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

Jason Schandl
Fantasy basketball sleepers & busts at small forward for 2021-22 drafts, including Kyle Anderson, Mikal Bridges, Klay Thompson and RJ Barrett.
Fantasy basketball sleepers & busts at small forward for 2021-22 drafts, including Kyle Anderson, Mikal Bridges, Klay Thompson and RJ Barrett. / Justin Ford/GettyImages

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

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

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

SF Sleepers for Fantasy Basketball

1. Kyle Anderson, Memphis Grizzlies

Shooting .483 from the field last year means Kyle Anderson is probably most valuable if you're punting FG%, but his versatile production gives him a ton of fantasy value. He averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks per game as an everyday starter last year, and he also shored up one of his weaker categories by shooting .783 from the free-throw line (up from .667 the previous year). He's not flashy, and that leaves Anderson as someone who is often overlooked in fantasy.

2. Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges has developed into an elite scorer on the wing, averaging a career-best 13.5 points per game on .543 shooting with 1.9 3-pointers per game last year. He also contributes solid peripherals, having averaged 4.3 rebounds, 1.11 steals and 0.9 blocks. His 2.1 assists per game are nothing special, but he does pair that with a nice and low 0.8 turnovers per game, giving him a nice boost in nine-category leagues.

SF Busts for Fantasy Basketball

3. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

Klay Thompson is expected to be back on the court early in the regular season, but that doesn't mean he's going to be producing valuable fantasy numbers. He's obviously got a massive ceiling when he's healthy, but this is also a 31-year-old coming off back-to-back seasons missed with different serious injuries. He's not suited up for a game since June 2019, and it's just too hard to justify spending a top-100 pick until we see how Klay looks this year.

4. RJ Barrett, New York Knicks

RJ Barrett's 17.6 points per game were nothing to scoff at last year, but he did that on a pretty underwhelming .441 field goal percentage. Being a flashy scorer in a big market has helped his average draft position (ADP) climb to 77.0, but the New York Knicks adding Kemba Walker could hurt his value. Kemba's a ball-dominant point (averaged 4.8 assists per game in two seasons in Boston), which could mean fewer looks for Barrett. With middling peripheral production, that's a major concern for Barrett's value.

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