There have been several trades that will affect the outcome of the fantasy basketball season in a negative way, and we have prepared a list of five players whose fantasy value that will take a hit from trades or recent performances.
MarShon Brooks, SG/SF, New Jersey Nets
The addition of Gerald Wallace will put a huge dent in Brook’s scoring numbers. In two games since Wallace joined the Nets, Brooks is averaging ten points in about 25 minutes in each of the two games. Deron Williams returned from injury Saturday night, and this will also put a damper on Brook’s scoring numbers. Scoring the rock is the only thing Brooks consistently does well, and it looks like his role will be decreased with Gerald Wallace in town.
Ekpe Udoh, PF/C, Milwaukee Bucks
Udoh will go from an emerging starting center on the Warriors to a backup center for Drew Gooden in Milwaukee. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Udoh seemed like a pickup of the year candidate, but that changed very quickly because of the trade deadline. I wouldn’t expect Ekpe to play anything more than 25 minutes per game until he learns the system that Scott Skillies runs. Hold onto him in deep leagues, but don’t be afraid to click the drop button if he doesn’t produce at all on the Bucks.
Marreese Speights, PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies
Zach Randolph is back from a knee injury that has kept him out for almost three months, and he made an instant impact in his return. Randolph scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in just 25 minutes of action, but his minutes will continue to rise as the Grizzlies make a push for the playoffs. Speights has played just 25 minutes in two games since Randolph’s return, and has only scored five points in those two games combined. It’s safe to say that his value is basically shot with the return of Zee-Bow, so drop him and pick someone up who will be more productive.
Trevor Ariza, SF, New Orleans Hornets
Ariza was on fire in his first week back from injury, but for the past couple of weeks he has been in a slump. Ariza averaged just 10.4 points in week eleven, and all of those games were against below average opponents. It’s hard to drop Ariza because he does have potential in several categories other than scoring, but he is in a rut at the moment and you might have to consider dropping him for a more productive player if you have intentions to make the playoffs.
Darren Collison, PG, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers acquired a scoring guard in Leandro Barbosa at the trade deadline, and Collison could lose minutes due to this acquisition. Once Barbosa fully learns the Pacers offense, he will provide them with instant offense and Collison has been struggling throughout the entire season. If the Pacers are serious about contending come the stretch run of the season, they will consider starting Barbosa over Collison at the point, which would kill all of Collison’s fantasy value. Keep an eye on the young guard over the next week or so.