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.
Fantasy Basketball Trade Advice (Week 18)
Below are this week’s fantasy-basketball targets to trade for and trade away.
Do you know who has been really, really bad this year? Well, if you know anything about how articles work, it’s Middleton based on the sub-head literally right above this. But anyway, yeah, he hasn’t been good.
He missed the start of the season with an injured risk, and it’s clearly affected his play so far this year. But what it does is open up a wide-open window to acquire the All-Star forward, as he’ll get a chance to rest over the All-Star break and play big minutes in the second half – just in time for your fantasy playoffs.
The cost to acquire him is actual pennies, so I’d make a play on him if I’m in a playoff push.
I’m not sure how Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic will work, but it’s damn fun to watch (it was even more fun watching Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels lock the two stars down at the end of their game, but I digress).
But with Irving and Luka dominating the offensive end of the game for the Mavericks, Wood becomes an afterthought.
Also, it’s probably not what you want to hear, but Wood has more perceived value in fantasy than he has actual value in real-life and in fantasy. I’d look to trade him for anything valuable to help you in your playoff push.
I really wasn’t sure how the Portland wing situation would play out after the trade deadline, but I really like what we saw from Thybulle in his first game with the Blazers – scoring aside. In his second game, he scored two points, which is more what we should expect.
But so far, in two games with the Trail Blazers, Thybulle has five steals and three blocks in two games – games where he averaged 28 minutes per night. It’s a great sign of things to come, and finding defensive stats to count on can be so hard to come across.
I love Shaedon Sharpe, too, and want to trade for him, but don’t forget about Thybulle, either, if you need defensive stats. He should still come at a relatively cheap price.
So, for real-life purposes, we got good news on the KAT injury front. Per Shams Charania, there’s optimism that KAT will be back in the second season. That should be good for fantasy, too, right?
Well, the issue is, the rumored timeline will have him back with 10-15 games left in the season – which is in the heart of the fantasy playoffs. If it’s a redraft league, I’d look to get anything I can for him at this point banking on his name and the “he’s returning” narrative.
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