US Sports Down Under’s fantasy drafts are right around the corner. Are you prepared?
#1 Know Your League RulesThe league rules is a good place to start gaining knowledge on how to gain an advantage on other competitors. For USSDU’s leagues, the rotisserie scoring method is used. This is where all the stats that are being monitored are added together for the season and bases your rank in the league compared to everyone else. This means, you are not scoring on individual categories, where one may win a certain category, you are adding EVERYTHING together. So from here, lands a starting decision: Do you stack your team with straight up scorers, rebounders etc. Or do you try to evenly spread your players, or go heavy on a couple and really thin on other categories. The choice is yours.
#2 Learn, Learn, LearnHere, you may already know the ins and outs of Lebron James and Kevin Durant, but let’s be honest; your whole team isn’t one guy. Therefore, you need to read up on ‘mid-level’ players who could become valuable pick-ups in your draft. For example, guys like Tyrus Thomas, Taj Gibson, DJ Augustin, Kirk Hinrich just to name a few of those mid-level guys. Go check out NBA news and NBA fantasy sites (like us during the season) on who’s doing what. Do your research; find out about players who are potential starters, these guys will give you minutes.
#3 Find Breakout And Depth PlayersThe NBA season is a long one, so just because you couldn’t draft straight up All-Stars doesn’t mean you’re screwed. There are plenty of breakout players that come alive during the middle of the season in which you’ll have sitting on your bench. These guys will be your core once your starters go down with injuries, because, as I said, the NBA has a long season. Therefore you’re always going to experience the pain with the guys that go down, so you’re going to have to find your inner fortune teller on this one: Find Breakout Players!
#4 Organise Your Draft ListAlthough USSDU’s draft is live, what happens in the unfortunate circumstance that you can’t find a computer on draft day? What if your internet is down, you have those annoying family lunches that you must attend, what happens then? This is where your draft list comes into play. Prepare a list; re-arrange your players so that you have your best up the top, and those sloppy players down the bottom. Keep in mind the injuries that have occurred leading up to your draft. Do you want to draft injured players? I didn’t think so. Drop them down a few places in your list. In the end, have a solid 100 or so players that you know about and that you may end up picking.
#5 For The ExpertsWell, if you’re really into the fantasy world, well I’ve got some help on these tips, as I am a complete rookie: - Draft prime time players: Players entering their wonder years are a great pick-up (Around 25-30 years old will do the trick) - Star players from awful teams give you a maximum return down the order. - Don’t slack off in the later round of the draft. These picks are just as important as drafting Durant in the first. - If you’re drafting rookies, please try to draft them later in the order.
So there you have it, another instalment of First Time Fantasy (FTF). We hope you all enjoy draft day if it hasn’t already occurred in your leagues yet, and good luck for the season, unless you’re in the USSDU’s Beginner League (In that case I hope you draft awfully and my team ‘Everything NBA’ wins the championship!) FTF are fantasy articles over the course of the season helping Rookie fantasy players like myself over the course of the year. Information on team ‘Everything NBA’ in the USSDU Beginners league will be included in this section after draft day has occurred (so no one cheats me out of the draft)! Photo Credit: Stephen Dunn/ Getty Images