This list will include several more players that could make some noise this year in fantasy leagues. Here are some sleepers to look for in fantasy basketball standard leagues this year part two.
Jarred Vanderbilt: Jazz PF
Vanderbilt has some major opportunities ahead of him. If he can stay put on his new team and play consistent minutes in the 30s (he is 23 years old on a rebuilding team), then he can seriously produce. Last season, he averaged 6.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.3 dimes, 1.3 steals, and 0.6 blocks on 59% from the field, 14% from three and 66% from the line. Not to mention, he only averaged 25.4 minutes a game as a full-time starter. It won’t be a surprise to see his minutes raise this season due to his age and the team’s direction. If he can improve upon his assists, three-point shooting and free throws, expect him to put up potential top 50 value in standard nine-cat leagues due to his strong defensive number output, high field goal percentages and low turnovers.
Tre Jones: Spurs PG
Jones was entrenched as a bench player behind Dejounte Murray last season. Now that Murray is gone, this will change. Pop is probably going to start Jones as he seems to be the best option for right now. Last season he averaged, six points, 2.2 boards, 3.4 dimes, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, and just 0.7 turnovers a game on 49% from the field, 20% from three and 78% from the line. Per 36 mins, he has averages of 13 points, 4.9 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.2 blocks, and only 1.4 turnovers a game. As a starter, he has averages of 12 points, 4.4 boards, 7.2 dimes, one steal, 0.2 blocks, and a turnover on 48% from the field, 20% from three and 76% from the line. He just needs to improve on his steals and three-point shooting, but otherwise he is looking like a major steal this season.
Thomas Bryant: Lakers C
The Lakers don’t even know what they’re trying to achieve this year as they haven’t made the biggest of moves. Still, the signing of Bryant was very solid to say the least. Last year, he came back from a devastating ACL tear to put up some measly numbers. He averaged 7.4 points, four boards, 0.9 dimes, 0.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 0.7 turnovers a game on 52% from the field, 29% from three, and 88% from the line. Now that he has a fresh opportunity to be a starter on this Lakers squad, he could put up some decent numbers. Not to mention, he’s playing with an injury-prone Anthony Davis in the front court. If Davis has to miss any time, expect Bryant to put up even better numbers as the possible number three option behind James and Westbrook (if he stays).
Robert Williams: Celtics C
Not so much a sleeper anymore, but people may still be missing out on his nine-cat production somehow. Williams averaged 10 points, 9.6 boards, two assists, 0.9 steals, 2.2 blocks, and one turnover a game on 74% from the field and 72% from the line. If these numbers aren’t eye-popping, then something might be wrong. The guy is only getting better as the starter for the Celtics, so expect even better numbers this season. Per 36 mins, he averages 12.1 points, 11.7 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.1 steals, 2.7 blocks, and 1.3 turnovers a game.