Fantasy Basketball Week 12 Trade Values: Jeff Teague, Ricky Rubio headline sell-high candidates

The Pacers decided a few years back they needed to get smaller and faster, and Larry Bird went about remaking the team in that image. Gone were hulking behemoths David West and Roy Hibbert, who anchored the team's last iteration as a contender, but who also played a big part in the team's limited ceiling against other top-tier teams.

This new version of the Pacers was to be built around Paul George, and though they couldn't quite get the right pieces around him in 2015-16, they did win 45 games while stumbling onto a cornerstone piece in Myles Turner. This offseason was supposed to be where things came together after Bird had two full offseasons to see his vision through.

And then the Pacers stumbled to a 12-12 start to the season with a retooled roster that didn't quite fit. The addition of Jeff Teague gave them a more dynamic option at the point, but Teague found himself stymied in his new role. He shot just 41.8 percent from the field and 29.6 percent from 3-point range, while averaging just 14.8 points and 6.8 assists per game. Those weren't bad numbers, but we had hoped for more, and the fit next to Monta Ellis just wasn't working.

Ellis went down with an injury in early December, however, and the Pacers seem to have figured something out. They are 8-6 in their past 14 in the last month, but more importantly for Fantasy players, Teague has really taken off. He is averaging 9.8 assists per game over that span, and the Pacers have been the 10th-best offense in basketball in that span.

Good things happened when the Pacers have put the ball in Teague's hands, and his Fantasy players have reaped the rewards as well. Of course, the fact that Teague might be relatively situation-dependent makes him a perfect sell-high candidate. If he keeps playing this well, he is going to be a borderline top-10 point guard, but as we saw earlier in the season, there's some downside here.

Teague also just happens to play the easiest position in Fantasy to fill. If he keeps filling it up with nearly 10 assists per game, he's going to be tough to replace, but if he reverts back to the 6-7 range he has spent most of his career, you won't necessarily miss him. This is the perfect opportunity to start shopping Teague, and if you could get a player like Rudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward, or C.J. McCollum at a harder to fill position, you could really come out ahead.

Here are some other players to consider selling high on as we move into the second half of the season:

Tyler Johnson Miami Heat SG
Johnson is taking full advantage of his opportunity this season, posting by far the best numbers of his career. However, he has been a top-40 Fantasy option lately, averaging 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.1 combined blocks and steals with only 0.9 turnovers per game over the last month. He is in a great situation to continue taking advantage, but it's asking an awful lot, especially with his value never higher.
Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves PG
Like Teague, Rubio is enjoying a nice run of late, averaging 8.6 assists per game over the past month. He still has his shortcomings, however, and with the Timberwolves seemingly headed nowhere fast yet again, he remains a candidate for either a trade or a reduced role as the team could look to get a closer look at rookie Kris Dunn down the stretch.
Jae Crowder Boston Celtics SF
Crowder is an underrated Fantasy option, because he doesn't put up big scoring numbers but does pretty much everything else well. That includes shooting, at least this season, as he has increased his 3-point percentage from 33.6 percent last year to 41.6 so far. Crowder should have little trouble remaining a useful Fantasy option, but his value might never be higher thanks to his hot shooting.
Julius Randle Los Angeles Lakers PF
It's hard to replace the kind of playmaking you're getting from Randle, and he has fit in well as the Draymond Green analog in Luke Walton's offense. However, with Brandon Ingram still being groomed as a playmaker and D'Angelo Russell continuing to bloom, it might be tough for him to keep up his 4.5 assists per game rate from the last month.

Point Guards

Player H2H ROTO
James Harden 45 52
Russell Westbrook 45 41
Giannis Antetokounmpo 36 51
John Wall 28 28
Chris Paul 26 30
Damian Lillard 25 26
Stephen Curry 24 41
Kyle Lowry 23 27
Isaiah Thomas 23 22
Kemba Walker 21 22
Kyrie Irving 20 20
Jeff Teague 19 20
CJ McCollum 17 21
Eric Bledsoe 16 17
Goran Dragic 15 14
Dennis Schroder 15 11
Mike Conley 14 18
Zach LaVine 14 17
Jrue Holiday 14 12
Reggie Jackson 14 12
D'Angelo Russell 14 11
Ricky Rubio 11 14
George Hill 11 12
Elfrid Payton 11 6
Jeremy Lin 10 9
Derrick Rose 8 4
Darren Collison 7 6
Tyreke Evans 7 8
Marcus Smart 6 6
Deron Williams 6 4
Eric Gordon 4 10
Malcolm Brogdon 4

6
Patrick Beverley 4 9
Emmanuel Mudiay 4 5

Shooting Guards

Player H2H ROTO
James Harden 45 52
Jimmy Butler 26 27
DeMar DeRozan 26 23
CJ McCollum 17 21
Nicolas Batum 16 16
Andrew Wiggins 15 8
Zach LaVine 14 17
Klay Thompson 12 18
Avery Bradley 12 13
Devin Booker 12 6
Bradley Beal 11 15
Victor Oladipo 10 12
Evan Fournier 10 10
Jeremy Lin 10 9
Dwyane Wade 9 7
Tyler Johnson 6 8
Wesley Matthews 6 7
Gary Harris 6 7
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 6 6
Marcus Smart 6 6
Will Barton 5 5
Brandon Knight 5 4
Lou Williams 5 4
Tim Hardaway 5 3
Eric Gordon 4 10
Malcolm Brogdon 4 6
Jamal Crawford 4 3
Buddy Hield 4 3
Brandon Ingram 4 3
Patrick Beverley 4 9
Nick Young 3 6
JJ Redick 3 7

Small Forwards

Player H2H ROTO
Player
Giannis Antetokounmpo 36 51
LeBron James 35 34
Kevin Durant 33 50
Jimmy Butler 26 27
Kawhi Leonard 22 44
Paul George 20 28
Gordon Hayward 20 21
Carmelo Anthony 18 15
Jabari Parker 17 16
Nicolas Batum 16 13
Andrew Wiggins 15 8
Harrison Barnes 13 11
Rudy Gay 11 13
Evan Fournier 10 10
Markieff Morris 8 6
Otto Porter 7 18
Trevor Ariza 6 16
Jae Crowder 6 16
Wesley Matthews 6 7
Danilo Gallinari 6 6
Marcus Smart 6 4
Thaddeus Young 5 7
Tobias Harris 5 5
Ben Simmons 5 6
Chandler Parsons 4 5
James Johnson 4 6
Brandon Ingram 4 3
Josh Richardson 4 1
Aaron Gordon 4 6
Moe Harkless 3 6
Robert Covington 3 7

Power Forwards

Player H2H ROTO
Anthony Davis 34 44
DeMarcus Cousins 32 28
Kevin Love 20 33
Paul George 20 28
Draymond Green 16 29
Nikola Jokic 18 27
Paul Millsap 18 19
Jabari Parker 17 16
Joel Embiid 16 22
Blake Griffin 14 8
Kristaps Porzingis 14 20
Harrison Barnes 13 11
LaMarcus Aldridge 13 15
Rudy Gay 11 13
Gorgui Dieng 10 17
Julius Randle 10 5
Serge Ibaka 9 15
Myles Turner 9 17
Trevor Booker 6 9
Markieff Morris 8 9
Otto Porter 7 18
Wilson Chandler 7 3
Trevor Ariza 6 16
Danilo Gallinari 6 6
Derrick Favors 6 8
Tobias Harris 5 5
Thaddeus Young 5 7
Dirk Nowitzki 5 6
Ersan Ilyasova 4 2
Nikola Mirotic 4 8
James Johnson 4 4
Aaron Gordon 4 6
Moe Harkless 3 6
Nerlens Noel 3 8
Ryan Anderson 4 12

Centers

Player H2H ROTO
Player
Anthony Davis 34 44
DeMarcus Cousins 32 28
Karl-Anthony Towns 28 33
Nikola Jokic 18 27
Hassan Whiteside 16 25
Joel Embiid 16 22
Al Horford 16 21
Andre Drummond 16 10
Marc Gasol 15 23
Brook Lopez 15 20
DeAndre Jordan 12 12
Mason Plumlee 12 9
Marcin Gortat 11 15
Myles Turner 10 22
Rudy Gobert 10 22
Nikola Vucevic 10 9
Dwight Howard 10 8
Pau Gasol 10 7
Enes Kanter 7 8
Steven Adams 6 11
Greg Monroe 6 8
Jonas Valanciunas 6 8
Derrick Favors 6 8
Tristan Thompson 5 2
Nerlens Noel 4 8
Robin Lopez 4 7
Cody Zeller 4 6
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