Average Draft Position is important to remember when you enter your fantasy basketball drafts this month. If you do you homework, you will know which players are being undervalued and who is being overvalued, as well as the same for certain positions.
*I made slight adjustments to the order so that each team filled in all its starters (PG, SG, G, SG, SF, PF, F, C, UTIL, UTIL) before adding bench players.
Kevin Durant's injury pushes him down from 1st overall in the Yahoo ADP Mock, to 6th overall in ESPN. Could be a steal, could also ruin this guys season, only time will tell. I for one will not be drafting him, unless I have one of the last 2 picks in the 1st round and he is still available.
Team 10 (Lillard/Cousins), Team 8 (Westbrook/Jefferson) and Team 4 (Paul/Nowitzki) were the only teams to pair a PG with a PF/C. 5 teams did so on Yahoo. Team 12 (Griffin/Aldridge), Team 11 (Love/Ibaka) and Team 2 (Davis/Drummond) start with 2 bigs, compared to just Team 3 (Davis/Noah) in Yahoo's Mock. Team 9 (Wall/Irving) and Team 3 (Curry/Rose) started with PG/PG. It is important to note that ESPN does not list players with multiple position eligibility.
Team 1 paired up LeBron with Kobe and adds Lawson, leaving him without a PF/C. Only Team 3 (Curry/Rose/Batum) Team 7 (Melo/Leonard/Ellis) and Team 9 (Wall/Irving/Thompson) finished the 3rd round without a PF/C. Yahoo saw 3 teams end the 3rd without a PG, ESPN has 4 teams without one. Team 10 paired up Kings teammates Cousins and Gay.
Team 6 (Durant/Bosh/Milsap/Parker) drafted Jabari Parker as the 1st rookie and WAY to early for my liking. Parker was also the top rookie in the Yahoo Mock, but in the middle of the 5th round. Nerlens Noel was drafted at the end of the 4th in Yahoo, but falls to the back end of the 6th round here, a more fitting value. Team 1 paired up Nuggets teammates Lawson and Faried. Team 12 paired up Clippers Griffin and Jordan.
Rounds 5 & 6
If the 5th round has arrived, and you do not have a PG on your roster, don't do what Team 6 did and skip over Rajon Rondo, Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Parker or Jrue Holiday. Bradley Beal's injury has done little to hurt his value, and sits towards the back end of the 5th round. Pau Gasol goes in the 6th round in both Mocks, and I really like his value this season as a member of the Bulls. Don't be afraid to grab him at the end of the 5th if he can help your team! Team 8 paired up Hornets teammates Jefferson and Stephenson. Team 5 drafted Ariza with Harden on the roster.
Round 7& 8
K.J. McDaniels in the middle of the 8th round is an odd pick as he wasn't even drafted in 12 Yahoo rounds. Another interesting thing, his ESPN profile page has him listed as a SG, but ESPN Fantasy lists him as a SF.
Rounds 9 & 10
Team 6 finally grabbed their PG in Reggie Jackson. Beverley, Chalmers, Burke and Smart were he is only other options. Jared Sullinger is healthy and ready to be an important fantasy basketball player. Keep an eye on him during your drafts!
Rounds 11 & 12
Gorgui Dieng help propel me to a Fantasy Basketball Championship last season, so i will be looking to draft him in the late rounds. Odds are JaVale McGee will not stay healthy (currently is not) and J.J. Hickson is also out. Why are we not drafting Timofey Mozgov?
|Team 1||Team 2||Team 3||Team 4||Team 5||Team 6|
|LeBron James, Cle SF||Anthony Davis, Nor PF||Stephen Curry, GS PG||Chris Paul, LAC PG||James Harden, Hou SG||Kevin Durant*, OKC SF|
|Kobe Bryant, LAL SG||Andre Drummond, Det C||Derrick Rose, Chi PG||Dirk Nowitzki, Dal PF||Kyle Lowry, Tor PG||Chris Bosh, Mia C|
|Ty Lawson, Den PG||Dwight Howard, Hou C||Nicolas Batum, Por SF||Joakim Noah, Chi C||Marc Gasol, Mem C||Paul Millsap, Atl PF|
|Kenneth Faried, Den PF||Chandler Parsons, Dal SF||Nikola Vucevic, Orl C||Dwyane Wade, Mia SG||Eric Bledsoe, Pho PG||Jabari Parker, Mil SF|
|Thaddeus Young, Min SF||Deron Williams, Bkn PG||Derrick Favors, Uta PF||Gordon Hayward, Uta SG||Andrew Wiggins, Min SG||David Lee, GS PF|
|Luol Deng, Mia SF||David West, Ind PF||Nerlens Noel, Phi C||Zach Randolph, Mem PF||Trevor Ariza, Hou SF||Wesley Matthews, Por SG|
|Roy Hibbert, Ind C||Joe Johnson, Bkn SG||Jimmy Butler, Chi SG||Ryan Anderson, Nor PF||Jonas Valanciunas, Tor C||Kyle Korver, Atl SG|
|Elfrid Payton, Orl PG||Darren Collison, Sac PG||Jeremy Lin, LAL PG||Jamal Crawford, LAC SG||Brandon Knight, Mil PG||Arron Afflalo, Den SG|
|Josh McRoberts, Mia PF||Jared Sullinger, Bos PF||Danilo Gallinari, Den SF||Isaiah Thomas, Pho PG||Tobias Harris, Orl PF||Reggie Jackson, OKC PG|
|Trey Burke, Uta PG||Mario Chalmers, Mia PG||Amir Johnson, Tor PF||Tristan Thompson, Cle PF||Julius Randle, LAL PF||Dion Waiters, Cle SG|
|Doug McDermott, Chi SF||Anderson Varejao, Cle C||Tim Hardaway Jr., NY SG||Khris Middleton, Mil SF||Andrew Bogut, GS C||Marcus Smart, Bos PG|
|Gorgui Dieng, Min C||Andrea Bargnani, NY PF||Jameer Nelson, Dal PG||Omer Asik, Nor C||Evan Turner, Bos SG||Shabazz Napier, Mia PG|