June 17, 2018, 2:24 pm
Welcome in HoopBallers! As we’ve gotten a little distance from the end of the season and the emotional highs and lows of the fantasy campaign have evened out, it’s worthwhile to take a look back on the year that was. I asked some select members of our tremendous HB staff, from feature writers to blurbers to podcasters to people in our journalism and scouting arms, to answer a handful of questions about another fun year of hoops and what went right or wrong in their fantasy endeavors. We’ll be bringing you those answers in the coming weeks.
This week I asked the crew which players they would never own again after this season. Pretty much everyone hedged their bets a bit and we even got some excellent diplomatic answers, but the common thread among the answers here was poorly-timed injuries. I’ll also say that you should never say never, but I can tell that there are some players that I’ll never be able to draft unless their ADPs plummet. Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are three that come into mind immediately, and Devin Booker is probably right on the edge of that list as well even if he’s worth the investment. As far as players that I’m actually unlikely to draft, period, Andrew Wiggins is the most notable. I’ll borrow from Nathan a little bit here — I just don’t find it enjoyable to flip on the Wolves and watch Wiggins play. Heaven forbid I ever need him to come through in the clutch. Let’s see what the experts have to say.
I don’t like to use the word “never” because anybody can get so piled on that they become undervalued. Kawhi would be that guy if there ever was one and I’ll draft him next year.
None. Writing off a player is a surefire way to miss out on a great low price value.
Tony Snell – Took him in the later rounds and while he was admirable early on, just has incredibly limited upside and hurt me down the stretch.
It’s hard to say “never own” since it’s really relative to value per draft position, but Melo is obviously there along with Hassan Whiteside. Aside from that, all the old(er)/hurt guys aren’t “never own,” but I probably won’t be taking them where they’re likely to be drafted: CP, John Wall, Lowry, Conley, Marc Gasol, Boogie, Porzingis, Bro-Lo, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Goran Dragic. Throw in Andrew Wiggins, too; dude just doesn’t look like he likes hooping that much.
I’ll draft any player in the right spot, but a general rule I have is to not have multiple poor free throw shooters unless I plan on punting (H2H only). I play multiple roto leagues so I can only roster one poor free throw shooter per team. Just for kicks I’ll throw in Harrison Barnes on my do not draft list. That guy is so boring to watch, own and root for.
I think I’m pretty much done with Danilo Gallinari after he played only 22 games this season. After seeing him in person a couple years ago and realizing how thin and weak his legs are from close up I made a mental note to myself to stay away from him. Still, I couldn’t resist drafting him in a couple leagues this season as the mid round value was there but he was a major disappointment and killed my chances in a league where I needed his scoring and threes.
This is a bit weird and unfair because he was quite good again, but I’m pretty tired of Al Horford in general. He does stuff but it’s not exciting at all and I consistently feel disappointed with his production. It’s not really his fault, he’s just not for me.
I so badly want to say Marquese Chriss right now but I won’t do it. The player I will never own again after this season is Kyle Lowry. Listen, hear me out before you go crazy. Lowry is amazing, he’s an All-Star and helped my fantasy team get a ton of wins but he always seems to disappear when owners need him the most. In the last 10 games of the season, the games in which his fantasy owners have likely entered their playoffs, Lowry was the 106th ranked player with averages of 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 triples on 37 percent shooting. Those stats aren’t acceptable for a player who was taken in the first three rounds of almost every draft, especially because it usually happens to be in the fantasy playoffs. I’ve owned Lowry for each of the past two years and his streaky, mistimed performances have been a problem both years. Well, consider this the last one as there’s no way I’ll ever own Kyle Lowry again.
February 21, 2020, 11:32 pmDeMar DeRozanSG, San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan (back spasms) led the Spurs in minutes with 36 on Friday, showing no signs of his back issue as he posted 18 points (8-of-17 shooting), five rebounds, seven assists and one block.
DeRozan's minutes are a clear sign that he's out of the woods and is ready to continue on his career season. The efficiency and assists should be enough to carry him to a guaranteed top-50 finish at the least.
February 21, 2020, 11:30 pmAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis suffered a bruised right calf in the first half of Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies but has since checked back into the game.
He seemed OK when he returned, but the lanky center is frequently getting dinged up. Fantasy owners should stay tuned and look for an update on his calf after the Lakers' game against the Grizzles.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
February 21, 2020, 11:27 pmDejounte MurrayPG, San Antonio Spurs
Dejounte Murray posted a fantastic two-way performance in a 113-104 win over the Jazz on Friday, recording 23 points (10-of-16 shooting), seven rebounds, one trey, four assists and four steals in 33 minutes.
Murray has been playing great basketball lately and hopefully, he can keep it consistent for the fantasy stretch run. The Spurs have a great schedule ahead and he's going to be a potential swing-player for many fantasy teams if he keeps this up.
February 21, 2020, 11:18 pmDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis had a huge game on Friday vs. the T-Wolves, playing 27 minutes and scoring 25 points with 16 rebounds, both of which are new career-highs.
There is. Theis is back and better than ever. Enes Kanter did not play tonight, so that certainly helped him, but keep Theis entrenched in your fantasy lineups. He looks fully healthy and took advantage on Friday.
February 21, 2020, 11:03 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul absolutely took control of the game in the fourth quarter en route to 29 points (11-for-17 shooting), four triples, four rebounds and two assists as the Thunder beat the Nuggets 113-101.
Paul continues to be dynamite in crunch time this season as he hit big shot after big shot in the fourth quarter to hold off any comeback attempts by Jokic and the Nuggets. CP3 has been healthy and productive all season, one of the best stories of fantasy hoops in 2020.
February 21, 2020, 11:01 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby started Friday's game vs. the Suns and scored 12 points, grabbed five rebound and blocked four shots in 38 minutes.
Anunoby led the Raptors in minutes on Friday and this was a good showing for the young forward out of Indiana. However, he has been far too inconsistent to trust in 12-team leagues this season. If he can block shots like he did on Friday his value could see a nice little boost.
February 21, 2020, 11:01 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams had a great game on Friday, with 19 points (7-for-14 shooting), 17 rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two assists across 32 minutes.
Adams turned in some of his trademark rebounding in this one, while chipping in some defensive stats as well. Adams is starting to heat up a bit but doesn't have the highest ceiling and will typically hurt you in free throws as well, though he went 5-for-6 tonight.
February 21, 2020, 10:57 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander notched 11 points (4-for-14 shooting), nine rebounds, nine assists and a block in Friday's win over the Nuggets.
SGA did some good things in this one despite struggling with his shot. He mostly fed off Chris Paul who dominated the end of the game for the Thunder. Danilo Gallinari finished with 15 points (4-for-14 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, two triples and one seal in 32 minutes.
February 21, 2020, 10:57 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry double-doubled on Friday vs. the Suns, putting up 13 points, 10 assists and adding five rebounds.
Lowry also had a team-high six turnovers and was not all that effective shooting the ball. This was not one of his better games, but Lowry has maintained his mid-round fantasy value all season. With the Raptors playing increasingly better as the season progresses and looking at a home series in the first round of the playoffs, Lowry should finish very strong, barring injury
February 21, 2020, 10:53 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic didn't miss much in Friday's 101-113 loss to the Thunder, finishing with 32 points (12-for-15 shooting), seven rebounds, five assists, one triple, one steal and one block.
The longer the season goes on the better Jokic tends to get and this season has been no different. The Serbian big man seems to be coming into his own as a scorer this season which will only improve his already stellar fantasy game.