NBA fantasy preview: sleepers
Picking the possible breakout players who everyone else passes on is an important skill in fantasy hoops. This year is no different -- the ability to pinpoint and find those late round gems gives you an advantage over your competition and will give you a great chance at bringing home the championship. Last year, it was
There is a reason Williams was brought in by the Golden State management. If their "
We saw a glimpse of what Sessions can do late last season, albeit against quite inferior competition. Even so, impressive per game averages of 19 points and 17 (!) assists in his last three games is nothing to scoff at.
As impressive as
New Knicks coach
Once the Kings traded away
These three guys will all be battling for the starting point guard spot for the Memphis Grizzlies. However, I think it will all come down to just Conley and Lowry, as Crittenton is more of a combo guard. Keep watch on this situation in training camp, and pick up the guy who wins out.
In just 26 minutes per game off the bench last year, Garcia put up 12.3 pts, 3.3 rebs and 1.2 steals. Now, with
The man has always been fond of stats -- just look at his rebounding antics in search of a triple-double while with Cleveland. Now, he's very likely going to battle
The Orlando Magic's weakness last year was at the shooting guard spot. Orlando would play whichever guy it was that had the hot hand, frequently rotating
A change of scenery should do J.J. some good. In Portland, there were just too many talented players vying for playing time, and he's definitely better off in Indiana. It's likely that he'll be used as a sixth man to provide a scoring spark off the bench. Additionally, there is word that Jack and
When this guy's on, he's really on. On Feb. 22, 2008, he scorched the Chicago Bulls for 43 points in just 33 minutes off the bench, bombing in eight three pointers. The problem is that he's not always on. He certainly has the potential to become an explosive scorer but still needs to learn how to use all the tools in his repertoire. Smith will be getting the bulk of the Denver bench minutes, and you'll want to have him active when he's hot.
The other guy who'll be significantly impacted by Artest's departure is Salmons. He has always been a talented player, but having to back up Artest hasn't been good for his growth. Just to show you the significant difference, here are two sets of stats:
Big difference. Get this guy on your team if you can.
After being in Warriors coach
This guy will definitely be looked upon to pick up the scoring slack after the team lost
Young is currently slated to be the starting SF for Philly. He played well last season despite playing out of position at power forward. With now a full season under his belt, I fully expect some nice improvement in his game and stats.
These two guys will be looked upon to fill the big shoes of
This guy is passed over every single year in drafts, and I expect it to be the same deal this time around. He had a really solid fantasy line last year -- 12.6 pts, 5.8 rebs, and almost a steal per game, along with good percentages. If you're looking for solid late round sleeper, go with Gomes.
Everyone was saying that last year was going to be Bargnani's breakout season. I believed it, too, but what a disappointment! So this year, I'm going to be smart and temper my expectations for the guy. While I do expect modest improvements, I'm not expecting a breakout season or anything ... C'mon Bargs, I dare you to prove me wrong ...
Last season, Charlie V. competed for minutes with
The Bulls have always been deficient in the frontcourt, and Noah is a frontcourt player. While some of his play from last year was inconsistent, he has the potential to take a step forward this year. He'll likely be starting at center, with
The Pacers have officially begun their rebuilding in trading away
Isn't it kind of ironic that the elder Gasol was traded to the Lakers last year for his younger brother? Regardless, let's just say he doesn't have very stiff competition in Memphis for a starting frontcourt spot, so he'll definitely be getting plenty of PT. Don't expect him to put up numbers like his brother right away, though ...