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Fantasy Basketball Boosters: Jalen Smith looks set to climb the rebounding ranks in 2022-23

Fantasy managers in Roto leagues must be strategic in diversifying their rosters by acquiring players who can do multiple things well. However, not every player can do everything, which is why Tier Boosts can be important. Some players aren’t worth starting every night, but giving them punctual starts can help you catch up in areas where you lack quality during weekly matchups.

I have my eye on a player whose rebounding totals should skyrocket in 2022-23 in a new role, and two others who threaten to be consistent contributors off the bench. Read on to find out what goals are worth pursuing later to push the boards up in your fantasy draft this year.

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I mentioned Smith as a underrated dynasty acc a few weeks ago, and I think he’ll be productive early on in his first full season with the Indiana Pacers. The former Phoenix Suns giant is averaging 8.0 rebounds as a starter in his young NBA career and it seems likely he’ll multiply that number in 2022-23. Several major outlets don’t even list him as a power forward despite the 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds he posted per game in 22 appearances for the Pacers last year. Myles Turner has never been the best rebounder because of his penchant for staying on the perimeter on offense, so Smith could very well lead Indiana in total rebounds.

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It doesn’t look like Drummond is going to be any team’s first choice at center any time soon, but he was in the top 15 in rebounding last season despite starting just 36 games. He caught at least 10 boards 29 times in 2021-22. It’s not easy playing behind a workhorse like Nikola Vucevic, as the big man was tied for seventh in double-doubles last year with 44. However, Drummond will make the most of any opportunities he gets.

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Bamba posted career highs across the board with the Orlando Magic in 2021-22 and will continue to be Wendell Carter Jr.’s backup this upcoming season. He grabbed more rebounds than Evan Mobley and AL Horford despite playing fewer minutes than both giants. His two-year, $20 million extension shows that Orlando will expect more of the same from him in 2022-23. Carter is not known for being durable. He has missed at least 20 games in each of his four seasons, so I expect Bamba to have a few spot starts here and there.


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