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2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers

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Welcome everyone to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers article. Yes! It’s the article you guys’ have all been waiting for and it is finally here, so rejoice.

After a very short off-season for playoff teams (two months), and a long off-season for every other team (8+ months) we are going to be kicking off the NBA season on December 22nd.

With the off-season being so short for some and long for most it’s going to make for an interesting first few weeks of the season. It is very possible we see star players taking random games off which can be very frustrating for fantasy players.

Draft night is going to be even more uncertain considering we have star players that want to be traded like James Harden. Nobody really knows what this season has in store for us, but lets buckle down and get some fantasy basketball championships.

I’m hoping the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers article will help calm some of fantasy players nerves on draft night knowing you can feel confident in those later rounds and snatch up some difference makers. Everyone knows that sleepers help win championships.

So without further ado welcome to the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers article.

2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers

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Point Guards

For the first player in the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers article, it is none other than Dejounte Murray. He could be a great player this year.

Dejounte Murray, San Antonio Spurs (Yahoo ADP: 66)

This is the one guy I have by far the most faith in this year to really outperform his ADP. We know Murray can do everything in terms of fantasy scoring. He can score, rebound, assist, and steal. The one knock on him so far would be he doesn’t attempt three’s a whole lot(1.7).

Last year Dejounte Murray averaged 10.9 points, 4.1 assists, and 5.8 rebounds while only playing 25 minutes a game. He also shoots the ball pretty well with a line of .462/.369/.798. With Derrick White sidelined for a few weeks, and with just the way Dejounte Murray plays there should be an uptick in minutes, hopefully in the 30’s. If you can give him the minutes he can be deadly, per 36 minutes last year, Murray would have averaged 15/5/8 with 2.4 steals. This is insane.

I’m really hoping the Spurs fully let Murray loose so we can see what he can do with more minutes. I think he can be a great draft day selection in the 6th or later rounds. He could end up as a top point guard if given the opportunity.

Coby White, Chicago Bulls(Yahoo ADP: 76)

Coby White will be entering into his sophomore year this year after having a very up and down rookie season. During his rookie season, Coby White averaged 13.2 points, 2.7 assists, and 3.5 rebounds while playing 25 minutes a game.

The low points of his rookie season outweigh the high points. Coby White for being a point guard did not have a good year distributing the ball. He also only averaged two free throws a game. With a shooting line of .394/.354/.791 there is definitely room for improvement from him this year.

The silver lining of this all is that Coby White loves to shoot the 3-ball averaging 5.8 shots per game, making 2 of them a game last year.

I project Coby White’s numbers to go up in every category in 2020-21. He should see more around 30 minutes a game now which will help bring up his shooting attempt numbers. The only thing I would like to see more of is his assist numbers. If he can get those numbers up he should be a very solid fantasy player this year.

During pre-season so far he has seen an uptick in minutes, shots per game, points, and assists. This is good news for fantasy players thinking of drafting Coby White. You can safely draft him in the 8th or later round and I like him a whole lot more than Lonzo Ball, Kyle Lowry, John Wall, and Malcolm Brogden for a multitude of reasons.

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics(Yahoo ADP: 80.5)

Finally given the starter role, Marcus Smart hasn’t disappointed. Last year he played 32 minutes a game while averaging 12.9 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.8 rebounds with a shooting line of .375/.347/.836. He also adds 1.7 steals a game which is nice.

I don’t think his minutes will go up dramatically, it should stay right around 32 minutes a game but without Gordon Hayward around there should be an uptick in his shots per game. I think he can be a very good fantasy asset this year, he won’t be averaging 20 points a game, but he does everything else pretty well and checks all the boxes for fantasy basketball.

Late-Round Steals

Killian Hayes, Detroit Pistons(Yahoo ADP: 131)

By far and away my favorite rookie this year. I wanted the Bulls to draft him but they decided to go with Patrick Williams instead. Yikes! I think Killian Hayes is going to do great things for the Detroit Pistons. I’m already projecting him to take over the starting point guard spot over Derrick Rose.

I see him playing around 25 minutes a game, with an opportunity for that to be going up over the course of the year. During his first few preseason games, he has been doing everything including, scoring, and attempting double-digit shots per game. He also has been distributing the ball well, he can rebound, and he can steal the ball.

I think Killian Hayes is going to be quite a good draft-day selection this year since he is going so late and I think he has a very bright future ahead of him. Good luck to Killian Hayes.

Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets (Yahoo ADP: 138)

As of right now, Spencer Dinwiddie will be the sixth man for the Brooklyn Nets even though he is talented enough to be the starter like he was last year. He was able to average 20.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds with a slashing line of .414/.308/.778. He also averaged seven free throw attempts per game while making five of them. That’s free points right there.

Unfortunately, Kyrie Irving is going to be healthy going into the season so this makes Spencer Dinwiddie less of an enticing draft day selection. There is one silver lining in all of this though and that is the health of Kyrie Irving throughout a whole year. Since leaving Boston, Kyrie Irving has never played more than 67 games and last year he only played 20.

So if I was a betting man, there is a very good chance Irving gets a minor injury and Spencer Dinwiddie will have to come in and save the day. This makes him the ultimate steal since he is going near the end of all drafts. Don’t be afraid to draft him just because Kyrie Irving is there.

Shooting Guards

Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors (Yahoo ADP: 74.3)

This is an easy one I feel like. With Klay Thompson gone for the rest of the year because of an Achilles injury, Andrew Wiggins should see an uptick in almost every category. Last year under the same circumstances somewhat he averaged 21.8 points, 3.7 assists, and 5.1 rebounds with a slashing line of .457/.339/70.9.

Andrew Wiggins for most of his career has been inconsistent and I don’t expect that to change this year. I still expect him to be right around the averages he was last year which is fine. You can safely start him every time, knowing that he will be the second option in this high powered offense.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks (Yahoo ADP: 95.2)

Bogdan Bogdanovic is now an Atlanta Hawk and he should be starting for the Atlanta Hawks. This is good news especially since he is being drafted around 95. That is super low for a guy who averaged 15.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on only 28 minutes a game. He also shoots the ball pretty well with a slashing line of 44/37.2/74.1.

I expect him to get around 30 minutes of playing time, I don’t think this will be enough to affect his numbers too much but you should still see him averaging around 15 points a game. Hell in this fast-paced offense he could possibly see an uptick in points per game, possibly reaching 17 points a game would be amazing. Don’t be afraid to draft him, especially with him going pretty late in drafts.

Seth Curry, Philadelphia 76ers (Yahoo ADP: 118.4)

The other Curry may have found his home where he can really show his skills. He will now be in an offense that has the likes of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons which allows Seth Curry to operate around the 3-point line with absolutely nobody keying in on him. Last year he averaged 12.9 points a game. This is going to be the only thing he does well, he doesn’t provide a lot assists, steals or blocks.

Just like his brother, Seth Curry is a terrific shooter with a slashing line of .495/.452/.825. The most impressive stat of that is his 3 point shooting. A 45% three-point shooter is very solid for someone being drafted this late. Expect his minutes to go up significantly and most of these shooting numbers should also go up. Don’t be surprised if he averages around 15 or 16 points a game.

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Unfortunately, he won’t provide you very little points in all the other fantasy basketball categories.

Late-Round Sleepers

Will Barton, Denver Nuggets (Yahoo ADP: 132.8)

Will Barton is a tough player to evaluate for fantasy basketball this year. As of right now, he isn’t the starter, they have given that to Gary Harris. I don’t think Will Barton will start most games because of defense but I do expect Will Barton to be one of, if not the main scorer off the bench for the Denver Nuggets. Also if anyone misses time on this team Barton will see an uptick in almost every category.

Last year Will Barton averaged 15.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists with a slashing line of .450/.375/.767. Most analysts don’t think he will be able to replicate that because of all the other scoring options in this offense. Fortunately, I’m not like other analysts and I think Will Barton will end up being a very good fantasy draft-day selection in the later rounds.

As you can tell he can score, rebound, and assist a little bit. This provides enough to where he should be able to outperform his ADP of 132.

Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies (Yahoo ADP: 142.5)

I literally cannot believe his ADP of 142. This dude was on fire last year and hasn’t been slowing down in preseason either. This is good news because it shows last year wasn’t a fluke.

Last year Dillon Brooks averaged 16.2 points, 2.1 assists, and 3.3 rebounds with a slashing line of 40/35/80 which is solid but not great. The good thing for him is that he is shooting the ball a lot(14 times a game) for someone being drafted so late, this right here is an absolute steal.

I don’t expect his numbers to go down at all, in fact, I expect his minutes to go up for sure with a possibility of reaching 17 to 18 points a game. Please draft Dillon Brooks whenever you can, if it’s this late in the draft you just got away with robbery. Congratulations.

Small Forwards

Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz (Yahoo ADP: 102)

Comically underrated every year fantasy drafts roll around, Bojan has been very good the past two seasons. In 2018 he averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists with a line of 49/42/80 and in 2019 he averaged 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists with a slashing line of 44/41/90.

He is pretty consistent with the assists and rebounds so you won’t be expecting him to wow you in that category but in terms of scoring Bojan can be anywhere from 18 to 22 points a game. For someone being drafted this late, this is quite a steal. He could be a starter on most fantasy teams. Do not be afraid to draft this man.

Obi Toppin, New York Knicks (Yahoo ADP: 128)

The only other rookie to make it on my list, I don’t believe Obi Toppin is the most impactful player from this years draft, I just think he went to the right situation where he can get the most opportunities. He doesn’t have to compete for baskets with anybody really. Who knows maybe the Knicks let Obi Toppin loose. If they do that and you drafted him at 128 you just might’ve had one of the steals of the draft.

I can easily see him playing 30+ minutes a game while averaging around 15 points, 3 assists, and around 5 to 6 rebounds. These would be perfect numbers for Obi Toppin, might even win him rookie of the year with those numbers. Just because he is a rookie on the hapless Knicks doesn’t mean you should be avoiding him late in drafts.

Late-Round Sleepers

Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings (Yahoo ADP: 141.3)

This might be a controversial pick but I just think he is in a situation where he will have ample opportunity to score, rebound, and assist. Last year he averaged 14.5/4.9/2.2 with a shooting line of 46/38.1/80.

One thing you don’t have to worry about is the health of Harrison Barnes. He has played in over 70 games in every year expect for one where he played 66 games.

Expect him to get around the same numbers, he will play a lot(34 mpg) and will score just like he has been the past few years(14.5 ppg). When you are in the late rounds you are looking for guys that are playing a lot and filling the stat sheet. This is what Harrison Barnes does, so do not be afraid to draft him late.

Power Forwards

Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls (Yahoo ADP: 71.8)

As a Bulls fan, Lauri Markkanen has been very disappointing. This could be because his coaches were Fred Hoiberg and Boylen. Those are two terrible coaches that didn’t know how to use Markkanen correctly.

With a new GM and new coach Billy Donovan, this is a huge season for Lauri Markkanen. Instead of just being a tall three guy, he should be used in multiple facets of the game now including scoring in the paint which he didn’t do much under previous coaches.

Last year he averaged 14 and 6 in 29 minutes a game. His shooting line was ok with a 42/34/82. There are a few concerns with Markkanen. For one they drafted Patrick Williams at number 4, who will take some minutes away from him. It also looks like Wendell Carter is like more than Lauri which could hurt his playing time even more,

Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings (Yahoo ADP: 101.9)

As long as he can stay healthy he should easily outperform his ADP of 101.9 and it wouldn’t even be close. Last year while healthy he averaged 14.2 and 7.5 on 25 minutes of play.

Per 36: 19.9 points and 10.5 rebounds. He would be a walking double-double if he gets more playing time. For this year I expect his minutes to jump to around 30 minutes a game which should bring up his shooting and rebounding numbers. I would not be afraid to draft this guy, he has got the talent to be a top big in the league.

Late-Round Sleepers

Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trailblazers (Yahoo ADP: 132.7)

This is definitely not a sexy pick, but you can get him super late and it will be very good value. Someone other than Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum will have to score. Carmelo Anthony coming off the bench should be able to provide solid numbers. Last year he averaged 15/6/1 while shooting 43/38/84. I expect those numbers to stay the same for this year.

Who knows maybe braided Melo will bring back his scoring prowess. It is very possible he can average 17 points a game. That would be big for where he is being drafted. Don’t be afraid to take a shot on the aging veteran.

If Carmelo Anthony kills it this year just remember you saw it here first in the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers article.

Centers

Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards (Yahoo ADP: 75)

Recently just hurt his hip, he could see a decrease in minutes to start the year. His draft stock might even drop a little because of the injury which would be even better. Right now he has solid value where his ADP is at. Last year he averaged 13 and 7 with a block a game on 24 minutes a game.

I expect his minutes to go up when he becomes full healthy, with that being said he should see an uptick in points, rebounds, and blocks. Don’t be surprised if he averages 15 and 10 by the end of the year.

Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets (Yahoo ADP: 109.7)

Why is Jarrett Allen being drafted so low? He could easily be a walking double-double on this high powered team with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Last year Jarrett Allen averaged 11.1 points and 9.6 rebounds while playing only 26.5 minutes a game. I expect his minutes to go up into the low 30 range, I also expect his rebounds, block to go up a little bit as well. The only thing is his scoring might go down now that a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will be there.

I still think he can be a walking double-double every night so don’t be afraid to draft him especially since he is being drafted so low right now. He could be a true steal of the draft. Just know you got it here first on the 2020-21 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers article.

Late-Round Sleepers

Tristan Thompson, Boston Celtics (Yahoo ADP: 138)

Currently injured, but if he gets healthy in time he could be quite a steal. Practically going undrafted in fantasy drafts Tristan Thompson in his past two years has averaged 10 rebounds and roughly 11 points. He constantly gets double-doubles so if you need someone who can rebound, you should be going with Tristan Thompson late in drafts.



The only question is if he can stay healthy, or if he can get enough minutes with Robert Williams and Daniel Theis there.


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