Fantasy Basketball Sleepers: 3 players to target in your drafts this year

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers James Harden and Anthony Davis (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Fantasy Basketball Sleepers James Harden and Anthony Davis (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) /

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers: Anthony Davis has league-winning upside.

Lakers big man Anthony Davis is a bonafide superstar when healthy. His health is a major concern, throughout his career he has dealt with multiple nagging injuries and is perceived as one of the most injury-prone players in the league. Most concerning of all is that he has suffered pretty significant injuries the last two years, playing in only 76 out of 164 games.

Fantasy players have always quivered with the idea of drafting Anthony Davis due to these concerns. But this hesitancy came when Davis was a top 10 or top 5 ranked player, meaning he would be your first pick. However, the Lakers superstar is currently ranked as the 28th best fantasy player on ESPN Fantasy Basketball rankings.

This ranking is just absurd. Aside from his injury concerns, Anthony Davis is still a superstar who is just 28 years old. Other than his decline in his three-point shooting, AD’s game has not shown any decline when he has been on the court. He is currently projected by ESPN to average 23.9 Pts per game. 9.3 Reb, 3.1 Ast, 2.1 Blk, 1.3 Stl, 51.7 FG%, 77.8 FT%, on 34.5 minutes per game and 61 games played.

This would not be the best output of AD’s career, but is still elite fantasy production — especially in the defensive categories. Therefore, when conducting your draft, you should strongly consider drafting Davis in the second round. In the event that he drops to the third round of your draft, he should be a no-brainer pick at that point.