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: First-round Superstar
Stephen Curry, Warriors
Curry is coming off of his sixth All-NBA selection, and he continues to assert himself as one of the best shooters of all time. This season is especially interesting, as Curry will almost certainly see his usage increase with the departure of Kevin Durant and injury to Klay Thompson. While he's had some injury concerns of his own across the past two seasons, Curry remains among the elite fantasy assets when healthy and is worthy of a top-five selection