I’m back after a one-week break due to unavoidable obligations (I know, boring real-life) and a lot happened while I was gone in the fantastic world of the NBA. Giannis and James Harden are literally going head-to-head for the MVP award, the Lakers are in a disarray without Lebron, but the most important news report surfaced yesterday. The Philadelphia 76ers are signing the one, the only, the real fantasy king and Son’s favorite player of this century, Corey Brewer!!

Get up from your chair at work, from your bed, or from your bathroom and run to pick up the player that was projected 91st this summer. Sorry Son, I had to do it. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, acquaint yourselves to our inside joke by searching for the 91st ranked player here and taking a look at the comments…

The only upside to not publishing an article last week is that my suggestions can be judged on a two-week basis, which is a markedly larger sample size, so let’s quickly go through them. Both Tomas Satoransky and Thomas Bryant had great performances and will continue to have solid value without John Wall around. The same cannot be said for Willy Hernangomez, who has so far failed to capitalize on his increased opportunity and is thus a tough hold in standard leagues. But to compensate for this bad suggestion and, if you allow me to toot my own horn, both Derrick White and Austin Rivers have outperformed expectations and possibly have won some matchups with their performance during the last two weeks. Finally, it’s been a rollercoaster ride with Luke Kornet, as he had three awesome games and three bad one. Enes Kanter missed some time but Mitchell Robinson’s potential return could complicate things for Luke. I will have the pleasure to watch him in all his awkwardness live in the London game, so you will have a first-hand report of his performance next week.

Buy

Victor Oladipo: I know the feeling fellow Oladipo owners. You patiently waited for his return from the right knee injury and were expecting him to return to All-star form soon. Unfortunatley, that hasn’t happened as Oladipo has looked slower and is just the 133rd player during the last two weeks. I am preaching patience to his owners but if he is not on my team, I am certainly floating some offers for him, as this will probably be his lowest point of the season production wise. He is not going to end the season in the top 10 as he did last year, but he is too good of a player to struggle like that for much longer.

Alec Burks: Burks’ trade to the Cavaliers was not noticed at the time, but he has played really well during the last two weeks and is averaging 14.3/2/5.1/2.6/0.7/0.6/0.6 on 49.2%/88% shooting. Those numbers are good enough for 39th in the player rater and we know he can score from behind the arc and from inside. His fg% is bound to decrease but he is definitely worth a look if he is sitting on your waiver wire (44% owned).

Richaun Holmes: He is averaging just 19.3 minutes during the last two weeks and 18.6 minutes during the last two months, and is strictly the backup to Deandre Ayton so he can’t have much fantasy value right ??

The 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks, along with the elite percentages (71.7%/80%) during the last two weeks have him ranked 26th and is a sneaky add for owners that need big man stats. Don’t let the low minutes fool you as he can really help your team and is available in more leagues than he should be (33% owned).

Sell

Donovan Mitchell: Since Ricky Rubio got sidelined, Mitchell has been on a tear, scoring 30.8 points with 4.2 triples on a highly unsustainable 48.3% from the field. He is also dishing 5 assists per game. I know it is hard to trade him now but trust me, it is the correct move in order to capitalize on this hot streak. Rubio is not expected to miss more than the next week or two and Mitchell sits at no 72 on the player rater for the year. You can possibly get a proven top 25 player in return for him now, so I advise you to do just that, as his numbers are bound to take a hit when the Jazz get healthier and he is eventually forced to play less hero-ball.

Justin Holiday: Justin Holiday was featured in the Sell column earlier in the season, as he was a trade candidate in a young Bulls team and I hope you followed my advice and traded him then. He was indeed traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and early signs are not encouraging for his fantasy value. Even with Kyle Anderson sidelined, he is only playing 16.8 minutes and I don’t see any way he maintains his early season production. His trade value is zero right now, so a cut is your only option at this point as he is not helping fantasy teams in any way.

 

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. Quintero says:
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    Hey Kostas,
    I got Kevin Knox and no idea what to do with him. 12team/h2h/9cat/daily/non-keeper. I could use his scoring/3s and potential but there are players like Terrence Ross or Richaun Holmes on the wire. Punt-FT with shaky SG/SF rotation and not much 3s, winning stl/ast/reb/blk regularly.

    PG Russell Westbrook OKC – PG
    SG Kris Dunn Chi – PG,SG
    G Elfrid Payton NO – PG
    SF Will Barton Den – SG,SF
    PF Andre Drummond Det – PF,C
    F Willie Cauley-Stein Sac – PF,C
    C Jusuf Nurkic Por – C
    Util Hassan Whiteside Mia – C
    Util Lonzo Ball LAL – PG
    BN Kevin Knox NY – SF,PF
    BN Kevin Huerter Atl – SG
    BN Gary Harris Den – SG,SF
    IL Kent Bazemore Atl – SG,SF

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @Quintero: I don’t really like Knox for fantasy purposes this year and I would honestly stream his spot at the moment. Maybe if you are comfortable in the standings wait for his potential improvement in the second half but his fg% will be an issue all year.

      • Quintero says:
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        @Kostas: Thanks mate!

  2. Jdoubleu says:
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    10 team league was offered his beal and Griffin for my Irving and butler…

    Which side would you take?

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @Jdoubleu: Despite the potential rest days for Irving later into the season, I still like the Irving-Butler side more.

  3. Curtis says:
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    Hi Guys,

    This is my weekly team, I am 13-1 so far this year as I had a really sucessful draft.

    PG: Luka Doncic
    SG: Donavon Mitchell
    G: Aaron Gordon
    SF: Ben Simmons
    PF: Jayson Tatum
    F: Klay Thompson
    C: Rudy Gobert
    C: Larry Nance Jr
    Util: Dwayne Wade
    Util: Marcus Morris (Bos)
    Bench: Danny Green
    Bench: Bismack Biyombo
    Bench: Tomas Satoransky
    IR: Jonas Valuncuinas

    League is a 14 team league

    I have been offered two trades.

    1.) I recieve Kyrie for Klay
    2.) I recieve Blake Griffin for Klay and Aaron Gordon

    I am looking at moving Klay with Cousin’s back and healthy. Do I take any of these trades or do I keep my 13-1 team as is having only lost to weeks ago to the guy who has Kemba and Harden.

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