The Sandman’s Grab Bag: NBA Sleepers is a daily fantasy strategy article finding value in guys you never would expect.
An important element of daily fantasy strategy is finding value, so we’ll be highlighting three sleepers every day to use in tournament play, so you can stack your lineup with studs. These are guys off the traditional radar. As Shakespeare once said, “To sleep, perchance to dominate thy fantasy basketball league”
Kyle Singler – DET SG/SF – The man affectionately known as “Buckets” is not just a trick shot master, but he’s actually a dynamic player that can fill the stat sheet any given night. While it’s usually not a good idea to start opposing SG’s vs Aaron Afflalo, the Magic do slide Afflalo over to SF to accommodate JJ Redick’s dynamic talent. Singler has had an up and down season, but the last two games he’s played 35 minutes and shot the ball well. The Magic have also given up the 2nd most points per game over the last 10 games, and with extra defensive attention on Greg Monroe someone has to step up for Detroit.
Tyler Zeller – CLE C – Perhaps not the deepest of sleepers, since he was a very popular value pick after Varejao went down, Zeller has turned it up lately and faces a Boston team that is especially weak in the frontcourt. Most people will go with the sexier sleeper pick in Jared Sullinger, playing the whole “returning to his home state” angle. I’ll go with the older and more experienced Zeller who is notably more consistent, plays a heavier minutes, and dropped 20 points last time against this same Celtics squad.
Dorrell Wright – PHI SF – A popular value play last night, Wright let most of us down logging only 16 minutes to go along with 3 points, 3 assists, and 4 rebounds. Tonight he faces Milwaukee, a weaker defensive team than San Antonio. His value tonight really depends on whether or not Jason Richardson suits up or not. Milwaukee has struggled at times against the SF position, and if JRich is out again Wright could provide value. There’s a good chance very few people will take him. If JRich plays, another option is Spencer Hawes who has also been seeing solid minutes, and has become more involved offensively as of late.