The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc)

Fantasy Ball talk.

Moderators: Curtis Lemansky, floppymoose

User avatar
Vince604
Sophomore
Posts: 217
And1: 206
Joined: Jan 28, 2017
     

The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#1 » by Vince604 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:03 pm

Hey guys, I'm a huge fantasy junky and I thought it would be kind of me to lend a helping hand towards your fantasy team. This isn't just for first-time fantasy players but for all fantasy players in general whether you're new or a seasoned veteran who wants the most out of your fantasy roster. I will casually update this list up until the season opener. Please please please let me know if you strongly disagree (or agree :wink: ) with something here and I'll consider changing it or I'll let you know why I made the decisions that you see below. Also, let me know if you think something or somebody is missing and I'll try my best to accommodate.


Surefire Players. They're more than likely going to produce on a consistent basis, so If these players are still available by the late mid to the late rounds, take them asap.

PG - DeAngelo Russell, Markelle Fultz (GOAR), Kyle Lowry, Kyrie Irving, Dennis Schroder, John Wall, Kemba Walker, Jeff Teague, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Patrick Beverley, Lonzo Ball (GOAR), Eric Bledsoe, Jrue Holiday, Dennis Smith Jr (GOAR), Chris Paul, Mike Conley, Goran Dragic, Ricky Rubio


SG - Demar Derozan, Khris Middleton, Victor Oladipo, Avery Bradley, Bradley Beal, Andrew Wiggins, CJ Mccollum, Klay Thompson, Devin Booker, James Harden, Dion Waiters, Evan Fournier (EF), Tim Hardaway Jr, Gary Harris (GHD)


SF - Gordon Hayward, Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, Giannis Anteokounmpo, Otto Porter, Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Kevin Durant, Danilo Gallinari, Harrison Barnes, Trevor Ariza, Kawhi Leonard, Tobias Harris, Wilson Chandler


PF - Kristaps Porzingis, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Love, Paul Millsap, Draymond Green, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, Dirk Nowitzki, Lamarcus Aldridge, Ben Simmons (GOAR)


C - Joel Embiid, Jonas Valanciunas, Myles Turner, Andre Drummond, Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard, Nikola Jokic, Karl Anthony Towns, Jusuf Nurkic, Rudy Gobert, DeAndre Jordan, Brook Lopez, Demarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, Nikola Vucevic



Outsiders looking in, these guys will most likely get the playing time and be in the starting lineup/rotation, but varying factors may prevent them from being consistent statistically. I could be wrong. Draft with caution.

PG - Isaiah Thomas (Injured Stash), Kris Dunn, Derrick Rose, Reggie Jackson, Malcolm Brogdon, George Hill (GHS), Elfrid Payton, Jeremy Lin, Rajon Rondo (Injured Stash)


SG - Eric Gordon (EG), Dwyane Wade (DW), Marcus Smart, JJ Redick, Malik Monk, Tyreke Evans, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Jamal Crawford, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Buddy Hield, Zach Lavine (Injured Stash), Will Barton


SF - Demarre Carroll, Robert Covington, Thaddeus Young, Jabari Parker (JP), Chandler Parsons, Rudy Gay, Brandon Ingram, Josh Jackson (GOAR), TJ Warren, Jaylen Brown, Nicolas Batum (Injured Stash)


PF - Dario Saric, Kelly Olynyk, Aaron Gordon, Markieff Morris, Ryan Anderson, Pau Gasol, Gorgui Dieng, Enes Kanter, Julius Randle, Marquese Chriss, Zach Randolph, Trevor Booker, Derrick Favors


C - Al Horford, Robin Lopez, Greg Monroe, Marcin Gortat, Clint Capela, Steven Adams, Tyson Chandler, Willie Cauley Stein



Potential gems, the overlooked players that only a few know about. These players could have a breakout season or an opportunity to provide statistically depending on the circumstances. It's likely possible they can obtain heavy minutes right away when the season starts, or maybe later on in the season, but whether or not they decide to make a big impact in the league (when they do get the minutes) is a big if. Late round pickups/stash aka don't let these guys be the woulda coulda shoulda that you wish you would've taken in the draft.

PG - Frank Ntilikina, De'Aaron Fox, Jamal Murray, Justin Holiday


SG - Allen Crabbe, Rodney Hood, Milos Teodosic, Kent Bazemore


SF - Jayson Tatum, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Taurean Prince, Denzel Valentine


PF - Lauri Markkanen, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova, John Collins, Nikola Mirotic, Kyle Kuzma, TJ Leaf


C - Willy Hernangomez, Skal Labissiere, Jarrett Allen, Dewayne Dedmon






Notes:
GHD - Gary Harris will have a few competition among his teammates. There are a handful of backcourt players that will need their shots, and also the rise of Jokic, the addition of Millsap, and Wilson Chandler could result in less ball time for the guards, but on the other hand, Gary is in on his extension, so it's your call whether or not you want to take a chance on him early to prevent someone else from snatching him. (Murray, Mudiay, Harris, Nelson, and Barton)

For the Jazz, pay attention to their SG and SF spots. Rodney Hood could very likely be the steal of the draft. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles deserve a mention as well, but my gut feeling tells me, Rodney Hood, all the way.

The Hawks and Nets are probably the top teams from a few (see below for more) with undiscovered gold mines. In ATL, Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap, and Penny Hardaway Jr are all gone, and if history is any indication, then Ersan Ilyasova and Kent Bazemore will get their volume shots and minutes. Dewayne Dedmon and rookie John Collins may very likely see nice rotation minutes as well. Similar situation in Brooklyn and Chicago, Brook Lopez and Bogdanovic/Wade, Butler and Rondo are gone making room for new faces to potentially shine.

JP - Jabari Parker did average 20 ppg last season, but it was due to the fact that Khris Middleton was out for pretty much the majority of the season. Adding to your difficult decision, he's also one of those few players on an extension season, so it's up to you how early you want to take him.

GHS - George Hill would be in the surefire category, but there are a few uncertainties about him, as well as being with the Kings where I just have to leave him in the 'outsiders looking in' category.

EF - Evan Fournier is a tricky one since he did average 17 ppg last season consistently enough, however the situation in Orlando is a one that many should avoid if there are better options available in the draft. The only player on the Magic that you can really rely on is Vucevic.

DW - Not sure how coach Lue will use Dwyane Wade, but given the fact that IT will be out for basically the first half of the season, Wade should be a decent player for the short term. It's still risky to draft him anywhere close to or above the mid-round selections though, given his age, the uncertain minutes he'll receive, and a bunch of rotational players on the Cavs roster.

EG - For Eric Gordon, it might be somewhat of a struggle to put up numbers relative to last season. Chris Paul and James Harden will have to get their fair share of minutes at the PG and SG positions respectively (as opposed to last season where they could swap out Patrick Beverley and move James Harden to the PG slot). So unless the Rockets decide to go with a consistent small ball lineup where James Harden can slide into the SF role, letting Eric Gordon play SG simultaneously with Chris Paul at PG as well, then I don't know how the sixth man of the year can repeat last season. It'll be interesting to see his performance this year. With that said, draft with caution.

GOAR - Great opportunity as a rookie.

Injured Stash - If you have room and/or are thinking about the long term, then these guys could be steals of the draft by the second half of the season, if they come back healthy that is.



Notable contract year players:

Avery Bradley
Brook Lopez
Carmelo Anthony (Early Termination Option)
Chris Paul
Demarcus Cousins
Derrick Favors
Dwyane Wade
Ersan Ilyasova
Greg Monroe
Isaiah Thomas
JJ Redick
KJ McDaniels
Lou Williams
Rajon Rondo
Robert Covington
Sean Kilpatrick
Trevor Ariza
Trevor Booker
Tyreke Evans
Will Barton

Aaron Gordon (Restricted)
Clint Capela (Restricted)
Dante Exum (Restricted)
Elfrid Payton (Restricted)
Jabari Parker (Restricted)
Julius Randle (Restricted)
Jusuf Nurkic (Restricted)
Marcus Smart (Restricted)
Rodney Hood (Restricted)
TJ Warren (Restricted)
Zach Lavine (Restricted)

Danny Green (Player)
DeAndre Jordan (Player)
Dirk Nowitzki (Team)
Enes Kanter (Player)
Jamal Crawford (Player)
Jeremy Lin (Player)
Kevin Durant (Player)
Lamarcus ALdridge (Player)
Lebron James (Player)
Milos Teodosic (Player)
Paul George (Player)
Rudy Gay (Player)
Thaddeus Young (Player)
Wilson Chandler (Player)



Teams that can produce new breakout players
Chicago Bulls
Indiana Pacers
Brooklyn Nets
New York Knicks
Atlanta Hawks
Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings


My top sleeper picks for the first round. Let's just assume that the top players are no longer available (eg. Curry, Westbrook, Durant, Harden, Lebron, Giannis, Anthony Davis, KAT, etc), don't be embarrassed to draft these guys in the first round, it might pay off for you in a surprisingly good way.

Kristaps Porzingis
Joel Embiid
Ben Simmons
Blake Griffin
Jusuf Nurkic
My all-time starting five: Hakeem Olajuwan, Michael Jordan, and three 3nD role players.

Need help drafting for your fantasy team? Check out this link viewtopic.php?f=39&t=1608530
User avatar
Yuri Vaultin
Global Mod
Global Mod
Posts: 15,788
And1: 3,854
Joined: Jun 24, 2006
Location: In a tree by your window.
     

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#3 » by Yuri Vaultin » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:04 pm

I'd have Gary Harris in the surefire pile.
Image
Props to Turbo_Zone for the sig.
User avatar
Fenris-77
Analyst
Posts: 3,588
And1: 303
Joined: Dec 02, 2007
   

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#4 » by Fenris-77 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:38 pm

I think Isaiah Thomas should pretty clearly be on the draft with caution pile, at least for redraft leagues.
User avatar
BadMofoPimp
RealGM
Posts: 43,359
And1: 8,816
Joined: Oct 12, 2003
Location: In the Paint

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#5 » by BadMofoPimp » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:10 pm

I would add Bam Adebayo as a late round pick as that dude looks like he may busts out his rookie season from what I am hearing player quotes during training camp and all summer long they been saying about him in the gym.
Image

Provin Ya'll Wrong!!!
User avatar
Vince604
Sophomore
Posts: 217
And1: 206
Joined: Jan 28, 2017
     

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#6 » by Vince604 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:22 pm

Fenris-77 wrote:I think Isaiah Thomas should pretty clearly be on the draft with caution pile, at least for redraft leagues.


Thanks, I just had to wait to get a clear timetable of when he's going to be back. I thought it would be around November back then, but they're saying it's around January now so the list is updated. Thanks again.
My all-time starting five: Hakeem Olajuwan, Michael Jordan, and three 3nD role players.

Need help drafting for your fantasy team? Check out this link viewtopic.php?f=39&t=1608530
User avatar
Vince604
Sophomore
Posts: 217
And1: 206
Joined: Jan 28, 2017
     

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#7 » by Vince604 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:29 pm

Yuri Vaultin wrote:I'd have Gary Harris in the surefire pile.


Gary Harris is one of the tough ones I'll admit that. I know he played well last season, but still... :banghead:
My all-time starting five: Hakeem Olajuwan, Michael Jordan, and three 3nD role players.

Need help drafting for your fantasy team? Check out this link viewtopic.php?f=39&t=1608530
User avatar
Vince604
Sophomore
Posts: 217
And1: 206
Joined: Jan 28, 2017
     

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#8 » by Vince604 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:35 pm

BadMofoPimp wrote:I would add Bam Adebayo as a late round pick as that dude looks like he may busts out his rookie season from what I am hearing player quotes during training camp and all summer long they been saying about him in the gym.


Honestly, I thought the same as well since he's also one of them Kentucky boys and he did fairly well in the summer league, but it'll be hard to tell knowing Hassan Whiteside will be playing by his side, and Justise and Olynyk probably taking his minutes.
My all-time starting five: Hakeem Olajuwan, Michael Jordan, and three 3nD role players.

Need help drafting for your fantasy team? Check out this link viewtopic.php?f=39&t=1608530
User avatar
Yuri Vaultin
Global Mod
Global Mod
Posts: 15,788
And1: 3,854
Joined: Jun 24, 2006
Location: In a tree by your window.
     

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#9 » by Yuri Vaultin » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:46 pm

Vince604 wrote:
Yuri Vaultin wrote:I'd have Gary Harris in the surefire pile.


Gary Harris is one of the tough ones I'll admit that. I know he played well last season, but still... :banghead:

There is some sixth sense ESP chemistry between Harris and Jokic. Expect that to continue.
Image
Props to Turbo_Zone for the sig.
The_Hater
RealGM
Posts: 56,054
And1: 10,680
Joined: May 23, 2001
     

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#10 » by The_Hater » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:18 pm

BadMofoPimp wrote:I would add Bam Adebayo as a late round pick as that dude looks like he may busts out his rookie season from what I am hearing player quotes during training camp and all summer long they been saying about him in the gym.


He could ultimately end up being the next great Center but where are his minutes going to come from this coming season? The guy playing ahead of him is very good himself and neither of them are going to pick up any additional minutes at PF. That leaves Bam playing 15-16 mpg in the absolute best case scenario.

Good dynasty pick, sure, but not even worth a late round flyer in a 14 team league for this coming season.
I don't want to say we're dysfunctional. But we need to be more functional.
karkinos
Assistant Coach
Posts: 3,820
And1: 571
Joined: Nov 06, 2009
Contact:

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#11 » by karkinos » Sat Oct 7, 2017 4:38 pm

jamychal green needs to be added as potential late rounder
starting PF for the grizz and randolph is gone

3/2017 - 24 min/50+% fg%/40% 3pt%/84% ft% - 10/7 + 0.8 3pt/game

he should be a double double guy this year with maybe a steal/half a block in 30+ min/game
User avatar
duppyy
RealGM
Posts: 12,668
And1: 4,435
Joined: Aug 04, 2004
Location: ???????, ??????
       

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#12 » by duppyy » Mon Oct 9, 2017 8:58 pm

I might have to auto-draft this year. :( Hopefully, yahoo's rankings aren't terrible.
User avatar
Purch
Starter
Posts: 2,337
And1: 1,561
Joined: May 25, 2009

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#13 » by Purch » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:56 pm

How early would you reach for Milos Tedosivic on the clippers?
Image
karkinos
Assistant Coach
Posts: 3,820
And1: 571
Joined: Nov 06, 2009
Contact:

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#14 » by karkinos » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:42 am

none at all
you could probably grab him in the last two rounds
i dont anticipate him scoring much. he might get dimes but there's a lot more well balanced and upside players to choose from.
User avatar
Dominater
Head Coach
Posts: 6,934
And1: 3,828
Joined: Jan 16, 2005
Location: Cuba

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#15 » by Dominater » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:04 pm

Vince604 wrote:

My top sleeper picks for the first round. Let's just assume that the top players are no longer available (eg. Curry, Westbrook, Durant, Harden, Lebron, Giannis, Anthony Davis, KAT, etc), don't be embarrassed to draft these guys in the first round, it might pay off for you in a surprisingly good way.

Kristaps Porzingis
Joel Embiid
Ben Simmons
Blake Griffin
Jusuf Nurkic


Nurkic 1st round??

I like him more than most people do, but no way. I actually got him in the early 5th round (10 team league) and he still scares the crap out of me because he's yet to prove that he can stay healthy. I hope to hell he doesn't make me regret passing on Oladipo or Dennis Smith Jr. I obviously still like Nurkic better, but can he last without getting injured? And can he finally not foul so much?

Embiid is on my do not draft list. Had him last year and it was a nightmare. Never played a back2back and STILL got hurt. Simmons is totally unproven. Even in a 12 team league, imo a 1st round should consist of ( no particular order outside top 2)

Westbrook
Harden
Wall
AD
KD
Curry
Cousins
Lebron
Lillard
Kyrie
Kemba
Jokic

And in a 10 team league like mine, 2 of the above are already 2nd rounders
KC: Do you still think your a championship caliber team?
Gar: I never said that and correct me if i'm wrong
KC: You were asked that question at the news conference announcing Thibodeau's dismissal and you answered yes
User avatar
Purch
Starter
Posts: 2,337
And1: 1,561
Joined: May 25, 2009

Re: The Ultimate List of Players to Draft for Fantasy Leagues (Sleepers, Must Picks, etc) 

Post#16 » by Purch » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:16 am

So I was using this thread when I drafted..

And this is what I got.. 6th pick in a 10 man category league


Image

Thoughts?
Image

Return to Fantasy Basketball