Fantasy Basketball Midseason Top 100: LeBron James Is the New No. 1

Will OvertonCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2012

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We are at the midway point of the NBA season, and that means it is a good time to reevaluate where guys land in the ranking system of fantasy basketball.

It’s not an easy task to choose between some of these guys, but it can be very helpful for trading to know where each player ranks and who might be valued higher or lower than they actually are.

These rankings are pertain to now through the rest of the season and do not take into consideration long-term value.

So without further rambling, here is my own Top 100 for the second half, complete with a new No. 1 player:

  1. LeBron James—Miami Heat
  2. Kevin Durant—Oklahoma City Thunder
  3. Kevin Love—Minnesota Timberwolves
  4. Chris Paul—Los Angeles Clippers
  5. Deron Williams—New Jersey Nets
  6. Dwayne Wade—Miami Heat
  7. Russell Westbrook—Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. Kobe Bryant—Los Angeles Lakers
  9. Dwight Howard—Orlando Magic
  10. Derrick Rose—Chicago Bulls
  11. Dirk Nowitzki—Dallas Mavericks
  12. Al Jefferson—Utah Jazz
  13. Monta Ellis—Golden State Warriors
  14. Josh Smith—Atlanta Hawks
  15. LaMarcus Aldridge—Portland Trail Blazers
  16. Kyle Lowry—Houston Rockets
  17. Pau Gasol—Los Angeles Lakers
  18. Andrew Bynum—Los Angeles Lakers
  19. Stephen Curry—Golden State Warriors
  20. Blake Griffin—Los Angeles Clippers
  21. Rudy Gay—Memphis Grizzlies
  22. John Wall—Washington Wizards
  23. Marc Gasol—Memphis Grizzlies
  24. DeMarcus Cousins—Sacramento Kings
  25. Carmelo Anthony—New York Knicks
  26. Danny Granger—Indiana Pacers
  27. Rajon Rondo—Boston Celtics
  28. Marcin Gortat—Phoenix Suns
  29. Greg Monroe—Detroit Pistons
  30. Paul Millsap—Utah Jazz
  31. Steve Nash—Phoenix Suns
  32. Paul Pierce—Boston Celtics
  33. Tony Parker—San Antonio Spurs
  34. Kyrie Irving—Cleveland Cavaliers
  35. David Lee—Golden State Warriors
  36. Andre Iguodala—Philadelphia 76ers
  37. Ricky Rubio—Minnesota Timberwolves
  38. Amare Stoudemire—New York Knicks
  39. Marcus Thornton—Sacramento Kings
  40. Ty Lawson—Denver Nuggets
  41. Roy Hibbert—Indiana Pacers
  42. James Harden—Oklahoma City Thunder
  43. Chris Bosh—Miami Heat
  44. Serge Ibaka—Oklahoma City Thunder
  45. Joe Johnson—Atlanta Hawks
  46. Jeremy Lin—New York Knicks
  47. JaVale McGee—Washington Wizards
  48. Ryan Anderson—Orlando Magic
  49. Tyreke Evans—Sacramento Kings
  50. Gerald Wallace—Portland Trail Blazers
  51. Brandon Jennings—Milwaukee Bucks
  52. Kevin Martin—Houston Rockets
  53. Nikola Pekovic—Minnesota Timberwolves
  54. Luol Deng—Chicago Bulls
  55. Mike Conley—Memphis Grizzlies
  56. Nicolas Batum—Portland Trail Blazers
  57. Joakim Noah—Chicago Bulls
  58. DeAndre Jordan—Los Angeles Clippers
  59. Danilo Gallinari—Denver Nuggets
  60. Jrue Holiday—Philadelphia 76ers
  61. Tyson Chandler—New York Knicks
  62. Brook Lopez—New Jersey Nets
  63. Jamal Crawford—Portland Trail Blazers
  64. Paul George—Indiana Pacers
  65. Kris Humpries—New Jersey Nets
  66. Nene Hilario—Denver Nuggets
  67. Tim Duncan—San Antonio Spurs
  68. Antwan Jamison—Cleveland Cavaliers
  69. Jose Calderon—Toronto Raptors
  70. Kevin Garnett—Boston Celtics
  71. Marshon Brooks—New Jersey Nets
  72. Carlos Boozer—Chicago Bulls
  73. Jason Terry—Dallas Mavericks
  74. Luis Scola—Houston Rockets
  75. Ray Allen—Boston Celtics
  76. Darren Collison—Indiana Pacers
  77. Mo Williams—Los Angeles Clippers
  78. Dorell Wright—Golden State Warriors
  79. Manu Ginobili—San Antonio Spurs
  80. Caron Butler—Los Angeles Clippers
  81. Jeff Teague—Atlanta Hawks
  82. David West—Indiana Pacers
  83. Zach Randolph—Memphis Grizzlies
  84. Kemba Walker—Charlotte Bobcats
  85. Nick Young—Washington Wizards
  86. DeMar DeRozan—Toronto Raptors
  87. Al Harrington—Denver Nuggets
  88. Rodney Stuckey—Detroit Pistons
  89. Wilson Chandler—Free Agent
  90. Ersan Ilyasova—Milwaukee Bucks
  91. Isaiah Thomas—Sacramento Kings
  92. Drew Gooden—Milwaukee Bucks
  93. Channing Frye—Phoenix Suns
  94. Trevor Ariza—New Orleans Hornets
  95. Wesley Matthews—Portland Trail Blazers
  96. Chris Kaman—New Orleans Hornets
  97. Lou Williams—Philadelphia 76ers
  98. Jason Richardson—Orlando Magic
  99. Jared Dudley—Phoenix Suns
  100. Andrea Bargnani—Toronto Raptors

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Kyrie Irving vs. Ricky Rubio

A lot of people are enamored with Ricky Rubio, and I am one of them. I love watching the guy play, almost more so than anyone else in the NBA. But when I step back and look at Kyrie Irving compared to Rubio for fantasy, I have to side with Kyrie by just slightly.

I think Irving is developing as a passer, and his assists totals will climb up to over six per game by the end of the season. He’s also improving defensively and will continue to add to his steals totals.

I would give an edge to Rubio long term because I think his game is still developing and he’ll continue to get better and better, but for the rest of this season it’s Irving for me.


The Mighty Has Fallen

I even surprised myself a little when I was trying to find a place to pencil Amar'e into my rankings, and I had to talk myself into working him into the Top 40—a guy who was a borderline top-10 pick before the season.

The more talent around Amar'e, the worse his stats get.

The presence of Tyson Chandler is taking away from his rebounding, and the presence of Carmelo Anthony and now Jeremy Lin is taking away from his points.

Until Amar'e finds a way to work in this system again, he’s going to be closer to the Roy Hibbert-type of centers than the Dwight Howard types. 


The Rise of Pekovic

The NBA is enthralled with Linsanity and it is a ton of fun to watch, I have to admit. But meanwhile, there are other guys doing impressive things, and one of them is Nikola Pekovic in Minnesota.

Through 13 February games, Pekovic has averaged 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 steals.

Pekovic has quickly established himself as this year’s version of Marcin Gortat and just keeps piling up the stats. It’s amazing that anyone can average double-digit rebounds playing next to Kevin Love, but the big man from Yugoslavia is making it happen right now. 


Free Wilson

He may not have a team to play for yet, but it’s only a matter of time before Wilson Chandler is back in the NBA. I am expecting some very nice things from him in the second half.

Chandler was one of my favorite sleepers before getting trapped in China, and now that he is forgotten he may be an even bigger sleeper.

Wherever Chandler lands I anticipate he’ll put up 15-16 points, 5-6 rebounds and a block and steal per game. Don’t sleep on Chandler just 'cause he’s been gone for a while—he could have a very nice second half.

What do you think of these rankings? There’s nothing like a good ranking list to stir up some controversy, so tell me where I am wrong or where I am right. I would love your opinions either way.


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