This fantasy basketball season has seen several squads decimated by injures. More and more stars are going down each week with season-ending injures and it has consequently caused several players to become fantasy busts. Here is a list of some of the biggest busts from the 2013-14 fantasy season.
PG Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls – After missing the entire 2012 fantasy season due to a torn ACL, D-Rose was supposedly on track to return to fantasy superstardom this year. However, Rose suffered a torn medial meniscus in his right knee on November 22nd and the point guard won’t play again this season. So much for that heralded fantasy comeback.
SG Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers – Bryant was slated to miss a slew of games when the fantasy season started due to a torn Achilles tendon. It was a nagging injury, but the superstar was still able to get back onto the court before the All-Star break. Unfortunately, Bryant only played in six games before setting another devastating setback. On December 17th, Kobe injured his knee and it later came out that he suffered a fracture in his lateral tibial plateau. The injury will likely cost him another four-five weeks of the fantasy season and it has only added to the Black Mamba’s forgettable fantasy season.
C Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks – Horford was truly having a career fantasy season this year. He was averaging a very respectable 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He was leading the team in nearly every category this season, but a painful tear to his pectoral muscle forced the All-Star to end up forfeiting the remainder of his fantasy season. Horford was drafted with high expectations this year, but fantasy owners will simply have to wait until next season.
C Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets – Lopez broke his foot earlier this month and the center will once again find himself sitting on the pine. This time around, though, the center won’t be returning. Lopez has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013-14 fantasy season and the big man has been one of the biggest headaches to own this year. He has the potential to drop 20-10 on a nightly basis, but the seven-footer must show that he can stay healthy for an entire season.