2022-23 NBA Fantasy Basketball Sleepers: Centers
The 2022-23 NBA season tips off today! It’s here! So if you do fantasy basketball, you’re probably frantically looking at some last minute edits to your cheat sheet or draft preps however you see fit! Today, I’ll be diving into some NBA centers I like relative to their fantasy ranking — also known as my “sleeper” rankings. (I unfortunately never up with a better name for it!) Let’s dive into it!
(Note: All of these positions/rankings are based on ESPN’s current Head-to-Head points rankings ahead of the season.)
- Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers (C17)
- Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Clippers (C30)
- Steven Adams, Memphis Grizzlies (C33)
- Isaiah Stewart, C, Detroit Pistons
Rudy Gobert, Minnesota Timberwolves (C8)
Gobert is now lodged in the frontcourt with Karl-Anthony Towns, so his counting stats of 16-15 with two blocks might slightly dip a little bit. But with how many rebounds and blocks he’ll still rack up paired with his high efficiency, Gobert is still a valuable fantasy basketball center to snag within the first few rounds. He’ll put up numbers regardless of the situation.
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat (C10)
Color me a homer, but I love Adebayo’s potential heading into the season. His role has increased each and every season and I don’t see that taking a step back in 2022-23. He has 21-11-4-1-1 potential this upcoming campaign, and don’t be surprised if he improves his statistical marks yet again.
Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets (C12)
In the 11 games where Wood did not play last year, Sengun averaged 13.2 points on 53.7 percent true-shooting, including 8.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 29.6 minutes per game. Now, Sengun will have full-time responsibility as Houston’s starting center. Sengun is an incredibly crafty center that should rack up plenty of stats in practically each statistical category, especially with more playing time. He has top-10 potential, for sure.
Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (C15)
Yes, the Suns had a tumultuous end to their season. Yes, Ayton told reporters on Media Day that he didn’t talk to head coach Monty Williams over the offseason. But does that warrant him ranking 15th in center production? I don’t think so. He averaged 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks on 63.4 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from deep on low volume. Phoenix also just matched a four-year max deal, which I don’t think they’d be willing to pay him if they didn’t expect him to have as big of a role — if not bigger.
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers (C18)
For categories leagues, Turner is a must have if you’re looking for players who block shots. Turner’s standing with the Pacers organization is in question though, since they’re probably going to trade him come the trade deadline to a contending team because Indiana’s in the #TankForVictor sweepstakes. Though he’s still a good 13-7 with three blocks type center to add as the second- or third-best center to your roster. A very good mid-round player who probably won’t require a steep cost.
Wendell Carter Jr., Orlando Magic (C28)
Carter averaged 15 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists on 52.5 percent shooting last year. He did miss 20 games last year, but can someone explain to me like I’m five how that would warrant him falling outside of the top-25? Carter’s an excellent late-round pickup.
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