2022 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Drops

by Mike Cooper

Open your eyes and prepare to face the reality of these 2022 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Drops.

What do I mean by facing the reality?

Everyone has a friend in a toxic relationship.  It is obvious things aren’t working out, but somehow this friend is willfully ignorant of the truth.  They remain in this poisonous affair with no benefit to themselves.  Well, my fantasy basketball friends, we're talking about you.  There are rostered players you should drop but haven't yet.

It’s time to break up and find someone who really loves you.

This week we will take a look at four highly rostered players who all suffer from the same affliction: minutes deprivation. After reading this, hop over to our waiver wire article to help you decide who to snag off the wire!

2022 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Drops

De'Anthony Melton, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers

I know, I know. He’s the darling of fantasy writers. His per 36’s are drool-worthy.  But he never got the minutes in Memphis and Doc Rivers sure isn’t handing them over yet in Philly.  He has gone on to average 6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.5 apg with 1.3 steals, 0 blocks, and 0.8 three-pointers.  There is no fantasy value here.  Not to mention, Melton’s counterpart Matisse Thybulle, has played just five total minutes this season - a number that can’t go anywhere but up.

There just aren’t enough minutes available at this time for Melton to be on 46% of Yahoo! rosters. Unless there is a massive shake-up, either at the top with a Doc Rivers firing, or due to an injury or starting lineup adjustment, Melton can safely return to the waiver wire.

Alex Caruso, PG/SG, Chicago Bulls

When word came out that Lonzo Ball would miss significant time, Alex Caruso jumped up draft boards.  Then, it was revealed Zach Lavine was dealing with ongoing knee pain and Caruso jumped more.  He stands at 52% rostered in Yahoo! at the time of writing. That number is way too high. He simply isn’t helping fantasy teams with his limited minutes - and it doesn't sound like that will change any time soon, per Billy Donovan.

Caruso is averaging 24 minutes per game, during which he is shooting 29.4% while producing 0.5 three-pointers, 4.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, and 2.8 apg.  His main production is stocks, where is swiping 1.3 steals and swatting 0.8 blocks in his limited minutes, but he’s somehow turning the ball over a brutal 2.8 times per game.  At this point, he is ranked 244th in Yahoo!, which makes him unrosterable, especially with so many enticing options available on the wire.

Andre Drummond, C, Chicago Bulls

I love Andre Drummond. But there is no reason why a past-his-prime backup center averaging 15 minutes per game is rostered in over a third of fantasy leagues.  His per-minute numbers are great.  However, his minutes are capped in the 13-18 range. Unless there is an injury to Nikola Vucevic that forces Drummond into the starting lineup, he isn't worth a roster spot.

Right now he is a rebounds specialist, with 7.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 0.5 apg. He’s providing 0.8 steals and a paltry 0.5 blocks, and a painful 2.5 turnovers per game.  Much like Alex Caruso, he’s managing to provide just one category of value while still tanking you in another.  Send him to the wire and reassess if there’s an injury to Vucevic.

Aleksej Pokusevski, SF/PF/C, Oklahoma City Thunder

He's in his third year in the league and still only 20 years old, but Poku has so far failed to make the leap that many expected from him.  He should have been gifted minutes after the Chet Holmgren injury, but instead, he's seeing just over 16 minutes a game. In that time he's shooting an embarrassing 25% from the field on 4.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, and 1.3 apg.   On the plus side, he's managing 1.3 stocks, which speaks to his upside if he gets the minutes.  Therein lies the problem with all of the members of the 2022 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Drops list - they just aren't playing enough to matter.  Send the 7-footer to the wire.

 

In Fantasy Basketball, you need to be prepared to cut ties and take a chance on a hot waiver wire add.  We started with the 2022 Fantasy Basketball Week 2 Drops, and we will continue every Wednesday with who is on the chopping block. Every week, I will be here to tell you who to dump.  Then you can free up a roster spot for someone worth your time.  Achilles ruptures. ACL tears.  Plantar Fasciitis. These things WILL happen this season to dozens of players.  When they do, someone stands to gain.  And you'll be ready to make your move.


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