Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

2012-2013 Fantasy Basketball Small Forward Sleepers: Fan’s Take

Yahoo Contributor Network

For the 2012-13 fantasy basketball season, LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks are some of the obvious top small forwards in the league. Here are a few sleeper small forward options to target in later rounds that could outperform their draft position and be key contributors to a winning fantasy team.

Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings

2011-12 statistics*: .453 FG%, .779 FT%, 0.3 3PTM, 16.5 PTS, 4.6 REB, 4.5 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.5 BLK, 2.7 TO

No longer miscast into a point guard role that didn't work for him in Sacramento, Evans will now serve as the team's small forward. Dropping in projections due to an expected down year, he could instead end up thriving in a new role and in a contract year. Now no longer the primary ball handler, his turnovers should go down, his assists could still stay high for a wing player and he should still be a solid asset in the scoring, rebounding, and steals categories.

Michael Beasley, Phoenix Suns

2011-12 statistics: .445 FG%, .642 FT%, 0.8 3PTM, 11.5 PTS, 4.4 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.4 STL, 0.4 BLK, 1.7 TO

The bona fide starter at small forward for the Suns, Beasley is coming off the worst season of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now in a new environment, he could possibly thrive under the coaching of Alvin Gentry and put everything together for a great season. While scoring and rebounding are his primary strengths, consistent numbers from these categories could make a solid asset available in the middle of drafts.

Andrei Kirilenko, Minnesota Timberwolves

2011-12 Euroleague statistics with CSKA Moscow: .533 FG%, .758 FT%, 1.2 3PTM, 14.1 PTS, 7.5 REB, 2.4 AST, 1.5 STL, 1.9 BLK, 1.5 TO

Kirilenko is undervalued in drafts this season due to his time spent in the Euroleague last year. Prior to leaving the NBA, he was still a great all-around contributor who was especially known for his numbers in defensive categories. A veteran on a young Timberwolves roster, Kirilenko's success overseas last season and in preseason action should be a very encouraging sign for this season.

Mike Dunleavy, Milwaukee Bucks

2011-12 statistics: .474 FG%, .811 FT%, 1.5 3PTM, 12.3 PTS, 3.7 REB, 2.1 AST, 0.5 STL, 0.1 BLK, 1.1 TO

A consistent contributor for the Bucks last season, Dunleavy comes into this season another year older. With Carlos Delfino with the Houston Rockets as well as the pairing of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis for a full season, Dunleavy could benefit from the attention given to the more dangerous scorers on the team. With unproven Tobias Harris behind him on the depth chart, he could receive a good chunk of playing time this season, serving as a solid value pick near the end of drafts.

DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

2011-12 statistics: .422 FG%, .810 FT%, 0.4 3PTM, 16.7 PTS, 3.3 REB, 2.0 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.3 BLK, 2.0 TO

Overlooked on the team due to newcomers Jonas Valanciunas and Landry Fields, DeRozan is coming off a very solid season as one of the Raptors' top scoring options. A solid scorer and decent rebounder, he looks to improve his range in order to attempt and make more 3-pointers this year and fend off rookie Terrence Ross. Going undrafted in some leagues, DeRozan is a solid fantasy option with upside as a late-round selection.

*FG% = field goal percentage, FT% = free throw percentage, 3PTM = three-pointers made, PTS = points, REB = rebounds, AST = assists, ST = steals, BLK = blocks, TO = turnovers

Source:

Kirilenko, Andrei Euroleague Profile, euroleague.net

More from this contributor:

2012-2013 Fantasy Basketball Shooting Guard Sleepers: Fan's Take

2012-2013 Fantasy Basketball Point Guard Sleepers: Fan's Take

Austin Chang is a lifelong basketball fan, Golden State Warriors supporter, and fantasy basketball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 76% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.

View Comments (0)