Finding valuable players or sleepers late in the draft is where you win your leagues in Fantasy Basketball. Whether you’re taking a punt on an untested rookie, a young player stepping into a new role or you just believe everyone is sleeping on that player’s value there are multiple reasons why you draft players late. Finding a diamond in the rough is not easy and more likely than not, they turn out to be a bust and you drop them.
That’s why we’ve put together a detailed analysis on 4 guys we believe are sleepers for your fantasy league to make sure you nail those late picks.
1. Seth Curry
The current Average Draft Position (ADP) for Seth is at pick 118, this is what makes him a sleeper to us. Seth has had a different career trajectory than brother Steph where he has bounced around the league not having a place to call home, however, we think Philly will suit him well. Daryl Morey likes to space his offenses in the pursuit of 3 pointers and dunks and Seth perfectly fits next to Simmons and Embiid to help space the floor. Worth noting is that J.J Redick a couple of years ago playing in this similar role averaged 18 points and over 3 triples, if you’re after those categories this is going to be a late-round steal for you.
2. Tyrese Haliburton
There are some very big wraps on this kid coming out of college if you’re willing to endure the bumpy ride at the start of the season we think he’s going to be extremely valuable towards the end of the season. Haliburton’s current ADP is well outside the top 150 which means you can pick him off the waivers or take him as your last pick. Sacramento won’t be very good once again and Buddy Hield is in a constant state of almost being traded. Even if Buddy does stay we project Tyrese to fill Bogdan Bogdanovic’s role at around 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists. If that’s the case he probably won’t be drafted in most redraft leagues, but, IF Buddy leaves, well, we will definitely be grabbing him.
3. Michael Porter Jr.
Probably NBA Fantasy’s worst kept secret. 39th in the league in rebound rate during the regular season so he is well above average in the rebounding department at small forward. He’s a natural scorer and averaged 16 points on 52% (only 10 shots a game) in 26 minutes in the bubble, his stroke is elite, and drawing comparisons to Kevin Durant is a nice place to be. MPJ is going to be elevated to the starting lineup and hopefully play around 30 minutes per night, couple that with a full NBA season under his belt and an increase in his ball usage and you’re looking at a bonafide 4th or 5th pick, We’re looking for him anywhere after pick 55, that’s how valuable we think he’ll be.
4. Christian Wood
In New Orleans and Detroit, Wood’s per 36 minute stats have been ridiculously good at about 25 points, 12 rebounds and shooting over 53% from the field. We have yet to see Wood average over 22 minutes yet so that data is fairly extrapolated but it does bode well for his upcoming season with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are very thin upfront and need a mobile big who can space the floor and shoot 3’s, enter Christian Wood. Wood is most likely going to end up starting and playing close to 30 minutes a night, let’s see how close he can get to 25 points and 12 rebounds. Make sure you go for him any time after pick 35, yes 35.
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