This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
Heading into fantasy draft season, there are only so many ways one can gain an advantage over the opposition. Following young players before they enter the NBA Draft – and during summer league – is one way to get ahead. Analyzing depth charts and the minutiae of offseason player movement is another. However, by the time fantasy basketball season arrives, most managers are familiar with the top rookies as well as the league's new landscape.
So how else should one go about getting a leg up on the competition? One of the sneakier strategies involves identifying good players who are coming off uninspiring seasons and thus might be overlooked by the what have you done for me lately? crowd. Sometimes a down year is a warning sign of things to come, while in other cases it may be just a blip on the radar.
Here's a rundown on 10 players who could enjoy bounce-back campaigns in 2021-22.
Anthony Davis, Lakers
Davis finished 2020-21 with career lows in field-goal percentage (49.1%), rebounding (7.9 RPG), blocks (1.6 BPG) and games played (36) while logging his lowest minutes average (32.3 MPG) since his rookie campaign. He also posted his lowest scoring average (21.8 PPG) since his sophomore season. Davis may not see his playing time increased and will likely spend most of his minutes at power forward, especially during the regular season.
As such, it's possible he won't improve his production much when it comes to the board and block departments.