There is a massive bias against rookies in fantasy basketball. They’re an unknown commodity in a league where the stars tend to be the same players year after year.
Every season, there’s a little hype surrounding the No. 1 overall pick. That’s usually because he’s going into a situation where he’s virtually guaranteed playing time and there’s always a list of reasons why he was the first pick in the NBA draft.
Guys who were selected in the other 59 draft slots are capable of providing fantasy value during their rookie seasons. Still, they are often overlooked in favor of more flashy names.
Because of that, you may find that you don’t even have to draft these guys in order to add them to your bench during the first month of the NBA season.
Here are six under-the-radar NBA rookies that could make a splash in fantasy basketball this season.