Recently, I posted the bottom half of my Top 200 and today is the Top 100.
You’ll see right off the bat one of the biggest differences between my rankings and Will’s if you look at the top 5.
For more on my ranking of Lebron check out this article. There are notes on other players at the end.
Again, if I missed someone or something, bring it up in a comment below.
He hasn't been very impressive since the '09 Bulls-Celtics playoff series two years ago.
He remains a talented, athletic player whose stats should see a slight improvement from last year.
More of the same for J.R. Smith.
He's somewhat of an enigma as a player as he gives defenses fits, but his skill set isn't developed enough to make him an elite scorer.
He will continue to make very athletic plays, but I don't see anything new with Smith this year.
Williams came on strong at the end of the year.
He still has some maturing to do, but I like him on the improving Nets.
Diaw will help you out in a number of categories, but he's not going to set the world on fire in any single one.
He's a talented player. Definitely a good one to have on your bench.
Harrington is going to get significant playing time in Denver.
His energy off the bench will be an important part of the Nuggets' game plan this year.
If Melo leaves he could see even more playing time and, thus, opportunities to produce.
If not, he's still a solid pick here. He won't make your team, but he won't break it either.
He may never have lived up to what the Detroit front office apparently thought he could do, but Stuckey is still a solid fantasy bench contributor.
If the Pistons can find some continuity this season, Stuckey may see an increase in assists, but I would count on it.
The improvement of other Grizzlies like OJ Mayo and Marc Gasol should lead to more assists for Conley.
He showed signs of some of the promise he had coming out of Ohio State last year, and I think he'll continue to build on that in the coming season.
Talent wise, I think he's one of the most overlooked players in the NBA.
That said, his fantasy projections look much like that of Boris Diaw:
He'll provide some help in a lot of areas, but he won't "make" your team in any single one.
Obviously, the key place he helps you is in the 3-pointers made category.
He should see a lot of open looks at defenses will be forced to load up in the middle to defend against the Miami 3.
You'd think a center playing with Chris Paul would have higher point totals.
The fact is, Okafor hasn't really progressed as an offensive threat since he came in the league.
He's not a bad guy to have on your team, but don't expect anything out of the ordinary.
You'd thing the point guard for a team as talented as the Trail Blazers would be more valuable on the fantasy market.
You'd think wrong.
He'll probably lose playing time to Demarcus Cousins, but he remains one of the best shot blocking and rebounding big men in the league.
Still, his offense leaves a lot to be desired. In a league that puts a premium on scoring, be wary of Dalembert.
Salmons will definitely provide you with points.Part of that scoring is his ability to make the 3-ball.
When it comes to everything else, though, there's a lot to be desired.
Go after him in the middle rounds if you need points scored, but be advised that he could have adverse effects on the remaining categories.
There's no question that he's leaving a dynamic offense in Phoenix for a questionable situation in Toronto.
Still, someone will have to step up and score some points with Bosh gone.
Expect about 1.6 3PM and a scoring average around 16.4. He should also get a round a steal per game.
In his first real NBA season, Griffin should show why he was drafted #1 overall.
I don't see a dominant year in the cards, but he'll have a lot to build on.
I like Griffin to mature into a good pro, and this year is just the beginning.
If you could somehow get the stats that everyone agrees Odom should get night in and night out, then you'd truly have some fantasy value on your hands.
You can't, though.
You have to live with what he really is, which means you'll be as frustrated with him as Lakers fans are.
Still, at year's end he should have had enough good nights to provide you with stats comparable to what he did last year.
Bynum’s summary looks much like that I wrote for Yao Ming in Part One of my rankings.
The Lakers should look to limit his minutes from the beginning of the season in order to maintain his health for the length of the year.
Still, he’s young, so that limit will significantly higher than Yao’s.
Bynum is a very important part of the equation for the Lakers, but don’t let that push you to go get him too early.
He’s big and talented and he plays on a top team, but the emphasis on quality over quantity with him will be duplicated in his stats.
He's proven to be a very good shot blocker during his short time in the league.
Hibbert should continue to progress as a player this year, so expect better offensive numbers this year.
Another guy that's very capable of giving you a solid contribution in the points column.
His greatest fantasy strength is his 3-point shooting ability.
He's only in year 2 of his career, so be wary of the possibility of a slight drop in a category or two.
The lack of a perimeter shooting game is what concerns me with Deng.
I love the Bulls' lineup, but their inside strength won't do much to help his numbers if he can't make the shots.
He may be a nice buy low candidate if you think he can step up and knock down the shots.
Another scorer that will help you out in the 3-pointer stat.
He's the second best scorer on an inconsistent team.
In a somewhat unpredictable offense, he just might get more scoring opportunities in the coming season.
Don't count on it, though.
If "SportsCenter Highlights" were a category, Vince Carter would be a fantasy sports god.
Trouble is, they're not.
He will continue to be his inconsistent self. Still, he's a skilled enough scorer to take as a backup.
His stats will not match his fame, so don't fall in love with him.
He's in the Lamar Odom department when you see him play.
There's always the feeling that he could be so much better on a night in-night out basis than he is.
Still, he will score and shoot the 3.
Couple that with his marginal help on assists and you've got a solid fantasy player.
Ever heard the expression "throw enough mud at the wall and some of it will stick"?
That's Martin's philosophy on shooting.
Martin will score points for you, but you won't like what he does to your FG%.
His age is starting to show, but Parker remains a solid PG.
For that matter, the age of the Spurs as a whole is starting to show.
This offense isn't as consistent as it once was, but Parker will still have serviceable numbers.
Don't look at him as a top option on your team, but don't pass on him if you can get him in the right spot.
KG is not what he once was.The age on his knees is painfully obvious.
It's clear that the Celtics added Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal so they can keep Garnett rested and ready for the playoffs.
A decrease in minutes will affect his numbers, but it should also help him stay on the floor for the entire season.
His impact will be felt on the court much more than it is on your fantasy roster, but he'll help you out with blocks and consistent scoring.
If player's fantasy ratings or, for that matter, actual playing ability depended on how good they appeared to be, Kaman would not be making this list.
Thankfully, appearances have nothing to do with it.
He has the potential to be your steal of the draft if you can get him here.
Scoring in the high teens, getting just under 10 rebounds a game and providing some blocks make him a very nice player to have on your team.
Allen is yet another player that is not what he used to be.
Still, he's one of the best 3-point shooters in the league.
The addition of Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal should force defenses toward the middle and give Allen plenty of opportunities for open shots.
On an aging roster, Allen will have ample opportunities to score. The only question is how well he can take advantage.
Playing on the same floor as Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki is never bad for a player's game.
The remaining competition for scoring can be, though.
He will do well when he gets touches, but the competition will stop him from making a big contribution on the fantasy side.
His numbers will benefit from the Chris Paul effect.
Still, he's not the most complete offensive threat one might hope for.
If he can take advantage of open opportunities and limit mistakes, you'll be happy you drafted him.
A young player on an improving team.
Still, pretending that we really know what to expect from Holiday is a bit too far.
His athleticism and potential are very tempting, but don't reach on him.
He's a player that would be nice to have but he's not worth any kind of reach.
The improving roster around him should further open up the paint for Bogut.
He's talented, but he's injury prone.
If the Bucks can learn what most of the NBA is learning, that big men have to be carefully maintained, then he will contribute nicely to your team from the center position.
If not, he's almost sure to miss some time.
The question for Randolph is whether he can and how well he will play with Stoudemire.
I like him in D'Antoni's system, and I, for one, think he will play well with the Knicks.
He's shown the potential to become a top big man in the league, and I think you see him build on that this year with better stats.
He's another potential sleeper.
It'll be interesting to see how well Turkoglu can fit in with his third team in as many years.
No one's going to pretend Turkoglu will be able to have the ball as much as he likes on Steve Nash's team.
I'm skeptical of his ability to adjust to the high paced nature of Nash's play.
He remains a good player who can create his own shot, so don't be afraid to go after him even with these questions.
He should continue to provide good help on the boards, but I think he gets a few less touches this year in the Portland offense.
It's less a function of his ability and more about how good the roster around him is becoming.
He improved last year, and I think he continues to this year.
That said, he will lose some touches to Blake Griffin.
He's a good scorer, but I don't think he's quite ready to be the kind of player that the entire offense runs through.
On top of that, I really like Griffin coming in to his first real season.
A member of the Chris Kaman club: He's much better than he appears.
He won't wow you on defense, but he puts up good offensive numbers for a player of his caliber.
His free throw percentage is also a big plus for a big man.
The Timberwolves are going to be one of the most fun teams to watch in the league this year.
I think this is the perfect fit for Beasley.
No one would call Dwyane Wade a “ball hog”, but I think Beasley had a hard time finding himself on a team that was so clearly Wade’s.
If you watched the Heat at all, you could see how passive Beasley played on offense.
This young team in Minnesota should reignite the talent we all saw at Kansas State.
With a team full of young guys still trying to find its identity, I think Beasley finally feels free to step up and take charge.
You’ll see a pretty substantial increase in points and at least a slight increase across the board. If you’re able to get him 63rd overall, it could turn out to be one of the best values of your draft.
With Boozer gone, all he has to do is step into the void for a potential dramatic increase in his statistical output.
The problem is, I'm not convinced he has the offensive ability to do that.
You'll see an increase in his stats, but only the inevitable one that will come with more opportunities.
There's a lot to like about what we've seen lately from Blatche.
His improvement has been obvious, and I think we'll see him continue to mature as a player.
Expect more of what you saw last year.
Love could very easily surpass this ranking and his average draft position this year.
He will continue to play very aggressively which will mean any change will be for the better.
Last year he seemed to really get a feel for the league, and I like him moving forward.
The team around him should be very good.
The only potential question is exactly how he will fit in with Michael Beasley. I know I'll be looking to steal him in the middle rounds.
He'll continue to be an asset for rebounds, but I'm hesitant to put him much higher than here.
He gets opportunities in this offense, but I don't know that he has a lot that a defense can't figure out.
He'll be a solid player along the same lines he has been.
Ginobli is not going to put your roster over the top, but he's going to help you in multiple categories.
What's more, he won't hurt you in any.
He's a nice #2 SG.
Wall's skills should translate well to the NBA.
Speed and the ability to finish at the basket are two great things for a point guard to have.
My only concern is his court vision.
I don't trust him to put up great assist numbers in his rookie season.
I think Jennings improves his value this year with better shot selection.
This could translate to a slight decrease in points scored, but I think the better field goal percentage and potential rise in assists will more than make up for that.
His points were down last year, but I think he sees a comeback this year.
Look for his points to jump back up to where they've been in past years.
He'll continue to be one of the top 3-point shooters in fantasy basketball.
The quietness of his rookie season has lead to his becoming a very underrated player.
He should continue to move forward this year.
Playing with Kevin Durant won't hurt, either.
He will continue to be a very good rebounder and defender.
Those stats will carry him as a player as his scoring ability is all but spent.
A season removed from his firearms episode, I think the addition of John Wall will help to spark a bit of a reemergence for Arenas.
Injury remains a concern for Agent Zero. That's the main reason he is ranked this low.
It's hard to get a good feel for what Felton will do in New York.
He's been overrated by some people, but he's still the point guard in a Mike D'Antoni offense that now includes Amar'e Stoudemire.
He'll be a solid second point guard, but he won't explode like some others have projected.
If you're a fan of the Cavs, picking Jamison might be the only way to take advantage of Lebron leaving.
That and easily getting tickets to any game you want.
Jamison is not an elite player, but Lebron's touches (see "every possession") will have to be accounted for.
This will translate into a lot of opportunities for Jamison, and, therefore, better numbers than his talent accounts for.
His offensive game definitely improved last season, but I think he's still about a season away from being a big time scoring threat from the center position.
Still, he could easily get 10 rebounds a year, and he'll score enough to provide good help for his position.
Should be able to score pretty often in the Knicks offense.
As we've seen in the past, anybody playing in D'Antoni's offense has the ability to put up higher than normal assists numbers.
I don't know that I would predict that. It's just a potential outcome.
Much like Antawn Jamison, Mo will take advantage of Lebron's departure.
I don't think the Cavaliers' record will benefit like Williams stats, but that's a non-issue here.
He'll probably shoot more 3-pointers as the Cavs will find themselves behind in more games.
This will probably decrease his 3-point percentage, but it will also result in more points scored and more 3-pointers made.
Many people have projected Randolph to regress from last year's performance.
What I saw of him last year seemed like anything but a fluke.
I don't know that we'll see another improvement as marked as the previous season's, but I see Randolph as continuing to be an integral part of the Memphis offense.
Last year, Noah started to prove that he is more than a defensive and rebounding threat.
I think his offensive production will continue to improve.
His scoring won't see a dramatic increase, but it will improve.
Couple that with his automatic rebounds and blocks and you have a very solid fantasy player.
His perimeter game makes him a very attractive fantasy option.
With Stoudemire out of town, the Suns will have to redefine themselves to a certain extent.
Richardson figures to be the biggest benefactor of this new dynamic in Phoenix.
Davis has always seemed like a wild card.
The latest news that he isn't in playing shape only serves to further that appearance.
He remains a very talented player.
With the "addition" of Blake Griffin and improving personnel around him, Davis should be on the way to another good year.
Still, his inconsistency is a little disconcerting.
Mayo's scoring will further progress in the coming season as the 3-point shooting game he showed in college should reemerge.
His main drawback is the competition for touches that will take place in Memphis.
He's a very good young player to have on your team.
He could turn out to be one of the 10 most undervalued players in the draft.
Another player who benefits from a relatively bare cabinet.
He'll score some points for you, but he's not the most efficient shooter out there.
The points he scores coupled with an increased shooting percentage should justify this draft position.
See "O.J. Mayo".
He started to really come into his own last year, but, in a talented offense, he hasn't yet shown the ability to take over a game.
The Nets have definitely improved from the previous season.
I think you see that reflected in Harris' stats as he has his best statistical year yet.
Another player that's going to take advantage of the departure of a big name.
There will be plenty of rebounds and touches to be had for the big man now that Bosh is in Miami.
I think he takes advantage of it and has a very good year.
The move to Indiana looks great for Collison.
He's a gifted scorer who will provide you with plenty of assists.
If you miss out on the the inevitable PG run at the beginning of the draft, he'll give you very good stats without costing you a high draft pick.
How can you not like Kevin Durant's PG?
The mere fact that he plays with Durant means he'll have ample opportunities for assists.
Add on to that Westbrook's talent and you have potential fantasy gold.
I still have a number of point guards above him, but he could easily out play this ranking.
As I've written before, Houston might finally manage Yao well this year.
If they are able to, Brooks' numbers will benefit.
Regardless of Yao's health, Brooks is the best player on his team.
He wasn't the best scoring point guard last year, but I think he continues to progress this year.
Maybe the most consistent piece in the New Jersey offense.
I think he'll score a lot of points again this year.
He'll be worth a pick here.
Quietly dominant on defense and the boards.
His offensive game looked to have progressed somewhat last season.
His owners will hope that it will continue to do that.
He'll be the biggest beneficiary of CP3's assists.
Unlike other big men, he's also good at the line.
Won't set the world on fire defensively, but his offense easily makes up for it.
The Big Fundamental will continue to help fantasy owners this year.
Nobody's going to be talking about him on th message boards, but that has nothing to do with his solid stats.
Great rookie season last year.
My colleague, Will Overton, has written an article on Evans that may be of interest here.
You can see it at Rotoprofessor by following this link: http://rotoprofessor.com/basketball/?p=137.
I agree with Will for the most part. I just have his stats slightly lower.
The Truth might be the most painful player to watch that will actually have good numbers this year.
As a Celtics fan, I have gone from absolutely loving to watch him play to feeling pain just by seeing him move around the perimeter.
Still, he's going to score.
It just won't be nearly as fun to watch as before.
Why did the Hawks give him a max contract?
No one knows. Not even the Hawks front office.
That said, he's a very good player.
Expect more of the same from last year from Johnson.
This could turn out to be the most valuable move of the 2010 offseason as far as the price the Jazz paid.
I could get scoring chances with Deron Williams at the point, so Jefferson is in position for a very good year.
There are better players than Smith in the league, but there very few compare to him athletically.
There's no category for athleticism, though.
If he didn't pile up the defensive stats, his value would plummet.
Thankfully, he does.
By far the least talked about of the Miami Thrice.
Comparable to being the least notable Kardashian: Maybe the others are talked about more, but we’re still sick of hearing about you.
That said, he deserves some analysis.
Will he open up things for Wade and Lebron or will the dynamic work out the opposite way? Both.
I think you’ll see an increase in assists for Bosh and a slight decrease in points.
Rebounds will stay about the same.
He could be a bit of a sleeper even at the 24 spot.
Obviously, any kind of injury to Wade or James makes Bosh instantly double in value.
Just make sure the hype around the Miami Thrice doesn’t induce you to reach on Bosh.
Roy is good across the board.
He's probably the best up-and-comer in the league.
He's another player that I can't really put higher than where I have him but I could easily see surpassing his projections.
The arrival of David Lee could take away a few of his touches, but I like how his game complements Stephen Curry's.
I think he'll show more discipline and maturity with the ball this year.
Another one of the most fun players to watch in the league (Rondo is #1).
He’s steadily improved since his rookie debut.
His mix of speed and vision translate into success from the point guard position.
Not to mention his ability to drive and finish.
The Bulls are steadily maturing and improving as a team.
Rose will lead the way for this team with an increase in points scored.
His assists should see a decent gain, too. When Boozer is healthy again, Rose’s stock will only improve
He's quickly becoming fantasy gold.
Look for him to improve on a stellar campaign last season.
For the first (and possibly only) time, I think there could be worse things than reaching to get this guy.
He's long been one of my favorite players in the league.
His assists were down last year, but I see them coming back closer to his normal range this year.
If Carmelo gets traded, though, all bets are off.
If no Melo trade, expect him to continue to put up good points and assists from the point guard position.
Iguodala joins the list of players that I really wanted to put higher in my rankings but couldn't really bring myself to it.
He's turning into a very valuable player.
I think getting him here will turn out to be a relatively good deal.
Maybe the most undervalued player going into the draft.
He's clearly the engine that moves the Celtics offense now.
If he can develop a jump shot, his stats will explode.
Even if he doesn't, he's going to do it all from the point guard position.
Took a bit of a step forward last year.
He's going to score no matter where he ends up playing this season.
I think Amar'e could take away a few of his touches if Melo goes to the Knicks, but he should also get more assists if he's playing with the Knicks.
Grew by leaps and bounds as a player last year.
He's emerged as a top center in the league and should only further solidify his status in the coming season.
Amare might be second only to Lebron when you take into account his size and athleticism.
The man was just made to play basketball.
Everybody’s talking about him being reunited with D’Antoni in New York.
There’s a reason for that: It’s a big deal.
Amare’s athleticism and style of play fit perfectly in D’Antoni’s system.
I like the way he fits with the team around him, too. Sure, the Knicks aren’t contenders, but I don’t think wins are a fantasy category.
If they are in your league, rethink your life.
Lee seems like the type of player that could have a difficult time adjusting to a new team.
His rebounds will still be very good, but he could see a slight drop in points scored.
I still like him a lot as evidenced by my ranking.
Curry has been going top 10 in a lot of drafts this year.
There’s nothing to dislike about how he plays.
I’d love to see him in a Celtics uniform, but from a strictly fantasy perspective I think he’s overvalued.
He’s very good and only getting better, but I can’t justify taking him in front of Howard, Gasol, Nash or Kidd as many owners have been.
I see him as a very good 2nd round pick.
If you take him late in the 1st round, you’ve passed on some better options.
For a more complete analysis of Curry's draft status, see the discussion Will Overton and I had about him here: http://rotoprofessor.com/basketball/?p=152.
He is aging, but his stats aren't ready to drop just yet.
He'll still be in the top echelon of point guards this year.
Have no fear in taking Jason Kidd.
He'll miss Stoudemire, but he's still Steve Nash.
He's got some good talent around him.
It's just a matter of whether they can adjust to losing the big man inside.
Even if the team's record suffers, Nash's stats will not.
He's the ageless wonder.
He's as solid on your fantasy roster as he is on the Lakers roster.
I could reasonably see a slight increase in points this year.
He's the number 2 center available, and I see a clear drop off at the position following him.
Top center available.
Is there anything left to say?
Those who think losing Boozer will be a serious setback for Williams are kidding themselves.
It's possible you see Williams trade in some assists for some extra points this year.
Either way, he's an elite point guard.
He was already going to score a ton of points this year.
The addition of Collison only adds to that.
What is there to say about Kobe Bryant that we don't all already know?
He could easily lead the league in scoring.
Ignore the discussions about his age.
Kobe still has plenty left in the tank.
That's right. Lebron at #5.
That's absolutely no reflection of how I felt about his decision to go to Miami.
I just think that's how the dynamic will play out.
He's still going to be great.
For deeper analysis, check out the story Will Overton and I did on him at Rotoprofessor: http://rotoprofessor.com/basketball/?p=92.
The safest first round pick you can make.
He's going to produce, and he's going to be healthy.
Mark it down.
I think Lebron playing "super Pippen" leads to more points from Wade.
He could easily lead the league in scoring.
Yes, even on that loaded roster.
If you missed the link before, Will Overton and I did a story on the Lebron-DWade dynamic at Rotoprofessor: http://rotoprofessor.com/basketball/?p=92.
Clearly the #2 pick.
He's behind Durant not because of any flaws in his game (there are none).
He's just behind Durant because Durant's that good.
Was there ever any doubt where he'd end up in the rankings?
He's the consensus #1.
If you end up with the first pick overall, don't get cute.
Do what you're supposed to do.
Take the best player.
His name is Kevin Durant.
I hope this has helped you prepare for the 2010 Draft.
If you feel that I've missed something or got somebody's ranking wrong, let me know in the comments. I'd be glad to hear your opinion.
If this set of rankings was helpful, you might enjoy reading my 101-200 picks here: http://rotoprofessor.com/basketball/?p=119.
You can also find the picks you've just read in list format at Rotoprofessor.com/basketball.
Be sure to keep checking Rotoprofessor for daily updates from Will Overton and me to keep you up to date on the latest fantasy basketball news.
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