Fantasy Sports have been on the rise in recent years, and if you aren’t already a member of a league, what are you doing with your life? You can’t feed your inner manager if you haven’t played Fantasy Basketball at least once. Whether it is a 5-team league you created with your buddies or a deep league that you joined for fun, here is a list of players that you should definitely sell-high, before it’s too late :
5. Clint Capela
The Houston Rockets gave up a ton of assets in the off-season to lure the Clippers to give up Chris Paul. Bringing in a true PG has really sky-rocketed Clint Capela’s game, who really benefits from the presence of Chris Paul and James Harden. Almost all his points come from dunks, so having two elite passers throw lobs at him has had a massive impact on his numbers.
He now posts 13.2 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.7 bpg and 0.8 spg, all career-highs. Moreover, his FGs percentages are at 65.7%, and his FTs at a mere 62.3%, but these are also career-highs. However, Chris Paul has been injured for the first couple of weeks in the season, and the newly-traded PG will surely get some more touches. Clint Capela is currently posting top-35 value, and this is a great opportunity to sell-high.
4. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis has been plagued by injuries in all six seasons of his career. He has yet to play the full 82 matches so far in a season, with the 75 he played last season setting a career-high. Seeing your top pick miss numerous matches over the course of the year can be really frustrating. And there’s always the risk that the Pelicans will shut him down towards the end of the season if they are not in the playoff chase.
This season he is posting 25.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.2 spg, and 1.7 bpg through 21 matches, as he seems to have found the perfect chemistry with Cousins, Rondo and Holiday. If you hate injuries as much as we do, you should really think about flipping him. You might get a different first pick in return, or you can maybe flip him for a 2nd and 3rd pick.
3. Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid eventually made his NBA debut last season, Embiid showed some scary talent. His numbers were quite impressive (20.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.5 bpg, 0.9 spg). This season he has been posting averages of 23.5 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2.0 bpg.
He had a massive performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 15th, with career-highs in points (46), assists (7) and blocks (7). His talent is irrefutable, but his injuries are a big concern to his season-long outlook. While we do trust the Process, we don’t trust his legs, so he is considered as a sell-high candidate in our books.
2. DeAndre Jordan
The Clippers have been destroyed by injuries to key players this season, as Blake Griffin is out for a couple of months, Gallinari has only played a few matches, Beverley is out for season, and Teodosic was injured in his second match.
As a result, the Clippers are sitting at the 11th spot of the Western Conference (W8 L15), and a re-build is more likely than ever. DeAndre Jordan is the most likely to be traded from the lot, and the Bucks have emerged as a possible landing spot. There should be plenty of interest from around the league, and holding on to him might be an option. However, you can also explore the possibility of selling him, before he lands in a crowded front-court that might kill whatever value he has.
1. LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge has been sensational so far in the season, posting averages of 22.6 ppg (his highest since joining the Spurs), to go along with 8.0 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.2 bpg. However, Kawhi Leonard has yet to play this season due to an injury, so Aldridge had been very busy. Kawhi is almost fully healed by now, and he is nearing a return to action.
When that happens, Aldridge will not be able to keep up at this pace. Don’t forget that the Spurs also have Pau Gasol, who is also having a massive season at 39 years of age. His numbers will not go on like this, and he is also due for some maintenance days under Gregg Popovich.