The Sandman’s Grab Bag: NBA Sleepers is a NBA 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”
Michael Beasley – PHO SF/PF – To put it mildly, the former 2nd overall pick has had a very forgettable first season with the Suns. He lost his starting job and sat out a number of games due to illness, but he’s logged some solid minutes, flashing productiion on the offensive end. On a normal slate I wouldn’t recommend Beasley as even a deep sleeper until we see more consistent minutes, but with only three games today he’s worth consideration. He’s only two years removed from averaging 19.2 points per game, so we know he has the talent. Last night he played 22 minutes and led the Suns to victory with 13 of 19 points coming in the fourth quarter of a comeback victory. I would only use him on a site like Fanduel where he is priced at the minimum. On a related note, a safer sleeper/value pick in this game is Lamar Odom, who we’ve talked about before and has been very consistent. He does offer limited upside until he starts shooting the ball more though (and making it in the basket).
Alan Anderson – TOR SG/SF – I’ll admit I don’t know much about Alan Anderson, but it’s hard to deny his body of work, especially lately. Over the last five games he’s averaging 28 minutes and 26 fantasy points per game (DK scoring), and at the minimum price on a site like DraftKings that’s more than enough for me. Again though, it depends on what site you’re using. For example, on a site like DraftDay I would probably opt for Jordan Crawford at the same price.
Iman Shumpert – NYK SG – I’ll be blunt here, I wanted to pick Amare Stoudemire, but you can’t exactly call a 6-time NBA All-Star and former Rookie of the Year a “deep sleeper” now can you? His price on some sites should qualify him as such though. Shumpert is returning from knee surgery and this is his 3rd game back, so temper your expectations. He should get about 25 minutes of playing time, and while this isn’t a great matchup with the defensive-minded Avery Bradley, sometimes on a day like this you have to take a gamble if you don’t want your lineup to look almost identical to your opponent. His price will have to be at rock-bottom to make sense. Even if you don’t use him, keep him on your radar for the future as his minutes increase. The Knicks clearly want him to be a big part of their future.