This article is part of our NBA Draft series.
If you're a veteran Fantasy basketball player, you know how difficult it can be to get tangible value out of first-year players. While there are certainly exceptions – Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum being some of the most recent examples – navigating the waters when it comes to rookies can often be risky.
For the most part, the players who are drafted the highest tend to have the best chance at being productive Fantasy commodities. That projects to be the case again this season, with players like Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic and Trae Young set to take on significant roles for their new teams. But finding the outlier or two in every class can be the difference between contending for a league championship and playing for next year.
While history suggests there probably won't be another Donovan Mitchell in this draft class, let's take a look at some under-the-radar draftees who you may find yourself plucking off the waiver wire this season:
Troy Brown, Wizards
The Wizards snuck in this pick in the wake of Michael Porter landing at 14, which put a bit of a damper on the first non-lottery selection. Brown isn't the flashiest prospect, but he's clearly a player Washington had high on its board and thinks could contribute next season.