• Merry Christmas and Happy New Year HoopBallers!

    I hope that you all had an amazing Christmas and are getting ready to ring in this new decade with absolute fantasy success. Without further ado, lets get into this week’s edition of Stock Watch.

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    Trae Young, PG/SG, Atlanta Hawks: Shockingly enough, Trae Young hasn’t yet been featured in Stock Watch this season but his time has arrived. He’s having an amazing season and the owners who took the chance on him early in leagues are being rewarded tenfold.

    It’s safe to say that if the Hawks weren’t so atrocious, Young would be a major candidate for the MVP this year. In just the past two weeks he’s putting up 33.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.0 triples on 41.3 percent shooting in 38.8 minutes.

    In his sophomore season, he’s doing nothing but expanding upon the potential the the flashed last year.

    John Collins is just returning from suspension so Young’s assists should be in for a boost now that he’s got his partner in crime back. The young duo are the only two players averaging more than 13.7 shots per game and two of only five players attempting double-digit shots over the past two weeks. The only place that he kills owners in is turnovers, but he provides more than enough in other categories to make up for it.

    Don’t forget, we’re only two years removed from Young leading the nation in assists at Oklahoma and as the game continues to slow down for him we could be seeing more of the same hear in the NBA. If you own him, don’t at all sell high.  He might run out of gas at the end of the year due to the sheer amount that is being placed on his shoulders but he’s worth the risk because he can single-handedly win you certain categories each week.

    Ricky Rubio, PG, Phoenix Suns: Rubio isn’t the most attractive name to think about when it comes to fantasy but he’s been getting it done lately and rewarding his owners handsomely. Over the past week he’s a top-8 guy with averages of 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.0 triples on an insanely efficient 78.3 percent shooting from the field in 31.5 minutes.

    That scoring will definitely come down when Deandre Ayton gets back from his ankle sprain and into a rhythm (he’s only played in two games all year), and the Suns have enough depth that they won’t need to lean on Rubio as a primary scoring option on night’s where things aren’t coming so easy. Selling high would be a fine idea considering Ayton will take at least some touches away from him but also don’t be afraid to hold on and see where this goes. Either way, the Suns got exactly what they needed when they inked Rubio this past summer.

    Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, Minnesota Timberwolves: Dieng isn’t at all a household name and people that don’t play fantasy, aren’t Timberwolves fans and aren’t related to Dieng wouldn’t know who he is. However, that doesn’t mean that he’s not capable of being fantasy relevant. Karl-Anthony Towns has missed the Wolves’ last five games dealing with a left knee sprain and Dieng has taken full advantage of it.

    In his most recent outing, he posted 21 points, 15 rebounds, two steals, one block and three triples on 53.8 percent shooting in 40.6 minutes. In fact, he’s started in each of the last five games and his usage rate has never dipped below 13.5 in any of them, with Dieng boasting a 24.3 usage rate in one of those contests. Now, he should only be playing this well until Towns returns, which could be very soon, so the recommendation would be to try and sell-high on Dieng while you still can. Maybe give him to the Towns owner so that they have some insurance just in case he ever does go down again later in the year.

    Alec Burks, PG/SG, Golden State Warriors: Everyone knows the tragic story of the Warriors this season, but Burks seems to be the biggest beneficiary of it. Over the past two weeks he’s averaging 17.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.8 triples on 45.6 percent shooting in 28.8 minutes. Those numbers are good enough to make him a top-45 guy within that span and with Steph Curry’s return still months away, he’ll continue to have a ton of opportunity opposite D’Angelo Russell. He’s taking the second most shots on the team with 13.2 over his past six games and his minutes are top-5 on the team. If you own Burks, hold on and see where this goes. He might be able to boost his value high enough to be a trade target for some owners and then you can ship him out right before Curry returns.

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    Draymond Green, PF/C, Golden State Warriors: Green makes his way onto the list for the first time this season and it’s well warranted. He just doesn’t seem to be putting up numbers like his owners hoped for when selecting him int he first four rounds. He’s the 89th-ranked fantasy player on the season and hasn’t looked anything like his previous self. Over the past two weeks he’s averaging just 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 triples on 47.4 percent shooting in 30.7 minutes.

    The lack of a dynamic offense seems to have tanked Green’s fantasy value just as it did the Warriors’ season. He’s not a guy who excels at getting a bucket on his own and often has to be set up for easy scores but with the defense not having to key in on as many threats as they once did, Green becomes more of a priority. He will be the person that benefits the most from Steph Curry’s return in a couple of months but that’s still so far away. Holding him for that long seems unreasonable so try and capitalize on the name value that Draymond Green likely still holds and get him off of your team because things are going to get much worse before they get any better.

    Terry Rozier, PG/SG, Charlotte Hornets: I was a big believer in Rozier coming into the season but he’s been shaky the entire season. He was brought into Charlotte to replace Kemba Walker but it seems more and more like Devonte’ Graham is the one who’s going to be doing that. He is shooting one of the best percentages from the field in his entire career so that’s good, but he’s just not consistently playing up to the hype that was surrounding him this offseason.

    Over the past two weeks he’s putting up 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.0 blocks on 35.1 percent shooting from the field in 34.4 minutes. The field goal percentage is a killer, especially when he’s taking so many shots every game. He’s also only knocking down 72.2 percent of his shots from the charity stripe but the good news is that he’s actually shooting a career-high 84.2 percent from the free throw line this season.

    It’s been a tumultuous season for Rozier and things don’t look like they’ll be changing anytime soon. If you want to package him and another top-80 guy for a more reliable player then it wouldn’t be a bad idea. Also, I’d rather own Devonte’ Graham this season which are words I never would’ve thought I’d say coming into the year.

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