cups. On a positive note for the Pens, Sidney Crosby is just 25 points away from passing Jaromir Jagr for the second most in Penguins' history (trailing only Mario Lemieux). I think Crosby ends the year with another 80+ point season, his fifth straight.
 
2. From one of the best teams to one of the worst, I don't expect more than 30 wins from the expansion Vegas Golden Knights this year. I think the team will be fun to watch but Vegas' management clearly took the long-term approach when they put their roster together. That includes the acquisition of Vadim Shipachyov from Russia. Shipachyov will likely be paired with James Neal on the Knights' first line at the beginning of the season. I'm predicting that Shipachyov, not Neal, will lead the team in points this year with 65, just edging out James who will have 64. Both have good Fantasy value this season.


3. New York Islanders' Captain John Tavares will be in the rumor mill all season long. If the team hopes to get something in return for the free agent to be, they'll have to trade him before the trade deadline next March. I think the Vegas Golden Knights will send Calvin Pickard (their first overall pick in the Expansion Draft) and a 2018 first round pick to the Isles for Tavares. For New York, it's better than nothing as Tavares is likely to leave the team next off season.

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4. The Los Angeles Kings will trade Center Jeff Carter to the Montreal Canadiens for Ryan Poehling, the Habs first overall pick in this past year's draft (25th overall). Montreal will be on the lookout for more offense all season after struggling the second half of last season. After the All Star break the Canadiens averaged 2.23 goals per game, the fourth worst mark in the NHL.

The move will signal the beginning of a rebuild in Los Angeles and a strong postseason push by the Habs. The Kings will start their rebuild by sending their 2018 first round pick to the Colorado Avalanche for 26 year old Matt Duchene.
 
5. Here is my annual “Tyler Seguin will tally 90 points” prediction. He notched 72 last season, 73 the year before that, 77 the year before that and 84 the year before that. I'm beginning to think about lowering my expectations but I may just hold off for one more year.

So here we are: Tyler Seguin will tally 90 points this season.
 
6. Artemi Panarin will continue to play well despite being traded from Chicago to Columbus this off season. After putting up consecutive seasons with 74+ points, I think Panarin is primed for a 90 point campaign with the Blue Jackets this year.
 
Hopefully this doesn't turn into another Tyler Seguin situation for me.

7. Alex Ovechkin will not be traded this year despite heavy speculation that the team should move on from him. Ovechkin is 42 goals away from 600 career regular season tallies. If you include his postseason goals he's already at 604 scores. Should Ovechkin reach 600 this season he'll climb into 20 on the all-time scoring list passing such greats as Mark Recchi, Mike Bossy, Joe Nieuwendyk, Mats Sundin, Mike Madano and Guy Lafleur. The only two active players with more goals than Alex right now is Jarome Iginla (625) and Jaromir Jagr (765).


Ovechkin is also just four game winning goals away from passing Wayne Gretzky for the 16th most in NHL history. I think Alex nets seven game winning goals this year tying him with Steve Yzerman for the ninth most in NHL history. Only one player this season will tally more game winning goals than Ovechkin...

8. Auston Matthews will lead the NHL in goals (45) and game winning goals (8) this season. His play will get the Maple Leafs a division title and earn him strong consideration for the league's MVP award.

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9. Jean-Gabriel Pageau will quietly put up a 50 point season for the Senators. Racking up 10 points (eight goals and two assists) in 19 postseason games last year, Pageau displayed flashes of brilliance when he netted four goals in game two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Pageau will be a steal in Fantasy Hockey leagues this year. If you haven't read my Fantasy Draft Guide, please check it out.
 
10. From upside to downside, I think this is the end of Jaromir Jagr in the NHL. I believe Jagr will leave the NHL and sign with Avangard Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Jagr played for them from 2008 to 2011 before returning to the NHL.
 
11. Nashville's Cody McLeod and Vancouver's Derek Dorsett will co-lead the NHL in penalty minutes this year with 167 each. Both players won't (or at least shouldn't) be drafted in Fantasy Hockey leagues this year but could be worth pickups during the season if you need some PIMs.

12. New Jersey Devils' rookie Nico Hischier will win this year's Calder Memorial Trophy (most proficient player in his first year of competition in the NHL). I was really high on him before the Draft stating, "
The Swiss-born skater is a true talent and someone who will turn into a solid pro once he gets a chance to shine. Hischier is one of the few players who are eligible for the Draft this year who can create his own offense and still play great in a system if asked."
 
13. Washington Capitals' Netminder Braden Holtby will win this year's Vezina award (best NHL Goalie). It would be his second career Vezina award.
 
14. Toronto's Mike Babcock will win this year's Jack Adams award (best NHL Coach).
 
15. Minnesota Wild Forward Mikko Koivu will win this year's Frank J. Selke award (best Forward that excels in the defensive aspects of the game).


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16. Edmonton Oilers' Center Connor McDavid will win the 2017-18 NHL MVP award.
 
17. My 2017-18 playoff predictions:


Atlantic Division
Toronto Maple Leafs
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins


Metropolitan Division
Washington Capitals
Pittsburgh Penguins
Columbus Blue Jackets


Wild Cards
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ottawa Senators


Central Division
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
Dallas Stars


Pacific Division
Edmonton Oilers
Anaheim Ducks
San Jose Sharks


Wild Cards
St. Louis Blues
Chicago Blackhawks



18. Eastern Conference Playoffs


Round 1
Washington over Ottawa
4-2

Toronto over Tampa Bay
4-1

Pittsburgh over Columbus
4-3

Montreal over Boston
4-3



Round 2
Toronto over Montreal
4-2

Washington over Pittsburgh
4-3


East Finals
Toronto over Washington
4-3


19. Western Conference Playoffs
 
Round 1
Edmonton over St. Louis
4-1

Minnesota over Chicago
4-1

Dallas over Nashville
4-3

Anaheim over San Jose
4-3




Round 2
Edmonton over Anaheim
4-2

Minnesota over Dallas
4-3


West Finals
Edmonton over Minnesota
4-2

20. Stanley Cup Finals
The Edmonton Oilers will defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Finals, four games to three. The Oilers will be led by Connor McDavid who will win the regular season MVP award and the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP).

If this happens, McDavid will be the first Oilers player to win the Stanley Cup, regular season MVP and postseason MVP in the same season since Wayne Gretzky in the 1984-85 season.

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If you have any questions or bold predictions of your own, please post them in the comment section below.

Alex Wiesner
September 16th, 2017
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<![CDATA[2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:28:39 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/2017-18-fantasy-hockey-draft-guideFantasy Hockey Draft Guide
2017-18 Edition

If this is your first time playing Fantasy Hockey, don't worry. I GOT YOU.

Please follow along as I take you through the basics and give you advice on how to draft your Fantasy Hockey team. I'm basing this Draft Guide on a standard Fantasy Hockey league, with rotisserie scoring. The ten standard categories in roto leagues are assists, goals, power play points, shots on goal, +/-, penalty minutes and average time on ice for Forwards and Defensemen; and wins, goals against average and save percentage for Goalies.
 
The fundamental philosophy that I want you to understand throughout this Guide is the importance of competing in every category. This Guide will help you create balance and find a way to get contributions across the board from all your players. It's relevant to note that every piece of advice I give in this article is later justified and accounted for. Just make sure you follow my strategy completely; otherwise you'll be lost on draft day.
 
I want to start out this year's Draft Guide by talking about scoring.
 
Scoring opportunities are down and I think it's pretty clear why.
 
There are far less power play opportunities in today's game and because players are so well prepared, it's hard to put the puck in the net.
 
During the 2005-06 season there were 5.85 power play opportunities per game.
During the 2014-15 season there were 3.06 power play opportunities per game.
During the 2015-16 season there were 3.11 power play opportunities per game.
During the 2016-17 season there were 2.99 power play opportunities per game.
 
To expand on that, every team during the 2005-06 season had at least 411 power play opportunities. Last season the most power play opportunities a team had was 277 and that was from the Philadelphia Flyers.

That said, we did see a slight increase in scoring among second-tier teams. The high-powered offenses still put up elite numbers averaging more than three goals per game (i.e. Penguins, Wild, Capitals, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets and Jets). However, the middle-tier clubs were able to increase their scoring compared to years past. Last season we saw teams like the Blues, Bruins and Lightning average 2.84, 2.83 and 2.80 goals per game, respectively. They ranked 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively, in the NHL. During the 2015-16 season those numbers would have had them ranked inside the Top 10.

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Because of that, you should strongly consider taking an elite Goalie in the second round this year. I know that I've urged you not to in the past but the game is changing. I'm going to have to make similar changes to my Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide early next year as Baseball has seen a dramatic change in home runs, strikeouts and the overall approach batters are taking these days.
 
So why should you take a Goalie in the second round?
 
Aside from the first round being where your elite scorers are, the third round is filled with talented guys who will be available as the rest of your league takes their run on Goaltenders. In the third round this year you'll be able to bolster your Forward spots with guys like Nicklas Backstrom, John Tavares and Max Pacioretty. In the fourth round you can target Auston Matthews, Claude Giroux, Blake Wheeler and Victor Hedman.


I'd rather have a roster with an elite first round scorer (for this example let's say Nikita Kucherov), a Goalie like Cam Talbot in the second round and Nicklas Backstrom and Auston Matthews in the third and fourth round respectively. As opposed to waiting on a Goalie and ending up sporting a roster with Kucherov, Evgeni Malkin, Backstrom and a Netminder like Corey Crawford or John Gibson. The difference between a second round Goalie and a fourth round Goalie is going to be the difference in Fantasy leagues this year. I guarantee it.

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If you don't know which Goalie to select, take a look at my Player Rankings. That should give you a good idea of who I think is worthy of a second round pick.
 
Now, to account for the lack of scoring opportunities in the NHL I've done some research and found several late round sleepers you can pick up to offset your selection of a Goalie in the second round. I'll get to those sleepers later on.
 
The increasingly uncommon power play has greatly affected the way scoring occurs and how Fantasy Hockey leagues are won. Over the past few seasons I've always made time to write about power play sleepers to target. I suggest checking that out when you get a chance.
 
After securing some top Forwards and a Goalie early on, you can set your sights on one of the few decent Defensemen who will be out there after the first four rounds.


Shea Weber will probably be a favorite of mine this season as a borderline Top 50 pick. I think he will have a solid season his second year in Montreal after 11 years in Nashville. If you can't snag Weber I suggest taking a strong look at Torey Krug (5th round), Roman Josi (6th round) and Kevin Shattenkirk (6th round).

Of course, you shouldn't grab more than two Defensemen within your first nine picks. In the middle rounds you'll need to continue to build depth among your Centers and Wings.

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And at some point you'll need to address a second Goaltender. I suggest going after Ben Bishop in the 7th round, Cory Schneider any time after the 9th round or Craig Anderson any time after the 10th round. I also think it is key to draft a third Goaltender with upside. This year I'm targeting Brian Elliot in the 12th round and/or Scott Darling with my final pick.
 
Remember, a standard starting roster will have nine Forwards (Centers and Wings), five Defensemen, one utility slot (Forward or Defensemen only) and two Goalies.
 
So if you take my advice, you'll possibly end up with a roster similar to these two examples:


Example One Draft
Round 1: Nikita Kucherov F
Round 2: Cam Talbot G
Round 3: Nicklas Backstrom F
Round 4: Auston Matthews F
Round 5: Shea Weber D
Round 6: Roman Josi D
Round 7: T.J. Oshie F
Round 8: Nazem Kadri F
Round 9: Alexander Radulov F
Round 10: Cory Schneider G
Round 11: Shayne Gostisbehere D
Round 12: Brian Elliott G


Example One Roster
F: Nikita Kucherov TB
F: Nicklas Backstrom WSH
F: Auston Matthews TOR
F: T.J. Oshie WSH
F: Nazem Kadri TOR
F: Alexander Radulov DAL
F:
F:
F:
D: Shea Weber MON
D: Roman Josi NSH
D: Shayne Gostisbehere PHI
D:
D:
UTIL:
G: Cam Talbot EDM
G: Cory Schneider NJ

BENCH: Brian Elliott PHI
BENCH:
BENCH:
BENCH:


Example Two Draft
Round 1: Patrick Kane F
Round 2: Sergei Bobrovsky G
Round 3: Max Pacioretty F
Round 4: Claude Giroux F
Round 5: Torey Krug D
Round 6: Kevin Shattenkirk D
Round 7: Evgeny Kuznetsov F
Round 8: Cam Atkinson F
Round 9: Aleksander Barkov F
Round 10: Oliver Ekman-Larsson D
Round 11: Craig Anderson G
Round 12: Kyle Palmieri F


Example Two Roster
F: Patrick Kane CHI
F: Max Pacioretty MON
F: Claude Giroux PHI
F: Evgeny Kuznetsov WSH
F: Cam Atkinson CLS
F: Aleksander Barkov FLA
F: Kyle Palmieri NJ
F:
F:
D: Torey Krug BOS
D: Kevin Shattenkirk NYR
D: Oliver Ekman-Larsson ARI
D:
D:
UTIL:
G: Sergei Bobrovsky CLS
G: Craig Anderson OTT
 
BENCH:
BENCH:
BENCH:
BENCH:

Heading into the final few rounds (13th and later) you'll have a chance to provide great depth and add some highly regarded sleeper picks to your roster.
 
I mentioned earlier that I had some sleeper picks worth your attention. Here we go...
 
Sidney Crosby PIT
This guy is good. If you can get him you should.
 
I'm joking, people. Calm down.
 
Here are some real sleepers worth a look late in your drafts:


Aaron Ekblad FLA
Paul Stastny STL
Bobby Ryan OTT
Matt Dumba MIN

Tomas Plekanec MON
Colton Parayko STL
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM
Jordan Eberle NYI

Max Domi ARI
Alec Martinez LA
Logan Couture SJ
Brent Seabrook CHI


Those guys should help balance out your roster and hopefully allow you to compete in all statistical categories.

After you feel comfortable with your team's balance I want you to take a chance on some players who have upside but are often forgotten about in Fantasy.

Matt Duchene COL
Cody Eakin LGK
Radim Vrbata FLA
Chris Kunitz TB
Alex Goligoski ARI
Derek Stepan ARI

Nate Schmidt LGK
David Perron LGK
Anthony Duclair ARI
Victor Rask CAR
Reilly Smith LGK
Oliver Bjorkstrand CLS

Tanner Pearson LA
Kenny Agostino BOS
Joe Colborne COL
Ryan Strome EDM
Ryan Pulock NYI
Jakub Vrana WSH


Please use this Draft Guide, along with my other preseason articles, to prepare yourself for your upcoming Draft. The information above was meticulously thought out and written in a way to give you a better look at the way Fantasy Hockey leagues are won.

Alex Wiesner
September 16th, 2017
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<![CDATA[2017 Fantasy Football Sleeper Picks Week 1]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:20:08 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/2017-fantasy-football-sleeper-picks-week-1Fantasy Football Weekly Sleeper Picks
Week 1 Results

 
Alex Wiesner


Mark Merriam


Kenneth Teape

Sleeper QB
Carson Palmer
9 pts

Joe Flacco
6.8 pts

Carson Palmer
9 pts

Sleeper RB
Terrance West
14 pts

Adrian Peterson
1.8 pts

Robert Kelley
3 pts

Sleeper WR
Jamison Crowder
2.4 pts

Tedd Ginn Jr.
9.8 pts

Stefon Diggs
27.7 pts

Sleeper TE
Coby Fleener
16.4 pts

Tyler Eifert
1.4 pts

Charles Clay
15.3 pts

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<![CDATA[2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:13:33 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/2017-18-fantasy-basketball-sleepersFantasy Basketball Sleepers

Victor Oladipo IND
The Pacers were able to get Oladipo (who's from Indiana) away from Oklahoma City as part of the Paul George trade this off season. Victor will probably slide into Indiana's starting five at the Two-Guard alongside new Point Guard Darren Collison. I think Victor will have a resurgence with the Pacers and lead the team in scoring.

Patrick Beverly LAC
Beverly will hold some sneaky value this year taking over the Point Guard position for Chris Paul with the Clippers. Beverly, a great defender, will now get a chance to showcase his offensive skills as he'll be able to distribute the ball to Blake Giffin, DeAndre Jordan and Danilo Gallinari. It's a real possibility to see Patrick average 12 points, 10 assists and three steals this year. He's also a solid three point shooter having hit at least 110 threes each of the last three years. You shouldn't reach for him but if he falls to you after the eighth round, don't hesitate to snag the 29 year old.

Brandon Ingram LAL
I'm all-in on Ingram this year after seeing the kid make real progress after the All Star break last season. Ingram, in the second half of last year, averaged 13.2 points, 2.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 47.5% from the field. The addition of Lonzo Ball at the Point Guard position for the Lakers could up Ingram's Fantasy value even more this season. A season slash line of 18.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 4.0 APG, with a solid field goal percentage, is a real possibility.

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Clint Capela HOU
Capela may see an uptick in value this year with Chris Paul taking over the Point Guard position. Don't get me wrong, Clint isn't anything like DeAndre Jordan, but Paul could find a way to get him a few alley-hoops this year increasing his scoring potential. Capela should also see an increase in minutes this season increasing his overall numbers as well.

Danilo Gallinari LAC
With Chris Paul and JJ Redick out of Los Angeles, Danilo Gallinaro could potentially come in and be a 22-point per game guy this year. Of course, the team could decide to go in another direction and try to run their offense through Blake Griffin (and if you're a Clippers' fan you better hope that's not the case).

Derrick Favors UTA
A down season last year turns Favors, one of my favorite Fantasy players, into a sleeper this season. Favors will look to bounce back after having major knee issues last year. It should be noted that Favors is entering his contract season as he'll be an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming year.

Danny Green SA
After back-to-back sub-par seasons I think we'll see Danny Green emerge as one of the better offensive options in San Antonio. Green started the year last season hitting 40.5% of his three point attempts before the All Star break. After the break Green connected on just 31.0% of his threes; he also saw his overall field goal percentage drop 91 points in the same span. With Jonathan Simmons leaving the Spurs for the Orlando Magic, don't be surprised to see Green get more aggressive on the offensive end.

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Denzel Valentine CHI
It's not out of the question to see the Bulls turn to Denzel Valentine to replace Dwyane Wade at the Shooting Guard position (assuming the team does release Wade as expected). Valentine showed glimpses of being a reliable player last season in limited minutes and could surprise people this season should he average 25+ minutes per game.

Alex Wiesner
September 9th, 2017
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<![CDATA[2017-18 Potential Fantasy Basketball Busts]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:07:55 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/2017-18-potential-fantasy-basketball-bustsPotential Fantasy Basketball Busts

Isaiah Thomas CLE
Aside from the obvious take on Thomas being that he'll be transitioning into a new system, with new teammates and a new Head Coach, the 5' 8" Point Guard will have to adjust to playing with higher expectations this season. In Cleveland it's championship or bust, and will continue to be so long as LeBron James remains on the roster. Thomas' hip injury concerns me, and because the Cavs don't care about the regular season, I could see the team resting Thomas for long stretches throughout the year. That will likely take a toll on his Fantasy value.

Al Horford BOS
There's just too many questions for me to take a chance on Horford this season. My biggest concern would be that he's probably going to be the team's third option behind Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. I'm also concerned about Jayson Tatum being a threat to his Fantasy value. Regardless, I'd avoid Horford until the fifth round (at the earliest).

Dennis Schroder ATL
Atlanta Hawks' Point Guard Dennis Schroder put up solid numbers last season averaging 17.9 points, 6.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds while shooting 45.1% from the field. My concern with Schroder entering this season is where you're going to draft him. The loss of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard will hurt Schroder's overall value as his team got worse this off season. Those subtractions, combined with a lack of any real additions, has me thinking that you shouldn't take a chance on Schroder early.

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Jusuf Nurkic POR
In 20 games with Portland last season Nurkic averaged 15.2 point, 10.4 rebounds and 1.90 blocks per game. As great as that sounds, he also averaged over three turnovers per game with the team and saw an increase in fouls. I like Nurkic this year, just not as a Top 50 player.

Carmelo Anthony OKC
Oklahoma City or New York, I don't see him as a Top 50 player anymore. Simple as that.

Markelle Fultz PHI
He's going to have a really good, long, career but I have some concerns with his ankle injury. Seeing how there's really no need for the 76ers to force him into the lineup right away, I urge you to lower him in your rankings. I think you'd be best serves letting him fall to you in the seventh or eighth round this year.

Alex Wiesner
September 9th, 2017
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<![CDATA[2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings]]>Sat, 09 Sep 2017 23:18:54 GMThttp://mrfantasyfreak.com/blog/2017-18-fantasy-basketball-player-rankingsFantasy Basketball Player Rankings

The NBA regular season starts a little earlier this year (October 17th) but don't worry, you still have some time to prepare for your Fantasy Basketball drafts. I've been working on these Rankings off and on over the past few months and, as of today, I feel pretty good about them.

If you have questions or want to discuss my Rankings please post your thoughts at the bottom of the page. There are several reasons as to why each player is placed where they are and, barring any injuries, I'm going to enter the season with these as is. That said, I am willing to make changes and adjustments so please feel free to come at me with your thoughts. Just keep it clean, there are kids that read this stuff. I also added something special at the bottom of the page that should get you excited about the upcoming season.

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These Rankings are based on the value of each player, in my opinion, from this point going forward. Each player is ranked in an order I would value them in trades and what their Fantasy value is as a whole. My Rankings are based on my own personal values for this season alone, for standard rotisserie league scoring. The Rankings do take into consideration potential time missed and injury risk.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL
2. Russell Westbrook OKC
3. Steph Curry GS
4. James Harden HOU
5. Kevin Durant GS
6. Anthony Davis NO
7. Kawhi Leonard SA
8. Karl-Anthony Towns MIN
9. LeBron James CLE
10. John Wall WSH
11. Jimmy Butler MIN
12. Damian Lillard POR
13. Paul George OKC
14. Rudy Gobert UTA
15. Nikola Jokic DEN
16. Draymond Green GS
17. Chris Paul HOU
18. Kyrie Irving BOS
19. DeMarcus Cousins NO
20. Kemba Walker CHA
21. C.J. McCollum POR
22. Kristaps Porzingis NYK
23. Myles Turner IND
24. Marc Gasol MEM
25. Hassan Whiteside MIA
26. Klay Thompson GS
27. Gordon Hayward BOS
28. Kyle Lowry TOR
29. Eric Bledsoe PHO
30. Bradley Beal WSH
31. DeMar DeRozan TOR
32. Mike Conley MEM
33. Goran Dragic MIA
34. Joel Embiid PHI
35. Paul Millsap DEN
36. Kevin Love CLE
37. Ben Simmons PHI
38. Isaiah Thomas CLE
39. Jeff Teague MIN
40. Otto Porter Jr. WSH
41. Devin Booker PHO
42. DeAndre Jordan LAC
43. Brook Lopez LAL
44. Nicolas Batum CHA
45. Al Horford BOS
46. Elfrid Payton ORL
47. LaMarcus Aldridge SA
48. Blake Griffin LAC
49. Lonzo Ball LAL
50. Nikola Vucevic ORL
51. Andrew Wiggins MIN
52. Gorgui Dieng MIN
53. Serge Ibaka TOR
54. Harrison Barnes DAL
55. Khris Middleton MIL
56. Jonas Valanciunas TOR
57. Andre Drummond DET
58. Victor Oladipo IND
59. Dwight Howard CHA
60. Dennis Schroder ATL
61. Jusuf Nurkic POR
62. Jrue Holiday NO
63. Carmelo Anthony OKC
64. Trevor Ariza HOU
65. Markelle Fultz PHI
66. Robert Covington PHI
67. Dario Saric PHI
68. Ricky Rubio UTA
69. Tobias Harris DET
70. Eric Gordon HOU
71. Lou Williams HOU
72. Marcin Gortat WSH
73. Rudy Gay SA
74. Jae Crowder CLE
75. James Johnson MIA
76. Avery Bradley DET
77. Markieff Morris WSH
78. Steven Adams OKC
79. Thaddeus Young IND
80. Seth Curry DAL
81. Patrick Beverly LAC
82. Julius Randle LAL
83. George Hill SAC
84. Clint Capela HOU
85. Evan Fournier ORL
86. Brandon Ingram LAL
87. Dion Waiters MIA
88. Marcus Smart BOS
89. Josh Jackson PHO
90. Danilo Gallinari LAC
91. Wesley Matthews DAL
92. Jordan Clarkson LAL
93. Zach LaVine CHI
94. Malcolm Brogdon MIL
95. Pau Gasol SA
96. Gary Harris DEN
97. JJ Redick PHI
98. Nerlens Noel DAL
99. D'Angelo Russell BKN
100. Aaron Gordon ORL
101. Marquese Chriss PHO
102. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope LAL
103. Jayson Tatum BOS
104. Darren Collison IND
105. Dwyane Wade Free Agent
106. Derrick Favors UTA
107. Tim Hardaway Jr. NYK
108. Dirk Nowitzki DAL
109. Enes Kanter NYK
110. Wilson Chandler DEN
111. Derrick Rose CLE
112. Jabari Parker MIL
113. Greg Monroe MIL
114. Rajon Rondo NO
115. De'Aaron Fox SAC
116. Willie Cauley-Stein SAC
117. Kent Bazemore ATL
118. Dennis Smith Jr. DAL
119. Zach Randolph SAC
120. Andre Iguodala GS
121. Jeremy Lin BKN
122. Justise Winslow MIA
123. Reggie Jackson DET
124. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist CHA
125. Shaun Livingston GS
126. Marvin Williams CHA
127. Robin Lopez CHI
128. Cody Zeller CHA
129. Trevor Booker BKN
130. Ryan Anderson HOU
131. Maurice Harkess POR
132. Tristan Thompson CLE
133. Nikola Mirotic Free Agent
134. Patty Mills SA
135. Jahlil Okafor PHI
136. Emmanuel Mudiay DEN
137. Bojan Bogdanovic IND
138. Rodney Hood UTA
139. Bismack Biyombo ORL
140. Tyler Johnson MIA
141. Chandler Parsons MEM
142. Frank Kaminsky CHA
143. Willy Hernangomez NYK
144. Will Barton DEN
145. Kenneth Faried DEN
146. Jamal Crawford MIN
147. Tyreke Evans MEM
148. Joe Ingles UTA
149. Tyson Chandler PHO
150. Terrence Ross ORL
151. Buddy Hield SAC
152. Ish Smith DET
153. Courtney Lee NYK
154. J.R. Smith CLE
155. Taj Gibson MIN
156. Danny Green SA
157. Jonathan Simmons ORL
158. Denzel Valentine CHI
159. Tony Parker SA
160. Thon Maker MIL

Now time for a little fun.

These are the current chances I'm giving each team this season to win the NBA championship, to win their respective conferences and divisions as well as each team's chance at making the postseason.

 
Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers
Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
Oklahoma City Thunder
Washington Wizards
Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota T-Wolves
Miami Heat
Portland Trail Blazers
Detroit Pistons
Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers
New Orleans Pelicans
Charlotte Hornets
Memphis Grizzlies
Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles Lakers
Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Clippers
Sacramento Kings
Orlando Magic
Indiana Pacers
New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls
Phoenix Suns
Dallas Mavericks
Brooklyn Nets

NBA Title
70.2%
8.0%
7.9%
5.2%
5.1%
0.3%
0.3%
0.3%
0.3%
0.3%
0.2%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%

Conference Title
77.5%
48.1%
48.1%
11.5%
8.6%
1.0%
0.8%
0.7%
0.7%
0.3%
0.3%
0.2%
0.2%
0.2%
0.2%
0.2%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%
0.1%

Division Title
96.6%
79.7%
83.4%
49.0%
47.9%
14.6%
36.2%
50.5%
15.3%
33.1%
32.5%
15.4%
3.4%
14.2%
1.6%
2.0%
10.1%
0.7%
5.2%
1.1%
1.1%
1.0%
1.0%
1.7%
0.9%
0.3%
0.7%
0.3%
0.4%
0.1%

Playoffs
99.9%
98.1%
98.1%
96.5%
91.2%
83.2%
84.5%
79.7%
78.2%
80.6%
75.0%
74.0%
70.2%
69.7%
55.6%
54.1%
46.4%
47.5%
36.3%
39.6%
18.7%
17.2%
15.1%
27.2%
19.7%
16.3%
11.5%
5.8%
5.6%
4.5%

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Alex Wiesner
September 9th, 2017
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