This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
Separating players into tiers is a popular method of draft prep, and it de-emphasizes the idea that you must draft a player because his projections come out slightly more favorably than those of another player. Often, the difference between a player ranked, say, 30th and a player ranked 45th is smaller than you think.
Tiers help account for those discrepancies by grouping together players with similar risk/reward profiles, empowering the fantasy owner to make the choice for themselves.
Some notes on methodology:
- Tiers take into account players with top-120 upside. Essentially, players that could reasonably come off the board in a standard draft.
- Players within tiers are not ranked in a specific order. Ideally, everyone in a tier has an argument to be taken over anyone else in that tier.
- Plenty of players are multi-position eligible, but to avoid confusion and redundancy, each player only appears at what we assume to be their primary position
- Tiers are based on 8-category, rotisserie scoring
Tier 1: Elite Superstars
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves
Over the past two seasons, Towns is averaging 22.8 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 blocks. But what makes him so incredibly valuable is his efficiency. Over that span, Towns is shooting 53.1 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from deep and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line. Health is also extremely valuable in fantasy, and Towns has missed only five games since entering the league, all of which came last season due to a car accident.