Fantasy Basketball sleepers, breakouts and busts NBA 2022-23

September 20, 2022

To assemble an superior fantasy basketball roster, you may have to benefit from your draft.

So which gamers will exceed their common draft place this season?. Who will elevate their recreation to a different degree? And what gamers pose the largest threat of taking a step backwards?

Our fantasy basketball consultants — Andre’ Snellings, Eric Moody, Eric Karabell and Jim McCormick — supply their prime sleepers, breakouts and busts for the 2022-23 season.


Sleeper: A participant who will far surpass his common draft place (ADP) in commonplace ESPN leagues.

Andre’ Snellings — Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets: Sengun began leaping onto the fantasy radar after he flashed within the Las Vegas Summer season League proper after he obtained picked. He is a do-everything heart on offense, and his per-36 minute numbers from his rookie season attest to that: 16.7 PP36, 9.5 RP36, 4.5 AP36, 1.6 BP36, 1.4 SP36 and 0.7 3P36. The most important concern, on the fantasy entrance, was that as a rookie he solely performed 20.7 MPG behind Christian Wooden. Effectively, Wooden was traded to the Mavericks within the offseason, clearing the way in which for Sengun to start out getting starter minutes. His recreation must be higher as a sophomore, and with the added minutes he has the potential to place up sturdy numbers this season.

Eric Moody — Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic: Suggs had a rookie season for the Orlando Magic stuffed with ups and downs together with accidents and roster inconsistencies. A rookie attempting to get acclimated to the NBA, he averaged 11.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, and 4.4 APG, however his subject aim proportion of 36.1% wants enchancment. Suggs is just not the primary highly-drafted NBA participant to battle in his early profession, and he will not be the final. Suggs is a greater position participant than a star, and with the Magic deciding on Paolo Banchero No. 1 general, he can have the chance to actually shine doing simply that. Suggs will see excessive utilization together with Franz Wagner and proceed to have a major position for Orlando.

Eric Karabell — Tre Jones, San Antonio Spurs: Now getting into his third season from Duke, Jones did not see many minutes for Gregg Popovich the primary two years. Now star Dejounte Murray is gone to the Hawks, although, and Jones ought to begin and see main minutes. Jones began 11 occasions final season and averaged 13.5 PPG and seven.5 APG, and he shot nicely from the sphere and the road. Jones cannot do what Murray does, however he is value a top-100 decide for the minutes and potential in assists alone.

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Jim McCormick — Devin Vassell, San Antonio Spurs: Solely Jokic, James Harden, and Luka Doncic touched the ball than Dejounte Murray’s 87.5 occasions per recreation for the Spurs final season. Murray paced all gamers beneath 6’7 in rebounding probabilities per recreation whereas additionally ending prime 10 passes and drives per recreation. Discovered deep into drafts, Vassell is a younger two-way wing poised to capitalize on the ocean of alternatives obtainable within the wake of Murray’s departure. In simply over 400 minutes with Murray and Derrick White off the ground final season, Vassell, at age 21, posted 17.1 factors, 2.8 3-pointers, 5.9 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.4 mixed blocks and steals (per 36 minutes. Even amid the Spurs’ pursuit of lottery odds, there’s loads to love about Vassell’s trajectory.


Breakout: A participant who will leap into or near the higher echelon of gamers at his place for the primary time due to a dramatic improve in manufacturing in comparison with his earlier seasons.

Andre’ Snellings — Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks: Brunson confirmed that he might produce subsequent season whereas taking part in subsequent to utilization vacuum Luka Doncic, nevertheless it was when Doncic was out that Brunson actually confirmed his potential. Throughout a 10-game Doncic absence in December, Brunson averaged 21.0 PPG (51.3 FG%, 37.5 3P%, 77.5 FT%), 7.4 APG, 3.5 RPG and 1.5 3PG in 34.7 MPG. However, the extra tantalizing stretch got here when Doncic missed the primary three video games of the playoffs. Brunson responded by averaging 32.0 PPG (50.7 FG%, 41.2 3P%, 85.0 FT%), 5.3 APG, 5.3 RPG and a couple of.3 3PG in 39.4 MPG throughout that span. This offseason, Brunson signed to be the brand new level guard for the Knicks, which signifies that he now will get the high-usage keys to a franchise. He has the realizable upside to leap into the fantasy elite this season.

Eric Moody — Josh Giddey, Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder: I am an enormous fan of Giddey, as those that learn my columns final yr will know. The Rookie of the Month Award was bestowed upon him 4 occasions final yr attributable to his stellar efficiency. There was no different participant within the 2021 class who earned the award greater than twice. Giddey averaged 12.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 6.4 APG, and 1.0 SPG with a 22.2% utilization price. In all of these statistical areas, he’s nicely positioned to see a rise. The statistical leap Giddey might make in his second season may very well be just like that of LaMelo Ball. Apart from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Giddey, the Thunder do not have many playmakers.

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Eric Karabell — Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets: The Rockets could not wait to half with Wooden and it opens up main minutes for Sengun, who averaged 12.1 PPG, 8.2 RPG over 13 begins as a rookie. These will not be noteworthy statistics for a lot of facilities, however Sengun, 20, can also be a sneaky sturdy supplier of assists, averaging 3.6 APG in his begins. He can block photographs, too. Give Sengun sufficient minutes and he might simply turn into a top-50 fantasy possibility.

Jim McCormick — Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic: Lowkey superior as a rookie for the Magic, Wagner completed fiftieth general on ESPN’s Participant Rater as a 20-year-old on a crew beset by brutal backcourt accidents and an general absence of regular level guard play. With Markelle Fultz’s distribution expertise and Paolo Banchero’s passing prowess becoming a member of the roster, Wagner would possibly lastly get some “straightforward” catch-and-shoot work this season. The Michigan product, in the meantime, was a complete boss for Germany at EuroBasket this summer time, flashing a collection of efficient pull-up and step-back 3-pointers from a reside dribble. Given what must be an enormous position as a constructing block subsequent to Banchero, Wagner turning into a beginning fantasy drive at each ahead spots may very well be within the works.


Bust: A participant who is anticipated to be a strong starter in commonplace ESPN leagues however will fail to reside as much as these expectations this season.

Andre’ Snellings — Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns: Over the three seasons from 2016-17 via 2018-19, Paul missed a mean of 23 video games per season attributable to damage. He was comparatively wholesome for the following two seasons, each of which have been shortened attributable to COVID, however then he missed 18 video games once more final season, in his seventeenth within the NBA. He was nonetheless sturdy when taking part in through the season, however within the playoffs, instantly after his thirty seventh birthday, he instantly turned in a number of of the worst video games of his profession. Over the past 5 video games of his playoffs, Paul averaged solely 9.4 PPG, 5.8 APG, 3.4 RPG and three.6 TO/G in 32.3 MPG. His poor efficiency performed an enormous half within the Suns being upset within the playoffs. This season, the danger of damage and the danger of age-related decline overlap in such a approach that Paul has too excessive of a chance to underperform his typical degree and/or be absent throughout a key parts of the season.

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Eric Moody — Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings: Barnes was excellent for the Sacramento Kings final season with 16.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.4 APG and a utilization price of 18.2%. Fantasy managers will anticipate him to duplicate these numbers. Given the inflow of expertise the Kings have had this offseason, together with Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk, and Keegan Murray, Barnes will discover it tough to take action.

Eric Karabell — Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans: Zion was my decide final season as nicely, because it was straightforward to query how quickly he would return from foot surgical procedure. He ended up lacking the complete season. Along with main sturdiness issues, Williamson’s statistics deceive a bit, and should not warrant his lofty ADP. In any case, whereas the unstoppable Williamson can rating at will, he is only a modest rebounder, not an element on 3-point capturing and he can do main harm to a fantasy crew’s free throw proportion. Oh, and did we point out he is removed from sturdy?

Jim McCormick — Clint Capela, Atlanta Hawks: Onyeka Okongwu is the middle of the longer term for the Hawks. The third-year heart claims some superior superior metrics that usually align with crew success, and, each his contract and age align significantly better with the crew’s famous person backcourt. With respect to Capela’s fantasy worth, final season’s 11.1 factors and 11.9 pulls to go along with 1.3 blocks in 27.6 minutes per evening represents the seemingly ceiling for this season, one the place competitors from Okongwu for alternatives will improve. Which is to say, he may very well be simply fantastic, however there’s actually no shot at being particular. One of many solely viable paths to resetting Atlanta’s place as a tax crew (forward of a hug new dedication to Murray) is transferring Capela, including extra uncertainty to an old-school heart with a comparatively expensive draft place.