Fantasy Basketball 2013: 10 Stars Whose Stock Is Falling

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10 Players Who Are Losing Fantasy Value

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

When playing any fantasy sport, owners often face their fair share of frustration. Causes can range from injured players, off-field situations or just getting spanked in your weekly matchup. However, one of the most frustrating aspects of fantasy basketball, as well as other sports, is under-performing players.

The annoying part is that it happens every single year. A handful of promising, sometimes even big name players, simply do not live up to the draft pick you used on them. Why can’t everyone be consistently good all of the time?

Talk about fantasy.

Well, since that of course is not the case, many players see their fantasy value fall at the end of the season. We are halfway through the 2012-2013 NBA season and are already seeing a handful of significant players who aren’t living up to their original expectations. The majority of the following players were once highly coveted fantasy stars, being drafted in the early rounds. But now, their stock has shot straight down, and will likely continue to do so heading into next season.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the rather disappointing players in fantasy basketball thus far. Of course, they can certainly turn it around during the second half of the season, but I believe their fantasy value will continue to plummet. Some of these names may surprise you. Others? Not so much.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy expert and columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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10) Dwayne Wade, SG, Miami Heat

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While Wade isn’t necessarily having a bad season (20.4 PPG, 4.4 APG, 4.6 RPG) he certainly isn’t the player he once was. Age appears to be taking a bit of a toll on him, as he is scoring and rebounding less per minute than that of last season. From a fantasy perspective, that isn’t very enticing. Wade has always been known for his defensive prowess. However, if he doesn’t improve in both blocks and steals before the end of the season, they will be career lows. Unfortunately, Wade just is not an elite fantasy option anymore.

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9) Isaiah Thomas, PG, Sacramento Kings

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Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The young Thomas has emerged for the Kings this season, but the fact that Aaron Brooks has returned from an ankle injury certainly lowers Thomas’ fantasy value. Prior to Brooks’ injury, he was the starter with Thomas seeing time. This time, however, it appears Thomas will draw the start at point guard, with Brooks still seeing around 20 minutes. The time split makes both options less appealing in fantasy land.

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8) Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs

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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Spurs fans have been concerned seeing their shooting guard struggle for the first half of the season. His 12.4 points per game is Ginobili’s lowest since the 2003 season. The 35-year old is no longer a consistent fantasy option and will unlikely change that heading into 2013. His numbers have been decreasing over the past two years, indicating that age may be catching up to him.

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7) Pau Gasol, PF, Los Angeles Lakers

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Gasol has been diagnosed with a concussion, as well as a possible broken nose after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face. The Lakers big man hadn’t been very productive before the injury, averaging only 12.2 points per contest, an ugly number compared to his 17.4 and 10.4 rebounds from last season. The former first round fantasy pick won’t even be considered until the later rounds from here on out.

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6) JaVale McGee, C, Denver Nuggets

mcgee
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

McGee had the promise to be a big time fantasy center after signing a $44 million dollar contract extension. However, the fact that he is only playing 19.2 minutes per game is ruining his fantasy value. The big man had been struggling over the past two weeks and his fantasy stock is continuing to fall.

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5) Jason Kidd, PG, New York Knicks

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Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

You want to talk about age concerns? The veteran Kidd is now the starting point guard with Raymond Felton sidelined with a fractured right pinky. Kidd may have some fantasy value right now but pretty soon, he’ll be coming off the bench. Especially with promising guard Iman Shumpert close to returning from an ACL injury. If Kidd begins to put up fantasy numbers while he’s the starter, I’d look to sell high while you can.

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4) Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets

williams
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

So much hype surrounded Williams and the revamped Nets team heading into this season. However, just like the Nets, Williams has struggled a bit. I mean, he and his team have been underperforming so much that their coach was fired. The scoring point guard is only averaging 16.6 points per game on the year and less than eight assists. Williams also isn’t getting to the foul line as often, attempting his fewest free throws per games since the 2006-07 season. His shooting also appears to be off, as he hasn’t shot 40 percent or better on long 2-pointers in three years.

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3) John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards

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Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Before suffering a knee injury that has kept him from playing all season, Wall was one of the most highly anticipated fantasy point guards in the league. His pure point guard skills are great, but his incredible athleticism allows him to get to the paint, as well as the foul line. He could very well be back in action within the next few weeks, but it’s hard to believe that he will have an immediate fantasy impact. Until he can prove to stay healthy, his fantasy value will remain low.

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2) Shannon Brown, SG, Phoenix Suns

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Even back in his days as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, I always believed that Brown was one of the most talented players in basketball. Apparently, the Suns don’t, as Brown, once a starter, has come off the bench the past two contests. The switch from the hardwood to the pine pony surely hurts his fantasy value, as Brown has actually been dropped in a decent amount of leagues.

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1) Andrew Bynum, C, Philadelphia 76ers

bynum
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

I'm sure many of you could guess that Bynum would be on this list. Bynum was once thought of as the second best center in all of basketball. However, he hasn't played one game all season after dealing with a knee injury. Reports continue to be that he is "close to returning" but let's be honest, we have heard that for months now. With emerging centers like Greg Monroe, Bynum is beginning to fall off. However, in a fantasy league of flamboyant hair, Bynum would be a top three pick, along with Anderson Varejao and Joakim Noah.

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10 Players Who Are Losing Fantasy Value

williams
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

When playing any fantasy sport, owners often face their fair share of frustration. Causes can range from injured players, off-field situations or just getting spanked in your weekly matchup. However, one of the most frustrating aspects of fantasy basketball, as well as other sports, is under-performing players.

The annoying part is that it happens every single year. A handful of promising, sometimes even big name players, simply do not live up to the draft pick you used on them. Why can’t everyone be consistently good all of the time?

Talk about fantasy.

Well, since that of course is not the case, many players see their fantasy value fall at the end of the season. We are halfway through the 2012-2013 NBA season and are already seeing a handful of significant players who aren’t living up to their original expectations. The majority of the following players were once highly coveted fantasy stars, being drafted in the early rounds. But now, their stock has shot straight down, and will likely continue to do so heading into next season.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the rather disappointing players in fantasy basketball thus far. Of course, they can certainly turn it around during the second half of the season, but I believe their fantasy value will continue to plummet. Some of these names may surprise you. Others? Not so much.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy expert and columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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10) Dwayne Wade, SG, Miami Heat

wade
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While Wade isn’t necessarily having a bad season (20.4 PPG, 4.4 APG, 4.6 RPG) he certainly isn’t the player he once was. Age appears to be taking a bit of a toll on him, as he is scoring and rebounding less per minute than that of last season. From a fantasy perspective, that isn’t very enticing. Wade has always been known for his defensive prowess. However, if he doesn’t improve in both blocks and steals before the end of the season, they will be career lows. Unfortunately, Wade just is not an elite fantasy option anymore.

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9) Isaiah Thomas, PG, Sacramento Kings

thomas
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The young Thomas has emerged for the Kings this season, but the fact that Aaron Brooks has returned from an ankle injury certainly lowers Thomas’ fantasy value. Prior to Brooks’ injury, he was the starter with Thomas seeing time. This time, however, it appears Thomas will draw the start at point guard, with Brooks still seeing around 20 minutes. The time split makes both options less appealing in fantasy land.

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8) Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs

manu
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Spurs fans have been concerned seeing their shooting guard struggle for the first half of the season. His 12.4 points per game is Ginobili’s lowest since the 2003 season. The 35-year old is no longer a consistent fantasy option and will unlikely change that heading into 2013. His numbers have been decreasing over the past two years, indicating that age may be catching up to him.

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7) Pau Gasol, PF, Los Angeles Lakers

gasol
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Gasol has been diagnosed with a concussion, as well as a possible broken nose after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face. The Lakers big man hadn’t been very productive before the injury, averaging only 12.2 points per contest, an ugly number compared to his 17.4 and 10.4 rebounds from last season. The former first round fantasy pick won’t even be considered until the later rounds from here on out.

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6) JaVale McGee, C, Denver Nuggets

mcgee
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

McGee had the promise to be a big time fantasy center after signing a $44 million dollar contract extension. However, the fact that he is only playing 19.2 minutes per game is ruining his fantasy value. The big man had been struggling over the past two weeks and his fantasy stock is continuing to fall.

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5) Jason Kidd, PG, New York Knicks

kidd
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

You want to talk about age concerns? The veteran Kidd is now the starting point guard with Raymond Felton sidelined with a fractured right pinky. Kidd may have some fantasy value right now but pretty soon, he’ll be coming off the bench. Especially with promising guard Iman Shumpert close to returning from an ACL injury. If Kidd begins to put up fantasy numbers while he’s the starter, I’d look to sell high while you can.

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4) Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets

williams
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

So much hype surrounded Williams and the revamped Nets team heading into this season. However, just like the Nets, Williams has struggled a bit. I mean, he and his team have been underperforming so much that their coach was fired. The scoring point guard is only averaging 16.6 points per game on the year and less than eight assists. Williams also isn’t getting to the foul line as often, attempting his fewest free throws per games since the 2006-07 season. His shooting also appears to be off, as he hasn’t shot 40 percent or better on long 2-pointers in three years.

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3) John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards

wall
Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Before suffering a knee injury that has kept him from playing all season, Wall was one of the most highly anticipated fantasy point guards in the league. His pure point guard skills are great, but his incredible athleticism allows him to get to the paint, as well as the foul line. He could very well be back in action within the next few weeks, but it’s hard to believe that he will have an immediate fantasy impact. Until he can prove to stay healthy, his fantasy value will remain low.

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2) Shannon Brown, SG, Phoenix Suns

brown
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Even back in his days as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, I always believed that Brown was one of the most talented players in basketball. Apparently, the Suns don’t, as Brown, once a starter, has come off the bench the past two contests. The switch from the hardwood to the pine pony surely hurts his fantasy value, as Brown has actually been dropped in a decent amount of leagues.

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1) Andrew Bynum, C, Philadelphia 76ers

bynum
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

I'm sure many of you could guess that Bynum would be on this list. Bynum was once thought of as the second best center in all of basketball. However, he hasn't played one game all season after dealing with a knee injury. Reports continue to be that he is "close to returning" but let's be honest, we have heard that for months now. With emerging centers like Greg Monroe, Bynum is beginning to fall off. However, in a fantasy league of flamboyant hair, Bynum would be a top three pick, along with Anderson Varejao and Joakim Noah.


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