Fantasy Basketball

2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Center Busts


The center position in the NBA is a dying breed. Dudes seven feet tall are looking to step out and hit a corner threes, rather than take a handoff from their point guard and dunk the basketball.

I’m old school and love the classic pick and roll alley-oop. Easily my favorite play in the NBA.

The position is also slowly blending into the power forward position as teams look to play small ball.

Here’s a look at centers who will not live up to their draft value:

2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Center Busts

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Jarrett Allen, C, Brooklyn Nets

Jarrett Allen won’t turn 21 until April and had a really nice rookie campaign. He averaged 20 minutes per game, shot 59% from the field leading to 8.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds.

He followed that up with a nice Summer League, averaging 10.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks.

However, that does not mean he should be drafted ahead of guys like Jusuf Nurkic or Suns rookie DeAndre Ayton.

There are rumors that the Nets are going to look to him to shoot more three-pointers this year, which could work out, but I want my fantasy basketball centers to shoot a high FG%, grab rebounds and blocks shots. It’s easy to find three point shooters later in drafts.

I love Allen’s potential, just don’t want him on my fantasy basketball team at his current ADP. I will be adding Allen a little bit later, if available, to take advantage of his shot blocking ability!

The Brooklyn Nets added Ed Davis in the offseason, but Allen is the teams starting center for as many games as he can play this year.

Brook Lopez, C, Milwaukee Bucks

Lopez is a name that people know and is the only reason I can think of, leading people to select him where they are currently in fantasy basketball drafts.

He joins a four-man rotation in Milwaukee with John Henson, Thon Maker and Tyler Zeller.

Brook Lopez is seven feet tall and averages less than seven rebounds per game for his career. For a guy who has played 31 minutes per game in his career, that is horrendous.

The Bucks offense operates through Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe. The centers on the team are an afterthought on offense.

Lopez has tried to change his game in recent years, turning into a stretch 5, shooting more and more three-pointers. 34.5% from beyond the arc the last two years is impressive, but the Bucks have some other, better, options to shoot the three. If Lopez is standing behind the three-point line, it will be much harder for him to be on the receiving end of an easy bucket/grab offensive rebounds.

With a new head coach in Mike Budenholzer, who knows, maybe he turns Brook Lopez into Al Horford. I won’t be playing that wildcard around the time Brook Lopez is coming off fantasy basketball draft boards.

Dewayne Dedmon, C, Atlanta Hawks

Dedmon was solid for the Hawks last year, leading the team in rebounding at 7.9 per game. However, he did suffer an ankle injury in late August, which while not serious, could linger all year long.

Maybe I am alone here but when I think of Dedmon, I think defense and blocked shots. Well, last year, in career-high minutes he only blocked 51 shots in 62 games. What I did not know is that he made a career-high 50 three-pointers, shooting 35.5% from downtown. He is also a solid free throw shooter at 78% last year.

Atlanta signed Alex Len in the offseason, previously with the Phoenix Suns. If the front office wants to give Len a chance, he could eat into Dedmon’s minutes, especially in games when the Hawks down by double digits to start the fourth quarter.

Dewayne Dedmon is one of those guys who makes more of an impact on the court, in real life.

The Hawks went ahead and drafted PG Trae Young, trading Dennis Schroder to the Oklahoma City Thunder.  They could be fun to watch on some night, but for the most part, I am avoiding all players not named John Collins.

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