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Hold Them or Fold Them

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.



Evan Fournier, SG, Boston Celtics
Evan Fournier had a rough time finding his rhythm in Boston at first: Missing nearly three weeks due to Covid didn’t help either. But with Jaylen Brown out for the season, the Frenchman needed to step it up a little bit. And that he did, averaging 21.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game over the past five match-ups, despite four losses. This explains Fournier’s sudden spike in roster percentage from 57.1% to 84.1%. Obviously, there is absolutely no reason to get rid of him, and if you’re lucky enough that he’s available in your league, you should pick him up. The Celtics want to win as many games as they can before the season ends, and Evan Fournier’s production will be a big part of that.

Khyri Thomas, F, Houston Rockets
Before last Friday, Khyri Thomas hadn’t played a single game in the 2021 season. Now after three match-ups, he averages 20.3 points, four rebounds, three assists, one block, and 2.7 steals per game. Although these numbers are great and all, I don’t know if the risk that 22.3% of fantasy managers decided to take in picking him up makes sense. If you have a solid lineup, and want to add to it to just make that extra push to help you win your games, this is not the move for you. Even if you need a power forward, there are other options out there: Don’t settle for Khyri Thomas, who (no offense), most haven’t heard of before his three games this season. If you have moves to spare, and you can’t find any other forward, then go ahead and take the risk of picking up Khyri Thomas.

Kendrick Nunn, SG, Miami Heat
Kendrick Nunn’s second season in the NBA is pretty similar to his first: He averages 14.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game in 2021, compared to his 15.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game last season. Fantasy managers see his 16.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game over his past six match-ups as a significant reduction in production than the previous month, when he averaged 16.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 0.7 steals per game. I simply don’t understand it, and if he’s available in your league I would definitely make this pick-up.

Isaiah Stewart, PF/C, Detroit Pistons
Consistency has often been a concern recently with Isaiah Stewart, as he’s had a 19 point game and three point game within the same week. For the most part this May, his stats have been alright, averaging 10.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, one assist, and two blocks per game. Despite these rather solid stats, he’s been trending down, and has been released by many fantasy managers this week. If you need someone who can put up some well rounded stats, I recommend Isaiah Stewart as a very late season pick-up.

Jaxson Hayes, C, New Orleans Pelicans
One bright side for the Pelicans this season has been the development of Jaxson Hayes. Over the past six match-ups, the second year averages 13.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, one assist, and 1.8 blocks per game, helping Nola win three games. Hayes is a rather reliable big man, which is why he’s been trending recently, as his roster percentage rose from 1.9% to 11.6% percent over the past week. If you’re dealing with a last second injury, I would definitely recommend this pick-up. Otherwise, Jaxson Hayes isn’t someone you can really start in an ideal situation.

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