2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High

by Greyson Adams
2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High

Trades! The trade deadline brought us several big moves with massive fantasy implications. It's likely that you have one or more of these guys on your team. That's why I present to you, the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High, to help quench your Fantasy Basketball needs. Yes, that's right. Not wants, needs!

If you're new to my weekly segment, this article comes out every Friday. I go over players that I feel you should target or move on from. 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. They are split into three sections: buy/sell of the week, 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 just 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.

Disclaimer: All statistics for the 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 16 Buy Low-Sell High were made before games on Thursday, February 9th. Things may change in only a day! So be on the lookout.

2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High

Buy of the Week: Spencer Dinwiddie, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets

While everyone is raving about Cam Thomas and what the Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant trades do for him, you can target the true winner from these trades. Spencer Dinwiddie takes over sole responsibility in that offense as the point guard with Ben Simmons proving he's not fit for the role. He will have terrific 9-cat value.

The last time Dinwiddie was on the Brooklyn Nets he was the backup point guard. He still had a usage rate of 29% and finished as a positive contributor for threes, points, and assists. He'll now be in a larger role with more experience and skill. He can look to expand off of his previous success with the Nets and see a huge boost to his value. We may see him retain similar stats to what he was putting up with the Dallas Mavericks while Luka Doncic was injured.

Main Buy Targets

Franz Wagner, SF/PF, Orlando Magic

Franz Wagner has been on a bit of a cold streak as of late. Over the last two weeks, Wagner has averaged 14.1 points (-5.3 compared to his season average), 2.9 assists (-0.5), and 0.7 steals (-0.2). The main issue as of late has been his scoring. He's shooting 3.6% worse from the field on 2.5 fewer shots and 18.2% worse from the line on 1.4 fewer free throw attempts. The good news is that this isn't a big drop across multiple categories.

Looking at Wagner's shot tracking on NBA.com, Wagner is not taking more difficult shots, he's simply shooting less. His usage rate has dropped slightly from 23.6% on the season to 19.7% over the last two weeks. We've seen his usage rate fluctuate, so this is likely a dip that sees positive regression quickly. He's one of the Orlando Magic's main pieces that they are building around, so they'll continue to use him.

Malaki Branham, SG/SF, San Antonio Spurs

Branham has been starting due to injuries to Tre Jones and Jeremy Sochan. The recent departure of Josh Richardson and the Spurs' affinity for Victor Wembenyama will continue to keep his minutes high. He should be an easy candidate to buy, as many will likely consider him just a stream due to injuries. Vassell's return will lower his value, but he should still get solid minutes as a potential sixth man.

Other Players to Buy

Ricky Rubio, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

Rubio isn't going to be a league winner for you. But he provides some solid value despite playing limited minutes. The Cavs love him as the main backup point guard. With both Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell occasionally sitting, he should provide some nice spot-start value once he's completely "back" from injury. He's more of a deep 12-team guy, but he has been providing top-100 value over the last week as well, so this could be a trend in the right direction for him.

Christian Braun, SG/SF, Denver Nuggets

One of the deepest league buys you will see. The rookie out of Kansas has been a solid role player for the Denver Nuggets whenever he's had a chance. The issue for him, according to head coach Michael Malone, was "finding [him] minutes." With Bones Hyland now gone, there's potential for him to be a consistent player off the bench. He offers production mostly in the rebounding and stocks categories and he won't hurt you anywhere.

Sell of the Week: Cam Thomas, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets

Cam Thomas has been on a historic run ever since Kyrie played his last game in Brooklyn. Over his last three games, Thomas has averaged 4.66 threes, 44.6 points, and 3.66 assists while shooting 56% on 25 shots. These numbers are insane. I don't think anyone expects him to even remotely keep this up, but many expect him to stay in the starting lineup and continue to play good basketball.

I believe this will be the case, but I still think he's a sell.

Cam Thomas isn't new to this. It's a pretty common occurrence that he has a great game or string of games whenever he may be called on. He had already gone off for a previous career-high of 33 points this season when Irving sat.

There's no doubt in my mind that Cam Thomas can score the basketball. My biggest issue with him for 9-cat leagues is that I've been struggling to find a game where he truly filled up the stat sheet. The bottom line for Cam Thomas in fantasy basketball is that he might end up falling into the Terrence Ross category: a lot of points, not a lot of anything else.

Use the hype of both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving being traded to move him. It shouldn't be difficult to get a valuable asset in return.

Main Sell Targets

D'Angelo Russell, PG/SG, Minnesota Timberwolves

DLo has been playing great basketball recently. He's been efficient and effective, ranking 47th in Yahoo! Fantasy Basketball 9-cat rankings over the last month. He was just traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, and this is the main reason I believe he is a sell.

The Lakers were in desperate need of a point guard to go along with Lebron James, so this makes sense for fit. Lebron James and Anthony Davis combine for a total usage rate of 60%, per NBA.com. Russell will, for the most part, be running with them in the starting lineup (staggered lineups will happen but it's not super significant). His stats will naturally go down by sharing the floor with those two players.

Players always get hype when they are traded (see Rui Hachimura's increase in percentage rostered if you don't believe me). Use the hype to move him.

Keldon Johnson, SF/PF, San Antonio Spurs

Keldon Johnson was one of my favorite players going into fantasy drafts this year, so this one hurts. But it must be done. After a crazy efficient start to the season, Johnson has fallen off a cliff. He's shooting 44.1% on 17.6 shots on the season. However, over the last two weeks, Johnson is on a hot streak. He's averaging 23.0 points (+1.3) and 3.1 assists (+0.5) while shooting 52.9% from the field (+8.8%) and 82.8% from the line (+4.6%).

There are two keys to why this is a sell high. The first is his current efficiency. I don't trust it to remain anywhere near as high as it has. That number has fluctuated all year, and this is clearly one of the high points before another low. Second, Devin Vassell has been out for the entirety of Johnson's hot streak.

Vassell is out indefinitely, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him back on the court this season. Johnson's value would drop again if/when this happens.

Other Players to Sell

Chris Boucher, PF/C, Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors' recent acquisition of Jakob Poeltl will likely render Chris Boucher useless for fantasy basketball purposes. See if you can add him to a package deal after his excellent game on Wednesday. It's likely that he gets just ten to fifteen minutes, or even gets DNP-CDs, as has happened in past seasons and even this year.

Quentin Grimes, SG/SF, New York Knicks

Quentin Grimes was already struggling compared to his early season success, but the recent acquisition of Josh Hart likely pushes Grimes to the bench unit. He'll lose minutes and his main categories of value will take a significant hit. If you can include him in any sort of package it's a win, as he'll likely be a drop soon.

 

That concludes my 2022-23 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High. Be sure to check back in next week for the next edition!


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