2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Drops List

by Charles Vakassian
2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Week 4 Drop List

Welcome one and all to the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Drops List!

We will be scoping out some names who have not performed up to scratch, and advise on why you can cut them from your squads.

Whether it's a rookie not living up to the hype, or a proven veteran underperforming their career standards.

Whatever the case, we'll have it covered here for you!

2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 5 Drops List

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Malcolm Brogdon, PG, Boston Celtics (65.9% owned ESPN)

The prize offseason acquisition for the Celtics, Brogdon has been pretty quiet in his first few weeks with Boston. His splits thus far are all below his career averages. His line this year is 13.7/3.8/3.5, whereas his career line is a more impressive 15.4/4.2/4.8.

The good news is that his three-point percentage is up. The bad news is that he is taking fewer shots than he ever has in his career. One of the side effects of playing with two superstar scorers I suppose.

At any rate, he simply isn't getting enough points to justify rostering him as a scorer, and his facilitating abilities are limited with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown running the offense. Not to mention the injuries he's dealt with (already has hamstring problem this year) and it just isn't worth the roster spot.

Jabari Smith JR, PF, Houston Rockets (38.4%)

The third overall pick of this past draft, Smith has been underwhelming in his inaugural season with the Rockets. It doesn't help that the supporting cast is less than ideal. Jalen Green is a ball-dominant scorer, and the other starters don't seem to be doing too much to get him involved. The above video is a perfect example of the Houston problem. Smith has a smaller, inferior defender on him in Luke Kennard, yet the entire possession nothing is done to get him the ball.

To be fair, Smith isn't helping his case, shooting 31.6% from the field and 29.7% from deep. Those numbers, on over 10 shots per game, are not fantasy-worthy. Smith is perfectly fine to hold in keeper or dynasty leagues, but for redraft, he is very much droppable.

Robert Covington, SF/PF, Los Angeles Clippers (7.9%)

Covington has been a reliable three-and-D fantasy asset for several years, but his level of play so far has been concerning.

Despite Kawhi Leonard missing significant time, RoCo is seeing a career-low 14 minutes per game. Terrance Mann has taken over his spot in the rotation and delivered fantasy-friendly numbers ever since.

Covington is only shooting 35% from downtown and 40% from the field, numbers that are a significant decrease from his career line. His lack of playing time, combined with inefficiency from the field, make him a less-than-desirable fantasy player.


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