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Fantasy Basketball: 2012 Cheat Sheets and Player Rankings

The top 200 players for fantasy NBA leagues


Here are the players you want in your fantasy NBA league - overall cheat sheets and position-by-position rankings for the top fantasy options in the NBA.

Players are ranked in terms of overall value in an eight-category (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, FT%, FG% and three pointers made) rotisserie-style league. Allowances have been made for positional scarcity -- players who qualify at center are worth a bit more. Injuries and concerns over playing time are also considered.

The Top 200 Fantasy Players in the NBA

Kevin Durant
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The top 100 players in fantasy basketball, regardless of position. For the second year running, Kevin Durant tops the list.

Point Guard Cheat Sheet

Chris Paul over Linas Kleiza
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Point guards will be your primary source of assists -- one of the eight cardinal categories tracked in most leagues -- making it important to draft at least one and possibly two of the better point guard options.

Shooting Guard Cheat Sheet

Dwyane Wade
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"Shooting" guard, or "off" guard as they're often called, is something of a misnomer in today's NBA. Lots of so-called "off" guards spend as much time running the offense as the nominal point guards.

Small Forward Cheat Sheet

LeBron James, Miami Heat
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Our number one overall pick tops this list... but the guy ranked second among small forwards is a pretty good player too...

Power Forward Cheat Sheet

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
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It's easy, when ranking fantasy power forwards, to attach too much weight to the double-doubles, the twenty-and-tens... but to be an elite option in fantasy, your power forward needs to do more. Look for players who shoot a very high percentage from the floor, and who will block a reasonable number of shots at minimum.

Center Cheat Sheet

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
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Center is trickiest position in fantasy basketball. The best of the best are also the worst of the worst... when free-throw shooting is considered, that is.

2012-13 NBA Rookies

Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky Wildcats
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Drafting rookies in a fantasy league is a risky proposition, but Anthony Davis is close to a sure thing.
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