Fantasy Sports

2021 Fantasy Basketball Best Bets


Those who can’t get enough NBA hoop dreams will have to wait just a bit longer before the season commences but we are going to take an early look at some of the best bets for your fantasy basketball rosters. Let’s dig deep and find out which NBA stars are ready to shine and even a few that could be the biggest sleepers of the season.

Monsters in the Middle

  1. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) – When the reigning MVP is also a 26-year-old superstar coming into his prime it is impossible not to include him as the top dog at the center position…or any other position for that matter. He hit nearly 57 percent from the field last year and if you’ve got the No. 1 overall pick in your league, there is no other choice. And while he will be among the priciest players in daily fantasy, he’s worth it because he can score on anyone, any time, anywhere.
  2. Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) – Davis will be eligible at both the center and forward position but either way his stock has fallen dramatically due to an injury-plagued season in 2020. However, he has had plenty of time to heal and at age 28, he has plenty of gas left in the tank. Many will be wary about drafting him after coming off a disappointing season but look for a huge rebound…pun intended.
  3. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) – The big man in the middle elevated his game to stratospheric heights last season, averaging career-highs in points (28.5) and steals (1.0) while shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 85.9 percent from the charity stripe. The biggest drawback to selecting Embiid is his lack of durability which has limited him to 51 games in consecutive seasons.

Fabulous Forwards

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) – It’s hard to argue with the Greek Freak being the No. 1 choice at this position after a championship season in which he led the Bucks in scoring and rebounds. Giannis can do it all – well almost – because his adventures at the free-throw line continue to be a drag on his fantasy stats. But it is a small price to pay for everything else he does so well.
  2. Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets) – The Slim Reaper may be a bit of a diva off the court but when he’s hoopin’ it up there are few better. And although he has to share the rock with his All-Star cast while recent injuries have put a slight damper on his draft position, you can be sure KD will be getting buckets upon buckets this season.
  3. Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) – Tatum has been orbiting the rarified air of superstardom for a few years but this year he breaks through and you will be the envy of everyone else in your league if you step up and take him early – real early. He has gained serious mass in the offseason and at only 23-years-old he has many years ahead of reigning near or at the top of the league. High praise but well worth it.

The Sharpshooters

  1. Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors) – At some point, Curry will slow down and Father Time will claim another victim but even at age 33, Curry will be at the top of his game this year as he was last season when he led the league in scoring, averaging 32 points per game. Many of the best sports betting handicappers are including Steph Curry in their NBA picks to win the MVP Award for the third time in his career.
  2. Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks) – If you prefer the 22-year-old superstar over the 33-year-old future Hall-of-Famer as the top guard in your fantasy basketball draft then have at it. You won’t get many arched eyebrows or puzzled looks because the Slovenian Sniper is as dynamic a player as you will find in any backcourt on any team in the league. Look for more of the same this season, and the next, and the next, and…
  3. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) – With Russell Westbrook gone to LA, expect an even more stunning statistical season than he had in 2020. Beal nearly added his second scoring title to his mantle but was edged by Steph Curry by a razor-thin 0.7 points per game. The Wizards have no one surrounding Beal to lighten the load so expect even greater production from an already stellar player.

Silky Smooth Sleepers

  1. Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons) – The Pistons plan on building their offense around the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft and don’t be surprised if Cunningham lives up to the hype and delivers the goods.
  2. Evan Mobley (Cleveland Cavaliers) – Another highly touted rookie makes our sleeper squad but it’s hard not to believe the former USC big man won’t be dominating the paint from jump street. The Cavaliers have few options and if getting Mobley the ball is their primary goal, which it is, then expect plenty of production out of the seven-foot gamechanger.
  3. Aaron Nesmith (Boston Celtics) – We’ve seen flashes of brilliance from the 14th overall pick in the 2020 draft but expect to see much more now that a new coach and a new direction have taken hold in Boston.

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