Rotoworld's Steve Alexander highlights Indiana Pacers PF Domantas Sabonis, explaining how the 24-year-old has excelled in 2021, posting career-high numbers and building excellent fantasy value in the process.
STEVE ALEXANDER: Domantas Sabonis, just like teammate Malcolm Brogdon, is having a tremendous season for the Indiana Pacers. Like Brogdon, Sabonis is averaging career highs in several stat categories, and he's blowing away some of his old numbers. Scoring is up to 21.6, from 18.5 last season. The three-pointers are way up from 0.3 last year to one a game this season, and he's hitting 43% of his attempts from downtown. The rebounds, assists, and blocks are all career bests. He's averaging 12.6 boards, 6.1 assists, and 0.6 blocks. And while more blocks would be nice, they may never be a big part of his game. We just have to accept that.
The only blemish in his stat line is the career low 65% free-throw shooting, but he's a triple-double threat every time out, and he's helped the Pacers to the Central Division lead, and the number three seed in the East. And while he was taking in round four of most fantasy drafts, he's returning early third round value if you throw out the free-throw percentage. Sabonis is in line for a monster five game week from week four, and if he gets the free-throw shooting worked out he could easily be a second-round fantasy player by the time this season's over.