The 2016-17 NBA Season is just a few short weeks away as we all turn our attention to another exciting fantasy season. Today we will get things rolling as we start to take a look at the NBA Fantasy Sleeper list as we help everyone prepare for their upcoming drafts as well as the first week of daily fantasy basketball.
One name we have high on our list of Fantasy Sleepers to look at this season is Bobby Portis of the Chicago Bulls. Portis who the Bulls drafted with the 22nd overall pick before last season posted seven points a game last year to go with 5.4 rebounds.
That type of production won’t have many fans jumping to draft him this season but you have to take a look a little deeper. Last season he Bulls had both Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah taking over the bulk of the minutes. Fast forward to this season the Bulls have moved on from those two while adding Robin Lopez opening up the door for some additional minutes for Portis who only averaged 17.8 minutes last season.
Here are some of the other NBA Fantasy Sleepers we like heading into the 2016-17 NBA Season.
2016-17 NBA Fantasy Sleepers
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets: Now the Nets shooting guard might not be a player you want to grab early in your draft but we like his potential this season. Last season Hollis-Jefferson averaged only 5.8 points per game but added value on the glass pulling in over five rebounds a game to go with at least one steal per contest. If the Nets shooting guard can take the step forward this year he could help you win your league.
D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers: If you can’t land one of the top tier fantasy options at the point guard position you will need to look for the second tier options. At the front of that class for us is the Lakers point guard as the team will look for him to mature in his second season while seeing his scoring chances rise with the retirement of Kobe Bryant. Last season as a rookie Russell averaged 13.2 points a game to go with 3.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Clint Capela, Houston Rockets: Trust me when we say we would love to have a Demarcus Cousins on our fantasy roster or even guys like Brook Lopez or Andre Drummond. In the end only a few teams will be able to land them while daily fantasy owners on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings will need to find ways to save cap savings on a night to night basis. Last season Capela averaged seven points and six rebounds a game while playing behind Dwight Howard. This season he will have a shot to take over the added minutes now that Howard has moved on.
Kyle Singler, Oklahoma City Thunder: Now you might think this is a crazy idea but we are talking about a team that lost one of the games top scorers in Kevin Durant. Now we expect Russell Westbrook to continue to produce while Victor Oladipo to have his chances but we also expect teams to throw everything at those two giving other players a chance. Singler is more of a fantasy type player you want to take a gamble on in GPP Format tournaments on FanDuel and Draftkings.
Other Fantasy Sleepers & Bargains we like in 2016 include Devin Booker, Tomas Satoransky (especially if Bradley Beal continues his injury issues), Caris LeVert, Aaron Gordon and Ian Mahinmi.