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Eastern Conference Fantasy Basketball Notes: Week 9

We have the Eastern Conference information for your fantasy basketball needs! Check out what’s going down for Week 9!

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The NBA is a fast-paced league where trends can switch as quickly as a lightbulb. Keeping up to date with these trends is vital to your success in fantasy basketball. We’ll be looking at the expected top performers, sneaky options, injury updates, rookie trends, individual team schedules, and some other points for the Eastern Conference. The key to winning this week? Look no further than this article. We here at Nerd Fantasy Sports got you covered. Check both our Consistency Rankings and New Age Rankings to get a data-driven take on fantasy basketball!

Sleepers to Wake Up

Terry Rozier, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets
Since moving to Charlotte, Rozier has been able to produce at the highest level after a limited role in Boston. Recently, he has been on an absolute tear, playing like a top player in the league over the last week. In his last five games, Rozier has averaged 25 points, four rebounds, and four assists per game. In the same stretch of games, he has been shooting 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from three on over eight attempts per game. Rozier is a player I would recommend to sell high for the best value. More specifically, I would search for a player who has a more consistent role. Rozier has been known to be streaky and it is not likely these numbers will continue for the rest of the season.

Chris Boucher, PF/C, Toronto Raptors
Boucher had a hot start to the season, but many thought it wouldn’t last after Nick Nurse started to utilize Aaron Baynes more. Now in their last couple of games, it has been Chris Boucher being utilized more in the second half. Boucher has already been having a breakout year, but his most recent stretch is on a different level. In his last five games, Boucher has been averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. He has also been shooting 54 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc in that same stretch of games. Boucher is a player I would recommend buying now as his breakout season continues.

TJ McConnell, PG, Indiana Pacers
McConnell was mentioned on last week’s waiver wire after stepping up in his role behind Malcolm Brogdon in Indiana. That same trend has continued in these last five games. McConnell has averaged eight points, four rebounds, nine assists, and 1.8 steals per game. His most impressive stat has been his assist to turnover ratio. Which in that same stretch of games has been 6.29 assists per every turnover in those same stretch of games. With McConnell’s role likely to stay the same, I recommend adding and holding onto him until there is some sort of change to the roster or his production dips.

Rookies Doing Work

Saddiq Bey, SF, Detroit Pistons
Bey has been looking like a steal for the Detroit Pistons after being selected with the 19th overall pick. He has also benefited from the absence of Blake Griffin that has led to him receiving more playing time. He has capitalized well, including a 30-point outing against the Boston Celtics that resulted in a rare win for Detroit. In his last five games, Bey has averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game. In that same stretch, he has shot 57 percent from both the field and from three. Bey is a player I would recommend to add and hold onto, especially if Detroit trades some of their veterans at the deadline.

Patrick Williams, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls
Patrick Williams was mentioned on last week’s waiver wire as an option to add to your roster as he continues to improve his game throughout his young career. The fourth overall selection had a lot of questions coming into the season especially about his fit and perimeter game. He has had a solid start to his rookie year so far. In his last five games, Williams has averaged 11 points, six rebounds, 0.8 steals, and one block per game. His three-point shooting has improved a ton since coming into the league, but Williams still has plenty of years ahead of him to work on that.

Question of the Week

Which players do you expect to be traded at the deadline?
I think the best player out of the Eastern Conference that will likely be traded will be Andre Drummond. After the Cleveland Cavaliers had a decent start to the season, they have now lost six straight and have returned to the team most expected them to be coming into the season. They also acquired Jarrett Allen in the James Harden trade, a clear sign that he is the center of the future for them. That leaves Andre Drummond as the odd man out. There are a lot of teams with better chances of contending that need a better starting center. Brooklyn, Boston, and Toronto are just some of the teams who have expressed early interest in Andre Drummond.

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Ethan was born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. He's a sophomore at the University of Oregon studying journalism. He is an avid follower of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, and UFC. Since the return of sports, he has glued his eyes open only to experience continuous failure amongst his Philadelphia sports team.

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