Fantasy NBA Draft: 5 players to target in later rounds

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Tyrese Maxey and RJ Barrett
Philadelphia's Tyrese Maxey and New York's RJ Barrett are both well placed to provide good value in NBA Fantasy, without requiring to use a high draft pick to acquire them. Pictures: Getty Images

The sexy names get picked at the start of an NBA Fantasy Draft, but finding winners in the later rounds is just as important. 

It’s where you can make some crucial inroads if you know where to look. 

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So, here are some players going outside the top 85 in drafts who are set to make you wish you picked them.

RJ Barrett - New York Knicks

Barrett is not the best fantasy player for category leagues, so his rank is often pushed far below where he should be drafted for default Yahoo points leagues. 

Yes, Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier are coming in, but Barrett should still be an underrated player who can crack the top 75 this season, yet you don’t have to reach anywhere near that high to take him.

Josh Giddey - Oklahoma City Thunder 

Maybe after his stellar preseason debut, Giddey isn’t going to be available late anymore. 

He should start opening night for the Thunder and can easily be a top 100 player, yet he is available in the last round in some fantasy drafts. Get him while you still can.

Alperen Şengün - Houston Rockets

This one may be a bit of a slow burn, but his talent is undeniable. 

It will be Daniel Theis and Christian Wood starting to begin the season, but there will become a point where Stephen Silas cannot not start Şengün. 

He could very easily be a top 75 guy after the All-Star Break.

Bojan Bogdanović - Utah Jazz

Undervalued because of how poorly he started last season, but Bojan’s role is not going anywhere this season and he is the definition of solid in those last rounds of a fantasy draft. 

His wrist is finally healthy after an injury which slowed him down last season, so I expect Bogdanović to have a much improved season.

Tyrese Maxey - Philadelphia 76ers

As long as Ben Simmons remains a non-participating member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Maxey is going to be an NBA starter, and maybe for longer, depending on who Simmons is traded for. 

You can get Maxey late, but I am seeing him start to come in to around pick 100, so be aware you don’t go too early on him.

Tim Hardaway Jr. - Dallas Mavericks

Much like Bogdanović, Hardaway isn’t the sexy young guy like Maxey or Giddey, but rather the stable veteran whose ADP is a product of a disappointing start to last season. 

Hardaway should start for Dallas and hopefully push over 30 minutes and bring in some borderline top 100 fantasy numbers.

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