Grabbing a sleeper pick during your draft and watching it pay off for you every game during the season is an amazing feeling. In fact, there may be nothing more satisfying in fantasy sports than hitting the jackpot on a sleeper pick.
To aid you in your quest for the elusive fantasy basketball sleeper, we've put together a list of potential breakout or bounce-back characters to help you win this season.
This list is in alphabetical order and the degree to which these players qualify as sleepers obviously depends on your specific league. We've included each player's projected stats for the upcoming season so that you can properly evaluate them.
Houston Rockets (F)
Wood had a solid start to the 2019-20 campaign, and through his first 49 appearances (one start), he averaged 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in 18.0 minutes. However, with Andre Drummond being dealt away at the trade deadline and Blake Griffin unavailable due to injury, Wood took on an expanded role late in the year. During his final 13 appearances, he drew 11 starts and averaged 22.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 threes and 1.8 combined steals-plus-blocks. Over that stretch, he shot an impressive 56.2 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three and 75.7 percent from the charity stripe. This season, Wood signed a contract to join the Rockets, where it seems likely that he'll start at center. It wouldn't be surprising if he saw 30-plus minutes per game, though with James Harden, John Wall and Eric Gordon on the roster, it will be tough for Wood to score 20-plus points per night. Still, he has the upside to be one of the better centers in fantasy.
Chicago Bulls (G)
White's first season in the league saw him show flashes of offensive excellence, as he posted a career high of 35 points in late February and was regularly recording 20-point outings prior to the suspension of play in March. The now 20-year-old guard was eventually inserted into the starting lineup, and he will likely remain there to start 2020-21 under new coach Billy Donovan. Though he finished the season strong and made the All-Rookie Second Team, it wasn't all positive for White during his rookie campaign. As a point guard, he averaged just 2.7 assists per game and shot a horrific 39.4 percent from the field. He showed no hesitation in firing threes with 5.8 attempts per game on an average 35.4 percent shooting. White didn't get to the line much either at just 2.0 attempts per game, further hampering his efficiency levels. The 20-year-old has plenty of time to grow into a more well-rounded player, but he'll need to grow if he's going to last as a starting NBA point guard. With talented offensive players like Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen surrounding him, White's value will rise if he gets his teammates involved a bit more than he did as a rookie.
Sacramento Kings (F)
Bagley endured thumb and foot injuries that cost him the better part of his second NBA season. The 2018 first-round pick (second overall) has rightfully earned an injury-prone tag as a result since he's suited up in just 75 games over two seasons in the Association. Considering he hasn't played in a game since Jan. 20, Bagley should enter the 2020-21 season at full health, walking into a starting gig at power forward immediately. If that's the case, he could push for 30 minutes per game, a sizable uptick from the 25.7 he averaged last year. The 21-year-old has evident upside if that comes to fruition. Through 13 games last year, he posted 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest while hitting 46.7 percent of his field goals, and an increase in playing time would be a blessing for his fantasy upside.