As the season progresses, players' stocks and value rise and fall depending on their team's performance, the amount of playing time they're receiving, the quality and effectiveness of their play, and the performance of the play around them. While some big-name players like Philadelphia 76ers PF/C Elton Brand, Atlanta Hawks SG/SF Joe Johnson, and Portland Trail Blazers SG/SF Wesley Matthews are producing at a lower level as of late, there are many other valuable fantasy players who have seen a recent decline in production. Here's a look at five players, one at each position, whose fantasy stock is down and on the decline in Week 16.
SG/SF Paul George, Indiana Pacers (83% owned*)
Season (per game) averages*: 29:30 MPG, .441 FG%, .796 FT%, 1.3 3PTM, 11.8 PTS, 5.5 REB, 2.3 AST, 1.6 ST, 0.6 BLK, 1.8 TO
In his past seven games, George has only scored in double-digits twice. As a player who fills up the stat sheet, George's rebounding has made up for his scoring, but he has also struggled in the field goal percentage, steals, and blocks categories in April. Still a viable option to start daily, George's production has been on a decline.
PG/SG Randy Foye, Los Angeles Clippers (43% owned)
Season averages: 25:35 MPG, .392 FG%, .851 FT%, 1.8 3PTM, 10.6 PTS, 2.1 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.7 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.2 TO
Despite Mo Williams' return from his toe injury, Foye has been solid, particularly from 3-point range with 25 made 3-poitners in just eight April games. While his minutes have not seen a hit, Foye has been a little less accurate from the field, shooting just 29.2 percent from the field. With the Clippers looking to tune up before the playoffs, Foye could lose out on some minutes in favor of the returning Williams.
C Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Hawks (40% owned)
Season averages: 28:15 MPG, .499 FG%, .741 FT%, 0.0 3PTM, 7.8 PTS, 7.9 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.9 ST, 0.5 BLK, 1.4 TO
Aside from his recently sprained left foot that will require him to miss the next two games, Pachulia started to decline in production despite being a workhorse at center. While scoring is not his primary value for the Hawks, Pachulia has only averaged 8.8 rebounds and 0.4 blocks a game in April. Combining his recent production with his injury, owners would be better off dropping him for another center that can produce in Week 17.
SG/SF Mike Dunleavy, Milwaukee Bucks (39% owned)
Season averages: 26:14 MPG, .480 FG%, .802 FT%, 1.6 3PTM, 12.4 PTS, 3.6 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.5 ST, 0.1 BLK, 1.0 TO
Like George and Pachulia, Dunleavy has slumped in April and has been an erratic producer for the Bucks and fantasy owners. Shooting less than 40 percent from the field and less than 30 percent from 3-point range in April, Dunleavy's primary contribution as an outside scorer has diminished.
SF/PF Jonas Jerebko, Detroit Pistons (17% owned)
Season averages: 23:13 MPG, .461 FG%, .814 FT%, 0.5 3PTM, 8.8 PTS, 4.9 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.7 ST, 0.4 BLK, 1.0 TO
A decent option in deeper leagues as a cheap source of points, rebounds, and steals, Jerebko has done little of that over the last two weeks. Seeing around 20 minutes per game in April, Jerebko has failed to score more than five points in his last four games and has been outperformed for the most part by Jason Maxiell. With other bench players at owners' disposal for Week 17, Jerebko should only be an option of choice in the deepest of leagues.
*Percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics accurate as of Apr. 14, 2012. MPG: Minutes Per Game, FG%: Field Goal Percentage, FT%: Free Throw Percentage, 3PTM: 3-Pointers Made, PTS: Points, REB: Rebounds, AST: Assists, ST: Steals, BLK: Blocks, TO: Turnovers.
Paul George Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Randy Foye Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Zaza Pachulia Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Mike Dunleavy Split Stats 2011, Yahoo! Sports
Jonas Jerebko Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Who's Hot, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball
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Austin Chang is a lifelong basketball fan, Golden State Warriors supporter, and fantasy basketball player since 2005 who has been a Top 3 finisher in 72% of the leagues he has played in. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.
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