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RotoWire 150 - NBA: The Professor's Overall List

Andre' Snellings

Andre' Snellings is a Neural Engineer by day, and RotoWire's senior basketball columnist by night. He's a two-time winner of the Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Rankings are largely based on a standard eight-category league (PTS, REB, ASST, STL, BLK, 3PM, FT%, FG%).

Rank Player Pos Team Comment
1 Kevin Durant SF OKC 3-point range, upside and age enough to hold off LeBron. Barely.
2 LeBron James SF MIA Still best player in NBA, looks angry and motivated entering season
3 Chris Paul PG NOR #1 ranked fantasy player when healthy for most of last 3 years
4 Dwyane Wade SG MIA Co-main option in Miami, lots of efficient scoring but fewer assists
5 Stephen Curry SG GS Hard to put second year guy this high, but looks like real deal
6 Pau Gasol C LAL No Bynum and slowed Bryant means huge start for Pau, who is on verge of true stardom
7 Dirk Nowitzki PF DAL Old reliable. Still motivated for a title, still in late prime, still relied upon as main scorer
8 Kobe Bryant SG LAL Knee issue won't slow him long, as he's hungry to make everyone stop talking about Miami
9 Amar'e Stoudemire PF NY D'Antoni offense, funneled through lesser PG but with no shot competition…scoring explosion coming.
10 Dwight Howard C ORL Slightly high for roto, too low for H2H. If really increases scoring, will be monster
11 Deron Williams PG UTA Consistent. Won't miss beat leading team with Al Jefferson instead of Boozer
12 Carmelo Anthony SF DEN Motivated. Left out of summer of free agency, wants to play himself into public eye in contract year
13 Tyreke Evans SG SAC Reigning RoY; wants to take his place among other rookie 20/5/5 guys (Oscar, Jordan and LeBron)
14 Brook Lopez C NJ The next generation Big Fundamental, should challenge for 20/10 with good percentages and blocks
15 Chris Bosh PF MIA Still room to be a 20/10 guy in Miami, should get open looks and will have to defend
16 Steve Nash PG PHO Aging like wine, poised to dominate in assists again and his shot doesn't get old
17 Brandon Roy SG POR 25/5/5 potential, could still make the leap he has flirted with the last few years
18 Al Jefferson C UTA Two years removed from ACL surgery, playing next to Deron Williams…could be career year
19 David Lee PF GS From one fantasy friendly team to another, should still be a double-double monster
20 Rajon Rondo PG BOS Youngest engine on the Celtics, will continue his Jason Kidd impression. FT% edging upwards
21 Joe Johnson SG ATL Got his contract extension, should continue to put up strong all-around numbers
22 Danny Granger SF IND Talent would have him higher, but injury history scares me off
23 Josh Smith SF ATL New Hawks Coach likes up-tempo offense, should mean more dunks for Smith
24 Al Horford C ATL Quietly becoming one of the best young big men in the league
25 Brandon Jennings PG MIL FG% should edge up as a sophomore, and if so the rest of his game was already strong
26 Chauncey Billups PG DEN Could see a numbers bump if Melo is traded, but if Melo goes Billups could be right behind him
27 Russell Westbrook PG OKC Has 20/10 potential, as he continues his rapid improvement in year 3
28 Jason Kidd PG DAL Still a triple-double threat any given night, even as age slows him down
29 Andray Blatche PF WAS Showed his potential last year, sky is the limit if Wizards continue to feature him
30 Joakim Noah C CHI Has younger Marcus Camby upside
31 Kevin Love C MIN Per-minute monster, and looks like the focal point of team this year after huge preseason
32 Kevin Martin SG HOU Regularly a top-10 player by average when healthy in Sacramento, still strong in Houston
33 David West PF NOR Always looks good when healthy and playing next to Paul
34 Stephen Jackson SF CHR Captain Jack established himself as the man in Charlotte last year
35 Andre Iguodala SG PHI Still excellent all-around, and Evan Turner not ready to take over yet
36 Derrick Rose PG CHI Exciting, explosive, and hoping to replicate the Deron Williams' success next to Boozer
37 Gerald Wallace SF CHR Wallace went rebound crazy last season, and is always strong when healthy
38 Jeff Green PF OKC The forgotten man in Oklahoma City, can do everything and is only getting better
39 Rudy Gay SF MEM Still hasn't reached the upper limit of his considerable talent
40 Blake Griffin PF LAC Looks like the real deal, and my frontrunner for Rookie of the Year
41 Tim Duncan PF SAN Groundhog day will approach 20 and 10 as long as his health holds, but age is creeping
42 Marc Gasol C MEM The "other" Gasol took a big step last season, and could take another one this year
43 Kevin Garnett PF BOS A year removed from knee surgery, has been looking spry this preseason
44 Zach Randolph PF MEM Dominant in his first year in Memphis, no reason that shouldn't continue
45 Luis Scola PF HOU Underrated; one of the best big men available in the middle rounds
46 Jason Richardson SG PHO Will be expected to pick up some of the scoring slack with Amare gone
47 Monta Ellis PG GS Instant offense, one of the most exciting players in the NBA to watch
48 Gilbert Arenas PG WAS He's back from suspension, should be healthy, and is the most unpredictable human in basketball
49 Ray Felton PG NY D'Antoni's offense could make him a fantasy star
50 O.J. Mayo SG MEM Coming into his own; always a scorer and shooter, becoming a better passer
51 LaMarcus Aldridge PF POR The scoring big in Portland, could be squeezed for minutes if Oden and Camby ever healthy together
52 Manu Ginobili SG SAN Healthy and fresh, could be one of those big years for Manu
53 Carlos Boozer PF CHI Only issue is health. Otherwise, should produce in Chicago just like he did in Utah
54 Nene Hilario C DEN Not flashy or eye-popping, but consistency on glass with no real weaknesses
55 Andrea Bargnani PF TOR Now the man in Toronto, will do a lot of shooting and scoring
56 Andrew Bogut C MIL Made a leap last year before ugly elbow injury; health, as always, the concern
57 Paul Millsap PF UTA Excellent sub gets chance to shine with Okur out; also fits well next to Jefferson
58 Mo Williams PG CLE Was a fantasy beast before LeBron, should be again after LeBron
59 Aaron Brooks PG HOU Burst onto scene last year, and should only get better
60 Roy Hibbert C IND Breakout candidate: teated previously undiagnosed asthma and got in great shape over summer
61 Marcus Camby C POR Put up Defensive Player of Year-caliber numbers last season; health and Oden main risks
62 Danilo Gallinari SF NY Made huge strides last season, should continue to improve in year three
63 John Wall PG WAS Do it for the city. Do it for the fans. To ball like Wall then you got to do that dance…
64 Baron Davis PG LAC Enigma. Still has big upside in counting stats when motivated, but hurts the percentages
65 Michael Beasley PF MIN Has the chance to dominate as main scorer in low-pressure Minnesota, if he has it in him
66 Vince Carter SG ORL Down year last season dropped him off the radar, should be better in year 2 in Orlando
67 Antawn Jamison PF CLE Has shown fantasy chops through the years, would be higher if not for J.J. Hickson
68 Troy Murphy PF NJ Left fantasy friendly Pacers to go to Jersey, but still a nightly double-double threat with range
69 Darren Collison PG IND Out of Paul's shadow, could thrive in Indiana once he gets comfortable in the offense
70 Paul Pierce SF BOS So many scoring teammates lowers value, but coming off the best long-range shooting of career
71 Luol Deng SF CHI Shooting more threes in the preseason, if it continues his value goes up
72 Ray Allen SG BOS Still the best shooter in the game, will get good looks with Boston's improved post presence
73 Chris Kaman C LAC Talented and track record of production when healthy, but now secondary post option behind Griffin
74 Devin Harris PG NJ Former All Star should be healthy and on a better team this year
75 Jrue Holiday PG PHI Philly coach loves him, and ended the preseason on a strong note after a slow start
76 Trevor Ariza SF NOR Was all-around contributor with no shot last season; Paul should help with that
77 Hedo Turkoglu SF PHO Chance to redeem down-season as starting PF for running Suns
78 Eric Gordon SG LAC Gifted scorer, looked good over summer, should benefit from Griffin's presence
79 DeMarcus Cousins C SAC Huge potential as a rookie, has already claimed starting center job and should run with it
80 Tony Parker PG SAN Injuries slowed him last season, but healthy and in contract year his burst should return
81 Lamar Odom PF LAL Is a fantasy feast as a starter, and will start at least the first month until Bynum returns
82 Jameer Nelson PG ORL Returned to All-Star form in postseason, will be expected to continue that this season
83 Anthony Randolph PF NY Ridiculously talented but still immature and inconsistent; could be stud or dud this year
84 J.J. Hickson PF CLE Looking more and more like potential centerpiece of the post-LeBron Cavs
85 JR Smith SG DEN Large quantities of 3-pointers with wild unpredictability; upside if Melo traded
86 Jason Terry SG DAL Consistent shooting and scoring from sixth man role
87 Greg Oden C POR Fragile twin 1: still has top-3 center potential if ever healthy, out until December
88 Andrew Bynum C LAL Fragile twin 2: still has top-3 center potential if ever healthy, out until December
89 James Harden SG OKC Big preseason, seems to be settling into role as all-around secondary option in Oklahoma
90 Emeka Okafor C NOR Health slowed him, but nice boards and decent blocks with scoring upside if meshes with Paul
91 Andrei Kirilenko SF UTA Seems to have earned the starting SF job in Utah, and still has the unique defensive game
92 Nicolas Batum SF POR Undisputed starter at SF in Portland, showed flashes last season
93 Channing Frye C PHO Lots of treys from the center position, even if he doesn't start
94 Caron Butler SF DAL Moving back to natural SF slot, should help his numbers
95 Tyrus Thomas PF CHR Fits in well in Charlotte, has nice defensive upside even off the bench
96 Rodney Stuckey PG DET Still not a true point guard, but has Tony Parker-like numbers potential
97 Jamal Crawford PG ATL Can fill it up from long range, but days as a Hawk could be numbered
98 Beno Udrih PG SAC Plays well every time he's given the chance to start
99 Anthony Morrow SG NJ Lots of 3-point potential if he holds onto the starting job
100 Rashard Lewis SF ORL Down year last year as adjusted to life post-Turkoglu, could bounce back a bit
101 Mike Conley Jr PG MEM Made solid strides last season, still trying to find level in Memphis
102 Ben Gordon SG DET Instant offense when healthy, but one of about 39 wings in Detroit
103 DJ Augustin PG CHR Seems to have won the point guard battle with Shaun Livingston
104 Evan Turner SG PHI Upside, but shaky summer and offseason have him coming off bench to start rookie year
105 Andre Miller PG POR Still not a natural fit next to Roy, but played well last season
106 John Salmons SF MIL Strong game, but when Maggettte healthy could be crunched for minutes
107 Al Harrington PF DEN Plantar fasciitis issues a concern, but if healthy fits nicely in Denver
108 Carl Landry PF SAC In 4-way big man minutes battle, but has always been per-minute monster
109 Shawn Marion SF DAL Moving to bench, but should still get minutes and contribute to defensive categories
110 Luke Ridnour PG MIN Will be starter while Flynn is out, has chance to produce in Minnesota
111 Jose Calderon PG TOR Can he keep the job? Jarrett Jack has looked better this preseason
112 Corey Maggette SF MIL Health concerns lost him starting slot, but should still produce when healthy
113 Anthony Parker SG CLE Another Cav that has produced in the past and should be solid with LeBron gone
114 Wilson Chandler SF NY No telling what position he's playing, but Knicks will fit him somewhere
115 Yao Ming C HOU Would be higher were it not for the 24-minute cap. Can still do damage in half-game
116 Jason Thompson PF SAC Battling for minutes in Sacramento, has shown can produce when he plays
117 Anderson Varejao C CLE Quiet double-double potential
118 JaVale McGee C WAS Upside as a young center, but fighting to keep starting job over Yi
119 Jamario Moon SF CLE The new starting SF in Cleveland, brings solid defensive game
120 Wes Johnson SF MIN Opportunity wide open to be primary perimeter scorer in Minnesota
121 Spencer Hawes C PHI Starting center in Philly, but didn't play much (or well) in preseason due to injury
122 Jeff Teague PG ATL Still coming off the bench, but could steal the starting PG job from Bibby
123 Elton Brand PF PHI How the mighty have fallen. Still the off chance he recovers
124 Dorell Wright SF GS Nice sleeper potential as starting SF in Golden State
125 Mike Dunleavy Jr. SG IND Another year healthier, hoping to bounce back after down season
126 Leandro Barbosa SG TOR Opportunity to re-gain former scoring magic in Toronto
127 Tiago Splitter PF SAN Big things expected, but missed preseason with injury and lost starting job
128 DeJuan Blair PF SAN Took starting job from Splitter, still effective if undersized scorer/rebounder
129 Serge Ibaka C OKC Big blocked shot potential, especially if can steal starting center slot
130 Andris Biedrins C GS Health and more traditional system could return him to former level
131 Marco Belinelli SG NOR Lots and lots and lots of treys
132 Linas Kleiza SF TOR Looks good as starting small forward after two year NBA absence
133 Carlos Delfino SF MIL Broke out last season, and won starting job over Maggette
134 Marreese Speights C PHI Still not starting, but has nice upside if can take the job during the season
135 Tayshaun Prince SF DET No idea what's going on in Detroit. Could be good or not play
136 Amir Johnson PF TOR Always good per-minute, has chance to grab bigger role with Bosh gone
137 Jarrett Jack PG TOR Has looked better than Calderon this preseason
138 George Hill PG SAN Did nice job with Parker slowed last season; 3-point range helps
139 Ty Lawson PG DEN Looks outstanding this preseason; if Billups ever leaves he could be huge
140 Rudy Fernandez SG POR After summer of discontent, looks to be raining treys off the bench this season
141 Sam Dalembert C SAC Brought in to be the starter, but lost job to Cousins while injured
142 Greg Monroe C DET Solid-looking rookie, should get minutes at both PF and C in Detroit
143 Queintin Richardson SF ORL Starting small forward in Orlando, should get lots of treys
144 Austin Daye SF DET No idea what's going on in Detroit, but seems to be SF of future
145 Terrence Williams SF NJ Starts season as super sixth man, still has upside
146 Taj Gibson PF CHI Will start season as starting PF while Boozer out. Was great as starter last year
147 Rodrique Beaubois PG DAL Starting job is his if he can ever get healthy
148 Reggie Williams SG GS Still looks like instant offense off bench, even with Nellie gone
149 Brendan Haywood C DAL Battling off Tyson Chandler so far, but minutes crunch hurts value
150 Charlie Vilanueva PF DET No idea what's going on in Detroit. Could be good or not play
151 Mike Miller SF MIA Was 110th before injury, should still hit lots of treys in second half of season

Others under consideration (no order)
Rip Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, Marcus Thornton, Martell Webster, Omri Casspi, Louis Williams, Chris Andersen, Thaddeus Young, Ron Artest, Jared Dudley, Darko Milicic, J.J. Redick, Shane Battier, Derrick Favors, Thabo Sefolosha, Yi Jianlian, Mario Chalmers, Josh McRoberts, Jermaine O'Neal, Nate Robinson, Tyler Hansbrough, Ersan Ilyasova