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Hold Them or Fold Them: Week 20

Manning up, sly as a Fox, Kuz-in’ for a bruisin’, and more- in this edition of HToFT.



Fantasy Basketball - Kyle Kuzma

Tre Mann, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Lately, Tre Mann has been getting more minutes, mostly due to Josh Giddey and Luguentz Dort’s injuries, but also because the Oklahoma City Thunder will start to rotate their younger players so they can gain NBA experience. The rookie has proven that with more minutes, he can produce at a high level, since he averages 21.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and two steals per game. However, it might be too risky to continue starting him, since no one on the Thunder will get consistent playing time in the coming months, except for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Devin Booker, PG, Phoenix Suns
With Chris Paul potentially missing the rest of the season due to a fractured thumb, the Phoenix Suns have made some roster adjustments, most notably moving Devin Booker to point guard. And this move has been very beneficial to D Book’s stat line, as he averages 28.3 points, five rebounds, eight assists, and three steals since CP3 was out, but the Suns have lost two of those three games. Keep an eye on how this position change affects Phoenix’s success, as they might be forced to try something works, and that could mean switching Booker out of the point guard position. Depending on how they change the scheme, that could affect Devin Booker’s role, whether he needs to pass or score more. I would keep him, since Chris Paul is expected to be out for the foreseeable future, so one way or another he will need to step it up.

DeMar DeRozan, SF, Chicago Bulls
This month, DeMar DeRozan has been playing at the highest of levels, averaging an absurd 35.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game, all while shooting 55.9% from the field. But as good as DeRozan is, I don’t think anyone can maintain this level of production for much longer. Plus, his trade value in fantasy is very high right now as well, and you could get a lot in return for him by selling now. But it never hurts to have someone who is capable of putting up these numbers. Although his fantasy stock is pretty high right now, I would keep DeMar DeRozan on your roster (unless you get an offer you can’t decline), because he has the potential to win MVP this year if he can continue this production.

CJ McCollum, SG, New Orleans Pelicans
After being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, CJ McCollum has played some of his best basketball in a long time, averaging an impressive 28 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. However, he’s won just three of seven games as a Pelican, but a recent two game win streak has them just on the back end of the play-in tournament. If he can continue to develop chemistry with his teammates in New Orleans, they could find themselves making a run for a higher play-in seed, or just maintaining their current position. I would keep CJ McCollum on your roster, since he’s a consistent scorer who will need to make some late-season pushes in order to keep the Pelicans in contention.

De’Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings
Barring a late-season push, the Sacramento Kings will not make it to the post-season. Regardless, De’Aaron Fox has increased his production lately, averaging 26.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game this February, but that hasn’t been enough for the Kings to rise in the standings, since they’ve lost five of those seven games. I would be very surprised if the Kings somehow find themselves in the play-in, so at some point De’Aaron’s production will start to decrease. I’d sell high with him.

Cole Anthony, PG, Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic find themselves at the bottom of the standings for the second year in a row: It looks like this rebuild will take a very long time. You know it’s bad when your top scorer is Cole Anthony, who averages just 17.5 points per game. But Anthony isn’t a bad basketball player, he just happens to be on the worst team in basketball. If he’s looking to earn a contract, or increase his trade value, he’ll need to step it up later on in the season. However, there aren’t any trends on the stat sheet that tell me that he’s going for that. Especially if you’re in a crowded league, The Miner is a decent flex option, since he consistent scorer and passer. Follow this situation closely, because the Magic can basically do one of two things: Either let Cole play so he can prove himself, or play some of their younger players so they can gain some NBA experience. For the time being, I’d keep Cole Anthony.

Luka Doncic, PG, Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks have had a lot of success lately, mostly because of Luka Doncic’s recent production. He averages an absurd 34.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists this month, as the Mavs won eight of eleven games during that span. With Kristaps Porzingis now with the Wizards, Doncic will need to continue carrying the weight in Dallas, which he has proven that he is capable. Although his numbers might not be this good all the time, I’d count on consistent production from Luka for the rest of the season. I recommend holding Luka for the rest of the season.

Kyle Kuzma, SF, Washington Wizards
Since the All-Star break, Kyle Kuzma has been balling out. In his past two games, he put up 36 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one block, and two steaks, and 34 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal. It seems like he’s on a mission to bring the Washington Wizards back into contention, especially with Bradley Beal expected to miss the rest of the season. Right now, Washington finds themselves on the outside looking in, but that could change with a late season push, as they stand just 1.5 games behind the Charlotte Hornets, and two games behind the Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards’ playoff chances really depend on how Kuzma plays in the coming weeks, and so far it seems like he is capable of making that necessary push for them to make it, especially when Kristaps Porzingis is finally cleared to play. Hold Kyle Kuzma.

Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Dallas Mavericks
As part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade, Spencer Dinwiddie was sent to the Dallas Mavericks. And it seems like Dinwiddie is getting used to his new home, as he’s had two back-to-back 20+ point games coming off the bench. He could find himself in an important role with the Mavericks in the coming months, even if he’s not in the starting lineup. I would hold him just in case that happens.

Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat
After missing around a month and a half this season due to an injury to his right thumb, Bam Adebayo had somewhat of a slow return. Lately, however, he’s been playing like the Bam Adebayo we all know and love, averaging 22 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 1.7 assists per game this month, resulting in just two losses for the Miami Heat during that stretch. Again, this is the real Bam, so I’d expect these consistent numbers throughout the rest of the season, barring reinjury. Hold Bam Adebayo.

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