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Hold Them or Fold Them: Week 20

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.



Marvin Bagley, PF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley has been an interesting fantasy player to follow: He played well early on this season, increasing his stock, but fantasy managers were concerned due to inconsistency, so it lowered. He then started to consistently play well again, but was soon injured, leaving him out for most of March, and nearly all of April. Now that he’s back, his fantasy stock has sky-rocketed once again, from 30.9% to 52.3%, as he averages 15.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and one steal per game in his three match-ups since his return. Sacramento can still make the playoffs if they can win out with six games left in the season (not including the play-in tournament), but that would also mean that the teams ahead would have to lose out as well. Regardless, they still should try to make the playoffs, since they really have nothing lose at this point. Marvin Bagley will be a big part of that, so if he’s available in your league, this pick-up may help you win your league!

Enes Kanter, C, Portland Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter had a pretty busy March to say the least, averaging a double-double of 13.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. In April, his numbers went down a little bit, but were still impressive nonetheless: 10.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game that month. But towards the end of April and early May, Portland big Jusuf Nurkic has dominated the stat-sheet at the center position for the Trail Blazers, while Enes’ numbers have gone way down. Just in the last four match-ups, Kanter averages 4.8 points, and 6.8 rebounds per game. With the end of the season nearing, he doesn’t have time to turn it around. It’s too late to trade him away too. Unfortunately, the best decision here is to follow the trends, and drop Enes Kanter, so you can open up some spots for others who will benefit your team more.

Kent Bazemore, SG, Golden State Warriors
During the second half of April, Kent Bazemore’s average of 11.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, two assists, and 1.9 steals per game across eight match-ups helped raise his stock from two percent to 14.3% over the past seven days. Most notably, his 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and six steals in Golden State’s loss to Washington had many in fantasy paradise. Yet something happened in May, as Bazemore averages just 6.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 1.7 steals per game in his three match-ups this month. Of course, those number aren’t terrible, but they’re not enough to help you succeed in fantasy, unless you really need someone who has blocks and steals in abundance. Otherwise, this pick-up doesn’t make too much sense, and his fantasy stock will likely fall over the next few days.

Robert Williams III, C, Boston Celtics
Robert Williams is finally back, and saying that the Celtics missed him would be an understatement. His first three games back have been alright, with a 6.3 point, 7.7 rebound, 2.7 assist, 1.7 block, and one steal per game average in three match-ups. But as the Celtics continue their fight to get out of the seventh seed (as to avoid a first round match-up against the Nets super team), Williams will play an important role, especially now that Jaylen Brown is out (again), and Tristan Thompson is listed as questionable. His return caused his roster percentage to shoot back up to 55.4%, but that could still mean he is available in your league. He may not be the best center out there, but from what’s currently available, Robert Williams is likely the best obtainable one at this point.

Dennis Schroder, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
Since it’s nearly the end of the regular season, the most dropped players out there are the injured ones. Take Dennis Schroder for example: In Lebron and AD’s absence, he (along with some teammates) stepped up to the plate, and took over, helping the Lakers maintain a high enough seed. Now that he’s out until May 15, it makes sense to drop him: At this point he’s a waste of a roster spot. So if there is anyone on your roster that is currently injured, and will miss more than one game, drop him (unless he will probably come back and put up 30 points anyways). Guys like Donovan Mitchell, Dennis Schroder, Derrick White, and Jaren Jackson Jr are perfect examples of this. It’s best not to take any chances on injuries this late unless it’s, you know, LeBron James.

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