Fantasy Basketball Buy & Sell: Week 10 (2021)
The Spurs returned to the practice court on Monday. They have not played since Feb. 14 as COVID issues popped up. San Antonio has five players still in the health and safety protocols. Derrick White and Keldon Johnson are owned in over 60 percent of Yahoo Leagues. DeMar DeRozan is also away from the team for personal reasons. The Spurs are scheduled to play on Wednesday, but what should fantasy managers do?
If your team is struggling, I’d cut White and Johnson and grab someone playing right now. Both players could miss multiple weeks and are likely facing a slow ramp-up after their return. Add someone who is going to contribute now.
Fantasy managers should also be exploring the trade market to improve their rosters. Here are five players to move this week.
Three players fantasy managers should target in Week 10.
Jrue Holiday (MIL – PG/SG)
Holiday is back with the team and working out after missing eight consecutive games in the health and safety protocols. He needs to get his conditioning up before he can play in games.
Holiday has slipped to 51st on the FantasyPros Player Rater during his absence. The 6’3 guard was in the midst of a career year beforehand. Expect the defensive numbers to hold as Holiday improves on the offensive end. He could be a top 30 player the rest of the way. Fantasy managers could get frustrated if he does not come back right away. That is your chance to pounce.
John Wall (HOU – PG/SG)
Expectations for Wall were low coming into training camp. He had missed nearly two full seasons with injuries, but after fantasy managers saw him in the preseason, his consensus ADP jumped to 50th overall. Wall has underperformed those expectations as he sits 130th on the Player Rater.
There will be missed time, but he has been productive when on the court. The five-time All-Star is averaging 20.2 points, 6.3 assists. 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 0.7 blocks per game. Approach a frustrated manager with a player ranked just inside the top 100 and see if you can pry Wall away. That could pay dividends if the veteran can stay on the court in the second half.
Malik Beasley (MIN – PG/SG)
Nobody expected much for Beasley this season. He went undrafted in Yahoo Leagues and had a consensus ADP of 140, but Beasley is proving his numbers after moving to Minnesota last season were no fluke. The 6’4 guard averages over 20 points and three 3-pointers made per game on solid percentages.
Fantasy managers looking for a scorer should trade for Beasley. He ranks inside the top 50, but his owner may view it as a fluke. Offer a player ranked just inside the top 75 in hopes of buying Beasley at a discount.
Taking a look at two players to trade away during Week 10.
Terry Rozier (CHA – PG/SG)
Rozier might be the hottest player in the NBA right now. Over his last five games, he averages 31.2 points on 58.3 percent shooting over from the field and 100 percent on his free throws. Rozier has hit over 49 percent of his field goals on the season, despite being a career 40.7 percent shooter. Before this year, Rozier has shot over 40 percent for the entire season just once in his career.
The shooting will disappear, and Rozier’s numbers are going to drop significantly. He ranks 34th on the Player Rater right now. It is the perfect time to cash in for any player ranked inside the top 50. Rozier had an ADP of 125 and likely finishes closer to 75 on the Rater by season’s end.
Joel Embiid (PHI – PF/C)
Embiid is in the running for MVP. He averages over 30 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists per game on stellar percentages. The 26-year-old is a fantasy monster that is in his prime.
The problem is Embiid has never played more than 64 games in a season, and he missed his entire first two years after foot injuries. Embiid sits fifth on the Player Rater, and now is the perfect time to trade him for the massive haul. Acquire two top 25 players plus two throws in that land inside the top 100. Go search for a massive offer that can take your team from solid to deep and outstanding. Chances are Embiid suffers an injury at some points. Do not be caught holding him when it strikes.
Tyler Watts is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Tyler, follow him @tylerpwatts.