Kev Mahserejian offers up his Week 13 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers, and his NBA Week 13 Sleeper Picks might include waiver-wire pickups who’ve fallen through the cracks into free agency. Roster percentages refer to figures from Yahoo! Sports fantasy basketball leagues.
Week 13 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers
Moses Brown, C, Oklahoma City Thunder (37% rostered)
Moses Brown was a top-25 recruit at UCLA but after a decent freshman season in which he accrued 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a starter, he declared and went undrafted in 2019. He signed on with the Blazers last season, played in 9 games, and is now with the Oklahoma City Thunder dominating in a short stretch.
Since March 11, Brown has started in 3 out of 6 games and in total is averaging 11.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and shooting 57.1% from the field. He’s been incredibly productive for any fantasy basketball players who rostered him over the weekend but the big question remains whether this is going to be a trend or another flash-in-the-pan.
Brown has a massive 7’2" 245lb build with great movement skills across the floor to play up and down, but he can’t shoot and as teams watch him more closely, will begin to exploit his holes. A 6-game stretch is very little but given the production, it is worth grabbing him for the upcoming week despite only 3 games ahead. Worse comes to worst, drop him Saturday night for a Sunday streamer.
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Talen Horton-Tucker, SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers (32% rostered)
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are out for the foreseeable future and THT is actually pretty darn good in his sophomore season. Since his first (and only) start of the season against the Jazz last month, THT is averaging 11.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 stocks while shooting 44.5% from the field and 88.9% from the free-throw line.
In the Lakers’ most recent game without LeBron, THT’s stat-line was 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal in 28 minutes. He will be heavily involved going forward but with the lack of star power, the FG% will probably hurt. He shot 6/16 versus a decent Atlanta team and will likely struggle as a more prominent player against stronger teams.
THT is absolutely an add for points leagues and also categories regardless of the efficiency hit.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG/SF, New Orleans Pelicans (9% rostered)
This is purely speculative based on rumors of a Lonzo Ball trade but Nickeil Alexander-Walker does look like a solid addition in fantasy if a trade were to occur. You have to ignore his season-long stats given that his productive games come in spike performances whenever others are inactive. Typically, he is very low usage with so many mouths to feed in New Orleans. If Ball and Redick were to get dealt, the guard rotation would open up a massive hole that he could fill.
In NAW’s most recent outing without Ball in the lineup, he produced 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist, and 1 steal with 3 threes while shooting 8/15. He’s still raw but he can produce on a team with talents like Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson around him to take the pressure off. He’s about a 34% career shooter from 3 but half of his shots come from that range. While NAW is a work-in-progress. The fantasy points will come via points, threes, assists, and steals (averages 2 per 36). The FG% will hurt though.
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