2011 Fantasy Basketball Sleepers | Week 20

We’ve already gotten our Week 20 Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Gems out for you to scour, but now we’re ready to dig a little deeper.

There are several interesting players owned in no more than 10% of fantasy basketball leagues that are either emerging right now, or could eventually make some noise as some of the losing NBA teams enforce the seasonal youth movement.

Take a look at these fantasy basketball sleepers for Week 20 that could surprise some folks, and are available in at least 90% of leagues:

Gary Neal, G, San Antonio Spurs (Available in 91% of all standard leagues)

Neal isn’t overly explosive, but he has clearly benefited from a solid role and the erratic play of Richard Jefferson. With 10 consecutive games with 10+ points, Neal should be on your radar.

Jordan Crawford, G, Washington Wizards (99%)

Crawford exploded on March 8th for 22 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. It was his first game in double figures with the Wizards, but it could be the beginning of a solid fantasy run to end the season.

Sasha Vujacic, G/F, New Jersey Nets (93%)

Vujacic has taken advantage of an injury to Damion James, as he’s scored in double figures in three straight games, including a 25-point performance against the Raptors two games ago. As long as he keeps getting solid run, he can be productive.

Courtney Lee, G/F, Houston Rockets (90%)

Chase Budinger gets more love as a starter, but Courtney Lee has turned into a solid role player off the bench. His play dropped a bit with just four points in his last game, but prior to that performance he had put together a decent string of four games with 10+ points. Lee can really get going at times, and has a decent role off the bench in Houston.

Patrick Patterson, PF, Houston Rockets (99%)

Another Rockets’ sleeper, Patterson has prove his worth in limited duty in his first season. His last game was his most impressive, as he scored 18 points, hauled in five boards, and snagged three steals. He’s still getting inconsistent playing time, but as it increases, so will his production.

D.J. White, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder (99%)

White’s value may be curbed once Kendrick Perkins gets comfortable, but for now he’s filling a nice role off the bench. With at least nine points and five rebounds in four straight games, White is serviceable as a Utility option in deeper leagues.

Nenad Krstic, F/C, Boston Celtics (90%)

Krstic has really come into his own in Boston, as he’s now topped 11 points in five straight games, while averaging over 18 points per game in his last two contests. He can help a little in the rebounding department, as well, and currently makes for a decent fill-in play at the center position.

Nikola Pekovic, C, Minnesota Timberwolves (99%)

Pekovic’s fantasy value mostly hinges to the health and production of starter, Darko Milicic. When Milicic is struggling or hurt, Pekovic is a solid add, and would garner the starting center spot in the starting lineup. He’s shown on more than a few occasions that 20+ minutes is all he needs to be productive, but he still needs to get the opportunities to be a reliable fantasy play.

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Kevin Roberts heads the fantasy basketball section of NBASoup. Roberts also leads the yearly scouting and mock draft analysis for the NBA Draft.

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