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With both my fantasy drafts successfully under the belt, I can finally divulge my secrets without worrying about my leaguemates stealing my tips. Let’s get started.

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My Top 10 (standard head-to-head scoring)

  1. Kevin Durant
  2. LeBron James
  3. James Harden
  4. Kevin Love
  5. Chris Paul
  6. Steph Curry
  7. Kyrie Irving
  8. Marc Gasol
  9. Paul George
  10. Derrick Rose

Next in: Carmelo Anthony, Serge Ibaka

Mock Draft

Here’s how it went down in my 12 team league last night:

  1. Kevin Durant- Nothing to see here. Durant’s a stud in every category and somehow gets better every year.
  2. LeBron James- James is as good as it gets; the gap between him and Durant is tiny compared to the rest of the league.
  3. James Harden- Last year’s breakout season was no fluke: Harden is a fantasy stud. Solid choice at 3.
  4. Steph Curry- Our first slight reach, but it’s hard to hate on the pick. Steph was a machine last year, but can he stay healthy once again?
  5. Chris Paul- A perennial top five pick for a reason. No one can touch his combination of steals and assists.
  6. Kevin Love- He struggled last year, but he’s fully healthy again. Expect 70+ double doubles.
  7. Derrick Rose- A surprise as the one Knicks fan in my league took Chicago’s finest. Love the pick, of course.
  8. Kyrie Irving- He’s been a beast since he entered the league, but always seems to be banged up. An 80 game season would be huge for his value.
  9. Paul George- Not sure why ESPN projects PG to score 4.0 more PPG in roughly the same minutes, but he proved last year that he contributes across the board like very few others.
  10. Marc Gasol- The least sexiest name here by far, but his ability to contribute in every category as a center is unmatchable.
  11. Carmelo Anthony- The perfect fantasy player. Reigning scoring champ. Almost a bargain at 11.
  12. Serge Ibaka- His blocks are insanely elite, but he proved last year he can help out in more than a couple categories.
  13. John Wall- A bit of a reach (for me) here, but Wall was unstoppable when he got going last year and him and Beal are a match made in heaven. 20-8-4 is very possible.
  14. Nic Batum- Another jack-of-all-trades guy. If he ever makes “the jump”, he’ll be a first round pick.
  15. Anthony Davis- A big reach for Geo, but it could pay off immensely. The league is prepared for Davis to emerge as a superstar this season.
  16. Deron Williams- First round value if his ankle’s fine. Enough concern lingered that Ty-Ty got nice value here.
  17. Al Jefferson- Maybe a reach, especially if his ankle sprain is serious, but Al Jeff will be the go-to guy in Charlotte. Lots of opportunity.
  18. Dwight Howard- A little high because of his abysmal free throw shooting, but if you can handle it, he’s great. Expect a bounce back year from 2012-13’s disappointing (for Dwight) numbers.
  19. Dwyane Wade- Terrific value here. Age concerns scared everyone off, but Wade is a perennial top 10 or 15 finisher on the player rater.
  20. Al Horford- Not sexy, but valuable. I’m excited to see how Al and Millsap play together in the ATL.
  21. LaMarcus Aldridge- He’s primed for a big year as Portland will be pushing for the playoffs. Solid value.
  22. Josh Smith- Another player whose free throw shooting really holds him back. Excellent across the board besides that.
  23. Damian Lillard- His rookie year was no fluke, and after playing the most minutes in the league last year, should have plenty of opportunity to follow up nicely.
  24. Mike Conley- Not a household name, but he’s a low key fantasy stud. Elite steals combined with nice assists and three pointers. Definitely a bit of a reach.

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 Jack-of-all-trades

These guys can help you contribute in every category without offering a major weakness outside of maybe one stat. They’re good fits on almost any kind of team. (Not including the obvious LeBron James and Kevin Durant)

  • Marc Gasol
  • Paul George
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Nic Batum
  • Josh Smith
  • Joakim Noah
  • Paul Millsap
  • Andre Iguodala

Value Picks

These are players who, for some reason or another, I think are too low in ESPN’s standard rankings.

  • Derrick Rose
  • Dwyane Wade
  • John Wall
  • Mike Conley
  • Tim Duncan
  • Paul Millsap
  • Pau Gasol
  • Andre Iguodala
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Jonas Valanciunas
  • Nikola Pekovic
  • Chandler Parsons
  • Raymond Felton
  • J.J. Redick
  • Danilo Gallinari

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Detroit Pistons

Sleepers

  1. Andre Drummond- Big minutes, big production. Trust.
  2. Gordon Hayward- Utah’s best kept secret will become a little more well-known this year.
  3. Andrew Bogut- Great team, great fit. Gotta stay healthy.
  4. Kevin Martin- Too undervalued not to go here. #2 option after Love.
  5. Patrick Beverly- A bit of a deep sleeper (comatose?), but he was really good when he got minutes last year. If Houston somehow moves Lin, becomes very valuable.
  6. Russell Westbrook- Not a traditional sleeper, but if you’re in a head-to-head league, you can take him any time after the first couple rounds. This isn’t Derrick Rose last year–Westbrook will be back as fast as humanly possible with a chip on his shoulder. Top seven value as soon as he returns.

Busts

  1. Deron Williams- Should have a fine enough year, but injuries and other stars in town mean he probably won’t be worth the first round pick some will spend on him.
  2. Joakim Noah- I love Jo, but don’t reach for him this year. He hasn’t been close to healthy all preseason and Thibs will ride him hard as long as he’s on the floor this year. Scary stuff for Bulls fans.
  3. Ersan Ilyasova- He very well could end up justifying his ranking, but a bum ankle and history of slow starts is a bad omen. If he struggles out the gate again, your team could be out of contention by the time he’s worth the pick.
  4. Kobe Bryant- I don’t believe he’s near returning nor do I expect to see the same old Kobe. Too many people do. Achilles injuries are FOR REAL and the Lakers aren’t going to be very good.
  5. Steve Nash- Looked awfully pedestrian often times last year and has had a preseason from hell. I’m not high on the Lakers this year, clearly.

That’s all I’ve got for you guys now, but feel free to email me at jweiner13@gmail.com with any more questions you might have.

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