2013 Fantasy Basketball Bust: C Larry Sanders
One of the most hyped players this fantasy basketball season is C Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks. The 24-year-old doesn’t have much starting experience, as he only stated 55 of the 71 games he played in last season. However, for some reason, the fantasy world is expecting this kid to just walk onto the All-Star team this winter.
I realize that Sanders did put up rather respectable numbers last year. He scored 9.8 points to go along with 9.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He was also second the entire NBA with 2.83 blocks per contest.
However, his current average draft position is a little concerning. In ESPN leagues at the moment, Sanders is being drafted ahead of superstars like DeMarcus Cousins, Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert, and Chris Bosh. This makes absolutely no sense considering the kid’s briefs starting experience and the incredible numbers that the aforementioned players have averaged throughout their illustrious careers. These guys put up 18-10 on a nightly basis and Sanders simply isn’t a strong enough scorer to be held in the same company.
Sanders can certainly be a serviceable starter in deeper formats, but he should in no way be drafted ahead of All-Star centers like the options above. Every fantasy season, people get carried away with over-hyped players and Sanders simply falls into that category this season. If you can grab him as a backup center it is fine, but other than that, he will likely be drafted way too early this fall.
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