Fantasy Basketball Power Forward Sleepers & Busts for 2021-22 NBA Season

Isaiah De Los Santos
Fantasy basketball sleepers & busts at power forward for 2021-22 drafts, including Zion Williamson, Julius Randle, Keldon Johnson and Kyle Kuzma.
Fantasy basketball sleepers & busts at power forward for 2021-22 drafts, including Zion Williamson, Julius Randle, Keldon Johnson and Kyle Kuzma. / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

It's fantasy basketball draft season, and that has managers scrambling to do all the research they can on fantasy basketball rankings, sleepers and busts to avoid.

The Duel is here to help every step of the way.

Here are our top sleepers and busts at the point forward position for 2021-22 fantasy basketball drafts.

PF Sleepers for Fantasy Basketball

1. Kyle Kuzma, Washington Wizards

Kyle Kuzma will finally step back into a consistent starting role after being an afterthought on the Los Angeles Lakers in recent years. Kuzma averaged 17.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 32.1 minutes per game over the first two years of his career. Those numbers then dropped to 12.8/5.3/1.6 in 27.0 minutes in the past two seasons. Away from the expectations of a championship contender, the skilled scorer should thrive on a Washington Wizards team in need of players who can take the focus off of Bradley Beal. Kuzma's upside as a starter with the green light in a fast-paced offense makes him a steal at an average draft position (ADP) of 112.0, according to FantasyPros.

2. Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs

Keldon Johnson is coming off of a career year and a gold medal with Team USA at the Olympics. He set career highs in PPG (12.8), RPG (6.0) and APG (1.8) as his minutes ballooned to 28.5 per game last year. Johnson has the potential to hit new heights this season in a larger role after the departures of fellow forwards Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan as well. Johnson emerging as a potential top-three option in the San Antonio Spurs' offense makes him a great late-round flier (ADP 92.0) worth taking.

PF Busts for Fantasy Basketball

3. Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

Injuries are always a concern for a player like Zion Williamson who relies on his athleticism to make highlight plays. Williamson had a surprise foot injury revealed at the start of training camp that required surgery this offseason, which should have fantasy managers on alert. Foot injuries can be serious long-term problems for big men, and there's currently no timeline for Williamson to return. If he returns at full strength, Williamson should be a dominant force again after scoring the 16th-most FanDuel fantasy points last season. But that might be a big if. Let someone else take that gamble rather than spending a top-20 pick (ADP 17.0) on him.

4. Julius Randle, New York Knicks

Julius Randle enjoyed a career year in 2020-21. He set or tied personal bests in PPG (24.1), RPG (10.2), APG (6.0) and 3-point percentage (41.1%). However, that was on a New York Knicks team that depended on him given the supporting cast. Now mediocre starters Elfrid Payton and Reggie Bullock have been replaced by Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. Both players averaged at least 17.1 PPG and 3.4 APG last season, which presents a major threat to Randle's all-around production. He'll still be the No. 1 option on offense, but Randle is a prime regression candidate.

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.