I’ll spare myself the pleasantries and jump right into the players I’ve been promoting and targeting my fantasy basketball drafts this season. I’ve spent many hours mocking and sketching categories, scores, roto leagues, and dynasties, but for this column, I’ll focus on the H2H category format.
I’m a firm believer in your guys, so here’s who I’d like to get for the position.
Point guards: a dime a dozen, but grab the elite early
There have been several occasions where I have chosen 4-12 and I will take one of Luka Doncic, Steph Curry, James Harden, LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburtonor Damian Lillard. Notice I didn’t mention Trae Young because I think he is Dejont Murray will absorb each other, especially in transmissions.
But if you miss the elite class, I was more than happy to collect Cade Cunningham in the second round. I’m stoned De’Aaron Fox, but he was difficult to capture in the fourth round. My favorite mid-round pick that I’m not afraid to reach for is Tyrese Maxi. Although he will be the Sixers’ third pick on offense, he offers the most potential at point guard in the fifth and occasionally sixth round of this year’s fantasy drafts. Last season, he had enough numbers to compete for the title of most improved player – a record in every statistical category, with the exception of his free throw percentage (which was still 86 percent last year).
My guess is that he will rise again in season 3 and average 19.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists, 1.9 triples, 1.2 steals and 48/41/87 shots. His efficiency and low turnover would be a valuable fantasy addition to any team.
In the later rounds I often waited Jamal Murray, Kevin Porter Jr., Tre Jones as well as Ayo Dosunmu.
Archery: waiting for stats collectors and volume miners
I’ve been brave a couple times choosing Kyrie Irving next in line with Devin Booker because they are both exceptional players with high ceilings. We’re aware of the risks involved with Kairi, but he’s one of the most effective defenders in fantasy and could put together another 50/40/90 campaign with over 29 games.
However, Anthony Edwards that’s the guy I want to target the shooter in the second round. Like Tyrese Maxey, Edwards is a third-year student and is on the verge of an All-Star appearance. Of course the wolves added Rudy Gobert, but Ant-Man is a rising star that offers so many offensive and defensive options for fantasy managers. Kawhi Leonard is somehow listed as SG/SF, so I used him to my advantage as another offensive, defensive asset that hits in the mid to late third round of the draft.
But boy, my biggest shooting guard fantasy is Desmond Bain.
His ADP is in the fifth round, but he has a big season ahead of him as a second option in an exciting, fast-paced offense. He could also be an All-Star this year and I predict he will raise his averages to 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.7 triples, 1.4 steals and 48/43 /89 throws. Josh Giddy next option in round 5 if Bane is unavailable or Terry Rozier does not fall.
Devin Wassel should see a big spike in use for San Antonio and is a valuable game in the eighth round and then he starts to fall from Anferny Simons as well as Gary Trent Jr. I chose Josh Hart, Bogdan Bogdanovich as well as Bones Highland like inner depth too.
Small forwards: 3-and-D will set you free
There are a few dual eligible players here – be it SG/SF or SF/PF, I’ll just point out where they fill my draft roster.
If I have the top three, Kevin Duran leaves my queue immediately. Jason Tatum also a variation in the middle of the first, but I gravitated towards capturing declarer there. I don’t have heartburn moving into the next tier of small forwards: LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan as well as Chris Middleton. I like Zach LaVine but have the largest share Scotty Barnes in the fourth round. He has the versatility, playmaking and defensive capabilities that few in this range can offer in this position.
Some combination Michael Porter Jr. as well as Keldon Johnson ended up on a lot of my teams because of injury problems. I will take the cost of the whole day in the sixth and seventh rounds this year. If I decide not to draft these guys, I’m already aiming for a landing. Franz Wagner as well as Herbert Joneswho have ADP between the seventh and eighth rounds. However, I got Jones a few times in the ninth round; Remember.
The rest of the small forwards that I have chosen are for categorical needs. De’Andre Hunter (goal, rebound) Robert Covington (protection), Kelly Obre (offset, triplets), Alexey Pokusevsky (flyer), Jay Sean Tate (flyer), Benedict Maturin (scoring).
Power Forwards: Wait for value in later rounds.
In the first two rounds, I didn’t pick a lot of power forwards; instead, I accumulated shares in my second and third tier power forwards—primarily Zion Williamson as well as Evan Mobley. Their ADPs go head to head at 39 and 40, but both offer different categorical attributes. For Zion, it’s his scoring, FG%, rebounds and assists that are above average for this position. Mobley is a reliable source of points and rebounds, but he benefits from his defensive prowess. Both guys are in the early to mid-fourth round of the draft, but I had to jump for Zion at the end of the third a couple of times.
Seems to be, Brandon Clark is a player I’ve drafted in the fantasy leagues – usually in the ninth round. However, given the appearance of PF Santi Aldamahe could be ahead of Clark in holding the power forward position in the absence of The Jackson Jr.
My hitters in the late round PJ Washington, Jalen Smith as well as Jabari Smith Jr. Washington should earn more minutes without Miles Bridges, and if he can get a starting number, he’ll be a great source of steals, blocks, and triples. Both Smiths have a major role to play in their young crimes. Jalen can be a valuable source of rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage, while Jabari is a real foursome that should be in contention for the Rookie of the Year title. Both guys have made it past the ninth and tenth rounds and can significantly outperform their ADPs.
Centers: Get unconventional big pucks—sorry, Steven Adams.
When I talk about unconventional bigs, I mean centers who only grab rebounds, secure the block, and score no more than five feet from the rim. Centers, who are primarily screen setters and rim defenders, can be played off the court in no time. So if you’re looking for a big man, make sure he plays a more prominent role in the game plan. The obvious choice Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid as well as Anthony Davis lead the first two rounds of fantasy drafts, but I like to wait Domantas Sabonis. He is one of the best passer big men but also gives you a high class double-double every night. I see him as a late second or early third round player, which is his ADP of 23.
I teased my appreciation for Kristaps Porzingis in my central article as a player (when healthy) who offers top 20 attractive this season. His ADP is 47.7, so he’ll go almost to the fifth round of the draft. Definitely someone I was happy to include on the list given his ability to make triples and blocks.
Alperen Sengun was one of my wealthy players since I saw his ADP skyrocket this offseason. In the current market, it will be worth at least a peak at the end of the fifth or the beginning of the sixth round. Al Horford as well as Wendell Carter Jr. be on my list when I focus on other positional needs. However, both offer solid peripherals with a consistent source of rebounding and defensive stats in the seventh and eighth rounds of the draft.
My picks in the late round: Onyeka Okongwu, Jaren Jackson Jr. (if it falls far enough, buy a blend and hide) Isaiah Jackson, James Wiseman as well as Jarred Vanderbilt.