Fantasy Basketball 2012-13: Ultimate Sleeper Bismack Biyombo Ready to Explode

Ben RosenthalContributor IIOctober 31, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 11:  Bismack Biyombo #0 of the Charlotte Bobcats tries to block Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo is going to go nuts in the 2012-13 NBA season, especially for fantasy basketball purposes.

Now, I'm not saying he is going to be Al Jefferson, but he can be a great source of blocks and rebounds at a fraction of the cost Big Al will run you.

You will be able to find Biyombo on the waiver wire in most leagues.

How many articles have you read saying Goran Dragic, Klay Thompson and Nikola Pekovic are "sleepers"? Maybe to Rip Van Winkle, but not to most fantasy basketball enthusiasts.

Biyombo—currently owned in just 35 percent of Yahoo! Sports leagues—actually is a sleeper.

Finding players who offer a great source of blocks on the waiver wire is like finding a leprechaun's pot of gold. There are unproven guys like Jonas Valanciunas and Andre Drummond out there, but Biyombo is a relatively proven commodity.

These days, Serge Ibaka is a fantasy star, and even JaVale McGee doesn't come cheap. Other guys at the top of the blocked-shots list in 2011-12—Dwight Howard (why would you want him?), Roy Hibbert, Andrew Bynum, Marc Gasol and Josh Smith—are all early-round picks.

A case could be made for DeAndre Jordan, but his play in the second half of last season makes me nervous. He started the 2011-12 season out strong, but his end-of-the-year play left much to be desired from a fantasy perspective.

Averaging just 23.1 minutes per game last year for the Bobcats, Biyombo collected 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Although his free-throw percentage was a troubling 48.3 percent, he averaged only 2.3 attempts per game last season. This isn't exactly Dwight Howard or Blake Griffin we are talking about.

Entering his second year in the league, we can safely expect Biyombo's minutes per game to increase. Could he average around 2.5 blocks per game this year? In my opinion, that doesn't sound like such a bold projection.

McGee finished last season as the second-best source of blocks (2.16 per game). Pencil Ibaka in for the No. 1 spot, but Biyombo could easily finish second this year.

I'll claim that off waivers any day of the week.