Evan Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu should both add rebounding and defense to a fantasy roster.
We are so used to the NBA moving at a rapid pace, transitioning from the regular season to the playoffs, to the NBA Draft Lottery, to the NBA Finals, to the draft, to free agency, that when there is a lull, we find ourselves asking “now what?”
And there’s not just a lull in the real-life NBA. No, not at all. There’s a lull in fantasy as managers are yearning for another season.
To fill those gaps in the lull that’s happening a tad, we’ll be doing a series of early mock drafts over the next few weeks from different draft spots.
Before we get into the first one, a few notes:
- We are using Yahoo rankings
- We are going to do an 8-cat league
- It’s going to be a 12-team league
- I’ll explain each pick and the reasoning behind it, as well as an end-of-draft recap
Let’s get started by picking from the No. 2 spot.
Round 1, Pick 2:
Joel Embiid (PF/C – PHI)
This was a tough call between Embiid andGiannis Antetokounmpofor me. It’s close across the board, with a slight lean toward Embiid in the majority of the categories. Plus, for narrative street, we have two players who will feel “shunned” for not getting the MVP last year (as ifNikola Jokicwasn’t deserving of it). What’s more, the addition ofJames Hardenhelped Embiid out a ton, as they were the most productive two-man unit off the pick-and-roll (per The Lowe Post podcast).
Round 2, Pick 11:
Devin Booker (SG/SF – PHO)
Let’s run it back again, Phoenix. It feels like there is still a lack of respect put on Booker’s name from a real-life and fantasy perspective. I’ll take the elite scorer and 3-point shooter on a team that loves to push it (ninth-ranked pacing at 99.75). The dual-eligibility helps his case, too.
Round 3, Pick 2:
Darius Garland (PG – CLE)
I wanted a guard here, but which one? I’ll let someone else find out how theDejounte MurrayandTrae Youngpairing goes for fantasy, and while I loveTyrese Haliburton, I’ll take the scoring and team build of Garland over him as a tiebreaker.
Round 4, Pick 11:
Evan Mobley (PF/C – CLE)
I find myself really liking the values in Rounds 3 and 4, and hate that I’m missing out onAnthony Edwards,Cade CunninghamandZion Williamsonin this spot. But since I’m in the two-hole, we’ll assume all of those guys are gone. I’m doubling up on Cavs here with Mobley. I’m getting elite defensive stats and a good FG% from the second-year big man.
Round 5, Pick 2:
Desmond Bane (SG/SF – MEM)
I’m pushing average draft position a bit here, but I’m OK with it. See, I thought about Brandon Ingram, but there’s one ball in New Orleans with Ingram, Williamson andC.J. McCollumall needing and wanting touches.Julius Randlewith a point guard is interesting, as isJosh Giddeyin OKC. Ultimately, I’m going with a homer pick (go Grizz) in Bane. LosingJaren Jackson Jr.to start the season, as well as the departures ofKyle AndersonandDe’Anthony MeltonandJa Morantmissing 15-20 games per year means that Memphis is going to look toward Bane to take another leap forward and be the secondary scorer most nights.
Round 6, Pick 11:
Tyrese Maxey (PG/SG – PHI)
Maxey elevated his game last year and didn’t slow down with Harden’s arrival. Tobias Harrisbecame the fourth option on offense but is ranked in Yahoo 11 spots ahead of Maxey. Capitalize on it for the third-year guard out of Kentucky.
Round 7, Pick 2:
Ben Simmons (PG – BKN)
We’re getting to the part of the draft where you can react to your build and take some shots on players. While I’d like to get another big here, I’m going to go with Simmons instead. I like the build that I have a ton, and it affords me the ability to take a chance on Simmons. I could potentially get a top 50 player in the seventh round.
Round 8, Pick 11:
Paolo Banchero (PF – ORL)
I need a forward here for my build, and there were two on the board who piqued my interests. Both were with the Magic, as Banchero andWendell Carter Jr. were in consideration. The Magic have a fun team, and they have a ton of players who are trying to break into the rotation and can be fantasy viable. But one thing is a lock in Orlando — they are going to run the offense through Banchero and utilize his offensive skillset after building around the defense for so long.
Round 9, Pick 2:
Jalen Brunson (PG/SG – NYK)
Jalen Green is interesting here, but I’m going to go with the $104 million dollar man in Brunson. I’m more surprised that he’s this low in the rankings after signing the big contract in New York. Brunson will be the third option in the offense — fourth if they get Donovan Mitchell— but will give me a boost in steals and assists with him setting upR.J. Barrettand Randle on the floor.
Round 10, Pick 11:
Chet Holmgren (PF/C – OKC)
Chet is an eighth-round player to me given his ability on both ends of the court. We run the risk of him being overpowered early and shut down late, but he’s a fantastic value here in Round 10. Having two rookies in my lineup is a bit of a risk, but I’ll make it work.
Round 11, Pick 2:
Onyeka Okongwu (C – ATL)
It’s time to fill out the bench, and I have enough guards on this roster, so I want to hit one of my favorite bigs first in Okongwu. I love targeting third-year players, and the Hawks absolutely love him. He’s been halted by injuries andClint Capelain his first two seasons, but he’s one of my favorite players to take a big step forward for the Hawks and for fantasy. The offense is still a work in progress, but the defensive stats are phenomenal.
Round 12, Pick 11:
Jaden McDaniels (SF/PF – MIN)
I was torn here between McDaniels and Cam Johnson, but give me the player the Timberwolves wanted to protect in their deal with the Jazz. He’s going to be starting every night for them, and while his rebounding numbers will take a hit with the Rudy Gobertaddition, I like the across-the-board game for McDaniels for fantasy.
Round 13, Pick 2:
Kelly Oubre Jr. (SG/SF – CHA)
With our last pick, we are going to look at a player who has one thing ahead of him that others in this range don’t — opportunity. Oubre should slide into a bigger role with the Hornets this upcoming season. LaMelo Ballis a fantasy stud.Terry Rozier is Terry Rozier. Gordon Hayward has had injury concerns. The Hornets need another offensive contributor, and that’s going to be Oubre. Charlotte loves to push the ball (sixth-fastest pace in the league last year at 100.02), which will result in more looks and involvement for Oubre this year.
- PG: Darius Garland
- SG: Devin Booker
- G: Ben Simmons
- SF: Desmond Bane
- PF: Paolo Banchero
- F: Chet Holmgren
- C: Joel Embiid
- C: Evan Mobley
- UTIL: Tyrese Maxey
- UTIL: Jalen Brunson
- Bench: Onyeka Okongwu
- Bench: Jaden McDaniels
- Bench: Kelly Oubre Jr.
I like the build of the team overall. I may have gotten a tad too cute after my initial foundation by drafting not just Simmons, but also Banchero, Holmgren and Okongwu. But I do think all four are more than capable of putting together top 75-100 seasons.
Next time around, I’m going to maybe take a shot on one or two of them, but not take on that much risk in the middle rounds.
I feel OK with my scoring, and Booker, Oubre, Bane and Garland all help with three-pointers. Embiid, Mobley, Holmgren and Okongwu help me defensively and on the boards. I may be a tad light in assists and steals, Simmons getting right could give me a nice boost there.
In all, I give my team a B.
Round 1: Top tier and best of rest
After Jokic, I go Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic, in that order, particularly in points leagues. Antetokounmpo finished second to Jokic in fantasy points per game last season, and Doncic still has achievable 30/10/10 potential in any given season. They make a clear top-3 tier.
Fantasy basketball works on the same basic principles as any other fantasy sport: the game is based on constructing teams of players from the respective league and earning points based on their real-life performances. The points you earned determine winners and losers, whether it's that day, that week, or that season.
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- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts.
- Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers.
- Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers.
- Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams.
- Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings.
- Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings.
- Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans.
- 1.01 Nikola Jokic – C, Denver Nuggets. ...
- 1.02 Joel Embiid – PF/C, Philadelphia 76ers. ...
- 1.04 Giannis Antetokounmpo – PF/C, Milwaukee Bucks. ...
- 1.05 Luka Doncic – PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks. ...
- 1.06 Jayson Tatum – SF/PF, Boston Celtics (Original Pick: No.7)
Select how many players each team will need to start (standard is 10) and how many players will be on the bench (standard is three).
As often as is allowed. Most leagues have either daily or weekly adjustments. If you're in a weekly league, make sure most of all your guys are playing at least three or ideally four times in a week. If it's a daily league just make sure every starting position is filled with a player playing that day.
Categories. Fantasy basketball leagues may use a variety of statistical categories to evaluate teams. Both rotisserie and head-to-head leagues use categories, either to rank all teams against one another at the end of a season or to determine the winners of weekly matchups between pairs of teams.
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Fantasy football is a common form of sports-related competition where people draft NFL players onto their fantasy teams and earn points based on their performances each week. Although not technically gambling, fantasy football is a game of skill in which players can stand to win large amounts of money.
Most starting lineups these days require two RBs and three WRs and a flex. Meaning, in many weeks, you'll have as many as four receivers starting.
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Below are RotoWire's updated set of fantasy basketball rankings. While these rankings are engineered specifically for eight-category, roto leagues, they can serve as a general guide for most fantasy basketball formats. In a shock to no one, Nikola Jokic leads the way as our No. 1 overall player.
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Fantasy PPM should be your singular most important stat in fantasy basketball for many reasons. The main reason being you are able to see how much of a fantasy impact a player makes in the time they are on the court.
While there isn't a right or wrong league size, most agree that 10 or 12 people is just about right. If there are too few people in the league, everyone has a team full of superstars, which removes some of the skill aspects of fantasy.
A quick rule of thumb to follow is if I only enter people in one team, then I will keep it simple and go with 4 Quarterbacks (QBs), 4 Running Backs (RBs), 3 Wide Receivers (WRs), and 1 Tight End (TE). The above positions are very basic.
If selected, team managers can make moves to their weekly rosters until the scheduled kickoff time of each player's game. Lock at First Game of the Week: All roster moves will lock at the first game of the week, even if the first game falls on a Thursday.
Every player that is in one of your active slots will contribute to your team's total score, while points accumulated by a player who is on the bench will not count. You can move your players from the bench to the active slots during the week so that you maximise your total fantasy points scored.
Once the first game starts for the scoring period, the entire roster is locked for the rest of the period and cannot be changed until the next scoring period.
The eight default categories are points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, 3s, FG% and FT%. Turnovers are the ninth default, and they're the only difference between 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. 9-cat is more common on Yahoo, but you can play either format depending on what you prefer.
The eight default categories are points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, threes, field-goal percentage, and free-throw percentage. Turnovers are the ninth default and the only difference between 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
But an under-appreciated type of fantasy baseball league is the one that combines the best of both formats – head-to-head (H2H) categories leagues. As with H2H points leagues, you draw a single opponent each week, and your only goal is to beat that one foe, make it to the playoffs, and take down the championship.
On the whole, Fantasy League is a game of luck and skill.
At some point in the game, depending on our situation, it may seem more luck or more skill. In reality, both elements combine dynamically, to shape the course of our season. The only thing we can say with certainty is that it's not 100% pure luck.
About 40 million people alone play fantasy football, by far the most popular fantasy sport. 40 million people play fantasy football! Far from a cottage industry. In fact, some studies have been done that fantasy sports may be sabotaging your brain.
DraftKings and FanDuel, the two largest DFS sites, both state that, because fantasy sports rely on the skill of the player competing, they are not games of chance and general state gambling laws do not apply to them.
The more prevalent format for fantasy basketball is category scoring. In this format, whoever scores the most points for each category wins. In a typical league, there are nine categories: Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, 3-Pointers, Field-Goal Percentage, Free-Throw Percentage, Turnovers.
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Fantasy sports are a huge, lucrative business that makes companies like FanDuel and DraftKings millions of dollars in revenue each year, much of which is derived from fees, advertising, and partnerships.
fantasy sports are legal. State laws are not always friendly to pay-to-play fantasy sports. Many states prohibit gambling where participants pay to receive winnings based entirely on chance.
Unfortunately, fantasy sports addiction can also be a secondary addiction, or one you engage in when you were initially addicted to something else. For example, you may find that you only bet when drinking or under the influence of drugs.
Ideally, this is how your first five picks play out: RB, RB, WR/TE, WR, WR. There's nothing wrong with grabbing an elite quarterback in the third, fourth or fifth rounds or paying up for a receiver in the second.
Round 1: 1st Choice: RB, 2nd Choice: WR
A quarterback is usually that player, but there is deeper reasoning as to why I recommend taking a running back in the first round. Running back is the most coveted position in fantasy football because there is usually only one primary back per team.
- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, 2003.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks, 1969. ...
- Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers, 1979. ...
- Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, 1997. ...
- Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando Magic, 1992. ...
- Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets, 1984. ...
- J.J. ...
- Aaron Donald, defensive tackle, 2014, Rams.
- Jim Kelly, quarterback, 1983, Bills.
- Jerry Rice, wide receiver, 1985, 49ers.
- Emmitt Smith, running back, 1990, Cowboys.
- Aaron Rodgers, quarterback, 2005, Packers.
There are advantages to picking in the middle
Statistically, picking early gives you the best chance to win. Meanwhile, having a pick at either corner gives you better odds of getting both players you want when you have two guys you're struggling to decide between at your pick.
There is no fixed rule on how many players do you draft in fantasy football. It depends on how many owners of the typical fantasy league you are playing. If 80% of fantasy leagues have 12 teams, then you can probably have 12 players for each position.
Most fantasy football leagues decide their draft order by the reverse order of last year's standings, or by letting the computer randomly generate the order approximately one hour before the draft begins.
You're avoiding RBs in the top rounds because running backs bust at a higher rate than receivers, or so the theory goes at least. So you take receivers first, then wait until later rounds to take less-heralded running backs. Will a running back get drafted in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft?
Ideally, you want at least two total RBs from the top-three tiers, and then at least two more by the end of Tier 5.
Those who pass on one of the top three tight ends should plan to take a top 10 TE by the seventh to eighth rounds. That is also the time to start targeting the quarterback. Ideally, with a starting lineup of 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE and a flex, you should have filled out those slots in the first eight rounds.
- Chuck Bednarik. 1949 NFL Draft: First overall pick (Eagles) ...
- Terry Bradshaw. 1970 NFL Draft: First overall pick (Steelers) ...
- Bruce Smith. 1985 NFL Draft: First overall pick (Bills) ...
- John Elway. ...
- Peyton Manning.
TUCKER FREDERICKSON, AUBURN, 1965. Frederickson, the 1964 SEC MVP and a two-time Jacobs Blocking Award winner at Auburn, was taken first overall in the 1965 draft by the New York Giants, for whom he played for the entirety of his seven-year NFL career.
Shaquille O'Neal was chosen by the Orlando Magic with the 1st overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft.
Running backs are typically targeted early in fantasy drafts. Since this is a PPR league, the best wide receivers in the league tend to jump into the first round. The first 12 draft picks should be a mix of running backs and wide receivers, depending on which direction you want to take your roster.
Diggs is a top-four wide receiver in fantasy for 2022, along with Kupp, Justin Jefferson, and Ja'Marr Chase.
Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Taylor should be the top player picked and is an even better value if he falls to Picks 2 or 3.