In fantasy basketball he sleepers are key, they are the players that put your team over the edge in a close matchup or save you when a starter goes down.
There is a difference between a sleeper and a value pick. While people may be sleeping on Anthony Randolph this year, he is a value pick, sleepers are those guys you draft in the final few rounds or pickup off the wire.
I’ve combed the rosters to find the best true sleepers on every team, take a look.
Rankings: PG | SG | SF | PF | C
Zaza Pachulia, C, Atlanta Hawks - To be honest the Hawks don't have many sleepers unless they trade away Josh Smith or Jamal Crawford.
Kendrick Perkins, C, Boston Celtics - If you think the addition of Rasheed Wallace is going to hurt Perkins' fantasy production think again. In only 29.6 minutes per game last season he averaged 8.1 rebounds and 1.97 blocks per game.
D.J. Augustine, G, Charlotte Bobcats - It's hard to keep his super stroke off the court, especially with Raja Bell hurt. If the Bobcats can deal Felton his stock goes through the roof.
Kirk Hinrich, G, Chicago Bulls - Numbers have been on a decline since 2006-07 but with no Ben Gordon his role will be upgraded.
Jamario Moon, SF, & Anthony Parker, G/F, Cleveland Cavilers - Moon won't kill any one category but he has the skills to post threes, steals, blocks, and rebounds. Parker will crush open looks from deep and he is a good passer off the wing.
Drew Gooden, F, Dallas Mavericks - Very good rebounder, he can help the Mavs go big or small.
Chris Anderson, C, Denver Nuggets - Was on the list last year, he isn't flying under the radar as low but his blocks are still underrated.
Austin Daye, F, and DaJuan Summers, F, Detroit Pistons - Both rookies can stroke, Summers is more NBA ready but Daye has more upside that needs to be developed.
Anthony Morrow, SG, Golden State Warriors - Making the most of his opportunities in the NBA, Don Nelson cannot ignore his deep shooting ability.
Carl Landry, F, Houston Rockets - Chase Budinger, Aaron Brooks, and David Anderson will also fit here but Landry is determined to board and score now that Yao is out of the lineup.
Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers - Giant bigman is developing into a force on the interior, plays well with the Pacers other sleeper Tyler Hansbrough too.
DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angles Clippers - There will be times where Camby and Kaman cannot go during the season and Jordan will post top 10 center numbers during that time.
Jordan Farmar, PG, Los Angles Lakers - If he can avoid injuries he should get a bulk of the minutes in the middle of the game.
Hasheem Thabeet, C, Memphis Grizzlies - Doesn't do it all but should finish top 10 in blocked shots.
Quentin Richardson, G/F, Miami Heat - Won't shoot as many threes as he did in New York but he is the fifth best basketball player on the roster.
Hakim Warrick, F, and Joe Alexander, F, Milwaukee Bucks - Warrick is playing on a one year deal so you know he wants to show he can do it all. Alexander has been injured but the former lottery pick needs time on the floor to develop.
Ryan Gomes, F, Minnesota Timberwolves - Strong forward can shoot the three and doesn't have much competition at his position.
Yi Jianlian, F, and Chris Douglas-Roberts, G/F, New Jersey Nets - The Nets don't have much of a shot at making the playoffs but these guys will get plenty of shots to try.
Julian Wright, SF, New Orleans Hornets - Moving into a starting role this year means more minutes, with points, rebounds, and steals on the way.
Danilo Gallinari, G/F, New York Knicks - Possibly the best shooter in the world you've never seen--this year will be his coming out party.
D.J. White, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder - The only true PF on the roster, White boards hard and is a better scorer than you may think.
Ryan Anderson, F, Orlando Magic - There are a lot of big names on the roster in Orlando but nobody is shooting better than Anderson.
Lou Williams, G, Philadelphia 76ers - Combo guard will start at point giving him a chance at a career high in points and assists.
Channing Frye, F/C, Phoenix Suns - Robin Lopez was injured so the smooth shooting Frye will start at center and hit a few threes on the way.
Martell Webster, G/F, Portland Trail Blazers - Has struggled with injuries but may be the most talented wing in the NBA that nobody is talking about.
Tyreke Evans, PG, Sacramento Kings - Front runner for ROY is undervalued right now in fantasy hoops, won't get a ton of assists but can score at will.
DeJuan Blair, PF, San Antonio Spurs - If he continues to rip down rebounds and score at a high percentages Pop won't be able to keep him off the floor.
DeMar DeRozan, G/F, Toronto Raptors - The college game didn't fit his style, he was made to play in the NBA.
Kosta Koufos, C, Utah Jazz - The eventual replacement for Okur will build on solid rookie year.
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