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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.

Rotowire's Andre' Snellings ranks the top players in fantasy hoops...

James, LeBron (MIA)F Best actual player, poised for leap with post game and motivation from last season
Durant, Kevin (OKC)F Consensus #1 in roto leagues, for very good reason
Paul, Chris (LAC)G If I knew for sure he'd play 60 games, Paul might be #1. Great situation in LA but history of injury
Rose, Derrick (CHI)G Last year made MVP leap, and has room to improve
Love, Kevin (MIN)C If he manages to improve on last year's breakout, will challenge for #1 slot next season
Westbrook, Russell (OKC)G If adds a 3-ptr per game would challenge Durant for best roto prospect on Thunder
Wade, Dwyane (MIA)G Consistently great; compact schedule favors young vets in their primes
Anthony, Carmelo (NY)F I've said it before, but if he keeps making 2 treys/game his stats will be as good as Durant's
Gasol, Pau (LAL)C Either holds more responsibility in LA with Odom gone or goes to be the franchise player on another team. Win-win.
Howard, Dwight (ORL)C Added strong steals last year; 5 dominant categories enough to counter FT%? Top-5 worthy in head-to-head leagues
Curry, Stephen (GS)G Would be higher if not for his trick ankle; Adding strong all-around game to all-world scoring and treys
Williams, Deron (NJ)G Should be poised for a big year in New Jersey, especially if he has any free agent motivation
Ellis, Monta (GS)G Has been an ironman with minutes the last few years, and production just keeps coming.
Bryant, Kobe (LAL)G Was poised for a beast season, but wrist injury is worrisome
Evans, Tyreke (SAC)G Appears healthy, if so poised for a monster come back this season
Griffin, Blake (LAC)F FT% is his Achilles heel in standard rankings, but could be poised for Derrick Rose-like leap this season
Nowitzki, Dirk (DAL)F Tried and true, consistent, excellent. Only question is if team rests him more in packed schedule
Jefferson, Al (UTA)C Finished last season (post-Williams trade) strong, seems poised to continue from there
Stoudemire, Amar'e (NY)C Roto feast when healthy and featured, but health (knees/back) always a question mark and Carmelo/Chandler could impact his scoring/rebounding chances
Smith, Josh (ATL)F Supposedly lost a lot of weight and came back even more explosive; had a strong preseason as well
Gordon, Eric (NOR)G Already seemed poised to explode any time based on strong early career; now as featured guy the only thing possibly between Gordon and the roto elite is health history
Aldridge, LaMarcus (POR)F Any time a player has heart concerns is worrying, especially with Portland's injury history, but broke out in a major way last year and should still be the man in Portland this year
Rondo, Rajon (BOS)G Same refrain, if he could shoot would be all-world. Schedule will cause Celts to rely on him even more than usual
Horford, Al (ATL)F He's like a junior "Big Fundamental"…young and consistently good production, but doesn't capture public attention
Lee, David (GS)F Wasn't as elite last season as he had been in previous years, but is healthy again and has had a dominant preseason
Wallace, Gerald (POR)F Came off the bench for awhile after being traded to Portland last season, but grew back into a big roto-producing role in new digs
Holiday, Jrue (PHI)G Quietly joined the roto elite last season, and still young/on the way up
Wall, John (WAS)G Completely overshadowed by fellow "rookie" Blake Griffin last year, Wall also has Rose-leap potential this season
Nash, Steve (PHO)G Was still brilliant last season before hip injury slowed him; age and health vs potential for dominance?
Granger, Danny (IND)F Always a strong roto player, but easily overlooked
Martin, Kevin (HOU)G Consistently strong scorer with great FT% effect, and quietly played 80 games last year to relieve "fragile" reputation
Gay, Rudy (MEM)F Was breaking out before injury last season, but maybe different dynamic after Randolph/Gasol dominated in postseason
Bogut, Andrew (MIL)C His elbow is finally healthy and he's already speaking of increasing scoring into the upper teens with elite defense…expecting huge things
Ginobili, Manu (SAN)G Was MVP candidate for the first half of last season before wore down; scary with the compacted schedule and injury history, but capable of top-10 production if healthy
Randolph, Zach (MEM)F Went into beast-mode in last year's playoffs, but still no defense and shots could go down with Rudy Gay back and healthy
Odom, Lamar (DAL)F Appears to be a perfect fit in Dallas, and may have a larger team role than he had with the Lakers
Ibaka, Serge (OKC)F Broke out last season, and should only be better moving forward
Iguodala, Andre (PHI)G Still great potential, but took a bit of a back seat to Jrue Holiday for the 76ers last year
Garnett, Kevin (BOS)F Age and injury have slowed him, but bounced back last season and is being asked to take on a larger scorer role this year
Scola, Luis (HOU)F Has been underrated for the last couple years, and still is. Unless and until Houston manages to bag a Gasol, Scola remains the man
Conley, Jr., Mike (MEM)G Conley is the 5th most recognized name on his team, but he may finish highest in the rankings
Billups, Chauncey (LAC)G Went from the penthouse (PG for Knicks) to the outhouse (backing up Chris Paul) back into a valuable slot as the starting SG on a team that should get him a lot of open looks
Gortat, Marcin (PHO)C Everyone's favorite "sleeper" center after he played so well post-trade to Phoenix last season
Wright, Dorell (GS)F Will the transition from Nelly's system to Mark Jackson's hurt his production? So much of his value tied into scoring and treys.
Blatche, Andray (WAS)F Thought he would dominate last season after breaking out the season before, but was just good…this could
Gasol, Marc (MEM)C Made his name and his contract with last season's playoffs, but was already showing signs of developing roto goodness last season
Bynum, Andrew (LAL)C When healthy, one of the best centers in NBA. Always an injury risk, but Odom trade means he will get bigger role this year
Noah, Joakim (CHI)F Strong defensive numbers, though the strong frontcourt of the Bulls and nagging injuries ate into his potential last season
Jackson, Stephen (MIL)G Always strong, and should be one of the featured scorers in Milwaukee
Deng, Luol (CHI)G Consistent near-20 point threat with solid peripheral categories
Parker, Tony (SAN)G Doesn't shoot the trey, but otherwise very valuable and could be relied upon more in the condensed schedule with Duncan and Manu being older
Jennings, Brandon (MIL)G Burned me last year, as I projected him a top-30 player. If he improves shot even a little bit, could get there this year
Pierce, Paul (BOS)G Shot career best percentages while still producing almost 20 ppg last season
Beasley, Michael (MIN)F Offensive break-out last season before nagging injuries slowed him, should be even better this year
Gallinari, Danilo (DEN)F Could end up as the best player in Denver this season, especially with so many of his former teammates stuck playing in China
Boozer, Carlos (CHI)F Looking for a big bounce-back this year out of Boozer. I think he approaches his Utah numbers
Cousins, DeMarcus (SAC)F Still hugely talented, with attitude the biggest question mark; Lots of potential and upside here
Hibbert, Roy (IND)C Broke out early last season before he wore down, should be better equipped to handle the larger role this year
Johnson, Joe (ATL)G Johnson's star has fallen in the last few years, from roto elite to tertiary option on his own team
Matthews, Wesley (POR)G Came out of nowhere to replace Brandon Roy last year; now the incumbant, should still be good though Jamal Crawford waits in the wings
Bosh, Chris (MIA)F Won't return to Toronto numbers, but expecting a better fit and more producting in year 2 of Miami's Big Three
Hilario, Nene (DEN)C Much like Al Horford, he's consisently solid but not flashy as he produces year in/year out
DeRozan, DeMar (TOR)G Arrived on the seen with some dominant scoring at mid-season, should be even better this year
Humphries, Kris (NJ)F Burst onto the roto big stage with man-sized double-doubles last season, will have larger role early with Brook Lopez out
McGee, JaVale (WAS)C Ridiculously talented, and the only question mark is his maturity
Irving, Kyrie (CLE)G Early frontrunner for Rookie of the Year; Once "earns" starting spot should be focus of Cavs offense this season
Monroe, Greg (DET)F Became a double-double machine as a rookie, should be even better as a sophmore
Lowry, Kyle (HOU)G Was a surprise last year, taking advantage of Aaron Brooks' injury and subsequent trade. This year he is the incumbent
Kidd, Jason (DAL)G Keeps getting older and older, but remains roto relevant even as he slows down
Augustin, D.J. (CHR)G Had a solid season after winning the position battle with Ray Felton last season, but in a new battle now to hold off Kemba Walker
Terry, Jason (DAL)G His role and production are very well established, and after his big playoff performance his swag should remain strong
Allen, Ray (BOS)G Still one of the best 3-point shooters in the game, even in the back half of his thirties
Bargnani, Andrea (TOR)F A bit of a one-trick pony as a scorer, but still valuable production from a center
Felton, Raymond (POR)G Was borderline dominant in NY, then slowed way down in Denver. Gets a fresh start in Portland, and should be solid
Lawson, Ty (DEN)G Expected to be the man at PG for the Nuggets, but Andre' Miller has been great in the preseason in injury relief
Millsap, Paul (UTA)F Still a strong producer, but ouchy injury has opened the dor for Derrick Favors to possibly snake some of his minutes
Dudley, Jared (PHO)F Appears to have the leg-up on Shannon Brown in the battle for starting shooting guard in Phoenix
Harden, James (OKC)G Was very high on him when I thought he would start this year; still looking for good improvement
Collison, Darren (IND)G Wasn't quite as good as expected in his feature role with the Pacers last season, but serviceable if can hold off George Hill to maintain starting role
Duncan, Tim (SAN)F Getting older, and likely will rest at times with the packed season schedule, but still one of the better roto centers in game
West, David (IND)F Recovered from knee injury earlier than expected; not 100% but already back on court. Game should fit well in Indiana
Brand, Elton (PHI)F Showed that he is still among the better roto options in the game, and is center eligible in many leagues
Jordan, DeAndre (LAC)C The Kaman trade and entrance of Chris Paul drives his value through the roof; may shoot 70% from field off all dunks
Harris, Devin (UTA)G Never made the leap, but is in a good situation to produce as the starting PG inUtah
Allen, Tony (MEM)G Burst onto the scene last season after Rudy Gay went down, will be interesting to see if he can maintain his role with Gy back
Afflalo, Arron (DEN)G A very solid real life player that earned a big contract with a big season last year; no huge strengths nor weakenesses in game
Turkoglu, Hidayet (ORL)F Came back into fantasy relevance with Magic trade last season, but is getting older and would likely be less valuable if Howard leaves
Hill, George (IND)G Was strong as a shooter in San Antonio, has to battle Collison for starting gig in Indiana; should knock down treys either way
Delfino, Carlos (MIL)G Has played well when healthy for two straight seasons, and should continue to do so this year
Maggette, Corey (CHR)G Perhaps the most talented scorer on a talent-depleted Bobcats team; health is the major concern
Crawford, Jamal (POR)G Different team, same role; expect him to score, knock down the trey; may spend some time at PG as well
Douglas, Toney (NY)G Currently a primary role as point guard for a D'Antoni system, but eventually expected to lose time when Baron Davis returns
Batum, Nicolas (POR)G Was everyone's favorite sleeper last season, but Wes Matthews stole his thunder. Still lurking
Teague, Jeff (ATL)G Has opportunity to win starting job in Atlanta if he can stay healthy for long enough; if holds job has sleeper potential
Chandler, Tyson (NY)C In NY this year, expected to bring same defensive character he brought to Dallas. Expect rebounds and blocks as long as he's healthy
Richardson, Jason (ORL)G Numbers fell off a cliff when he moved from Phoenix to Orlando; No reason he shouldn't bounce back a bit
Jack, Jarrett (NOR)G Unexpectedly the new starting point guard in New Orleans after the Chris Paul trade; has history of posting good numbers as starter
Salmons, John (SAC)F Usually strong in first season with a new team then questionable in following seasons
Kaman, Chris (NOR)C Went from battling DeAndre Jordan to battling Emeka Okafor for minutes, but could have larger role in offense if earns the minutes
Budinger, Chase (HOU)G Has proven himself a mid-teens scorer with good treys when starting, which he should this year
Casspi, Omri (CLE)F Sleeper candidate; averaged almost 11 points, 5+ boards and 1.6 treys last season for Kings, expected to have bigger role for Cavs this year
Gordon, Ben (DET)G Should have bigger role in Detroit with Rip Hamilton gone, could bounce back a bit towards what he used to be in Chicago
Lewis, Rashard (WAS)F Numbers fell off badly last season, was injured in Washington. Doesn't seem to fit their youth movement, but could be healthier
Favors, Derrick (UTA)F Had a huge preseason with Paul Millsap ouchy, may have played himself into the line-up; major upside if he earns enough minutes
Turner, Evan (PHI)G #2 pick in 2010, was slightly disappointing as rookie, could really break out as sophomore if he wins the starting job (had good preseason)
Williams, Derrick (MIN)F May be most talented player in his draft class, trying to find minutes in crowded Timberwolves frontcourt
Dalembert, Samuel (HOU)C Finds a way to be productive on the glass and blocks wherever he goes; Houston should be no exception
Thornton, Marcus (SAC)G Strong scoring presence for Kings for as long as he holds the starting SG job, which he holds coming out of camp
Landry, Carl (NOR)F Landry is like a slightly poor man's David West, and enters season as the starter in New Orleans
Haywood, Brendan (DAL)C Poised for a bounce-back season as starting C in Dallas with Chandler gone
George, Paul (IND)F We've been waiting for his upside to pan out for a little while now…could start to see more this year
Mayo, O.J. (MEM)G Took a major step back last year, but still has the ability if he can get off bench. If the twice-failed trade to Indiana ever happens it could be a big help
Miller, Andre (DEN)G The back-up to Ty Lawson in Denver, but had double-digit assists in both preseason games as injury replacement and has good relationship with Karl…keep an eye on him
Walker, Kemba (CHR)G One of the more intriguing rookies; Good upside on a team devoid of talent, especially if he can start earning more point guard minutes over incumbent D.J. Augustin
Carter, Vince (DAL)G No telling if he has anything left in the tank. Looked bad last year, but joins the cast of 30-something former stars in Dallas
Young, Thaddeus (PHI)F Still young enough to improve; Game not dominant, but can be productive with minutes
Nelson, Jameer (ORL)G Supposedly lost weight and came back in great shape, but preseason performance wasn't inspiring and his value would change tremendously if Howard leaves
Camby, Marcus (POR)C 37 years old, history of injury, and already battling a sore knee. On the other hand, if he gets anywhere near 25 minutes/game is good for 10 boards and two blocks
Varejao, Anderson (CLE)F Was having a career year before his season-ending injury, should pick back up this year
Williams, Louis (PHI)G Williams is a prototype scoring sixth man, making his upside range in the Jamal Crawford/Jason Terry realm
Johnson, Amir (TOR)F Starting center for Toronto; a good per-minute player that looks to get more minutes this year; double-double potential, stated goal to be the NBA Defensive Player of Year
Jamison, Antawn (CLE)F Productive when healthy, but now in his mid-30s and coming off of injury so health not a guarantee. Nevertheless, still has 20 ppg potential if can hold off Tristan Thompson as starting PF
Johnson, Wesley (MIN)F Rookie didn't burst onto the scene as expected last season after nagging hammy injury early; could bounce back in year two
Crawford, Jordan (WAS)G Good scorer; expected to be sixth man for Wizards; Upside in Ben Gordon range
Okafor, Emeka (NOR)C Battling Chris Kaman for minutes, and not longer able to play off of Chris Paul…bad news for both his minutes and his production
Young, Nick (WAS)G Had a breakout season last year, and now that he is re-signed to a one year deal he should continue to put up numbers this year
Gibson, Taj (CHI)F Stuck behind the Bulls' talented starting bigs, but showed last season that he can put up starters production in cse of injury
McGrady, Tracy (ATL)F Played well in spurts for Pistons last season, and this summer expressed confidence in a return to form this year
Patterson, Patrick (HOU)F Sat beside his agent on a plane last summer, was cool guy; Patterson was surprisingly effective in short starting bursts
Diaw, Boris (CHR)F Weighing in over 300 pounds to play center; extra weight slows and provides injury risk; Numbers have been consistent for last few years
Calderon, Jose (TOR)G Still the starter for now, but could lose job to Jerryd Bayless and I wouldn't be surprised
Battier, Shane (MIA)F Looks like a role player in Miami, though could get some time at PF in a "small" line-up
Bayless, Jerryd (TOR)G May be best lead guard on Toronto, though currently he's behind Jose Calderon on the depth chart
Marion, Shawn (DAL)F Well into his decline, now more of an all-around role player with no dominant category
Frye, Channing (PHO)F Was a fantasy revelation early last season, but battling to keep his starting job this year
Stuckey, Rodney (DET)G Just signed a new contract, and though may play more SG this year still should provide a mix of scoring and assists
Neal, Gary (SAN)G Was strong enough as rookie that George Hill was shown the door; Could improve as sophomore
Rubio, Ricky (MIN)G Is he all flash, or is there some substance? Can he shoot well enough to be effective? Worth a late-round flyer
Williams, Maurice (LAC)G Could still have solid value as 6th man
Davis, Baron (NY)G Injury prognosis went from 8 - 10 weeks to 4 - 8 after Knicks picked him up; if closer to 4 weeks, Davis could be pretty valuable as the starting PG in a D'Antoni system
Ariza, Trevor (NOR)F Unsure if can hold off Aminu to keep starting job
Jefferson, Richard (SAN)F Was a great source of treys last season, and with him apparently not being amnestied, should reprise that role this year
Blair, DeJuan (SAN)F No upside, but still has near double-double potential and the chance to play starter's minutes.
Hill, Grant (PHO)F Keeps getting older and older, but remains roto relevant as long as he's playing
Thomas, Tyrus (CHR)F Solid rebounding and block potential, and is center eligible in some leagues
Okur, Mehmet (UTA)C Should post very solid numbers for the first two months with Brook Lopez out
Redick, J.J. (ORL)G Once a shooter, always a shooter
Fredette, Jimmer (SAC)G I've already seen some writers trying to fit the "Tebow" tag on him, and the season hasn't even started yet
Lopez, Brook (NJ)C Fractured foot could sideline him for almost half of the season
Knight, Brandon (DET)G Another promising rookie vying for minutes

Others that Caught My Eye
Kirilenko, Andrei ()F Still unsure if he's playing in America, for who, or when he might start. Other than that, he's a solid late/mid pick
Miles, C.J. (UTA)G Role in rotation not set, but when given minutes can hit the three and score in the mid-teens
Hamilton, Richard (CHI)G Should be a solid scorer in Chicago, but lesser and doesn't do much else
Thompson, Tristan (CLE)F Lottery rookie expected to start season behind Jamison, but has talent to carve out larger role as season goes along
Brown, Shannon (PHO)G Battling with Jared Dudley for starting SG slot, but appears to be more in line to be the sixth man. Seems made to be finisher for fastbreaking team like Suns
Fields, Landry (NY)F Started last season like gangbusters then slowed dramatically; has to prove that fast start wasn't a fluke
Bass, Brandon (BOS)F Currently a back-up, but could end up getting near starters minutes in the older and injury risk Celtics frontcourt
Aminu, Al-Farouq (NOR)F Has upside and could earn more minutes on a Hornets team depleted of talent
Udoh, Ekpe (GS)F Has worked on his offense, but still a bit of a defense specialist that is competing for PT; would need Ibaka-like leap for relevance, but already a great shot-blocker
Davis, Ed (TOR)F Had solid rookie year, but slated to back up Toronto's best player which limits his minutes upside
Fernandez, Rudy (DEN)G Good potential, but has been disgruntled and moved around a lot the last couple of seasons. Unknown role in Denver
Henderson, Gerald (CHR)G Was strong to finish last season, but had offseason hip surgery to relieve knee pain; role player on a team devoid of talent
Arenas, Gilbert ()G Can't find a team. But when he does, reasonable chance to be one of the top-150 players in the league
Hickson, J.J. (SAC)F Was at one time expected to be a future leader in Cleveland, now competing with others (including DeMarcus Cousins) for big man minutes in Sacramento
Anderson, Ryan (ORL)F Should score double-digits, grab around six boards, and knock down two treys per game; Solid perimeter role player numbers
Haslem, Udonis (MIA)F Garbageman, always solid
Meeks, Jodie (PHI)G Hanging onto the starting SG job in Philly for dear life, with Evan Turner breathing down his neck
Butler, Caron (LAC)F Worth at least paying attention to as starting SF on talented team, but likely the fifth option and doesn't do much else outside of scoring
McRoberts, Josh (LAL)F Should start first four games of season as power forward while Bynum is suspended, and still play solid role in rotation even after Bynum is back
Villanueva, Charlie (DET)F Always tends to produce solid numbers, whether as a starter or coming off the bench
Randolph, Anthony (MIN)F May be a permanent enigma; No minutes at all available in Wolves frontcourt rotation; yet somehow it seems certain he'll get to be a garbagetime savior in the fantasy playoffs for someone
Davis, Glen (ORL)F Could be starting PF for Magic this season, has reasonable scoring potential though rebounds may be pedestrian and no defensive stats to speak of
Beaubois, Rodrigue (DAL)G Was everyone's favorite sleeper last season before injuries derailed him; enters this season healthy
Evans, Reggie (LAC)F Has double-digit rebound capability even in a bench role
O'Neal, Jermaine (BOS)F Was solid when healthy last two seasons, enters season as healthy as he's going to get; should post nice blocked shot numbers
Vesely, Jan (WAS)F Behind Rashard Lewis on depth chart; athletic but lacks polish