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Analyzing Yahoo Fantasy Basketball Rankings: Sleepers and Busts

Fantasy basketball fans, now is the time to start getting excited. With Yahoo! opening their draft rooms for leagues and of course, mock drafts, the first set of rankings has also been released. When rankings are released on sites like Yahoo! and ESPN, they are always worth taking the time to peruse, not because they are the best, but because so many people will blindly follow whatever numbers are presented to them on their league’s platform of choice.

How can you, as a savvy fantasy basketball manager, prosper from these default rankings?

Knowing where your league-mates may be valuing players can be extremely beneficial in your own preparation before draft night. Scouring these rankings will allow you to find guys who are underrated, players who are overrated, and allow you to begin to formulate a solid draft strategy.

It’s important to know that Yahoo! uses nine-category leagues (including turnovers) as their default setting, so all of the rankings and subsequent analysis is based on nine-category leagues.

I’ve gone through the Yahoo! rankings with a fine-toothed comb to find who could be the busts and the sleepers from these first set of player evaluations on Yahoo!.

Scalabrine Coming Home to Boston

The White Mamba is returning to Boston, and his “I’m Coming Home” parody is hysterical. With several of our writers being Northwestern alumni, we  like the reference he makes to the Wildcats in the story, too.

If you’re willing to take the “Scallenge,” read it here.

Don’t worry Celtics fans, he’s returning as a Comcast SportsNet announcer, not as a player.


The Bulls Got Deep This Summer

The Chicago Bulls entered this summer as a franchise who has lived and died on the knees of their star player Derrick Rose of late.

When he was healthy, they made it to the Eastern Conference finals and were in the discussion as being one of the best teams in the league. When he has been injured, they have simply been a team that fights hard to get to the playoffs but can’t advance very far once they get there.

This is the first summer since 2010 where they have had the chance to significantly shake up their roster. They went into free agency knowing they needed one thing and one thing badly: scoring.

There’s no question that the Bulls are an elite defensive team behind coach Tom Thibodeau. Without Rose though, they have struggled to keep up offensively. Even with a healthy Rose expected to return for the start of the 2014-15 season, they knew they needed more scoring to compete for a title.

Summer League Standouts and What it Means for Fantasy

I don’t know about everyone else, but this year’s NBA summer leagues in both Orlando and Las Vegas seemed a lot more interesting and intriguing than they have been in years gone by.

Maybe it was the fact that we’d been hearing about the 2014 NBA Draft class for years and couldn’t wait to see guys like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker in NBA-like uniforms? Maybe it’s the fact that the NBA seems to be riding a crescendo of international goodwill, with marketable superstars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant recognizable around the world and a new commissioner taking a hard-line stance against racism? Whatever the reason, this year’s two summer league tournaments had unprecedented buzz.