Fantasy Basketball Rankings: The Definitive Top 5 Players

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Fantasy Basketball Rankings: The Definitive Top 5 Players
Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Most of your fantasy drafts may be happening this week—if they haven't already—which means that your scouting should be near complete.  Right now, you all have plans for what you want your team to be offense or defense oriented, and only one question remains: In the first round, who will you select to be the cornerstone of your fantasy team?

Simply put, unless you're the type of person who drafts a team by picking names out of a hat, it's hard to mess up the first round.  The key here is to just pick the best player available, as most of the guys near the top of the board will provide excellent numbers in most major categories, be it points scored and field goal percentage or those two statistics plus rebounds.  No matter how you look at it, the player you take with your first-round pick will be a lock to put up incredible numbers night after night, barring a major injury.

Be it Kevin Durant (pictured), LeBron James or somebody else completely, there's no denying that when it comes to fantasy basketball, the group of players that can regularly be relied on for greatness is exclusive.  If you can get your hands on one of them come draft time, then your team may be set on that alone.

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