• 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

  • Donovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell went 14-for-35 from the field to finish Friday's 147-148 double-overtime loss to the Thunder with 38 points.

    Mitchell added four boards, five dimes, four 3s and one steal to his line for the night. His inefficient scoring lately has dragged his value outside of the top-150 in 9-cat over the last couple of weeks, but knowing Mitchell, he should be able to heat up sooner than later.

  • Rudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert stepped up late for the Jazz on Friday and posted 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting with 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in a loss to the Thunder.

    Gobert is money when you're looking for those key big-man stats. He's also going to be a force come the fantasy playoffs given the Jazz's stacked schedule. Derrick Favors is a low-end option as well. He posted 24 points (10-of-11 shooting), 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocks tonight.

  • Jae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz

    Jae Crowder knocked down four 3s to finish Friday's loss to the Thunder with 20 points (6-of-14 shooting), eight rebounds, three dimes and one block.

    He was the only Jazz reserve to crack double-digit scoring. Crowder's been a solid source of threes lately, averaging 2.8 triples over his last five games.

  • Dennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder played 35 minutes on Friday after missing the Thunder's last two games to welcome the birth of his child but struggled with his shot as he went 3-of-16 from the field to finish with nine points, two rebounds, seven dimes and one steal.

    Schroder is a .426 shooter from the field on the season, so we're not too worried. We're chalking this ugly shooting night to some rust. He should bounce back closer to top-120 value as he finds his shot.

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook was in the groove in Friday's 148-147 double-overtime win over the Jazz on Friday, dropping 43 points (15-of-29 shooting), 15 boards, eight assists, six triples, one block and two steals before fouling out in 43 minutes.

    Westbrook has been holding steady as a top-20 play over the last couple of weeks in 9-cat. This is the second time he's scored 40-plus points in his last five games and is looking to finish strong as we head down the stretch this season.

  • Jerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Jerami Grant (sprained right ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Friday and put up a solid performance with 18 points (6-of-10 shooting), four rebounds, one assist, three treys, two steals and three blocks.

    Grant looked good as he logged 41 minutes in this double-overtime barn burner. Feel free to slot him into your active lineups and enjoy his late middle-round value moving forward.

  • Paul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Paul George shook Joe Ingles to sink the game-winning floater in Friday's 2OT win over the Jazz and ended the night with 45 points (17-of-31 shooting), nine rebounds, seven dimes, five triples and a steal.

    PG13 makes yet another case to be included in the MVP discussion with this amazing performance. Owners who trusted him late in the first or early in the second rounds of drafts are now cashing in his top-5 fantasy value all the way to the bank (and hopefullly a fantasy trophy).

  • Emmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks

    Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) returned from a 12-game absence on Friday and showed no signs of rust as he delivered 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting and a full line.

    The .375 shooting clip from the field was nasty but that's par for the course with Mudiay. It was a pleasant surprise to see him fill up the box score as he added six rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, three steals and a block to his line for the night. The Knicks' rotations have been a hot mess all season, so don't bank on Mudiay to deliver this kind of spread in the next one.

  • Jonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac had a game to forget in Friday's loss to the Bulls, scoring only four points (on 1-of-6 from the field) to go with a trey, three rebounds and two steals.

    The money counters salvaged a bad night and despite this dud, Isaac has still been a top-35 play in 9-cat over his last five games. He played 31 minutes in this one so hopefully he can get back on track his next time out.

  • Dorian Finney-Smith - F - Dallas Mavericks

    Dorian Finney-Smith chipped in 13 points (4-of-9 shooting), nine rebounds, one assist and two steals in Friday's 104-114 loss to the Nuggets.

    DFS has been a top-140 play over the last couple of weeks and is a viable end-of-bench guy in standard leagues for the rest of the season. He's more of a plodder, albeit a reliable one, so don't expect too many explosive games on the horizon.