Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Get ‘Em While You Can – Six Players to Buy Low

Trading in fantasy sports is all about maximizing value. It's the most fun part of the game, but also the most difficult to master. A well-timed trade, acquiring a player for less than he's worth, could easily make the difference between winning and losing your league. Here are some players that are worth targeting while their values are depressed.

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce's shot will come around
Paul Pierce - Pierce is in a slump right now making him a fine buy low candidate. He’s shooting 40% from the field and 70% from the line over the last month. Despite the shooting struggles, he’s returning third round value for the season and there’s no reason he can't return to performing like he did at the beginning of the season. He will be even more valuable once his shot starts falling with consistency. 

Roy Hibbert - Hibbert still hasn’t recovered from his shooting slump with averages of 41% (career 47% shooter) from the floor and 68% from the charity stripe for this season. However, he is still helping owners get by with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.7 blocks in 28 minutes. Throw an offer if you need a center because will continue to block shots and it's only a matter of time before his FG% comes up. His job is secure with no one there to replace him and it’s only a matter of time before he figures it out on the offensive end.

Joakim Noah - The window of opportunity is low on this one. With averages of 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1.6 blocks over the last month, Noah is going to be hard to get. But it’s definitely worth a shot because he’s a proven to be an elite fantasy asset. You never know, some owners might be fed up with his poor field goal percentage (41% over the last month). If you’re going to make a move for Noah, make it fast because he’s bound to get his shot back.

Rudy Gay - It seems as if the trade rumors have stifled Gay’s performance on the court. Over the last month, Gay’s numbers were unimpressive with averages of 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.5 three-pointers on 41% shooting from the field. Don’t be discouraged by this slump as Gay is a great fantasy play for the rest of the season, especially if he’s wearing another jersey in March. Target him with confidence. 

AI v.II Team USA
Andre Iguodala with the Olympic team
Andre Iguodala - Here is another struggling small forward who’s been under-performing for most of the season. Although his averages of 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.4 steals in 34.7 minutes seem pretty good, the damage comes from his horrible 43.2% shooting from the field and an abysmal 60.8% from the free throw line. His numbers have declined each month, to the point where his owners are likely at their breaking points. Don't expect a return to the top 30 player he was in Philly, but AI should have a much better second half.

George Hill - If you couldn't get him while he was injured, there is still hope. With Granger expected to return early February, there is skepticism of the impact he will have on the Pacers lineup. Hill has been a headache while he was dealing with an injury and an illness, but now that he’s back, his averages will rise (he is shooting his lowest FG% since his rookie year). He is not a household name so his owner may be more willing to let him go...Remember that not too long ago Hill was returning third round value.

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