After months of preseason hoops and boring D-League action, the 2013 fantasy basketball will finally tip-off tomorrow night. However, there are still leagues that are waiting until the last possible minute to draft. So to help those procrastinators, here are some last minute sleepers to look for after the first five rounds.
PG Kemba Walker, Charlotte Bobcats – Walker resiliently played in every game last season and the point guard saw his totals go up across the board. He racked up 17.7 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.5 boards with a less than stellar Bobcats team. He was even second in the NBA with two steals per contest, which bumps up the third year guard’s value in any type of roto-league. Walker may fall outside of the top-10 point guards, but he can still put up starter quality numbers on a nightly basis.
SG Manu Ginoibli, San Antonio Spurs – Ginobili is an ideal second shooting guard, despite the fact that he is coming off the bench nowadays. He will give you double-digit points every game along with a handful of boards, assists, three-pointers, and steals. He won’t put up stats he did a couple years ago, but the veteran will always fill the box score when he is on the floor.
PF Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets – Faried will give fantasy owners everything he has every minute he is on the court. The Manimal averaged a very impressive 9.2 rebounds per game last season, but the most telling stat was his 3.3 offensive boards per game. Faried is relentless on the glass and his pure athleticism allows him to rattle the rim quite often for fantasy fans. He won’t get lead the position in assists or blocks, but his rebound totals and streaky scoring will keep him active in all formats.
PF Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls – Boozer is notoriously overlooked in fantasy. The veteran has averaged at least 15 points and 8.5 rebounds in 10 consecutive seasons, but yet he continues to be drafted after well after the fifth round. Boozer will show up game after game and will constantly finish with over 16 points and eight boards. If you need a backup power forward, Boozer is one of the best in the business.