A holiday weekend is a tough time for a fantasy draft -- it's meant for family, not friends -- but the lockout-induced delayed start of the season has made it more of a necessary evil. It has always been said that draft day, regardless of the fantasy league, is as much fun as Christmas morning, so you might as well try to squeeze in a fantasy basketball draft or two before New Years.
We have broken down the five positions separately already, but you if play in a league with just guards, forwards and centers, you need a combined ranking to work off. SI.com's Top 150 can come in handy for this league type.
The rankings below are loosely based on a combination of points and Rotisserie formats, so refer back to the previously published position breakdowns for players who can prove to be sleepers in specific roto categories.
Of all the fantasy games to play, basketball is the one where all the positions and players are on a level playing field. While there are special positions, all 10 players on the court are trying to do the same things, collect steals, rebounds, assists, blocks and points. There isn't the position specialization like pitchers vs. hitters in baseball, and nothing is like football in the roles the positions play, passing, rushing, receiving or kicking.
This makes fantasy basketball one of the most interesting in constructing a team, perhaps making us feel most like a real GM. It doesn't matter where you tally the points or categories. It just matters if the sum of all things takes you to the top.
Here are the sum of all of SI.com's final preseason fantasy basketball rankings. Happy Holidays, and drafting:
Eric Mack writes fantasy sports for SI.com. You can also find him on Twitter, where you can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him for fantasy advice