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Hold Them or Fold Them: Week 10

In fantasy basketball, you have to know when to hold players or fold players by trading them away. Here’s some help for that decision.

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Davis Bertans, SF, Washington Wizards
Bertans has had two incredible games recently: 18 points, two steals, two assists, and four rebounds on February 15, and 35 points, one steal, one block, one assist, and three rebounds on the 17th. No wonder why his roster percentage is up from 15.5% to 26.6% in ESPN Fantasy. However, since then Bertans hasn’t really done too much, as he averaged seven points, one assist, and four rebounds per game in his last two match-ups. This inconsistency is something to worry about, but if you picked him up earlier it isn’t worth dropping him quite yet. It might be smart to wait until the end of the week to make a definitive decision on the Lithuanian, since he might improve his numbers. However, if you have yet to bring Davis Bertans to your roster, you should hold off on that. Just wait until one or two more games to see if Bertans improves, and if he doesn’t, it isn’t worth your time.

Robert Williams, C, Boston Celtics
Although the Boston Celtics haven’t looked so good in the past few weeks, there have been a few upsides, including sophomore center Robert Williams. From a fantasy standpoint, Williams is a diamond in the rough, as he was rostered 3.7% in ESPN Fantasy just a week ago. Now, Robert’s up to 21.1%, as he averages 7.1 points, 1.2 steals, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game. Some of his recent performances have turned heads too, most notably his 12 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, and two steals in Boston’s second game in a row against Atlanta. It makes sense that fantasy managers are interested in Williams, as Boston comes to realize what they have in last year’s 27th overall pick. However, the Celtics may look elsewhere for another center, as they have major holes to fill in the defense. But for the time being, it’s smart to follow the trends, so pick up Robert Williams if he’s available. Just keep in mind, if the Celtics look to the trade market for more help at center, Robert Williams’ minutes may be reduced.

Hamidou Diallo, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Apparently it’s really easy to turn off fantasy managers. Just one zero point game from Diallo has his fantasy roster percentage down from 41 percent to 23.2%, the biggest drop this week. I just don’t see why it was so sudden, so drastic. Just the game before, Diallo put up 15 points, one steal, one block, two assists, and two rebounds. If he were on an obvious decline, I would understand, but he isn’t, as he averages 11.2 points, 2.8 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game in the five match-ups prior to his zero point game. Therefore, the solution to this one is quite simple: If Hamidou Diallo was recently dropped in your league, go ahead and pick him up. If he continues to play horribly, only then does it make sense to drop him.

Terrence Ross, SG, Orlando Magic
Congratulations to Terrence Ross, who is in the process of transitioning from a decent fantasy pickup, to an elite starter. In his ninth NBA season, Ross is having his best year, averaging 15.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. Just in the past month, Ross has already had five games above 20 points, one of them he scored 30. Terrence Ross is balling out, and you would be a fool not to pick him up (if you’re in need of a shooting guard). At this point, I would even trade for Ross if he isn’t available in your league, as his numbers will only improve from here on out.

Jae’Sean Tate, SF, Houston Rockets
Tate went undrafted in 2018, so he settled for the Belgian league, then the Australian league. But this offseason, Jae’Sean Tate was given his first opportunity in the NBA with the Houston Rockets. Despite a slow start, Tate has had an incredible February. Overall, Jae’Sean averages 9.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. However, just this month he averages 12.7 points, 1.1 steals, 2.2 assists, and 5.9 rebounds. Fantasy managers must’ve liked what they saw, as Jae’Sean was added to 17.5% percent of rosters just in the past seven days. So if he’s available in your league, Jae’Sean Tate would be a great pickup. He’s consistent in scoring and rebounds, and has a high shooting percentage. It’s still early, so he could be obtainable at this point. Just make sure to pick him up sooner or later, since he will continue to garner interest from fantasy owners, especially those looking for shooting guards.

Just wanted to do a quick “I told you so” about Marvin Bagley, for those of you who read last week’s Hold Them or Fold Them!

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