It’s hard to win a fantasy championship without making a few great late picks during the draft. Every year there are several players that get picked near the end of the draft that end up having huge fantasy value. Let’s take a look at a few deep sleepers that you may want to take a gamble on in the late rounds of your 2012-2013 fantasy basketball draft.
The Wizards have almost an entirely new team from what they had a couple years ago, and I think Booker could be a decent piece of that new offense. He played great when given the minutes last year, and I think he could beat out Vesely as the starting power forward. There are lot of question marks with how the minutes will be distributed in Washington, but if Booker ends up playing big minutes I think he could have a lot of fantasy value.
Young has a new home with the 76ers, and I think he could be a great 6th man for them this year. I don’t see Young earning a starting spot, but I could easily see him playing close to 30 minutes a game off the bench. When you look at the 76ers lineup there are some solid players, but there should be plenty of points to go around. I think Young could be asked to take a lot of shots, and he should be a great role player points and 3s guy.
There is a reason why we have two 76ers on this list. Bynum is the only guy on the team that averaged over 15 points per game last year, and this means that someone is going to have to step up and put the ball in the hoop. I don’t think Hawes is going to be a big time scorer, but I think a double double with over 1.5 blocks is certainly possible. It seems like Hawes has been around forever, but he is only 24 years old and he could be primed for a breakout year.
With Dwight Howard in LA the Magic are going to have to look elsewhere for a lot of their scoring. Turkoglu has been pretty much a role player over the past few years, but I think his numbers could go up across the board if he can stay healthy. He is getting a little older at 32, but I think he has enough left in the tank to have decent fantasy value this year. Another thing I like about Hedu is he has the potential to fill up the stat sheet. He should be well worth a gamble in the later rounds.
Mullens had an up and down season last year, but he showed some promise at times. The former first round pick out of Ohio State could be in line for consistent minutes this year, and I think he is certainly worth a look in the later rounds. The Bobcats are currently rebuilding, and that’s another reason why I think the 23 year old Mullens could see an expanded roll this year.
Anyone that has played fantasy basketball for any amount of time, knows that opportunity always outweighs talent. Obvisouly talent is important, but it doesn’t matter how good you are if you only get to play 20 minutes a game. I am not in love with the talent level of Ayon, but he should see a decent amount of minutes for the Dwight Howardless Magic. I am not expecting huge things, but I love the fact that he averaged a steal and a block in only 20 minutes of work last year. He still has to win the starting center job, but I think he is the current front runner.
The Rockets don’t have a lot of depth with their front court, and this is one of the reasons why I like Patterson. He played a decent amount of minutes last year, and his numbers were solid but nothing amazing. I think he could see even more minutes this year, and with one more year of experience I think he should build on his numbers from a year ago.
Thompson came into the league and made a big splash his rookie year, but he has yet to match his numbers from his rookie campaign. The main reason he is on this list is because how he finished last year, and also knowing that he has put up solid fantasy numbers before. I think he will get the minutes this season, and I see no reason why he couldn’t be a double double guy this year.
We had Thompson on this list last year, and while he had a decent season it was not what we were hoping for. Jamison stayed healthy the entire year, and he really hurt the value of Thompson. With Jamison out of the way, this should open the door for Thompson to show us what he can do. I think he could be a double double guy, and he should be able to help out with blocks as well.
Jarrett Jack is now in Golden State, and this is going to open the door for Vasquez to play big minutes. When he played over 30 minutes a game towards the end of last year he had some big games. The former first round pick out of Maryland could flirt with averaging a double double this year, and I think he is a great point guard to target late.