Dwyane Wade and 5 Fantasy Basketball Stars Who Are in Decline

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Dwyane Wade and 5 Fantasy Basketball Stars Who Are in Decline
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Dwyane Wade

In fantasy basketball, it’s difficult to be disappointed with a guy who gets you a nightly 20, five and five—unless his name is Dwyane Wade. Wade is averaging 20.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists this season, but it feels like it isn’t enough.

Last season, Wade put together a stat line of 22.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists. That doesn’t differ much from his numbers this year, but his defensive stats have majorly declined. Wade was known for otherworldly production in the blocks category from the fantasy backcourt, having swatted over 1.0 shots per game in each of his last four seasons entering the 2012-13 campaign—and 1.3 last year.

He’s currently averaging 0.6; his steals are also down from 1.7 last in 2011-12 (and career) to 1.2.

Whether his numbers are simply in a temporary—albeit, a bit prolonged—state of depression remains to be seen. One thing is for certain, though: He’s not alone.

Five other guys have experienced even steeper declines on ESPN.com’s player rater when comparing their average ranks this season to their season total in 2011-12. Wade was the 27th-most valuable fantasy asset in the lockout-shortened NBA season. He’s 32nd this year in leagues that don’t count turnovers and 39th in leagues that do.

All stats accurate as of games played prior to Jan. 3, 2013.

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