There are all kinds of theories that people have put forth about what kind of things can and will happen with an NBA season that's been squeezed like Han Solo in a garbage compactor. One theory is that players are, and will continue, getting injured more often due to the more rigorous schedule. Patrick talked about
There's an easy rule of thumb for picking up players -- they have to have at least three games in a row where they demonstrate their fantasy worthiness -- but what about for dropping players early in the season? I'd propose this: Take the number of teams in your league and subtract the round you drafted them in and give them that many games before cutting them lose. So, for example, if you took Dorell Wright in the third round of a 12-team league, you'd want to give him nine games before dropping him. For a little more complex example, look at Devin Harris, who was taken around the ninth round of most drafts. In a 12-team league, that means he only needs a three-game skid before you can consider dropping him. But do those three games start when he scores six points even though he had eight assists, two steals and a three-pointer (on Jan. 7)? Individual owners will have to make that call depending on what they want for their team.
Below are two lists, one with guys who should still be able to provide fantasy value going forward, and one with guys to pick up when your patience runs out.