Team chemistry is one of the major factors leading to a successful season and a winning culture in the NBA. It can be seen clearly on the court, in the unselfishness of the players, and in the hustle and energy they provide, but it can also be found in the small things. Here is a great example (.06-.29 seconds) in the following video.

I just love the antithesis. Granted, it’s not the most important interaction in an NBA game but it can go a long way to show the difference in chemistry, team harmony, and respect for the coaching staff.

You are not here to read about my thoughts on the correct NBA team culture. You are here for the Buy/Sell candidates of this week. As always, let’s take a look at last week’s suggestions to evaluate their performance. Trey Burke started the week hot, but his next three games were just OK. The same can be said for Tomas Satoransky. I’m fine with moving on from both of them depending on the size of your league. On the contrary, JJ Redick and Kyle Anderson performed well and I really like their ROS outlook. Finally, it’s your last reminder on the Markkanen effect so try and trade Jabari Parker, as Lauri Markkanen is just days away from a return to the court.

Buy

Marvin Williams: Every year, Marvin Williams is a forgotten man in fantasy land, often going undrafted or quickly dropped after his usual slow starts. But every year, he finds ways to be useful and is on a great run over the last two weeks, averaging 11/2.3/6.7/0.8/0.8/0.3/0.8 on 52.2%/66.7% shooting. These are great numbers, especially in roto and you could do a lot worse with your last or second-to-last roster spot than grabbing Mr Williams, if he is available (39% owned).

Taurean Prince: He is having a particularly rough month, ranking all the way down to #161 in per game value, but I have every confidence in his ability to start making shots again. He is shooting just 39.3% during that span but has brought his turnovers down to 2.2, so an expected increase in efficiency makes him a great trade target during this cold spell.

Allen Crabbe: He is coming of a 0 point effort against Philadelphia and Jimmy Butler’s defense, but Crabbe has shown that he is a valuable 3pt specialist and, with the injuries to the Nets backcourt, he will get his minutes. Don’t expect much in the way of peripheral stats but his points and triples can be a great boost to any team (40% owned).

DeMarcus Cousins: It’s time to start think about stashing Boogie, as the Warriors announced he could be back by Christmas. He can be especially valuable in roto where the games he will sit due to back-to-backs and maintenance don’t matter that much. Take a look at the waiver wire and scoop him up before someone else does.

Sell

Justin Holiday: I knew that Justin Holiday was having a great fantasy year before checking his ranking, but I was certainly not expecting him to be the 28th best player for the year. He has been even better over the last two weeks, ranking 20th overall, but I think this is the time to sell high on him. He will be another indirect victim of the Markkanen effect, as Lauri is ready to return and the Bulls will presumably try to play Jabari Parker more at small forward.

Jabari will be atrocious on defense and I think it’s a bad real life fit for the position, but he will definitely eat into Holiday’s minutes. If you can secure a player with a better ROS outlook for Holiday, this is a good time to pull the trigger on such a deal.

Dennis Smith Jr: I really like his real-life potential, but there is no denying that he is doing more harm than good to your fantasy teams. He is ranked 212nd for the season, mainly due to 3.1 turnovers and 65.2% from the free throw line. With Luka Doncic demanding more and more touches and taking over some playmaking duties, I don’t see how Dennis Smith Jr. can improve dramatically, so a good option would be to try and lean on his name and real-life value and try and get a better fantasy player in return.

 

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. Jenny says:
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    What do you think of Aaron Gordon and Taurean Prince for Brook Lopez + one of my end of bench guys? Does he go for that?

    12 team weekly h2h. Rest of my team. Sort of going for a punt assist build.
    Kyrie Irving, Victor Oladipo, J Richardson
    Etwaun Moore, Buddy Hield, Trevor Ariza
    Danillo Gallinari, Otto Porter Jr.
    John Collins, Lamarcus Aldridge,
    End of bench: Juancho Hernangomez, Mikal Bridges, Mo Bamba

    Also would you drop any of those end of bench guys for Marvin Williams

    Thanks!!

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @Jenny: I really like the trade for your team, if you manage to pull it off. I would be tempted to drop Juancho for Marvin, as Will Barton is nearing a return and even if Marvin doesn’t pan out, you can always stream the spot.

      • Jenny says:
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        @Kostas: Yeah he didn’t go for that haha. What do you think would make it fair for Lopez.
        Lopez + Aldridge?
        Lopez + Buddy Hield for Aaron Gordon and Taurean? -> Too much?

        Thanks for the help!

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          @Jenny: Lopez + Aldridge seems a bit too much. I think Lopez+Hield is close to fair and I still like it more for your team! But it’s closer than the one you suggested before obviously

  2. Quintero says:
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    How about Tim Frazier, JJB and Arcidiacono? I’m dropping Vonlah for one of them. Who would you buy? Thanks mate!

    I have this amazing team which can’t win FG FT 3S..nor assists or TOS..appreciate any advice
    9cat h2h 12 team 9active 3benches daily moves limited
    Wall, Westbrook, Ball
    Harris, Bazemore, Osman
    Drummond, Nurkic, Whiteside, WCS, John Collins.
    Peyton on IL

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @Quintero: Your team seems dominant in PTS,REB,BLK,STL so you need to focus on another category to get those wins. I would go with assists since you have Westbrook and Wall, so the add for me would be Frazier and see if he can hold the starting job. The article was written before his last game and he would have definitely been a Buy for me.

      • Quintero says:
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        @Kostas: thanks mate! If Frazier couldn’t cut it I might have to take a look on guys like Derrick White…I don’t know what to do with Osman who is a drag..I know someone like Ellington, Shumpert, or Temple would fit into my team build but I can’t justify ditch upside for a low end plug in..

        • Kostas

          Kostas says:
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          @Quintero: If you think you are punting fg%, then Osman is worth the upside. Try to keep him as much as possible to see how your team pans out

          • Quintero says:
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            @Kostas: thanks mate, I’ll hold until an irresistible pick-up shows up..u guys should have a term in the glossary for this situation

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