In this article, we will identify players that could be value picks late in dynasty league drafts down the road. For reference, we are using ESPN’s Fantasy Basketball ADP (average draft pick) and only mentioning players with an “ADP” of 100 or higher, meaning they are typically going in the late(r) rounds in most drafts.
Now, it’s important to note that Dynasty Leagues typically have different ADPs than standard leagues, so these numbers aren’t perfect for what I’d use to compare where they should go. I’d take a look at dynasty-centric rankings to have a better idea of what round you should take them in. We’re using this strictly as an easy-to-follow guide for players I’m higher on than most given ESPN’s general rankings.
Here is my list of 7 prime value picks late in dynasty drafts. They are listed in order from lowest to highest ADP.
Wendell Carter Jr.- F/C, 6’10” (Magic)
Carter also made the cut for my top 10 sleeper picks in my previous fantasy basketball article, so as you can see I’m very high on his value and potential at this stage. The Orlando big man figures to get plenty of minutes this year with Vucevic gone and with his ability to potentially play alongside fellow center Mo Bamba he shouldn’t be too limited.
Wendell will be a double-double machine that fills the stat sheet in many areas for years to come. I liken him to an Al Horford type of fantasy player looking to the future.
Keldon Johnson- Forward, 6’7″ (Spurs)
Johnson is a talented wing/forward that should be able to continue on his upward trajectory in San Antonio due to their lack of a true go-to guy. The Spurs do have a deep collective unit, but Johnson (and Murray) are their two most high impactful prospects heading into this season. Coming off a Team USA run coached by Popovich, he should have plenty of trust from his HOF coach.
Kevin Porter Jr.- Guard, 6’4″ (Rockets)
How on earth is KPJ’s ADP this high?! (or low depending on how you look at it) He’s going to get all the opportunity in the world alongside rookie Jalen Green to put up counting stats. Along with the opportunity, he’s an immensely talented offensive player that can fill multiple categories up in a hurry.
I’d take him within the top 75 or so, so looking at an ADP of 112 is jarring to me. Snatch him earlier than where he’s projected to go or you’ll miss out.
Scottie Barnes- Forward, 6’9″ (Raptors)
Barnes will take some time to develop offensively, but he should be able to stuff the box score on a nightly basis in other areas such as steals, blocks, assists, and rebounds right from the start. If you can live with the inconsistent offense and percentages at times, he will reward you in multiple categories for years to come.
I expect him to have top-50 fantasy value in the next few years if developed properly.
Saddiq Bey- Forward, 6’7″ (Pistons)
Bey may not be the sexiest pick, but he figures to be a steady contributor throughout the year that can provide a decent mixture of scoring, three-point shooting, and efficiency. He’s more of a guy that rounds out the back-end of your roster as a complimentary piece to your building blocks, but should be a damn good one.
Lauri Markkanen- Foward, 7’0″ (Cavs)
Look, Lauri Markkanen is still just 24 years old. Yes, he is in a somewhat crowded bigs rotation in Cleveland, but they did just pay him and they will need floor spacing and scoring desperately so he will be getting significant minutes. If you need a big that can provide that shooting value along with the occasional scoring outburst (and decent rebounding) then Markkanen is a promising late-round target.
Patrick Williams- Forward, 6’8″ (Bulls)
Williams has two-way star type of potential down the road, but given the Bulls overhaul of offensive firepower, he may have to take a bit more of a backseat than expected (at times). Even with DeRozan, Vucevic, and LaVine taking on the bulk of the offensive workload, there will be some opportunity for Williams to contribute across the board on a consistent basis. The volume may not be there consistently from the start, but he will produce.
Evan Mobley- F/C, 7’0″ (Cavs)
In a dynasty, I’d start looking at taking him within the top 40… maybe even top 30. I’m that high on him. He’s going to be an absolute stud in real life, but especially fantasy with how unique his skill set is.