James Harden 300x168 2012 Fantasy Basketball: Season starting sleepers

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NBA season has started.  My initial daily fantasy basketball reaction is that my games have gone about as good as the teething my young son is presently experiencing. I thought I could only imagine the pain he is feeling, but after the last two nights I think I am right there with him. I can’t seem to put together a consistent team. The stars are playing consistent, but due to salary leagues my sleepers are underperforming. I am one of those sports fanatics that expect Lebron James, Dwight Howard, and Chris Paul to put up 30 fantasy points a game. They are doing just that, but O.J. Mayo, Nicolas Batum, and David Lee aren’t putting up the high scoring performances I was expecting. I do, however, have three guys that can make an immediate impact on your daily fantasy team if you will add them to your roster.

Due to the changing style of NBA play, and less emphasis being placed on a true center (more guard oriented) these guys are destined to shine. I think that this three will continue to make an impact for their teams throughout the year.

Glen “Baby” Davis: The question was who will take the reins for Orlando after Dwight Howard moves on to the Lakers? Well I think that the question has been answered. I loved Glen’s performance when he played at LSU. At 6’9 he plays the post well, but he is also athletic enough to be a prolific scorer for the Magic. During his first outing Davis played 34 minutes and lit up the scoreboard with 29 pts. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. If he can continue this production then we will be looking at a 30 point guy a night. He also comes at a good price point because of the team he plays on and his previous fantasy years.

Klay Thompson: Thompson my “sleeper” pick this year. I think that Golden State is going to have to use Klay this year to be a competitor. Klay is averaging 36 minutes a game and 13 pts a night (with a hot 3 pt shot.) He also is grabbing 5 rebounds a game and 3 assists. He can also get a steal or two a night which enhances his fantasy potential. Klay is a consistent guy, which tells me that I am looking at 20 fantasy points a night. I love playing guys that I feel like I can count on and Klay is one of those guys.  Read more…