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We're not quite at the point where you can't turn things around, but with Week 7 (Dec. 8-14) on the horizon, nearly one-third of the season is in the books. If you've been patiently waiting for your injured stars or slow-starters to get going, it might be time to start looking to alternatives.
The waiver wire is one place you can impact your team, but that requires a specific set of circumstances to take advantage of, and they might not be available at any given time. You have to have a potential difference maker waiting to be scooped up and a roster spot you can stick him in, in the hopes that the best-case scenario plays out.
If you're tired of waiting for the right opportunity to fall into your lap, then it's time to take action. Look to the trade block to find value, by selling high on the following players, or buying low on the others.
Sell high on…
Pau Gasol, C, Bulls
At the age of 34, having missed a combined 55 games over his previous two seasons, Gasol is enjoying a renaissance. He is averaging 19.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.1 assist and 1.9 blocks per game this season, with coach Tom Thibodeau relying on him for 35.9 minutes per game, his highest average since 2011-12. Something's got to give here; hopefully that means Thibodeau will willingly dial Gasol's minutes back, because an injury could very well be in his future if this keeps up. Gasol is performing like a top-five option at center, and if someone else in your league values him that way, it might be time to cash in your chips.
Jeff Teague, G, Hawks
Teague got off to a similarly hot start last season, averaging 17.4 points and 8.3 assists per game through the team's first 17. Through 17 games this season, he is averaging 18.0 points and 7.2 assists, largely thanks to a 41.5 percent mark from 3-point range, 40 points better than he has ever shot. It is easy to forget that Teague is still just 26, so natural progression isn't out of the question, but this seems like a bit of a fluky shooting start. Teague is playing like a top-15 guard, but should settle in closer to 25 when it's all said and done. If you could take advantage of his hot start and move him for someone like Tobias Harris or even teammate Al Horford, take the chance.
Tyreke Evans, G, Pelicans
Evans has already started regressing a bit, as his 3-point percentage has collapsed amidst a 1-for-15 stretch. He is averaging 14.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game during that seven-game span, with all of his numbers trending in the wrong direction. He can still be valuable, but Evans' overall production might help you convince someone into giving something like Tyson Chandler up -- if Evans is killing your field-goal percentage, that's one way to remedy the situation.
Buy low on…
Jabari Parker, F, Bucks
Parker has been a pretty big disappointment as a rookie, thought that is probably more the result of unfair expectations than anything else. And, I'll admit, I was one of the people who bought into the idea that he would immediately be a go-to scorer for the Bucks. However, his slow start might be your gain, as Parker is starting to show signs of figuring things out. He is shooting 52.9 percent from the field and getting to the free-throw line 3.9 times per game over the last 10, while boosting his scoring to 13.8 per game. He is also a better passer than advertised, and could be someone who improves exponentially every month. If you could swap him for Thaddeus Young, straight up, that might make both sides happy -- until Parker is tearing through the league in the second half.
David West, F, Pacers
The person in your league who owns West might have been close to dropping the veteran, after he missed the first 15 games of the season. Now that West is back, he is putting up some pretty underwhelming numbers across, the board, with his per-game averages down in every category from a year ago. If West's owner is panicking, consider offering a swap of disappointing players, like Goran Dragic or Lance Stephenson, and see if he bites. West could be a top-50 player from here on out, and is logging just 26.5 minutes per game right now.
Andre Drummond, C, Pistons
Drummond has been arguably the biggest headache in Fantasy this season, as he has failed to live up to sky-high expectations placed upon him. Coach Stan Van Gundy has made developing Drummond into a go-to scorer a priority, and the results have been hit-or-miss, to put it kindly. The third-year big man is shooting just 46.3 percent from the field, and has had trouble stringing more than a few solid games together without dropping a dud. Still, his production from last season shows what Drummond can do, and there have been recent flashes of superstardom. If his owner is fed up, you might be able to steal Drummond for someone like Markieff Morris or Kemba Walker. He would be well worth that price.