Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2019: Top sleepers from simulation that nailed Lauri Markkanen's breakout
SportsLine simulated the entire NBA season 10,000 times and identified must-draft Fantasy basketball sleepers
The 2019-20 NBA season is less than a week away with soon-to-be superstar Zion Williamson leading things off against the defending champion Toronto Raptors on NBA Opening Night. That game is followed by LeBron James and Anthony Davis vs. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the first time as the new-look Lakers take on the revamped Clippers in the Staples Center. But after a season full of sweeping change across the NBA, how will new partnerships and new roles impact the productivity of the league's stars? And who are the next wave of stars sure to outperform their 2019 Fantasy basketball ADP, climb the Fantasy basketball rankings 2019 and lead you to a championship? Be sure to check out the 2019 Fantasy basketball cheat sheets and rankings from the proven computer model at SportsLine to help identify the 2019 Fantasy basketball sleepers that will define the season before your draft.
Last season, for example, the model identified Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen as one of its Fantasy basketball sleepers. The All-Rookie from 2017-18 averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in his first season in Chicago, but took a major step forward just as the model predicted in Year No. 2, averaging 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while shooting nearly identical percentage of 43 percent from the floor and 36 percent from beyond the arc. The model also nailed Aaron Gordon's big season the year prior, calling for a 20 percent production increase as he went from 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game to 17.6 and 7.9.
Now, SportsLine has simulated the upcoming season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy basketball rankings 2019, along with plenty of sleepers, breakouts and busts. This model is powered by the same people who powered projections for all three major Fantasy sites. And that same group is sharing its 2019 Fantasy basketball cheat sheets.
SportsLine's cheat sheets and rankings, available for leagues on many major sites, are updated multiple times every day. Any time an injury occurs or there's a change on a roster, the team at SportsLine updates its cheat sheets.
One of the biggest 2019 Fantasy basketball sleepers according to SportsLine's model: Pelicans shooting guard J.J. Redick. The former Duke star faced constant questions about how his game might translate to the NBA out of college, but 13 NBA seasons and he's proven that he's still an elite shooter who can score at any level.
In fact, at 35 Redick is coming off the best scoring season of his career a season ago with the Sixers. Despite playing in a loaded lineup where the Sixers had to find shots for Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, Redick averaged 18.1 points per game with a career-high 240 made 3-pointers. He shot 39.7 percent from deep and had an eFG of .557 that was well above league average.
With Lonzo Ball and Williamson dependent on getting to the rim to do the majority of their scoring, Redick will be used to space the floor and that should mean a lot of minutes and open looks for one of the NBA all-time shooting greats. That's why the model ranks Redick (10th-round ADP) ahead of Caris LeVert (7th), Jeremy Lamb (9th) and Jaylen Brown (9th) at shooting guard.
Another sleeper the model loves: Mavericks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. The former Michigan guard spent two seasons in New York, two seasons in Atlanta and then almost two seasons in New York again before he was traded to the Mavericks as part of the Kristaps Porzingis-Dennis Smith Jr. trade a season ago. Now he should benefit from being part of an emerging Mavericks squad.
Dallas will get Porzingis back from injury to start the season and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic needs a wing partner who can score. As it so happens, that's been Hardaway's niche his entire career. Hardaway has averaged 17.5 ppg and 18.1 ppg the last two seasons, and Doncic's creativity, combined with Porzingis' ability to spread the floor should yield higher-quality scoring looks for Hardaway. That's why he ranks ahead of Josh Richardson (7th round ADP), Brandon Ingram (8th) and Caris LeVert (8th) in SportsLine's rankings despite an ADP of 96.40 (9th round).
SportsLine's 2019 Fantasy basketball cheat sheets also have a stunning prediction for Pelicans forward Zion Williamson who was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. Knowing what value you can get out of the most exciting superstar to enter the league since LeBron James could be the difference between winning and losing your league.
So what Fantasy basketball sleepers should you be all over? And where should Zion Williamson be in your Fantasy basketball rankings? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy basketball cheat sheets from the proven model that powered all three Fantasy sites and find out.
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