Every year, there are players who settle into new roles and exceed expectations in fantasy basketball leagues. These types of players, whether juniors or seasoned veterans with red flags like injury or playing time concerns, can often fall through the cracks in the rankings but perform well above average recruiting positions. If you draft one of these guys – whether it’s a powerhouse player who becomes a top-tier star or a real late-night sleeper – they’ll count as big draw robbers, which is why you need a solid 2021 cheat sheet.
Below, we’ve broken down our 10 favorite Draw Day heists for 2021. Once again, many of these players are already on the radars of fantasy stooges, but we still think they can significantly outperform ADPs.
Dominate Your Draft: 2021 Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet
For more underrated players, check out our list of one sleeper pick per team.
2021 fantasy basketball rankings:
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Fantasy Basketball Breakout Sleepers 2021: 10 Possible Drawdowns
OG Anunoby, SF, Toronto Raptors
Last season could have been a fictional breakout year for Anunoby, but the 24-year-old winger could take things to another level. 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.7 cuts, 2.4 triples per game, all of which scored career highs, and he also scored his career best with a 78.4% of the free throw line, helping his fantasy stock as well.
With superstar Pascal Siakam expected to miss the start of the season after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, Anonobi is likely to play a bigger role in the Raptors’ offensive to start the year. We’ve seen developments in his offensive game last year and he’s one of the most versatile defenders in the game, and he’s sure to continue to collect steals and shocks. Don’t be afraid to reach for Anunoby in your fantasy drafts, because the best is yet to come.
Lonzo Ball, PG, Chicago Bulls
The new mode could be the best for Ball to reach his full potential, and he’ll have the opportunity to play alongside three-stars Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan. Playmaking tasks may be divided due to LaVine and DeRozan’s cutting edge assists, but the ball should remain the main coordinator, approaching 7.0 assists per game we’ve seen average in 2019-20. The Bulls’ lack of front-court depth makes me believe the ball will reap more rebounds than last season (4.8 RPGs), and his average scoring (14.6 PPG) should still be close to the same.
Playing alongside talented scorers, it will be interesting to see if the ball can drop more than three throws per game again this season, but regardless, he must be prepared for an outstanding year in a new environment.
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Darius Bazley, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Competing to rebuild the Thunder Squad, last year has had what makes it a fictional year for Basley. The 20-year-old PF was strong in 55 games, averaging 13.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.5 steals and bumps per game, but he fired ineffectively and a shoulder injury disrupted any momentum.
We’re doubling down on Bazley Breakout this season because the situation hasn’t changed much in Oklahoma City. He should thrive playing alongside superstar goalkeeper Shay Gilgus Alexander, and rookie goalkeeper Josh Gedi making everyone around him better. Playtime will be readily available to Basley as the starting force forward, which means he will have plenty of opportunities to knock out numbers.
Miles Bridges, SF/PF, Charlotte Hornets
Sure you could qualify last year as a great fantasy season for Bridges Bridges, but he didn’t really To ramp things up even after the All-Star break. From the start of April through the end of the season, Bridges turned into a different animal, averaging 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals per game while shooting 51.1% of the field. He also defeated 3.0 three times in each game with an impressive 43.5 percent clip And He found a groove in the charity tape, making 83.9 percent of his free throws.
Bridges has been a late-season gem for fantasy teams, helping advance the playoffs and beyond. It will be interesting to see how his numbers are affected by Gordon Hayward’s return, but after seeing such production along his stretch combined with Hayward’s injury record, it’s well worth swinging over Bridges in the middle rounds of your draft.
Luguentz Dort, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dort was another latecomer in fantasy basketball last season, even playing during his rest days due to placing Thunder at the bottom of the rankings. He’s only appeared in 17 games after the All-Star break, but has had a few impressive set pieces, including a 42-point game to score seven rebounds, four shots, three assists, and seven three-pointers against the team. Jazz first place. He played five games with 20 or more points during that time, playing a bigger role in Oklahoma City’s offensive despite being a defense specialist.
The Thunder is expected to continue the rebuilding phase this season, so Dort should see similar opportunities on the offensive end, where he will prove to be a must-see fantasy player.
Kenyon Martin Jr., SF, Houston Rockets
Martin had his moments as a fantasy streaming star last season, and don’t be surprised if he takes on a key role at Houston, giving him the opportunity to perform on a full-time basis. The 20-year-old striker’s number for all 36 records from last year jumps off the page (14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 50.9 percent of the field). Playtime wasn’t always there, but when the opportunity presents itself, he delivers.
The Rockets will be in full rebuild mode this season, so their young players should see the bulk of their playing time. Martin will be one of the beneficiaries of that, so it’s worth participating in the mid-to-late rounds of your fantasy draft as a low-risk, high-reward choice.
Digonte Murray, PG, San Antonio Spurs
Murray is the popular breakout choice for this upcoming season. Last year, we got a taste of what would become of Murray as one of the best young guards in the NBA. He averaged 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, ending up as a top 50 fantasy player. With DeMar DeRozan now based in Chicago, every share of Spurs’ duties in the toy industry will be handed over to Murray, where he must thrive as the overall leader.
Murray is a player worth playing before the middle rounds. Give it a look as early as the fourth or fifth round, after the higher level of fantasy players are off the board.
Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Nans was indeed a very strong fantasy player last season, averaging 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He’s dealt some injuries that have limited him to just 35 games, but for a good portion of the season, Nance has been the league leader in thefts in every game. When traded in Trail Blazers, Nance will be used more due to how poorly Portlanders use his defensive power and versatility. Playtime should be easy on a thin slate with depth, so if Nance can stay healthy, he’ll definitely be an asset to your fantasy team.
Give it a look at the middle rounds of your draft.
Michael Porter Jr., San Francisco, Denver Nuggets
Porter was definitely a standout player last year, but there is still potential for bigger and better things. Coming from a season in which he averaged 19.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 pieces and 0.7 steals per game while shooting with an impressive 54.2 percent from field and 44.5 percent from depth, the 23-year-old to Forward is walking. The Nuggets will miss star Jamal Murray for part of the season while they recover from a rupture in the AFC Champions League, so Porter should remain the second choice in attack behind defending champion Nikola Jokic.
He’s worth getting to in your draft because of that, so start looking up his name early in the fourth round.
Isaiah Stewart, C, Detroit Pistons
Stewart’s junior season started slow in a crowded front zone, but when he got more playing time towards the end of the season, he started to shine. Over the last 15 games of the season, he averaged 12.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.1 pieces per game, averaging four double points in the process. All of those doubles were a big performer, scoring 15 points and 21 planks against the Thunder, 19 points and 12 planks against the Wizards, 18 points and 16 rebounds against the Cavaliers, and 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Cavaliers. defectors.
Stewart will take over the starting position in Detroit this year, so he will undoubtedly be worthy of a mid-round draft pick.