Fantasy hoops: H2H points draft tiers by position

Taking LeBron James in the first round can impact the positions you should aim for later in your fantasy hoops draft. Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

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Who is No. 1?

For many people, this is the extent of their draft prep. They'll discuss, maybe even read about a few players who could have an argument for the top spot in the draft. Then, they'll pull up their cheat sheets and use them as references to guide their draft picks.

Here's the problem with that strategy ... actually, there are multiple, but let's highlight a few. First, unless you have the top pick, the "who's No. 1" debate doesn't really help you. More importantly, the best teams will be the ones that find quality all through the draft, not just with their first pick. This requires strategy, but usually drafts tend to move too quickly for a drafter to build a sound strategy on the fly.

Merely taking the highest-rated player in every round will not necessarily build you a balanced team that makes sense and can compete for championships. Every position is different, and often the value proposition for a given position will thus change at different points in the draft. It is important that you are aware of this value landscape, as it may help you choose between two similar prospects based upon the likelihood that you'll be able to fill that position better at another point of the draft.

The following is my breakdown of players into tiers, by position, based upon my preseason projections for head-to-head points leagues. While you can use my tiers below, you would also benefit from simply taking a few minutes to break down the players into your own tiers based upon your own valuation. You would be shocked how much a little exercise like that can do to prepare you for your draft, and how much this 20-minute exercise could set you apart from the other team managers in your league.

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