Last week, Jabari Parker was the first player suggested as a pickup due to the John Collins injury. I expected a rise in minutes and production but the reality was better than expected. 22/1/8.2/2.2/1/1/1.8 on 56.1%/69.1% shooting have him ranked 33rd during that span. As long as Collins remains sidelined, Jabari can be a difference-maker in fantasy. Regarding the other “buy” candidates, both Delon Wright and Troy Brown had forgettable weeks but I still believe in their value.

Buy

Alec Burks: The 2019-20 Warriors are officially a train wreck, as the majority of the roster is either injured or missing games as precaution. It’s a bad look all around, especially after the ownership insisted last year that the team will never embrace the “tanking”. However, situations like these can provide unexpected fantasy value and this is exactly the case with Burks. He is a shoot-first guard on a roster in dire need of all the basket-making it can find. With 14.1/1.4/4.1/2.3/0.5/0.6/1.3 he is currently ranked 84th in per game value and can provide valuable scoring for your fantasy team. (46% owned)

Marcus Smart: I sympathize for Gordon Hayward and his unfortunate streak of bad luck. After a brutal injury that cost him the whole season and just as he was regaining his form, he fractured his hand and will miss the next 5-6 weeks at least. Marcus Smart will benefit the most and has a chance to leave his slow start to the season behind. He is a great trade target in my book and a must add if you are lucky enough to find him on the waiver wire. (75% owned)

Cory Joseph: D’Aaron Fox is going to be out for the next 3-4 weeks, leaving his usage to Bogdan Bogdanovic and his minutes to Cory Joseph. His contribution in guard stats makes him a good streaming target, despite his usually low output in points. (10% owned)

Sell

R.J. Barrett: The rookie is getting steady minutes and scoring 16 points with 5.8 reb and 4.1 ast but his fantasy value is sunk due to his shooting. 41% shooting on 14.6 attempts and 44.8% on 6.1 free throws makes him an anchor in both percentages and his name value far surpasses his fantasy one (333rd in per game value!). Target a Knicks fan or a rookie enthusiast on your league and make a favourable trade for your fantasy team.

Dewayne Dedmon: Last year, Dedmon was a pleasant fantasy surprise and had a chance to maintain his value as the starting Center for Sacramento. However, he was quickly surpassed by Richaun Holmes and his low playing time simply does not justify a roster spot in most formats. (34% owned)

 

So there you have it folks. As always, I am eager to read your thoughts about other players you think are Buy/Sell worthy in the comments below, as well as all your fantasy related questions! See you next week with new suggestions and a recap of the performances for this week’s showcased players.

  1. Jeff Aces says:
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    Morning-

    12 team keeper(keep 3, lose 1 for 3rds) 10 CAT – rookies protected for 3 seasons

    Would you trade Goga FOR a 2020 3rd Rd pick and Dedmom?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      I would keep Goga if he is protected for 3 seasons. Next year and the year after he will be worth more than the 3rd rounder. I’d do it only if the other team changes Dedmon for a better player.

      • Jeff aces says:
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        What about smart? I have Hayward

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          I would do it for Smart, if you think you can win this year.

  2. Jumponit says:
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    With Serge Ibaka injury – should I cut him and go streaming? 14 team H2H

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      He should be back by the end of the month, if you need his blocks I would hold especially in a 14-teamer.

  3. Shifty says:
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    I’m in a H2H categories league, 10 teams and I was just offered:

    his Nikola Jokic for my Joel Embiid

    I feel like I have to pull the trigger on this, no? I love Embiid – he’s a monster – but I can use the assist help and also am tired of the sitting in back to backs and random rest days. The sixers also have 3 back to backs during the fantasy playoffs and his resting is what knocked my #1 seed out last year.

    I’d appreciate your input!

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      Hey Shifty, Jokic has started the season slowly and is almost 20 ranks lower than Embiid in per game value. Still, I agree with you regarding the health concerns and would probably also pull the trigger. Jokic is a safer option and that matters during fantasy playoffs.

  4. INjury Bugged says:
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    Man I have just got wrecked with the injury bug!

    Sitting in first but VERY likely going to change…especially when 4 of my players have been sidelined.
    Any advice? Should I weather the storm and take the L’s until my team gets healthy again in about 3wks assuming all goes well

    My team:
    Dragic
    Middleton -INJ
    RJ Barret
    T. Harris
    T.J. Warren
    T. Prince
    Ayton – Out
    Millsap
    J. Allen
    B. Lopez
    Hayward – INJ
    Harden
    Mitchell
    Bagely – INJ

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      Your team is impressively deep, you sit deservedly on the top spot! I think you just weather the storm, even with the injuries your team is strong enough to remain competitive. Good job on your draft as well !

      • INjury Bugged says:
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        Thank you! A lot of it has to do with you all the advice you guys give here! Hoping for my first ever championship!

        Its a 10-Cat league so hopefully the L’s dont pile up to hard lol

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