10 Former Fantasy Basketball Studs to Give Up On
Top 10 Fantasy Players To Say Goodbye To
Every fantasy basketball season there are dozens of owners that remain patient with their roster and simply try to ride the wave. Instead of shaking things up and making moves, these conservative owners remain steadfast and would much rather die with the team they have, as opposed to make a move and get burned.
This is what loses fantasy basketball leagues. When players are not putting up reliable stats or miss extended time with injury, it is much better to rebuild from the ground up and get some fresh blood.
However, fantasy basketball owners must also know when to officially throw in the cards and get rid of a player. Whether it is through a trade, or even just dropping a player, sometimes there is no choice but to simply cut ties with a fantasy player that is not carrying his weight.
These players are not necessarily fantasy busts, because they are still getting minutes and making buckets. However, they simply are not living up to their hype and are teasing owners with the occasional strong performance. Just because a player scores 15 points once a week, doesn’t mean he has fantasy value.
There are always scoring options out there on the waiver wire week after week, so never be afraid to hit the free agent market looking for the next big thing. To help you clear some spots on your roster this winter, here are the top 10 fantasy basketball stars that have since fallen from grace within the fantasy community:
10. C Nene, Washington Wizards
Nene, Washington Wizards - Nene was once a very reliable low post player, but has since become just another body in Washington that fails to get rebounds. He went from 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks last year, all the way down to 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks per game. Nene no longer deserves a bench spot in fantasy leagues and should be showed the door immediately.
9. PF Rashard Lewis, Miami Heat
Rashard Lewis, Miami Heat - Lewis was one of the Heat’s attempt to bring in a parameter game. However, he has seemingly gotten lost in the shuffle that is the Heat’s lineup, because he is only posting 15.5 minutes a game and is averaging an embarrassing 5.9 points a game. He was one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA a couple years ago, but has since become a marginal bench player.
8. C JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets - Denver for some reason signed McGee to a four-year, $44 million contract to only let him play 19.0 minutes per game. It is hard to rack up some serious fantasy stats, when you are not even getting quality minutes. McGee was supposedly going to have a breakout season for fantasy basketball owners, but all he is doing is breaking their hearts. This is one player that should no longer be on fantasy rosters.
7. SG Rip Hamilton, Chicago Bulls
Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Chicago Bulls - Hamilton has seen a drastic decrease in his minutes as his winter slump continues in Chicago. He is averaging an irrelevant 8.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists through his seven January games. Hamilton has already missed several weeks with a torn plantar fascia in his foot and it is once again bothering him, so owners can expect that he will miss more time in the very new future.
6. SG Ray Allen, Miami Heat
Ray Allen, Miami Heat - Allen was one of the other Heat’s highly touted off-season acquisitions, but the sharpshooter is also fighting for time with the team’s other outside options. Allen was once a guaranteed fantasy All-Star, but his average of 11.3 points and 1.6 assists per game this year has been utterly worthless from a fantasy perspective.
5. PF Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks - No one really expected Stoudemire to come off the bench when the fantasy season started, but as it appears right now, Amar’e is the highest paid bench player in the game. He is barely getting 20 minutes a game with all the big bodies in the paint in NYC, so Stoudemire will continue to see his fantasy value take a nosedive. Don’t let him hold your fantasy team hostage anymore, because he is no longer a reliable option.
4. PG Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves - Rubio is one of the most overhyped players in the game. He is consistently drafted high each season, but he can simply never seem to get on the court. Let someone else deal with him this season, because he isn’t worth stashing year after year.
3. SG Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs - Ginobili is averaging a dreadful 12.9 points per game this season and his latest hamstring injury will once again park him on the bench for a couple weeks. The two-time All-Star is fading into the background of the fantasy world and it would be wise to find another home for him now while he still has value.
2. PF Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers - Gasol went from averaging 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds last year, to a meager 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds this year. The Lakers are certainly struggling, but Gasol has been completely nonexistent in fantasy. He is currently not playing as he is recovering from a horrible concussion and the veteran still has crippling tendinitis in both of his knees. It would be better to trade him now, because the former All-Star doesn’t look to be getting better anytime soon.
1. PG Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers
Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers - When the Lakers brought in Nash to lead their offense, everyone immediately thought it would help the point guard have a career season. However, the team’s struggles, along with Nash’s lingering leg injury, has all but killed his value as a number one fantasy point guard. In his last five games, Nash has only had over 10 assists once, which is certainly not what owners expected from a player who has averaged double-digit assists in seven of his last eight seasons.
Nash has also averaged a meager 11.4 points during that time and is still battling a leg injury. Nash will likely miss more time in the future with his injury and his lack of confidence also has to be concerning for fantasy owners. He was once the best point guard in the game, but now he is not even the best point guard in the city he plays in.