Streaming players off the waiver wire is a tough task, knowing which players to drop for them can be even tougher. That's why I put together the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Drop List.
This list isn't as simple as me telling you which players to drop, though. There's context to it. These lists are made based on 9-category, or 9-cat, leagues. I also broke down who I would drop based on which size league you're playing in. Here's my full classification list.
Shallow league: 8- or 10-team leagues with normal roster size (about 15 players per team) or a 12-team league with a smaller roster (about 12-13 players per team).
Standard league: 12-team leagues with a normal roster size, or 14-team leagues with a shallow roster
Deep league: 14 or more teams with larger roster sizes. Typically the area for basketball sickos (like myself).
If you have any questions, feel free to tweet me or message me on Twitter (no I will not call it by its other name). Also, make sure you check out our Rest of Season Basketball Rankings for more help deciding who to drop from your roster.
Disclaimer: This list was made before games on Wednesday, February 7th. Things can change very quickly, so be on the lookout for that!
Let's get into my 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Drop List.
2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Drop List
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Shallow League Drops
Shaedon Sharpe, SG/SF, Portland Trailblazers
Shaedon Sharpe is set to miss some time. 🤕 pic.twitter.com/7xc1E3kqRm
— theScore (@theScore) February 7, 2024
This one pains me to write. Sharpe was having a terrific season, but injuries have completely derailed it. After missing 13 games with an abdominal injury and attempting to ramp up toward playing, Sharpe experienced worsening symptoms and is now undergoing core muscle surgery, per Rotowire.
I looked into multiple different sites and previous injuries for NBA players to determine how long Sharpe may be out. Most doctors said the range is anywhere from 3-12 weeks depending on the severity of the injury. I also looked into other players who had similar surgeries. Here's what I found.
- Gary Payton II: Surgery in July 2022, per NBA.com. He wasn't listed as healthy until December 12th, 2022. He missed approximately 4.5-5 months.
- Damian Lillard: Surgery on January 13th, 2022, per the Portland Trailblazers. He missed the rest of the season.
- Will Barton: Surgery on October 23rd, 2018. His first game back was on January 12th, 2019, per The Athletic. He missed 81 days, almost 3 months.
There are plenty more examples of this injury, it's an extremely common one. Even for someone like Barton, who was on a playoff contender, the recovery time was very long. The Portland Trailblazers are not contending this year, we all know that. It's far more likely Sharpe's season is over than it is that he comes back and contributes meaningful stats to your fantasy team. Unfortunately, it is time to drop him.
Paul Reed, PF/C, Philadelphia 76ers
For anyone who thought Reed was the guy to grab after the news of Joel Embiid's injury, I'm sorry, I thought so too. Despite being prone to some big games, see his 30-point bomb against the Denver Nuggets, he still isn't getting enough playing time to justify rostering him in shallow leagues.
Head coach Nick Nurse has opted for a committee approach in Embiid's absence, which involves a lot of Mo Bamba along with Reed.
Standard League Drops
Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF, Orlando Magic
Victor Wembanyama when guarded by Jonathan Isaac last night:
2/7 FG (28.6%)
1/3 3PT (33.3%) pic.twitter.com/sFOiAOy3pR
— StatMamba (@StatMamba) February 1, 2024
Isaac is one of the best defenders in the league when he's healthy. The unfortunate part is that he hasn't been healthy for over four years. He's getting some run with the Orlando Magic, but it's too inconsistent and risky for standard league players to rely on. He's someone who has a greater impact on the team in real life, and not as much on your fantasy team. He can still be a solid streaming option for stocks (steals and blocks) now and then. But he shouldn't be a mainstay on your team.
Alec Burks, PG/SG/SF, Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons have just traded for Simone Fontecchio from the Utah Jazz, per Adrian Wojnarowski. Detroit also sent Kevin Knox over to the Jazz in this trade. Despite losing a rotational player in Knox, I feel that overall this is a net negative for someone like Burks off the bench with the addition of Fontecchio.
The Pistons are reportedly planning to re-sign Fontecchio in the offseason, so this seems like someone who's going to get solid minutes for the Pistons. I also believe that Fontecchio is simply a better player than Knox, meaning his playing time should be higher than Knox's 18.1 minutes per game this season.
Deep League Drops
Dario Saric, PF/C, Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr is a real wildcard this season when it comes to rotations. But for now, it looks like Saric's minutes will be very limited by the newest addition of Gui Santos to the rotation. Saric played just four minutes last game despite being listed as healthy for the game.
This could end up being matchup-dependent. Saric gets 15-20 minutes in one game and then a DNP the next, which is very troublesome. Deep league players can hold and hope that Gui Santos gets knocked back out of the rotation, but it's risky to hold someone who might give you all 0s across the board.
Obi Toppin, SF/PF, Indiana Pacers
Toppin was having a nice run of games, including a 23-point 11-rebound explosion in a narrow win over Phoenix. Unfortunately, since that performance, he is averaging just 17.7 minutes per game and his stats continue to diminish.
The Pacers frontcourt is a complete mess for fantasy basketball, and it's difficult to rely on anyone outside of Myles Turner for any sort of consistent production. He's an easy drop for now, though he might be a nice stream in the future, but we have no idea if/when that will happen.
This concludes my 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Drop List. Be sure to check out the site for more content!