Five bold fantasy predictions for the 2020-21 NBA season
The 2019-20 NBA season is not even over yet, but NBA fantasy sports have been over for a while now. With only 2/3rds of the teams restarting in the bubble and now the playoffs have widdled down to just a few teams remaining. But that does not mean you cannot prepare from next season.
While we do not know when the 2020-21 season will begin, we do know that it will kick off at some point. So in the mean time there is a lot of time to do some research for next season.
While it may be tempting to go after big stars in a fantasy draft, it is really the unsung hero's who will put you over the top in any fantasy draft. Here are 5 players that if you start betting on the NBA in fantasy sports, will put you over your competition.
The Warriors will likely be healthy next year and back to their winning ways. Green is a key part to their success. While he does not bring you a lot in the scoring department, Green will get you a lot of other stats like rebounds, steals and blocks. Green isn't a guy who puts up great single numbers, its his all around production that is huge.
With Curry and Thompson both being healthy and Andrew Wiggins in the mix, do not expect Green to get more than 10 points most nights. But like I said, it is his 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 6 assists and 2 blocks that gives you value.
Like Green, Gobert will not give you a lot in the scoring department most nights. he does give you more than Green though. Gobert will give you fantasy points with his defensive prowess. He is good for 12-15 rebounds almost nightly, and at least a block.
If you play in a league that has high point values for defense, than Gobert is a must have. He has been a 4 time all-defensive first teamer, and 2 time DPOTY.
Here is a guy that a lot of leagues skip over. He has been stuck on some horrible teams but has put up big numbers. If he is available late in a draft you must grab him.
Randle has been a consistent 17-10 guy for several years in the NBA. There are rumors that the Knicks may look to move him, which bodes well with you as a fantasy owner. His numbers went down a bit due to the Knicks chaotic offense. Having him in a good offense could see his numbers sky rocket.
Like Randle in New York, Sexton in Cleveland gets overlooked for playing on a bad team. Sexton quietly averages 20 points a game last season, and is entering his third season. Third year is when a player normally makes the jump to stardom if they are going to become a star. Expect Sexton to do just that.
Besides scoring, Sexton also offers decent assists and rebounding numbers for a guard. Most owners will skip over him because he is not seen as a top tier player, this is where a wise owner can add value deep in a draft.
The Joker is known by most NBA fans, but his fantasy production is highly under valued. Last year according to ESPN he had the 3rd best fantasy production in the entire NBA, but was only owned in 70% of the leagues.
Jokic has raised his value with a solid performance in the playoffs and he is high risk and high reward. But he may be worth the pick in the 3rd or 4th round of a draft.