If you enjoyed our last article on winning a fantasy league, then you might enjoy this one if you getting ready to draft for your fantasy basketball league. Chances are you won’t lose your league in the first few rounds, but uncovering that sleeper or reaching for a player while others are waiting can be the difference between 1st and 2nd place. Here are 5 candidates we’ve selected that should be rostered on your fantasy basketball team.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been collecting a team of young talented asset with D’Angelo Russell being one of the most prized. Russell has shown a lot of promise during the preseason and will carry that form into the regular season as the team’s focal point. Russell should be able to chip in on points, assists, threes and a few steals here and there. You may have to reach for him, but it could be worth it in the long run.
Most of you are probably wondering what Kent Bazemore is doing on this list. However, Hawks fans will know he is a good source for 3’s with a high FT%. Bazemore will also help with points, boards and steals. Last season’s numbers should increase this year without much competition at the three spot. He might officially be listed as a small forward, most fantasy leagues should also give Bazemore SG eligibility, which will add quality depth to your bench at both positions.
Utah’s star player Gordon Hayward is out for a few weeks and that has left the door wide open for a guy like Rodney Hood to stand in. Even with Gordon Hayward playing last year, Hood was able to put up great numbers for a late round guy. He shouldn’t have any trouble getting minutes this season with Dante Exum and Joe Johnson vying for tie. He’ll get you 3’s, points and other stats to help you win your match-up each week.
It’s been a mess for the Philadelphia 76’ers in real life, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t roster any of their players. With Ben Simmons out for an extended period of time, enter Robert Covington. The talented forward gets you a little bit of everything on both sides of the court. If you are punting FG% or have bigs that can cover, he’s your guy.
If there’s one center that there’s a consensus on to succeed this year, it is Jusuf Nurkic of the Denver Nuggets. Although he plays another 7-plus footer, Nurkic will be an easy source for points and rebounds in the Denver offense. Kenneth Faried will likely be traded at some point, which will pave the way for Nurkic to succeed.