In this fantasy NBA edition, Brandon Ribak breaks down the risky players for the upcoming season. Due to injuries, these following players should be selected with caution on draft day.
Yao Ming (C, HOU)—Yao suffered a foot injury during the 2009 NBA Playoffs which led to him missing the entire 09'-10' season. (Unfortunate for keeper league owners).
With Yao projected to be back in action for the start of the new season, many would believe that it's safe to draft the 7'6" center on draft day, right?
Averaging 24 minutes per contest will not be enough to make Yao a suitable player for any type of fantasy format.
Forget Yao-bout it, at least for this season.
Kenyon Martin (PF, DEN)—Martin underwent a knee operation this offseason and currently has no timetable for a return.
K-Mart has yet to play a full 82 game season, an obvious sign that injuries have played a factor during his 10 year career in the league.
The 32-year-old out of Cincinnati has potential to be a solid forward in fantasy play when healthy, but without a set date for a return and aging beginning to kick in, it would be safer to let someone else draft Martin on draft day.
Greg Oden (C, POR)—If anybody in the NBA has dealt with the most unfortunate luck throughout the last three seasons, general consensus would say that it's Greg Oden.
Being a victim of the injury bug, Oden has failed to play one full season without going down with a season ending injury.
Coming off of his most recent knee surgery—back in December—which led him to play in only 21 regular season games, General Manager Rich Cho anticipates Oden to return in the next couple of weeks.
Since Cho is simply hoping for Oden to return before the start of the season, it isn't in fantasy owners' best interest to select the former Ohio State Buckeye until the middle to late rounds of the draft.