Fantasy Basketball Buy & Sell: Week 6 (2021-22)
It’s Thursday, and you know what that means.
And this week, it means two things. First, Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate, and I hope you enjoy your time with those whose company you keep.
And second, it’s buy and sell time, friends.
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 they are in when it comes to maintaining the pace 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 as we advance.
Now that you have an idea of what to expect for this column week to week let’s get to the players.
Gary Trent (TOR – SG/SF)
Trent is rostered in 82 percent of leagues, but there still hasn’t been enough talk about just how good he’s been. Trent had an NFC ADP of 158, but right now, he’s returning a second-round value.
And what’s funny is that he’s showing no signs of slowing down, nor that what he’s doing is a fluke.
We talk about buying low and selling high all of the time, but we barely mention buying high on a player when the manager thinks they are selling high (did you follow that?). With Trent, I’d make an offer to acquire him – even at a high asking price.
Cade Cunningham (DET – PG/SG)
It’s been a weird season so far for Cunningham, who had a delayed start to his rookie season. After a few transitional games, Cunningham was on a roll, hitting double-digits in scoring in eight of his first ten pro games – including recording his first career triple-double.
In his last two games, though, he’s scored 15 combined points with eight turnovers and just one hustle stat.
Cunningham passes the eye test and the analytics test as a true offensive playmaker, and we haven’t even really seen the big scoring statement game from him yet. I’d look to field offers during this slight dip in production if you can.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (OKC – SF)
JRE is posting top 100 numbers of the last two weeks, and he’s scored exactly 13 points in each of his previous three games.
In his two most recent games, he’s added ten boards in each contest, giving him his first two double-doubles of his career.
JRE’s usage is high, and his minutes are near 30 per night over the last few games. On a young OKC team, JRE should continue to get a ton of run. Fantasy players should roster him in all 12-team leagues at this point. I’m buying.
Terry Rozier (CHA – PG/SG)
We know Rozier can have his hot streaks, and he’s in the midst of one of those right now, dropping 59 points in his last two games. Over the previous two weeks, Rozier has been the 32nd-ranked player in fantasy. Can he be a top 100 player? Yeah, absolutely. But we’re selling him as a top 50 guy.
Aaron Gordon (DEN – SF/PF)
Speaking of a player whose upside is capped as a top 100 guy, look no further than Gordon. Year after year, he’s one of the more overrated fantasy and real-life players in the league, and despite underwhelming time after time, he’s still rostered in far more leagues than he should be.
Is it because of the slam dunk contests? Is it because of the occasional big output? No matter the reason, Gordon will disappoint managers as he’s done this year. His last few games and his name value may be able to get you a top 75 player in return if you post him on your trade block now before he retakes the court.
Precious Achiuwa (TOR – SF/PF/C)
The Grizzlies had no answer for Achiuwa Wednesday night – especially in the third quarter. He’s played in the high-20s in minutes over his last three games, and he’s all but eliminated Chris Boucher from fantasy relevancy for the time being.
Then why are we down on him, exactly? Well, OG Anunoby is on his way back, which should cut into Achiuwa’s usage. There’s not much trade value for him right now, but his time as a streamer is coming to an end.