NBA Draft Kit: Five Sleeper Candidates to Consider
NBA Draft Kit: Five Sleeper Candidates to Consider

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

The term "sleeper" gets overused these days, but the concept remains important to Fantasy success. What players are the Fantasy community "sleeping" on? Or, to put it more concretely, who are some players who should be valued a couple rounds higher than their average draft position (ADP) would suggest?

A sleeper column needs minimal introduction, so let's jump right in. I rank every player listed here at least 20 spots higher than their "expert consensus ranking" on Fantasy Pros.

Brook Lopez, Bucks

Frankly, I'm surprised Lopez even qualifies as a "sleeper". He finished last season inside the top 55 in 8-cat, and inside the top 35 in 9-cat. When I made my initial 9-cat ranks in August, slotting Lopez in at 27th, I assumed that would be close to his standard. But his ADP is in the 90s on CBS! 

Over the offseason, the Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon and replaced him with Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver. Matthews and Korver are great shooters, but they are way past their primes, and the offense will probably suffer from the downgrade from Brogdon. As a result, Milwaukee is likely to need more from Lopez, not less. Lopez's usage and threes per game are likely to increase.

The primary counter-argument against another top-60 season from Lopez appears to be the arrival of his brother, Robin, as a backup. Robin is a solid big man, and an obvious upgrade over the Bucks' dreary collection of backup centers in 2018-19, but he can't

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living outside Boston.
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