• It is that time of the year where we look back at the good and the bad, the hilarious and the painful and the awesome.

    Yes, we’re reviewing the Bruski 150 as we do each and every year because any asshole can put rankings up on the Internet but if you don’t go back and look at how you did — how are you going to learn going forward?

    Also, if you’re going to put actual stock in these rankings, maybe you the reader should ask yourself if they’re actually good rankings.

    So – first things first I’m pretty happy with this past season.  Outside of what is becoming a cover jinx with Meyers Leonard and two years before that – Patrick Beverley – we did well.

    Looking at key head-to-head metrics that I’ll link to below, we beat Rotoworld’s rankings anywhere from 55-58% of the time*.  I was able to use the rankings to win another national championship in the nation’s toughest big money fantasy league, the Fantasy Basketball Association 8-cat Roto championships.

    *We looked at segments including the top-24, top-36, top-80, top-125 and top-150.

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    The league consists of the best and brightest fantasy minds including Dr. Evil Eric Wong (leading money winner in the NFBKC), two-time champion Chris Cosley and a who’s who of high stakes competitors nationally.

    That makes two first place finishes in five years among the best of the best, so that put an extra glow on this year’s rankings for me.

    What I did this year is create an excel spreadsheet with the cumulative results in 8-cat format as produced by the inimitable BasketballMonster.com (if you’re not using them you’re losing in competitive leagues).  In comparisons to Rotoworld I used a simple methodology of who had the better rank (marked in green), with the winner getting one ‘win.’  If I blew it on a pick, I marked it in red.

    In the early rounds where the stakes are much higher than the mid-to-late rounds, a one-rank difference can generate a ‘win.’  As I delved into the middle and later rounds it took 5-10 rank differences or more to generate a ‘win,’ but mostly I took a common sense approach to seeing how the rankings stacked up.

    Again, the ranks are cumulative and they’re Roto so games played matter and it’s a pure measurement of fantasy value.  Head-to-head owners might employ different punting strategies and the like, but at the end of the day these are the values each player produced.

    So without further ado here are the ranks and notes.  I’m already working on this year’s Bruski 150 and we have a ton of great content coming in our inaugural draft guide.  Hoop Ball has had a solid launch and we’re working on big things so we can keep growing and keep enhancing your basketball experience.

    In the meantime, stay glued to our player news blurbs as it’s our goal to have the best feed in the industry.  We want you guys winning so you keep coming back for more.  We’re also adding contributors so hit me up if you’ve got the chops for writing, social, audio, video or tech.

    Thanks for all of the support. AB


    We used similar methodology as last year and expanded the analysis to include both 8- and 9-cat leagues, looking at all of the players that were ranked in the top-200 by either site and anybody that also finished in the top-150 for both formats.

    It was a good but not great year for us as we won the overall ranking count by 200-191.  Where we did our best damage was the 21-11 mark we had on ‘big time hits’ (marked in green) and ‘big time losses’ (marked in red) in the top-100 compared to Rotoworld’s 11-12 mark over that same span.  If you’re hitting big in the top-100 that’s moving the needle in fantasy leagues.  Rotoworld is an amazing site and a loss to them wouldn’t be anything to be that upset about, so we’ll take the small margin of victory and relish in the fact that we did very good on the big plays that moved the needle.



Fantasy News

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo (right knee rehab) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

    After missing about a year of action, Oladipo is ready to go. He will be eased into action, but Jeremy Lamb should eventually lose his starting spot.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
    SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (illness) is available for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Luwawu-Cabarrot doesn't get much playing time, but this is confirmation that he'll be an option for the Nets.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jae Crowder
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jae Crowder (right knee soreness) is not on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's game.

    Crowder has missed two straight games with the knee ailment but seems ready to return. Kyle Anderson is likely to see a lesser role against the Knicks.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • De'Anthony Melton
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    De'Anthony Melton (sore left hand) will not be available for Wednesday's game.

    Melton was a late scratch on Tuesday and apparently isn't ready to return. Tyus Jones should see some more opportunities in his stead.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Mike Scott
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike Scott (right knee soreness) is questionable for Thurday's contest.

    With Horford also questionable, Kyle O'Quinn may see more minutes than usual against the Hawks. Scott doesn't carry much fantasy value in the first place.

    Source: Mark Narducci on Twitter

  • Al Horford
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Al Horford (left knee soreness) is questionable for Thursday's game.

    With Horford and Mike Scott questionable, Kyle O'Quinn may see more minutes than usual against the Hawks. Owners of either player will want to check back for updates on game day.

    Source: Mark Narducci on Twitter

  • Gary Clark
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Free agent swingman Gary Clark has agreed to a second 10-day contract with the Magic.

    The Magic are in need of healthy bodies right now with Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu likely out for the season. Clark has given the Magic some good minutes but he is not in the fantasy radar except from very deep leagues.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Derrick Walton Jr.
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have recalled Derrick Walton Jr. from the G League's Agua Caliente Clippers on Wednesday.

    The team is scheduled to practice today so this is another opportunity for the rookie to get some reps. It’s also unclear whether Patrick Beverley, the team’s starting point guard, will be back tomorrow, so Walton offers some insurance depth.

    Source: Mirjam Swanson on Twitter

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    With the NBA trade deadline coming up, there has been speculation that Thaddeus Young could be headed to a title-contending team, but his minutes have gradually increased due to a plethora of injuries in the Bulls’ frontcourt.

    The 31-year-old forward is averaging the fewest minutes and points per game since his rookie year with the Sixers in the 2007-08 season. There were reports last month that Young was unhappy with his role and might even seek out a trade if the situation didn’t change. With
    Lauri Markkanen sidelined though, and the Bulls currently only two games out of the final playoff spot in the East, it seems unlikely he will be traded before next Thursday’s deadline. Young deserves consideration even in standard leagues as long as Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford remain sidelined.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Barea got some extra run in garbage time on Tuesday and he finished with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes vs. the Suns.

    Barea has been in and out of the lineup lately and he can be left alone in fantasy leagues. Jalen Brunson closed out the game and totaled 15 points (5-of-7 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes.