However, due to Allen’s average draft position right now, that seems to be the case this season. He is currently being drafted as the 17th ranked shooting guard in standard ESPN leagues, which is absolutely absurd considering his recent performance. He is being grabbed ahead of reliable fantasy options like Kevin Martin, Gerald Henderson, Dion Waiters, and even Manu Ginobili.
This is not the Ray Allen from 2002, though. This is the guy that averaged an embarrassing 10.9 points per game last season. The 10-time NBA All-Star also only played 25.8 minutes per game last season and spent the majority of each game watching from the bench. The 38-year-old is simply a role player at this point in his career and doesn’t offer much for fantasy fans to get excited about.
He may hit one or two three-pointers per game, but Allen doesn’t do much else besides that. He averaged just 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last season, so if he didn’t knock down a couple threes, he had a completely worthless outing.
Don’t be fooled by name recognition, because Allen shouldn’t be drafted within the first 15 rounds in any format. There will be better options on the wavier wire, so avoid Allen at all costs this year.