Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Buy Low, Sell High. The trade deadline is quickly approaching in both real life and in most fantasy leagues, so the window to make moves is closing. By now you know which owners in your league are willing to deal, and it’s generally a good idea to target the ones that are starting to get a little desperate to get into the postseason. Me and Mike Gallagher will continue to team up to list our favorite buy-low and sell-high players, so I’ll start us off this week.
Buy-Low Targets (Jonas Nader)
Mike Conley- Since returning from his Achilles injury that sidelined him for six games, Conley has yet to find his groove. He is averaging just 12.2 points, 7.2 assists, 3.6 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in just 28.2 minutes per game over his last five, shooting just 35.3 percent from the field. Conley is playing for a max deal this summer and the Grizzlies don’t look like they want to shake things up anymore, so he should be a safe target for the final stretch. He is so much better than he has shown lately.
Kyrie Irving- When will he turns things around? Well, Friday was a step in the right direction. Irving dropped 28 points vs. the Pistons, so maybe he is finally getting the message that he needs to be more aggressive. The Cavaliers basically fired David Blatt because he wasn’t getting the most out of Irving and Kevin Love, so you would have to think that coach Tyronn Lue’s main goal will be to get both players in a rhythm before the playoffs. Let’s face it, LeBron James is not the same player he used to be, so if Irving does not find his form quickly the Cavs will be in serious trouble. The former All-Star was averaging a pathetic 13.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in his previous five games prior to Friday, so his owners probably aren’t too attached to him. The guy has top-20 potential.
Kent Bazemore- He has top-55 value on the season, but over his last five games he hasn’t even been in the top 175. He is averaging just 12.8 points, 6.2 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in that span to go with 3.0 turnovers. He’s also shooting just 40.0 percent from the field, and the Hawks haven’t had to rely on him as much with Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha showing signs of life. Regardless, Bazemore is still the best wing player to own in Atlanta moving forward and he should be available at a nice discount this week.
Jeff Teague- He has basically been a buy-low target every week this season, but after he admitted his ankle has been holding him back he finally responded with a couple of solid outings. He doesn’t have a shot to make up up for his ADP and his owners should be worried about Dennis Schroder, but Teague’s name has been mentioned in countless trade rumors this week and it sounds like there is a good chance that one of the two guards is moved. Needless to say, that would be HUGE for both players.
Serge Ibaka- He has been shocking in his last two games, averaging 4.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks. This is a guy who was drafted in the second and third rounds of a lot of drafts, so his owners might be in panic mode. Enes Kanter has come alive recently with two massive double-doubles in a row, but he’s going to cool off. Ibaka has a ton of upside and could be pretty cheap for a couple of days, so test the market with some low-ball offers and work from there.
Gordon Hayward - He’s been absolutely rolling and has top-20 value in his last 10 games. However, Derrick Favors is back and will likely command more shots and also get some boards. Plus, the Jazz are leaning on Rodney Hood a lot to run their offense, so that’s slightly discouraging for G-Time.
He’s likely going to be more of a fourth-round guy than the guy he’s been lately. Alec Burks (leg) could also hurt him a tad.
Gorgui Dieng - He’s been very good and managed to score 20 points in back-to-back games. The points will get everyone’s attention, but he’s not blocking shots as much as he usually does. Plus, his steals are also at an unsustainable level.
Dieng should still be a top-80 kind of guy, but not the top-40 guy he’s been in the last week. He’s basically been in a best-case scenario with KG out and the Wolves going against a team that requires a big lineup.
DeMarcus Cousins - OK, stay with me here. Cousins has been unbelievable with his ridiculous usage rate and rebounding rate to go with it. His per-game numbers are going to be outstanding.
The problem is Boogie is getting ever so close to getting hurt. He seems like he’s just one bad break away from missing.
Chandler Parsons - He’s been a first-round player these days, but he’s obviously not going to be this good. Parsons should be a top-50 guy and not this ridiculous top-10 guy he turned into lately.