Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Most Dropped: February 16

These are the five most dropped players over the last week. Stats listed below are from the last 7 days.

  1. Ryan Anderson (8.7 points, 2.7 three-pointers, 4.7 rebounds): Anderson has cooled off somewhat after his dominant stretch in late January, but the reason fantasy owners are dropping him is the recent return of Brandon Bass. Many team managers may have forgotten that Anderson put up his best numbers while he was coming off the bench, so we'd recommend making Anderson a speculative pick up in standard leagues and watching him over the next few games. A move back to a reserve role may actually spark Anderson.
  2. Ersan Ilyasova (5.5 points, 1 three-pointer, 5.3 rebounds): Ersan was widely dropped following an eye injury in Milwaukee's previous game, but he should be ready to go after the All Star break. His scoring has dropped of late, but he's still a decent source of rebounds and steals. Ilyasova still has value while he's starting and playing 30+ minutes.
  3. Tracy McGrady (11.5 points, 1 three-pointer, 1.8 steals, 88.9% FT%): While T-Mac is not putting up huge numbers, he's a regular contributor in nearly every category. We still feel he's a must own while he's healthy and starting, though we're always monitoring his health status.
  4. Corey Maggette (13.3 points, 2 three-pointers): Like Ilyasova, Maggette was widely dropped following a minor injury. He's been on a scoring tear over the last couple of weeks while being a solid source of three-pointers, rebounds, and free throw percentage. Teams that need help in those categories should pick him up. There's a chance he returns tonight, but he'll definitely be back on the court after the All Star break at the very latest.
  5. Mike Dunleavy (7.3 points, 1.3 three-pointers): Dunleavy has really struggled of late and rookie Paul George is threatening his playing time. Dunleavy still has the starting shooting guard spot, but his minutes and production have been sporadic. We're assuming this is just a slump and it'll pass, but George is a player we have our eye on in case he leapfrogs Dunleavy on the depth chart. George is a player we're picking up in deep leagues and we'd be monitoring him closely in standard formats.

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