Fantastic basketball players to buy low, sell high; plus 12 waiver wire targets

Now that we’re a few weeks into the regular season and the dust is starting to settle a bit, fantasy managers whose teams are struggling might be itching to hit the panic button.

So let’s start this week’s column with some suggestions for players to consider buying low and selling high, as you try to exploit your other fantasy enemies.

Buy low: Trae youngATL

Not only has Young been nursing a shin injury lately, but he’s shooting just 38% from the field and 30% from 3-point range. Compare that to last season, when Young shot 46% from the field and made 38% of his treys. Delete Murray cut Young’s rebounds and assists and robbed him of some of his shine, but Young will still be a fantastic Top 15 player once his shooting efficiency normalizes.

Sell ​​expensive: Donovan MitchellKEY

Mitchell got off to a flying start for the ridersbut he received a boost at the start of the season due to Darius Garland already missed six games. In Cleveland’s first six games of the season, when Garland had just 13 minutes of action, Mitchell exploded for 32.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 7.0 attempts. free throws per game.

But in the three games Garland played more than 30 minutes, those numbers dropped to 29.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 5.3 free throw attempts per game. If you need an assist boost, you may be able to trade it directly for Young.

Buy low: LaMelo ballCHA

It was a full month ago when Ball badly sprained his left ankle. Not only has he yet to play a game this season, but the Hornets have been pretty quiet when it comes to providing updates on his rehab and recovery. As a result, the team with LaMelo in your league might come up with trade deals, and come up with two healthy, reliable players with far fewer upsides than LaMelo might fit.

Sell ​​expensive: Keldon JohnsonSAS

We all knew Johnson’s usage rate was going to see a huge boost this season, but we didn’t know how effective he would be and if he’d be able to improve on his lackluster defensive numbers. Well, we are 10 games into his season and the results are telling. All of Johnson’s shooting percentages have improved from last season and he’s been searing from deep, shooting 3.8 treys per game on nearly 43% shooting from behind the arc. He’s also dishing out 3.8 assists and catching 1.1 steals per game, which are big improvements from last year.

If you drafted Johnson expecting him to make the Top 50 this season, the outlook is looking good for you. But what if his 3-point shot starts to wane as opposing teams start focusing more on him, and what if the Spurs decide to close it in the second half of the season to improve their lottery chances? Offer Johnson more of a low-level point guard like Mount Morris because LaMelo is not as insulting as he would have been a month ago.

Buy low: Jarrett AllenKEY

When I think of Allen’s offensive role, I imagine him rolling to the basket for a thunderous jam. Last season, Allen had 2.9 dunks per game and shot 67.7% from the field, making him one of the most valuable centers. This season, he’s also throwing 2.9 dunks per game, but he’s only shooting 53.3% from the field after 10 games played. However, it’s important to remember that Cleveland’s top passer, Garland, has missed more than half of his games so far, which resulted in fewer quality shots for Allen early on.

Sell ​​expensive: Ivica ZubacBAC

As someone who has consistently drafted Zubac over the past two years, it’s extremely disappointing to finally see him break out this season, as I’ve chosen not to draft him at all this year. Last season his 24.4 minutes, 8.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game were career highs, but now he’s blowing those numbers. Going into Wednesday’s games, Zubac ranked seventh with 11.1 boards per game, while shockingly leading the league in shot blocking with 2.5 rejections per contest. Given those garish numbers, you might be able to trade it in for Domantas Sabonis if you add sweetener.

Buy low: Klay ThompsonGSW

Thompson has been icy to start the season, shooting just 36 percent from the field and less than 33 percent from 3-point range. Compare that to his career ratings, which are over 45% from the field and better than 41% from behind the arc. Is Klay 100% healthy? Probably not, but he still has a positive impact when he’s on the pitch, and I expect him to gradually improve as the season progresses.

Sell ​​expensive: Jordan ClarksonUtah

In Clarkson’s last two seasons combined, he made just 33 percent of his 3-pointers and gave away just 2.5 cents a game. After 12 games this season, he’s made 42% of his treys and handed out 5.2 assists per game. Even his rebounds and blocks are way above his previous career highs, but I don’t think his current output is sustainable. If you’re trying to pull off a 2-for-1 upgrade, Clarkson could be the perfect throw-in player right now.

Buy low: Jabari Smith Jr.HOO

While his fellow top rookie Paolo Banchero was pretty reliable early on, Smith struggled mightily. His love for all three is a bit of a concern, as 55% of his field goal attempts have come from behind the arc so far. The biggest problem is that he only shoots 30% of both 3-point range AND 2-point range. But we know most rookies improve as the season progresses, and the Rockets will continue to power Smith’s major minutes. Since it currently does more harm than good, you can probably get it for pretty cheap.

Sell ​​expensive: Kelly Oubre Jr.CHA

On paper, Oubré’s combination of 17.6 points, 1.3 steals and 2.5 triples per game is somewhat enticing. But in reality, he should produce a lot more for Charlotte given that LaMelo has been out all year, Cody Martin only played a scant minute, and the two Gordon Hayward and terry rozier missed a handful of games. I suggest packing Oubre with someone while you still can, as he may soon be dropped off. Along the same lines, perhaps mason plumlee can help you close the deal on a 2-for-1 player upgrade.

Waiver Wire

Next, let’s explore a dozen players to consider adding your waiver thread, from shallow leagues to ultra-deep leagues…

Jalen SuggENT — 63% registered
In the absence of a specific timetable for the returns of either Markelle Fultz Where Anthony Cole, Suggs should definitely be on more lists now. He doesn’t score much and his shooting percentages are mediocre, but the beefy 5.0 cents and 2.2 steals per game carry a lot of weight.

Max StrusMIA – 53% enrolled
In some teams, I have both De’Andre Hunter and Strus, but if you ask me to choose between them, it’s Strus all the way. Their points and rebounds per game are nearly identical, but Strus is averaging 1.2 extra triples per game, while Hunter’s combo of just 1.7 assists + steals + blocks per game must be near the bottom among regulars. the league.

isaiah jacksonIND — 47% registered
Jackson is coming off a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday in just 18 minutes of action. We also know that a monster block game is imminent. The consistency is not there yet, but the benefit is palpable.

patrick williamsCHI – 33% enrolled
After adding Pat-Will a few times last Sunday, I was pleased to see him smash four shots on Wednesday, bringing his total to 12 blocks in his last seven games. His score comes and goes, but he becomes an enforcer for Chicagodefense.

Monk MalikSAC – 30% registered
That’s laughable Evan Fournier is currently registered in the same percentage of leagues as Monk, because the latter has done a serious job. Although he hasn’t started a single game yet, Monk is still dropping 12.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 treys per game, while making 14 of 15 giveaways so far.

Cameron PaynePHO — 29% registered
It was a good time for Payne this week as he was coming back from a left foot problem just like Chris Paul fell with a right heel problem. It doesn’t seem like a very serious injury to Paul, but the Suns play it safe with their trusty vet. Every time CP3 has come out over the past few years, Payne has proven himself to be quite solid and reliable.

Aleksej PokusevskyOKC – 29% registered
After sitting out a few games with a shoulder issue, Poku came back on Wednesday to have his best game of the season, posting 17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 4 treys and just 1 foul. two fold. extra minutes against Milwaukee. Would he have put up the same stat line if Giannis had played? Bwahahaha, of course not!!!

Tari ReasonHOU – 25% registered
Eason has been hard to trust when it comes to starting lineups, but surely he should be listed in more than a quarterback of all fantasy leagues. On Wednesday, he shot just 5 of 15 from the field in 21 minutes of action, but had 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals against the skillful and athletic. raptors.

Seth’s CurryBKN – 19% registered
After starting his season with a rusty 1-of-12 from the field, Curry finally broke out on Wednesday, scoring 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting from deep. We know he can shoot and the opportunity is there for him to step in now for the Nets.

George NiangPHI – 9% enrolled
An offensive opportunity opened up in Philadelphia with James Harden sidelined for the following month, and Niang was the first player to really take advantage, draining seven triples with a few interceptions against a still tough Suns team last Monday. In ultra-deep leagues, he’s worth a look.

Andre NembhardIND — 3% enrolled
Christian Koloko has been the most fantasy-worthy player among second-round rookie draft picks so far, but Nembhard is also starting to make some noise, now that Chris Duarte is sidelined with an ankle injury. The rookie guard has dished out 15 assists in his last three games, with the potential to steal as well.

Sims of JerichoNYK – 0% registered
True Las Vegas summer league fans know who Sims is, as he’s proven to be a physical freak in that setting for the past two summers. The Sims played more than 27 minutes in a game just four times last season for the Knicks, but on Wednesday he had a chance early in the season to really step up, and he was able to produce 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 27 minutes. It will lose all its value once Michael Robinson is coming back from his knee injury, but Sims is showing he’s ready to be a consistent rotation player.

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