Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2022: Top sleepers, breakouts and busts from proven NBA computer model – CBS Sports

  • October 11, 2022

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Armed with an expansive offensive arsenal and the ability to dictate the pace of the game with the ball in his hands, Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has quickly established himself as one of the biggest superstars in the NBA. Doncic is coming off a season where he averaged 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting 45.7% from the floor and 35.3% from the 3-point line. That ability to produce big numbers in multiple categories is a big reason why he’s one of the first three players off the board in 2022 Fantasy basketball drafts.
However, in a league loaded with superstar players, Fantasy basketball championships are often won and loss based on what you do with your middle and late-round picks. A reliable set of live-updated 2022 Fantasy basketball rankings can help ensure you get maximum value out of every pick and also identify the 2022 Fantasy basketball sleepers, breakouts and busts that will define the upcoming season. Before making any 2022 Fantasy basketball picks, be sure to check out the 2022 Fantasy basketball rankings and cheat sheets from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
SportsLine’s proven model simulates each season 10,0000 times. This model is powered by the same people who powered projections for all three major Fantasy sites. And that same group is sharing its 2022 Fantasy basketball cheat sheets.
These cheat sheets and rankings, available for leagues on many major sites, are updated multiple times every day. Any time an injury occurs or there’s a change on a roster, the team at SportsLine updates its cheat sheets.
Last year the model was extremely high on DeMar DeRozan even though he was being drafted in the fifth round on average, predicting he’d outperform small forwards being drafted ahead of him like Khris Middleton and Brandon Ingram. The result: DeRozan had a resurgent year where he finished fifth in the NBA in scoring (27.9 ppg) and wound up being a top-10 player overall in Fantasy basketball.
The model also called past Fantasy basketball sleepers like Lauri Markkanen and Aaron Gordon in 2018-19 and warned about Zach Randolph being a bust that same year. Anyone who followed the model’s Fantasy basketball advice on them was well on their way to making a deep postseason run.
Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire NBA season 10,000 times and released its latest Fantasy basketball rankings 2022, along with plenty of sleepers, breakouts and busts. Head to SportsLine now to see them
One of the top 2022 Fantasy basketball sleepers the model is predicting: Bulls guard Zach LaVine. He underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee on May 24, but he told reporters that he feels good going into training camp. LaVine suffered the injury in January but opted to play through the pain down the stretch of the season.
The 27-year-old has made the NBA All-Star Game and the NBA Playoffs for the first time in his career over the last two seasons. He averaged 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in 67 regular season games last year. LaVine is poised to have another strong season after signing a five-year contract extension and getting his knee issue fixed in the offseason. 
One of the 2022 Fantasy basketball breakouts the model has identified: Kings rookie forward Keegan Murray. He was one of the top scorers in college basketball last season at Iowa, averaging 23.5 points per game. Murray also turned the ball over just 1.1 times per game, despite attempting nearly 16 shots a night. He also averaged more than five free throw attempts per game, so he can take care of the ball in traffic.
Murray’s game translates perfectly to the NBA, as he is an elite outside shooter. He knocked down nearly 40% of his 3-point attempts, and he will get plenty of good looks playing alongside De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. Murray looked great during the NBA Summer League, averaging 21.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in seven appearances. 
As for players to avoid, the model lists Pacers center Myles Turner as one of its top 2022 Fantasy basketball busts. Turner is one of the game’s best rim protectors, having averaged 2.3 blocks per game during his seven-year NBA career. And he also provides some utility as a scorer and rebounder, as he’s averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game in each of the last six years.
However, Turner is in the final year of his contract and he’s back on the NBA trade block after being the subject of trade rumors throughout the 2021-22 season. His role is subject to change at almost any time with a potential trade in the works and his reliability for the 2022-23 NBA season is even further diminished by the fact that he’s been injury-prone. Turner has missed 65 games in the last two seasons and the model doesn’t rank him as a top-20 option at center because of all that uncertainty.
SportsLine is also extremely high on a forward to make a big leap and advises you target him in 2022 Fantasy basketball drafts. This youngster is listed as a shocking top-five option ahead of superstars like Anthony Davis and Kevin DurantYou can only see who it is, and the 2022 Fantasy basketball rankings for every player, at SportsLine.
So which 2022 Fantasy basketball sleepers, breakouts and busts should you target and fade? And which forward shocks the NBA with a top-five performance at the position? Visit SportsLine now to get 2022 Fantasy basketball cheat sheets for every single position, all from the model that’s nailed its Fantasy basketball picks, and find out.
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