Week 5 Fantasy Trade Values

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We've all been there. You're riding high with a great roster, until a string of bad luck sinks the good ship SS Fantasy Hopes. Oh sure, you've tried to build in fail-safes and redundancies into your roster, but you can't just predict Russell Westbrook suffering a broken hand in the second week of the season.

The only thing worse than watching one of your stars go down is watching his backup shine in a starring role -- on someone else's team. You can't possibly account for every contingency plan for your entire starting roster, but there are some players whose value in the event of an injury is so obvious, you can hardly afford not to have them on your roster.

With that in mind, here are the Fantasy handcuffs you most need to own, and the types of trades you might need to make to get them.

Gorgui Dieng (plays behind Nikola Pekovic)

Dieng is a solid, but mostly unspectacular option when Nikola Pekovic is active, averaging 8.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in eight appearances off the bench this season. However, he is a must-own option in all leagues, even if you don't have Pekovic, because of his numbers when Pekovic sits. He is averaging 11.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks in 17 career starts. Since Pekovic misses more than 20 games per year on average in his career, Dieng has to be on your bench if you rely on Pekovic.
Players you should trade for Dieng: Tony Wroten, Alec Burks, Paul Pierce

Tony Wroten (plays behind Michael Carter-Williams)

Wroten falls into a similar category as Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson, in that he isn't so much a handcuff, because he still has value in a secondary role. Wroten's numbers are down across the board since Carter-Williams returned, but he is still averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds over the last four games, while starting three of them. Wroten will still find playing time, but he is more of a bench option when Carter-Williams is around. However, MCW has already dealt with some fairly serious injuries, and Wroten has been tremendous in a starting role, averaging 18.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in 26 starts since last season. You need him on your roster, because he's a must-start guy whenever he plays big minutes.
Players you should trade for Wroten: Kelly Olynyk, Omer Asik, Draymond Green

Mason Plumlee (plays behind Brook Lopez)

Plumlee, more than the other two, is the classic Fantasy handcuff. He was surprisingly productive and effective as a rookie, though he might not have even gotten the chance if not for a season-ending injury to Brook Lopez. Lopez is back this season, and that has coincided with a significant dip in Plumlee's production. The Nets' offensive system might not be totally conducive to Plumlee's style of play, but he is still averaging 12.7 points and 13.4 rebounds per-36 minutes while serving as Lopez's understudy. Just 22 of Plumlee's 167 minutes this season have been shared with Lopez, and the combination hasn't even seen the floor in four of nine games, so this is a true backup situation. Plumlee isn't a must-own player in his current role, but you will absolutely need to rush to add him if Lopez's injury woes creep into the picture again.
Players you should for Plumee: Jameer Nelson, Zach LaVine, Josh McRoberts

And now, on to the trade value chart ...

Player H2H ROTO Player H2H ROTO Player H2H ROTO
Anthony Davis 46 50 Jared Sullinger 21 12 Giannis Antetokounmpo 10 11
LeBron James 44 38 Lance Stephenson 21 11 Ricky Rubio 10 11
Chris Paul 43 34 Jeff Green 20 14 Terrence Jones 10 11
James Harden 42 36 Roy Hibbert 19 22 Courtney Lee 10 6
John Wall 41 30 Kawhi Leonard 19 23 Nene 10 6
Kobe Bryant 39 22 Josh Smith 19 14 David West 9 9
Stephen Curry 38 40 Michael Carter-Williams 19 13 Andre Drummond 8 13
Damian Lillard 38 31 Jeff Teague 19 10 David Lee 8 8
DeMarcus Cousins 35 29 Trevor Ariza 18 22 Devin Harris 8 8
Blake Griffin 34 26 Al Horford 18 17 George Hill 8 8
Carmelo Anthony 33 31 Markieff Morris 18 13 Shawne Williams 8 8
LaMarcus Aldridge 33 29 Bradley Beal 18 12 Nikola Pekovic 8 7
Nikola Vucevic 33 22 Eric Bledsoe 18 15 Rudy Gobert 8 7
Kyrie Irving 33 21 Serge Ibaka 17 26 Amir Johnson 8 6
Tyreke Evans 33 17 Kevin Durant 17 17 Donald Sloan 8 6
Dwyane Wade 33 15 DeAndre Jordan 16 19 Patrick Beverley 8 6
Ty Lawson 33 14 Russell Westbrook 16 15 Wilson Chandler 8 6
Chris Bosh 31 30 Goran Dragic 16 14 Channing Frye 7 10
Kyle Lowry 31 27 Marcin Gortat 16 14 Jabari Parker 7 10
Rudy Gay 31 24 Tyson Chandler 16 14 Jonas Valanciunas 7 10
Brandon Knight 31 19 Andrew Bogut 16 12 Enes Kanter 7 8
Rajon Rondo 31 17 Wesley Matthews 16 11 Andre Iguodala 7 7
Klay Thompson 30 22 Tony Parker 16 10 Chris Copeland 7 7
Deron Williams 30 19 Chandler Parsons 14 19 Chris Kaman 7 7
Pau Gasol 30 19 Ryan Anderson 14 15 J.R. Smith 7 7
Darren Collison 30 13 Kyle Korver 14 14 Kevin Garnett 7 7
Gordon Hayward 28 29 Thaddeus Young 14 14 Perry Jones 7 7
Marc Gasol 28 26 Brook Lopez 14 12 Gerald Green 7 6
Dwight Howard 28 22 Evan Fournier 14 10 Mo Williams 7 6
Paul Millsap 28 21 Alec Burks 14 8 Larry Sanders 6 10
Jimmy Butler 28 20 Isaiah Thomas 14 8 Gorgui Dieng 6 9
Kevin Love 27 27 Trey Burke 14 8 Nerlens Noel 6 9
Al Jefferson 27 19 Jamal Crawford 14 7 Brandan Wright 6 8
Jrue Holiday 27 16 Victor Oladipo 13 12 Tony Allen 6 8
DeMar DeRozan 26 13 Taj Gibson 13 11 Jameer Nelson 6 7
Brandon Jennings 25 19 Omer Asik 13 10 Jose Calderon 6 7
Mike Conley 25 19 Paul Pierce 13 9 Steven Adams 6 7
Reggie Jackson 25 16 Luol Deng 12 12 Alex Len 6 6
Joe Johnson 25 14 Derrick Rose 12 10 Anthony Morrow 6 6
Zach Randolph 25 11 Iman Shumpert 12 7 Aaron Brooks 6 6
Tobias Harris 24 17 Mario Chalmers 12 6 Elfrid Payton 6 6
Monta Ellis 24 14 Robin Lopez 11 16 Marcus Smart 6 6
Tim Duncan 24 14 Kelly Olynyk 11 10 Zach LaVine 6 6
Greg Monroe 22 10 Kevin Martin 11 8 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 6 6
Dirk Nowitzki 21 22 Tony Wroten 11 9 Danny Green 6 6
Derrick Favors 21 20 Kenneth Faried 11 9 Tiago Splitter 5 7
Nicolas Batum 21 18 Jeremy Lamb 11 7 Andrew Wiggins 5 7
Kemba Walker 21 16 Manu Ginobili 11 7 Spencer Hawes 5 6
Joakim Noah 21 15 Jeremy Lin 11 6 Josh McRoberts 4 7
Jordan Hill 21 15 Draymond Green 10 13 K.J. McDaniels 3 7
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