This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
Hardly any semi-productive rotation player is worth completely avoiding in fantasy. It always comes down to the price you pay, whether it be draft position or auction dollars. But every season, there are players whose risk severely outweighs the potential payoff.
The players below are fit that criteria. Should they be drafted in some leagues? Sure – at some point, the risk becomes worth the reward. But on the whole, these are players I would recommend staying away from based on their current ADP:
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Oladipo is rehabbing a torn quad tendon that limited him to 36 games last season. The most recent reports on his recovery suggest a return sometime in December is likely, though that's by no means set in stone. If he came back for the first game in December, that would cap Oladipo's games-played at 63. That number alone already makes Oladipo a risky pick, but it also assume he plays every game from that point on. It doesn't account for rest days or the additional, minor injuries that hit nearly every player in the league at some point. There's also the distinct possibility that Oladipo comes back later in December – or misses the entire month. It could be January. We really don't know.
We can't assume Oladipo will be right back to his old self, either. The chances are slim that he'll return to top-10 value, or even top-50, in the games he does play this season. While he's never played