Strot's Seven Sleepers in 2010

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

Welcome to the first edition of Strot's Seven Sleepers in 2010! While the season is ridiculously young and owners need not panic if the first week of the season did not go as planned (I'm talking to you, Jrue Holiday owners), there's always room to improve your squad. Also, this early in the season is a perfect time to snatch up those players who went undrafted and are going to be reliable fantasy options all year. Here's an early look at early sleepers in 2010.

Aaron Afflalo, SG, Denver Nuggets: Many wondered if Afflalo could follow up a strong preseason into the regular season, and the early returns show he has. The fourth year shooting guard has averaged 14 points and, maybe more importantly, 35 minutes per game. His 22-point performance on opening night was followed by back-to-back 10-point games, but there's no reason to worry. He's going to come along as the season progresses and a Carmelo Anthony trade could skyrocket his value. Take a hard look at Afflalo in every league.

James Jones, SF, Miami Heat: He's not going to light up the scoreboard every night being, at best, the fourth option in South Beach, but Jones has proved to be a valuable source of threes in the early going. In three games he has gone for two, six, and three longballs and will have plenty of options with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James attracting double teams. He doesn't provide much else but if you're hard up for threes, Jones could be the guy while Mike Miller is sidelined.
Shelden Williams, PF, Denver Nuggets: Kenyon Martin won't return until sometime around the All Star break and Chris Andersen is battling knee tendinitis, so Williams is the man in the paint alongside Nene Hilario for now. Williams has been a rebounding machine, averaging 12.3 boards through the first week. He averages a respectable 7.3 points and, while he doesn't add much else, his rebounding numbers seem legitimate and is worth a look.

Louis Williams, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers: With all the Jrue Holiday talk entering the season, it was easy to forget about Williams. However, he has averaged 16.3 points and 4.7 assists through the first week and has done so in just 24 minutes. He surprised people last season and will do so again in 2010. Make sure he's on your roster if available.

Daniel Gibson, PG/SG, Cleveland Cavaliers:
The LeBron James shakeup has carried over to "Boobie" Gibson, as the third year guard has exploded in the season's first week. With Mo Williams battling injuries, Gibson has averaged 16.5 points, two threes, six assists, and a steal in 29 minutes a night. The assists will dip when Williams comes back but Gibson could be a solid source of points and threes going forward. Ride out the hot streak for sure.

Francisco Garcia, SG/SF, Sacramento Kings: Omri Casspi and Donte Greene have had terrible starts to the season, and Garcia has picked up the slack in a big way. He is averaging 14.7 points off the bench and has added 1.7 steals, two threes, and excellent percentages to go with it. The Kings look very fantasy-friendly this season and Garcia should be owned in most leagues.

Glen Davis, PF/C, Boston Celtics: The additions of Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal was supposed to mean bad things for Davis in fantasy leagues, but that hasn't stopped him in the early going. He has averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds on excellent percentages. He doesn't do much else but injuries to the O'Neal's could give him an extra fantasy boost. Gauge him over the next few games before deciding on whether or not to pick him up.