Finding a few late-round gems in your draft can make the difference between winning and losing your league. Let’s take a look at several 2014-2015 fantasy basketball deep sleepers that you may want to take a gamble on late in your draft. If you have any draft day questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Basketball Forum.
Gallinari missed the entire season a year ago and is slipping down draft boards more than he should. If you read our bust article you know we like to stay away from injury risks in the early rounds of a draft. In the later rounds, taking the gamble is much more worth it and Gallinari is a prime example of that. Should Gallinari play the majority of the season one can expect solid scoring numbers and great amount of three pointers out of him.
McRoberts has a new home in Miami which actually will suit his game quite well. Coming off his best season as a professional, McRoberts is a great playmaker from the power forward position. He is going undrafted in many leagues which is hard to believe for a guy that is going to help your team in every category. His ceiling is 10 points, 5 boards, 5 assists, a steal, and a three a game so if you are in a deep league that is very roster worthy.
The triangle offense will be ran in New York this coming fantasy basketball season and that might help no one more than Bargnani. A stretch four, Bargnani could be in line for a big improvement over his 13 points a game in last year. He should have more open shots in the corner and anytime you can get one to two threes out of your power forward that is also a bonus.
Bradley has improved every season he has been in the league and last season he averaged a career best 14.9 points a game. There is a real chance that Boston deals Rajon Rondo at some point this year and if that happens Bradley could be asked to do much more for the Celtics. He is a great flier in the later rounds for teams in need of points and steals.
At this point the Nets are claiming that Joe Johnson will start at small forward and if that happens there is a real chance that Jarrett Jack wins the starting shooting guard job for Brooklyn. When given the minutes over his career Jack has been fantasy relevant and a solid source of points and assists. Even if Jack does not start he should play close to 25 minutes a night making him a sneaky pick in deeper leagues.
The 76ers are going to finally start Tony Wroten and he has the tools to breakout this season. When given the chance last year, Wroten put up stellar fantasy numbers contributing in five categories. An athletic guard Wroten will not win any shooting contests but could put up over 15 points a game this year.
You will have to spend a pick higher than your last one to get journeyman Gerald Green on your team but he is still slipping way too far in drafts. Coming off his best season as a professional Green averaged over 15 points a game and we see no reason why that will not continue this coming year. The Suns led the NBA by averaging 17.8 fast break points a game which suits Green’s game just fine. The Suns did draft T.J. Warren to replace Green at some point on this roster but we are banking on that happening next year.
With all the changes for the Pacers someone is going to have to shoot the basketball and that someone very well might be Rodney Stuckey. Paul George is done for the year and Lance Stevenson signed with the Hornets so the Pacers will look very different this year. Always a solid scorer, Stuckey has a real chance for a breakout season. If your league count free throws made, Stuckey is not just simply a shooter, he does take it to the rack and will get to the line early and often in games help you in that category as well.
The 76ers were the worst team in the NBA last year. One bright spot towards the end of the year was Henry Sims as he played great in April averaging 15 points and over seven rebounds per contest. Going undrafted in many leagues Sims is a great guy to target late. One item of note however, is he is not a great shot blocker for a big man.
Starters on the Atlanta Hawks averaged over 30 minutes a game and with head coach Mike Budenholzer still calling the shots that will not change this season. Carroll was a deep sleeper we liked coming into last season and during the second half of the year he certainly lived up to that. Carroll averaged 12 points, almost six rebounds, and 1.5 steals a game after the All-Star break. We expect Carroll to repeat those numbers for an entire season this time around.