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Fantasy basketball draft kit – Rankings, mock drafts, sleepers, projections and analysis

Whether you are dipping your toes into fantasy hoops for the first time or are...

Whether you are dipping your toes into fantasy hoops for the first time or are a grizzled veteran, the 2020-21 ESPN Fantasy Basketball draft kit has everything you need to crush your drafts.

From player rankings and outlooks to draft strategies and more, we’ve got you covered from every angle, all in one convenient place.


The latest

Fantasy NBA injury outlooks: Will players like KD, Boogie and Zion return to full health?
André Snellings picks the brain of injury analyst Stephania Bell about what we can expect from KD, Boogie, KAT, LeBron, AD, Zion, Kawhi, PG, Wall and Klay, as they recover from long-term injuries.

Fantasy basketball: Boogie, Anunoby among deep sleepers
Don’t just wander aimlessly through the latter rounds of your fantasy hoops drafts. Aim for Jim McCormick’s deep sleepers and draft with purpose.

Fantasy basketball drafts: Does Harden trade buzz drop his ranking?
Should James Harden be dropped down draft boards due to his desire to be traded out of Houston or is he No. 1 overall regardless? Joe Kaiser, Eric Karabell and Andre’ Snellings opine.

Fantasy basketball ultimate draft board: The best players in the right spots
Draft like a fantasy hoops pro by seeing which players André Snellings is aiming for and when. From breakout stars to mid-round sleepers to late-round fliers, he has them all.

Fantasy NBA: Why this is the best season to give it a try
Remember all those times you said you’d try fantasy hoops if the season just started around the holidays, when you start paying attention to the NBA? André Snellings explains why now’s your chance!

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

Fantasy hoops drafts: Damian Lillard, Paul George among most over/underrated players
John Cregan reveals the top players whose expected fantasy basketball value this season isn’t matching up with their current ADP — for good or bad.

Fantasy basketball sleepers, breakouts, busts for 2020-21
Which fantasy NBA players are going to exceed expectations the most? Who will flop the hardest? Who is ready to take things to an elite level? Our experts make their picks.

Fantasy basketball: Eric Karabell’s ‘Do not draft’ list
Want to be a fantasy basketball champion? Then you need to avoid players who aren’t going to live up to their pre-draft hype. Eric Karabell has 10-plus to steer clear of.

Fantasy basketball: Eric Karabell’s ‘Do draft’ list
Which fantasy basketball players should you make a point to land on draft day? Eric Karabell highlights the ones who should be on your radar.

Fantasy basketball sophomore rankings: Is Ja Morant or Zion Williamson on top?
Ja Morant is the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, but is Zion Williamson actually the better fantasy sophomore in 2020-21? What about Tyler Herro, MPJ and RJ Barrett? John Cregan presents his top 10.

Riskiest fantasy basketball draft picks in first two rounds
Missing on one of your early draft picks can crush your hopes of a fantasy basketball championship. Joe Kaiser presents players with a top-25 ADP most at risk of failing to live up to the hype.

Fantasy basketball: Ranking the rookies
Will top picks Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball live up to the hype in fantasy? Are Obi Toppin, Killian Hayes and Tyrese Haliburton better fantasy draft options? Jim McCormick reveals his the top 10 rookies.

Fantasy basketball drafts: Westbrook and Jokic among top make-or-break players
John Cregan names 10 players who will either make or break your fantasy basketball drafts in the early rounds. Get it right, and you could win. Get it wrong, and your squad will be in trouble.

Fantasy basketball: Why roto players will enjoy ESPN’s new points-league scoring system
Roto-league expert John Cregan sets his sights on mastering points leagues, like only he can.

ESPN Fantasy’s new default points-league scoring explained
We’ve developed a new default fantasy basketball scoring system for head-to-head points leagues. Not only does it increase overall scoring, but it better represents modern NBA action. Here’s a quick look.

Simple ways to spice up your fantasy basketball league
Joe Kaiser suggests a handful of adjustments to your draft process, roster settings and stat categories to make your fantasy basketball league more fun in 2020-21.

Three key strategy changes for this unique fantasy basketball season
With a pandemic, an abbreviated offseason and an unusual schedule, 2020-21 will be a fantasy basketball season like we’ve never seen. Here’s how you should tweak your strategies to come out on top.

NBA trades and free agency: Fantasy winners and losers
A wild week of NBA trades and free-agent moves altered the landscape of fantasy basketball for the 2020-21 campaign. Jim McCormick breaks down the players whose value changed the most.


Mock drafts

Fantasy basketball mock draft: 10-team, head-to-head categories
Which position is scarcest this season? Is Zion ready to rise up? Which players get a boost in H2H categories? We have the results and key takeaways.

Fantasy basketball mock draft: 10-team, rotisserie (roto)
Did James Harden slide due to trade/holdout concerns? Does KD belong in the top five? When should you take Boogie? Who were the first rookies to go?

Fantasy NBA mock draft: 10-team, head-to-head points
Who went first? How far did Kawhi, KD and Kyrie slide? Is Zion a top-20 option this season? We break it all down in our first mock of 2020-21.


Rankings and tiers

Top 200 H2H points rankings
André Snellings ranks his top 200 players for fantasy basketball leagues that use head-to-head points scoring systems.

Fantasy hoops: H2H points draft tiers by position
Looking for an edge in your fantasy basketball draft? Check out our André Snellings’ breakdown by tiers for each position.

Top 200 rotisserie rankings
Here are Joe Kaiser’s top 200 players for fantasy basketball leagues that use eight-category (points, 3-pointers, assists, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goal percentage and free throw percentage) roto scoring systems.

Fantasy hoops: Roto draft tiers by position
If you want to take home the hardware in your fantasy hoops league, Joe Kaiser’s roto tier rankings will give you a big edge on draft day.

Top 200 H2H categories rankings
Eric Karabell reveals his top 200 players for fantasy basketball leagues that use head-to-head categories scoring systems.

Fantasy hoops: H2H categories draft tiers by position
Take your fantasy basketball drafting experience to the next level, as Eric Karabell groups players into tiers by each position for leagues that use head-to-head categories.

Fantasy basketball: Ranking the rookies
Will top picks Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball live up to the hype in fantasy? Are Obi Toppin, Killian Hayes and Tyrese Haliburton better fantasy draft options? Jim McCormick reveals his the top 10 rookies.

Fantasy basketball sophomore rankings: Is Ja Morant or Zion Williamson on top?
Ja Morant is the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, but is Zion Williamson actually the better fantasy sophomore in 2020-21? What about Tyler Herro, MPJ and RJ Barrett? John Cregan presents his top 10.


Player projections and profiles

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.

2020-21 fantasy basketball player profiles
Wondering how offseason player movement, coaching changes and career arcs are impacting the fantasy value of NBA players? Here are our expert outlooks.

Average draft position/live draft results
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.


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 game plan, 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. Tom Carpenter breaks it down.

Simple ways to spice up your fantasy basketball league
Joe Kaiser suggests a handful of adjustments to your draft process, roster settings and stat categories to make your fantasy basketball league more fun in 2020-21.

Three key strategy changes for this unique fantasy basketball season
With a pandemic, an abbreviated offseason and an unusual schedule, 2020-21 will be a fantasy basketball season like we’ve never seen. Here’s how you should tweak your strategies to come out on top.

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.


Tools

Fantasy basketball cheat sheet central
Here are all of our rankings and tiers available in downloadable/printable PDF cheat sheets. Plus, a handy NBA schedule grid for looking ahead to the fantasy playoffs.

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

Create a league | Get the league back together | Join a league
Create, reactivate or join a league today!

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

Average draft position/live draft results
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, so you draft players who have quality schedules and avoid those who play fewer games when you set weekly lineups or play head-to-head matchups.

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

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