Hello and welcome back to the latest edition of Buy/Sell, the most anticipated Wednesday column that starts with Buy here at Razzball. I’m fairly happy with the calls I made in last week’s piece and hope your fantasy teams benefited accordingly. Let’s dive straight into our latest buy and sell candidates.
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TJ McConnell: He does not pass the eye test and seems like he will be a forgotten man in the Sixers rotation with Bayless back from injury and Fultz taking the reins at the PG position. Still, Fultz is hurt and has never looked right all season long, Bayless is just average, and Tj is taking advantage of the opportunity like he has done time and time again in his career. In the three games without Fultz, he is averaging 28.3 minutes with 10.7/1.3/4.0/7.3/2.7/0.7/2.3 on 56% from the field with no free throws. All that while Bayless still gets 32 minutes. I think he represents excellent value until Fultz returns and should be added in all standard leagues (13% owned at Yahoo).
Damian Lillard: If you can ever have the dynamic Lillard for even a slight discount, this is the time to try and trade for him. He began the season ice cold and is shooting just 39.7 % while taking two fewer shots than the 20 per game from the last two years. He is too talented not to get hot soon and, even if he does not improve to 44% like last year, he will still produce early second round value for the rest of the season.
E’Twaun Moore: If you need 3’s and above average points E’Twaun is your man. He is not the kind of add that will win you the championship by himself, but he is producing under the radar stats in his last five games. 32.6 minutes with averages of 14.2/2.2/2.6/1.6/1.2/0.2/1.4 on 60% shooting. He is kinda THRAGNOFy but can be valuable to certain team builds (14% owned at Yahoo).
Jamal Murray: Finally, after a brutal shooting slump he has turned it around in his last two games. Granted these games were against the Nets and the Knicks, but still he is worth a look if an impatient owner dropped him.
John Henson: Greg Monroe is out for the next 2 weeks so Henson will have the opportunity for extended minutes. We know he can block shots and with more playing time I hope for more points and rebounds. He seems like a nice streaming option at least while Monroe is recuperating.
DeMarcus Cousins: Let’s get this out of the way, Cousins is a good basketball player. He is also a very good fantasy basketball player when he is playing, as evidenced by his eighth place in the per game player value standings. If we examine the total value he jumps to fourth overall as he has played all seven games for the Pelicans. He is good and that’s a fact. Another fact is he won’t be that good going forward. His stats are inflated due to the two games he played without Anthony Davis and he is always a danger to pick up technicals and getting suspended by the League. Plus, I’m not that optimistic that the Pelicans can make the playoffs in the stacked Western division and, if they are out of the race early, they might be tempted to trade him to a worse fantasy situation, as his contract is expiring. My point is if you like to play it safe like me, this is a perfect chance to maximize Boogie’s trade potential and get a proven consistent player in return.
Evan Fournier: Evan Fournier finished last year as the number 126 player in fantasy. He shot 44% from the field and 80% from the line and played 33 minutes per game. Fournier is currently the number 10 player in fantasy. He is shooting 54.5% from the field and 96% from the line while playing 33 minutes per game with the exact same usage rate. Need I say more? Ok if you insist I will…The Virgin (as nicknamed by JB) is operating with an unsustainable 63.5 Efg% and his best span last year was also with Elfrid Payton out, who is nearing a return. Sell high, sell high, sell high. Enough said…
Jae Crowder: After a promising debut Monsieu Crowder and his dreadlocks have seen his playing time drop along with his production. Cleveland is a mess right now, having started the season 3-4, and he is not helping them. He holds little trade value right now and I suggest swapping him for a hot free agent, while still keeping him in your watchlist in case he starts getting consistent minutes again.
As always let me know in the comments your thoughts and your suggestions about players I have not included and of course all your fantasy related questions!