Fantasy Basketball Drop Candidates: If you’re bothered by an end-of-season selection, say goodbye to these 5 players

By | March 20, 2024

A move to the New York Knicks has dropped Bojan Bogdanovic’s production, as he’s only scoring 11.1 points in 15 games with his new team, making him someone to cut from fantasy basketball rosters. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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The end of the NBA regular season is quickly approaching. That means fantasy basketball titles are on the line. With so many injuries in the league, there are some attractive players to stream that could help a fantasy team get over the hump. Adding them may require making a difficult removal decision.

Here are five players whose time has come to move on in most Yahoo leagues.

Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets (78% selected)

Sengun has likely helped many fantasy managers get to their playoffs. He had a true breakout campaign, with 21.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He was also efficient, shooting 53.7% from the field. The only real downsides to his play were that he averaged just 0.7 blocks per game and shot 69.3% from the charity stripe.

Things went wrong for Sengun when he injured his ankle and knee against the Kings just over a week ago. It’s already been reported that he’ll likely be out for the rest of the regular season, and with the Rockets on the outside of the playoffs, there’s no point in rushing him back on the floor. For those playing in reformulation leagues, there is no longer any reason to select him. It’s surprising to still see him on so many rosters.

Malcolm Brogdon, Portland Trail Blazers (57% ranked)

Brogdon went down with an elbow injury shortly before the trade deadline. It might have been part of the reason why the Trail Blazers didn’t ultimately make him a contender. Before suffering his injury, he had been a valuable fantasy option with averages of 15.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.1 three-pointers per game.

Not only has Brogdon not played a game since February 2, but no timetable has been given for his return. The Trail Blazers are only playing for a high draft pick at this point, so we may have seen the last of Brogdon for the season. Even if he returns, it may be too late for him to help fantasy managers already deep into their fantasy playoffs.

Bojan Bogdanovic, New York Knicks (51% ranked)

Bogdanovic doesn’t typically produce much in the way of rebounds, assists or defensive stats. He relies on his offensive game to provide value in fantasy. Last season was one of the most productive of his career, averaging 21.6 points and 2.5 three-pointers per game. He’s also been productive to start this season, averaging 20.2 points and 3.1 three-pointers over his first 28 games with the Pistons.

A trade from the Pistons to the Knicks decimated Bogdanovic’s upside. Over 15 games with his new team, he averaged just 11.1 points and 1.7 three-pointers. The difference is that he has averaged just 22 minutes per game with the Knicks, compared to 33 minutes per game with the Pistons. He is currently confined to a limited role off the bench, making it difficult to include him in 12-team leagues.

De’Anthony Melton, Philadelphia 76ers (42% selected)

Melton saw a significant increase in his playing time last season, his first as a member of the 76ers. He parlayed that into averages of 10.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 three-pointers over 77 games. That was also the second straight season in which he played in at least 73 games. He has seen similar success starting this season, with 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.1 three-pointers in his first 36 games. That put him on pace to average at least 1.4 steals and 1.9 three-pointers for the third straight season.

Since the calendar turned to 2024, Melton has played just five games in total. He is currently struggling with a back injury that will keep him out for the entire month of March. Head coach Nick Nurse said Monday that he has no status updates for Melton, so it’s safe to say his return likely isn’t imminent. With the days rapidly ticking off the calendar, there is no reason to hold on to Melton.

Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic (34% selected)

After averaging 30 minutes per game for the Magic last season, Fultz has logged just 22 minutes per game this season. He’s been playing even fewer minutes lately, logging 19 minutes or less in 11 of his last 12 games. During that span, he averaged just 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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Not only has Fultz played fewer minutes this season, but he has also shot an ugly 63.0% from the charity stripe. The Magic are currently aiming for a top-six finish in the East, so it’s not likely they’ll shake up their rotations anytime soon. Fultz just isn’t spending enough time on the floor right now to warrant a roster spot in 12-team leagues.

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