In just over one month the 2016-2017 Fantasy Basketball season will begin. I don’t know about you but I’m excited about this season and can’t wait to begin drafting my teams. If you want to win your league it’s imperative to draft players other owners overlook and have them outperform their Average Draft Position (ADP). These players are more commonly known as “sleepers” and I have five for you that I believe will help you win your league this season.
Atlanta Hawks PG Dennis Schroder currently is being drafted at #72.1 at ESPN and I have a feeling Schroeder will absolutely outdo that ADP. Last season Schroeder finished the season 9th in usage and he only played 20 minutes a night. Now that Jeff Teague is no longer standing in his way the minutes will increase as will the opportunities to shine in a Hawks system that is point guard friendly. His 2016 per 36 numbers of 19.7 points, 7.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and nearly 2 steals a game are fantastic and now that he will be getting closer to 30-35 minutes a night those numbers should rise exponentially.
The Houston Rockets allowed Dwight Howard to walk away in Free Agency and the one that should benefit most from this is Clint Capela. Currently his ADP sits at 117 on ESPN and in my opinion that’s far too low for a player that last season put up per 36 numbers that were similar to Dwight Howards. Now that Howard is gone Capela should see more than 19 minutes a game and I am looking forward to watching him put up some crazy numbers that will make people shake their heads for overlooking Capela this season.
While New York Knicks fans were excited about the trade that brought Derrick Rose to New York I was smiling when they signed PG Brandon Jennings to be his backup. I get the excitement; Rose is a former league MVP and when he is healthy he is a beast but Rose has missed nearly 120 games over the past three seasons. If Rose has the same health issues this season Jennings is going to start and even though Jennings has had health issues of his own he is two seasons removed from the freak Achilles injury he suffered in 2015. Last season Jennings played in 48 games and had solid per 36 numbers averaging 13 points and 7 assists. Jennings has an ADP of 111 and should be hanging around at the end of your draft.
Orlando Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier had a terrific 2016 campaign and has an ADP of 54. For a guy who knocked down a couple of triples and averaged 17 points a game per 36 minutes getting drafted at 54 seems about right so why is he a “sleeper”? As good as Fournier was last season Victor Oladipo was the number one option for the Magic. Last season Oladipo had a usage rate of 22 percent while Fournier had just 20 percent and he also had to deal with former coach Scott Skiles and his crazy rotations. This season Fournier has a new coach (Frank Vogel) and with Oladipo being traded away to the Oklahoma City Thunder Fournier could be a steal at number 54.
Speaking of Oladipo; his ADP is currently at number 31 and I think that has more to do with what he did last season in Orlando than it has to do with the possibilities of playing alongside Russell Westbrook. Westbrook isn’t just a great scorer but a great facilitator as well and Oladipo will absolutely get his chances to shoot the triple, pass the ball and will benefit greatly in the Thunder transition game. I know it might be a reach for Oladipo to overtake SG’s like James Harden and Jimmy Butler but with Kevin Durant taking up space and shots in Golden State Oladipo could very easily overtake current number three shooting guard Klay Thompson.
I’ll have plenty more Fantasy Basketball sleepers and much more for you to consider as we all prepare for our Fantasy Basketball drafts.