2017-18 fantasy basketball draft kit

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2017-18 Insider fantasy basketball draft kit cheat sheets
To make things as easy as possible for you, we've consolidated our experts' key tips into a downloadable/printable PDF cheat sheet to give you the winning edge in your drafts.

2017-18 fantasy basketball rankings/tiers cheat sheets
We've consolidated rankings and tiers for roto and points leagues into downloadable/printable PDF cheat sheets. Plus, a handy NBA schedule grid for looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs.

Joe Kaiser's ultimate draft board
When you've done as many preseason drafts as our expert has, you begin to see the best spots to draft certain players. Here is a look at who you should take and when.

Which 76ers do you want in fantasy drafts?
The 76ers' roster is deep on talent but short on clarity, so it's not easy to peg exactly when you should draft the likes of No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz. Eric Karabell offers some guidance.

Fantasy hoops: Derrick Favors among deep sleepers
Remember when Jeremy Lin came out of nowhere in 2012 and helped win myriad fantasy leagues? Jim McCormick has some potential difference-makers you can select in the later rounds of your drafts this season.

ESPN Fantasy Basketball 101
Thinking about trying fantasy basketball this season? Here is everything you need to know, so you can join the fun.

Fantasy hoops: Paul George vs. Jimmy Butler
The fantasy value of these stars is in flux after they changed teams during the offseason. Who is the better choice in fantasy drafts? Our experts debate.

Is Russell Westbrook the king of fantasy hoops?
Russ messed around and averaged a triple-double last season, but are Karl-Anthony Towns, James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo better options in points or roto leagues?

Sleepers, breakouts and busts
Every season, the manager in your league who avoids flops, nabs at least one breakout player and finds values others are sleeping on during the draft comes out on top. Heed our experts' picks, so you can be that manager this time.

In-depth injury outlooks for Embiid, Simmons, Thomas, Kawhi and more
You can't make serious decisions about when to select dinged-up players in fantasy games without understanding their injuries, recovery and restrictions for 2017-18. Stephania Bell breaks it all down for you.

Do not draft list: Why you should think twice about D12 and Jokic
Acing your draft isn't just about sleepers and breakouts. Avoiding players who will wreck your roster is just as important. Eric Karabell won't be drafting Dwight Howard, Nikola Jokic and others. Here's why.

Do draft list: Boogie among players Karabell wants on his teams
If you want to make the most of your drafts, be sure to select several of the players our expert keeps putting onto his fantasy hoops squads.

These players will make or break your fantasy hoops season
Should you believe in Kristaps Porzingis, Gordon Hayward and Hassan Whiteside? Will Joel Embiid be better than Russell Westbrook? John Cregan has 10 players who could build or wreck your title hopes.

Top position battles to watch in fantasy basketball
Which NBA position battles will be crucial for fantasy basketball success? Joe Kaiser breaks down the biggest, led by a guard battle in Denver.

Fantasy hoops rookie ranks: Why Lonzo Ball isn't No. 1
Nobody has had more hype than the Lakers' top pick, but another rookie has more upside this season. Here's a look at the top 10, plus some sleepers and value plays.

Top faces in new places
With so much high-end player movement during the offseason, the fantasy value of myriad players has been altered dramatically -- and not just those players who changed teams. Jim McCormick breaks it down.

Second-year breakouts
Rookies get all of the hype among young ballers, but second-year players are in a better position to actually break out in fantasy. John Cregan has 10-plus players to consider, including the Gronk of fantasy hoops and a potential future Shawn Marion.

Mock drafts

Fantasy hoops mock draft: Position-less 10-team points
In our latest mock, we emulated the modern position-less NBA, going with 10 utility spots in our starting lineups. Check out how the draft went down.

Fantasy hoops mock draft: 12-team roto
How did the first round of superstars flesh out? Where did the rookies go? How about up-and-comers like Myles Turner, Kristaps Porzingis and Julius Randle? Our experts give their thoughts on our latest mock draft.

10-team head-to-head points mock draft
The difference in player values and draft strategies changes dramatically in points leagues compared to roto systems. Our experts give their thoughts on our latest mock draft.

10-team roto mock draft
We tip off the 2017-18 fantasy hoops preseason with our first mock draft. Who went first? Who slid out of the top 10? Where did the top rookies go?


Top-150 rotisserie rankings
Joe Kaiser ranks his top 150 players for fantasy basketball leagues that use eight-category (points, 3s, assists, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goal percentage and free throw percentage) rotisserie (roto) scoring systems.

Roto draft tiers by position
Knowing which positions are the deepest and shallowest goes a long way on draft day. Joe Kaiser is here to help, breaking down each position into tiers.

Top-150 points rankings
Jim McCormick ranks his top 150 players for fantasy basketball leagues that use standard ESPN points-league scoring systems.

Points draft tiers by position
Ranking players is the first step to a successful draft, but our expert breaks his points-league rankings into tiers by position for an extra edge in your drafts.

Profiles and projections

Player profiles
Wondering how roles, minutes, coaches and injuries will affect each notable fantasy basketball player as we head into the 2017-18 campaign? We have you covered.

Player profiles by position
PG | SG | SF | PF | C | G | F | Util

Sortable player projections
Every point, rebound, steal, 3-pointer, block, turnover, steal, shot and free throw taken makes a difference in fantasy. We have them all projected for you right here.

Player projections by position
PG | SG | SF | PF | C | G | F | Util


Draft strategy

General pre-draft strategy
Winning your league actually begins well before your draft tips off. Tom Carpenter has a game plan to get you as prepared as possible to construct a championship squad on draft day.

Roto league strategy
Are you preparing for a rotisserie-style draft this season? Then read Jim McCormick's strategy, so you have every angle covered before the clock starts ticking down to your first pick.

Points league strategy
Drafting successfully in your points leagues requires some different thinking and preparation than what you do in roto formats.

Auction league strategy
Want to win your auction league draft? John Cregan has every angle covered, from breaking down your budget to valuing players to why AC/DC and a Manhattan could make all the difference.

DFS strategy

General DFS strategy
Whether it's researching minutes per game, usage rate or pace, building a winning lineup in NBA DFS comes down to these 11 easy steps provided by Joe Kaiser.

DFS roster-building strategy
To build winning NBA DFS lineups, you'll need to construct a well-rounded roster. Renee Miller provides key strategies on how to fill out each roster spot to give you the best chances for success.

In-season strategy

General in-season strategy
Whether this is your first season playing fantasy hoops or you are a grizzled veteran, Jim McCormick has something that will give you an edge on your opponents during the season.

Managing games played in roto
Draft strategy is important, but so is knowing how to handle your roster in-season. Here is how to best manage your games played to maximize your roster's potential.

Head-to-head playoff strategy
Before the fantasy basketball playoffs arrive, you can do a lot to give yourself the best shot at beating your opponents and walking away with the trophy.


ESPN Fantasy Basketball 101
Thinking about trying fantasy basketball this season? Here is everything you need to know, so you can join the fun.

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Mock draft lobby
Take part in some mock drafts to work out the kinks before your real ones -- practice makes perfect.

ADP (average draft position)
Get a leg up on your opponents by knowing where each player is being selected in ESPN drafts, so you can get the best value possible.

Schedule grid
Plan ahead for your head-to-head playoffs, so you draft players who have quality schedules and avoid those who play fewer games down the stretch.

Analytics glossary
Wondering what things like eFG%, pace, usage rate and CARMELO mean? Seth Walder explains each notable advanced analytics NBA term so you can make the most of them in fantasy.