You can’t win your fantasy basketball draft without hitting on a few late-round sleepers. Here are some players to keep an eye on.
Unlike in fantasy football, the first few rounds of fantasy basketball drafts won’t be littered with monumental busts. Some of your highest picks may not return top-50 value on the season, but few will turn into waiver-wire fodder.
That makes it that much more imperative for fantasy basketball owners to unearth sleepers with later-round picks. If you grab a few players with top-100 upside in the final few rounds of your draft, you’ll have a leg up over your fellow leaguemates who have to go dumpster diving when their late-round fliers don’t pan out.
In our overall Top 200, we already touched upon why Derrick Favors, Nikola Mirotic and Jeremy Lin (among others) are worthy gambles at their draft-day price. Here, we’ll dig into 10 more potential sleepers and explain what makes each player particularly appealing for fantasy owners.
To qualify as a sleeper here, a player must have an average draft position outside of the top 100 (with one notable exception), according to FantasyPros. For each of the following 10 guys, you should consider taking them at least a full round higher than their ADP in nine-category, head-to-head formats. What your leaguemates may see as a reach could wind up being a league-winner.
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