Updated: Oct 11, 2021
In this year's draft, there is a ton of talent and depth. Fantasy managers can afford to be picky and play it safe. There are also major upside options for those who dare to take some risks.
Sports is a complex game. All it takes is one player who's in poor health or who doesn't play much to bring down the entire team. If you want to be successful, it's important to choose players who are healthy and likely to play more often than not.
Who are the riskiest players? These are players you should either avoid or at least be very wary of when choosing them in your fantasy league.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
After a humiliating performance in Philadelphia’s second-round loss and tumultuous offseason, Simmons’ stock has taken a plunge. Still, it’s hard to say no to a PG who records rebounds, assists, and steals in copious amounts.
Simmons' shooting is the same as always, and his value drops thanks to a low field goal percentage and an inability to shoot from long range. It's tough to figure out his value until we find out where he'll be playing next season, so for now, he should be viewed as a high risky pick in the eighth or ninth round.
Comment: until the end of his drama with Sixers, we will suggest to leave him on the draft list.
Last year, Irving became one of only four players in the history of the NBA to make at least 50% of their shots from the field, 40% of their shots from behind the 3-point line and 90% of their free throws while averaging over 26 points per game.
Kyrie Irving is an elite shooter, but he may see a decline in his counting stats if he, Kevin Durant, and James Harden are on the floor together too often. This is because of their high fantasy points. But he still has a high fantasy floor because of his shooting range, so he should be selected late in the second round or early in the third round.
Comment: KI is still unstoppable, but he has to stay on the court and play.
Holmes came out on top in this year’s contract negotiations, and there's no reason to believe he can't do the same in the next four years. The big man provides fantasy managers with quality scoring and rebounds and few mistakes.
Comment: he is good, but not that good to pick at first three round.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Last season, Jackson was on the court for just 11 games. Still, he played well. He averaged 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 3-pointers, and 1.6 blocks per game during an injury-plagued year. If Jackson can stay healthy this season, there's hope for him to have a productive year in which he plays more consistently.
Comment: he has a great potential, but his injury history casted a shadow on it.
LeVert had a great first season with Indiana after coming over from New York, averaging 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists in 35 games. He was placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols before the team's final game of the season, but is expected to play for next year.
Comment: his healthy might be a risk and Pacers roaster is crowded.