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)
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Alperen Sengun (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports) /

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers: Alperen Sengun enters the starting five.

In his rookie year, Sengun showed plenty of flashes and potential when given the opportunity. He displayed some Jokic-like vision and passing at times and has the potential to be one of the best passing big men in the league. His situation in Houston was far from ideal. Having to sit behind Christian Wood, and sometimes even behind Daniel Theis.

When he wasn’t sitting behind them, he was often sharing the court with one of them. That would not be the case this year. Christian Wood’s trade to Dallas has cleared the way for Sengun to be the unquestioned starter of this year’s Houston Rockets. The Rockets are still in the midst of a rebuild, therefore Sengun should get plenty of run this year.

Despite all of this, Sengun is currently ranked as the 89th best player according to ESPN’s Fantasy Basketball Rankings. He is projected to average 15.0 Pts per game. 8.3 Reb, 4.8 Ast, 1.4 Blk, 1.3 Stl, 48.0 FG%, 71.7 FT%, on 31.6 minutes per game and 78 games played. While these are solid numbers, I expect Sengun to beat out this projection across the board.

His best value is undoubtedly as a passer — he figures to be elite in this category. So when draft day comes, don’t let Sengun drop to the late 80’s early 90’s, you should start considering picking him in the mid 60’s, and he should be a no-brainer come the early 80’s.