Breathe Some Life Into Your Fantasy Basketball Team With These Sleepers
Not sure how to enhance your fantasy basketball roster? Adam Ronis of RotoExperts.com has some advice to keep you a step ahead of the competition. Below, three guys you should think about picking up if they’ve flown under the radar in your league.
BUY LOW: Goran Dragic, G, Suns
Many fantasy owners had very lofty expectations for Dragic this season, drafting him in rounds two or three. It was hard not to like Dragic coming into the year as a starting point guard. He provided a glimpse of his upside in 28 starts with the Rockets last season, averaging 18 points, 8.4 assists, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.8 steals. Even with an increase in minutes this season, though, Dragic has not stepped up his production like many envisioned. He is averaging 14.2 points, 6.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 three-pointers. Additionally, Dragic owners might be worried about the recent coaching change in Phoenix, as Lindsey Hunter recently took the helm.
While it’s a very small sample, though, it doesn’t look like Dragic will be hurt by the coaching change – and it actually may give him a boost, as we often seen with some players after coaching changes. (Recently, it’s happened with Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova, to give one example – look at his numbers over his last five games.) In four games under Hunter, Dragic is averaging 15.7 points, 9.2 assists, one three-pointer and 0.7 steals. As he showed last season, Dragic is capable of producing excellent numbers, and lately he’s started doing just that. Get him at a discount before everyone else realizes it.
ADD: Andre Drummond, C, Pistons
Just about everyone aside from Pistons coach Lawrence Frank believes Drummond should get more minutes. He has performed very well and not gotten much attention. His per-36 minute numbers are terrific: 13.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 1.6 steals and 60.7 percent shooting from the field. Overall, though, his actual numbers aren’t impressive, which could cause owners to ignore Drummond. That’s a mistake. He’s averaging 7.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 0.9 steals and is
shooting 60.7 percent from the field. He is averaging just 20 minutes per game, but that should increase the rest of the way.
How good can Drummond be? Take a look at his line from Tuesday night against the Bucks, when he had 18 points, 18 rebounds, two steals and one block on 9 of 15 from the field. It was a blowout loss, but it gave Drummond the chance to prove you should either add him if you can, or hold him if you’ve been frustrated by his relatively low statistical output.
ADD: Andrew Bogut, C, Warriors
It’s been a weird NBA season as far as the return of injured players is concerned: Several times players came back seemingly out of nowhere (think Dirk Nowitzki). That’s what happened with Bogut on Monday night. Reports days before indicated Bogut was about one month away from a return from an ankle injury, and then he started Monday – and played well, shooting 6 of 8 from the field and posting 12 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 23 minutes. Bogut will not play in back-to-back games until after the All-Star break and he is likely to be limited to about 25 minutes a contest, but he should still be added in all leagues. If he continues to put up good stats, however, sell high: he’s still injury-prone, after all.
Note: all statistics entering Tuesday January 29, 2013.
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