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 NBA 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”
Ivan Johnson – ATL PF/C – When I think of guys named Ivan, I think of Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer from Rocky IV who famously said, “If he dies, he dies”. With Zaza Pachulia and Al Horford out with injuries, Ivan has been thrust into the starting lineup at center and faces a Bobcats team that is very weak on the defensive interior. He should be able to hit value on sheer volume alone.
Boris Diaw – SA PF/C – Another sleeper with a Russian first name, the veteran Frenchman is going to be starting for the Spurs tonight alongside his longtime friend and fellow Frenchman Tony Parker. Tim Duncan has been declared out, so Boris is going to have to play extended minutes. While the matchup with Anthony Davis is not particularly soft, Davis is coming off an ankle sprain so he could be at less than 100%. Again, based on his price he should be able to hit value on volume alone, although it’s always a risk going with any Spurs player as Coach Poppovich can be unpredictable.
Kyle Korver – ATL SG/SF – With the season-ending injury to Lou Williams, Korver has been playing heavier minutes for the injury-plagued Hawks. Not to beat a dead horse, but the Bobcats are one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, and that doesn’t change at the SG or SF position, both of which Kyle can play. In two games this year Korver is averaging about one fantasy point per minute vs the Bobcats, and tonight he should see upwards of 35 minutes. He might not be as cheap as the other two, but he’s cheap enough on most sites that you should plug him in with confidence.