Nailing your top picks with the best players in fantasy basketball is obviously an important part to building a championship-winning team.
But anyone with fantasy hoops experience can tell you that it's just as important to identify the top fantasy basketball sleepers if you really want to make a championship run.
Fantasy Basketball Sleepers
With that in mind, here are The Duel's top five fantasy basketball sleepers for the 2021-22 season.
Top Sleepers for Fantasy Basketball
5. Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Charlotte Hornets
Last season saw Mason Plumlee get to serve as an everyday starter for the first time since 2016 when he was with the Portland Trail Blazers, and he rose to the occasion. His 10.4 points per game matched his career high, while his 9.3 boards per game blew away his previous career high of 7.7. And of course we've all heard about Plumlee's underrated playmaking abilities, which led to a career best 3.6 assists per game. No longer surrounded by the underwhelming Detroit Pistons lineup, Plumlee's efficiency could see a nice up-tick as the starting five for the Charlotte Hornets this year.
4. Kyle Anderson, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Kyle Anderson is far from the flashiest player in the world (in fantasy basketball or real basketball), but Slo Mo's ability to fill up every area of the box score shouldn't be ignored. The Memphis Grizzlies made him an everyday starter last year, and Anderson responded with 12.4 points, 5.7 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. His .483 field goal percentage is nothing to write home about, but he did also shore up one of his weaknesses last year, jumping from a .667 free-throw percentage in 2019-20 to .783 in 2020-21.
3. Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Charlotte Hornets
Back to the Charlotte Hornets' frontcourt, Miles Bridges made strides in just about every category last year. The now-23-year-old dropped 12.7 points per game on .503 shooting (.867 on free-throws), adding 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.8 blocks per game. The turnovers (1.6) hurt a little, but the addition of Plumlee in the frontcourt and LaMelo Ball developing in the backcourt mean that Bridges should be in for plenty of easy scoring opportunities this year. He's a steal with an average draft position (ADP) outside of the top 100, according to Fantasy Pros.
2. Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG/SF/PF, Atlanta Hawks
Bogdan Bogdanovic's play on the wing was a huge part of why the Atlanta Hawks showed themselves to be a legitimate dark horse threat last season. His career best 16.4 points per game included and average of 3.3 three-pointers per game on a strong .438 three-point percentage. That brought his field goal percentage up to a career-best .473, and he also added 3.6 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. By playoff time he was averaging 33.2 minutes per game (up from 29.7 in the regular season), and the Hawks clearly want him playing a big role.
1. Mikal Bridges, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges is one of the most valuable players on one of the best teams in the NBA, and he's only got an ADP of 79.7. He's never going to contribute many assists from the wing (2.1 per game last season, 2.0 for his career), but he showed himself to be an elite shooter in the 2020-21, season, going .543 from the field and .425 from deep on 4.4 attempts per game. That led to a career best 13.5 points to go with his 4.3 boards, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. His low assist numbers do also come with low turnovers, averaging just 0.8 per game while posting a career best 7.3% turnover rate last season.
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