Early-season injuries are never a good thing for a fantasy basketball star’s value. Sometimes, they make a guy borderline untouchable—in a bad way—in terms of his desirability as a fantasy asset.
Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves is the exception to this phenomenon. He will miss the first few weeks of the season with a broken hand but when he returns, it should be business as usual. Returning from a broken hand isn’t the same as working back from an injury to a weight-bearing body part such as a foot or knee—which is why the Philadelphia 76ers’ Andrew Bynum makes this list.
Injuries aren’t the only thing that can make stars less attractive to fantasy owners. Sometimes, they have specific weaknesses that make them less valuable in fantasy hoops than they are in the NBA.
Enter Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin.
The 10 guys on this list are players that should be avoided—or at least undervalued—in fantasy basketball for one reason or another. Every player was drafted in the top 50 in ESPN.com fantasy leagues, on average.