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Fantasy Basketball Sleepers

A list of undervalued players to target in fantasy basketball leagues.

Grabbing a sleeper pick during your draft and watching it pay off for you every game during the season is an amazing feeling. In fact, there may be nothing more satisfying in fantasy sports than hitting the jackpot on a sleeper pick.

To aid you in your quest for the elusive fantasy basketball sleeper, we've put together a list of potential breakout or bounce-back characters to help you win this season.

This list is in alphabetical order and the degree to which these players qualify as sleepers obviously depends on your specific league. We've included each player's projected stats for the upcoming season so that you can properly evaluate them.

Bojan Bogdanovic  Brooklyn Nets

Projected Stats (per game)
G Min Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TO FG% FT%
78 28.7 10.5 3.0 1.4 0.6 0.1 1.4 1.3 44.7 81.8

As a 26-year-old rookie last season, Bogdanovic appeared in 78 contests, averaging 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.2 three-pointers in 24 minutes per game. Bagdanovic is known as a shooter, hitting 45 percent from the field, 36 percent from deep, and 82 percent from the free-throw line. Despite his ability to shoot well, Bogdanovic does little else that shows up in the box score. He's in line to start at shooting guard this season, but that may not make him worth rostering in standard leagues. Through 28 starts last season, Bogdanovic averaged 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 three-pointer, and 0.5 steals in 30 minutes per game. He was given plenty of minutes, but the fact that his value is so directly tied to his efficiency shooting the ball makes him a liability from game to game in fantasy. If he's not hitting his shots, Bogdanovic is going to struggle to provide good fantasy value. Wayne Ellington was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, and coach Lionel Hollins already worked with Ellington in Memphis, so there's a possibility that familiarity could lead to Bogdanovic getting benched in favor of Hollins going with Ellington. It's a battle worth watching in camp.

Chris Bosh  Miami Heat

Projected Stats (per game)
G Min Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TO FG% FT%
75 35.1 19.2 7.4 2.3 0.9 0.7 1.3 2.3 51.9 79.2

Bosh entered the 2014-15 season with the expectation that he would be the leading man following the departure of LeBron James to the Cavs and Bosh's signing of a five-year, max contract to stay with the Heat. Bosh averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range in 35 minutes per game before an unexpected blood clot in his lung cut his season short after just 44 games. Statistically, it was Bosh's best season since his final one with Toronto, and so long as health permits, the 13-year man out of Georgia Tech is expected to have similar production this season. Bosh continues to take strides with his outside touch, as he is not only shooting more three-pointers but also making more three-pointers. Last season, he shot an average of 3.8 three-pointers per game and made 1.4 of them, both being career-highs by far. This season, the presence of Hassan Whiteside will likely move Bosh back to the power forward spot, but that shouldn't change Bosh's role too much, as he will still serve as a floor spacer on offense and a solid interior defender on the other end, while playing heavy minutes.

Avery Bradley  Boston Celtics

Projected Stats (per game)
G Min Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk 3PM TO FG% FT%
74 29.7 14.0 3.4 1.7 1.0 0.2 1.6 1.3 43.9 80.7

Bradley played 77 games in 2014-15, a career high for the oft-injured shooting guard. Unfortunately, the more consistent playing time did not necessarily convert into better per-game stats. Bradley finished the year with slight dips in points per game (14.9 to 13.9) and field goal shooting (44 to 43 percent), though his three-pointers increased from 1.3 to 1.6 per game. Of current Celtics, Bradley lead the team with 32 minutes played per game last year. Yet despite the departure of Rajon Rondo, Bradley faces stiffer competition for minutes this upcoming season. 2014 first-round pick Marcus Smart and 2015 first rounders Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter all need playing time to develop. Plus, the Celtics desperately need the scoring of sparkplug Isaiah Thomas off the bench. Finally, Evan Turner proved last year that he can effectively play both backcourt positions. All these factors, as well as Bradley's injury history, point towards him seeing fewer minutes in 2015-16, his sixth in the NBA. Bradley's defensive intensity is still his best strength. Coach Brad Stevens will continue to mix and match lineups, relying on Bradley and Smart to shut down top flight point guards. Bradley's defense will help the Celtics, but his low assist figures (1.8 per game) and mediocre shooting rank him as bench fodder for standard league fantasy teams.

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