Fantasy Basketball Buy & Sell: Week 8 (2019)
The NBA is about 30 percent of the way through the regular season. That means the stats are quickly becoming real and the teams are settling into their rotations. Fantasy managers need to evaluate their rosters and what moves need to be made to be in contention.
Here is a look at five players that should be traded this week. In every case, the value is at a point that should be capitalized on.
Here are three players fantasy managers should buy while their value is at a low point:
Joel Embiid (C – PHI)
Embiid hasn’t hit his stride this season. The Sixers are limiting his minutes as part of a plan to keep him healthy. He is down to just 30.4 per through 19 games. Embiid is still producing 21.9 points, 12.5 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks. It is good enough to see him ranked 31st on the FantasyPros Player Rater.
That is about to increase, though. Embiid is shooting just 45.9 percent from the field well below his 47.8 percent career mark. He is also blocking a career-low 1.4 shots per game. Both numbers should rebound. Those gains will push him into the top 20 overall.
Take a chance at acquiring Joel Embiid now at a slightly discounted rate. He is a second-round talent in 12-team leagues but can be acquired for a bit less.
Robert Covington (SF/PF – MIN)
Now is the perfect moment to acquire Covington. He ranks 50th on the FantasyPros Player Rater despite playing just 27.8 minutes per game. The Wolves forward is producing a stellar across the board line that is going to improve.
Covington was limited to 35 games last season. Minnesota is limited his minutes a bit as a result, but they should only go up as the season progresses. Grabbing his elite steals and blocks plus solid points, threes, and rebounds is a must. Covington can be had a discount but should be a top 35 player when playing over 30 minutes a night.
Steven Adams (C – OKC)
Adams was limited early in the season with various injuries, but he is finally back to full health. Over his five December games, Adams is averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.4 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game.
The Thunder’s center ranks 113th on the Player Rater but should finish inside the top 75. He is already producing above that level. Fantasy managers should take a shot at buying Adams low now before others catch on to his increasing value.
Selling at the peak of a player’s value is a fantastic way to win in fantasy. Here are two players that cannot keep up their current pace:
Brandon Ingram (SG/SF – NO)
Ingram may be the fantasy MVP thus far. He had an ADP of 101 but currently sits 14th on the Player Rater. He has taken a leap in every single category in his fourth season. Ingram is averaging 24.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks per through 20 games.
The return of Zion Williamson will impact Ingram’s production. He won’t be shooting 18.1 times per game with the 2019 number one overall pick in the fold. Ingram is also producing over his head in the defensive stats.
The 22-year-old improved, but expecting him to remain in the top 15 is out of the question. Trade Ingram now for a top 40 talent and reap the benefits after Zion returns.
Jonathan Isaac (SF/PF – ORL)
Isaac is taking an impressive third-year leap. He is leading the NBA in blocks with 2.9 per game. He is also producing career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. The Magic are giving him a few minutes this season.
The massive block total has pushed Isaac into the top 25, but it is not going to last. No player is going to block three shots per game this season. Isaac is likely struggling to swat two each night by season’s end. The hot shooting will likely regress and push him closer to 11 points per game too.
Capitalize on Jonathan Isaac’s value now. Trade him for any player inside the top 35 and reap the rewards when the regression kicks in.
Tyler Watts is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Tyler, follow him @tylerpwatts.