Fantasy Fix: Hoops season around the corner

I am not purposely ignoring fantasy football this week, but I am giving fantasy hoops some love seeing as how the NBA season tips off Tuesday.

Let me start by saying that the draft strategy I am going to lay out for you most likely will ensure a season of dominance for your fantasy basketball team.

It's a pretty simple plan, and if you follow it, you will succeed.

This draft strategy is simply called, point guard/power forward. Every player can get points and rebounds, but what you're looking for from all players is balance.

You want to pick point guards who meet, or come close to, this criteria for averages:

At least 12 points per game, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 3-pointer, and a free-throw percentage of at least 80 percent or above.

So, essentially, the guards cover your assists, steals, 3-pointers and free-throw categories and of course points.

For the other guard spot, shooting guard, just make sure they can get you some quality points and a good free-throw percentage while chipping in a little bit in 3s, steals and assists.

To cover your other categories such as blocks, field-goal percentage and rebounds, you're going to need big men who meet, or come very close to, this criteria:

At least 15 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block, and a field-goal percentage of 48 percent or higher.

With big men, it's also a big plus to find a guy who can shoot 70 percent or better from the charity stripe, as well.

OK, so that covers the guards, power forwards and centers, but what about the swingmen at the small-forward position?

A small forward can be a very versatile player on the court - anyone remember Michael Jordan's sidekick for many years in Chicago, Scottie Pippen?

From the small-forward position, you're looking for a stat line similar to this one:

At least 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and 1 3-pointer.

What you really want out of the small-forward position is the steals and blocks.

Steals and blocks are two of the hardest categories to win in fantasy hoops, so you want to find guys at small forward who can get you one or the other, if not both.

Keep these sleepers in mind when drafting your fantasy hoops squad: Chris Andersen, Wilson Chandler, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich, Tyrus Thomas, Anthony Randolph, Marc Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, Courtney Lee, Ramon Sessions and Elton Brand.

For my super sleeper pick of the year, I am going with Brandon Jennings, of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Yeah, he's a rookie, but he's going to impress people.

Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Christopher Gingrich can be reached at hops2008@gmail.com.

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