2016 Fantasy Basketball Draft Prep: 10-team Rotisserie Mock Draft
Chris Towers breaks down Fantasy hoops draft strategy in our latest mock draft.
There is always strategy involved in every Fantasy draft, obviously, but Rotisserie drafts take it to another level. Not only do you have to balance the typical roster construction concerns -- "Guard-heavy early? Secure my center?" -- but you have to build a well-rounded team to compete across the category spectrum as well.
Points leagues drafts are comparatively straightforward affairs, but you have to be savvy to draft a good team in a Roto league. I decided to see how savvy my readers are, so I sent out an invite to a 10-team, Roto draft Tuesday on twitter. Here are the results for our nine-category draft, with 10 starting spots (PG-SG-SF-PF-C-F-C-FLEX-FLEX-FLEX) and three bench spots.
One player who showed off an interesting strategy was Tom, who drafted third overall. He decided early on he didn't care about free throws, which allowed him to put together what might be the most dominant big man rotation in the league.
After taking Stephen Curry third overall -- hello, 3-pointers -- Tom took Blake Griffin , DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard with three of his next four picks. He also took Clint Capela in the eighth round, giving him three centers who just might average a double-double each, with two-plus blocks per game. That combination should also give him a nice boost in field-goal percentage, which could help him survive Ricky Rubio and Elfrid Payton 's poor shooting from the field.
I didn't go with any specific strategy like Tom, but I did have to reach for Ish Smith in the 10th round after taking Reggie Jackson three rounds earlier. Jackson's early-season absence should be softened by Smith, but taking him that early could cost me when Jackson is back. Hopefully Kris Dunn can emerge as a breakout star and give me a stronger option with my last flex spot, because I will need it.
Speaking of injuries, it's worth looking at where some of the injured stars went. Here are the biggest names who may be unavailable to start the season:
Gordon Hayward (Hand) 4.6
Reggie Jackson (Knee) 7.7
Jrue Holiday (Personal) 8.10
Nerlens Noel (Groin) 9.6
Darren Collison (Suspension) 10.2
Tyreke Evans (Calf/Knee) 11.1
Some of those are pretty stiff discounts, like Jackson, who might have gone four rounds earlier if healthy. One potential strategy I might like quite a bit is targeting a handful of these guys -- say, Davis, Hayward, Jackson, and Collison -- riding out the tough few weeks at the start of the season and then just taking off. It's a risky strategy, but you could end up with huge value at a discount.
A Fantasy basketball season is long -- 25-plus weeks, to be precise -- which means there is time to make up for an early deficit. If you can grab some of those players who might miss the first two or three weeks of the season at a discount, the payoff could be huge.
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