The NBA season is almost underway and you all know what that means: it’s officially fantasy basketball time, so almost every fan in the world has to be wondering how to take their team to distance and gain bragging rights over all his friends and competitors.
Today, we’re going to let you know about some of the best sleepers that may be available in your fantasy league, and either if you haven’t drafted yet or if you already drafted and they’re on your waiver wire, you should definitely look them up.
These sleepers are pretty likely to overplay their average draft pick and it’s pretty likely that most of your friends and even you have already slept on them because they don’t know them enough or they don’t believe in their true potential in the team’s current system.
So, sit down, grab a piece of paper and your pencil, it’s homework time! Let’s take a look at the top 10 best fantasy sleepers for the 2017-18 campaign. But hey! Don’t be cheap here, share a bit of the prize with us!
10. Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell has really impressed during Summer League and the preseason, proving that he can definitely fill the stat sheet in both ends of the floor and that has absolutely no hesitation to prove his worth at the highest basketball level.
The Utah Jazz are in desperate need for scoring and Rodney Hood seems to be the team’s more complete offensive weapon, but he’s already fell down with an injury and considering how injury prone Hood has been so far through his career, Mitchell could make a lot of noise on the early going and earn a lot of playing time.
9. Robert Covington
Robert Covington has long time been extremely overlooked in both Fantasy and the NBA, but he’s actually been extremely good and productive bringing a little bit of everything to the table, being something like a bigger and younger version of Trevor Ariza.
Covington is one of the best defenders in the Philadelphia 76ers right now and he’s a very good source of steals, points and boards, as well as being a decent shooter from all over the floor, so he’s not going to hurt you in any regard and should be available in most leagues.
8. Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma’s already looking like a major steal for the Los Angeles Lakers, being arguably the best player in both the Summer League and the preseason, and coach Luke Walton’s already considering shifting him to the first unit as he’s overplayed both Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. so far.
Kuzma’s scoring has been off the charts and he’s been terrific from beyond the arc as well, but his rebounding and defensive stats are still a work in progress. Still, if you need scoring and have a big man spot left on your roster, grab him asap.
7. Jamal Murray
The starting point guard gig for the Denver Nuggets is Jamal Murray’s to lose, and neither Jameer Nelson nor Emmanuel Mudiay represent an actual threat for the second year combo guard, who's already improved a lot on his playmaking.
Murray can light it up and score in bunches, and with the Nuggets looking to push up-tempo, he’s going to be a very nice source of assists and points with very good shooting percentages from the field, so if he can add a steal or two, he’s going to be a very underrated guard to own.
6. Malik Monk
Malik Monk was also looking like a steal when the Charlotte Hornets took him, and now that Nicolas Batum is set to miss the entire season with an elbow injury, the rookie’s in a prime position to succeed on a team that’s desperate for scoring.
Monk can put a lot of points on the scoreboard and if Jeremy Lamb’s not able to live up to the task of replacing Batum and the Hornets’ goes downhill, he can even take the starting gig. Either way, it looks like he’s going to have his minutes in the upper 20’s, so he could be a very nice asset to own if you need three-pointers.
5. Willy Hernangomez
Willy Hernangomez is a clear frontrunner to start at center for the New York Knicks, especially considering how well he played over the second half of the past season and with his Spain national team, being a primary source of points and boards and a nightly double-double threat.
Hernangomez’ defense is really improving and if he’s able to pair those stats with a block or two, he could be one of the most productive big men in the Association for this upcoming campaign, so make sure he’s not available anymore.
4. Josh Richardson
Josh Richardson has quietly emerged as one of the Miami Heat’s go-to-guys on offense due to his spectacular play this preseason, and even though nobody seems to be really high on him, we can definitely expect a lot of points and support stats out of him.
Richardson is the frontrunner to be the Heat’s starting shooting guard throughout all the season and both him and coach Spoelstra seem to be very confident in his potential. Richardson can bring a little bit of everything and he should be available in most leagues.
3. Josh Jackson
Josh Jackson seems to already be better than we all expected, as he’s starting to show a bit of a shooting stroke that he definitely lacked during his college stint and if he’s able to hit on a consistent basis, he’s going to be a major asset for the long run.
Jackson’s already an outstanding defender and he’s going to play from the shooting guard to both forward spots this season, so versatility and commitment can guarantee you a lot of good stat lines from this rookie.
2. Willie Cauley-Stein
Willie Cauley-Stein is definitely going to end the year as the Sacramento Kings’ starting big man even if Kosta Koufos seems to be the frontrunner at this point, and his defensive upside makes him a very interesting guy to follow.
Cauley-Stein can guarantee you a lot of high field goal percentage, boards and of course: swats, one of the most undervalued stats in fantasy. So, considering nobody has much hope in the 3rd year center, you should make the most of the opportunity.
1. Dennis Smith Jr.
Dennis Smith Jr is the prime fantasy sleeper for this season, as he has the green light to even call plays for the Dallas Mavericks despite just entering the league, and he’s proven that he’s not afraid to live up to the expectations and become the Mavs’ franchise player for the future.
Dennis is athletic, can create his own shot, is really good in passing lanes and seems to have that mamba mentality, and considering his job isn’t in any kind of jeopardy - barring injury - he’s even one of the frontrunners to take home the Rookie of the Year award this season.