I have repeatedly mentioned my dislike for Anthony Edwards’ fantasy game and he has recently also been featured in the “Sell” column, but the man can fly. The man can definitely fly.

Poor Watanabe, I credit him for trying to contest but he had no chance. Next year, if he can improve his percentages and learn to handle all his athleticism, he could be a different player. Finally, before moving to the fantasy side of things, I have repeatedly touched on the subject of NBA officiating and another great example happened last week, with JJ Redick getting ejected for passing the ball to the referee.

I can not offer any more comments on this really. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.

Regarding last week’s suggestions, Joe Hart and Jae Crowder are both on a roll and I hope you capitalized on your chance to add them last week. Grayson Allen was also fine but a level below the two mentioned, Dorian Finney-Smith was a complete disaster combining for a total of 4 points in 2 games while Blake Griffin is still not playing and is a deserving “Sell” candidate.

Buy

Jae’sean Tate: Jae’sean Tate is a peculiar case for a rookie, as he is already 25 years old on his first NBA season after going undrafted in the 2018 draft, but he has found the perfect opportunity in Houston to produce fantasy goodness. Ranked 116th for the season, he is enjoying a great span over the last two weeks, averaging 14.8/1.2/6.2/2.8/1.8/0/0.8 on 56.4% shooting and the fact that the Rockets are releasing DeMarcus Cousins only reinforces his position as a strong fantasy option for the rest of the season. As a side note, the aforementioned news also make Justin Patton an option in deeper leagues (Tate 42% owned, Patton 1% owned).

Saddiq Bey: I was a bit skeptical at first with Saddiq Bey’s performances and the sudden playing time he received after the news that Blake Griffin will no longer be active, but I have to admit that he is proving me wrong. His fantasy game is far from perfect, but he has been a top 55 player in the last two weeks with averages of 14.7/3.3/6.4/2.0/1.1/0/0.7 and a seemingly safe path to playing time. There is a strong possibility he is still available in your fantasy league so make sure this is corrected (46% owned)

Saben Lee: Detroit is in a very dire situation regarding the PG position, with Killian Hayes and Delon Wright sidelined and Derrick Rose traded, so the only available playmakers are Dennis Smith Jr. and Saben Lee. The former is starting but is his usual disappointing self but the latter has easily outperformed him and earned 30 minutes in the last two games. With performances like these, he won’t be floating on your wire for much longer and looks like a great add for the next two weeks, until at least Delon Wright returns (14% owned).

Jalen Brunson: Unfortunately, I think I recommended the wrong Maverick to add last week. I opted for Dorian Finney-Smith but it is Jalen Brunson that has capitalized on Dallas’ injuries and is producing top 100 value during the last two weeks. He is not starting but is averaging 29 minutes and over 17 points and should be available to bolster your backcourt strength (17% owned).

Sell

Elfrid Payton: Elfrid Payton has been consistently a top 150 fantasy player during the last three years but it is obvious that this streak will abruptly come to an end this year, as he is currently ranked 277th in per-game value. His only saving grace was historically his assists but with only 3.7 this year, he is a negative influence on all nine standard categories. In summary, he shouldn’t be owned in 39% of Yahoo leagues and there are many better options in the wire.

  1. Take flight says:
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    Great read! What are your thoughts about Justice Winslow and his rusty start so far?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      I am not a big fan of Winslow in fantasy to be honest. His start is indeed very rusty and I don’t think he is worth the wait, outside of really deep leagues.

  2. Juan Canasta says:
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    Do you think Lowry is a sell? I have Lowry and I love his stats when he plays and this month he’s shooting way above his career average (he struggled early on because of the ankle, I know, but still, he’s around a career 42% shooter). I don’t think the Raptors will trade him unless they get a major haul, but I worry about both injuries (ankle, thumb) and getting rested later in the season.

    Do you think he’s someone I should be trying to sell, i.e. do you think he may be at peak value right now, or do you see him more as a hold because he may keep this up ROS?

    • Kostas

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      There have been some rumours floating around for a potential trade, but I agree with you, as long as the Raptors are in contention it would take a major haul to move him. He won’t be shooting 59.5% from the field for the rest of the season,as he is shooting during the last 2 weeks, but I don’t think he is a Sell candidate. You can never predict injuries of course, so you can check his market and see what you can get in return. I would consider moving him only for a top 30 player at this point though.

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