As you know, the 2015-16 regular season is sadly nearing its end and so is the trash-talking and nail-biting nature of fantasy basketball. Some teams have reached great heights and others — buried under injuries, but maybe you had high expectations for your squad and those expectations weren’t quite met, so you spent the majority of the season raging and cursing players out on social media.
Anyhow, here’s a look at some of the players who might’ve not produced as much as you expected:
What may have seemed like a breakout for the long athletic big man toward the end of the 2014-15 season averaging 10.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in between months February and April translating into 35.5 daily fantasy points, per basketball-reference.
The young center hasn’t seemed to build on the momentum over to this season averaging just 9.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. The reason for the let down? Gobert did miss a significant amount of time due to a knee injury back in November. Or it could be that due to such a crowded roster filled with so much young talent. Making it difficult for him to actually have a presence offensively.
Despite Gobert’s lack of production on some fantasy box scores, His presence is felt around the rim continuing to cast back shots that come near him. Rudy Gobert is certainly an important piece to Utah going down the road with his abilty to protect the rim and be a defensive anchor for the young and surging Utah Jazz.
The 30-year-old vet is definitely well traveled around the league. He makes most of his money being an instant offense scorer. For the most part averaging around 18-20 points per game in his career, this season has come a little differently to the 6’3″ guard, averaging just 14.2 points with the Indiana Pacers.
This chapter in Ellis’ career has come as a surprise to loyal fantasy owners who usually look for his 20 point game outings, but that hasn’t been the case this year.
After declining his $8.3 million option with the Dallas Mavericks and agreeing to a four-year deal with Indiana, Ellis joined a team with NBA star Paul George who is already quite the scorer. Not to mention playing for a defensive oriented coach in Frank Vogel might just inadvertently take away some of his scoring opportunity. Of course it could be a number of things to factor in, but bottom line, Ellis let some people down.
After making an appearance in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, many thought the “Manimal” was due for a breakout year.
With Brian Shaw and his half-court offense out, the new more fast paced offense should be more suitable for his style of play. The athletic forward was projected one of the players bound to have a great year around numerous fantasy basketball outlets. Sadly, there’s a reason he’s on this list. Faried has struggled greatly this year and has failed to stay consistent, mainly due to his series of back injuries reoccurring all season long.
The 26-year-old was subject of trade talks around the deadline, so it’s interesting to see whether Denver values him as a piece moving forward. It’s also intriguing to fantasy league owners to see if a different environment will cause him to be more productive, until then, it is hard to say whether or not to be patient with the young athlete. “The Manimal” doesn’t have much of a solidified offensive game to have faith in yet.
Going into this season, the 26-year-old may have been too overvalued. Ibaka, a year removed from a knee procedure, is having quite an underwhelming and inconsistent season thus far, averaging 12.7 points 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. With his noticeable drop in averages from his best season (’13-’14) when he averaged 15.1 points 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, the elite shot-blocker doesn’t play with the same passion and intensity as he did a couple years back, seeming lackadaisical out there on the court.
Despite the issue of enthusiasm, it may not be his fault totally. A teammate of his, Russell Westbrook, has been playing out of his mind as of late, having an Oscar Robertson-like season racking up triple-double after triple-double.
Even with the regressed play of Ibaka, the Thunder don’t look to be slowed down one bit. Being carried by two of the best players in the league, the Oklahoma City Thunder stand at the 3 seed in the western conference.
While never being an all-star, the 6’8″ forward out of the University of Connecticut has been quite the scorer over his nine years in the league. Averaging 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for his career, the 29-year-old hasn’t seen too many shots he hasn’t liked. But the problem this year which translates to his fantasy basketball production is that he’s not seeing too many shots, period. New teammate, point guard Rajon Rondo is a pace-controlling player who plays with the ball in his hands.
While labeled a “true point guard” and facilitator, Rondo is a player who spends a lot of the shot clock “reading” and evaluating the defense. Okay, being really nice right now. If you want it in simpler terms, Rondo has a lot of possessions where he may dribble the air out of the ball for 14 seconds which ultimately takes shots away from Rudy Gay.
This season, Gay is averaging 17.1 points a game, the lowest he’s ever scored in a season and 2 shot attempts less than before Rondo arrived in Sacramento.