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Yao Ming
Similar to the NBA game, if you have top-notch options at the five spot, you have a strong chance for success in fantasy play. Gone are the days of Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwan and David Robinson dominating fantasy leagues by their extraordinary play. Here and now, the center position has to call in reinforcements from the power forward spot to boost its profile. Make sure you look out for forwards who might acquire center eligibility during the season; having that happen to one of your players might be like holding a winning lottery ticket.

The four staff members at Dropping Dimes were asked to rank the top 25 at each position. The top player received one “point,” the second player received two points, etc. Players who were not in the top 25, but thought to be able to crack the top 25 at some point in the season were given a value of 30. Players not on the radar were given a value of 40. The average ranking is listed in parentheses after the player’s team name.

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes’ Position Rankings: Centers


Brandon RoyRound 6, Pick 8: Brandon Roy, PG/SG, Portland Trailblazers
Roy is the first rookie taken in this draft blog and there’s good reason for it - Roy can do a lot of things well.  And I mean A LOT.  Of course, we only have his college play to judge Roy from… oh wait, I guess we have a tiny sample of seeing what Roy can do, right?  He did play in the Vegas Summer League, afterall.  And what exactly did Roy do at the VSL?  The exact same thing he did in college and that has to get fantasy owners excited.

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There is a “Jerky” in every group of friends.  You know, the friend that slips your secret out which you told him in confidence, makes plans with his girlfriend when he is already booked for guy’s night out, or just presses your buttons the wrong way a little too much.  There is an endearing quality with the “Jerky” friend that appears from time to time, which prevents total banishment from the group.

Ricky Davis would be the jerky player on your fantasy roster. You hate him for the selfish stunt in 2003, where he shot at his own basket on purpose to miss so he could collect the rebound to complete his triple double! Jerky.  In the 6th round or later, how many SG/SF can drop 19 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists for your fantasy team? That’s the endearing side of Ricky Davis.

Round 6, Pick 7: Ricky Davis, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Lebron James
Good fantasy teams ask this from their small forwards. 1) Be a main scorer for the team. 2) Shoot enough threes, dish the rock and grab those steals to help out the guards on the team. 3) Hit the boards and block some shots to support the big men on the roster. 4) Everything else being equal, shoot good percentages from anywhere on the court.

It seems like a tall order, and only the superstars are able to do all of the above. That is why several players from this position will be drafted in the first two rounds despite the large number of viable options. In reality this position is even deeper than listed below, but some players were put at shooting guard and others at power forward.

The four staff members at Dropping Dimes were asked to rank the top 25 at each position. The top player received one “point,” the second player received two points, etc. Players who were not in the top 25, but thought to be able to crack the top 25 at some point in the season were given a value of 30. Players not on the radar were given a value of 40. The average ranking is listed in parentheses after the player’s team name.

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes’ Position Rankings: Small Forwards


Gilbert ArenasThough seemingly very deep, this year’s fantasy drafts could easily see four point guards go off the board within the first 12 selections.  The top tier of this season’s point guard class is obviously one that not only drops dimes at will, but also dominates in another category or two (whether they be scoring buckets, swiping rocks, or draining three-balls).  This breakdown should not only give an idea as to what to expect from the top point men this season, but also to show that if you aren’t lucky enough to land one of the top five, your team will be sufficiently staffed with any of the top 25 mentioned here.  We’re also starting to see an emergence of a “Point Guard by Committee” on a few teams, which may hurt the value of a few guys. 

Without further ado, your 2006 fantasy basketball point guards.

(Note: DroppingDimes.com’s overall rank in parenthesis)

Click to continue reading DroppingDimes’ Position Rankings: Point Guards


Carlos Boozer

First, I have to say that I love Basketball-Reference.com and I use it a lot.  So, when I went to the Carlos Boozer page I had to laugh when I saw the sponsor.  Click here and check it out.  All fun and games aside, however you may feel about Boozer (I’m talking to you, Cleveland), there’s no denying Boozer’s ability as a big man down in the box.

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Draft Blog: Round 6, Pick 2


Mike JamesRound 5, Pick 4: Mike James, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

With the number of point guards that have gone off of the board already, I’ve noticed that only three of them had a field goal percentage [last season] over 47%: Dwyane Wade, Steve Nash, and Jason Terry.  With Terry already being on this squad, and not exactly being the biggest dime-dropper out there, I decided to ensure that along with my two big-men, I’d lock up another top-12 point guard – by my estimation.  I’d even consider arguing that James could be better than Terry this season…

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Draft Blog: Round 5, Pick 4


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Carmelo Anthony driving to the hoopRound 4, Pick 10: Carmelo Anthony, SF, Denver Nuggets

Carmelo Anthony’s basketball resume reads like he was made to succeed in the NBA - he played at the basketball factory known as Oak Hill Academy during his high school years; played for Hall of Famer, Jim Boeheim, at Syracuse University and won an NCAA title in his freshman year; he was chosen third overall in the 2003 NBA Draft getting overlooked at the number two pick in favor of a big man that has not come close to excelling as much as he has in the NBA… much like his mentor, Michael Jordan was when the Portland Trailblazers took Sam Bowie with the second overall pick in the 1984 draft.  Now, I’m not comparing Anthony to Jordan and I’m not going to compare him to the player he will be linked with forever, LeBron James.  But, comparisons are inescapable for Anthony and there will always be pressure for him to perform.  Afterall, he has a resume to live up to.

Click to continue reading Dropping Dimes Draft Blog: Round 4, Pick 10


Marcus CambyWow, am I really making this pick? REALLY? I have never, EVER picked this guy on any real team. He is an intriguing player while he is on the court, but how long does he ever stay on the court? Somebody stop me! Wait, it’s too late? No take-backs? No one ever said there were no take-backs in this draft?! Oh well…

Round 4, Pick 6: Marcus Camby, C, Denver Nuggets

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