Fantasy Basketball Trade Advice: Brandon Clarke, Jonathan Isaac, Kyrie Irving
Each and every Wednesday, we are going to be providing players that you should not only look to acquire via trade but also players you should look to trade away.
Going forward, where fitting, with the data that we’ve seen so far, 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.
The Grizzlies are a title contender, as their big three – Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Desmond Bane – and depth allows them to compete with anyone on a nightly basis.
One of the biggest contributors to the Grizzlies’ success this year has been big man Steven Adams, as he’s dominated the glass – especially on the offensive side. But Memphis will be without the veteran for the next few weeks, which opens crucial minutes for Clarke and Xavier Tillman.
While Tillman doesn’t have 12-team value yet, Clarke does. Clarke is the definition of a player who makes the most of his playing time but is always capped out at around 18 minutes per game.
Without Adams in the lineup, expect to see Clarke not only starting, but logging minutes well into the high-20s.
Need more of a reason to acquire Clarke for cheap from his manager? Look no further than his on-court numbers last year without Adams on the court.
mentioned how weird it is they don’t play Brandon Clarke more when Steven Adams is out on this episode.
Here’s even more info:
Clarke + JJJ net rating: +11.0 (last season +12.3)
Clarke + JJJ with Ja: +21.2 (last season +18.9)
with Adams injured, #freeBC https://t.co/Ybia6IPC3y
– Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) January 25, 2023
When I speak about Isaac here, I’m speaking just about the basketball player. And from that perspective, it was great seeing him on the court in not only his season debut but the first time he’s played in a meaningful game since 2020. And not only did he just play, but he played well, too, contributing double-digit points and the defensive skills that the Magic saw when they gave him a big-money extension.
And, rightfully so, fantasy managers were super excited to see the lack of rust around Isaac in his debut.
But that’s exactly why you should look to sell high. While it was great to see Isaac post his 10 points, two threes, two steals, and three rebounds in just 10 minutes, we can expect the production to be up and down, especially as he’ll be on a slow ramp-up with his minutes and usage.
What’s more, the Magic continue to have a ton of depth that they’ll be working with, which makes it unlikely that Isaac will have a big impact going forward. Cash out while you can.
With Rui Hachimura now in Los Angeles, the Wizards will be leaning on Avdija more, which will see him return to fantasy relevancy after a few-week stretch earlier this season.
In his first games sans Hachimura, Avdija posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double with three steals, too. What’s more, it’s the first time that he’s eclipsed the 30-minute mark since Jan. 11 and the second time since the calendar changed to 2023, in general.
Fool me once is the approach that managers have with Avdija. It’s worth using that against them and acquiring Avdija at a lower perceived price than he should actually be valued at.
What a journey it’s been for Irving managers this year. Again, speaking strictly from a fantasy perspective, his fantasy value has been more of a rollercoaster than any player in recent memory.
He looked like he couldn’t be traded for a top-100 player to being the No. 4 player in fantasy over the last two weeks.
If that timeline sounds familiar, it’s because it coincides with when Kevin Durant got hurt. Since then, the Nets have been a one-man show, and Irving has, officially, been in his bag.
But it’s the perfect time to look to deal him because Durant is set to be evaluated in a couple of weeks, and should be back right before the All-Star Game. When that happens, Irving will still be a top-30 player, but he is due to regress as the offense will run through Durant primarily.
If I can get a top-15 player back, I’d move Irving if it helped fill a void for me.
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