2020-2021 Fast Starts Part 1: First Five Picks For Each First-round Pick & Build

 In Draft Strategy, Pairing, Punting

Below are some combinations that will allow you to come out of the fifth round in very good shape. These combinations are not just me playing around with the Team Building Tool and trying to come away with as many green categories as possible. I also took into consideration each build’s problematic categories and the availability of each category in the second half of the draft. These combinations are not meant to be best-case scenarios for each first-round player and build. They are meant to show you what a strong start in each build looks like. After you’re done reading this guide, head on over to the Team Building Tool, and see if you can come up with even better starts.

*All combinations and comments are for 12-team leagues but many of these combinations will be available and will work fine in 14-team leagues.
**I used the Yahoo rankings to come up with these groupings. You should be able to do better than these combinations if you play on ESPN or are in an auction league.

James Harden (Pick 1-3)

Punt FG%

Harden/Westbrook/Mitchell/Aldridge/Porzingis – Grabbing Porzingis at the beginning of five will make the first month of the season tough, but this group will be extremely hard to beat come playoff time. This is an absurd start in points, threes, blocks, and FT% and an above-average start in assists and steals. Turnovers aren’t dead, but you’re in a big hole, and it will probably be easier to just let the category go.


Giannis Antetokounmpo (Pick 3-6)

Punt FT%

Antetokounmpo/Irving/Mitchell/Lowry/Porzingis – This is not the safest combination since it includes both Irving and Porzingis, but on a per-game basis, it is an excellent idea for teams that think they can get Whiteside, Capela, or Adams in six. With this start, you’ll come out of five below where you need to be in rebounds and blocks. However, if you can get your big of choice in six, you will be in good shape everywhere. This is a very strong start in points and threes and an above-average start in assists, so you’ll be able to easily absorb the hits that accompany your sixth-round big.


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