FANTASY BASKETBALL RANKINGS- CENTERS (Feb-Mar)
FANTASY BASKETBALL RANKINGS- CENTERS (Febraury-March)
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Every month I re-evaluate each position and update the player rankings. The number indicated in the “(#)” is the players previous rankings. All rankings are grouped into tiers.
Feel free to debate on any player you feel should be ranked higher. Community feel free to respond.
This weekend Guard and Forward rankings will be released.
Happy February Madden Arena Community.
NOTE: All Player Analysis is analysis from the beginning of the season. None of it was edited.
Injured- Fell out of rankings
#10. Al Horford (F)- Again, you want guys who are growing as players. Horford is an athletic Center who gets assists, good FT, blocks and rebounds. The Free throw could be near 80%.
#11. Andrew Bogut– Bogut is the man for the Bucks and they will need as many 20-10 efforts they can get. He is good for blocks, bad for FT%.
#12. Andrea Barginani– Andrea is still the man the Raptors need to lead them to the next level. He has a big 3PT shot which is huge for his position. Definitely a guy to nab in rotoleagues. Great FT%, not such a great rebounder. The points will make up for it.
Tier 1- Must Starts/Great Options
#1 (1). Dwight Howard– Howard has 20-20 potential every night with steals and blocks. The problem is his FT%, it’s hard to get by it in rotisserie leagues.
#2 (5). LaMarcus Aldridge (F)- Aldridge only has one concern, if he stays healthy he will be an easy all-star. 20-10 with a block every night. With no Brandon Roy he will get a lot more shot attempts.
#3 (2). Al Jefferson– The safe version of Dwight Howard, Big AL is a always a solid 20-10, sometimes he has the huge nights, but he shoots 76% from the free throw line (way better than Dwight). May not get as many steals, but he will come close in blocks with nearly 2 a game.
#4 (6). Andrew Bynum– He’s only getting better and better every year. With no Odom, Bynum will be asked to play more minutes. He’s due to break out. 20-10 is easily in reach and will wow you with some games. Could be a top 3 center by season end.
#5 (20). Marc Gasol– The more physical Gasol has good value, but is not a superstar. He will fall asleep some nights, but should be good for 10-10 with a block when it is all said and done.
#6 (15). Greg Monroe (F)- He is the Pistons. He improved as a rookie tremendously and is ready to take his game to the next level. Solid 10-10 guy with a block, has the potential for way more as the Pistons need him to be that.
#7 (16). DeMarcus Cousins (F)- I like Cousins to break out and be the player he should be. He has more talent than most tier 2 centers and easily be a 20-10 guy on the reg. Hopefully he puts it all together, will have to deal with plenty of depth though (Hayes, Hickson, Thompson).
#8 (19). Marcin Gortat– Gortat will be playing with a bad hand, he is the Polish hammer for a reason and should easily get 12-10 with a block per night. Will not hurt you in the FT category either.
#9 (4). Pau Gasol (F)- Pau needs to step up and get his 20-10 every night, the potential is there easily with Odom gone, but it may not come so easy.
#10 (3). Amare Stoudemire (F)- Amare could have a bigger season now that he does not have to play center. The defensive pressure will be on Tyson and Amare can play his regular position at PF. He should be healthier than he was a year ago, making Amare a great draft day pick.
Tier 2- Great Players but not elite
#11 (27). Roy Hibbert– Hibbert is soft but is getting better. His weight lost was weird to watch him play, maybe he stays consistent and gives you 12-10, best case scenario. Hopefully some blocks and good FT% as well.
#12 (13). Nene Hiliario– Nene is the Luis Scola of centers. He gets the hustle points, and will help in rebounds, blocks, steals, FT%. Playing PF should help Nene thrive as he can play against players smaller than him.
#13 (8). DeAndre Jordan– Jordan has high expectations, but with CP3 lobbing alley-oops it should be an easy season for Jordan. 15-10 with 2 blocks is easily in reach. Shoots less than 50% from the FT line.
#14 (9). Joakim Noah– The thing he has over Bynum is you know you’re going to get 100% every night from him. He’s a beast, he can get 20 rebounds a game if he wanted to, but his offensive skills have him limited. Should be a nice year as Noah gets better every season. Mediocre (73%) FT shooter.
#15 (37). Anderson Varejao– A poor man’s Noah, that should be enough for some good cheap stat lines especially with no other big bodies to compete with.
#16 (7). Javale McGee– McGee could also be a center who takes his game to the next level. McGee is a block machine and should lead the league. 17-10 would be nice to get. He will hurt your FT%
#17 (28). Tyson Chandler– On the Knicks Chandler will get to duplicate his 10-10 with a block+ per game. Always solid, nothing special. Tyson Chandler.
#18 (22). Samuel Dalembert– Samuel is the guy for Houston, but he will have to make sure he performs like he usually does because Jordan Hill is ready for his chance to shine. 8-10 with 2 blocks is easily in reach. Will not kill you in FT%.
#19 (21). Brook Lopez– When Lopez comes back he will be needed for 20-10 right away. Do not drop him, wait for his return and should be solid as he gets more comfortable with Deron Williams.
Tier 3- Serviceable Players
#20 (NR) Drew Gooden-
#21 (17). Serge Ibaka (F)- Ibaka is a block specialist, and at times can be a 10+ rebound type of guy. Take him with upside as he is very young and only getting more comfortable in the NBA. A star in his home country.
#22 (23). Marcus Camby– When healthy Camby is blocks, steals, rebound beast. He is not healthy to start the season, but there will be a stretch of the season Camby will be valuable.
#23 (26). Emeka Okafor– Emeka is a good block shot center, and he will get you almost 10-10 a game. His FT% will hurt you though.
#24 (24). Jason Thompson– He has the body to be a great NBA player, the skill is there and he should find his groove at some point this season. I am expecting 10-10 and a block from the powerful PF.
#25 (35). Brandon Bass (F)- Bass has a chance to get some good sleeper games if Jermaine O’Neal and Kevin Garnett don’t stay healthy all season. He is a great player and will be must own if something happens to the aging guys above.
#26 (25). Ed Davis (F)- The Dennis Rodman of fantasy basketball. If you need a rebound stud that could get the block, look no further. Center eligible as well.
Tier 4- Guys who will not wow you, but should be solid when they are ready.
#27 (18). Chris Kaman– Kaman is back to prove that he is a 18-10 guy. Being on a Hornets team with not a lot of offensive weapons I fully expect Kaman to bounce back. He is a solid FT shooter as well.
#28 (14). Channing Frye (F)- Frye is valuable for 3’s and blocks. He will have the occasional clunker, but he is very solid and should be among the league leaders in his categories, and lead some teams to fantasy championships.
#29 (NR). Spencer Hawes
#30 (39). DeJuan Blair– The starter for San Antonio, he does not do much and has Tiago Splitter ready to jump in. Duncan’s age helps with Blair getting playing time, 10-10 would be great.
Tier 5. BAD PLAYERS TO USE:
#31 (30). Kendrick Perkins– Perkins lost weight, but at the same time he is not a great fantasy player to begin with. If you think he will be a better defender then take a risk, because 10 points is not guaranteed a night.
#32 (29). Darko Milic– Darko was solid when he was starting last year with nearly 15-10 nights on the reg. He is starting early this season, and could be a nice play if he proves well early.
#33 (31). Brendan Haywood– With no more Chandler, Haywood should be a lock for 10 rebounds a game and enough opportunities to get a lot of blocks. Don’t count on points, consistency will be key.
#34 (33). Jordan Hill (F)- As a Center Jordan Hill as tremendous potential to jump in the second tier if he out plays Dalembert early. The potential is there.
#35 (34). JJ Hickson (F)- JJ is coming off the bench but is a solid player. He will be battling for minutes, but at some point he is going to be very valuable. 15-10 with a block when he has no competition for playing time.
#36 (36). Taj Gibson (F)- He would be great if there was an injury, without he’s too risky to consider a fantasy starter.
#37 (38). Chuck Hayes– Chuck is a nice hustle guy who will get you some 10-10 games. The Kings are too deep to expect solid production all season. But he is good for the first week or two.
#38 (40). Ekpe Udoh– If you want a cheap source of blocks at the end of the season this could be the guy to get late.
#39 (NR). Nikola Pekovic
#40 (NR) Byron Mullens
I have posted this trade:
I need more assists and a consistent blocker, rebounder, FT% and FG%
My team is:
Hey. I saw your post on yahoo.
What do you think of this trade? I’m currently in need of assists/steals more than points/rebounds.
I am thinking about trading my Blake for Rajon Rondo….and then picking up/stashing Brook Lopez (and therefore dropping either Baron Davis or Luke Ridnour). I already have Eric Gordon, Marcus Thornton, and Baron Davis stashed/injured as well so it may hurt to pick up Brook (I’m 4th however right now out of 12).
What do you think of that trade of Blake for Rondo?
[The other team also has Rubio. Rubio has been doing well, but Rondo is better and I’m punting FT%.]
I’m currently 10th in assists, 9th in steals, and around 8th-9th in rebounds. Everything else is fine.
Yahoo 12-team league, 13-player roster, head-to-head, (FGM & %, FTM &%, 3PM & %, PTS, REB, AST, ST, BLK, TO, PF)
PG-Brandon Jennings, SG-Ray Allen, G-Eric Gordon,
SF-Nick Young, PF-Blake Griffin, F-Luis Scola,
C-Dwight Howard, C-Javale McGee
Bench-Marcus Thornton, Louis Williams, Michael Beasley, Luke Ridnour, Baron Davis
Thanks a lot!
Would trading Pau Gasol for Al Jefferson be a trade worth trying for? Btw, thanks in advance for your amazing trends advice throughout the season.
If you can get BIG AL for Pau Gasol then your team would upgrade tremendously. Al is a much more dynamic offensive player and shoots the ball nearly every possession when he is hot.
If you need more assists than getting Calderon will help. However there is a chance he could end up on a different team, or lose a lot of minutes to Jerryd Bayless who has PG capabilities. Marc Gasol should give you some great numbers, however his value should drop just a bit when Zach Randolph returns.
If those possibilities do not worry you as much as they worry me then you can pull the trigger.
David Lee will be great if Curry goes down again, while Billups will be a bit inconsistent from night-to-night though he gets his minutes.
As good as Rajon Rondo is, there is chance his assists numbers could go down because Paul Pierce has been getting very comfortable playing the point Point Forward and racking up those assists. I would wait to see how he performs over the weekend before making this trade. Blake will always have higher value than Rondo, so you don’t need to worry about Rondo having a big game.
If you need the assists/steals then this is a good trade, but wait to see if Rondo still has it.
You should pickup Brook Lopez for Luke Ridnour. At some point this season the T-Wolves are going to realize that Wayne Ellington is a better 2 guard than Luke Ridnour. He will not be this consistent for long, and a player like Brook Lopez will automatically give you a huge boost as he can play like a top 10 center.
Also Eric Gordon should be on your bench for Louis Williams.
i have chris bosh and need to ship him away too. he looks like his job has been done like you stated in one of your article. Any suggestions who I can get for him??
My team is:
i need a player for more assists to compliment chris paul. I will grab samuel dalembert to help out gasol, hibbert and jefferson as he is the only C left in my FA.
as i have one slot open from a previous trade of mine of
I am getting Samuel Dalembert…
or maybe just get calderon from FA and get a PF, C for chris bosh??
boozer for bosh??
i got Andre miller in FA too. He does not look that bad either.
So my options are like this:
I got one more roster to fill and do on-top do a chris bosh trade. I really need a true PG with some 3 point shooting capabilities but easy on the TOs. I need a good center too., like a 15pts-10rebs every night kinda a guy.
the only person i could see in my FA that are eligible are:
I want good value for chris bosh as his selling rate looks really good right now. So please suggest me trade scenario for me.
I would trade Chris Bosh for Kyle Lowry.
I feel he could compliment your team nicely and his owner will be growing impatient with him.
Chauncey does not offer a lot of upside with the emergence of Randy Foye. His constincey will not be there.
If you like David Lee more than Gasol long term, which I do. I feel Gasol will lose touches once Randolph returns.
You can make this trade.
This is a good trade. Bosh has more upside, Boozer will be more consistent.
Andre Miller fills your void in assists.
If you are looking to deal Bosh for a big man. You can aim for Greg Monroe, Javale McGee, Marcin Gortat, or Roy Hibbert. All of those players should out produce Bosh by the season end. Dalemebert is a bit risky since he has not been seeing consistent minutes. He will get a lot of rebounds/blocks regardless.