Nothing is as exciting as draft day. You've done your research,
compiled your files and have lined up your dream team. This year you are
sure to capture your fantasy title; you've spent hours pouring over
percentages and print-outs and even have been drafting players in your
sleep. Even for the most prepared fantasy basketball fan, a few
well-intended mistakes can throw a wrench in even well-appointed teams.
Before lining up your draft, choose carefully up front, review your
plans to make sure you aren't committing one of these team sabotaging
Don't rely on veterans to carry your team. In the regular
season, skilled veterans are likely to get less play time to prevent the
dreaded burn-out by playoffs. Look for skilled players on poorly
performing teams, many of these “diamonds in the rough” are overlooked
due to their team’s poor stats. Be careful however to not avoid veterans
and recruit rookies instead, rookies are often still in their adjustment
period and gambling on them often is a losing proposition.
Don't rely on your favorite local players. It is hard to
not get attached to your local team; however this can severely limit
your options and cripple your chances at winning the title. On the other
hand, do not avoid a skilled player simply because they are your
favorite team's rivalry.
Don't put an excessive amount of weight into a single
category. Look for skilled players that dominate several areas with
their stats. A multitasking player will be your best defense against a
lower draft pick, often those that are new to fantasy basketball focus
on single categories such as assists or rebounds. Find those players
that are versatile and flexible, they will contribute to your team far
more than a star player that dominates in one single stat.