With a lot of exceptionally great basketball players nowadays, fantasy basketball fanatics are having a hard time choosing their list. With so many choices to select from, creating your team can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming.
Though you should build your list based on reliable players who have been proven to perform great at the game, you should also not dismiss the sleepers since the later rounds of your fantasy draft are also crucial.
Below are three sleepers who are more likely to outperform their expected draft position.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
It was after the All-Star break in 2016-17 that the breakout of Gordon has started. In that period, he made 6.2 rebounds, 16.4 points, 1.0 steals, 1.7 assists, and 0.7 blocks per game on 50.3 percent shooting from the field and 83.8 percent from the free-throw line. There is no doubt that this 22-year-old forward can top these numbers in 2017-18, especially now that he’s been established as a 4. His preseason was exceptional too, with 27.8 points and 11.2 rebounds on great shooting efficiency per -36 minute numbers.
Probably one of the remarkable developments in the game of Gordon is his three-point shot. Despite playing limited minutes in four of Magic’s five-game preseason slate, he still managed to go 9-of-2. This made him a reliable contributor in the world of fantasy basketball. Given the unexpected change in his status, he’ll be a restricted free agent next summer. This could be a big motivation for him to post breakout seasons
Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks
Schroder is by far the No. 1 offensive option on the rebuilding Hawks.This 24-year-old floor general has impressed many basketball fans with his strong numbers in several raw statistical categories in preseason, with averages of 4.6 rebounds, 23.0 points and 5.4 assists per 36 minutes. Another hint of a massive workload this season is his attempt to get 22.6 shots per 36 minutes.
There are only several players who can put a significant dent in the production of Schroder. Those who are more likely to play the most minutes outside of Schroder are Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, Ersan Ilyasova and Dewayne Dedmon.
Schroder has his share of weakness in fantasy basketball too, he could have high turnovers and he’ll be a negative in the field-goal percentage and block categories. However, he’s definitely a great sleeper at No. 51 for his huge offensive roles and lots of minutes.
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz
Favors had an unforgettable 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. He was a fringe All-Star player who put up efficient 16-8 stat lines and made an impressive contribution in several categories.
He served as a solid backup man last season because of his knee injury and several issues. However the 26-year-old forward shows all good signs for a starting role in 2017-18. He made fantastic across-the-board stats during the preseason, 3.2 assists, 15.5 points, 1.4 blocks, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per 36 minutes on 55.6 percent shooting from the field.
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