Fantasy Basketball: Buy low on Marc Gasol, sell high on Trevor Ariza

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The Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol was picked in the top 10 of many fantasy basketball drafts this season, but he hasn’t been playing at that level so far this season. That makes him a prime buy low candidate.  Conversely, the Wizards’ Trevor Ariza has played out of his mind so far this season, but I for one, don’t see him maintaining that pace.  Now is the time to strike.

One of the Ten Commandments of fantasy basketball, (well fantasy sports in general really), is getting value.  We do it in our drafts, looking for guys who will exceed their draft slot in terms of what they give to us.  We do it when we scour the waiver wire, looking for a player who will contribute to our team over the course of the season.  And we also need to do it in the trade market.

The fantasy basketball trade market is a lot like the stock exchange.  Buying stocks at their lowest price and then selling them when they get as high as you think they will go is the way you make money dabbling in stocks and shares.  The same goes for fantasy basketball.  You try to trade away a player on your team who you don’t think can sustain his current level of production and you trade for players who are currently underperforming, hoping they regain their mojo once they are on your team.

Over the next few days, I’ll present to you a few guys you should be looking to trade for in order to bolster your squad as we inch towards the fantasy playoffs, as well as some players you should be looking to cash in your chips on.

Buy Low: Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies

A large part of Marc Gasol’s poor performance this season was the MCL sprain he suffered on November 22nd against the Spurs.  But even before that, Gasol wasn’t doing what his owners had been expecting given his top 10 status.  He has played in four games since his return on January 14th, and in the time frame, he is ranked an extremely underwhelming 211th, as per Basketball’s rankings.

Even if you only count his last two games — the only ones in which he played over 30 minutes — he’s still only ranked 79th, putting up 15.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game on a pedestrian 44 percent shooting from the field.

I’d try to offer someone a hot player like Nikola Pekovic or DeMar DeRozan in order to get Gasol onto my team, while even considering two-for-one deals.

We know Gasol has the talent — finishing 9th last year and 17th in 2011-12 in overall fantasy ranking — and to get a player of that caliber onto your roster halfway through the season is going a long way to ensuring success come playoff time.

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