Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Five Most Dropped Players: December 2-8

  1. Nicolas Batum (11.6 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 4.5 rebounds, 1 steal): Fantasy owners have begun dumping Batum after he was replaced in the starting line up by Wesley Matthews. Batum, though, has started to come alive in his last few games and he's seeing the most minutes of anyone off the bench. Batum may still be worth holding onto in standard leagues if he continues to see the roughly 27 minutes a night he's played over the last three games. If you're still holding onto him, continue to monitor his playing time over the next few games before making a move.
  2. Kris Humphries (7.4 points, 55.6% FG%, 8.3 rebounds, 1 block): It appears many league managers panicked when Troy Murphy returned and dropped Humphries. Kris, though, hasn't taken a huge hit to his playing time since Troy's return. Murphy, oddly enough, has been the odd man out. Kris' scoring numbers have started to drop, but he remains a good source of rebounds and is worth holding onto in category leagues as long as he continues to start and play in the neighborhood of 25 minutes.
  3. Mike Dunleavy (12.3 points, 1.7 three-pointers, 5.4 rebounds): Dunleavy is yet another player fantasy owners have dropped in a panic with no real reason to dump him. The return of Brandon Rush has hurt his value somewhat, but Dunleavy is still starting most games and has scored in double figures in seven of his last nine games while remaining a good source of threes and rebounds. If Dunleavy is available in your league, you should take advantage of a foolish owners mistake and snag him. He's doing just enough to be worth a roster spot in standard leagues.
  4. Carl Landry (12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds): Landry's value has taken a hit since he was moved to the bench in favor of Jason Thompson. He hasn't been able to reproduce the success he had last year nor the ability to produce off the bench as a sixth man like he had for the Rockets. His replacement, Thompson, hasn't taken advantage of his starting role though. The Kings have shaken up their starting line up a few times already, so it would not surprise us to see Landry return to the starting five. At the very least, he should see decent playing time off the bench. Still, he can only really contribute in scoring. If you need help in other categories, there's no sense sticking out this rough stretch with Landry.
  5. Charlie Villanueva (13.2 points, 2 three-pointers, 4.8 rebounds, 1 block): Villanueva was a hot add a few weeks ago, but now those same owners have quickly jumped off the bandwagon. Villanueva is still doing just enough to be worth a roster spot in standard leagues. He's inconsistent from game-to-game, as he has been his whole career. If you choose to roster him, you have to live through his 5-point, 1-rebound games to enjoy the 25-point, 11-rebound nights.

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