Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Few Impact Players Expected From Weak 2011 Draft Class

While the Cavaliers celebrate winning the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery tonight, fantasy basketball fans see little to get excited about in this year's draft class. This group is considered the weakest since the 2000 draft which featured Kenyon Martin and Michael Redd.

What does this mean for fantasy owners? You won't want to overreach for any rookies this year! Without a surefire superstar in this draft, most of a player's fantasy potential will be determined by which uniform he ends up in. In standard leagues, only a handful of rookies may even be worth a draft pick. We'll be targeting players who land with the Cavaliers, Raptors, Wizards, and Bobcats since they're more likely to find themselves playing meaningful minutes from the get-go. Those teams are young and have holes at a number of positions. On the other hand, a talented player will land with the Utah Jazz at the third pick but could be buried on the bench because the team has talent at every position. With the talent level dropping significantly after Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, whoever Utah picks may not be worth a look in standard fantasy drafts.

We'll be keeping an eye on the Draft Combine laster this month and we'll release our list of the top 5 impact rookies following the draft in June.

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