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Oct 29

2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings Discussion

Fantasy Sports Locker Room discussed our consensus 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings and now it is time to put our rankings on trial and hold our writing team accountable. These questions all appear as part of our comprehensive Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide.

We have gone back and forth and want to share the answers to the questions that need to be asked. Stephen Curry at 3? Marc Gasol at 9? How about Nikola Vucevic at 31?

You can find all the details below and we welcome and encourage your comments.

 

Mike Omelan on Stephen Curry at 3 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings.

Why should Stephen Curry be the third guy taken off the board come draft day? Why is he a better fantasy point guard than Chris Paul this year?

You serious!? Steph Curry is the man! We all saw what he did in last years playoffs, and that was on a hobbled ankle! This is a scoring machine, set the record for 3 point attempts last season and he is just getting his feet wet. Coach Marc Jackson wants him to shoot even more! Huge man crush going on here.

He’s going to top in the league in points (way ahead of Paul), best in 3 point, great fg percentages. He gets assists, and steals, maybe not as much of Paul, but he’ll get his fair share. The plus points and three pointers give him the edge in my mind.  We might be having MVP talks about this young man at the end of the season.

 

Chris Meaney on Marc Gasol at 9 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings.

You seem to be the only one from FSLR to rank Marc Gasol inside the top 10. Why do you feel Gasol should be picked in the first round?

Gasol can do it all when it comes to fantasy basketball. Last year’s stats – 49.4 FG%, 84.8 FT%, 14.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 4.0 AST, 1.7 BLK, 1.0 S. I like those number from Gasol. Every night I can expect a little bit of everything from the big man. The field goal and free throw percentages are huge for me. He is also 28 year of age, starting his prime I believe.

 

For the second straight year Ibaka led the league in blocks. Last year his 242 blocks were 36 more than the second best. (Getty Images)

For the second straight year Ibaka led the league in blocks. Last year his 242 blocks were 36 more than the second best. (Getty Images)

Chris Meaney on Serge Ibaka at 12 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings.

You are the only one to have Serge Ibaka inside the top 15, infact you have him ranked at 12. Why should he be the second center to come off the board?

Much of Serge Ibaka’s fantasy value comes from the defensive side of the ball. Last year he saw his points rise from 9.1 a game to 13.2 and his field goal percentage climb from 53.5 to 57.3. Ibaka also played 31:06 minutes per game, four more than the year before. His minutes should go up again this year and with Russell Westrbook out, Ibaka will be counted on to score more. Ibaka’s outside shot has improved over the past four years and he has shown the ability to hit from beyond the arc. Three blocks per game are not bad either.

Mike Omelan on Al Jefferson at 15 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings.

Mike you are the only one to have Al Jefferson inside the top 20 – you have him at 15… explain why the big man is better than his consensus ranking.

I really like his outlook in Charlotte. He’s feeling healthy and one of the better big mans in the game. He’s a legitimate 20 and 10 guy every night and I expect the Bobcats to feed him the rock a ton in the post. Expect some big nights from him and Kemba Walker. If Byron Mullens could produce for the Bobcats then Big AL should be more than fine.

 

Chris Meaney on Nikola Vucevic at 32 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings.

Nikola Vucevic has a consensus ranking of 41, but you have him at 32. Why is Vucevic one of the top centers in the game?

Vucevic finished second in the NBA in rebounding, averaging 11.9 rebounds per game and the Magic center finished the season with 46 double-doubles, which was the third most in the league. All of this in his second year in the association. Vecevic had three 20-20 games last year. He will also get a ton of time in Orlando, sign me up!

Mike Omelan on David Lee at 49 and Ersan Ilyasova at 50 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings.

The two just don`t cut it for me. I’m a tad low on David Lee for a couple of reasons. He is coming off the injury but the main thing is just all the talent that resides in Golden State. I think he’ll take a scoring dip with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson leading the way in points. Andew Bogut has looked great this off-season and should provide some nice numbers, and not to mention Andre Iguodala, so sounds like his stats will be fairy inconsistent this season. For Ilyasova, his ankle is a bit banged and is set to split time with the rising John Henson. He is going to way too inconsistent for me to take him there.

 

Mike Omelan on Ray Allen at 141 and Jared Dudley at 150 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Rankings.

Dude, won them the NBA championship! But main reason, I don’t trust Dwayne Wade to stay healthy, so I think Allen will be able to come in and contribute nicely. Plus, I love my three pointers! As for Dudley, he is in the starting line-up with the Clippers, so should get some looks. Like how he always touches multiple categories. Should be able to contribute with a couple assists, steals and good percentages.

 

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