Fantasy Basketball Week 6 Trade Values: Finding deals for Tim Frazier, Emmanuel Mudiay
Is it a good time to deal Tim Frazier? Emmanuel Mudiay? Chandler Parsons? Chris Towers takes reader questions to figure out which trades to pull the trigger on.
You'll notice some pretty drastic changes from our first round of trade values a few weeks ago, but you shouldn't be alarmed. In the first month of the season, a lot of opinion about a player is still going to be colored by production last year as well as preseason expectations.
However, as we moved forward, more and more will be based on what we've actually seen this season. That is a positive for someone like Kemba Walker or Jimmy Butler, who just continued to build on their already high baseline expectations. Dennis Schroder will be moving in opposite direction as he continues to be a disappointment for Fantasy purposes.
For this second installment of the Fantasy trade values column, I thought it was a good time to reach out to the readers and see if I can help them out.
@CTowersCBS Tim Frazier for Rudy Gay (9 cat, 10 team)— The Golden Greek (@MeechTheGreek) November 30, 2016
@CTowersCBS 12 tm roto, if you needed rebs would you try to dump tim Frazier now, (before tyreke returns) for Tristan Thompson. Is that low— Waiver Hunter (@Rotowarrior1911) November 30, 2016
Figuring out what to do with Frazier is going to be a big part of Fantasy players' plans over the next few weeks. Tyreke Evans' return from offseason knee surgery could come as soon as this weekend, and that is going to throw Frazier's role up in the air. He has mostly managed to retain his value since Jrue Holiday's return from his own absence, as Frazier is averaging 12.3 points and 7.6 assists per game with just 2.4 turnovers in the four games Holiday has played.
The Pelicans could simply use Evans at small forward next to both Frazier and Holiday, if they want to get their most talented players on the floor. Plus, Evans is likely to be worked back in slowly, so we might not see a huge change in Frazier's role immediately. Still, this is another ball-dominant player being worked in, which can't be good for Frazier's value.
Rudy Gay is an obvious win in return for Frazier -- even with the trade cloud hanging over his head -- and while I might aim for more than Thompson for Frazier right now, he is contributing enough in rebounds and blocks to make that a win in the long run, even if it might not feel that way for now.
@CTowersCBS "what kind of player can i even get for emmanuel mudiay?" chris from boston, ma— Negative Dunks (@negativedunks) November 30, 2016
Well, I have to ask: Are there any big Nuggets fans in your league? Actually, I'm not sure anyone who has watched much of Emmanuel Mudiay this season is going to be higher on him, given how many sloppy turnovers he has racked up so far this season.
Mudiay is playing a bit better of late, but he remains a middling playmaking guard who can't really shoot from anywhere on the floor despite his willingness to do so. Volume still makes him a useful H2H points player, so you might be able to get someone to sell-low on someone like Nikola Jokic, who at least has some reasonable chance to hit his upside. However, I would even settle for a Nerlens Noel stash if I could get it.
@CTowersCBS More concerned with Parsons health than his production. Need pts & 3's. Think Parsons owner would take Bazemore. Worth the risk?— Beans (@Beans4Prez) November 30, 2016
Chandler Parsons' owners are in a tough spot, and I should know because I drafted him in more than half of my seven leagues. He has barely been able to get on the floor, and wasn't any good when he was while slowly working his way back from offseason knee surgery.
He is currently sidelined by another knee injury, this time to his other leg, and there might actually be a silver lining there. A few more weeks off for his repaired knee could do wonders for his health once this bone bruise heals. He will likely take on a significant playmaking role with Mike Conley sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks, and if you could buy low on him, that looks like a solid trade to me.
Speaking of Parsons and Mudiay, I spoke with CBSSports.com NBA Writer Matt Moore about the Grizzlies and Nuggets on Tuesday's episode of the Fantasy Basketball Today podcast. Listen here:
I'm always hesitant to pull the trigger on one-for-one trades involving players with fairly similar value, so the question here is, do Lowry and Millsap still have similar value? Not according to my chart, as Lowry comes out as the clear favorite. Millsap was a borderline first-rounder last season, but it's not like he was much better than Lowry -- if at all -- and he has taken a step back this season nearly across the board.
Lowry's production is down a tad as well, but not nearly as much, and he's a full year younger, so it's a bit easier to see Millsap continuing to slide.
@CTowersCBS Gobert/Dirk for Fournier/Favors? 9 cat no TO w/ DD— Gilboe (@Gilboeee) November 30, 2016
Now, this is an interesting one. Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) and Derrick Favors (knee) are both dealing with injuries and, while Nowitzki might be more likely to return in the next week or so, Favors is probably more likely to be playing at a high level come March and April, given Nowitzki's age and the Mavericks' disastrous season.
Dallas isn't going to push its aging centerpiece, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he wasn't worth a roster spot in Fantasy before long. Rudy Gobert is an obvious win over Evan Fournier -- though the latter remains perpetually undervalued in Fantasy and real life -- but Favors' upside tips the balance in -- excuse me -- favor of his side.
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