NBA Draft Kit: Post-Hype Sleepers
NBA Draft Kit: Post-Hype Sleepers

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

Sometimes the best sleepers aren't the players that no one else knew about. No, sometimes the best sleepers are the ones everyone knew about all along, but for whom they decided "not this year".

For example, consider the case of Myles Turner in 2018-19. Turner showed promise as a rookie, and jumped into the fantasy top 25 in his sophomore campaign. His ADP rose to 28 ahead of his third season, 2017-18, but he hit a wall. His minutes and his per-minute effectiveness dropped. He fell outside the top 50, and his 2018 fantasy ADP fell accordingly.

But all of us knew what Turner was capable of, and he rebounded, rewarding those who invested even after the hype had faded. His fantasy ADP was 59 last season, and he went on to lead the league in blocks per game and once again finished on the edge of the top 25.

Finding the right post-hype sleeper can be season-defining. Here are a few of this season's best candidates:

Clint Capela, Rockets

Did the Rockets sign a great new center, and I just missed it? Because otherwise, I don't understand why Capela's ADP is so much lower this year (46 on Yahoo!) than last year (37). Technically the Rockets added 37-year-old Tyson Chandler, but I can't imagine his arrival has any impact on Capela's workload. Capela is just 25, entering his sixth season. He has improved every year. He's likely to remain a top-10 rebounder – even with the addition

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living outside Boston.
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