Immediate Trades to Make in Fantasy Basketball Week 6
The 2021-22 NBA season is now in full swing and that means it's time for fantasy managers to take a deeper look at their roster. Of course, it's never too early to start making some trades.
Here are the best buy-low, sell-high candidates to target in trades this week.
Fantasy Basketball Trade Targets
1. Buy: Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
This is the perfect time to target star players that have had poor starts to the season. Fantasy managers rostering Damian Lillard may be itching to get rid of him given he is averaging only 21.6 points per game, his lowest mark since the 2014-15 season. Things are trending in the right direction for the six-time All-Star, though. Lillard scored a season-high 39 points against the Philadelphia 76ers his last time out and has gotten to the free throw line 21 times over his last two games. He remains aggressive and his shots are bound to start falling once again. Keep in mind Lillard stills leads Portland with a 28.0 usage rate. It's worth testing the waters here to see what his price tag is.
2. Sell: Dennis Schroder, PG, Boston Celtics
Point guard Dennis Schroder has been balling out ever since taking over the starting role for the Boston Celtics. However, the expected return of Jaylen Brown points to Schroder's production slowing down in the coming weeks. He is a great sell-high candidate as he is averaging 24.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists over his last six games. If anything, Schroder's scoring will take a dip when playing with Brown and he could see a decrease in minutes as well. That limits his ceiling and turns him into much less of a reliable starter in fantasy basketball. Grab a reliable player or two in return while Schroder's value is still at an all-time high.
3. Buy: Jonas Valanciunas
It may surprise fantasy managers to hear that New Orleans Pelicans' center Jonas Valanciunas has finished as a top-10 fantasy center in each of the last two seasons. He is keeping up that pace so far in 2021 putting up 13 double-doubles across his 18 appearances. Overall, Valanciunas is averaging a career-high 12.9 rebounds per game this season to go along with 19.4 points and 2.5 assists. Zion Williamson seems to be nearing a return, but that shouldn't hurt Valanciunas given New Orleans' lack of front court depth. The 10th-year veteran is consistently filling up the stat sheet on a nightly basis and his value is only set to grow. Trade for him now before it's too late.
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