Fantasy NBA draft advice: 5 players set to bounce back

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Kemba Walker standing next to Anthony Davis
Kemba Walker struggled at the Boston Celtics, but could get back to his best with the Knicks.

Every year in an NBA Fantasy Draft, there are players that your mates tend to forget about.

They slip through the cracks and often you can pick them up for a bit of a bargain.

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I’m not talking about the younger, sleeper type players like Kevin Porter Jr., Nickeil Alexander-Walker, or Tyrese Maxey .

We're looking today at NBA veterans that may have burnt managers in the past, but can bounce back with strong value this season.

Let’s look at five of those blokes to help out your NBA Fantasy team.

Anthony Davis - Los Angeles Lakers

Davis was a huge disappointment last season. Even without the injuries which limited him to just 36 games, Davis dropped outside of the top 20 in per game fantasy value.

Prior to that, he had not been outside the top six since his rookie season.

Russell Westbrook’s arrival may complicate things a little in terms of usage, but Davis will spend more time at centre this season and I think there is going to be a bounce-back of some sort happening.

His injury history is overstated - prior to last season, he had been as healthy as the average NBA player for four straight seasons, including two 75 game seasons and the only major time he missed was because the Pelicans held him out to preserve him for a deal.

I love Davis at the start of Round 2.

Kemba Walker - New York Knicks

Last season, in a year where he was limited entering the year due to a knee injury, Kemba Walker was the 61st ranked fantasy player.

So, why is his ADP all the way down at 86? It’s a good question.

He now plays for the Knicks and if he is healthy, which we believe he is, Tom Thibodeau is going to play him quite a bit.

He doesn't have to share the ball with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum any more, just Julius Randle, so I find it tough to believe that Kemba would not at least equal what he did last season.

In fact, over the season’s final two months, Walker was able to elevate his performance to average over 36 fantasy points, which put him just outside the top 50.

He isn’t a sexy name any more, but when he slides, I'm all about grabbing him.

Jusuf Nurkić - Portland TrailBlazers

Similar to Davis, Nurkić burnt his fantasy managers last season.

He wasn’t in shape after spending the offseason in Bosnia after the death of a relative and was out of shape when he returned.

He then broke his wrist and strained his calf and couldn’t get going.

But despite all of that, in only 24 minutes a game Nurkic was ranked 73rd for fantasy.

Under new coach Chauncey Billups, Nurk is going to play more than that and while his ADP sits at 66, he should be able to stroll inside the top 50 this season.

Mason Plumlee - Charlotte Hornets

Do we want to talk unsexy? Because that is what Mason Plumlee is.

The Hornets, his new team, do not have many centres. Plumlee is likely to start and split minutes with PJ Washington at the five, but you can get Plumlee in the second last round of fantasy drafts.

Last season for Detroit, in 27 minutes a night, Plumlee was a top 85 player. Even if he loses a couple of minutes, he should be a nice underrated player in your drafts.

Spencer Dinwiddie - Washington Wizards

We barely saw Dinwiddie last season, who played just 62 total minutes for the Nets.

He is now the Wizards starting point guard and even at his ADP of 80, Dinwiddie provides great value for those who don’t realise the sort of fantasy points output he can provide.

If he slides outside the top 60, he is an awesome selection.

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