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Fantasy Basketball: Top 10 Centers in 2014

Image courtesy of Matthew Addie/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Matthew Addie/Flickr.

2014 has come to an end and we at Baller Mind Frame took a quick look at the top fantasy basketball players by position. How did we determine who the top players are? We used our Player Rater, filtered by position and set to “cumulative wins,” then checked to see which players had the best WARP scores.

For those of you who are new to the site and are using our Player Rater for the first time, WARP stands for “wins above replacement player” and is a measure of the number of wins better (or worse) a player is compared to the average replacement—or waiver wire—player in head-to-head fantasy leagues. By setting the filter to “cumulative wins” we can see the total wins contributed by the players we’re ranking, and not just based on their per-game averages. This allows us to see their impact for the period set, which in this case is year-to-date, and excludes players who may have played a couple of good games and then disappeared.

Here are the top 10 centers in 2014:

  1. Marc Gasol (6.86)
  2. DeAndre Jordan (5.32)
  3. DeMarcus Cousins (5.19)
  4. Nikola Vucevic (4.86)
  5. Tyson Chandler (4.70)
  6. Al Horford (4.64)
  7. Al Jefferson (4.07)
  8. Marcin Gortat (3.55)
  9. Andre Drummond (2.87)
  10. Andrew Bogut (2.47)

Notable Inclusions

Marc Gasol is having a fantastic season, but before DeMarcus Cousins missed a few games due to injury he was the top big man in the league. Cousins has some catching up to do, and both guys will be great to watch and own in 2015.

Andrew Bogut was playing well while he was healthy, but the oft-injured Aussie has not played a game since December 8. Given his history, Bogut could be gone for a while longer. Expect his spot to be taken up by either Jonas Valanciunas (2.32) or Joakim Noah (2.07) in 2015.

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