April 10, 2019, 1:29 amLeBron JamesF, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers were a major disappointment in LeBron James’ first year with the franchise, and James was a mild letdown with top-15/25 fantasy value.
James suffered the first serious injury of his career, a left groin strain that shelved him for 17 straight games and ultimately led to him playing in just 55 contests (top-45/65 total value) as rest and load management days stacked up once the playoff chase was over. LeBron’s fantasy value fell from its first-round perch as his efficiency waned to .510 from the field (a four-year low) and a career-worst .665 from the line on 7.6 attempts per game. The rest of his numbers were predictably solid at 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 threes, but James also looked disinterested at times this season and seemed frustrated with his teammates for long stretches. Perhaps the Lakers have learned their lesson and will fill out the roster with better shooters this summer, though Magic Johnson's sudden resignation doesn't make it look like things are under control here. That said, this is the first time in a long time that LeBron, who has logged grueling minutes in deep playoff runs for over a decade now, will get a full summer to rest and recover, and he’s probably going to have something to prove next season. Should be fun.