Before we kick off the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 13 Drop List let's take a look back at last week's article to see what we got right and where we went wrong.
This past week we were pretty spot on with all three of the players on our list. All of the players that appeared on our list had their roster percentage in ESPN leagues drop from last week. They also all posted a negative player rater 15 score this week.
Two of the three players posted a lower score than last week, with the last player posting the same score.
Looking Back at Last Week
Last week rostered 73.4% ESPN with a Player Rater 15 of -1.16
This week rostered 72.6% ESPN with a Player Rater 15 of -1.16
Last week rostered 40.2% ESPN with a Player Rater 15 of -0.96
This week rostered 38.8% ESPN with a Player Rater 15 of -1.08
Last week rostered 82.5% ESPN with a Player Rater 15 of -0.25
This week rostered 79.9% ESPN with a Player Rater 15 of -0.8
2021-21 Fantasy Basketball Week 13 Drop List
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Kemba Walker, PG, New York Knicks (Rostered 67.9% ESPN)
Player-rater 15: -2.00
Walker appeared on our list a few weeks back before he was dropped from the Knicks rotation. The reason that he appeared on the list was that with his age and injury history he just isn't the player that he used to be. At this point, he just isn't good enough to put up the volume and efficiency stats in the scoring and assists department to make up for his shortcomings.
Kemba Walker Remains Sidelined For Wednesday’s Gamehttps://t.co/wIDyA4tYRm
— LineStar NBA DFS (@LineStarNBA) January 12, 2022
There is also the lingering knee injury. Kemba did make his way back into the rotation amid the Knicks ' struggle with injuries and covid cases. But he is now once again missing time because of his knee. He doesn't play enough to be a reliable staple of your team. Even when he does play his production doesn't match his name value. He just isn't that player anymore and even when playing, he is more of a detriment to your fantasy team than he is an asset.
Jerami Grant, SF/PF, Detroit Pistons (73.5)
Player-rater 15: -3.78
Jerami Grant had been a good but not great fantasy player for a couple of years before breaking out in a larger role in Detroit last year. He was off to a great start again this year before injury put him out of action. Grant will eventually be back this year. The issue is going to be what his role will be when he comes back.
He was the best player on the Pistons last year and used the usage that comes with being the best player on a team to put up a great fantasy season. Now Grant is involved in some trade rumors. Some of which he ends up as the 3rd or 4th best player on a team. While Grant can still be productive in that role I don't think that version of Grant is one that you want to hold onto all the time he is injured. That is unless you don't have any other way to use your IR space.
The Knicks, Wizards, Blazers and Lakers are among the teams pursuing Pistons forward Jerami Grant, sources tell @ShamsCharania.
Grant is one of the most sought-after players this trade season.
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) January 10, 2022
Even if the Pistons don't trade Grant at the trade deadline, it might not matter. He's been injured and during that time Cade Cunnigham has developed as the leading offensive option on the Pistons. So if Grant isn't traded it is still unclear what his role will be upon his return. For that reason, I would be looking to move on from him.
Thaddeus Young, PF/SF/C, San Antonio Spurs (41.7)
Player-rater 15: -4.97
Thaddeus Young makes yet another appearance on this list. Young has been completely dropped from the Spurs rotation at the moment. This means that he has no value until he is either traded or bought out at the NBA trade deadline.
I know it's kind of beating a dead horse at this point with Young, but he is still rostered in over 40% of leagues on ESPN and he really shouldn't be rostered at all.
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