Fantasy Basketball Sleepers: Buying or Selling the Trendy Names

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Fantasy Basketball Sleepers: Buying or Selling the Trendy Names
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Fantasy basketball draft time is fast approaching and at this point, all of you should have a general idea of which players are and aren't right to draft. Still, chances are that many potential fantasy owners out there are unfamiliar with some of the sleepers and/or value picks and when playing this game, having just one of these guys on your roster can make the difference between winning or losing one particular week.  In other cases, it could mean the league championship.

Long story short, having a good fantasy team doesn't at all mean that every roster spot must be occupied by a perennial All-Star or league leader. In a game where lineup adjustments may be key, this practice leads to favoritism and, ultimately, a team suffering in the standings. Rather, a small portion of roster spots should be devoted to players who, while not necessarily household names, are a lock to play consistently night after night and put up decent numbers.

That being said, it's time for a lesson in Fantasy Sleepers 101. This year's NBA season is chock full of players who will fly under the radar on draft day and similarly, there are some players who may seem attractive, but should ultimately be passed on when your turn comes around. Let's take a look at some of the men who fit this role and determine who does and doesn't belong on a fantasy roster.

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