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Fantasy Basketball Trade Advice: Patrick Williams, Jalen Johnson, Isaiah Jackson (Week 13)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Jan 12, 2023

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.

With us sitting just a few days away from the key Jan. 15 date when numerous players around the league are eligible to be dealt, we will hone in on certain players who could see a boost or decrease in value.

Let’s get to it.

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Trade For

Patrick Williams (SF/PF – CHI)

If Williams is available on your waiver wire, you need to scoop him up ASAP and I’m not talking Ferg. But even if he’s rostered, you should make a trade offer for him and look to acquire him, as the Bulls could decide to blow things up this year by moving Nikola Vucevic, DeMar DeRozan, and/or Zach LaVine.

LaVine is eligible to be traded on Jan. 15, and there are rumblings that he’s not thrilled in Chicago. He’d look good in Dallas, don’t you think? If either he or DeRozan – who is injured – are moved, look for Williams to take on a huge role for the Bulls and be an instant fantasy mainstay.

Over his last five games, Williams has scored in double-digits in four of them, and there’s another level to his game that he hasn’t reached yet.

Trade Away

Mason Plumlee (C – CHA)

Over the last two weeks, Plumlee has been a top-60 fantasy player. Yes, that Mason Plumlee. He’s been on a roll of late for the basement-dwelling Hornets, which has been a plus for fantasy managers.

But he’s on an expiring deal, and with the Hornets going nowhere and looking to finish among the worst teams in the league to increase their odds of landing the No. 1 pick, Plumlee is likely to be dealt so that they can play Mark Williams more (trade for him!).

Wherever Plumlee goes, he’ll be a back-up big man and won’t be rosterable barring injury for fantasy.

Trade For

Jalen Johnson (PF/C – ATL)

So, the Hawks want a package that is in the neighborhood of the Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell deals in return for John Collins. I appreciate the postering by the team, but that’s not going to happen. And I like Collins! Collins, along with Myles Turner, are two players who are always in trade rumors, but this may be the year it actually happens.

If it does, look for Johnson to get the run for Atlanta. He hasn’t had the breakout year I had hoped for, but with Collins gone, Johnson should see extended run for the Hawks on the court.

Trade Away

Isaiah Jackson (PF/C – IND)

Speaking of Turner, if the two sides are unable to reach an agreement for an extension, it would make sense for the Pacers to trade Turner to a true contender. If that happens, you’ll see a lot of people clamoring for I-Jax.

I’d try to capitalize on that, though, as Jackson isn’t flashing the same high-upside that made him a must-start player down the stretch last year. He’ll be worth rostering, of course, but cashing in on the hype is always a smart move to make in fantasy.

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Michael Waterloo is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Michael, check out his archive and follow him @MichaelWaterloo.

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