Fantasy Basketball

Ben Tillotson, Staff Writer

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The NBA is in full swing and judging by some of the spirited conversations in our hallways – so is fantasy basketball.  By this time your team is either dominating your league, or you are scratching your head on how you could have drafted such a poor squad.  If you are tired of getting trash talked about your team, the information below will help you right the ship.

Even if your team is hurting, wholesale changes are not usually necessary to improve.  By dropping some dead weight and taking a few chances on “sleepers”, your team can become competitive by the All-Star break.

 People are automatically attracted to the big stars like the Greek Freak and Lebron but those guys are on somebody else’s team and you are not going to pry them loose from their owners. Don’t fret though, there are plenty of diamonds in the rough still out there.

SLEEPERS

Malcolm Brogdon is a 6’5 guard for the Milwaukee Bucks.  This 24 year old is averaging over 30 minutes a game and is starting to pour it in.  He averages just 14.1 ppg but is a positive contributer in all categories. When Giannis Antetokounmpo is not in the game you can count on Brogdon to step up. 

Tony Snell is another guard on Milwalkee that has gone under the radar.  This former first rounder from New Mexico  averages 32 minutes per game, is shooting 52% from the floor and 48% from down-town.  

Though the word is out, Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma may still be available in your league. He is averaging over 16 ppg and is chipping in with almost 7 rpg.  Those stats can only improve as he (and teammate Lonzo Ball) gets more NBA experience.

One “super” sleeper is Kyle Anderson.  Kyle Anderson is the backup for Kawhi Leonard and since he and teammate Tony Parker are both out with injuries, Anderson is benefiting with increased minutes. Anderson only averages 8.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg, but is capable of breaking out.  He was the first player since Bill Walton to average 10 pts, 5 rbs. and 5 assists at UCLA.

Kris Dunn for the Chicago Bulls is getting better every game. The 23 year old guard from Providence is in the perfect position in Chicago as the Bulls just lost Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade don’t have any big stars.  Dunn will not have to defer and can feel free to shoot and improve on his 11 ppg.

Donovan Mitchell has been a surprise for Utah coming off the bench.  The 6’3 rookie guard from Louisville is averaging 24 minutes per game.  Mitchell has averaged 13 points per game and just had a career-high 22 point game.  He can also get you a couple of boards and assists.

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