The playoffs have now arrived for many fantasy basketball players. Unless you have some crazy settings and like to live life on the edge, that probably means your trade deadline has passed. However some players, like myself, also have dynasty fantasy basketball teams to watch over. This requires some sort of attention to your team at all points of the year. Because of that, I have made a special buy low-sell high: my 2022-23 Dynasty Fantasy Basketball Buy Low-Sell High.
Similar to my normal buy and sell column, I go over players that I feel you should target or move on from. Unlike my other column, these trends will be based on yearly production rather than weekly ups and downs.
But not every player will be in the same tier. I divide them into groups to help you better understand who I would prioritize as a target. For this edition, they are split into two sections: main buy/sell targets, and other players to buy/sell.
As it is with most things, context is important. I normally determine my selections based on 9-category leagues, also called 9-cat. If you are in a points league, this may still help, but I cannot guarantee it. If you're unsure or have any fantasy basketball questions in general, you can reach out to me on Twitter @GreysonAdams907, or click the link here to get to my page.
2022-23 Dynasty Fantasy Basketball Buy Low-Sell High
Main Buy Targets
Khris Middleton, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton tonight vs Kings:
34 mins pic.twitter.com/ppUexNFPSf
— 𝐁𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐬 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 (@Bucks_Take) March 14, 2023
Middleton has really struggled this year in his return from injury. He's played just 25 games this season. This has to be incredibly frustrating for those who expected another solid season for the Bucks' forward. 25 games from a player with mid-round value is enough to keep your team out of the playoffs. Fantasy managers will be frustrated for good reason, so now is the time to grab him.
Middleton ranks just 138 on the season in 9-cat leagues, according to Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball. He's really struggled to get it going from the field, shooting just 42.6% on about 12 shots. If the season finished right now, both his field goal percentage and three-point percentage would be a career-worst when he plays over 20 minutes a game.
The injury has obviously hampered Middleton, but he's slowly hitting his stride. Over the last month, Middleton is up to 73rd in Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball rankings. His shooting has slowly improved and he's shooting more shots and getting to the line more often. He's showing that he still has the ability to be that all-around great fantasy player that he was pre-injury. I would go after him now before he shows out in the NBA Playoffs and his value shoots back up.
Jeremy Sochan, PF, San Antonio Spurs
Jeremy Sochan becomes the first Spurs rookie since Tim Duncan in 1998 to put up 29+ points and 11+ rebounds. #PorVida pic.twitter.com/Uoub5eqA8j
— Brett Usher (@UsherNBA) March 15, 2023
When Gregg Popovich gives his vote of confidence in a player, I listen. Pop did this with Sochan before the season started, and because of that, I grabbed Sochan everywhere that I could. It wasn't looking like the best decision early on, but as time has gone on Sochan has really started to get it going.
The Spurs use Sochan in a variety of ways, including as a point forward, a role that he's slowly getting used to. They've clearly got big plans for him offensively, but defensively is where I expect some huge improvements.
Sochan played his college ball at Baylor for a single season before getting drafted by the Spurs. In college, he averaged 1.3 steals per game and 0.7 blocks per game. He's a 6'9 wing who can guard several positions, and that's what he was drafted for. I would expect as he continues to acclimate to the NBA, Sochan will see an increase in his stock numbers, especially his blocks.
This graphic, courtesy of Bball Index, shows that Sochan is both a very versatile defender and a positive on-ball defender. And this is just his rookie season! Go buy him now before he truly breaks out.
Tari Eason, SF/PF, Houston Rockets
Tari Eason career-high sequence https://t.co/6IJ2QozVlu pic.twitter.com/HFLJMT4Lss
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) February 2, 2023
Tari Eason, known affectionately by me as "Tari Time" has been slowly but surely improving as a player this season, both in real life and for fantasy basketball. He produces a lot of stats through pure hustle and defensive talent. On the season, he's averaged 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks in just 20.6 minutes a game.
He's been earning more minutes recently, but he still isn't a starter just yet, which allows for him to be an easier buy candidate, as some managers may not have the patience to keep him for now. I would expect a breakout and increased minute total from him as early as next season, so I would buy him now before that happens.
Other Players to Buy
Deni Avdija, SF/PF, Washington Wizards
Deni Avdija goes around the back for the SMOOTH lefty finish 😳 pic.twitter.com/hdGdLMTmnV
— Wizards Nation (@WizardsNationCP) March 14, 2023
Since the Washington Wizards traded away Rui Hachimura, Avdija has seen an overall increase in volume. The main issue has been his inconsistency. His minutes have ranged anywhere from 18 minutes to 32 minutes. This is frustrating and can really turn someone off of him as a fantasy option.
The Wizards are in NBA limbo. Meaning that they're not a contender, but they aren't quite bad enough to be tanking. I would expect that they make a final decision on their direction soon, and I would expect that they go in the direction of tanking and move some big pieces. This could open up some big opportunities for Avdija, who's shown some flashes with 9-cat gems this year.
It's not the safest buy option, but his value is pretty low right now, so there's a lot of upside compared to what you'd be paying.
Main Sell Targets
Kyle Anderson, SF/PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
‘Slow Motion’ playing in the arena after every Kyle Anderson and-1 gets me every time pic.twitter.com/XPpTHL0EQi
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) March 16, 2023
Kyle Anderson, or Slo-Mo, has had a very successful season in Minnesota. My biggest concern for him next season and beyond is how his role and production will be affected by the return of Karl-Anthony Towns, who's been out for the majority of this season.
It's unlikely that his role stays anywhere near the current level, which saw him get a triple-double recently against the Atlanta Hawks. It's best to sell him now before we see KAT return, his value is currently at its peak.
James Wiseman, C, Detroit Pistons
Detroits young big-man duo with a pair of solid outings:
Far from perfect games, but you see the vision with these two locking down the center position. pic.twitter.com/VLyHxErWdq
— Jack Kelly (@jack_kelly_313) March 14, 2023
For the first time since he was drafted, James Wiseman has trade value in dynasty leagues. He's still young and showing some signs of promise, but my lack of faith in him moving forward, especially in the crowded Pistons frontcourt, has him in the sell column for me.
Jalen Duren, Isaiah Stewart, and Marvin Bagley are all fighting for minutes with him. The volatility in his playing time worries me, and they might even add Victor Wembenyama to that rotation. He probably won't get a lot of value on his own, but he's a piece that can move the needle for you in a trade you've been working on.
Other Players to Sell
Monte Morris, PG, Washington Wizards
Terrific defense by Monte Morris on Dejounte Murray here. Sitting on that pull up pic.twitter.com/kbTs1TIDRl
— Itamar (@Itamar_17_10) March 11, 2023
The veteran point guard is currently starting for the Wizards, but he'll likely be moved in the offseason. I would expect him to go to a team where he returns to a backup role, something I believe he is more suited for. He could still have some value as a sixth man, but his minutes would be reduced and he won't be what you have right now.
Herb Jones, SG/SF/PF, New Orleans Pelicans
Herb Jones on his head 😳 pic.twitter.com/Juaw5esMcS
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 13, 2023
I'm not sure Zion will ever play a full season of basketball without a serious injury, but I'm hoping he can soon. If and when he does, Herb Jones will be one of the players whose value takes the biggest hit. With the rise of wings Naji Marshall and Trey Murphy, his minutes are not as secure. We could see him drop to the 20-25 minute range next season.
That concludes my 2022-23 Dynasty Fantasy Basketball Buy Low-Sell High.
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