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Hold Them or Fold Them: Week 5

Dejounte Murray may not be able to will a win for the Spurs all the time, but he can anchor your fantasy basketball team!



Fantasy Basketball - Dejounte Murray

Dejounte Murray, PG, San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs aren’t looking so hot right now, as they sit in 13th in the West with a 4-9 record. However, Dejounte Murray hasn’t been so bad, averaging 18.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, eight assists, and 2.1 steals per game, with a solid 20.56 PER. Of course, those numbers aren’t even close to good enough for a number one option to lead a team to playoff contention, but that’s definitely enough for a point guard on your fantasy team, especially since he’s able to consistently put up these numbers.

Grayson Allen, SG, Milwaukee Bucks
It’s his fourth NBA season and Grayson Allen already finds himself on his third team. However, despite the difficulties many players face when joining a new team, Allen has found his place on the Milwaukee Bucks rather quickly, averaging 16 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. Obviously, Khris Middleton’s absence has something to do with him getting minutes, but the 26 year old could still play a relatively large role on the Bucks if he continues like this. Although Grayson Allen hasn’t been incredible so far this season, he be a nice fit in your utility slot if needed. And it’s not like he’s someone fantasy managers are necessarily keeping their eyes on, so trading him away won’t heed a return that’s truly worth it. Keep him on your squad for a while longer.

John Collins, PF, Atlanta Hawks
After a six game losing streak, the Atlanta Hawks were able to steam-roll through the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night, with a 120-100 win. Although Trae Young contributed the most from the Hawks’ side with 42 point-10 assist double-double, John Collins did his fair share as well, recording 19 points and six rebounds, along with a block and an assist. On the season he averages a solid 16.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, proving himself as a solid number two option alongside Trae Young. For now, Collins doesn’t serve as a great trade piece (unless there is known interest in him), but he does serve as a great part of your roster. If I were you, I’d keep John Collins for the time being, but consider using him as a trade component if you find yourself with another forward that you can replace him with, and if there’s another position you need to fill.

Jarrett Allen, C, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jarrett Allen has been in this league for six years, but don’t let that deceive you, he’s still just 23 years old. And being an NBA athlete who is young yet still experienced is a recipe for success. Allen averages a double-double of 14.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game this season. He’s been pretty consistent in the points and rebounds, categories, and there’s nothing more you can ask from a fantasy center than to have consistency in those two categories. However, he’s currently listed as day-to-day, so you may want to look for a short-term replacement for him. But once he comes back, Jarrett Allen should be back to what he was prior to his injury. Give it a few weeks, and you might just be able to sell high with the young big man.

Andrew Wiggins, SF, Golden State Warriors
Andrew Wiggins has been a part of Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors’ cast that helped bring them to their 11-2 record, and the first place spot in the West. And he’s played a pretty big role, averaging 18 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. To be fair, he does split numbers with Kevon Looney and Jordan Poole, so he might not be able to keep this up. Sometimes he scores 35, sometimes he scores just 13. But that inconsistency isn’t terrible either from a fantasy perspective, since he normally has at least one relatively high scoring game per week. His trade value is definitely not too high right now just because of how unsure we are of who Golden State’s true number two option is, but if he comes up as the sure front runner anytime soon, he might be a solid trade piece if you’re looking to acquire someone from a position of need.

Christian Wood, C, Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets are looking like one of the worst teams in basketball… again. They don’t really have a central star, and the supporting cast is well below average. It’s safe to say that this is gonna be a long season for them. However, we can still see some obvious positives on that roster, one of them being Christian Wood. He is currently their leading scorer, rebounder, and blocker, averaging 16.9, 11.5, and 0.8 per game, respectively. Now obviously, it’s never really a good look when your center is your leading scorer, especially when he averages 16.9 points per game. I wouldn’t be surprised if Wood thinks his career is being wasted in Houston, and requests a trade sooner or later. But that doesn’t mean you have to trade him: If he’s a center, and the number one scorer, rebounder, and blocker on a team, although that might be a disaster in real life, that’s paradise for a fantasy manager, especially if he’s able to up those numbers. I expect Christian Wood to continue trending up as the season progresses, so trading him away now would definitely be selling low.

CJ McCollum, SG, Portland Trail Blazers
Oddly enough, CJ McCollum has emerged as the top point scorer for the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 21.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. But it makes sense: Damian Lillard is averaging a career low 27.9% from outside the arc, while McCollum averages an impressive 40 percent. But over the past five games, Dame Dolla has been back in form, shooting a greatly improved 39.1% from three, which should take some of the weight off of CJ’s shoulders. Once Dame is 100 percent back in form, he should take back his title as leading scorer for the Trail Blazers, and McCollum’s numbers – although not drastically – will likely decrease. Maybe it’s time to sell high.

Eric Bledsoe, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
You’d think that the absence of Kawhi Leonard would completely throw off the Clippers this season, right? Well, it seems like they’re doing alright, sitting tight as the sixth seed on the West with an 8-5 record. And it’s pretty clear that Paul George has played almost like an MVP candidate so far this season, averaging 26.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. He hasn’t had a game below 20 points this month, and with the way he’s been playing, it doesn’t look like he will. But Eric Bledsoe has been a pretty big help too, as he’s slowly emerging as a solid number two option for PG13. Despite a slow start to the season, Bledsoe has started to heat up, averaging 14.8 point, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game in his past five match-ups. But he’s not really considered as a valuable asset in the fantasy world quite yet. But as I said, he is heating up, so his value may start to rise in the coming weeks. But for now, watch Bledsoe’s stock continue to rise while keeping him in your lineup.

Bogan Bogdanvoic, SF, Utah Jazz
Despite a strong start to the season, the Utah Jazz find themselves having lost four out of the last five games. But to be fair, they were pretty close, since they lost each of those match-ups by an average of 6.8 points each game. However, one upside for the Jazz over the past month has been Bojan Bogdanovic. He averages a solid 17.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game this November. In his last game, he scored an impressive 26, six, and three in Utah’s loss to the Miami Heat. The fantasy world hasn’t quite caught up yet though, as the Croatian is only rostered in 55.7% of ESPN fantasy leagues. Bojan Bogdanovic probably won’t have a very high trade value this season, but he might be a solid option at the forward slot in your lineup for the rest of the year.

Kyle Lowry, PG, Miami Heat
At 35 years old, Kyle Lowry is still going strong. Yes, I know he averages just 12.7 points per game this year, the lowest since his 11.6 point average in the 2012-13 season, during his first year with the Toronto Raptors. But that’s not why the Heat brought him in: They wanted a solid point guard who can distribute, and through 15 seasons in the NBA, it’s quite obvious that’s what he’s best at, which is why he averages 7.3 assists per game this year (eight in the league). But that’s not very good from a fantasy perspective. By himself, he doesn’t hold so much value from a fantasy perspective, but if you pair him with someone else, maybe you have yourself a solid trade offer. But I’m not sure if that’s really worth it. Your best bet is to just keep Kyle Lowry on your roster.

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