2009 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers
Here are some fantasy basketball players who could make a big impact this year.
Lou Williams, PG, Philadelphia 76ers - Now that Andre Miller has moved on to Portland, Williams steps in as the starting Point Guard. He has shown an ability to score, and it could take some time for him to feel comfortable at the Point. However, he makes a nice value pick at the end of fantasy drafts. Williams has PG & SG eligibility in both Yahoo! and ESPN leagues.
Corey Brewer, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves - With Kevin Love out and a team that even die-hard Wolves fans (if there are any left) will struggle to recognize, Brewer has a chance to make a nice impact. Even bad teams score points so don’t be scared away by what should be a horrible year for Minnesota. Al Jefferson is coming off a knee injury and is dealing with an Achilles issue. Randy Foye and Mike Miller (along with a couple dozen other guys) are gone. Brewer should be in prime position to score around 15 a night, though consistency will likely be an issue.
Carlos Delfino, SF, Milwaukee Bucks - It’s looking like Delfino is going to win the starting Small Forward gig for the Bucks because of his offensive ability. He can score, drain the three, and is a decent rebounder. He’ll make a nice addition to fantasy teams at the end of drafts. With Joe Alexander (hamstring) out for a couple of months, and Charlie Villanueva moving on to Detroit, Delfino’s primary competition is Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who is primarily a defensive specialist. He makes another solid late round pick. He qualifies as a SG in Yahoo! leagues and SG & SF in ESPN leagues.
Anthony Randolph, PF, Golden State Warriors - His back and knee injuries should cause him to slide a bit in fantasy drafts, but Randolph has the potential to put up some serious numbers for the Warriors. He finished the season strong (15.1 ppg/10.6 rpg in April) and when he’s healthy should build upon that. Just realize that he will likely be a headache until he gets healthy. He qualifies at PF in Yahoo! leagues and SF & PF in ESPN leagues.
Yi Jianlian, PF, New Jersey Nets - Yi has struggled a bit adjusting to the NBA game, but has had a solid preseason for the Nets. He passed on playing in the China Games so he could honor his commitment to the Nets. He has a ton of upside, but consistency will likely continue to dog him. Still, he makes a nice late round selection. He qualifies at PF in Yahoo! leagues and SF & PF in ESPN leagues.
Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers - Hibbert has had an outstanding preseason and should earn the starting Center nod. He will likely be inconsistent scoring the ball, but should be pretty stead in the rebounds and blocks categories. He is a straight Center in both Yahoo! and ESPN leagues.