Dec 31, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) walks up court during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 91-76. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Pacers' Roy Hibbert loses ground in this week's player rankings

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The Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert is a prominent center who has found himself losing ground in my latest fantasy basketball player rankings.  It’s not for a lack of talent, but there’s no way he could have maintained his mind-blowing early season defensive dominance.  The player who was once on pace to break Mark Eaton‘s all-time single-season blocks record of 456, is now returning only 6th-round value for his owners.

During Hibbert’s first 16 games he ranked 44th overall on Basketball, posting Oct./Nov. averages of 11.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, and an astronomical 3.8 blocks per game.  No one could expect him to sustain those blocks, but since the beginning of December, Hibbert is swatting just 1.9 shots per contest.  His points and field goal percentage are nearly the same, but the drop off in blocks, as well as rebounds (7.1 boards), makes Hibbert somewhat of an ordinary fantasy player.  He’s ranked 94th on Basketball over his last 27 games, and there’s no reason to think he’ll budge from that spot when his career numbers of 11.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks are accounted for.  If you were able to capitalize on his outstanding numbers and trade Hibbert during his hot streak, you are one savvy owner.

Without any more delay, here are my fantasy basketball center rankings, where you’ll find Hibbert clocking in at the No. 6 spot:

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