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Fantasy Basketball Draft Cheatsheet: Players to Target & Avoid (2022)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Oct 14, 2022
Fantasy Basketball Draft Cheatsheet: Players to Target & Avoid (2022)

We are less than a week away from the NBA season tipping off, which means we are heading into the biggest draft weekend for fantasy.

For those who follow my baseball work, you know that each year, I post an official cheat sheet before the season.

I’m going to do the same thing here, as this is my final guide to help you for your drafts before the season starts.

With Opening Day less than two weeks away, we are in crunch time as far as fantasy drafts are concerned. With the biggest weekend of the draft season coming up, I have you covered as far as my ultimate draft cheat sheet to help you crush your competition.

Bookmark this. Put it in another window. Have it handy for Draft Day. It’ll help you know which players I like at each position, my favorite picks in each round, the players I’m fading, and my overall strategy.

Let’s get to it.

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Targets by Position

Targets By Round (12-team League)

Players To Avoid Near Yahoo ADP


  • Centers go fast. I like to prioritize them when I can because I often find myself hating my second center if I wait too long.
  • Pay attention to the weaknesses of your team. If you’re taking Jakob Poeltl, you’re punting FT%. It’s not worth trying to make that up, so just lean into the build that you have with your first few picks.
  • Be cautious with rookies. We all like shiny toys, but outside of 2-3 of them, we’re unlikely to see many top-100 finishes.
  • Know the difference in values for players depending on the format of your league. Players like Alperen Sengun and Ja Morant are more or less valuable depending on the format.
  • Consider doing a 7-category league. Turnovers suck as a category, but people don’t want a tie in a head-to-head matchup, so they want the ninth category. Instead, consider combining blocks and steals to create a STOCKs category.
  • End your season on March 19 (S/O Josh Lloyd for hammering this home). Avoid the headache that is April basketball and teams shutting down their players.


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