NBA trade deadline watch and more


Here are a few Monday thoughts from the Hoops Lab, as we prepare for Week 15 of the fantasy basketball season. Keep in mind, the Fantasy Basketball Rest of Season Rankings also update on Mondays, so check those out as you prepare for this week’s games. Between the rankings and this article, we’ll also help you identify some good Buy Low/Sell high candidates. So, without further ado, let’s dig into it.

Upcoming NBA Trade Deadline.

The NBA trade deadline is on February 9, just over two weeks from now. This date should be circled on the calendar for all fantasy basketball managers because trades in the next couple weeks can have dramatic impact on player value moving forward. We recently did a Roundtable on players whose value would change the most, for good or for ill, if they were to be traded. As a fantasy manager, you should be doing similar calculus for the players, either on your team or just around your league, that you think may be moved to see if you can find an angle to improve your team. It’s speculative, because if you play for a trade and it doesn’t happen you have to live with the results, but sometimes the results can be dramatic.

For example, in the article, John Cregan brought up Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma is flirting with top-50 fantasy value this season, getting all the responsibility he can handle with the Wizards. He’s a primary scorer and secondary facilitator averaging (big) career highs of 21.8 PPG, 2.6 3PG and 4.0 APG. He’s playing well, but the spike in numbers has come in large part due to him playing a career-high 35.2 MPG with a career-high 28.1 Usage Percentage.

Now, imagine if he’s traded to a contending team that’s in the market for frontline help that can score. There’s a good likelihood that he might not even start, sending him back to the 27.0 MPG… Source

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