NBA Draft Kit: Sleepers to Watch
NBA Draft Kit: Sleepers to Watch

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Did you roster Donovan Mitchell in 2017-18? What about Taj Gibson? If so, your team probably did pretty well, as you got a top-55 or top-75 player for basically nothing.

"Sleepers" are always a popular buzzword in fantasy circles, and with good reason. The term roughly translates to "players who are more valuable than they cost". Specifically, a sleeper is a player who might produce at a higher level than the fantasy community expects. Since that definition is a bit vague, I tend to define sleepers as players with a good chance of significantly out-producing their draft cost.

Mitchell and Gibson are the extreme cases of sleepers – both mostly afterthoughts on draft night who went on to provide value as every-night fantasy starters. Not all sleepers provide such a disparity between cost and production. Will Barton's ADP was 115, that of a final starter or top-of-the -bench player and roughly 30 spots ahead of Mitchell, and Barton finished right next to Mitchell in

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.
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