Fantasy basketball draft guide: Rankings, mock drafts, sleepers, projections and analysis

Whether you are dipping your toes into fantasy basketball for the first time or are a longtime fantasy hoops veteran, the 2023-24 ESPN Fantasy Basketball draft guide has everything you need to crush your drafts.

From rankings and profiles to sleepers, breakouts and busts, we've got you covered from every angle, all in one convenient place.

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Rankings and Projections

Top 150 H2H points rankings
André Snellings ranks his top 150 players for fantasy basketball leagues that use head-to-head points scoring systems.

Top 150 H2H categories rankings
Eric Moody reveals his top 150 players for fantasy basketball leagues that use head-to-head categories scoring systems.

Sortable player projections
Every point, rebound, steal, 3-pointer, block, turnover, steal, shot and free throw taken makes a difference in fantasy. We have them all projected for you right here.

Mock drafts

10-team, head-to-head points (Oct. 6)

8-team, head-to-head points (Oct. 18)

10-team, head-to-head categories (Oct. 20)

Draft tiers

H2H points draft tiers by position
Which positions are the deepest and which do you need to nab a top player early on? André Snellings groups players into tiers by each position for head-to-head points leagues.

Roto and category draft tiers by position
Eric Moody groups players into tiers by each position for roto and category leagues.

Strategy and advice

André Snellings' ultimate draft board
André Snellings crunches the numbers and highlights the best spots to draft key players throughout your fantasy basketball draft.

Sleepers, breakouts and busts
Which fantasy basketball players are going to exceed expectations? Who will flop the hardest? Who is ready to take things to an elite level? Our experts identify their picks.

Eric Karabell's 'Do Draft' list
Which players should you try to land in your fantasy basketball draft? Eric Karabell highlights the ones who should be on your radar.

Eric Karabell's 'Do Not Draft' list
Winning your fantasy basketball league means making the right picks while avoiding the wrong ones. Karabell cuts through the hype to bring you the players he's avoiding this year.

Best draft tips for fantasy managers
Our experts give their best advice to help you crush your fantasy basketball draft.

Our experts each list five players they are targeting in drafts
Take a look at which players our fantasy experts don't want to leave drafts without.

Is drafting Victor Wembanyama a risk worth taking?
If you want Wembanyama in a snake-draft league, it will likely require a second round pick. Eric Karabell walks you through whether the risk is worth taking.

Three players to soar past fantasy value
Andre Snellings pinpoints three players who are ranked much higher this season than fantasy managers are used to seeing.

Players who can make or break your draft
Who are the biggest risk/reward players in fantasy basketball drafts this season? Steve Alexander identifies his top 10.

10 sleepers to target in drafts
Jim McCormick identifies players falling outside the top 100 picks in ESPN leagues who have a chance to be solid fantasy contributors this season.

Seven breakout candidates ready for fantasy stardom
Steve Alexander points out players at every position who are ready to take their game to the next level this season.

Target these 10 players in middle rounds of drafts
Steve Alexander identifies talented players who are falling past pick 50 in drafts and can turn good fantasy teams into great ones.

Bold fantasy predictions for the 2023-24 NBA season
Our fantasy basketball experts talk about their boldest predictions for the season ahead.

Target these specialists for roto and category leagues
Eric Moody identifies specialists around the league who can come up big for you in roto and category leagues.

Six rookies to draft and eight others to keep an eye on
André Snellings breaks down the top rookies in the NBA from a fantasy perspective and identifies others to watch heading into the 2023-24 season.

Seven position battles to watch leading up to the NBA season
Eric Moody details which jobs are still up for grabs around the NBA and how they can impact fantasy values.

How to ace your Salary Cap draft
Are you ready for your Salary Cap draft? Jim McCormick lays out helpful strategies and tactics you can use to ace draft day.

Can Chet Holmgren be the fantasy basketball Rookie of the Year?
Andre Snellings takes a closer look at what fantasy managers should expect out of Chet Holmgren following a lost season.

What are the new fantasy values for Lillard, Holiday, Ayton and Nurkic?
André Snellings takes a look at how the blockbuster NBA trade impacts fantasy values.

Why you shouldn't pass on Anthony Edwards or Jaren Jackson Jr. in fantasy drafts
Edwards and Jackson aren't being drafted as top-5 picks, but don't be surprised if they end the season as top-5 fantasy players. Our experts explain.

Six players ready to make a big leap in year two
André Snellings reviews the top sophomores that fantasy managers should keep an eye out for in fantasy basketball drafts this season.

Why Durant, KAT and these other stars fell in the rankings
André Snellings explains why Kevin Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns and several other former first-round staples slid in the fantasy basketball rankings.

Other helpful tips

10 tips to help you win your fantasy basketball league
Andre Snellings lays out what it takes to put yourself in the best position to win your fantasy basketball league ahead of the 2023-24 NBA season.

The pros and cons of points, roto and category leagues
Which fantasy basketball scoring format should you play? Jim McCormick breaks down the most popular options so you can choose for yourself.


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Mock draft lobby
Take part in some mock drafts to work out the kinks before your real ones. Practice makes perfect.

Average draft position/live draft results
Get a leg up on your opponents by knowing where each player is being selected in ESPN drafts so you can get the best value possible.

ESPN Fantasy Basketball 101 - How to play
Thinking about trying out fantasy basketball for the first time? Here is everything you need to know so you can join in on the fun.

Analytics glossary
Wondering what things such as eFG%, pace, usage rate and CARMELO mean? Seth Walder explains each notable NBA advanced analytics term so you can make the most of them in fantasy.