Originally posted on Hoop Fantasies Fantasy Basketball Blog  |  Last updated 12/29/11

We all have players that end up on our teams year after year. Channing Frye has a roster spot reserved on my fantasy teams. I love center-eligible players who can knock down threes.

I've drafted Frye every year that he's been in a Suns uniform. And every year I worry that his shot won't fall and Phoenix will find a power forward who wants to play in the paint. I just can't shake those pre-Phoenix years. After last season, I was starting to trust Frye. He'd put up nearly identical numbers for two years (as Matt Buser points out, in 64 starts, Frye was good for 2.4 threes, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and just .9 turnovers). A lot of prognosticators projected Frye as a low-end, top-50 player coming into this season (again, a center who hits two threes a game is a premium). I shouldn't have had a bad feeling about Frye, but I did. There were signs. The Suns drafted Markieff Morris -- a presumably more physical forward who is hungry to rebound.

Yet, I still drafted Frye. In two games, he's been awful. He's an ugly 1-for-10 from the field (and the one basket wasn't even a three). He played just 13 minutes in Wednesday night's blowout loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Morris has looked more like the Frye of the last two seasons (the rookie from Kansas has hit a three in his first two games and averaged 8 points, 6 rebounds with a steal and a block). Morris is clearly hurting Frye. The ex-Jayhawk is getting 25 minutes, and if Frye doesn't step up, Morris might also take his starting job.

I'm not giving up on Frye just yet (I am benching him). He's notoriously streaky (check last year's game log) and bound to snap out of this funk for one of those ridiculous games in which he knocks down seven or nine threes. It's what he does. But I won't blame you if you drop him.


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