2016 Fantasy Basketball Draft Prep: 10-team Rotisserie 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:

Anthony Davis (Ankle) 1.7
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.

Mock Draft Results
Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 John Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC
2 Chris M. James Harden, SG, HOU
3 Tom Stephen Curry, PG, GS
4 Ryan Kevin Durant, SF, GS
5 Brandon DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC
6 Matt Karl-Anthony Towns, C, MIN
7 Chris Towers Anthony Davis, PF, NO
8 Tim John Wall, PG, WAS
9 Nathaniel Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL
10 Jackson LeBron James, SF, CLE
Round 2
Pick Team Player
11 Jackson Damian Lillard, PG, POR
12 Nathaniel Chris Paul, PG, LAC
13 Tim Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE
14 Chris Towers Paul George, SF, IND
15 Matt Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA
16 Brandon Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR
17 Ryan Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA
18 Tom Blake Griffin, PF, LAC
19 Chris M. Kemba Walker, PG, CHA
20 John Paul Millsap, PF, ATL
Round 3
Pick Team Player
21 John Draymond Green, PF, GS
22 Chris M. Jimmy Butler, SG, CHI
23 Tom Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY
24 Ryan Al Horford, C, BOS
25 Brandon Derrick Favors, PF, UTA
26 Matt Victor Oladipo, SG, OKC
27 Chris Towers Kristaps Porzingis, PF, NY
28 Tim DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR
29 Nathaniel Andre Drummond, C, DET
30 Jackson LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, SA
Round 4
Pick Team Player
31 Jackson Isaiah Thomas, PG, BOS
32 Nathaniel CJ McCollum, SG, POR
33 Tim Pau Gasol, C, SA
34 Chris Towers Klay Thompson, SG, GS
35 Matt Eric Bledsoe, PG, PHO
36 Brandon Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA
37 Ryan Nikola Jokic, PF, DEN
38 Tom DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC
39 Chris M. Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL
40 John Rudy Gobert, C, UTA
Round 5
Pick Team Player
41 John Nicolas Batum, SF, CHA
42 Chris M. Andrew Wiggins, SF, MIN
43 Tom Dwight Howard, C, ATL
44 Ryan D'Angelo Russell, PG, LAL
45 Brandon Goran Dragic, PG, MIA
46 Matt Serge Ibaka, PF, ORL
47 Chris Towers Dennis Schroder, PG, ATL
48 Tim Kevin Love, PF, CLE
49 Nathaniel Devin Booker, SG, PHO
50 Jackson Marc Gasol, C, MEM
Round 6
Pick Team Player
51 Jackson Evan Fournier, SF, ORL
52 Nathaniel Rajon Rondo, PG, CHI
53 Tim Brandon Knight, SG, PHO
54 Chris Towers Brook Lopez, C, BKN
55 Matt Mike Conley, PG, MEM
56 Brandon Ryan Anderson, PF, HOU
57 Ryan Zach LaVine, SG, MIN
58 Tom Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN
59 Chris M. Bradley Beal, SG, WAS
60 John Trevor Ariza, SF, HOU
Round 7
Pick Team Player
61 John Tobias Harris, SF, DET
62 Chris M. Joel Embiid, C, PHI
63 Tom Rudy Gay, SF, SAC
64 Ryan Myles Turner, PF, IND
65 Brandon Dwyane Wade, SG, CHI
66 Matt Jeff Teague, PG, IND
67 Chris Towers Reggie Jackson, PG, DET
68 Tim Julius Randle, PF, LAL
69 Nathaniel Jabari Parker, PF, MIL
70 Jackson Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR
Round 8
Pick Team Player
71 Jackson Harrison Barnes, SF, DAL
72 Nathaniel Gorgui Dieng, PF, MIN
73 Tim Greg Monroe, C, MIL
74 Chris Towers George Hill, PG, UTA
75 Matt Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL
76 Brandon Wesley Matthews, SG, DAL
77 Ryan Jae Crowder, SF, BOS
78 Tom Clint N'Dumba-Capela, C, HOU
79 Chris M. Markieff Morris, PF, WAS
80 John Jrue Holiday, PG, NO
Round 9
Pick Team Player
81 John Chandler Parsons, SF, MEM
82 Chris M. Marvin Williams, PF, CHA
83 Tom Jeremy Lin, PG, BKN
84 Ryan Avery Bradley, SG, BOS
85 Brandon Joakim Noah, C, NY
86 Matt Nerlens Noel, C, PHI
87 Chris Towers Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN
88 Tim Evan Turner, SF, POR
89 Nathaniel Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL
90 Jackson Deron Williams, PG, DAL
Round 10
Pick Team Player
91 Jackson Enes Kanter, C, OKC
92 Nathaniel Darren Collison, PG, SAC
93 Tim Nikola Mirotic, PF, CHI
94 Chris Towers Ish Smith, PG, DET
95 Matt Jordan Clarkson, PG, LAL
96 Brandon Thaddeus Young, SF, IND
97 Ryan Aaron Gordon, PF, ORL
98 Tom Elfrid Payton, PG, ORL
99 Chris M. Monta Ellis, SG, IND
100 John Otto Porter, SF, WAS
Round 11
Pick Team Player
101 John Tyreke Evans, PG, NO
102 Chris M. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA
103 Tom Jusuf Nurkic, C, DEN
104 Ryan Kent Bazemore, SF, ATL
105 Brandon Rodney Hood, SG, UTA
106 Matt Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, DEN
107 Chris Towers Robert Covington, SF, PHI
108 Tim Eric Gordon, SG, HOU
109 Nathaniel Steven Adams, C, OKC
110 Jackson Jamal Murray, SG, DEN
Round 12
Pick Team Player
111 Jackson Wilson Chandler, PF, DEN
112 Nathaniel JJ Redick, SG, LAC
113 Tim Jahlil Okafor, C, PHI
114 Chris Towers Kris Dunn, PG, MIN
115 Matt J.R. Smith, SG, CLE
116 Brandon Derrick Rose, PG, NY
117 Ryan Marcin Gortat, C, WAS
118 Tom Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, DET
119 Chris M. DeMarre Carroll, SF, TOR
120 John Buddy Hield, SG, NO
Round 13
Pick Team Player
121 John Andrew Bogut, C, DAL
122 Chris M. Zaza Pachulia, C, GS
123 Tom Danny Green, SG, SA
124 Ryan Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SG, BKN
125 Brandon Luol Deng, SF, LAL
126 Matt Will Barton, SG, DEN
127 Chris Towers Mason Plumlee, C, POR
128 Tim Tristan Thompson, C, CLE
129 Nathaniel Jaylen Brown, SF, BOS
130 Jackson Tyler Johnson, SG, MIA
Team by Team
Chris M.
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 James Harden, SG, HOU
2.9 Kemba Walker, PG, CHA
3.2 Jimmy Butler, SG, CHI
4.9 Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL
5.2 Andrew Wiggins, SF, MIN
6.9 Bradley Beal, SG, WAS
7.2 Joel Embiid, C, PHI
8.9 Markieff Morris, PF, WAS
9.2 Marvin Williams, PF, CHA
10.9 Monta Ellis, SG, IND
11.2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA
12.9 DeMarre Carroll, SF, TOR
13.2 Zaza Pachulia, C, GS
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Kevin Durant, SF, GS
2.7 Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA
3.4 Al Horford, C, BOS
4.7 Nikola Jokic, PF, DEN
5.4 D'Angelo Russell, PG, LAL
6.7 Zach LaVine, SG, MIN
7.4 Myles Turner, PF, IND
8.7 Jae Crowder, SF, BOS
9.4 Avery Bradley, SG, BOS
10.7 Aaron Gordon, PF, ORL
11.4 Kent Bazemore, SF, ATL
12.7 Marcin Gortat, C, WAS
13.4 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SG, BKN
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Anthony Davis, PF, NO
2.4 Paul George, SF, IND
3.7 Kristaps Porzingis, PF, NY
4.4 Klay Thompson, SG, GS
5.7 Dennis Schroder, PG, ATL
6.4 Brook Lopez, C, BKN
7.7 Reggie Jackson, PG, DET
8.4 George Hill, PG, UTA
9.7 Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN
10.4 Ish Smith, PG, DET
11.7 Robert Covington, SF, PHI
12.4 Kris Dunn, PG, MIN
13.7 Mason Plumlee, C, POR
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Stephen Curry, PG, GS
2.8 Blake Griffin, PF, LAC
3.3 Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY
4.8 DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC
5.3 Dwight Howard, C, ATL
6.8 Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN
7.3 Rudy Gay, SF, SAC
8.8 Clint N'Dumba-Capela, C, HOU
9.3 Jeremy Lin, PG, BKN
10.8 Elfrid Payton, PG, ORL
11.3 Jusuf Nurkic, C, DEN
12.8 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, DET
13.3 Danny Green, SG, SA
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Karl-Anthony Towns, C, MIN
2.5 Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA
3.6 Victor Oladipo, SG, OKC
4.5 Eric Bledsoe, PG, PHO
5.6 Serge Ibaka, PF, ORL
6.5 Mike Conley, PG, MEM
7.6 Jeff Teague, PG, IND
8.5 Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL
9.6 Nerlens Noel, C, PHI
10.5 Jordan Clarkson, PG, LAL
11.6 Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, DEN
12.5 J.R. Smith, SG, CLE
13.6 Will Barton, SG, DEN
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC
2.10 Paul Millsap, PF, ATL
3.1 Draymond Green, PF, GS
4.10 Rudy Gobert, C, UTA
5.1 Nicolas Batum, SF, CHA
6.10 Trevor Ariza, SF, HOU
7.1 Tobias Harris, SF, DET
8.10 Jrue Holiday, PG, NO
9.1 Chandler Parsons, SF, MEM
10.10 Otto Porter, SF, WAS
11.1 Tyreke Evans, PG, NO
12.10 Buddy Hield, SG, NO
13.1 Andrew Bogut, C, DAL
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL
2.2 Chris Paul, PG, LAC
3.9 Andre Drummond, C, DET
4.2 CJ McCollum, SG, POR
5.9 Devin Booker, SG, PHO
6.2 Rajon Rondo, PG, CHI
7.9 Jabari Parker, PF, MIL
8.2 Gorgui Dieng, PF, MIN
9.9 Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL
10.2 Darren Collison, PG, SAC
11.9 Steven Adams, C, OKC
12.2 JJ Redick, SG, LAC
13.9 Jaylen Brown, SF, BOS
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC
2.6 Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR
3.5 Derrick Favors, PF, UTA
4.6 Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA
5.5 Goran Dragic, PG, MIA
6.6 Ryan Anderson, PF, HOU
7.5 Dwyane Wade, SG, CHI
8.6 Wesley Matthews, SG, DAL
9.5 Joakim Noah, C, NY
10.6 Thaddeus Young, SF, IND
11.5 Rodney Hood, SG, UTA
12.6 Derrick Rose, PG, NY
13.5 Luol Deng, SF, LAL
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 LeBron James, SF, CLE
2.1 Damian Lillard, PG, POR
3.10 LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, SA
4.1 Isaiah Thomas, PG, BOS
5.10 Marc Gasol, C, MEM
6.1 Evan Fournier, SF, ORL
7.10 Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR
8.1 Harrison Barnes, SF, DAL
9.10 Deron Williams, PG, DAL
10.1 Enes Kanter, C, OKC
11.10 Jamal Murray, SG, DEN
12.1 Wilson Chandler, PF, DEN
13.10 Tyler Johnson, SG, MIA
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 John Wall, PG, WAS
2.3 Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE
3.8 DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR
4.3 Pau Gasol, C, SA
5.8 Kevin Love, PF, CLE
6.3 Brandon Knight, SG, PHO
7.8 Julius Randle, PF, LAL
8.3 Greg Monroe, C, MIL
9.8 Evan Turner, SF, POR
10.3 Nikola Mirotic, PF, CHI
11.8 Eric Gordon, SG, HOU
12.3 Jahlil Okafor, C, PHI
13.8 Tristan Thompson, C, CLE
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