This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
In nearly any fantasy draft, nailing your early-round selections is the easiest path to competing for a league title. Round 1 is arguably the most important, but Rounds 2 and 3 can also make or break your season.
The goal, of course, is to take the most productive player available at each selection, but the NBA is unpredictable, and hitting on each of those picks is no guarantee. However, risks can be mitigated by sticking with proven, safer options and avoiding players with regression potential.
Beginning at the top, let's take a look at the safest, most underrated and most overrated players likely to come off the board in each round this season:
Harden has been a top-five fantasy player for the last seven years and has three straight No. 1 finishes. Antetokounmpo has been top-seven for three years and finished third last season. Davis has been top-eight for six years and has put together back-to-back No. 2 seasons. Towns has been top-eight for three years and finished sixth last season. Curry has been top-10 in every season since his rookie year and has two No. 1 finishes.
These are truly the proven, elite-of-the-elite fantasy players. Picking in the top-five is not the time to call your shot with someone unproven.
Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
While Lillard hasn't reached truly elite fantasy levels – his best finish was