12 January 2011
A new article for The Fantasy Dudes, which draws upon inspiration from Tyronn Lue, we take a look at a few NBA players who are underperforming from a fantasy perspective over the past month. For those opportunist owners out there, perhaps these are the players to target whilst their stocks are a little lower:
Danny Granger: Whilst he averages over a block and a steal each a night, on that Pacer team, it's the drop in points that is disappointing, down to around 20 per game. As he goes, so do the Pacers, meaning when he has an off night, the Pacers will likely lose. Poor shooting %'s.
Kobe Bryant: Over the past month, the Lakers have been dropping games they shouldn't be. Yes, Kobe is still averaging 22.0 pts, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists which is great, but they are down on his stats from last season, which is not great for those owners who took him high in drafts.
David Lee: A first round pick in most leagues, David came across to a Warriors team that seemed like a perfect fit. Unfortunately Lee has failed to live up to his billing, and over the past month has averaged less than 10 rebounds a game, and has shaved 5 points off his scoring average of 20 last season... I know, but this is David Lee we're talking about, the double-double machine at the Knicks. He is however suffering from a back injury.
Brook Lopez: Another first round selection, Brook has just disappointed on the rebounding front. The guy is 7 foot tall, yet he's only averaging 5 rebounds a game (just on the league average). Both his points and rebounds are down on last season, but we like for things to improve over the second half. He is worth asking the question from other fantasy owners because for a center, he does shoot good %'s.
Andre Iguodala: Coming off a strong showing for Team USA, Andre's name has constantly been listed in a number of potential trades. Whilst his numbers are still strong, this season he is down in pretty much every category from last season including %'s (just 66% from ft line), points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. His recent achilles injury is obviously playing a role, but he's back now and it might be a good time to nab him low.
Other players on the decline include: Darren Collison (although he has shown promise of late), Gilbert Arenas (not a great position for fantasy owners), Jason Terry, Marc Gasol, Jameer Nelson (a number of new magic tricks).
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