2018 Fantasy Basketball Draft Prep: Our first mock draft of the season

Teams are preparing to report for training camp, which means it's time to start getting ready for the start of Fantasy basketball season. We put together a crew with our friends from RotoWire.com to go through our first mock draft of the season, and the results are right here for you to peruse. 

This was a 12-team, nine-category league, so turnovers do hurt you. That would be a red flag for the likes of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, even before the latter underwent knee surgery following the draft. Had we known his status, I would guess he might have fallen to the end of the first round, though it is still possible Westbrook will be available for the start of the season. 

One player who did fall, and who I snatched up in the second round, was Chris Paul. Sure, injury concerns are very real for Paul, but snagging him with the 10th pick of the second round feels like stealing. He was a top-10 player when healthy last season, and he really hasn't shown much signs of decline besides a dip in assists playing next to James Harden. 

I doubled up on injury risks in the third by snagging Devin Booker, another calculated risk. My first-round pick, Karl-Anthony Towns, has yet to miss a game in the NBA, so I felt I could take on some risk with Booker recovering from hand surgery. He emerged as the kind of high-volume sharpshooter we've been hoping he would be since he joined the league, and with the Suns' lack of options at point guard, it wouldn't surprise me to see Booker take another step forward as a playmaker in Year Four. 

All in all, it's a balanced team, with a mixture of high-upside risks early and safer plays in the later rounds. If you want to win a title, you need some risk, and I think my team has enough upside to stomach it. Let's check out the rest of the results. 

Here's who took part in the mock draft: 

  1. Jeff Edgerton, RotoWire.com
  2. Ben Miller, RotoWire.com
  3. Mike Barner, RotoWire.com
  4. Chris Towers, CBS Fantasy
  5. Oscar Heanue, RotoWire.com
  6. Kyle McKeown, RotoWire.com
  7. D.J. Trainor, RotoWire.com 
  8. Stan Son, Razzball.com
  9. Joel Bartilotta, RotoWire.com
  10. Alex Barutha, RotoWire.com
  11. James Anderson, RotoWire.com
  12. Alex Rikleen, RotoWire.com
Round By Round
Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 Jeff Edgerton G. Antetokounmpo PF MIL
2 Ben Miller A. Davis PF NO
3 Mike Barner J. Harden SG HOU
4 Chris Towers K. Towns C MIN
5 Oscar Heanue R. Westbrook PG OKC
6 Kyle McKeown K. Durant SF GS
7 D.J. Trainor L. James PF LAL
8 Stan Son S. Curry PG GS
9 Joel Bartilotta N. Jokic C DEN
10 Alex Barutha D. Lillard PG POR
11 James Anderson J. Butler SG MIN
12 Alex Rikleen P. George SF OKC
Round 2
Pos Team Player
13 Alex Rikleen K. Leonard SF TOR
14 James Anderson B. Simmons PG PHI
15 Alex Barutha J. Embiid C PHI
16 Joel Bartilotta J. Wall PG WAS
17 Stan Son V. Oladipo SG IND
18 D.J. Trainor A. Drummond C DET
19 Kyle McKeown K. Irving PG BOS
20 Oscar Heanue D. DeRozan SG SA
21 Chris Towers C. Paul PG HOU
22 Mike Barner J. Holiday PG NO
23 Ben Miller K. Walker PG CHA
24 Jeff Edgerton K. Lowry PG TOR
Round 3
Pos Team Player
25 Jeff Edgerton D. Mitchell SG UTA
26 Ben Miller B. Beal SG WAS
27 Mike Barner K. Love C CLE
28 Chris Towers D. Booker SG PHO
29 Oscar Heanue D. Green PF GS
30 Kyle McKeown E. Bledsoe PG MIL
31 D.J. Trainor C. McCollum SG POR
32 Stan Son M. Gasol C MEM
33 Joel Bartilotta R. Gobert C UTA
34 Alex Barutha K. Middleton SF MIL
35 James Anderson A. Horford PF BOS
36 Alex Rikleen G. Harris SG DEN
Round 4
Pos Team Player
37 Alex Rikleen M. Turner C IND
38 James Anderson L. Aldridge PF SA
39 Alex Barutha G. Hayward SF BOS
40 Joel Bartilotta P. Millsap PF DEN
41 Stan Son T. Harris SF LAC
42 D.J. Trainor N. Vucevic C ORL
43 Kyle McKeown D. Ayton PF PHO
44 Oscar Heanue B. Griffin PF DET
45 Chris Towers C. Capela C HOU
46 Mike Barner K. Thompson SG GS
47 Ben Miller A. Gordon SF ORL
48 Jeff Edgerton D. Russell PG BKN
Round 5
Pos Team Player
49 Jeff Edgerton G. Dragic PG MIA
50 Ben Miller J. Murray SG DEN
51 Mike Barner J. Collins PF ATL
52 Chris Towers M. Conley PG MEM
53 Oscar Heanue D. Jordan C DAL
54 Kyle McKeown K. Dunn PG CHI
55 D.J. Trainor Z. LaVine SG CHI
56 Stan Son J. Allen C BKN
57 Joel Bartilotta D. Smith Jr. PG DAL
58 Alex Barutha T. Evans SG IND
59 James Anderson S. Adams C OKC
60 Alex Rikleen J. Richardson SF MIA
Round 6
Pos Team Player
61 Alex Rikleen L. Markkanen PF CHI
62 James Anderson R. Rubio PG UTA
63 Alex Barutha N. Mirotic PF NO
64 Joel Bartilotta N. Batum SG CHA
65 Stan Son L. Doncic PG DAL
66 D.J. Trainor O. Porter SF WAS
67 Kyle McKeown L. Ball PG LAL
68 Oscar Heanue H. Whiteside C MIA
69 Chris Towers H. Barnes PF DAL
70 Mike Barner J. Randle PF NO
71 Ben Miller R. Covington SF PHI
72 Jeff Edgerton D. Howard C WAS
Round 7
Pos Team Player
73 Jeff Edgerton A. Wiggins SF MIN
74 Ben Miller W. Barton SF DEN
75 Mike Barner J. Teague PG MIN
76 Chris Towers K. Anderson PF MEM
77 Oscar Heanue J. Parker SF CHI
78 Kyle McKeown D. Murray PG SA
79 D.J. Trainor E. Payton PG NO
80 Stan Son L. Williams SG LAC
81 Joel Bartilotta J. Nurkic C POR
82 Alex Barutha J. Ingles SF UTA
83 James Anderson B. Ingram SF LAL
84 Alex Rikleen B. Lopez C MIL
Round 8
Pos Team Player
85 Alex Rikleen R. Jackson PG DET
86 James Anderson D. Saric PF PHI
87 Alex Barutha J. Valanciunas C TOR
88 Joel Bartilotta T. Young PG ATL
89 Stan Son J. Isaac SF ORL
90 D.J. Trainor J. Tatum SF BOS
91 Kyle McKeown T. Waller-Prince SF ATL
92 Oscar Heanue D. Fox PG SAC
93 Chris Towers J. Jackson Jr. PF MEM
94 Mike Barner E. Kanter C NY
95 Ben Miller B. Hield SG SAC
96 Jeff Edgerton M. Bagley III PF SAC
Round 9
Pos Team Player
97 Jeff Edgerton R. Rondo PG LAL
98 Ben Miller S. Ibaka PF TOR
99 Mike Barner T. Hardaway Jr. SF NY
100 Chris Towers E. Fournier SG ORL
101 Oscar Heanue J. Jackson SF PHO
102 Kyle McKeown M. Hezonja SF NY
103 D.J. Trainor K. Bazemore SG ATL
104 Stan Son J. Bell PF GS
105 Joel Bartilotta D. Favors PF UTA
106 Alex Barutha J. Redick SG PHI
107 James Anderson A. Aminu PF POR
108 Alex Rikleen T. Young PF IND
Round 10
Pos Team Player
109 Alex Rikleen L. Nance Jr. PF CLE
110 James Anderson E. Gordon SG HOU
111 Alex Barutha C. Anthony SF HOU
112 Joel Bartilotta T. Ariza SF PHO
113 Stan Son W. Carter Jr. PF CHI
114 D.J. Trainor D. Cousins C GS
115 Kyle McKeown R. Hollis-Jefferson PF BKN
116 Oscar Heanue C. Sexton PG CLE
117 Chris Towers D. Collison PG IND
118 Mike Barner A. Bradley SG LAC
119 Ben Miller A. Crabbe SG BKN
120 Jeff Edgerton D. Carroll SF BKN
Round 11
Pos Team Player
121 Jeff Edgerton F. Kaminsky C CHA
122 Ben Miller D. Dedmon C ATL
123 Mike Barner K. Kuzma PF LAL
124 Chris Towers M. Fultz PG PHI
125 Oscar Heanue J. Brown SG BOS
126 Kyle McKeown W. Cauley-Stein C SAC
127 D.J. Trainor K. Porzingis PF NY
128 Stan Son B. Bogdanovic SG SAC
129 Joel Bartilotta R. Hood SG CLE
130 Alex Barutha D. Schroder PG OKC
131 James Anderson D. Sabonis C IND
132 Alex Rikleen I. Thomas PG DEN
Round 12
Pos Team Player
133 Alex Rikleen P. Beverley PG LAC
134 James Anderson C. LeVert SF BKN
135 Alex Barutha M. Brogdon PG MIL
136 Joel Bartilotta K. Knox SF NY
137 Stan Son M. Monk SG CHA
138 D.J. Trainor S. Dinwiddie PG BKN
139 Kyle McKeown J. McGee C LAL
140 Oscar Heanue J. Johnson PF MIA
141 Chris Towers G. Hill PG CLE
142 Mike Barner D. Augustin PG ORL
143 Ben Miller D. Gallinari SF LAC
144 Jeff Edgerton M. Bamba C ORL
Round 13
Pos Team Player
145 Jeff Edgerton M. Smart SG BOS
146 Ben Miller D. Nowitzki C DAL
147 Mike Barner S. Johnson SF DET
148 Chris Towers N. Noel C OKC
149 Oscar Heanue R. Gay SF SA
150 Kyle McKeown J. Lamb SG CHA
151 D.J. Trainor T. Gibson PF MIN
152 Stan Son J. Poeltl C SA
153 Joel Bartilotta M. Gortat C LAC
154 Alex Barutha K. Olynyk PF MIA
155 James Anderson J. Winslow SF MIA
156 Alex Rikleen B. Marjanovic C LAC
Team by Team
Jeff Edgerton
Rd Pk Player
1 1 G. Antetokounmpo PF MIL
2 24 K. Lowry PG TOR
3 25 D. Mitchell SG UTA
4 48 D. Russell PG BKN
5 49 G. Dragic PG MIA
6 72 D. Howard C WAS
7 73 A. Wiggins SF MIN
8 96 M. Bagley III PF SAC
9 97 R. Rondo PG LAL
10 120 D. Carroll SF BKN
11 121 F. Kaminsky C CHA
12 144 M. Bamba C ORL
13 145 M. Smart SG BOS
Ben Miller
Rd Pk Player
1 2 A. Davis PF NO
2 23 K. Walker PG CHA
3 26 B. Beal SG WAS
4 47 A. Gordon SF ORL
5 50 J. Murray SG DEN
6 71 R. Covington SF PHI
7 74 W. Barton SF DEN
8 95 B. Hield SG SAC
9 98 S. Ibaka PF TOR
10 119 A. Crabbe SG BKN
11 122 D. Dedmon C ATL
12 143 D. Gallinari SF LAC
13 146 D. Nowitzki C DAL
Mike Barner
Rd Pk Player
1 3 J. Harden SG HOU
2 22 J. Holiday PG NO
3 27 K. Love C CLE
4 46 K. Thompson SG GS
5 51 J. Collins PF ATL
6 70 J. Randle PF NO
7 75 J. Teague PG MIN
8 94 E. Kanter C NY
9 99 T. Hardaway Jr. SF NY
10 118 A. Bradley SG LAC
11 123 K. Kuzma PF LAL
12 142 D. Augustin PG ORL
13 147 S. Johnson SF DET
Chris Towers
Rd Pk Player
1 4 K. Towns C MIN
2 21 C. Paul PG HOU
3 28 D. Booker SG PHO
4 45 C. Capela C HOU
5 52 M. Conley PG MEM
6 69 H. Barnes PF DAL
7 76 K. Anderson PF MEM
8 93 J. Jackson Jr. PF MEM
9 100 E. Fournier SG ORL
10 117 D. Collison PG IND
11 124 M. Fultz PG PHI
12 141 G. Hill PG CLE
13 148 N. Noel C OKC
Oscar Heanue
Rd Pk Player
1 5 R. Westbrook PG OKC
2 20 D. DeRozan SG SA
3 29 D. Green PF GS
4 44 B. Griffin PF DET
5 53 D. Jordan C DAL
6 68 H. Whiteside C MIA
7 77 J. Parker SF CHI
8 92 D. Fox PG SAC
9 101 J. Jackson SF PHO
10 116 C. Sexton PG CLE
11 125 J. Brown SG BOS
12 140 J. Johnson PF MIA
13 149 R. Gay SF SA
Kyle McKeown
Rd Pk Player
1 6 K. Durant SF GS
2 19 K. Irving PG BOS
3 30 E. Bledsoe PG MIL
4 43 D. Ayton PF PHO
5 54 K. Dunn PG CHI
6 67 L. Ball PG LAL
7 78 D. Murray PG SA
8 91 T. Waller-Prince SF ATL
9 102 M. Hezonja SF NY
10 115 R. Hollis-Jefferson PF BKN
11 126 W. Cauley-Stein C SAC
12 139 J. McGee C LAL
13 150 J. Lamb SG CHA
D.J. Trainor
Rd Pk Player
1 7 L. James PF LAL
2 18 A. Drummond C DET
3 31 C. McCollum SG POR
4 42 N. Vucevic C ORL
5 55 Z. LaVine SG CHI
6 66 O. Porter SF WAS
7 79 E. Payton PG NO
8 90 J. Tatum SF BOS
9 103 K. Bazemore SG ATL
10 114 D. Cousins C GS
11 127 K. Porzingis PF NY
12 138 S. Dinwiddie PG BKN
13 151 T. Gibson PF MIN
Stan Son
Rd Pk Player
1 8 S. Curry PG GS
2 17 V. Oladipo SG IND
3 32 M. Gasol C MEM
4 41 T. Harris SF LAC
5 56 J. Allen C BKN
6 65 L. Doncic PG DAL
7 80 L. Williams SG LAC
8 89 J. Isaac SF ORL
9 104 J. Bell PF GS
10 113 W. Carter Jr. PF CHI
11 128 B. Bogdanovic SG SAC
12 137 M. Monk SG CHA
13 152 J. Poeltl C SA
Joel Bartilotta
Rd Pk Player
1 9 N. Jokic C DEN
2 16 J. Wall PG WAS
3 33 R. Gobert C UTA
4 40 P. Millsap PF DEN
5 57 D. Smith Jr. PG DAL
6 64 N. Batum SG CHA
7 81 J. Nurkic C POR
8 88 T. Young PG ATL
9 105 D. Favors PF UTA
10 112 T. Ariza SF PHO
11 129 R. Hood SG CLE
12 136 K. Knox SF NY
13 153 M. Gortat C LAC
Alex Barutha
Rd Pk Player
1 10 D. Lillard PG POR
2 15 J. Embiid C PHI
3 34 K. Middleton SF MIL
4 39 G. Hayward SF BOS
5 58 T. Evans SG IND
6 63 N. Mirotic PF NO
7 82 J. Ingles SF UTA
8 87 J. Valanciunas C TOR
9 106 J. Redick SG PHI
10 111 C. Anthony SF HOU
11 130 D. Schroder PG OKC
12 135 M. Brogdon PG MIL
13 154 K. Olynyk PF MIA
James Anderson
Rd Pk Player
1 11 J. Butler SG MIN
2 14 B. Simmons PG PHI
3 35 A. Horford PF BOS
4 38 L. Aldridge PF SA
5 59 S. Adams C OKC
6 62 R. Rubio PG UTA
7 83 B. Ingram SF LAL
8 86 D. Saric PF PHI
9 107 A. Aminu PF POR
10 110 E. Gordon SG HOU
11 131 D. Sabonis C IND
12 134 C. LeVert SF BKN
13 155 J. Winslow SF MIA
Alex Rikleen
Rd Pk Player
1 12 P. George SF OKC
2 13 K. Leonard SF TOR
3 36 G. Harris SG DEN
4 37 M. Turner C IND
5 60 J. Richardson SF MIA
6 61 L. Markkanen PF CHI
7 84 B. Lopez C MIL
8 85 R. Jackson PG DET
9 108 T. Young PF IND
10 109 L. Nance Jr. PF CLE
11 132 I. Thomas PG DEN
12 133 P. Beverley PG LAC
13 156 B. Marjanovic C LAC
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