Friday, November 30, 2012

Fantasy Basketball Sell Highs - Week 5

By Brian Cho
Fantasy Basketball Staff Writer

In fantasy sports,  the difference between winning an losing is often a well timed trade that enables an owner to acquire a player for less than what they are worth. In this article, we will highlight some of the sell highs that if sold for the right price could help you acquire the talent necessary to lead you to a championship. Check out the buy lows released earlier this week as well.

Tyreke Evans (SAC) – Tyreke’s opened the season averaging 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.5 steals shooting at 45.5% from the field and 84.3% from the line. As of late, he’s also been playing a lot at the point guard position which has been enhancing his value. However, now is the perfect time to trade Tyreke. He has been shooting the ball at a respectable rate but he’s still a subpar shooter. He has a great ability to make easy baskets by driving to the hoop but I’m not convinced that this lineup will last so his value for the rest of the season is precarious. Trade him away now while his numbers are looking good. Just be sure to obtain a player with solid mid-round value in return.
Tyreke has been playing PG a lot after Isaiah Thomas' demotion, so now's a perfect time to capitalize on his value.

Darren Collison (DAL) – Darren Collison has been performing pretty well as the starting PG in Dallas. However, newly signed Derek Fisher was just named the starter sending Collison to the bench. Carlisle’s decision to make Collison a reserve didn’t affect his fantasy value as he scored 12 points, handed out six assists and five steals in 30 minutes Tuesday night. However, his minutes and role will definitely decline. Trade him now while Dirk is still out because Collison’s touches will only further decrease as the Mavs get healthier.
OJ Mayo (DAL) - OJ has been one of the fantasy steals of this year and Dirk’s return should not hinder OJ’s fantasy outlook as much as Collison’s. OJ will still get his looks even after Dirk returns because he’s given the green light to shoot from anywhere, especially from downtown. However, he’s providing a whopping third round value in 9 category formats right now with averages of 20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and almost 3 treys. Although I am a huge OJ fan, this performance is clearly unsustainable as he is shooting 51% from 3pt land, 13% higher than any season he’s ever had before in his career. His upside sure does look too great to give up, but I’ll take a starter being the first option on his team rather than being the second option once Dirk is back in the starting lineup. Aim for players currently with third round value and lots of upside.
OJ Mayo has been shooting the lights out, but don't expect these percentages to continue all season

Kemba Walker (CHA) - In one of my leagues, he was drafted in the tenth round and has been an absolute late round steal. He’s putting up 16.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.1 steals a game and has shown no signs of slowing down other than Tuesday’s game where he put up zero points. He’s returning fifth round value as of now, but his horrible field goal is what scares me at 39% from the field. Trade for a better talent who can actually shoot and won’t kill your FG%.
Andrei Kirilenko (MIN) – AK47 is another great late round fantasy pick up this season. I’ve been trying to sell high on AK since day one because of health concerns and all the injuries on the T-Wolves. Now that Kevin Love returned from his injury AK47’s role has been slowly declining. Plus, he’s missing his second consecutive game today due to back spasms and Rubio is not far away from returning. However, with averages of 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.7 treys, 1.5 steals and 1.8 blocks this season, he still has a lot of trade value as he’s been the 28th best player in fantasy this season. Cut your losses now and trade AK before his value plummets even more.
AK47 has been a top player this season, but the injuries are already starting to pile up

Kevin Martin (OKC) – K-Mart has been on a tear since getting traded to OKC just before the start of the season. Even as a reserve, he’s averaging 16 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.4 treys and 1.4 steals while shooting 45% from the field and 94.4% from the line. He will continue to get lots of open looks with all the defensive pressure that Durant and Westbrook demand, but I suggest you move the walking injury now while he’s returning third round value. He’s not even averaging over 30 minutes a game - target a player with more upside.

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