Buddy Hield, SG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield has quickly emerged as a solid second option to De’Aaron Fox, averaging 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game, similar to his numbers last year. Now that head coach Luke Walton has been fired, there could be some issues for the Sacramento Kings for the next few weeks. This definitely won’t allow you to sell high with Hield, so if you’re looking to fold him for some value, now’s not the best time to do it. And who knows, maybe Buddy Hield might put up some better numbers with Sacramento’s interim head coach.
Clint Capela, C, Atlanta Hawks
Like always, Clint Capela has been a rebound machine. He averages an impressive 11.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game in his second season with the Atlanta Hawks. Lately the Swiss big man has been even more impressive: Over his past seven match-ups, Capela averages 14 points and 13.6 rebounds per game, playing a pretty crucial role in their five game win streak. As Trae Young and the Hawks continue to find their rhythm, they will start to win more and more games, and their players will win fantasy managers their games too. There’s no reason to get rid of Capela.
Desmond Bane, SG, Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are looking pretty good so far, as they sit in sixth place in the Western Conference. Although Ja Morant’s 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and seven assists per game with a very efficient 25.64 PER have been the primary reason for their success, the surrounding cast has done their fair share as well. Desmond Bane is no exception: The sophomore averages a solid 15.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game this year. However, there are plenty of other options on the Grizzlies roster that put up better numbers than Bane does. It’s still possible that he might emerge as the number two option later on this year, but you can’t really know for sure. His trade value isn’t too high right now, so your best option is to hold Desmond Bane.
Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton is starting to become one of the better big men out there. Although he missed a week and a half of basketball in early November, Ayton came back as if he never left, averaging a ridiculous 18.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game in his five games back since his injury. There is absolutely no reason to get rid of him, since he is just way too valuable for anything you would receive in return.
Jakob Poeltl, C, San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl is having his best season on the stat sheet with the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 12.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. But after missing the first half of November, Jakob’s first game back was a rough one, with just two points and two rebounds. However, he bounced back the next game, scoring a solid 15 points and nine rebounds. Jakob Poeltl has clearly emerged as the main big man for the Spurs, so for now it might be smart to just keep him. But in the coming weeks, if he continues to do really well, you might consider selling high.
Jrue Holiday, SG, Milwaukee Bucks
In the Milwaukee Bucks’ championship run last season, Jrue Holiday played a pretty big role, averaging 17.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. This year, that role has become much smaller, after the Bucks opted to bring in shooting guard Grayson Allen from the Memphis Grizzlies, who’s done great this year. Don’t get me wrong, Holiday is still putting up solid numbers this year, averaging 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in the 12 games he’s played this season, but they days where Milwaukee needed him to drop almost 18 points a game are over. It could be time to sell Jrue Holiday in fantasy.
D’Angelo Russell, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
As each season goes by, it seems like D’Angelo Russell’s numbers keep regressing by just a little bit. But that still doesn’t mean he can’t be useful in fantasy. Although he’s the Minnesota Timberwolves’ third scoring option, he still puts up 18.3 points per game, along with 5.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds. You likely drafted Russell later than usual in this year’s draft, and so far it looks like he’s a steal: I would keep him for the time being.
Jonas Valanciunas, C, New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have reached a new low without Zion Williamson, as they now sit in second to last in the league. However, Jonas Valanciunas has been a shadow of hope, averaging a very impressive 19.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists, with an incredible PER of 23.41. He currently leads the Pelicans in scoring, and is third in the league in rebounds. However, once Zion comes back, I don’t expect the Lithuanian to keep this up, although his numbers should still be decent. Once we know for sure when Zion returns, it could be time to sell Jonas Valanciunas for a great return.
Malcolm Brogdon, PG, Indiana Pacers
For now, the Eastern Conference looks up for grabs. And although the Indiana Pacers sit at 13th place in the East with an 8-11 record, they could be in the playoff picture within a few weeks: In fact, I expect it, since they’ve been playing really well lately. Although Myles Turner and Damonta Sabonis are running the show, Malcolm Brogdon has emerged as a solid scoring option for the Pacers. He averages 20.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game, exceeding fantasy expectations. However, his name doesn’t hold too much trade value from a fantasy perspective, so there is no reason to trade him away.
Tyrese Maxey, PG, Philadelphia 76ers
In his second NBA season, Tyrese Maxey is much improved, averaging 18.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game: It’s safe to say that the Philadelphia 76ers are doing just fine without Ben Simmons. However, something is bound to happen with Simmons sooner or later, whether he’s traded away, or (although very unlikely), he will return to Philadelphia. No matter what, there will likely be another point guard on his way to the 76ers, and that means less playing time for Maxey. It might be time to sell high soon.