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New Fantasy Hoops Insider Blog: Stereotypes of an NBA Fantasy Draft

By Brent Veale @MrTrain

With the NBA Fantasy season around the corner I thought I’d take a look at the different types of owners you’ll encounter on draft day. If you’re someone that partakes in the fantasy sports your most likely one or more of these stereotypes on draft day.

THE DOCTOR: loves to point out drafted players’ injury history and gives bleak predictions for their future.

THE NUMBERS GUY: Has their own rankings that are mocked by some, but truth is they’re the most dangerous in the draft and will most likely have a team full of high upside and efficient guys that will be fantasy beasts complimenting each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

THE NAME DRAFTER: Feels a warm and fuzzy feeling from looking at a team full of household names that we all know and love. Will probably take players like Jason Terry, Gerald Wallace and Amare in the late rounds evolving into past glory guy, which is the next stereotype and only a short walk from a name drafter.

PAST GLORY GUY: Could reach high for the likes of Kobe and Wade. Maybe even take Garnett too early because its KG, His awesome!… No, he used to be and same goes for Steve Nash. We can all be guilty of turning into past glory guy in the last rounds of the draft, selecting some old star just as a victory cigar after a successful draft.

RANKING SLAVE: Will almost always take the best available player every time and stray no further than the top 20 best available.

INJURED HOARDER: This person believes in miracles, has drafted Andrew Bynum in the last few years and is the same type of guy that drafted Gallinari last year and refused to drop him until late Feb. If you look at this person’s team after the draft it’ll be all red DTDs and Os as far as the eye can see. They’ll spend the season crippled by injuries telling themselves it’ll get better. Only thing is, when it does it’s too late to matter.

THE POSITION LOVER: Will keep telling people in the draft chat that they need a certain position but won’t stop drafting (insert position here).

STAT STUFFER GUY: Will target guys that are not exceptional at any one thing but they do a little of everything. Iggy and Kawhi Leonard are good examples and Kyle Lowry is this person’s ideal PG.

THE “I WAS GONNA TAKE HIM” GUY: Spends the draft feeling more anxious than a one eyed cat watching 2 mouse holes and lamenting his rushed picks. This person is not having any luck or a good time, complaining that all their targeted guys are just falling short of their picks and can very easily become the next stereotype.

THE “HE’S ON THE BLOCK” GUY: Will tell everyone the player they just drafted is on the trading block. We’ve all probably been guilty of this one, it could be a rushed pick because the guy you wanted went just before you, or a player you despise that was only drafted because you couldn’t pass on their talent. Telling everyone this player is on the block can release some of that anger and disgust you have for yourself and can be a somewhat cathartic experience.

THE REACHER: Is the premature ejaculator of draft night, this person can think they’re the smartest person in the league, drafting 50+ spots back in the rankings way too early in the draft and getting a bit too excited.
You could be this person if you drafted Jeff Green in the second round last year or thinking of taking Giannis Antetokounmpo at the same place this year.

THE COLLEGE FAN: Has watched the entire draft class play in college and expects the similar production in the NBA. Would have taken Jimmer in the 5th round his rookie year and by the end of the draft they’ll have more than a few rookies that will prove to be useless on their team.

THE BIG GUY: By the end of the draft this team will have more big men than a Yao Ming look-alike contest. Some dudes love to draft too many bigs and it’s hard for some people to understand this strategy (and rightly so).

THE LITTLE GUY: There’s always someone that hoards a heap of good PGs and also recognises that the SG position is the hardest to fill so they take a heap of them. This person will usually trade up a storm to fill out their teams holes before the season starts.

THE SUPERFAN: They’re a (insert team here) fan so has to own every player on that roster because no one is better than the players on this person’s favorite team.

ROOKIE RENTER: Mid-way through the draft they’re taking any rookie that looks half decent just so they can be sold when they’re value is high early in the season. Cashing in when a rookie explodes onto the scene before he cools off as teams scout them more.

THE AUTOPICK GUY: It could be work or family that isn’t allowing them to draft their team, but they’re at the mercy of the rest of the league and are left with whatever players we don’t want.

THE “WE NEED ONE MORE GUY” GUY: the draft is in a few days but there’s still one team left to fill. Gene from accounting comes to the rescue having no idea what’s going on, with only a tenuous grasp on the current NBA, but his just happy to be included. This person is a complete wildcard and could become an NBA fantasy junkie or the final stereotype.

DRAFT AND DASHER: This is for the people that you know will become a ghost after your league’s draft day, leaving their once promising team in shambles is sometimes hard for us serious players to watch. They usually have a player or 2 you’d love to trade for but you know there’s no one behind the wheel of this team after week 2. But it’s a fact of the fantasy game, it’s not for everyone, but hey they had a crack so it’s like some kid said; “good job, great effort”.

Happy NBA Fantasy draft season everyone.
@MrTrain

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New Fantasy Hoops Insider Blog: Experts Mock Draft Team Recap

by Matt Smith @SmanSports

Over the past two weeks I have been participating in an industry experts slow mock draft, organised by Zack Rewis over at The Fantasy Fix.

This mock draft contained some of the best fantasy minds in the business including Rotoworld’s Steve Alexander and Fantasy Alarm’s Mark Kaplan who Josh and Fantasy Moses both spoke with last season on podcast 98 and 96 respectively.

This was a Rotisserie scoring, 8 category (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, threes, FG%, FT%) 12 team draft comprising of 15 rounds.
I was lucky enough to land pick 2. The following is a run down of my selections and the thought process behind each pick:

Pick 2 – Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)

The debate continues around Davis or LeBron. I am bullish about Davis’s ability and fantasy ranking and this was the perfect test to build a roster around him. Like some,I don’t have the ‘injury prone’ label on him and believe Davis will play 75+ games this season for two significant reasons: Davis is reportedly bigger and stronger than last season, already putting on around 15 pounds of muscle; and the signing of Omer Asik will allow Davis to play power forward, as opposed to center, where he doesn’t have to play as much of a physical game night after night, thus increasing his durability.

Coming into his third season, Davis will again improve and he could easily average 22 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals, 3 blocks whilst shooting 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. If he can do that he will be the consensus number 2 fantasy player in the game.

Pick 23 – Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
I was targeting Kyle Lowry with this pick however he was drafted with pick 22. Once he was off the board I couldn’t turn down Drummond for two reasons: 1) This pick builds on Davis’s strengths and I should now dominate rebounds, blocks and FG%. Additionally, both Davis and Drummond also offer 1.2+ steals from the PF/C position which is rare; 2) As a tactical move i couldn’t let the next owner have a Kevin Durant/Andre Drummond duo, which in my mind is the deadliest combo in the game.

Pick 26 – Goran Dragic (Phoenix Suns)
It was time to grab a solid point guard here and with Lillard, Irving and Bledsoe already off the board Dragic was my guy. Regardless if Bledsoe is a Sun or not, Dragic is guaranteed a back court starters role with consistent minutes. He offers a superb assists/steals/threes combo, as any good point guard should, and continues my strong assault of FG%. Derrick Rose came under very strong consideration here also.

Pick 47 – Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks)
Rounds 2 and 3 saw the usual point guard run, with 8 point guards being drafted inside 11 picks. I think this ranking is about spot on for Teague who can show glimpses of being worthy of a second or third round pick at times. Here’s hoping that he can have a consistent season and a healthy Al Horford can ease the offensive pressure on him.

Pick 50 – Isaiah Thomas (Phoenix Suns)
What can I say, I love point guards. Thomas’s rankings is very hard to gauge right now with Bledsoe still working through contract negotiations. If Bledsoe leaves Phoenix, Thomas should start at point guard (moving Dragic to shooting guard) opening up significant playing time and thus seeing his ranking rocket back inside the top 30. If Bledsoe stays a Sun, Thomas will come off the bench and could play 25-30 minutes per game making him a borderline top 50 player.
Drafting three point guards in a row, all who are very good free throw shooters, increases my FT% ranking. They all make up for Drummond’s deficiency, therefore there’s no need to tank that category.

Pick 71 – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
There’s no hiding the fact that I want Antetokounmpo on my fantasy teams this season – so much so, I seriously considered drafting him with my previous selection at pick 50.

The talk about him handling some of the point guard duties and running the offence is a great sign for his fantasy value. I can see him averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while flirting with a three, steal and block per game – a Nicolas Batum-esque type line. If my predictions are correct he should finish the season a top 50 player making him a steal at pick 71.

If that’s not enough, he will likely be SG, SF and PF eligible in most formats with the realistic chance to add PG eligibility to that during the season, giving teams incredible roster flexibility.
Pick 74 – Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
After the All-star break last season Faried averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and shot 54% from the field. As he enters his fourth season I’d expect 15-16 points per game with similar peripheral stats from Faried. He continues to build on my Davis/Drummond platform of rebounds and FG% whilst providing handy steals and blocks.

Pick 95 – DeMarre Carroll (Atlanta Hawks)
After seven picks I had three points guards, three power forward/centers and a versatile Antetokounmpo.
I was targeting Carroll with this pick who had a very strong second half to last season. He contributes across all categories with steals and threes a strong suit, two categories that complement my trio of guards. If he isn’t ranked inside the top 80 players at the end of the season I’d be very surprised.

Pick 98 – Jordan Hill (Los Angeles Lakers)
A sleeper pick of mine who should fill the opening at the center position for the Lakers, left by Pau Gasol. I think Boozer will play at power forward with Julius Randle behind him off the bench. If Hill can get 30 minutes per game, which I think he will, he should easily average a double-double this season. Keep him in mind at this point of your drafts.

Pick 119 – Gerald Green ((Phoenix Suns)
My trio of guards gave me a nice start in three pointers made however I don’t have a specialist in that area. Guys like Kyle Korver, Jodie Meeks, JJ Redick and Jamal Crawford all came off the board in the 15 picks prior. Like Thomas, Green’s value is attached to Eric Bledsoe, but for a guy who made the 4th most three pointers in the league last season, and either way is locked into the Suns high tempo offensive rotation, I’ll take him.

Pick 122 – JR Smith (New York Knicks)
Back to back three point specialists around the 120 mark who both finished inside the top 10 in 3 pointers made last season = great value!
Both guys should easily stay in the top 15 for threes made this coming season and although JR is erratic, frustrating and unties opponents shoe laces he can also provide a huge boost in this category.

Pick 143 – Kendall Marshall (Milwaukee Bucks)
Another sleeper pick here. It’s still to be determined if Marshall will be the starting point guard or a backup off the bench for the Bucks. At this point in the draft I’ll take the chance that he starts and averages 7-8 assists which he is more than capable of.

Pick 146 – Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)
This is probably my favorite pick of my whole roster. At least one of two things are going to happen in Minnesota – Kevin Love gets traded and/or Nikola Pekovic gets injured. Either way this is brilliant news for Dieng who came out nowhere at the end of last season to average 12 points, 12 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.7 blocks, 0.9 steals and shot 50% from the field in 12 games as a starter.
Highlight his name on your rankings sheet.

Pick 167 – Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Clippers)
Any rookies with fantasy potential were well and truly gone by this stage. Barnes was one of a handful of starters left available and averaged 1.9 threes as a starter last season. He’s worth a shot as a backup SF if your league is this deep.

Pick 170 – Donatas Motiejunas (Houston Rockets)
Motiejunas will be the sole big-man backing up Howard and Terrence Jones for the Rockets. He may be able to see 20 minutes of playing time but should Howard or Jones miss time, he will well and truly come into fantasy calculations.

Overall, I’m really happy with the composition of this roster. I have a perfect blend of elite talent, solid fantasy players who you can rely on and some young, up-and-coming sleepers who could breakout in a big way this season. Most importantly it’s a roster which is competitive across every category and should see me towards the top of the standings – if this were a real league.

You can read more about draft strategy, composition and preparation in our inaugural Fantasy Hoops Insider Draft Kit which will be out soon.

If you have any questions, comments or would like to know where a certain player was drafted, you can tweet me @SmanSports