Fantasy Basketball

Fantasy Basketball: Weekly Dime


By: Joe Bond

Last week we had our second trade of the season. It sent Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento for John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Petterson and Chuck Hayes. Clearly the biggest piece of this trade is Rudy Gay but its still too early to tell how this will really affect each of the players. My guess is Rudy Gay will be fine, his points will still come along with him stuffing the stats sheet in the other categories. The rest of these players, except Vasquez, are not worth owning in my opinion. Vasquez on the other hand can get decent run as the back up point guard in Toronto, and if the rumors that Kyle Lowry getting traded to New York are true, his value will soar, even if it involves Raymond Felton going to Toronto.

This might not be the last trade we hear about in December. Omar Asik, who has been buried behind Dwight Howard in Houston, is rumored to be traded soon. Right now in Houston he has no value on any fantasy team, but if he does get traded to a team that will start him or give him 30 minutes he will once again be worth owning again. Lets not forget this is the same player who averaged 12 points, a ridiculous 13.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last season for Houston. I’m staying away from Asik for now, but as soon as the trade rumors get real I’m grabbing him if still available.

Pick ‘Em Up
Reggie Jackson (PG – OKC) – Jackson was a big time draft target this season due to Russell Westbrook missing time this season. An unexpected early return for Westbrook crushed Jackson’s value, but he has once again become a player worth owning in leagues. The last 15 games he has averaged 14.4 points along with 1.2 3-pointers and 3.7 rebounds from a guard. As a point guard you hope he can give you more assists, only 2.9 a game during that same time, but the rest of the stats make him worth owning.

Tobias Harris (SF/PF – ORL) – There is no doubt that Harris has talent, as proven by his play last year. An injured ankle has kept him off the court and made him a bit of a bust this season for fantasy owners. He returned on Friday, hopefully for good this time, and put up 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in just 15 minutes. If he is still available in your league for some reason, go get him now.

Terrence Ross (SG – TOR) – One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Rudy Gay trade is Ross. He has entered the starting lineup for Toronto and played well since the trade, averaging 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 three-pointers. He is absolutely worth an add in standard leagues right now.

Tony Wroten (PG – PHI) – This is a great temporary add while Michael Carter-Williams is out. In the last week, Wroten has averaged 18 points, 4.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 three-pointer a game. If you are in dire need of a point guard and have a spot you can work with on your roster, pick him up.

I Got My Eye On You
Derrick Williams (SF/PF – SAC) – Part of the first trade this NBA season, Williams went to Sacramento and has stepped into a situation to get plenty of playing time. He has had a couple of good games with the Kings, but is still too inconsistent for me to make him an automatic add. If he can start contributing more in other categories besides  points, I will give him a harder look.

Ed Davis (PF/C – MEM) – Davis is getting some more run with Marc Gasol out, but is very inconsistent. He has had good games like the 21 point, 12 rebound 2 block effort against Phoenix, but that was his best game by far. The next game he injured his ankle which allowed rookie Jon Leuer to prove that he deserve he should get more minutes, limiting Davis’s value, even now that he has returned from the injury. Davis will be worth an add if he can get near 30 min a game and get the rebound and block numbers back.

Welcome to Dumpsville, Population You

Ersan Ilyasova (SF/SG – MIL) – This is a tough one for me, because just two years ago he was so good in the second half, and actually helped lead me to a championship. Last year was almost worthy of calling him a bust considering where he was being drafted, but this year you can absolutely call him that. Scoring just 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds a game, with close to no sign that he will pick it back up. In fact he is coming off the bench in Milwaukee right now, he should not be owned in 63% of leagues.

Enes Kanter (C – UTA) – Kanter owned in 54% of leagues is actually worse than Ilyasova being owned in 63%. I get that when Marvin Williams was out and he was getting more than 30 minutes you could own him, but time to let him go. In the last two games he has a total of three points and two rebounds.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the website. Joe is one of the Experts included in the FantasyPros Consensus Rankings for Football, Baseball and Basketball and finished well each year, including a top-5 in-season ranking for Football in 2019. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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