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Fantasy Basketball Buy & Sell: Week 3 (2021)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Nov 4, 2021
Seth Curry

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Week 3 of the hoops season.

Buy low, sell high is one of the oldest terms in fantasy, but it’s more involved than that. You have to look at the “low” and “high” of it to make sure you’re maximizing value. We can also buy the player, but question the team and role that they are in when it comes to maintaining the pace that they are on.

Most importantly here, with any call you make, you have to be willing to lose the deal or accept that you made the wrong call. It happens all the time when we think we are selling at the highest value, only for that player to buck the trend and play like a stud going forward.

Now that you have an idea of what to expect for this column week to week, let’s get to the players.

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Buy

Franz Wagner (ORL – SG/SF)

On the season, the rookie from Michigan has played in nine games. In eight of those contests, he scored in double-figures. In the other, he scored nine points. Wagner is playing 30 minutes a night on a team that needs playmaking from someone other than its litany of point guards.

Wagner has brought that, as he’s shooting 50 percent from the field, scoring 14 points per game, hitting more shots from the outside, and even helping on the boards. Wagner is going to be a darkhorse finalist in the Rookie of the Year voting if he can keep this up. I don’t see the eventual return of Jon Isaac impacting his fantasy game too much. I’m buying the performance and the player.

Desmond Bane (MEM – PG/SG)

How the Grizzlies found themselves in the position to draft Bane toward the end of the first round in a weak class in 2020 is still puzzling. We knew he could shoot threes, and that’s been evident this year, as well. Bane has made fewer than two three-pointers just once this season, and in a three-game stretch, he made 14 shots from behind the arc.

But Bane is developing into more than just a three-point shooter this season, as he’s shooting 47 percent from the field and averaging 17.5 points per game. The Grizzlies, led by Ja Morant, are in need of secondary scoring, and Bane could be that No. 2 option until Jaren Jackson Jr. fully breaks out.

Josh Giddey (OKC – PG/SG)

The Thunder are terrible and have nothing to play for, but they are one of the most exciting teams to watch every night on League Pass (the others are the Cavs, Rockets, and Hornets, by the way.) Bad basketball can be fun basketball, and for fantasy, you just want the opportunity.

That’s what Giddey is getting in OKC, as he’s playing around 30 minutes per night. He’s scored in double figures in four of his last five games, and he’s contributing across the board as he’s averaging 5.7 boards and 5.9 assists per game. There will be a learning curve for the rookie from Australia, but on a young team like this, they can afford to play him 30 minutes a night as they look to shape their roster for 2022-2023.

Sell

Carmelo Anthony (LAA – SF/PF)

Look, it’s really cool what Melo is doing in Los Angeles. For the Lakers, it’s not good, of course, but it’s still fun to watch, nonetheless.

So far on the season, Melo ranks as the 38th overall player in Yahoo leagues. He’s shooting 52 percent from the field, and he’s averaging 3.5 threes per game. When the Lakers figure out the whole Russell Westbrook and LeBron James situation on the court, Anthony is going to figure less into the offense and his fantasy stock will plummet. I’m selling this level of production hard.

Al Horford (BOS – PF/C)

Speaking of veterans who are on a heater, enter Horford stage left. Remember that Horford was just not used last year in OKC, and while his return to Boston had him on deeper radars, he’s played his way into 12-team usage – at least for now.

The 35-year-old is a top 20 player right now, and he’s averaging a double-double on the season. Now can he be useful and was he overlooked heading into drafts? Sure, I’ll give you that. But we all know the scoring and blocks pace aren’t going to continue. He should be rostered but I’d look to sell if there are any believers in your league.

Seth Curry (PHI – PG/SG)

Last year, Curry had 11 games with 20 points in the entire season. Last night (Wednesday), he notched his fourth-such game already this season. 

Chef Curry is also residing in Philadelphia.

But can it stick?

He’s the 40th overall player so far this season in fantasy, but that’s on the back of shooting 61 percent from the field and being the primary No. 2 option with no Ben Simmons and a health and protocols-absent Tobias Harris. You’d be smart to sell him at his current value right now, but Curry can still return top 100 value on the season. 

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