Week 9 Fantasy Trade Values
With NBA teams starting to make moves, should Fantasy owners follow suit? Our Chris Towers helps you make the right calls for Week 9 with his latest Trade Value Chart.
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With Rajon Rondo finally getting moved Thursday and Corey Brewer shipped out of Minnesota, the NBA trade season is officially open. And, though you didn't have to wait until Dec. 15 to trade anyone in your league, there was still plenty of reason to wait on pulling the trigger on a big trade. However, we're almost done with the first third of the season, meaning your chances to turn things around are dwindling.
We receive plenty of trade questions on our Fantasy basketball podcast (link), so many that we can't always get to them all. To mark the official open of trade season, I decided to pick through a few of the most interesting this week.
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Jimmy, from Boston via Australia, writes,
Here's my roster:
I'd like to target an efficient guard to team with Durant going forward rather than Gasol. Someone younger with more upside, maybe, since I figure getting big man stats with efficiency is probably easier.
Do you see a sweetener I might include to push for Curry, Harden, Wall or should I try straight up for Irving/Lillard range?
Based on the chart, Gasol for Wall might work, though Wall isn't quite the model of efficiency you might be looking for. If you wanted to get someone who is a bit more helpful in 3-point and free-throw shooting, Lillard is the lower end of the spectrum you should be targeting, and it might be worth throwing Donatas Motiejunas out for him, along with Gasol. If you really wanted to swing for the fences, Oladipo and Gasol for Curry makes a certain amount of sense, if the other team would go for it.
So, I'm in a 12-team, H2H 9-category, and I got an interesting trade offer:
I have to accept the crap out of that trade right?
Yes. I wouldn't give up Davis for Cousins straight up, and yet you are getting Morris thrown in on top. Morris might be droppable, to be honest, but that wouldn't change how I feel about this deal. Davis is just the vastly superior player, and you should be thankful whoever sent you the trade doesn't realize it.
My current team: Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chandler Parsons, Nicolas Batum, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Dwyane Wade, Terrence Ross, Darren Collison, Joakim Noah, Nikola Pekovic, Gorgui Dieng, Kyle Korver
Even if you think Butler is due for some regression, I think you have to do this trade. Wade has been the better player among the shooting guards, but the gap isn't so big that it's insurmountable. If Butler is 85 percent of Wade in scoring and assists, he makes up for the game with sheer volume everywhere else. And Wade, like Noah, is a major injury risky; Butler and Ibaka have already played a combined 12 more games than the duo you would be giving up.
You're giving up assists, mostly, but you should be able to make up for that with shooting, defense and much lower turnover totals. My gut tells me this a no-brainer, and the chart agrees -- you gain 48 points in this trade, while giving up 36. Do it.
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