Now that your fantasy basketball draft is done, ASL's Willard Simms gives you some tips on how to keep your roster championship-worthy
The secret to a great draft is to take the right complementary players in the later rounds for the roster you’re trying to put together. If you wanted James Harden as your lead guard, but he was taken already, you still had first-round shots at Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard
It seems to be a significant part of human nature to seek out bargains. Why else would annual Black Friday sales drive people into a frenzy with buying fever?! So, if you’re not satisfied with the team you drafted, now maybe is a good time to take advantage of “bargain appeal."
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There are mid-to-late-round draft picks that can be bought and sold on the cheap. For example, the Celtics' Jaylen Brown wasn’t taken until the 10th round in one of my fantasy drafts. Even with the return of Gordon Hayward, who is on a minutes restriction to start the season, Brown is expected to average around 30 minutes a game. So, if you are in need of a point guard, look at the Pacers' Darren Collison or the Bulls' Kris Dunn, who
A fantasy owner who is a Celtics fan or in need of a player with a good all-around game might jump at the bargain of getting Brown and a next year's draft pick for either of those players. But all you’re giving up is a 10th-round pick from this year and a mid-range draft pick next year to fill a specific need on the team.
What about overlooked players? The Nets' Caris LeVert has had a sensational start to the season, opening with back-to-back 30-point fantasy performances. I was able to scoop him up off the waiver wire before the season even started since my league's members apparently hadn’t done enough homework to know his 2017-18 season last year was compromised by injuries. Now, look at this list of players who have been or are currently on the waiver wire in many leagues:
The aforementioned Levert, Joe Ingles (among the league leaders in 3-pointers), Cedi Osman, Trevor Ariza
Injuries and suspensions can open up meaningful playing opportunities for other players, so make sure to check the NBA injury list to see who might be out for multiple games. If there is a good backup who is being thrust into a larger role available on the waiver wire -- and especially if that backup is a talented but inexperienced young player -- you might be able to pick up more than just short-term help; You might get the next Lou Gehrig filling in for a Wally Pipp! At the very least, you can fill that open spot with a rotating cast of players who either have a multiplicity of games in a particular week or have favorable upcoming matchups.
This is a long fantasy season, so don’t get locked into sticking with the team you drafted for the entirety. Remember that the NBA fantasy season is a marathon, not a sprint!