Fantasy Basketball Deep Sleepers: Week 11
Hello everyone and welcome back once again to our weekly dive deep down into the depths of the waiver wire. We were off last week, but we are back and better than ever. I hope you all had a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. It’s a new year, and we’re going to start the new year off right — from a fantasy basketball standpoint anyway — as we look at some undervalued sleepers that can help you win your week. Let’s get started.
Malcolm Brogdon (PG/SG – MIL) 15.5 Ownership
Week 11 Schedule, four games- Monday VS Oklahoma City, Wednesday @ New York, Friday VS New York, and Sunday VS Washington
This is the hottest pickup of the week. Stop what you’re reading right now and see if Brogdon is available in your league and pick him up if he is. Okay, did you do that? Can I continue now? Okay, good. With veteran guard Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) out for the foreseeable future, the rookie Brogdon has gotten an opportunity, and he’s taken advantage of it. In the last six games, the second round steal has averaged 11.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.3 steals topping it off Saturday night with his first career triple-double (first rookie to record one this season) in a win over the Chicago Bulls. Now I must warn you unless your names are Jabari Parker or Giannis Antetokounmpo (wow, I hope never to have to spell that name again), Jason Kidd can be a bit inconsistent with his rotations (just ask anyone who’s had John Henson or Greg Monroe on their rosters). Brogdon could see a decline in minutes at any time. However, it’s clear that Brogdon is much more talented than the veteran Dellavedova; and Kidd may have a soft spot after the triple-double Saturday since Kidd himself was known for dropping an occasional triple-double or two. I think Kidd continues to play the rookie and he becomes a fantasy steal for anyone that picks him up.
Montrezl Harrell (PF – HOU) 14.5 Ownership
Week 11 Schedule, four games- Monday VS Dallas, Tuesday @ LA Clippers, Friday VS Atlanta, and Sunday@ Atlanta
During the offseason, if you read any sleeper articles for the coming season, I can almost guarantee you that the name Clint Capela was at or near the top of every one of them. After starting off slow, Capela didn’t disappoint averaging 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 0.4 steals per game. However, Capela broke his fibula two weeks ago and should be out for the next month. In his absence, Harrell has been just as good if not better. Over the last six games, Harrell has averaged 16 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks. Now I have no idea what the Rockets are going to do when Capela returns. My guess is that both players split time hurting the fantasy value of both. I do know that Harrell has clearly earned the minute until Capela returns. Harrell also has a great slate of games coming up this week. While his value might not have a whole lot of longevity, he’s a great pickup for the week.
Dario Saric (SF/PF – PHI) 16.7 Ownership
Week 9 Schedule, three games- Monday VS Washington, Thursday VS Oklahoma City, Friday @ Orlando, and Sunday @ Toronto
It’s hard to ignore the phenomenal rookie season that Joel Embiid is having. Embiid is the odds-on favorite for rookie of the year and with 2016 first overall pick Ben Simmons looking to return very soon, it’s easy to forget the other talented rookie on the Sixers. After being drafted in the 2014 draft, Saric decided to stay in Europe for another two years before joining the Sixers’ trusted process. In his last four games, Saric has averaged 11.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 three-pointers, 0.75 steals a game. As the Sixers continue to play for the future, I would expect to Saric to be featured heavily over the second half of the season.
Buddy Hield (SG – NO) 20.7 Ownership
Week 9 Schedule, three games- Tuesday @ Cleveland, Thursday VS Atlanta, and Saturday @ Boston
The former Oklahoma Sooner was the offseason sleeper candidate for many this summer. In fact, if you ask the experts who would be the best rookie (drafted in the 2016 class) this season, a good portion of them would have said Hield. After having a disappointing start to the season that saw Tim Frazier leapfrog him in the pecking order, Hield has finally begun to find his groove. In his last three games, Hield has averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 three-pointers a game. With Jrue Holiday’s injury history, and the Pelicans desperate to develop young talented around their franchise player Anthony Davis, I would expect to see the Pelicans continue to develop Hield down the stretch. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Hield have a second-half breakout similar to Devin Booker and D’Angelo Russell in 2016.
That’s it for this week. We’ll be back every Monday as we continue to scour the depths of the waiver wire to find players owned in less than 25% of leagues who can help you win your week, and who could be long-term sleepers that help you win your leagues. If you have any question, feel free to hit me up on Twitter.