Draft these fantasy basketball sleepers to round out your roster, fill in position gaps, or strengthen a category to help your team towards victory. Couple some of these guys with the studs you drafted in the earlier rounds to make a winning roster. Here are 11 players that are being slept on in many drafts.
11 NBA Fantasy Basketball Sleepers
Milos Teodosic – PG/SG LAC
Milos draws comparison to Ricky Rubio for his court vision. He can hit his freebies from the line and knock down more 3’s than Rubio, but is lagging in the steals department. Don’t expect much in the scoring or rebounding department either. Look to grab Milos late as a great source of assists from the SG slot, and solidify the category with this late round gem.
Zach LaVine – PG/SG Chi
Assuming he’s ready in November as reports say, look for Zach to pick up where he left off in Minnesota. His usage will increase with a depleted roster, no longer having to share with the likes of Andrew Wiggins or Karl-Anthony Towns. If your team has an IR slot, LaVine is even more valuable as he won’t be dead weight on your roster, and should return within the first quarter of the season. Look for LaVine to put up over 20 points, 2.5 three’s, with about 4 rebounds & assists with solid efficiency.
JJ Redick – SG Phi
Redick will play a similar starting role as he did with the Clippers. He should see similar production as in LA with the new surrounding talent of the Sixers young stable including Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Joel Embiid drawing enough defensive attention for Redick to average 2-3 three’s a game, along with his usual strong contributions in FT%.
Victor Oladipo – SG Ind
Oladipo will have free reign in Indiana like he had in Orlando, and Monta will not be a threat to VO. With journeyman Darren Collison running point, I’m looking for VO and Myles Turner to be the two running the show and be main fantasy assets in Indiana, with Thad Young also having value for good hustle stats, steals and boards.
Trevor Booker – PF Bkn
No more Brook Lopez, leaving a huge hole in the front court and on the glass. Booker’s averages in rebounds and steals make him a valuable asset in the later rounds, and should set career-highs in both.
Kyle Kuzma – PF LAL
Kuzma has been showing off in Summer League and preseason with his athletic dunks and ability to hit the 3-ball. He has all the makings to be one of those guys who can force his hand and way into playing time. He isn’t a second round pick, but a late first playing with a chip on his shoulder like we’ve seen in Draymond Green, Isaiah Thomas and Robert “RoCo” Covington.
John Collins – PF & Taurian Prince – SF Atl
No more Tim Hardaway Jr., no Paul Millsap or Dwight Howard, leaving plenty of usage up for grabs in the ATL. Prince could be a better 3 & D type than Jae Crowder or Trevor Ariza this season. Collins will look to be the starting power forward for the Hawks for years to come, proving his value in rebounding and solid inside scoring. The upside consideration in keeper leagues for Collins is LaMarcus Aldridge with better defense.
Josh Richardson – SG/SF Mia
Richardson could end up among the elite in steals + blocks combined, and enter the prized 1/1/1 (steal/block/3-pointer per game) territory this season, should he stay healthy. The Heat are still finding their identity, having missed the playoffs last year but having one of the best records over the second half of the season in the NBA. Richardson was part of the reason for their success, along with other promising young building blocks Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson. I see the athletic wing eventually pushing Dion Waiters for the starting 2 slot or possibly sliding into the small forward role ahead of Justise Winslow. Even playing the valuable role as the 6th man should give J. Rich 2.0 enough run to be a fantasy asset.
Allen Crabbe – SG/SF Bkn
Now in Brooklyn and currently slated to be their starting small forward, he should be guaranteed consistent minutes. Efficiency could take a dip, with uptick in points, 3’s and steals. Crabbe was brought in to share the scoring burden with D’Angelo Russell, and should average over 15 a game.
Willy Hernangomez – C NYK
Someone’s got to grab rebounds and battle down low while the Unicorn Kristaps Porzingis roams, and guards Hardaway Jr., Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker jack up shots. The Knicks are looking for centerpieces to build around for the future, and it would behoove them to develop Hernangomez rather than trot out a true timeshare rotation with Joakim Noah and Enes Kanter. Kanter should hold some value as a backup, but look for Willy to get the starters share and average a double-double with respectable percentages.