Perplexed by the title of the article? Wondering what the hell is this guy talking about? Perfect. Continue reading to find out how it is all connected to this week’s player. I shall call this “Titlebait” and it shall be the poor man’s “Clickbait”.

I have made lots of Buy/Sell calls in this column throughout the years. Some good (Butler last year), some bad, and some atrocious (ahem…Jahlil…ahem…Okafor). But no player has ever provided a quicker profit than Klay Thompson, who went completely bonkers on the Bulls with 52 points and a NBA record 14 triples in just 26 minutes, and is someone I just happened to highlight in last week’s Buy/Sell column.

We can safely assume that the buy-low window is shut. Just continue admiring the beauty of the GSW system and how they have perfected the art of off-ball screens and cutting without the basketball.

The other Warrior mentioned in my previous article was Draymond Green, who increased his scoring but still has room for improvement. Danny Green and Bryn Forbes have also helped fantasy owners this past week, with Green having an opportunity to hold his value for the rest of the season. As for the Sell candidates, Blake Griffin predictably slowed down a bit, but can still get you a great player in a potential trade (which I advise you to pursue). Danilo Gallinari has been awesome, but it’s all about health with him. Jordan Bell and Jakob Poeltl have done nothing to warrant ownership, even in deeper formats. I blame Obama and the preseason hype for these two.

Buy

Otto Porter:

I too am an unhappy owner of Porter in many of the leagues I play. The frustration of watching Wall and Beal ignore him when he is open, and instead jack up their 20th shot of the night is too much for me to handle. I am also fairly convinced Scott Brooks is the next candidate to be fired amongst NBA coaches, as the Wizards have been consistently mediocre throughout the years while spending well above the league average in salaries. And on top of that, Dwight Howard’s return can only hurt Porter’s production right?? Well, I beg to differ. I maintain hope that the Pick&Roll of Wall-Howard will demand attention from opposing defenses, which will give Otto the breathing room he needs to take and make more triples. He has nowhere to go but up (fingers crossed), so go ahead and test the Otto market to see if his owner is frustrated enough to trade him now.

LaMarcus Aldridge:

LMA has almost identical stats to last year’s season, which was good for 18th in per-game value. The one major difference is the percentages, as he is shooting 40.4% from the field and 72.1% from the line, both career-lows. Now is the perfect time to try and get him at a slight discount, as he has proven to be a steady fantasy contributor over his career. Plus, the poor percentages can be attributed to small sample size, which should improve drastically.

Rodney Hood:

Hood is as inconsistent as they come, but with Kevin Love set to miss extended time, someone has to score in Cleveland. This is exactly Hood’s expertise and he woke up during his last 2 games with 26 and 17 points respectively. He is worth a look, as points can be quite rare to find from the waiver wire. (36% owned)

Josh Okogie:

Jimmy Butler will not suit up for any Timberwolves games for the foreseeable future, in an attempt to force them to grant his trade request. That leaves a hole in Minnesota’s rotation which will be filled by Derrick Rose, but I’m more intrigued with Okogie. In three starts for the injured Andrew Wiggins, he is averaging 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, a triple, and 1.3 steals. He is worth a speculative add even in swallower leagues to see how the situation develops. (5% owned)

Sell

DeAndre Jordan:

Everyone’s favorite DJ is shooting, as of today, 81.3% from the free throw line. Small pause to let that sink in……… This, combined with a career high 3.0 assist have him ranked all the way up to #17 in per-game value for the year, which is completely unsustainable. Maybe the assists will be close to that number, as the Mavericks have been running more offense than usual through him, but he is a career 44.9% shooter from the line, so I think we can expect a significant drop in this category. If you can swap him now for a proven top 25 player, I would pull the trigger on that trade.

Wesley Matthews:

Another Maverick who is exceeding expectations up to this point is the veteran Wesley Matthews. He is averaging 2.9 triples and 18.3 points in a start that is reminiscent to his glory days with the Portland Trail Blazers. Unfortunately, the return of Harrison Barnes will reduce his shots and will diminish his fantasy role to just a 3pt specialist. Don’t ask me why, but as I was typing the previous sentence I imagined Matthews defending Minas Tirith from Aragorn/Barnes, who has come to reclaim the Small Forward throne in Middle Earth/Dallas… I will cut down on the alcohol, I promise!

After these delirious thoughts, I think we can all agree it’s time to wrap this up. 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.

  1. Brent

    Brent says:
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    Great job Kostas. Can you Buy or Sell these guys:

    Pascal Siakam
    Montrezl Harrell
    Rodney McGruder
    Damyean Dotson

    Thanks!

    • Kostas

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      @Brent: Thanks Brent!

      Siakam: I’m buying but keeping my expectations in check. His best game was without Kawhi and when Anunoby returns he will get some of his minutes. Great add if you need some stocks.
      Harrell: Definetely buying. Gortat’s days as a starter are numbered. And even if he continues to start Harrell needs just 20-25 minutes to have value.
      McGruder: Sell. Too many mouths to feed on the Heat backcourt now that they are healthy. H e proved he can be a rotation piece but I doubt his minutes will stay this high.
      Dotson: Sell when Knox nears a return or when/if Courney Lee returns to basketball. I like his potential for dynasty though.

      • Brent

        Brent says:
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        @Kostas: Perfect. Thanks!

  2. I just wanna Kawhi says:
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    Can’t stomach the drama surrounding the Wiz. First was Brooks calling out OPJ a couple of weeks ago, and then Wall and Beal saying some of their teammates only care about their touches. Man it really sucks to be an OPJ owner rn

    • Kostas

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      @I just wanna Kawhi: Trust me I know… And I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel for the Wizards as a team but I can definitely see Porter improve. He has been a top 25 player for 2 straight years. And I honestly think Brooks won’t make it after November as the Wizards coach.

  3. miles proudfoot says:
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    How would you rank Okogie, RHJ, Jaylen Brown, Dotson, Knox and Josh Jackson? I want to go all in on Okogie and Knox but also don’t want to make rookie rash decisions. Thank you!

    • Kostas

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      @miles proudfoot: All the guys you mentioned have holes in their game and it depends whether you need immediate production or not. From them I think Jaylen and RHJ have shown that they can contribute to a fantasy team. Dotson and Knox kind of cancel each other out when they both play and I’m weary of Knox’s fg% when he returns. I think in terms of immediate production I would rank them Dotson,Jefferson,Okogie,Jaylen,Jackson,Knox

  4. Court Vision says:
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    Love the column Kostas. Keep em’ coming. A few q’s:

    Am i still holding Miles Bridges? He has shown enough flashes and im trying to keep the rookie patience going….Malik Monk is on the wire too.

    Do you think LaVert is a guy to think about selling high on? Not because he isnt a talented breakout candidate but because he could potentially net a more established player with a better injury track record who is off to a terrible start. Say like an Otto Porter for example, though i dont anyone would actually do that one.

    What do you think of a buy low on KAT with Jimmy Buckets intent on leaving town. Should i offer my Embiid for him?

    Thanks dude!

    • Kostas

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      @Court Vision: Thank you for your kind words.

      Tough decision on Bridges. As much as I love him I think you make the swap, Monk has more guaranteed minutes coming his way. I would definitely keep Bridges in a dynasty though.

      It’s not a bad idea to trade Levert right now especially if you can get a guy like Otto for him. Check his trade value with your leaguemates and act accordingly.

      I really like the idea of swaping Embiid for Towns, Towns will improve and Embiid is always a bit of an injury risk.

      • Court Vision says:
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        @Kostas: Thanks Kostas!

  5. Alwx says:
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    Swallower leagues…good one!!

    • Kostas

      Kostas says:
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      @Alwx: Oups, missed that one…you sir have a dirty mind…or I was just talking about leagues with bad competition…who knows!

    • Brent

      Brent says:
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      @Alwx: Those are the only leagues I mess with

  6. Kevin says:
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    Would you buy/sell these 2nd year players? 9-cat H2H

    Bogdon Bogdonovic (SAC)

    Ntilikina (NYK)

    Zach Collins (POR)

    Thanks!

    • Kostas

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      @Kevin: Buy Buy Buy! I like the Rest Of Season outlook of all of them, especially Ntilikina whose defense will always give him minutes and stats even when his shot is not falling. Collins won’t be starting anytime soon but he can still contribute with a 20-min role and Bogdanovic was great last year while the Kings don’t have a real SF to challenge his minutes.

  7. Lost Love says:
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    Nice article Kostas! Keep em coming!
    Your buy/sell/hold thoughts on these on my roster:
    – Bjelica
    – Dedmon
    – Love
    – Barton
    12team H2H
    – Vonleh, Rose, Holiday CHI, Okogie, Okobo, Moore on the wire

    • Kostas

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      @Lost Love: Thanks!

      Bjelica: I would try to sell high, he is playing some amazing basketball right now but eventually the Kings will give Bagley some of his minutes.
      Dedmon: Not that high on him this year, looks like atimeshare with Len which is never good
      Love: His trade value is below zero right now so hold or try to trade him when he returns
      Barton: I have him in a 12 team without IR and I’m holding him. Depends on your position on the standings. If you think you can get by without his immediate production hold him.

      As for the guys on your wire, all of them are intriguing and I would give up Dedmon for a shot on one of them.

  8. RICE says:
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    In a vacuum, are you dropping Olynik or Lamb for Rodney Hood?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Kostas

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      @RICE: I would drop Olynyk for him…

  9. Dru says:
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    Great read!
    I have McGee and wcj. And was offered Tatum and Wiggins. 2 for 2 trade. Points league. H2h. Could be a good buy low situation, but I’m unsure.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks

    • Kostas

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      @Dru: Thanks dru. I think you pull the trigger on this one. I don’t really like Wiggins but I love Tatum and you are selling Mcgee as high as possible.

  10. eskae says:
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    Players i’m willing to part with:
    Hardaway
    Bjelica
    Montrezl Harrell
    Cedi Osman

    *important to note that I have John Collins and Will Barton on injured reserve. So i’m probably going to have to drop one or two of these eventually.

    Should I try to sell high on Hardaway or Bjelica? or should I try and do a two for one trade?

    • Kostas

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      @eskae: Try a 2 for 1. Since you would have to drop someone eventually, make sure you get value for them as a package

  11. eskae says:
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    Players i’m willing to part with:
    Hardaway
    Bjelica
    Harrell
    Osman

    *important to note i have Collins and Barton on IL. So i’m probably going to have to drop one or two of these aforementioned players sometime in the future.

    What’s your outlook on these guys? who should I trade?

    • Kostas

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      @eskae: I would trade Bjelica for sure if you can find a good trade, Bagley will eventually eat into his minutes. I like Harrell’s and Osman’s ROS outlook.

  12. Jenny says:
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    12 team 9 cat weekly h2h
    Gallo + ariza for Kyle Andersen and rhj

    I’m punting assist. And I’m thinking that I can hold for Kyle Andersen and rhj since it’s weekly and gallo is going to get injured soon. Am I offering too much?

    • Kostas

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      @Jenny: I think you can get more for the package you are offering at this time. Gallo will eventually get hurt most probably but he is playing at a top level right now and both Anderson and RHJ have been underwhelming. Go for a more aggressive offer for Gallo and see how it goes.

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