Kev Mahserejian offers up his Week 11 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers, and his NBA Week 11 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 11 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers
Malik Monk, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets (39% rostered)
Malik Monk has been a monster over the past six games. He has provided at least 20 points in five of those six and is looking like a prized target for teams in need of a backcourt upgrade this coming trade deadline. Monk, a former lottery pick, has been up-and-down throughout his NBA career but now, in year 4, he is seemingly putting things together. He can score from all across the floor at a good clip. His three-pointers and points are the only real selling point but given that they come with palatable percentages, he is much more appealing than a similar player in Tim Hardaway Jr. or Dillon Brooks.
While Monk could absolutely keep this sort of tear up to a certain degree, his production should wane once Devonte Graham and Gordon Hayward return to the lineup. Keep expectations a tad lower but still, make sure to add him where available.
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Tristan Thompson, PF/C, Boston Celtics (32% rostered)
Tristan Thompson‘s rebounding has always been fantastic but the problem with him in fantasy has been providing anything else. Over the past two weeks, Thompson’s been averaging 10.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and shooting much better from free throw (75%). He is not someone who misses games often, if at all. Thompson’s reliability makes it much easier to roster him throughout the dud performances that are inevitable given the nature of his usage.
The Celtics view him as a matchup-dependant big who does not play much versus opposing teams that play more small-ball given Thompson’s lack of shooting ability and how he is best kept around the paint.
Bruce Brown Jr., SG, Brooklyn Nets (19% Rostered)
Bruce Brown Jr. is only viable to start when at least one of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and/or James Harden is inactive. Given that Durant is currently dealing with a hamstring issue, Brown Jr. is thus fantasy relevant. The production he provides is typically well-rounded and his scoring has improved over the past four games give that he has provided at least double-digits in each.
Brown Jr., over this four-game stretch, is averaging 17 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals with just 2 total turnovers. While this is boosted by a 29-point outburst, he is shooting 68% from the field and 91% from the free-throw line. The efficiency comes easier when playing next to multiple superstars who draw attention and leave you open. Brown Jr. has been unreliable throughout the season with the Big-3 healthy though so absolutely drop him when the team is at full strength.
Kev Mahserejian is an NFL/NBA/MLB analyst at The Game Day, residing in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 and began creating sports content soon after. Kev currently writes fantasy and betting pieces while also hosting his podcast The Operating Room with various guests from the sports industry to discuss topics primarily regarding fantasy. He also writes for RotoBaller and is quite active on his Twitter @RotoSurgeon.
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