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Roundtable: Never Again

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:05 pm ET

Another NBA fantasy season is in the books, but this is the perfect time to look back and think about what we wish we would’ve done differently. That being said, I asked the Rotoworld hoops crew to come up with a list of players to put on their “Never Again” list, meaning they won’t be drafting them again for the foreseeable future. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter for NBA news and analysis by clicking the links next to our names! I’ll start us off…



Jonas Nader (@Jonas Nader)


Kenneth Faried- I’ve been waiting on him to take that next step as a player for a couple seasons now, but he played just 25.6 minutes per game this season (his lowest since his rookie season) and his production was down in almost every category. I don’t get the feeling that coach Michael Malone is a big fan and Faried’s name usually always pops up on the rumor mill around the trade deadline, so I’m not convinced that Denver believes that he’s a building block for the future. The Manimal will be 27 next season so he’s not old by any means, but I just don’t see him reaching his full potential. He was barely a top-95 asset in standard leagues this year with averages of 12.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.9 blocks and 1.4 turnovers on 55.8 percent shooting from the field, so I’m voting him off my fantasy basketball island.


Bradley Beal- This was yet another injury-plagued season for Beal, as the shooting guard played just 55 games on the season and only started in 35 of them. When he did play he was usually on minute restrictions, and he barely snuck into the top 100 for per-game value in standard leagues with averages of 17.4 points, 3.4 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 3-pointers on 44.9 percent shooting. This was the first year that I targeted Beal in the middle rounds because I thought he would overcome his injury woes since he was playing for a new contract, but I will be shying away from him for a very long time. He’s quickly becoming the next Eric Gordon.


Danny Green- I’ve never added and dropped the same player in so many leagues as I did with Green this season. This guy was a headache and drafting him wasn’t good for my health.


Anthony Davis- Is he the first player to be literally carried off the court due to a knee bruise? The injuries were out of control this season and it got so bad that I was worried that he would get hurt in those H&R Block commercials.



Steve Alexander (@Docktora)


Mine is pretty easy. Kenneth Faried has burned me for about four straight years and I'm over it. Hopefully I don't buy my own hype and fall in love with him again next year, but by putting him on this list I hope to have nipped that in the bud. 


Danny Green was a disaster all season and a good buddy of mine who is a Spurs freak loves asking me "how'd Danny Green do last night?" I cut Green across the board after Christmas and never slept better. Never again. 


I was way off the Kyle Korver bandwagon prior to the season and didn't draft him anywhere. But if I had, he would have joined Danny G on the streets and I would have been walking around all season telling people I'd never draft Korver again. 


Ricky Rubio's not a guy I ever draft, but if I did, his lack of scoring would frustrate me to no end. Scoring is just one category, but it's a pretty big one, and having a dude go for seven points every other night takes a toll on fantasy teams. No thanks. 



Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher)


My Never Again List didn't really grow too much because the same guys kept that distinction. I also generally avoid older players because we usually know what their ceilings are. It's all about the upside late and lowering the risk early.


Anthony Davis: I don't think he's "Never Again" but this is just out of control. I also really didn't like to hear he tore his labrum three years after the fact. There are just too many other studs out there to take him in the first round. He's kind of like a bigger version of peak Andrei Kirilenko and Gerald Wallace. The DNPs are just too much right now.


Eric Bledsoe: He was incredible before the injuries, but his knees are just not holding up. Bledsoe plays a lot like Dwyane Wade with so much contact and it's likely going to cut his career short in the long run.


Danny Green: He's not "Never Again" for me because he'll slide, but it's really tough to spend a top-75 pick on a guy coming off such a roller coaster.



Ethan Norof (@Ethan_Norof)


Danny Green: Too much volatility, not enough versatility and too many other options.


Kenneth Faried: Even though The Manimal could be changing locations this offseason, I've had enough games that look like this to last me a lifetime: eight points, seven rebounds and little (if anything) else.


Dwight Howard: Dwight's days of being a dominant fantasy asset have come to an end.


George Hill: With Monta Ellis and Paul George dominating the ball, Hill's steady floor doesn't hold the same appeal it may have previously with a clearly capped ceiling. 


Roy Hibbert: Even if you're shopping for blocks in the clearance aisle, you should be able to do better than Hibbert. 


Eric Gordon: He's been on my DND (do not draft) list for a few years now, and nothing about another injury-plagued season changes that. 


Meyers Leonard: From Legend to...something lesser.



Jared Johnson (@JaredJ831)


This is an easy one for myself -- Terrence Jones. I had really high expectations for Jones this season after he showed flashes of his potential through the 33 games of his 2014-15 campaign, but strange injuries and an early-season coaching change destroyed his value. I might take a last-round peak at him if he lands in the right situation as a restricted free agent this offseason, but after another injury plagued disaster, I'm far from confident that he'll be able to turn things around next year.


Anthony Davis was quite the disappointment this season, and I don't think he'll be sliding far enough on draft day for me to take the plunge on him with my first-round pick.


Chris Bosh has had his season end prematurely for two years running due to blood clot issues. That's enough to scare me away from him on draft day.


Danny Green went from second-round stud to a late-round dud upon the arrival of LaMarcus Aldridge, and it's safe to say he won't be a member of my fantasy team next season.


Derrick Rose has been on my "Never Again" list since 2011, and he did nothing this season to change my stance on that. The same can be said with regards to Deron Williams.



Matt Stroup (@MattStroup)


I agree with several of the names already mentioned here (including Dwight Howard and, of course, Derrick Rose). A couple others on my list:

Zach Randolph: His scoring average (15.3) and rebounds (7.8 – his lowest since he became a full-time starter in 2003-04) are no longer good enough to outweigh his lack of defensive stats. Randolph averaged 0.6 spg and 0.2 bpg this year, totaling more missed games (14) than blocked shots (13). At age 34, the situation isn’t getting any better from here.

Al Jefferson: I expected good production in a contract year. Instead, he posted his lowest numbers in points (12.0), rebounds (6.4), blocks (0.9) and minutes (23) since 2005-06. It certainly may prove to be a blip, but at age 31, and in the often lackluster first year of a new contract next season, I don’t anticipate big things from Jefferson going forward.