“It’s the infamous back in the house once again”.

As always, my goal here is to “drop a gem on em” and deliver to you the opportunity to improve your squad by taking advantage of underperforming players who you will look to acquire at a discount Let me be clear. Not every player highlighted here will be a universal fit for all team builds. It will be important for you to assess the needs of your team and determine if the players I curate for you not only fit your need but also, can afford to give up what it may take to obtain that player. In addition, not only do I look at players who are underperforming but also, that player needs to have a reasonable and attainable path to improving their current situation. We’ve had some misses here (Porter Jr, Dame Lillard), but for the most part if you’ve been able to take advantage of an opposing GM’s frustrations with the players I’ve highlighted this season, you’re likely doing well in your league.

This week we take a trip to the Dirty South for a look at a Hawks player who has not been flying high lately.

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John Collins

The 6’9″ forward from Utah has been a top 50 player on the season so far with averages of:

17.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks, and 1.3 three’s while shooting 54.1 and 79.4% from the field and line respectively.

After playing on Christmas Day, Collins then missed the next two weeks and five games during that span due to Covid protocols. Since returning, JC has played in two games and is the 237th ranked player with averages of 15 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 42.3% from the field and nothing else. The most shocking part of that stat line is the zeros in assists, steals, blocks and threes over those two games.

Couple that empty stat line with the two-week absence and you have the base for your frustrated GM recipe. Another ingredient to add to the gumbo would be the fact that there are recent reports stating that Collins is frustrated with his reduced role on offense and it does not help that his team is not winning. With frustrations in abundance, it creates opportunity for some low-ball offers for a player with top 40 potential.

A two-for-one offer is what I would be looking at doing, sending out two of your eighth to tenth best players could do the trick as his GM will see some immediate production coming in while you play the long game for rest of season production for the best player in the deal.

Let me here your take in the comment section below and as always, good luck out there.





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Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
13 days ago

In a h2h keeper league, I thought about offering something like Hayward, Wood, Portis, and Hart for another team’s Collins, Ayton, and DeRozan. They’re in 11th place and looking to rebuild, and I’m in 2nd place. Portis and Hart can each be kept next year each at an 10th/11th rd price. Am I offering too little? Should I add a pick swap of some sort, or just focus on 2 of those 3 guys?

Joe Bernard
10 days ago
Reply to  Joe Beisbol

Hey Joe,
Sorry for responding a little late but thanks for your question.
Ayton just went down with an ankle injury but I would still pull the trigger on this deal if I was you. I wouldn’t add anyone right now but you can consider it if the offer is rejected.
Good luck out there.