2013 Fantasy Basketball Sleeper: PG Mike Conley Jr.
This fantasy basketball season there are tons of decent sleepers to lock onto, especially at the point guard position. There are quality players well after the top-10 and one of the best options to grab is PG Mike Conley Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Conley averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 assists, and a very respectable 2.8 rebounds from the top spot. However, Conley’s true fantasy value comes from all of the intangibles he brings to the table.
The point guard averaged 2.2 steals per game last year, which was ranked third in the entire NBA. He was also hitting 1.3 three-pointers per contest and shooting 83% from the charity stripe. Even better, Conley rarely turns the ball over. He only averaged 2.4 turnovers per game, which is critical from a fantasy point guard nowadays.
In the postseason, though, Conley put up even better all-around numbers. He amassed an incredible 17 points, 7.1 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in the playoffs. He showed glimpses of his All-Star potential and a career fantasy season should be expected in 2013 with all his weapons returning.
Conley is listed as the 17th ranked point guard according to ESPN this fall and the 25-year-old is currently being drafted well after Kemba Walker and Ty Lawson. Conley is easily the safer bet, though, as he is surrounded by a much better supporting cast in Memphis. Big bodies Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol make Conley’s life much easier when they are both healthy and the point guard should easily outperform both guards listed above when it is all said and done.