Perhaps the biggest day for fantasy basketball owners occurs February 20, the day of the NBA trade deadline where once trades are made, some players’ values go up while others come down.
The three-team trade breaks down as follows: the Warriors receive Crawford and Brooks, the Miami Heat receive guard Toney Doulas, while the Celtics get big man Joel Anthony.
In terms of fantasy value, who gets the better end of the deal?
I don’t like the deal for owners of Crawford. He was seeing over 30 minutes a night in Boston, averaging a respectable 13.7 points per game.
Crawford should fit in nicely with the Warriors up-tempo shoot first ask questions last offense. Unfortunately, he will lose tremendous fantasy basketball value as he will be behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the pecking order. Being that the Warriors envision Crawford as a backup point guard to Curry, his minutes and numbers are likely to take a hit.
He should see time at both guard spots, but I would be looking for better options right now if you own Curry.
As for the other three players in the trade, they didn’t have much fantasy stock to begin with and a change of scenery won’t do much to improve that at the moment.