Finding a few gems late in the draft can make the difference between winning and losing your league. Let’s take a look at a several deep sleepers that you may want to take a gamble on in the late rounds of your 2013-2014 fantasy basketball draft. If you have any draft day questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Basketball Forum.
The former second round pick out of Arkansas does have Lin to deal with, but Beverly is a guy that if he gets the minutes could put up solid stats. He played amazing in the playoffs and there is a chance that he is actually a better overall player than Lin. Beverley is a guy that is going to go super late in fantasy drafts and I think he is a perfect last round pick to see if this guy can get some minutes this year.
Clark has found himself in a great situation in Cleveland and he is in line for a solid season. I think he could easily flirt with a double double and he could throw in close to a three, steal, and a block a game. The Cavs are currently rebuilding so I see no reason why they wouldn’t give him a ton of time out on the court.
Whenever Allen got the minutes last year he put up solid stats and it looks like he should get a chance to start for the 76ers this year. There is some competition in the front court for Philly, but as of now it looks like Allen is the clear front runner to start at power forward. I think him averaging close to a double double with over a block per game is very realistic for Allen this year.
Let’s not forget that Humphries had 2 straight years of averaging a double double before last year. In his career when he has had the minutes he has put up the numbers. He has a new home in Boston and there is a decent chance that he plays a solid amount of minutes for them. Humphries is only 28 years old him and I like him as a late round pick in the hopes that he will go back to his double double ways.
The Thunder have created a reputation of having 6th men that have fantasy value and it looks like Lamb might fill that void that Kevin Martin left. The first round pick from 2012 certainly has an upside and I think he could be a nice scoring specialist that you can get late in the draft. He will also have some added value at the beginning of the year with Westbrook banged up. I don’t think he will do much more than score, but I do think he could be a nice source of 3s and points.
Morris is a former first round pick for the Suns and all signs are pointing to him potentially having a breakout season. He is currently listed as their starting power forward and I like his chances of putting up big numbers if he gets the minutes. The suns don’t have a ton of offensive weapons so I expect them to lean on Morris to take a decent amount of shots. In his last 8 games last year he averaged about 12 points, 7 boards, over a steal, 3 pointer, and a block a game. He has the potential to fill up the stat sheet and I am excited to see what he can do this year.
The Celtics are currently in their rebuilding stages and their rookie 7 footer is going to be a part of their rebuilding process. Olynyk was a part of the great Gonzaga squad and he has the potential to make an instant impact in the NBA. There isn’t a lot of competition in the Boston front court and I think he will see decent playing time from the start of the season. I am not expecting huge things from Olynyk but he is still a guy that has an upside that you will be able to get really late in most drafts.
Smith has been in the league for a handful of years now and he hasn’t really done much, but this year could be different. He is going to get a chance to start for the young Pelicans team and he should see plenty of time on the court. The 7 foot former first rounder had solid per minute stats last year and if he plays close to 30 minutes per game he could easily average a double double with solid block totals.
Caldwell-Pope is one of the rookies that will be on everyone’s sleeper list and for good reason. He is in a decent situation with the Pistons with only Stuckey in front of him and I don’t think it will be too hard for him to find time on the court. He was the 8th overall pick in this years draft and the Pistons are going to want to see what their newest youngster can do. He might not get a lot of minutes right away, but I fully expect him to be playing starter minutes by the end of the year.
Kanter was the 3rd overall pick from the 2011 draft and to this point in his career he hasn’t done much. With Al Jefferson out of the way this is going to open the door for Kanter to play big minutes and I think he could have decent value. He had a few big games last year when he got the minutes and the Jazz should give him plenty of time on the floor this season.