Five weeks into the 2012-13 fantasy basketball season, the most successful owners are always on the lookout for potential additions and subtractions to their roster. From adding the hottest players available in the free agent pool to dropping players who are underperforming or injured, making transactions is what keeps fantasy lineups at tiptop shape. With many players being added and dropped, here’s a look back at the transaction trends from Week 5.
Power forwards were the most popular added players of this past week, as Houston Rockets PF/C Patrick Patterson, Los Angeles Lakers PF Antawn Jamison and Milwaukee Bucks PF/C Larry Sanders and all saw huge increases in ownership. While Patterson and Sanders are young players who have flourished in bigger roles on their respective teams, Jamison’s playing time is starting to improve now that Mike D’Antoni is the new head coach in town. Other players who have been added in a large number of leagues are Los Angeles Clippers PG/SG Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons SG/SF Kyle Singler and Minnesota Timberwolves PG Ricky Rubio.
As for some players who’ve seen a decline in ownership, Chicago Bulls PG/SG Nate Robinson, Philadelphia 76ers C Spencer Hawes and New Orleans Hornets SF Al-Farouq Aminu have all seen a dip in production lately. From Robinson’s inability to supplant Kirk Hinrich as starter to Hawes drop in minutes to Aminu’s dropping production on offense, these players have started to lose their luster as fantasy options.
Lastly for some players with injury concerns, four of the most-dropped players of the week are players with either recent or long-lasting injuries. Under the short-term category, New York Knicks PG/SG Jason Kidd and Bucks SG/SF Mike Dunleavy have both missed recent games but should be making their returns soon. As for injured centers, Philadelphia 76ers C Andrew Bynum and Golden State Warriors C Andrew Bogut both have no clear timetable as to when they’ll return from their respective injuries.