Every season in the NBA, no matter how good a player is, for one reason or another they are overlooked. Whether they’re a small-market team or a roster where superstars get all the attention, these players just don’t get enough shine.
Today, fantasy basketball experts Andre Snellings, Eric Moody, Eric Caravelle, Jim McCormick, and John Clegan discuss the players they feel are most overlooked.
Walker Kessler, C, Utah Jazz (12.0% Enrollment)
I keep talking about Kessler because I think he’s on the verge of becoming very valuable and remains available for 88% of the ESPN league! is about. He’s in the top five in blocks, despite playing significantly less time than the other leaders. In points format, Kessler has averaged 27.8 fantasy his points per game over the past 30 days, with Jonas he Valanciunas, Al he Horford, Bobby he Portis, Boll he Boll and Ivicaz. Better than many much more popular centers such as Buck. I’m sure Kessler will soon grow into the Western Conference version of Clint Capela in Atlanta.” — caravel
Jeremy Sochan (PF), San Antonio Spurs (5.4%), Jaren Williams (SG), Oklahoma City Thunder (11.6%)
Note Sochan’s recent diversified increase in box scores. But Sochan is an underused multi-category producer who does a little bit of everything, which is why his rise flies under the collective radar. There is a rookie evolution happening here. The minutes are constructed. Never forget that the Spurs have a rich history of amplifying the fantasy value of younger players as they learn the ropes of the system.
If you want a low-risk, mid-range upside riser that might stick to your roster for the duration? Oklahoma City is always a good team to scout. A Thunder player whose minutes creep past his 25.0 MPG barrier is noteworthy. Worried about last night’s inconsistent shooting display (2 vs 8)? Those 4 assists, 5 steals and blocks should get you through. Worried about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander returning to end Williams’ current run, SGA recalls top 3 shutdown contenders with his OKC’s constant quest for additional ping-pong balls please. — Cregan
Killian Hayes, PG, Detroit Pistons (19.6% enrollment) and Immanuel Quickley, PG, New York Knicks (17.7%)
Hayes has been a permanent fixture at the Pistons’ point guard this season without Cade Cunningham, and he has a consistent all-around game that makes him a potential play night after night. role players are showing signs of improvement. In the final game before last week’s altercation, he recorded an 18-point/10-assist double-double with five rebounds and four 3-pointers. He dropped a season-high 25 points on 3-pointers. Bottom line: Hayes is a consistently low-volume, multi-category threat that needs to earn starter minutes for the rest of the season, and could potentially pop with a young, lottery pick.
Quickley is now a productive sixth man, showing legitimate fantasy star potential if he gets the starter minutes. In his last eight games (five of which he started with various teammates injured), Quickley averaged 19.9 PPG, 4.9 APG, 3.8 RPG, 3.4 3PG and 0.9 SPG. In three game starts for injured Jalen Brunson last week, he posted a double-double with 15 assists followed by streaks of 36/7/7 and 27/5/7. He’s productive as an offensive spark off the bench as his plug, but if the Knicks call on his 23-year-old to start at any point this season, he could be the waiting glass-breaking star. Become. — Snellings
Thomas Bryant (C) Los Angeles Lakers (21.8%) and Jalen Duren (C) Detroit Pistons (14.8%)
Bryant immediately comes to mind. He has Anthony Davis on many rosters, but Bryant is invaluable to those teams. With Davis’ injury history and uncertainty about his return, Bryant has filled that void on those fantasy teams: averaging 17.3 points and 12.5 rebounds over the last four games. Another player that I appreciate very much is Duren. The rookie has been playing very well since joining the Pistons’ starting lineup. He has averaged 9.0 points and 11.5 rebounds over his last 14 games. — moody
Jaden McDaniels, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves (24.2%)
Minnesota’s Jaden McDaniels is one of only two players ranked in the top 75 in player ratings for a season enrolled in less than 30% of the league, joining New Orleans’ Trey Murphy III. rice field. He’s shy, he’s the only non-center in the league to average a block-one-steal average in addition to his Alexander Gilgeous. If you can overlook the modestly aggressive offerings, McDaniels offers the best of his Robert Covington-like offerings. Another name worth noting is Lakers’ Thomas Bryant. He’s had his 16 points per game and he’s had 13 boards in the past week, and LeBron has played James and Russell as his main role man in a Westbrook-driven offense. must. — McCormick