Sometimes in fantasy basketball, preseason hype doesn’t go far enough. There are sleepers that pop early like Darren Collison of the Dallas Mavericks, but the situation with the Mavs’ new starting point guard was a calculated—and inexpensive—risk in fantasy hoops.
The players on this list have an average draft position inside the Top 80 on ESPN.com, but have stated early cases that their respective fantasy draft tumbles were unwarranted. They are ranked by the apparent differences between their respective draft positions and their fantasy outlook going forward.
Collison’s name would be mentioned in a more expansive list, but this top five is focused on fantasy basketball players who were mainstream options in the preseason.