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Here's a preview of our ‘Sleepers’ column by Jonas Nader, highlighting guys to target who might fall into the later rounds of your drafts:
Fred VanVleet (ADP: 100.1)
A dominant showing in the NBA Finals didn’t impact his ADP much, so let’s use that to our advantage. Kawhi “fun guy” Leonard is obviously gone, while Kyle Lowry returns for the final year of his deal. The Raptors will use plenty of two-PG lineups though, and after Lowry logged 30% of his minutes at SG to make room for FVV, that could be closer to 40% with Danny Green also out the door.
So why am I excited about a player that finished outside the top-100 in 9-cat leagues last season? It’s because FVV posted per-36 stats of 14.5 points, 7.8 dimes, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.2 triples. He played 27.5 minutes per game last season and it seems like a safe bet that he eclipses 30 this time around. He’s pure profit at that ADP.
Kevin Huerter (ADP: 112)
Shooting guards are tough to find late in drafts, so Huerter will probably find his way onto a lot of my teams. Huerter’s rookie season wasn’t one for the record books, but I still came away very impressed as he averaged 10.5 points, 3.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.9 triples in 27 minutes in the final 13 games. The Hawks unloaded Kent Bazemore and Huerter’s minutes should be over 30 this season.
Not only his Huerter an elite shooter already (he was in the 90th percentile for shots off the dribble and the 73rd percentile on spot-up attempts), but Huerter is also a better playmaker than he’s given credit for with 3.8 dimes per 36 minutes. Add in the fact that Huerter wasn’t even healthy until the calendar year flipped then it’s easy to see why everyone in Atlanta is raving about this guy.
Caris LeVert (ADP: 89)
A familiar face for anyone who read the guide last season. LeVert got off to a blistering start last season and looked like the early favorite for Most Improved Player. In his first 12 games he was on pace for top-35 numbers in 9-cat with 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 dimes, 1.4 steals and 1.6 triples. It understandably took him a long time to get his rhythm back after his freak accident, but he ended the season on a high note when he put up 21.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.0 dimes, 1.0 steals and 2.4 triples against the 76ers in Round 1 of the playoffs.
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