The NBA season is just around the corner. Teams will be starting training camp soon, which means it time to prepare for your fantasy draft.
Fantasy basketball is tough. You need to focus on dual eligibility to get the most out of your players. However, the most important thing is finding that gem at the end of the draft. A player that is worth taking a risk on.
There are a few principles I follow when drafting my fantasy team. First, I don't draft from the best teams. You won't find anyone from Boston or Los Angeles (Lakers, not Clippers) on my roster, with the exception of Kobe Bryant. The problem with these teams is they are too good and all you are doing is drafting based on the player's name.
Next, I focus on point guards and power forwards. This covers almost all of the statistical categories. Point guards generally get you assists, steals and a high free throw percentage. Whereas power forwards typically get rebounds, blocks and a high field goal percentage. And both give you points. The problem is I tend to lose turnovers and three-point field goals most weeks.
However, in a standard head-to-head league if you can finish the week 7-2, that is a good week.
Finally, I look to draft players who are poised for a breakout season. Adding to my point above, I don't like drafting "name" players outside of the first few rounds. The problem is you are paying a premium for the name, and they generally aren't worth it.
Fantasy sleepers is an interesting concept, because they are a lot of players that will be called "sleepers." However, fans and analysts who follow the NBA are anticipating they will breakout. A few examples are Anthony Randolph, Darren Collison, Marc Gasol and Marcus Thornton.
All had good seasons last year, with the exception of Randolph, and you should expect them to have a big year in 2010-11.
The players on this list hopefully aren't obvious candidates for a breakout year.