Draft Review: Biggest Booms, Busts of First Five Rounds

Draft Review: Biggest Booms, Busts of First Five Rounds

With the fantasy playoffs just around the corner and the play-in tournament a little more than a month away, it feels appropriate to start looking back at what went right and what went wrong in fantasy for some of the league's most hyped players. I found the biggest differences in Average Draft Position to current fantasy ranking (total production, eight-category leagues) for each round of drafts this season to compare expectations to reality.

What players have had the biggest booms, and which are the biggest busts of the first five rounds?

ADPs are from CBS.

Round 1

Biggest Boom: Nikola Jokic

ADP: 8

Current Rank: 1

Two other players drafted in the first round, Steph Curry and Damian Lillard, have also seen their current rank jump eight spots above their ADP. However, Jokic breaks the tie since he's the best player in fantasy. Jokic's numbers have slowed down since Aaron Gordon joined the team, though you won't hear the Nuggets complain since they've rattled off six straight wins. On the season, Jokic has averaged 26.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 35.5 minutes. He projects as both the real-life MVP and fantasy MVP.

Biggest Bust: Anthony Davis

ADP: 5

Current Rank: 134

Davis was having a down year even before suffering injuries to his calf and Achilles that have kept him out for 23 straight games. His points, rebounds, assists, threes, blocks, steals and free-throw percentage are all lower than last season. Whether it was fatigue

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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