As with any sport, players can decline in production just as fast as they rise in popularity for a recent hot streak. Whether it's a major injury that will keep the player out for an extended period of time or a recent cold streak in production, here are the most-dropped players from Week 15 of the 2011 fantasy basketball season.
Out for the rest of the regular season, Lin underwent "successful" surgery on Monday to repair a chronic small meniscus tear in his left knee.
Tuesday, Apr. 3: PG Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks, 6,066 drops
Expected to miss a week of action due to groin injury, Kidd missed all Week 15 games. Expected to return April 10 against the Sacramento Kings, Kidd is only a viable fantasy option in deeper leagues.
Wednesday, Apr. 4: SG/SF Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, 4,749 drops
For the first time in over a month, Leonard failed to score against the Boston Celtics on April 4. With Manu Ginobili and Stephen Jackson on the bench, Leonard has received fewer playing time for the Spurs, particularly in the second half, making him a lesser fantasy commodity.
Other top drops of the day: Luke Ridnour (3,742 drops), Cleveland Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving (3,564 drops), Jason Thompson (3,505 drops)
Thursday, Apr. 5: PG/SG Luke Ridnour, Minnesota Timberwolves, 11,879 drops
Needing crutches to return home with the team on April 2 after his game against the Kings, Ridnour has been dealing with a sprained right ankle that is swelling and bruised. Not expected to return until possibly Week 17, most owners cannot afford to keep an injured Ridnour on their bench during the fantasy playoffs.
Other top drops of the day: Kyrie Irving (6,743 drops), New York Knicks PG/SG Iman Shumpert (4,498 drops), New Orleans Hornets PG/SG Jarrett Jack (4,289 drops)
Friday, Apr. 6: PG/SG Luke Ridnour, Minnesota Timberwolves, 5,284 drops
Other top drops of the day: Iman Shumpert (3,404 drops), Jarrett Jack (3,115 drops), Detroit Pistons PG/SG Ben Gordon (3,111 drops)
While guarding Carmelo Anthony, Turkoglu received a blow to the face that required stitches and surgery. Now expected to miss the next three weeks with a facial fracture, Turkoglu has no more purpose for fantasy owners.
Other top drops of the day: Milwaukee Bucks PF/C Drew Gooden (4,171 drops), Wilson Chandler (3,801 drops), Luke Ridnour (3,496 drops)
Sunday, Apr. 8: SF/PF Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic, 4,102 drops
Other top drops of the day: Jason Thompson (3,434 drops), Luke Ridnour (2,759 drops), Wilson Chandler (2,498 drops)
*Drops numbers according to Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball Transaction Trends Research Tool.
Transaction Trends Drops, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball
Jeremy Lin News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Kawhi Leonard Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
Luke Ridnour News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Hedo Turkoglu News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
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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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