It’s officially the NBA’s All-Star break, meaning there are just about two months remaining in the fantasy basketball season. But just because the NBA is on break, it doesn’t mean you should be, too.
While everyone is spending their Saturday night watching the Slam Dunk Contest and Three-Point Shootout, you should be finding players in your league worth targeting in trades, like the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler.
Bosh and Butler can still be bought at a low price and make excellent trade targets for the stretch run. Fantasy league trade deadlines are fast approaching, and with this All-Star Weekend lull, now is the time to strike while your competition has their guard down.
» Chris Bosh, C/PF, Miami Heat:
Chris Bosh is the undisputed third wheel in Miami — even when Dwyane Wade sits out — but that type of anonymity makes him the perfect trade target.
His stats aren’t flashy. In fact, they’ve decreased nearly every season he’s been in Miami. He’s no longer the double-double machine he was in Toronto, but he has well-rounded numbers and very good shooting percentages for a big man — qualities that have made him the 26th-ranked player on Basketball Monster.com for the 2013-14 season.
A Bosh owner more fixated on his superficial numbers — 16.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 blocks — could very well gloss over his 53 percent field goal percentage and 80 percent free throw percentage. He’s even hitting one 3-pointer a game over his last 22 outings.
The Heat are cruising and have at least the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference locked up. They have very good incentive to sit Wade in as many games as possible.
In the 15 games Wade has missed, Bosh’s average goes up from 16.6 to 18.1 points. If LeBron James were to get the night off with Wade, Bosh would become the main weapon in the Miami offense.
Trading for Bosh now could prove to be very helpful in crunch time, especially since the Heat are one of just two teams that have four or more games each week during the fantasy playoffs.