2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Drop List

by Logan Sharp
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Drop List

Before we get into the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Drop List let's take a look back at last week's article to see what we got right and what we got wrong.

Looking back it looks like we got pretty much everything right in last week's article.

Dinwiddie and Stewart had some minor improvements over the last week, but I don't think it's enough to want to spend a roster spot on them.

As for Young and Poeltl, nothing changed they had the same player-rater 15 scores this week as they did last week. They still have the same problems.

Jalen Green is still out with an injury, but he hasn't shown enough to be a guy that you want to roster when healthy let alone when he is injured.

Looking Back at Last Week

Spencer Dinwiddie

Last week rostered in 86.1% ESPN with a player rater 15 of -0.71
This week rostered in 83.5% ESPN with a player rater 15 of 0.08

Jalen Green

Last week rostered in 64.5% ESPN with a player rater 15 of -1.52
This week rostered in 61% ESPN with a player rater 15 of -3.85

Thaddeus Young

Last week rostered in 45.5% ESPN with a player rater 15 of -2.59
This week rostered in 44.9% ESPN with a player rater 15 of -2.59

Isaiah Stewart

Last week rostered in 59.7% ESPN with a player rater 15 of -0.44
This week rostered in 62.4% ESPN with a player rater 15 of 0.33

Jakob Poeltl

Last week rostered in 79.9% ESPN with a player rater 15 of -2.59
This week rostered in 83% ESPN with a player rater 15 of -2.59

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 8 Drop List

Derrick Rose, PG, New York Knicks (Rostered 52.3% ESPN)

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Player-Rater 15: 0.36

Derrick Rose is the most recent New York Knick to make the list. He makes the list this week because he is providing negative value in five of the eight categories that ESPN uses in their standard leagues.

The only three categories where Rose is providing positive value are free-to-throw percentage, assists, and blocks. Rose has put up a player-rater 15 score of 1.52 in the block category. That is because he had a few games in a row putting up multiple blocks just about two weeks ago. He hadn't done that previously this year and I don't see it continuing.

Without the production that Rose had in blocks, he would have been a negative value overall. So when you factor in his block production coming back down to earth he isn't worth a roster spot on your fantasy team.

Jordan Clarkson, SG, Utah Jazz (61.5)

Player-Rater 15: 3.55

Jordan Clarkson looks like a weird include at first glance. He is providing 3.55 points of value on the player-rater 15 scale. The issue is that he is providing all of that value in three-pointers made and points categories. He is putting up a player-rater 15 score of 2.9 for three-pointers made and a score of 1.52 for points.

Other than those two categories he has four categories where he is providing negative value and two categories where he is providing minor positive value. With points and three-pointers made being two of the easier categories to be able to find the value I would look to move Clarkson for someone that can help my team in some of the other categories.

Carmelo Anthony, PF/SF, Los Angeles Lakers (63.6)

Player-Rater 15: 3.11

Carmelo Anthony is similar to Clarkson in that he has two categories where he provides almost all of his value. For Anthony, those are free throw percentages and three-pointers made. He provides 1.72 points of value for free throw percentage on the player-rater 15 scale and 1.74 points of value for three-pointers made.

While that is good he gives back all the value from one of those categories by providing -1.54 points of value for field goal percentage on the player-rater 15 scale. The rest of his categories are either a minor positive or a minor negative and are likely to fluctuate from week to week.

The real issue here is that Anthony is in year 19 and has started the season making by far the highest percentage of three-pointers of his career. That isn't going to continue and with all the minutes he has been playing at this latter stage of his career if the Lakers ever get in a position where they are conformably in the playoffs I expect Anthony to rest some games. This limits his value.

Robert Williams, C/PF, Boston Celtics (85.2)

Player-Rater 15: -2.72

Robert Williams came into this season looking to break out and take on a bigger role for the Celtics. To start the season it looked like he was going to do just that. Unfortunately over the last few weeks, his old issues from previous seasons have started to pop up again.

Since November 17th Williams has missed six games and played in five. In those five-game, he hasn't played more than 25 minutes in any of them. He only scored double-digit points in two of them and he only had double-digit rebounds in one of them. He only had more than five rebounds in that game.

Unfortunately, it looks like Williams might revert to who he was the last couple of seasons fantasy-wise, where he is just going to be good for field goal percentage and blocks. He might have the occasional game where he goes big in rebounds or points, but if his minutes are limited I don't see big games being a normal thing for him going forward. Without that he doesn't have that much value compared to a lot of the other big men that you can typically find on the waiver wire.

Andre Drummond, C, Philadelphia 76ers (45.5)

Player-Rater 15: 1.15

Andre Drummond is his usual self putting up some pretty massive rebound numbers and has had some good block numbers as well. The free throw percentage has been just as terrible as it normally is. None of that is really surprising. The reason that you should drop Drummond is that in the last five games he hasn't topped 20 minutes in any of them.

Drummonds issue isn't that he can't be a fantasy-relevant player, he has proven for the last decade that he can when he gets minutes and touches. His issue is that he is Joel Embiid's backup. When Embiid is playing, Drummond isn't going to play many minutes and he isn't going to get many touches.

And he really shouldn't because Embiid is that good and they can't play together. Unless Embiid is going to be out for an extended period Drummond isn't more than a waiver wire pick up when you are struggling with rebounds or when we know that Embiid is going to be resting a game.


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