During fantasy basketball drafts this fall, there were several rookies that drew a good deal of consideration in drafts. Obviously, Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo were popular picks, but some rookies seemingly were forgotten on draft day.
One rookie that was surprisingly underrated in drafts was SF Anthony Bennett of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland made Bennett the number one pick in this year’s draft, but the forward has only averaged 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and an embarrassing 12.5 minutes per game this season. He has been widely viewed as a bust up to this point in the fantasy season and the forward has found himself on the wire in nearly every format.
After months of going through the motions, though, Bennett is starting to contribute for fantasy fans. In Tuesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, Bennett scored 19 points on 6-9 shooting from the field. The rookie added 10 rebounds, three triples, and one steal in a season-high 30 minutes of play. In the last six games in which Bennett has played 20-plus minutes, he has posted a respectable 11.8 and 5.8 rebounds.
Bennett has been receiving much more time with SF Loul Deng’s recent illness, and as a result, the youngster has started to play his way into a bigger role in the offense. He obviously isn’t ready to be a nightly fantasy option or even play 25 minutes a game, as Deng will be back any day now. However, Bennett’s first career double-double was at least a step in the right direction and it will only give the 20-year-old more confidence moving forward.
If you have an open spot in your 14-man dynasty league, seriously consider adding this first-year player. He is finally receiving more time on the hardwood and the rookie could prove to have some fantasy value before it is all said and done.