2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High

by Greyson Adams
2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High

The All-Star break is here, so we'll be without hoops for a little over a week. But that doesn't mean that you should stop trading! You can use this newfound downtime to concoct the spiciest trades. Just to keep the fun going. And to help you with that I have my 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High.

These articles will come out every other Wednesday. I discuss players that you should target or move on from in trades. However, I won't be as adamant about certain players as I am about others. To make things easier to follow, I've separated the players into three different tiers: buy/sell of the week, main buy/sell target(s), and other players to buy/sell.

As it is with most things, context is important. I typically 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. You can also check out our Rest of Season Rankings to see how these and your players rank.

Disclaimer: All statistics for the 2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High were made before games on Wednesday, February 14th. Things may change in just a day! So be on the lookout.

2023-24 Fantasy Basketball Week 17 Buy Low-Sell High

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Buy Low

Buy of the Week: Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Denver Nuggets

Jamal Murray has been in a slump during February. He's had some very nice games; his performance against the Lakers is the first to come to mind. But he's also had some true stinkers, his abysmal performances against the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks can be highlighted here.

What I also want to highlight is that Murray was trying to play through an injury against the Bucks, which is what ultimately kept him out of the second half of the game. This has been something that's nagging at him. Given his doubtful injury tag for tonight, I don't see him suiting up against the Kings. So this week of rest will be ideal to get him back to a healthier version of himself.

People are often prisoners of the moment, and although he just recently had back-to-back near triple-doubles, many will forget that in favor of his most recent performance. Just 3 points and 2 rebounds on 1/5 shooting, and then a DNP right after, is enough for people to worry, if just a little bit. Use this time before next week's games resume to go and trade for him.

Main Buy Target: Simone Fontecchio, SF, Detroit Pistons

This one is mostly for deeper leagues. Simone Fontecchio had a nice debut in Detroit after being traded by the Utah Jazz, but it was followed up by a not-so-pretty performance. He had 2 triples, 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists while also missing his only two free throws. He didn't contribute any stocks (steals + blocks) and most will likely believe this to be the norm over his first performance. I personally believe he'll fall somewhere in the middle.

The Pistons traded for him with the intent to extend him during this offseason, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski. I expect him to continue starting as he has so far, and higher minutes are important when it comes to statistical consistency.

Other Player to Buy: Ivica Zubac, C, Los Angeles Clippers

Ivica Zubac missed several games with a calf injury but has since returned in limited action. Despite being on a minutes restriction, which looks to be about 20-23 minutes per game, he's been putting up nice numbers. He's never been flashy but he'll get the job done in field goal percentage, rebounds, and blocks while having a low turnover rate.

Good centers are hard to come by on most waiver wires, especially as the leagues get deeper (I proudly roster Mason Plumlee in my 14-team league) and he's a relatively cheap option to go after.

Sell High

Sell of the Week: Daniel Gafford, PF/C, Dallas Mavericks

This is Gafford's second appearance in this column this season, but I promise I don't hate him. Since arriving in Dallas, he's been extremely impressive next to Luka Doncic. But his numbers are extremely unsustainable, especially for the current minutes he's getting. He could see his minutes rise further tonight, so this may be something to monitor, but I don't expect this type of production to continue.

On top of the lack of sustainability, the return of Derrick Lively could put a wrench into things. Lively has been impressive this season, and I don't expect them to just toss him aside when he comes back from his current ankle injury. Lively is currently questionable for tonight's game, so even if he doesn't play, his return is imminent. If Lively were to miss the game against the Spurs, I could see another huge game for Gafford, after which you can sell him for a very high price.

Main Sell Target: Austin Reaves, PG/SG/SF, Los Angeles Lakers

Reaves has been a great fantasy player all season, and the games that LeBron James and Anthony Davis have missed recently have boosted his numbers. Over the last two weeks, Reaves has averaged 2.8 threes (+1.1 compared to his season average), 20.0 points (+4.3), and 6.8 assists (+1.4). However, with the newest signing of Spencer Dinwiddie, these numbers may take a hit.

Dinwiddie isn't an elite guard by any stretch. But head coach Darvin Ham has mentioned placing Dinwiddie into the starting lineup alongside Reaves and D'Angelo Russell. Having another ball handler in the lineup in replacement of someone like Rui Hachimura or Taurean Prince will likely lead to a drop in his production.

The good news is that although Spencer Dinwiddie made his debut last night against the Pistons, he came off the bench. This is typical for guys coming into a new situation, so I wouldn't expect that to remain stagnant.

More good news for Reaves managers is that Lebron James will also miss another game tonight against the Utah Jazz, which gives you more ammunition in trading Reaves should he have another great game given his increased usage.

Other Player to Sell: Brandon Miller, SG/SF, Charlotte Hornets

I was probably one of the lowest people on Brandon Miller when he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. In my eyes, he was a solid role player, but nothing that would warrant where he was picked.

I was VERY wrong.

Brandon Miller has been a great player, arguably the best on the Hornets over the last month. His favorite player is Paul George and it shows in his game. Despite this, I still feel like he's a sell.

Miller has done well in his expanded role. His efficiency has also seen a huge jump. He's shooting 49.2% over the last month, which is 4.7% better than his season average. He's also seeing boosts in every single statistical category in 9-cat leagues. But this is all coming without star guard Lamelo Ball, who I expect to return this season. Here are his per-game splits with and without Lamelo Ball, per StatMuse.

With Ball, 19 games: 29.3 minutes, 1.8 threes, 14.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks.

Without Ball, 28 games, 32.7 minutes, 2.6 threes, 17.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks.

These numbers aren't the most eye-popping. But across the board, there is improvement in every category except rebounds here. I will say that Miller is a much more efficient shooter with his point guard than without him (48.2% with Ball, 42.6% without him) but this is mostly due to decreased volume, and I don't believe is worth the drop off in all other categories. I'm not running to trade him, but if an offer that seems lateral, given his current numbers, comes my way, I would likely do it.


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