Fantasy Basketball Sleepers 2012: Underrated Point Guards to Take in Late Rounds

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

October 26, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Corey Brewer (13) draws a foul on Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic (1) in the third quarter at US Airways Center.  Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

If you don't have a top pick, you're not going to get Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook or any of the other top point guards in the NBA.

That leaves the other guys, but they don't have to be a bad thing. The point guard position has plenty of upside this season, leaving fantasy owners with plenty of options as the draft drags on.

If you don't have the draft slot necessary to grab one of the league's best point guards, take a chance on one of these three guys this year.


Goran Dragic

Dragic didn't get much opportunity in Houston last season, but the Suns are his team to command this season. He's not going to be the squad's leading scorer, but he will be the one running the show.

Last season, in just under 27 minutes per game, Dragic averaged nearly 12 points and 5.3 assists per game. As Kyle Lowry's backup, he was able to produce consistently.

According to ESPN's player rater, Dragic is the 13th-best point guard. Based on his production last year, he should go higher than the later rounds, but his low-profile name could allow him to fall.

If you're looking for a point guard, without taking one with your first or second pick, this is your guy. He has weapons in Luis Scola and Michael Beasley to play with and no real competition playing behind him.

This is Dragic's job. He proved himself as Houston's backup last season, and he will do so as Phoenix's starter this year.


Jrue Holiday

Holiday had a breakout season in 2011, and he will only be better in 2012. With Andrew Bynum in Philadelphia and Evan Turner emerging, the fourth-year point guard is primed for his best season yet.

Last season, Holiday averaged 13.5 points per game to go with 4.5 assists. He also hauled down just over three rebounds and just over 1.5 steals per game. In short, he's an all-around talent at the point.

Bynum's presence should enable him to have a huge season. With a big man to dish it to down low, Holiday's assist numbers should increase.

Holiday is an excellent passing point guard, but he also has scoring ability. With an influx of talent in Philadelphia, it's still his team coming into the season.

He doesn't have a Chris Paul-like name, but Holiday will put up solid numbers this season.


Brandon Knight

Detroit is going to be a tough team to judge this season, but Brandon Knight's production will not be. Knight was very solid as a rookie.

The Pistons should be better this season. The addition of Andre Drummond will take the pressure off Greg Monroe, allowing the center to blossom with less expected of him. The duo will also allow Knight to have more options to throw too.

With Knight, you're getting a triple-threat point guard. He's capable of scoring, passing or rebounding because of his exceptional size and athleticism.

Detroit may not finish the season with the best record, but Knight can do things on his own. Because of this, he's worth a flyer in the middle to late rounds of your fantasy basketball draft.