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Fantasy Basketball Buy & Sell: Week 4

by Tyler Watts | @tylerpwatts | Featured Writer
Nov 13, 2019

Marcus Smart’s uptick in playing time makes him worth buying.

Injuries are running rampant through the NBA. De’Aaron Fox, Gordon Hayward, and Khris Middleton are the three latest players set to miss significant time. It stinks, but every team is dealing with something. Injuries force managers to make shrewd moves in both trades and free agency to keep their team afloat.

Today, we will discuss five players who you should trade because their value is at an extreme. This is a fantastic way to maximize value.

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Buy

A look at three players that fantasy managers should go out and trade for the remainder of the year.

Kristaps Porzingis (DAL – PF/C)
Porzingis ranks 68th on the FantasyPros Player Rater this season. That is a significant step back from his ADP of 39.

Consider the facts here. KP had not played in an NBA game in 20 months after tearing his ACL in Feb. 2018. He is still ramping up and knocking the rust off. Porzingis also moved on to the Mavericks. Now, he is playing on a new team with different personnel in a unique system. There is going to be an adjustment period.

The Unicorn is still averaging 18.3 points, 7.9 assists, 2.3 3-pointers made, and 2.4 blocks in 31.4 minutes per game. That is coming off of one of the worst games of his career against the Celtics as well. Porzingis will sit back-to-backs, but he is going to produce a monster stat line.

Fantasy managers should feel good about trading any player outside the top 40 to grab Kristaps Porzingis.

Marcus Smart (BOS – PG/SG)
Smart often gets underrated in fantasy circles. He does not shoot well from the field (37.3 percent of his career), but the limited volume minimizes the impact. Smart provides elite steals with solid contributions in assists, threes, and rebounds. He finished 70th on the Player Rater last season, playing just 27.5 minutes per game.

Smart was already playing more, and he will see an even larger role with Gordon Hayward out for the next six weeks. The 6’3 guard will be asked to take more shots and perform additional playmaking over that stretch. Throw in the elite steals, and Smart will be pushing the top 50.

Most fantasy managers are valuing Smart as a backend option. Acquire him now while his value is still low.

Eric Bledsoe (MIL – PG)
Bledsoe is off to a bit of a slow start. He was still ramping up his minutes after a preseason injury. The Bucks point guard is fully back and performing well.

Bledsoe is often underrated. He finished 36th on the Player Rater last season, and yet he was getting drafted at pick 57. Now Khris Middleton is injured. That means putting more offensive load on Bledsoe. Expect him to produce third-round value in a 12-team league, but you can get him for a player outside the top 50.

Sell

Here are two players that fantasy managers should move off their roster while their value is at its peak.

Jonathan Isaac (ORL – SF/PF)
Isaac is a top ten option on the FantasyPros Player Rater right now. The 22-year-old is producing 12.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 3.0 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game. There are plenty of reasons to believe Isaac is about to fall back to earth.

First, Isaac is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 37.8 percent on his 3-pointers. He is a career 42.7 percent and 33.2 percent, respectively. Perhaps, the 22-year-old has taken a step forward, but those percentages will fall some.

Isaac has doubled his per-36 minute block rate from last season as well. Playing 30 minutes per game, managers should expect him to block 1.5 shots per game, not three. Isaac has also made significant increases in his per-36 rebound and steal rates. Both will likely fall off.

Isaac finished 101st on the Player Rater last season. He is playing nearly four minutes per game more this season, but I’d trade him now for any top-50 option before the drop off begins.

Hassan Whiteside (POR – C)
Whiteside is performing well in the early going. He is averaging 14.9 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game. Fantasy managers have seen Whiteside produce monster numbers like that before.

Now could be the opportune time to sell, though. The Blazers have limited frontcourt options. They are playing him 28.0 minutes per game so far. Jusuf Nurkic will be back after the All-Star break, too. He will cut into Whiteside’s playing time.

Perhaps you could swing a trade of Whiteside for Porzingis. The Blazers center is currently 36th on the Player Rater after finishing outside the top 100 last season. Trade Whiteside for any top-50 option.

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Tyler Watts is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Tyler, follow him @tylerpwatts.

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