Drop Em While Theyre Not: 10 Fantasy Basketball Players to Cut Loose

By Lorenzo Tanos

If there are players you should be adding at this point of the season - even as short-term solutions to your fantasy NBA team’s statistical shortages - there are also those you need to say goodbye to until they get their act together. IF they get their act together. Here are ten of the most disappointing NBA players on a fantasy standpoint who deserve to be cast off to the waiver wire due to their underwhelming performance.

  1. ErsanIlyasova (MIL, F, 7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 37% FG) – From Most Improved Player candidate to Scott Skiles’ doghouse. Woof, woof! You may think twice about dropping him following that 17-point game versus the Spurs, but remember he’s been demoted to the bench and he scored only two points in 18 minutes the game before that.
  2. JaVale McGee (DEN, C, 10.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 19 mpg) – Players in average-sized and deeper leagues should keep. Players in smaller leagues should drop him, because it doesn’t look like McGee is endearing himself to Nuggets coach George Karl. Just think what he could do if he was getting even 27-30 minutes per game.
  3. Michael Beasley (PHO, F, 11.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 38% FG) – This is another player to drop in smaller leagues. Once a legit scoring threat, Beasley has yet to get back on track after last year’s disappointing season. At least he’s not like fellow T-Wolves acquisition Wes Johnson, who’s all ready to be written off as an utter draft disappointment.
  4. BismackBiyombo (CHA, F/C, 4.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg) – Tough call here. Biyombo’s minutes have increased over the past four games, just as the surprising Byron Mullens stepped into a run of bad form. But it’s still clear Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap still prefers Mullens at the four, so don’t get too excited about Biyombo’s extended playing time.
  5. Drop Em While Theyre Not: 10 Fantasy Basketball Players to Cut Loose
    Dec 1, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) loses control of the ball as he drives to the basket during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at the AT&T Center. Photo Courtesy By Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports.
  6. Danny Green (SAS, F/G, 9.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.9 3PG) –Once a valuable sleeper pick for his three-point shooting, Green hasn’t produced much over the past couple of weeks, scoring in double digits just twice in the last seven games. And that’s not considering his recent hamstring injury, which doesn’t look serious anyway.
  7. Al-FarouqAminu (NOH, SF, 9.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg) – Unless you need steals, there’s no reason you should have Aminu in the lineup much longer if you’re in a small to mid-sized league. Once Anthony Davis returns from injury, the former Wake Forest star may be the odd man out, at least in terms of minutes.
  8. Isaiah Thomas (SAC, PG, 8.5 ppg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 apg, 43% FG) – He’s gone quickly from definite draft steal to someone you shouldn’t have on your fantasy NBA lineup. Keith Smart is trying out different combinations and it hasn’t been good for the numbers of a lot of Kings players. None have been more affected than Thomas, who lost his starting job and is dishing out assists at a lower per-36 clip than most shooting guards.
  9. Marcus Morris (HOU, F, 8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 3PG, 43% FG) –For some time it looked like Morris had a shot of seeing key minutes behind Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson at both forward spots, but unheralded second-year man Greg Smith may be taking a run at those backup PF minutes. At least his twin brother Markieff avoided this list with a career game earlier versus the Mavs.
  10. Rodney Stuckey (DET, G, 9.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 35% FG) – Kyle Singler’s gain is Rodney Stuckey’s loss. Maybe it’s time to give up the ghost. Stuckey’s performance has been very uneven this year and despite the occasional brush with a 20-point game, his field goal shooting has been poisonous for the most part. Only keep him if you’re in a deeper league with 12+ teams and 14+ players.
  11. Nene (WAS, F/C, 10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 apg) – Good news – he’s back in the Wizards’ lineup. Bad news – it looks like Kevin Seraphin is playing well enough to warrant extended minutes. The Wizards may be trying to bring Nene along slowly post-injury, but he could probably be coming off the bench for most, if not all of this season.

See Top 10 Fantasy Basketball Players to Add to Your Lineup.

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