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Fantasy Basketball: Flier Picks 2015-16

Image courtesy of Shinya Suzuki/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Shinya Suzuki/Flickr.


You’ve been there once or twice in the past. The draft is winding down, your fantasy basketball team is pretty much set, and your last pick is just around the corner. Who do you pick? Who do you go for? Ah, the flier pick, a player who with some upside, but is not guaranteed to produce. I’ve been asked once, or twice, in social media who I would recommend they should take as their last pick.

Here are a few rules of thumb when it comes to selecting those last picks. First of all, don’t waste it. Some drafters jokingly select “trash picks.” It’s still a roster slot on your team and if you choose wisely enough, who knows, your guy might just surprise you. Second, this is the spot to truly take risks. Go for players who have upside, but lack opportunities to shine. Third, you can use this spot as an opportunity to grab a handcuff pick for one of your earlier picks who are injured or have had a history of injury risks.

Most standard sized leagues are comprised of 12 teams and have 13 roster spots, that’s 156 players. I’ve taken the liberty of looking up the current Yahoo rankings and found players who are ranked lower than 156, but might just be worth that last remaining spot on your fantasy squad. For managers drafting in deeper leagues, feel free to consider this list of players as a queue of suggested picks.


Yahoo Rank Player
161 Taj Gibson, CHI
164 Aaron Gordon, ORL
165 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, DET
166 Zaza Pachulia, DAL
167 Courtney Lee, MEM
170 Myles Turner, IND
172 Lou Williams, LAL
175 Jeff Green, MEM
183 C.J. Miles, IND
184 Kelly Olynyk, BOS
191 Wesley Johnson, LAC
197 Andrea Bargnani, BKN
199 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, CHA
201 J.R. Smith, CLE
202 Brandon Bass, LAL
203 Channing Frye, ORL
251 Nick Young, LAL
263 Chase Budinger, IND
326 Maurice Harkless, POR


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