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Minutes Watch: Trade Deadline

by Justin Van Zuiden
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to the latest edition of the NBA Minutes Watch column, a series in which I will break down changes and updates to the rotations of all the NBA teams over the course of the season.


This column will come to you every Monday, but I am going to do something different this week. Given that the rotations of several teams have changed thanks to some trades at the trade deadline, let’s check out the fantasy impact of those trades and how can we use that to our advantage on FanDuel.


Pistons Get: Tobias Harris / Magic Get: Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova


The Winner: Without question, the biggest beneficiary here is Harris. He will now be free from the Scott Skiles rotation games, and he moves to a team with a coach that keeps the tightest rotations in the NBA. Harris is going to get 30+ minutes on a nightly basis going forward, and he should have some solid fantasy value down the stretch. He will be a fine mid-range daily fantasy option.


The Loser: Ilyasova seems to be the biggest loser in the deal. Aaron Gordon is cementing himself as a core piece in the Orlando starting five, leaving Ilyasova in a 10-15 minute role for the foreseeable future, barring injury. After having a starting gig in Detroit, this is definitely a downgrade for him the rest of the way.


Hornets Get: Courtney Lee / Grizzlies Get: P.J. Hairston and Chris Andersen


The Winner: Hey, this is the excitement we get from the 2016 trade deadline! As long as Tony Allen remains out, Hairston should hold down a decent number of minutes in Memphis. By default, he seems to have gained the most from this deal. He’s still a fringe DFS option even in the best of matchups.


The Loser: Courtney Lee should see less time in Charlotte than he did in Memphis, though he can still be relied on as a defensive stopper. With Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb, Kemba Walker, and Nicolas Batum around, there isn’t much meat left on the bone for Lee. He can be ignored for DFS purposes now.


Thunder Get: Randy Foye / Nuggets Get: D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak, and draft picks


The Winner: Augustin gets the gold star in this deal. Jameer Nelson can’t stay healthy and now Danilo Gallinari is injured. The Nuggets need some punch off the bench, and Augustin is playing a major role now. He logged 35 minutes the other night and is a great punt play until his DFS price rises to match up with his new role in the Denver offense.


The Loser: Foye is the obvious loser here, as he will be irrelevant in Oklahoma City. With other major scorer on that team, Foye will struggle to find a role in the second half. You can leave him on the table every night when you set your DFS lineups.


Wizards Get: Markieff Morris / Suns Get: DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries, and a first-round pick


The Winner: Morris finally gets a fresh start. As of the time I am writing this article, he is about to make his first start in a Washington uniform. Though he will be competing with Nene Hilario and Jared Dudley for minutes, it is likely that Morris squeaks out the lion’s share of them down the stretch. He is a talented player, and he can be a fantasy asset if he gets his head on straight in Washington.


The Loser: This one is pretty straight-forward. The Suns have already waived Humphries, so there’s your Debbie Downer from this deal.


Clippers Get: Jeff Green / Grizzlies Get: Lance Stephenson and a first-round pick


The Winner: You could consider this a win for both players involved. Stephenson gets a fresh start in Memphis, where he is playing a consistent 23-26 minutes per game off the bench. In addition, Green is carving out a nice role in Los Angeles, though his minutes are down a bit from what he played in Memphis. In any case, this isn’t a big downgrade for either player.


The Loser: N/A


Hawks Get: Kirk Hinrich / Bulls Get: Justin Holiday and a draft pick / Jazz Get: Shelvin Mack


The Winner: Mack is the fantasy winner here by a large margin. He has already taken over the starting point guard spot in Utah, and he seems to be a better fit than Raul Neto or Trey Burke. He should be able to solidify himself as a decent low-end DFS option in the near-term as long as he keeps the starting gig and his price doesn’t rise drastically. Keep an eye on this situation to see how it gets handled with Alec Burks comes back from injury.


The Loser: Hinrich gets the thumbs down from this deal, because no sensible head coach will play him as many minutes as the Bulls have over the last few years. Hinrich is not on the fantasy radar these days, and that would be the case no matter how many minutes he plays.



When all the dust settled, this was a very quiet trade deadline. The biggest winner of the bunch appears to be Tobias Harris, with Markieff Morris and D.J. Augustin also seeing some increased opportunity for their new teams. We will revert back to the regular bi-weekly rotation of conferences in the NBA Minutes Watch next week. Good luck in all your daily fantasy games!

Justin Van Zuiden
STLCardinals84 has qualified for 3 separate live finals, including the FanDuel Baseball Championships in 2013 and 2014. Justin won the MLB Monster 3 separate times in 1 month on FanDuel and was one of the most profitable players in all of Daily Fantasy this past season. STL is ranked No. 6 overall. You can follow him on Twitter @stlcardinals84.