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John Wall poses in his new threads as he will be a Houston Rocket this year

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The start of the 2020-2021 NBA regular season is less than a week away, and if you're like us then your fantasy basketball draft is coming up.

Next week is going to be an exciting one. Not only do we get Christmas, but we get the return of the NBA after a very short offseason. That means you only have a few days to prepare for your fantasy basketball draft, and we know you're already busy wrapping gifts and baking cookies.

The NBA has already given us an early present by giving us a great slate of games on Christmas Day, including Zion v. Jimmy, Steph v. Giannis, and Luka v. LeBron.

Now let FindBet give you an early Christmas gift, as this article should help you prep for your draft by giving you some targets in the mid-to-late rounds that we think will provide upside and consistency throughout the fantasy season.

Here are five of our top sleeper picks for fantasy basketball this year. We present to you: A Fantasy Basketball Carol.

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The NBA season starts in two weeks, and with no Summer League and shortened training camps and preseason, the incoming rookie class will have to adapt quickly to the association.

Of course, some will adapt more quickly than others, and their numbers will reflect it. Players like James Wiseman on a contending Warriors squad. High-flying Knicks forward Obi Toppin who will be putting guys on posters all season. Frenchman Killian Hayes, who according to Pistons head coach Dwayne Casey is the team's starting facilitator.

These young studs and many more could have big roles from the jump and thus be viable fantasy basketball candidates.

That being said, here are five rookies that should be rostered in fantasy leagues this season, factoring in their teams' current situations and the players' projected stats.

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A look at the FanDuel Sportsbook Odds Board that was featured during Inside the NBA during the 2020 NBA bubble playoffs.

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Syncing up almost perfectly with the news that the NBA will return on December 22nd (just in time for the hallowed Christmas Day games)Turner Sports and FanDuel Group announce they've reached a multi-year agreement, making FanDuel the official sportsbook partner for all professional basketball on TNT.

In addition to FanDuel's integration with NBA on TNT, they'll also be featured on Bleacher Report, the top source of sports content for young fans, and their other digital platforms, like B/R Live and the B/R App.

According to Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group, the company plans to elevate the viewing experience for Turner Sports by providing up-to-the-minute betting information, such as odds and analysis, streamed directly into the broadcast during live game action.

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Each Friday, FindBet will preview the week's DFS slate, highlighting players that are priced well on FanDuel, as well as some contrarian plays that can push your team to the top of the leader board.

Most NFL FanDuel games have you putting a team together with players from a certain slate of games. It could be just Sunday 1:00 PM games or it could be every game that is slated for the week. Once the last game that has eligible players is over, the final payouts are made according to how many fantasy points each team scored. Each player is worth a certain dollar amount, and you have a cap of $60,000 to build your team with. You have to have 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB, WR, or TE) and 1 DEF.

The general scoring rules include (6) points for each rushing and receiving touchdown, (4) points for each passing touchdown, (0.1) points for each rushing and receiving yard gained, (0.04) points for each passing yard, and also (0.5) points for each reception. There are other scoring opportunities for defenses. You can see the entire breakdown on FanDuel. Let's dive into players we like and players we advise to avoid in Week 6.

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