Jan 26, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) prepares to attempt a shot against the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Trail Blazers 103-88. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Trading Stephen Curry is the key to winning your league

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Want to win your fantasy basketball league?  Trading Stephen Curry will guarantee that.

That’s my “ironclad guarantee”.  You don’t need the ShamWow guy or George Foreman to hawk this item — it sells itself.  Just beware this limited-time offer expires on April 16.

Now you must be saying to yourself:  “This seems like a great deal, but what’s in it for me?”  Well, let me explain, young grasshopper.

Trade deadlines are approaching in fantasy basketball leagues, and owners who are looking ahead to the playoffs will need to decide if their current team is the one that will take them to the Promised Land.  After your league’s deadline passes, the only way to improve your roster will be via the waiver wire.

After four months of being ravaged by bloodthirsty hooligans, the waiver wire cupboards are mostly bare.  Sure, there will be some owners who get frustrated and drop a player of decent value, but for the most part, making a trade will be the only way to truly make your team better.

This is where the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry comes in.

Curry is having an MVP-caliber season – there’s no doubt about that.  In his fifth year, the 25-year-old point guard is averaging 24.6 points, 9.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and a league-leading 3.4 3-pointers per game.  He’s also shooting 46.3 percent from the field and a terrific 86.8 percent from the free throw line.

So why trade Curry?  I mean, he’s soooo good, and did you see that sick move he pulled on Dwyane Wade and LeBron James at the All-Star Game?

Fantasy basketball is a business, and as your team’s owner, you are responsible for making improvements when needed.

Let me recite a quote from a very influential business man, investment guru Warren Buffett:

 Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

In the case of Stephen Curry, trading him at his current high asking price will surely net you great value in return.  Game volume is of the utmost importance when it comes to winning your league, and Curry is a player who will lack that come playoff time.

During the final four weeks of the season – when most leagues hold their playoffs – the Warriors have quite an unfavorable fantasy basketball schedule.

The Warriors will play a total of 12 games (not including the final three-day week which many leagues don’t count), but have just three games in the crucial opening week, and are the only team that plays just two games in the second round.  They come back with four games in the third round, but again, are at a disadvantage with only three games in what would be your league’s championship.

Owners must also be aware that during their two-game week (March 24-30), the Warriors won’t play their first game till that Friday, leaving owners to make ends meet without Curry for the first four days of the week.  On top of that, that Friday’s game (March 28) is vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, owners of the NBA’s third-best defense.  The Grizzlies are allowing just 94.5 points per game for the season and a league-best 90.3 points over their last 16 games.

In addition to that — and I’m not trying to harsh your buzz here — the Grizzlies and New York Knicks (the other team they play that week) are first and second, respectively, against opposing point guards over the past month.

After a scorching hot first half of the season, it’s not unreasonable to think you could flip Curry in a two-for-one deal for guys like the Houston Rockets’ Chandler Parsons and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh – both of whom have excellent playoff schedules.

It may sound rash to trade a player whose fantasy value has him ranked fifth on the season and second over the past month (via Basketball Monster.com), but what you may be able to get in return could be far more valuable than Curry come playoff time.

Time is running out.  Be one of the first 25 owners to trade Stephen Curry, and we’ll knock the shipping and handling off the price.  *Offer only valid while supplies last*


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