Zen of Fantasy Basketball: There Is No Bad Draft Position

Tommy LandryCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2010

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It is still very early and many fantasy enthusiasts are currently focused on preparing for their fantasy football drafts. Regardless, the most successful fantasy basketball players are already thinking about how they will approach their draft.

This post is the first of a series focused on having the right mindset for your draft before you dive in head first.

Draft mindset: There is no bad draft position

Fantasy players spend a lot of time, often outrageous time and effort, debating over whom to take in the first round. They want to know where they will pick as soon as possible, as though there is some magic decision to be made that will drive their whole season.

You can find countless debates online about which players deserve to be considered as the top overall pick, or among the top three (See my Chris Paul analysis for an example). Fantasy experts hold one-man mock drafts, do comparisons between average draft position (ADP) and potential value, and offer their own rankings and projections.

There are no bad draft positions, only bad drafters.

Surely, landing an elite multi-category contributor early in round one is the preferred route for every single one of us. The issue with taking such a myopic approach to your draft is that you can drop the ball on building out an elite roster overall.

Think about this for a second, if you draw the short straw and end up with the last pick in a 12-team league, you can have one of two mindsets:

  1. "Oh great, I drew the last pick. So I get stuck with the worst number one pick in the league."
  2. "Interesting, so I get two of the top 13 overall players in the game. Sweet!"

See the difference? Your draft position becomes less and less important with each passing round. You need to know who will get playing time, avoid guys who may disappoint, and snag your sleepers with upside late.

Drafting is about building a complete roster, where you have talent and depth at all positions. Let others waste their time obsessing over where they pick, and focus your efforts on evaluating the draft from a holistic perspective. Get the first pick right, but get them all right as well.


This article originally appeared on Examiner.com.