The Brooklyn Nets came into the 2013-14 season surrounded by intense hype with the acquisitions of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics; along with the ponderous yet intriguing hire of Jason Kidd as their head coach. The team as constructed at the time consisted of a starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez; a mix of future Hall of Famers and current elite talent that along with a stellar bench consisting of Andre Kirilenko, Andray Blatche and others, looked primed to give the Miami Heat a run for their money in the Eastern Conference had the stars aligned.
Align, the stars did not.
It was natural to think the Nets rotation provided valuable fantasy options considering the team would rarely be out of a game and play an interesting style of offense consisting of ball movement and high percentage shots. However, the team has been riddled with injuries from the start, including losing their star center in Lopez for the season early on and–until recently–were playing with an either oft-injured or ineffective Williams.
Nets point guard Shaun Livingston has filled in admirably in Williams’ absence and was a great waiver wire acquisition for those who were paying attention; and although Williams should return to the starting lineup within the next few games rendering Livingston to the bench, do not hesitate playing Livingston especially as a flex option as he will remain reasonably priced. His price on daily fantasy sites could actually decrease while his production stays the same, since prices have as much to do with how popular of a play a player is as they do of how he actually is performing.
It is not likely that the Nets lineup looks the same night in and night out, which makes their players even more enticing with Blatche, and even occasionally Mirza Teletovic exploding for 40 plus fantasy points.
Continue to play Pierce and Johnson as they have both excelled since the Nets went with a smaller lineup, but fade Garnett until he can prove he can rebound with the top centers in the league.
Timothy Downs is a Fantasy Sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter at @tidow1212