One important strategy to keep in mind when trying to win your Fantasy Basketball championship is knowing when to trade a guy who is hot, also known as selling high.
Here’s a look at five guys who you would be smart to deal to a desperate owner immediately as they could bring back enough in a trade that could help you win your league.
Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic
Afflalo is an easy choice here. Sure he is having a career year right now averaging career highs in points (20.9), rebounds (4.4) and assists (3.9), but those numbers outweigh his ability. There are a few things to keep in mind here and one is the fact that Afflalo is also playing a career-high 37.6 minutes per game and also averaging a career-high 15.5 field goal attempts per game.
Two things can happen to change all of that. First of all the Magic could decide after the All-Star break to give rookie Victor Oladipo more minutes as they start looking towards the future. The second would be even worse for Afflalo owners and that’s the fact that he could be dealt to a contender at the trade deadline. If that’s the case, he would likely assume a lesser role and his fantasy numbers will go down in a big way.
If you own Afflalo move him now.
Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia 76ers
Hawes is in a similar situation where he is having a great year but could be dealt as there are plenty of rumors that the Sixers are trying to package Hawes and Evan Turner in a deal together. If that’s the case, I highly doubt you will see a line that reads: 14.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, while knocking down 1.7 threes per night, something you don’t get out of most big men.
While it may not be soon, you would think that the Sixers will start getting rookie Nerlens Noel some minutes when he is deemed healthy and ready to go, which could ultimately cut into Hawes’ minutes. A guy like Hawes has had a great year. Deal him while his production is at a level where it may be as good as it gets.
Darren Collison, Los Angeles Clippers
Good fantasy owners likely picked up Collison the minute Chris Paul went down even if they didn’t need a point guard at the time. Even better fantasy owners have already moved Collison for one or two pieces that will help them more in the long term.
It’s quite simple. Even while Collison has played well in CP3’s absence, averaging 15.4 points and 6.5 assists per game, Paul won’t be out forever. Once he returns Collison won’t have nearly as much fantasy value. Deal him now and let someone else deal with him when Paul gets back.
Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder
Jackson is in the exact same situation as Collison. It is nice that he is helping you out by averaging 15.0 points and 4.2 assists this month, but Russell Westbrook will be back. Look to move Jackson immediately.
Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks
Finally I look at Knight, who I will use as an example of a guy who should have been sold at the right time. After scoring 36 and 37 points in respective games in a two week span, owners of Knight should have pawned him off to someone that would have taken him thinking they are getting a breakout scorer. Unfortunately that window likely closed as Knight has been good since, but nothing like a player ready to erupt. You aren’t likely going to get as good as a return as you would have if you sold Knight high, but if you can I would still make the move.