Fantasy Basketball 2022: Ranking Sleepers for NBA Week 15

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2022

Fantasy Basketball 2022: Ranking Sleepers for NBA Week 15

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    Otto Porter Jr. has done a bit of everything inside the Golden State Warriors offense over the past two weeks.

    Porter has been the best possible replacement for Draymond Green in the starting lineup. He strung together a few double-digit point performances and chipped in a handful of rebounds, assists and blocks in that stretch.

    He had 16 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two assists in Saturday night's win over the Brooklyn Nets. Any fantasy basketball player would love to have a forward contribute at that type of level around the stars in their lineup.

    Porter's fantasy value may fly under the radar because he plays with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but he is as solid of a waiver-wire pickup you can find.

    Other top sleeper prospects are in less certain roles than Porter, including Isaiah Jackson of the Indiana Pacers. Jackson reached double figures in each of his past two games, but his playing time could be questioned behind Domantas Sabonis.

Top Sleepers for NBA Week 15

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    10. Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF, Philadelphia

    9. Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, Dallas

    8. Hassan Whiteside, C, Utah

    7. Devin Vassell, SG/SF, San Antonio

    6. Nicolas Batum, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    5. Luke Kennard, SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    4. Jaylen Nowell, SG, Minnesota

    3. Maxi Kleber, PF/C, Dallas

    2. Isaiah Jackson, PF, Indiana

    1. Otto Porter Jr., SF/PF, Golden State

Otto Porter Jr., SF/PF, Golden State

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    Otto Porter Jr. has been Golden State's best answer to the Draymond Green injury situation.

    Porter played 25 or more minutes in four of his past five games and has contributed across most stat categories in those appearances. He has five straight double-digit point performances, and he brought in six or more rebounds in four of those five contests.

    The 28-year-old carved out a solid role in the starting lineup to complement Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. His fantasy value might crater when Green returns, but he is worth the pickup right now.

    Green has been sidelined by a lower-back injury. The ailment was announced January 16, and the team stated Green would be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    So Porter appears to have at least another week or two in the starting five in the best-case scenario for the Warriors with Green's injury.

    Porter will miss Monday's clash with the Houston Rockets because of load management, but he should be available for meetings with the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday and the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.

    The four-game stretch next week against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers makes Porter an intriguing addition.

    He should make an impact in his two appearances this week, and if he plays well in those games, his fantasy value could increase ahead of the four-game week.

Isaiah Jackson, PF, Indiana

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    Isaiah Jackson had 29 points and 10 rebounds in his past two appearances for the Indiana Pacers.

    Those totals have to at least intrigue fantasy basketball players with frontcourt needs.

    The 20-year-old Kentucky product could get more playing time from his successful trips to the hardwood, combined with the foot injury suffered by Goga Bitadze.

    Bitadze filled in for Domantas Sabonis while he was injured recently. Bitadze is listed as questionable for Monday's game with the Los Angeles Clippers. The two backups could split playing time if Bitadze is available.

    Jackson could also be a long-play pickup after the trade deadline if the Pacers are serious about dealing Sabonis or Myles Turner.

    Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer reported Thursday that the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans "expressed a desire" in trading for Sabonis.

    Any deal for Sabonis would open up playing time for Jackson as part of Indiana's rebuild. He could be worth a risk off the waiver wire in preparation for a potential trade.

    Jackson could make an impact before the trade deadline since Indiana plays four games in the next week. The Pacers could opt to give him more playing time if he continues to achieve success in his 15-20 minutes per game.