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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Fantasy Basketball Sleepers
Monte Morris of the Denver Nuggets (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers: Monte Morris will see a huge usage boost.

The former Denver Nugget was one of the best backup point guards in the league during his tenure with the team. He performed admirably last season filling in during Jamal Murray’s absence. He now finds himself with the Washington Wizards and will be the unquestioned starter of the team. Not only will he be the starter, but he also has no threat of being displaced by someone in the rotation.

Although he started almost every game he played last year for Denver, he only averaged 29.9 minutes per contest. Because of the depth issues of the Wizards at the guard spot, this figure should increase considerably on his new team and should be closer to the standard average of NBA starters.

As of now, Morris is ranked as the 201st player on ESPN’s Fantasy Basketball Rankings. This means that unless you play in a 16-team league, Morris is projected to go undrafted. This should not be the case at all. Not only is it likely Morris will see an increase in his minutes, but his role will also probably be increased as well.

For the first time in his career, Morris would not be playing next to the offensive hub that is Nikola Jokic. This will make his life on the court harder than what he has been used to, but for fantasy purposes, he should have a bigger role as the playmaker of the team. Therefore, we could see an uptick in his assist production.

He is currently projected to average 12.8 Pts per game. 2.9 Reb, 5.4 Ast, 0.2 Blk, 0.8 Stl, 48.1 FG%, 84.2FT%, on 30.9 minutes per game and 73 games played. I fully expect Morris to outperform this projection across the board and put forth numbers that are more in line with his per 36 minutes averages. When draft day comes, don’t make the mistake of letting Morris go undrafted.

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