With the beginning of the NBA season comes the beginning of fantasy basketball. Winning the championship usually means picking the sleepers up off the waivers before anyone else and the Cavs have some great options. With only two Cavs players rostered in over 80% of ESPN’s Fantasy Basketball leagues, there are a plethora of great young players to pick up.
First, if C Andre Drummond or PG Collin Sexton are still available in your league, pick them up as soon as possible. In the season opener, Drummond got into some foul trouble early. Thus, limiting his minutes, but he still finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. He is a double-double machine and will continue to put up great numbers all season. Sexton had some question marks coming into his third season, but he looked phenomenal in the opener. He finished with 27 points, five assists and two rebounds. Sexton was the facilitator in the Cleveland offense and if he keeps the role as the Cavs leading scorer, he could be a great threat in fantasy.
Now, to the Cavs’ fantasy sleepers. PF Kevin Love was never seen as a sleeper in the past, but 2020 is the year of surprises. Love is only rostered in 67% of ESPN leagues, so there is a good chance he can still be picked up. Love only missed nine games last season, which is his healthiest campaign since 2015-2016. He missed the opener with a calf injury, but it seems to be minor because he is only listed as day-to-day. Love finished just below a 20-10 season last year, but he did finish with his highest three point per game average (2.6 per game) and his 3.2 assists per game were his highest in five years. If Love can stay healthy, he is certainly a viable option to put up some consistent numbers.
PF Larry Nance Jr. and SF Isaac Okoro are two potential candidates to have breakout seasons. With Love out in the season opener, Nance Jr. filled in very nicely. He flirted with a triple double, finishing just two assists short with a 13-13-8 stat line. Of course, those numbers could fall when Love returns, but if he keeps playing as he did in the opener, it will be hard for HC JB Bickerstaff to keep him off the court. Nance Jr. is only rostered in 39% of leagues, so if you didn’t draft many bigs, he could be a great waiver addition. Isaac Okoro had a strong season opener. None of his numbers popped off the page, but Okoro was as efficient as anyone could be. He finished with 11 points on only five shots and also added five assists and three rebounds. As Okoro finds his groove more and more with the Cavaliers, he has the potential for big numbers. He played 34 minutes, which was the second-highest only behind Sexton (37 min). Okoro is only rostered in 13.8% of leagues, so if you have an extra spot on your bench, he is a great addition to grab now and as he grows more confident; he can be a very dangerous fantasy player.
The Cavs put up 121 points in their opener against the Charlotte Hornets and if they can keep scoring at that pace, there will be multiple Cavaliers with fantasy relevance. For the first time in years, the Cavs’ future looks exciting and this young core could also bring excitement to your fantasy team.