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Fantasy Basketball Trade Advice: Jabari Smith Jr., Anfernee Simons, Jakob Poeltl (2022)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Dec 1, 2022
Anfernee Simons

Every Wednesday, we will be providing players you should not only look to acquire via trade but also players you should look to trade away.

In the future – where fitting – with the data collected, we’ll build in potential trade scenarios for those you should look to acquire and those you should look to move.

Let’s get to it.

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Trade For

Jabari Smith Jr. (SF/PF – HOU)

While he’s been semi-disappointing this season, Jabari Smith Jr. has turned it on of late, posting top-100 numbers over the last two weeks and top-65 numbers over the previous seven days. He’s hit double-digits in scoring – including two 20-point games – in five of his last six games, and he’s hit at least two three-pointers in seven straight games.

He’s fourth among rookies, trailing only Jaden Ivey, Bennedict Mathurin and Tari Eason. It’s been a slow start for the Auburn product, but the window to acquire him at a lower cost is still open… for now.

Players to trade for him that are ranked higher:

Norman Powell, Tari Eason, Christian Wood

Trade Away

Anfernee Simons (PG/SG – POR)

Dec. 4 – that’s the day that you should have marked on your calendar as an Anfernee Simons manager. That’s the day that Damian Lillard will return, which means if you’re going to capitalize on Simons’ value, you have to do the deal by then.

Simons has been fine with Lillard on the floor, averaging 21 points and three assists, but without him, he’s in GOD mode, posting 28 points, six assists, and more than three three-pointers per contest.

Simons has been a top-20 option over the last week, and he’s the No. 47 player on the season in nine-cat leagues. He’s still likely to be a top-70 option or so, but if you can find a player in the top 50 to get for him, I’d do it.

Players to trade for him that are ranked lower:

Darius Garland, Jrue Holiday, Jalen Green

Trade For

Jakob Poeltl (C – SAS)

Jakob Poeltl is steady eddy for fantasy, and his only real knock is his terrible FT%. But the biggest issue of late with him is that he’s injured and expected to miss “about a week,” which means it’s the perfect time to try to trade for him.

Poeltl still doesn’t have an extension from San Antonio, and he’s a likely trade candidate – especially to a contender. His game is suited for many contenders, such as the Warriors or Clippers.

He’s essentially averaging a double-double on the season, as he’s averaging 12.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game with 2.1 STOCKs.

Players to trade for him that are ranked higher:

Kelly Oubre, Tobias Harris, Kelly Olynyk

Trade Away

Los Angeles Clippers

Am I painting with a broad brush here? Absolutely, but if you read my preseason content, you knew I was fading any Clippers not named Paul George or Kawhi Leonard. The team is so talented and deep that while it’s a great thing for real basketball – in theory – it’s bad for fantasy.

Over their last two games, we’ve seen Reggie Jackson play every second of the second half, Norman Powell drop 32 points on the Trail Blazers, Ivica Zubac drop 31 points with 29 boards and Moussa Diabate played the majority of the fourth quarter at center.

For Diabate, it was his debut. For Zubac, he followed up his performance with 12 points and 13 boards and had a 6/9 game before it. Powell’s been inconsistent in scoring all year, and Jackson combined for 25 points in his three prior games.

You have no clue what to expect from the Clippers on a night-by-night basis. If someone is buying these recent performances without PG13 and Kawhi, I’d happily oblige.

Other Players to trade for:

Bradley Beal (SG – WAS)

Zach LaVine (SG/SF – CHI)

Jamal Murray (PG/SG – DEN)

Other Players to trade away:

Christian Wood (PF/C – DAL)

Bennedict Mathurin (SG/SF – IND)

Kyle Kuzma (PF – WAS)


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