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    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While the actual position may have declined in importance when the '90s ended, center-eligible players are dominating the virtual game more than ever before.

    The position currently has nine players ranked in the top 19 overall in Yahoo! leagues, as the emergence of Joakim Noah of Chicago Bulls and Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers as all-around forces has added to the growing list of elite center options.

    Noah is averaging career highs in points (13.9 ppg), assists (4.3 apg) and blocks (2.3 bpg) while shooting a career-best 81.8 percent from the foul line on 4.2 attempts per game and pulling down 10.6 rebounds per game.

    Varejao has been the standard-bearer in the rebounding category this season, averaging 14.8 per game, but he's also scored at a career-high rate of 14.3 ppg while picking up 3.3 assists per game, 1.6 higher than any other season.

    Noah and Varejao were ranked 55th and 73rd, respectively, in preseason Yahoo! leagues, but they aren't the only centers who have outperformed their ranking.

    One of this season's biggest surprises is San Antonio Spurs veteran forward- center Tim Duncan, whose 17.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.6 blocks and 79.2 free-throw shooting percentage have him ranked third overall against the No. 58 preseason ranking.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward-center Serge Ibaka's stellar rebounding (7.4) and block (3.1) numbers have held steady from last season but Ibaka has taken his offensive game to a new level, averaging 14 ppg on 58.7 percent shooting and hitting 83.7 percent of his free throws. That improvement has contributed to Ibaka's No. 6 overall ranking after he was pegged as the 20th overall player prior to the season.

    After scoring 10 ppg in his first three games, Golden State Warriors' PF-C David Lee has been unstoppable in his last 19 games, averaging 20.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 53 percent from the field and 79.3 percent from the charity stripe.

    Lee ranks 19th, three spots behind Miami's Chris Bosh (18.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.4 bpg, .540/.829) and five behind New Orleans' Ryan Anderson (18.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.3 3PM, .465/.423/.880). All three ranked 37th or lower in the preseason.

    Utah's Al Jefferson and Memphis' Marc Gasol have performed up to expectations, but that doesn't make their production any less impressive. Jefferson is averaging 17.4 ppg and 10.4 rpg with 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.1 bpg while shooting 81.3 percent from the foul line. Gasol's scoring is up (15.7 ppg) but his rebounding (7.1) is down from a career-high 8.9 last year, likely due to Zach Randolph's return to dominance. Fortunately, Gasol has once again been one of the NBA's best passing big men, averaging 4.4 assists per game while contributing 1.6 blocks and an impeccable 90.9 foul shooting percentage.

    Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge is on the cusp of joining the top 20, ranking 23rd overall with averages of 21 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg and 1.3 bpg with an .802 foul shooting percentage.

    The uprising of these players has come as several players projected to rank among the elite have dropped off the map due to injury or poor production, including Pau Gasol, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and Andrew Bynum.

    The fantasy community continues to struggle to quantify the value of Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard as he continues to be a black hole for free-throw percentage. Howard has attempted 43 more foul shots than any other player but has only made 49.2 percent of them. If you own him, you're essentially punting that category. He has also turned it over 78 times, second most after Detroit's Greg Monroe at the position. But Howard is second among centers in points and rebounds, 12th in assists, seventh in steals and fifth in blocks, so his 280th overall ranking is somewhat misleading.

    The only other position that has more players ranked in the top 20 is power forward, but just two of those players -- LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony -- don't also appear on the center list.

    The fantasy season is nearly seven weeks old, so these rankings aren't a mirage -- it's clear that a successful fantasy team can still be built from the inside out.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

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      Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

      Updated:

      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

      Updated:

      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

      Enter to win tickets to Nitro Jam

      The Great 38 is giving tickets to Nitro Jam. Enter below for your chance to win. More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | March 14-15 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun events happening in Tampa Bay this weekend! More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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