Fantasy Basketball: Key Players to Draft

10/13/13 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Oct 10, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) attempts a lay up against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Heat beat the Pistons 112-107. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY SportsSo if you’re Fantasy Football season’s already gotten away from you, or if you’re doing so well that you want to double down with another team this fall, October is high season for Fantasy Basketball drafting, so wait no longer!
 
While not nearly as popular or convenient a fantasy sport as football, basketball is so popular both in the United States and worldwide that sooner or later, I think it’s going to see a big spike in activity. 
 
And if you’re looking to jump on the train this year, here are 8 players you need on your drafting radar:
 
(All rankings based on ESPN’s latest top 200)
 
POTENTIAL STARS
 
These are players that will be drafted after the first three or four rounds, but have the potential to deliver with second-rounder value.
 
Eric Bledsoe, G, ESPN #76
 
One of the league’s quickest and most explosive guards has an opportunity to show what he can do with starters minutes in Phoenix this season.  He should score a minimum of 15 to 17 points per game, minimum of 6 to 7 assists, and I could see him finishing top 5 in the league in steals as well.  Field goal percentage may not be great and 3’s are a question, but very high upside overall.
 
Andre Drummond, C, ESPN #69
 
There’s a lot of buzz around Drummond for a reason.  In limited minutes during his rookie campaign, he consistently rebounded well and showed great shot-blocking abilities.  His minutes shouldn’t be limited this year and he’s had a great offseason improving his all-around game for the Pistons.  I’m thinking 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 blocks this year, and wouldn’t rule out even better numbers.
 
Bradley Beal, SG, ESPN #62
 
As a rookie, Beal averaged 13.9 points and 1.6 threes for the Wizards.  And that was with very limited time alongside point guard John Wall, who was injured for much of the season.  With Wall healthy and ready to go, Beal’s upside as a three-point specialist is through the roof, and his points per game could go up to around 17 as well.
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