Shh...These Sleepers Are a Secret: NBA Players to Look out for in 2008-09

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IOctober 13, 2008

I have yet to see a list of the select few fantasy sleepers on the Big Board Top 10. I am shocked that none of these sleepers have appeared anywhere else before. Here are my top four fantasy sleepers for the new NBA season.


1. John Salmons (Sacramento, G/F)

With Ron Artest now gone, John Salmons has sleeper potential all over him. While starting, Salmons averaged 17.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game, along with almost one three-pointer per game. Salmons has nothing to lose and will produce in loads this season. Salmons is your No. 1 fantasy sleeper.


2. Troy Murphy (Indiana, F)

With Jermaine O'Neal finally gone, Troy Murphy will take the big rebounding role this season. His scoring numbers will likely rise to around 14 or 15 points per game along with nine or 10 rebounds per game. Murphy will log heavy minutes this season and will be a great sleeper to get later on in the draft.


3. Charlie Villanueva (Milwaukee, F)

Villanueva believes that this is his season. He reportedly told ESPN that he wants to average at least 15 points and 10 rebounds per game. He said that it is a goal and he is determined to reach it. Although he is on a team with a lot of offensive weapons, Charlie will get the job done just like most thought he would do in his prime.


4. Jerryd Bayless (Portland, G)

Bayless will be a huge sleeper this season once he gets a chance to show his amazing talent. Once coach Nate McMillan realizes that Bayless can take the lead point guard role, Bayless will put up great numbers alongside Brandon Roy. Expect BIG things from this Arizona star.