This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
Once the majority of the big names are off the board in fantasy drafts, the real work begins. Getting the most bang for your draft capital in the middle and later rounds can often be the key to lasting success throughout a long NBA season, and zeroing in accurately on some undervalued players is the most critical component of coming as close as possible to maximizing each selection.
As the 2021-22 campaign gets set to tip off, here are some potential sleeper candidates to be aware of in drafts:
De'Andre Hunter, Hawks
Hunter certainly isn't an unknown quantity to the fantasy basketball world, but he's perhaps somewhat of a forgotten one after he played just 23 games last season. He put his relatively modest time on the floor to good use, however, averaging 15.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Hunter also boosted his shooting percentage from an ugly 41.0 percent as a rookie to an impressive 48.4 percent on an identical 10.8 attempts per contest.
Looking ahead to the new season, Hunter is in the final stages of his recovery from offseason meniscus surgery and should be fully healthy by the Hawks' regular-season opener. That alone should lay the foundation for a potential breakout campaign for the third-year wing, who projects to return to a reliable role as a complementary option in a talented Atlanta starting five.
If Hunter can get off to the same, impressive start as last season – 17.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.9