Fantasy Basketball: Should You Dump David West?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IMarch 21, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks defends against David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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David West is easily one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this season. He has scored 17.1 PPG or more since the 2005-06 season, and he has scored 18.9 PPG or more since the 2007-08 season.

This year he is scoring just over 12.0 PPG. 

To make matters worse, his rebounding is down below 7.4 boards per game, for the first time over the same stretch.

His shot attempts are down, and his field goal percentage is down. It's basically been a disaster in his first season with the Pacers.

Things had been getting better though. In 14 games from February 8th through March 10th he averaged 14.9 PPG and 7.8 RPG. It's still not where he has been at for the past six years, but closer.

Suddenly though, things are worse. Much worse.

In his past six games, he has failed to reach double-digits four times. One of those times he managed just ten points.

Three times he has been held to three or less. Over the six-game stretch he has averaged 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. To say that is simply unacceptable is a major understatement.

But is it bad enough to pull the plug on him?

As bitter as I am as a David West owner, I am not quite ready to go down that road. Believe me I have considered it, but there probably aren't better options if and when he snaps out of this funk.

I certainly wouldn't hold it against you if you released him, but for the time being I would say just relegate him to bench duty.

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