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2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Center Sleepers


The Center position is becoming a lost art in this new era of NBA basketball. That makes the great ones even more valuable in fantasy basketball, as there are so few who fill up the stat sheet.

But what if I told you there were three young big men who you can grab later in fantasy basketball drafts who could return some serious value?

Below are three sleepers that have center eligibility, who are being undervalued in drafts.

2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Center Sleepers

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Jakob Poeltl, C/PF, San Antonio Spurs

Poeltl was part of the Kawhi Leonard/DeMar DeRozan trade in the offseason. He joins the Spurs with a big man rotation of LaMarcus Aldrige and the NBA’s Abuelo, Pau Gasol. Pau is now 38 years old and played just 23.5 minutes per game last year.

There will be plenty of minutes for Poeltl in his third NBA season and it is looking like he will be the starting center on opening night, as Gasol moves to a bench role.

Poeltl’s per-36 averages last year with the Raptors:

  • 13.4 points,
  • 9.3 rebounds
  • 2.4 blocks
  • 66% FG

There will be plenty of questions of how the Spurs will operate on offense this season as the roster looks VERY different. The video above shows you how ball movement makes it easy for Spurs bigs.

Wendell Carter Jr., C, Chicago Bulls

If you did not watch any of the NBA Summer League, you missed out. The Bulls rookie, 7th overall pick, was named to the All-NBA Summer League first team.

One thing is for sure, Carter Jr. is going to record a ton of blocked shots.

With Lauri Markkanen missing the first two months of the season, there will be even more minutes for Carter Jr. than expected. Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis are still on the roster, and they signed Jabari Parker in the offseason, but the front office is going to make sure Wendell sees the floor.

Willy Hernangomez, C/PF, Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets acquired Hernangomez in a deal with the New York Knicks last February. He is just 24 years old and will join Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky in the big man rotation. Remember, the Hornets traded Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets, who agreed to buy him out of his contract.

Hernangomez averaged 20 minutes per game in five April contests last year, recording three double-doubles. The other two games he pulled down eight rebounds, averaging 10 for the month. He even got to the free throw line 14 times in 22 minutes against the 76ers, making 11.

Check out the rest of the 2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Coverage to help win your leagues.

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