These players are great NBA players, whether they score large amounts, or do a little bit of everything. They aren’t the best fantasy players because of their situations or because their stats just don’t translate into a standard nine-category league for fantasy basketball.
1. Andre Iguodala– Iguodala is one of the most important players on the Golden State Warriors. He does many things, from running the benches offense to scoring when they need it. Iguodala is a great player, but these things don’t translate to fantasy basketball. Last season, he averaged 6 points per game, 3.8 rebounds a game, 3.3 assists per game and he averaged 25.3 minutes a game. Iguodala doesn’t average the best numbers because he has a lot of talent on his team. He doesn’t need to on this team, but when the Warriors need him to, he can come up and still put up big numbers. But right now, he doesn’t have a need to. Owning Iguodala on your fantasy team is tough, if I were you, I’d drop him for a more productive player.
2. Andre Roberson– Roberson may not be the best offensive player. He has career averages of 4.6 points per game, 4 rebounds a game and he shoots 48% from the field as well. Roberson makes his money on the defensive side of the ball. His defensive rating was 95.6 last season. If you compare that to an inferior defender like Lance Stephenson, at 108.8, Roberson is obviously a much better defender. Unfortunately for Roberson, defensive stats like defensive rating don’t translate to fantasy. He could have the most defensive stops in the NBA and it still wouldn’t translate to stats. He is a great defender, a good player, but his stats just don’t fit with fantasy basketball.
3. Jordan Bell– Bell is a great energy player off the bench, and in his second season, he should have a much bigger role. Although he will play more, he will have a more sporadic role this season. Before Boogie comes back from the torn Achilles, Bell could offer some stats because he may start. As of right now, Damian Jones will be starting though. Even with the blocks, some rebounds and some points, he will be more of a specialist. I don’t see Bell being too much of a fantasy player. I would be really surprised if he put up notable stats this season. I would look for Bell to have stronger strides next season because it would be difficult to see Demarcus Cousins staying. That could open the door for more minutes as well.
4. Jabari Parker– Jabari has a sad story that makes you wonder what could have been. He was the second overall pick in the 2014 draft. In the four seasons, he has completed, (not counting the current season) he has played a measly 183 games. In four seasons, he could have played 328 games. He has left 145 games on the table. I am not saying he sat out on purpose, but the sad fact, he is injury prone. He has torn his ACL twice. Injuries have just riddled his career. If he didn’t get hurt so often, he would be a great fantasy player. He shoots good percentages around 49%, and he rebounds at a decent rate as well. But with these injuries, it is tough to trust him on your fantasy roster. I personally would avoid him in the draft just because you never know what is going to happen with him.
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