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Fantasy Basketball Buy & Sell: Week 12 (2021-22)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Jan 6, 2022
Fantasy Basketball Buy & Sell: Week 12

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means.

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 for the first time in 2022.

For the players this week, I’m pulling from the fantasy trade chart, which came out earlier this week, to highlight a few of the risers and fallers.

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Buy

Coby White (CHI – PG/SG)

The biggest riser on the chart this week was White, moving up 17 slots in overall value. Why, you may ask? Well, he wasn’t ranked previously, as Chicago was bringing him along slowly.

But the training wheels are off, my friends, and as I said when he was first activated, be patient with him.

White has played a pivotal role off the bench for the red-hot Bulls, has been a top 70 player for fantasy managers over the last two weeks, averaging 16.5 points per game with four assists. What I love seeing the most, though, are the minutes. He’s played in at least 32 minutes in seven of his last eight games played dating back to December 20.

White’s stock is only going to continue to trend up.

Kyrie Irving (PG – BKN)

Irving being back puts everyone in a tough spot, but since he’s finally playing games, it’s the first chance I get to talk about him this season.

First off, the Nets are pretty cowardly for allowing him to be a part-time player instead of sticking to what they initially said. But since he’s playing, let’s look at him.

His value can only go up (30) from the low value (18) it was at, and at best, you’re getting him for only half the games as he can’t play at home still.

But in his Wednesday debut, Irving looked like the player we remembered him being, scoring 22 points against Indiana in 32 minutes.

Now imagine if he would just get vaccinated.

Cam Johnson (PHX – SF/PF)

It’s another week to write about Johnson, who moved up from an 18 value to a 30 in our latest trade chart. Not only is he just scoring at will off the bench, but he’s doing so in starter-type minutes.

He also has the longest streak in the NBA right now for two or more three-pointers made in a game at 20.

Move over, Chef Curry.

He’s putting up top 40 numbers over the last month, and it’s a crying shame he’s rostered in only 57 percent of leagues.

Sell

Kevin Porter Jr. (HOU – PG/SG/SF)

It was actually great to see Porter hit the game-winning shot against Washington Wednesday night, even though the call was one of the most disrespectful things we’ve heard all season.

Porter was back after being benched by the team for one game after he got into an altercation with the coaching staff and left the arena during the game last weekend.

Will talent win out? It typically does, but the Rockets should also turn to Jalen Green a little bit more, which can cut into Porter’s usage and playing time. Anytime there’s a public incident like that, I can’t help but move a player down. 

Richaun Holmes (SAC – PF/C)

I still really, really believe in the talent of Holmes, but it just hasn’t been a good year for him at all. He’s battled an eye injury that forced him to miss an extended stretch of time.

Holmes then came back for a five-game stretch before landing on the league’s health and safety protocols list.

But it’s what he did – or didn’t do – in those five games that stood out. Yes, he was struggling before the eye injury, so this isn’t just a five-game sample.

But in those games, Holmes wasn’t involved in the offense at all, scoring a combined 32 points in five games. That’s just over six points per game despite playing around 25 minutes per game. 

Damian Jones isn’t the answer, of course, but I have legitimate concerns about Holmes being a top 75 player going forward. 

Christian Wood (HOU – PF/C)

Wood didn’t leave the game like Porter, but he did refuse to play the second half of the contest, resulting in a one-game absence for him, too.

On the season, Wood is a top 100 player, but over the last month, he’s been the 155th player in fantasy, which is far below his expectations. 

You know we are Alperen Şengün fans here, and Wood’s incident with Houston could lead to more playing time for Şengün, who is just waiting to break out to his full fantasy self.

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