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Fantasy basketball ADP battle: Tyler Herro vs. Michael Porter Jr.

We take a look at two breakout candidates who are rising on fantasy basketball draft boards everywhere.

Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors during a preseason game on December 12, 2020 in San Francisco, California at the Chase Center.  Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

We’re only a couple of weeks away from the start of the 2020-21 NBA season and that means fantasy basketball is just around the corner. There will be tons of controversy surrounding what players are worth taking early in drafts for season-long leagues and we’re here to help you sort through the mess.

One of the best things you can do as a fantasy basketball manager is to predict a huge leap from a young player, and there are a ton of options capable of having breakout seasons. We’ve elected to discuss two second-year players who will garner a ton of attention this year. Let’s go over who the better option is between the Miami Heat’s Tyler Herro and the Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr.

Fantasy basketball ADP battle: Tyler Herro vs. Michael Porter Jr.

MPJ was drafted in 2018 but missed all of the 2018-19 season while recovering from a major back injury that kept him off the court for almost all of his one-year stint at Missouri. While he only averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 points per game in 2019-20, that was largely a result of Mike Malone electing to cautiously ease him into the NBA game to limit injury. Porter exploded in the bubble when the Nuggets were shorthanded because of injuries.

Porter scored more than 20 points in five bubble games and averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in the postseason. He’s expected to become a regular starter in 2020-21 following the departure of Jerami Grant and many believe he’ll be among the leaders in the NBA’s 2020 Most Improved Player race. While he might not live up to his ESPN ADP of 59 I think he’ll outperform Herro by a significant margin.

Herro’s ESPN ADP is 67 after averaging 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists as a rookie. He elevated his game in the playoffs and averaged 16 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists but is expected to come off the bench again in his sophomore season. While Herro could act as Miami’s primary playmaker and scorer of the pine, very few bench players can come close to matching starters inside the top 50. Both players should have some great games, but MPJ has a higher ceiling.