Rubio tore his ACL in 2012, trying to defend Kobe Bryant, and the injury took some time to recuperate from. Rubio missed most of last season with the injury and didn’t return until December 15.
When he returned to action, though, Rubio was playing very well. In April, the final month of the season, Rubio averaged 11.7 points, 7.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.9 steals per contest. He was finally putting up starter quality numbers for fantasy owners, but since it was so late in the season, not many people actually noticed. It has made him a great mid-level sleeper to target this year.
The most promising aspect of Rubio’s fantasy potential is that he is only 22 years old. He is entering just his third year in the league and the youngster has played very well in Spain this summer. His age will make him even more valuable in dynasty leagues, so don’t let this multi-talented guard pass you by this year.
Rubio is falling well outside of the first three rounds this fall and is a steal as a backup point guard. He will put up PG1 numbers as long as he is healthy and will continue to be one of the best fantasy sleepers at the point guard position.