We're almost two months into the 2008-2009 basketball season and players are starting to show what kind of season they're going to have. It makes my job easier to pick out sleepers for you, but it also makes your job easier as a fantasy owner. You are better able to decide which players to start and which ones to sit, and you can see which players went undrafted that might be worth picking up.
That being said, here are this week's sleepers:
Al Horford, ATL
Horford is in his second year in the NBA. Last season he helped the Hawks to their first playoff appearance in 10 years, and made a run at Rookie of the Year with Kevin Durant. Horford's play continues to impress this season, and this week he has some favorable match-ups. Atlanta has just two games this week as they host Oklahoma City and Chicago. Both teams are struggling and neither team has a solid Big Man to put against Horford.
Against Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Horford faces Johan Petro who is in his fourth season in the NBA. On Saturday, Horford sees fellow second-year player Aaron Gray. Both guys are bigger (7' 247 lbs. and 7' 270 lbs., respectively), but neither player is having a stellar season.
Horford is averaging 11 points, 8.5 rebounds and nearly two blocks per game. Petro is averaging 4.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while Gray averages 3.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. Horford is better than both players and has a good chance to shine this week, so make sure you get him in your lineup.
Rashard Lewis, ORL
Rashard Lewis isn't putting up the numbers in Orlando that he did in Seattle, but he's still consistent and the decrease in his numbers can be attributed to sharing the paint with Dwight Howard. This week, with the exception of one game, he has a chance to do even better. He's currently averaging 19.2 points and 6.4 rebounds. Not bad when you're playing beside a guy who averages 20.8 points and 14.1 rebounds!
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