• Friday’s Daily Dish: The Real Beal

    After an inefficient start to the season, Bradley Beal has exploded for 44 points in consecutive games going a combined 65% from the field. A popular choice inside the top-15, Beal is starting to show some of the value that many thought was possible. How sustainable is it? How high is Beal’s ceiling? We’ll take a look at that and more after a quick look at some adds, drops and injuries from another fun night in the association.

    Add(s) of the Night

    Malik Monk, SG, Charlotte Hornets – 22 minutes, 19 points, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, 8-for-12 FG, 1-for-2 FT

    After Friday night’s performance Malik Monk has scored 15 or more points in three consecutive contests – a stretch in which he’s averaging 18 points per game. Monk fits the mold of a “post-hype sleeper” as he was a very popular pick in dynasty formats when he was a rookie and could now be finally starting to figure it out. Keep in mind he’s put up hot stretches like this before and it’s very possible this is nothing more than his latest mini streak. But there’s a reason so many liked him coming into the league and if he’s on your wire it’s worth taking a shot and seeing just how long he keeps this up, especially if you need some scoring.

    Al-Farouq Aminu, SF/PF, Orlando Magic – 31 minutes, 13 points, 13 rebounds, two steals, one3-pointers, one assist, 4-for-8 FG, 4-for-6 FT

    Remember Al-Farouq Aminu? An inconsistent yet high upside fantasy play during his time in Portland, Aminu found himself relegated to a minimal role with the Magic who were in the midst of a breakout season from Jonathan Isaac. That is, until Isaac injured his ankle during a jersey unveiling event. That means Aminu is in line to start, as he did on Friday night, and when he plays 30+ minutes he’s more than capable of producing points, threes, rebounds and defense. Just be prepared for some cold shooting nights.

    If you’re looking for more potential adds, check out our Pickups of the Night, part of the Hoop Ball Gametime Premium package.

    Drop Zone

    We’re not saying that you have to drop any of these guys, only that you should at least consider it depending who’s on your waiver wire. Your mileage may vary based on league size and team build, but for the most part we’ll try to cut dead weight in the 12-team range.

    Delon Wright

    Universally admired in the fantasy community for his diverse skillset as a guard, Delon Wright is yet to figure out how he fits into the Mavericks young superstar core of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. At his best Wright provides a steady floor of steals and assists with the potential of points any time his shot is on. Unfortunately those nights have been few and far between. It’s totally reasonable to cut Wright for a hot waiver claim or free agent. 

    Mario Hezonja

    Many fantasy players rushed to grab Mario Hezonja after the Blazers lost seemingly every rotation player to an injury. A top-5 pick in 2015, Hezonja has a theoretically fantasy-friendly game that can provide in several categories. It’s starting to get to the point however where that theoretical value is being forgotten. He has failed to take advantage of the increased minutes to this point and, looking at his body of work in the NBA so far, there’s no reason to burn a roster spot waiting for it to happen.

    Injury Report

    D’Angelo Russell  was diagnosed with a sprained right thumb on Friday, forcing him out of the game. The Warriors are performing an MRI on Russell with an update expected sometime on Saturday.

    Malcolm Brogdon dealt with back spasms on Friday night, forcing him out of the game and into an uncertain timeline for return. 

    Jonathan Isaac suffered a sprained right ankle at a team event on Thursday. The Magic are still evaluating the severity and should have an announcement soon.

    Trevor Ariza is dealing with a sore right groing.

    The Real Beal

    With another 44 points and 10 assists on Friday night, Bradley Beal is on an absolute tear this week. After recording 44 points in consecutive outings Beal is averaging 29.7 points, 6.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.7 threes per game.

    After the news spread that John Wall was set to miss most if not all of the 2019-2020 season, many fantasy players slotted Beal into their top-15 and he’s absolutely showing you why right now. Averaging 36.2 minutes per game, Beal is sporting a Harden-esque and career-high usage rate north of 30% so far which is powering his career-high points and assist totals. 

    These types of stretches were expected from Beal this season, and after a slightly slow start to the season it’s exactly what fantasy players were hoping for. There’s no reason that should keep Beal from posting this type of usage and production this season and he’s a good be to return the top-15 value he was drafted with this season.

    Trade Season

    As the fourth week of the fantasy basketball season winds down, it’s a great time to evaluate the players you drafted and/or added via free agency and ask yourself what potential trades could benefit your team. The sample size of the NBA season is just starting to hit the sweet spot where you should be able to pretty honestly evaluate your roster and determine your strengths as well as where you fall short.

    A good strategy to executing some trades is finding the areas that you are strong in and cross-referencing which teams in the league could use help in those areas. Whether it’s a specific category or a certain position, start some conversations with the other team saying you noticed where they could use some help, offer which of your players address their needs  and what you’d be looking for in return.

    From their it comes down to your ability to negotiate. The golden rule in fantasy trade discussions: don’t ever open with your best offer. You never know what the other person is looking for until you ask. Ease into the talks by starting with an offer that wouldn’t require much thought on your end as far as executing it goes. And keep this in mind when someone offers you a trade, as it’s more than likely you’ll be able to tweak the original offer to put it more in your favor.

    Happy trading!

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