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Here are our top sleepers and busts at the center position for 2021-22 fantasy basketball drafts.
C Sleepers for Fantasy Basketball
1. Isaiah Stewart, Detroit Pistons
It's hard to get too excited about anyone on the Detroit Pistons this year, and with an average draft position (ADP) of 95.3, it's clear people feel that way about Isaiah Stewart. That makes him a steal. Stewart didn't begin to make consistent starts in his rookie season until April 5. From then through the end of the season he started 12 of 21 games, averaging 11.1 point, 8.7 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.9 blocks in 26.3 minutes per game, shooting .551 from the field and .717 from the free-throw line. Rookie bigs tend to take some time to develop, and the fact that the 20-year-old was already putting up those numbers last year is an outstanding sign for his value moving forward.
2. Mason Plumlee, Charlotte Hornets
Mason Plumlee was a starter for the first time in five years last season, and he used that opportunity to rack up a career-best 10.4 points (on .614 shooting) and 9.3 rebounds per game. His unusual pedigree as a passer at the five is well established (3.6 assists per game last season), and that makes him something of a unique fantasy asset at the position. He should be an everyday starter again in Charlotte this year, position him perfectly for a repeat performance of last year's success.
C Busts for Fantasy Basketball
3. Montrezl Harrell, Washington Wizards
Montrezl Harrell isn't going to start for the Washington Wizards, meaning he'll need his usual high-efficiency numbers off the bench to return much fantasy value. Unfortunately, putting up big efficiency in the woeful Washington Wizards rotation will be much harder than it was for him with the Los Angeles Clippers.
4. Andre Drummond, Philadelphia 76ers
The Los Angeles Lakers' insistence on playing Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis at the same time let Drummond offer some fantasy value. The Sixers will (hopefully) pull none of that nonsense with Joel Embiid at the four, and that should seriously limit how much run Drummond gets. Nobody pads their rebound stats like Drummond, but playing time is still king, and Drummond isn't likely to get a ton of that except when Joel Embiid is sidelined.
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