The 2010-2011 NBA season is almost upon us, which means fantasy hoops drafts are right around the corner. Hopefully your football team is playing well and keeping you busy, and maybe you're in the baseball playoffs too.
But, if you're like me, your baseball team missed the playoffs and you're facing the real possibility of starting 0-3 in football, which means basketball season can't start soon enough.
Every year a shrewd owner makes a few picks that leave the rest of the league scratching their heads.
Maybe they just took a guy you never heard of, or maybe they just took some underachiever four rounds before you would have. Or even worse, they landed a bona fide stud with one of their last picks.
Inevitably, those head scratchers are usually the players that separate the winners from the losers. Those no-names your opponent lands have a way of making them look really smart.
You know the owner I'm talking about, there's one in every league. You probably still remember the players they stole in the draft too.
In last year's drafts, Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans, and Brandon Jennings were among the biggest steals, but it goes beyond rookies.
Veteran players step up every year, and young playmakers frequently break out after disappointing the previous season.
Knowing which players to target in your draft gives you a major advantage once the first few rounds pass.
It doesn't take much insight to know that LeBron, Durant, Kobe, etc. are studs. Those picks aren't the ones that win titles. Fantasy Championships are won in the middle to late rounds.
While other owners flounder and load up on well-known commodities you can sit back and draft with confidence, knowing that these 25 players (5 at each position) have a good chance of making you the owner who looks like a genius six months later.