There are many risks to be aware of when evaluating NBA players for fantasy basketball. Perhaps an injury history or a statistical shortcoming that needs to be built around. Perhaps the player's role on the team.
When drafting your fantasy basketball roster, you must consider the size and competitiveness of your league. If the league is small and highly competitive, you should be more likely to take high risks that could give you a true shot at winning it all. Otherwise, if the league is large and less competitive, you should not take as many risks and instead focus on players who provide consistency and longevity.
In this article, we will focus on the players that either bring you success or not. These players come with a lot of risk and potential for reward.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
He was injured a lot last season and could not play this season because he does not want to get vaccinated. The Nets released a statement on Oct. 12 from general manager Sean Marks indicating they would not be allowing Kyrie to have "part-time availability." The team does not want Kyrie to come back until he complies with the vaccine mandate in New York City.
Irving was a top-ranked player last season, posting averages of 26 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers per game. If you can pick him in late rounds position, then he could be one biggest lottery reward this year. But I think it's too risky to choose him for an early round.
Durant is healthy and ready for the next big season. Last year, he averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers per game and we can't wait to see what he does this time around.
Durant will be a major part of the Nets championship quest. But how will they manage his workload to avoid injury? Resting Durant when necessary is the best way to prevent that risk. I'm not saying that Kevin Durant is a bad player, but he missed a lot of games last year and we can expect that Nets will not take any risk for overusing their best player, which will make him a risky pick in most fantasy drafts.
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Collins; in fact, I think he’s gotten worse when playing at the four. With the Hawks, he will be stuck there once most Hawks front courts are healthy such as Capela, Gallo, Hunter and Okongwu to share minutes with him.
Rozier has been an extremely productive player recently with career-high averages in points, assists, steals, blocks and 3-pointers. He is expected to start this season alongside Ball as the Hornets' shooting guard. The problem is that he will be drafted at his ceiling or at his best, not his floor. This will be a risk for you to pick him in an early round if he start trending down.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
The young and talented Jackson Jr. has a lot of potential and he’s only just begun to show what he’s capable of. But his injury history becomes the biggest risk to pick him in an early round.
Additionally, JJJ averages 4.1 fouls per game, which leads to him playing just 28.5 minutes per game. This will need to change if he’d like to reach his full potential.