Buy Low

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 14 points on 14 shots against the Heat, hitting five of his attempts and adding two threes, three rebounds and three assists on Wednesday night.

    It’s a bit of a letdown for Bogdanovic in 32 minutes but the Kings had some other hotter hands that commanded more of the offense. He did have a nice drive and kick for an important 3-pointer in the waning second, and the fact that he was used as a facilitator on such an important play bodes well for his usage going forward. Bogdanovic also nailed a big 3-pointer from straightaway center in overtime that played a big part in the victory. BB8 wasn’t anything special in the box score tonight but should still be owned in all leagues.

  • Al Horford
    PF/C, Boston Celtics

    Al Horford will miss his second consecutive game against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Horford has not been his normal self over the past month producing just top-125 value and playing four less minutes per game than his already skimpy 31.7 mpg this season. The veteran did flash his top-50 prowess going for 20 points, eight boards, six assists and a block back on March 8th, before the illness. The Celtics just lost multiple players to injury so more will be asked of the big man going forward and he should climb back to 30-plus minutes upon his return.

    Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid dropped 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes on Sunday in a win over the Nets.

    Minutes were spread up and down the depth chart tonight in this blowout win for the Sixers, and Embiid was no exception. Despite the low minutes, it was nice to see his shooting get back on track following a rough string of games from the field. If you still have the option to trade, consider floating a buy-low offer, as he should return to his early-round form sooner rather than later.

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield missed all eight of his shots in 30 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Magic.

    This game was ugly but the bigger issue is that Hield can be streaky.  Don’t worry about this outcome and be happy he got the minutes, and consider this to be his last buy low moment.

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Isaiah Thomas scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with three rebounds and nine assists in 26 minutes off the bench in Wednesday’s win over the Magic.

    Thomas’ minutes might be held in check but (gasp!) he won’t be the first player to come back from major injury that took a while to get their rhythm.  He’s a buy low target and when the shooting percentage regresses there are going to be some big games.

  • Larry Nance Jr.
    PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Nance drew his first start in a Cavaliers uniform and had a massive 22-point, 15-board double-double, adding two steals and an assist on Monday against the Pistons.

    Larry Nance Jr. eclipsed 30 minutes for the first time as a Cav and should continue to see lots of opportunity with Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love both out of commission for the foreseeable future. View Nance as a top-50 asset in 8-cat until the Cavs get healthy.

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner dealt with foul trouble in Wednesday’s loss to the Hawks, finishing with five points on 1-of-2 shooting (including a three), five boards and one steal in 16 minutes.

    The Pacers bench brought the team back from a big deficit in the fourth and outscored the Hawks 37-22 before eventually falling short, so Turner’s low minutes and production are explainable.  Still, tell that to Turner owners who burned a second round pick on him.  We’ve told you to buy low a few times around here and he needs a really strong finish to make that advice look good. Victor Oladipo added 22 points, five boards, five assists, six steals, one block and a three on 9-of-25 shooting in the loss.

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Spencer Dinwiddie played facilitator in Monday’s win, notching just five points but adding five rebounds, nine assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 29 minutes of action.

    Dinwiddie took just six shots and was happy to defer as his teammates in the starting five had things working in this one. While the actual play in this game put basketball back a few years, the box score totals count just the same. Despite some poor aesthetics, the Nets are a solid organization to mine for fantasy value, as evidenced by Dinwiddie’s rise from roster afterthought to certified middle-round producer this year. This might be a nice time to buy low on him if your trade deadline hasn’t passed, as owners may not be feeling so great with D’Angelo Russell playing next to him these days.

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen made just 1-of-8 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the line to finish Saturday with three points, seven boards, one steal and two blocks. 

    That’s back-to-back games for Lauri going 1-of-8, and it’s safe to call it a slump.  The best shooters in the league go through them, and Mark is a rookie to boot, so it was bound to happen.  He’s too good of a shooter for it to last too long and this is a perfect opportunity to try to buy-low.

  • Lonzo Ball
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball (knee) returned to action in Friday’s win over the Mavs, scoring nine points on 3-of-8 shooting (including three treys) with seven rebounds and six assists in 17 minutes.

    It was a great per-minute effort as Ball was aggressive against a passive Mavs defense and everything looked great.  Isaiah Thomas still isn’t 100 percent but he looked mostly fine out there, scoring 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting (2-of-7 3PTs, 5-of-5 FTs) with two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes.  There’s still so much shade out there with Thomas that the buy low window is still open, and once he gets his shot on track the big lines are going to start firing off.  Josh Hart put up 12 points, 10 boards, two assists, one steal and one three, but he’ll be the guy that gets squeezed once Ball is getting full run.  Ball won’t play on Saturday against the Kings because according to legend he constantly ducks De’Aaron Fox.

  • Robert Covington
    G/F, Philadelphia Sixers

    Despite logging 30 minutes on Thursday, Robert Covington was quiet in delivering just eight points,
    three rebounds, two triples, an assist and a block.

    Covington has hit a bit of a lull lately and this quiet stretch is the right time to make a move on the shooter before fantasy trade deadlines come to a close. He’s streaky and can heat up at any point in during the stretch run. His ability to fill the stat sheet while committing few turnovers makes him a sneaky target for a fantasy playoff push.

  • Isaiah Thomas disappoints yet again on Thursday

    Isaiah Thomas could not find the range but otherwise was one of the best players on the floor for the Lakers in Thursday’s loss to the Wolves, scoring just seven points on 3-of-15 shooting from the field, with one rebound, five assists and one block.

    Thomas has not done much to salvage his fantasy value since joining the Lakers after the trade deadline, save for that 22-point debut. Yes, this is definitely buy low time.

  • Buddy Hield gets a perfect low-minute night heading into the break

    Buddy Hield saw 22 minutes of action off the bench in Wednesday’s loss to the Rockets, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    This is probably your last best chance to buy low on Hield heading into the break, which has served as an unofficial extension of the so-called veteran minute limits after players like Skal Labissiere, Frank Mason and George Hill exited stage right.  Hield hasn’t taken well to the sporadic minutes and touches but that will start to change as the team morphs away from the vets and into more effective playmakers like Bogdan Bogdanovic (20 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, four treys) and De’Aaron Fox (nine points, three assists), rather than what Hill and Zach Randolph (DNP-CD) have brought to the team. 

  • Taurean Prince scores an inefficient 14 vs. DET

    Taurean Prince went just 4-for-15 from the field in Wednesday’s loss, scoring 14 points and adding three rebounds and a steal.

    Prince played 29 minutes, which is a little low considering he was one of the few regulars in the lineup tonight. He’s been scuffling lately but is still a middle-round player on the season so now would be a good time to look at a trade. Prince is a strong source of cash counters and should go unchecked for playing time on the lowly Hawks, so he’s going to have ample opportunity to stuff the box score.

  • Courtney Lee has rough night vs. WAS

    Courtney Lee was only 4-of-12 from the field on Wednesday, finishing a bad home loss with eight points, three rebounds and three assists.

    Lee also picked up four fouls in 34 minutes so it was just not his day. He’s been a rock solid presence in the top-100 from start to finish and shouldn’t be at risk of losing any playing time even if the Knicks rework their lineups a bit. While he almost never wows anybody, Lee is a nice glue guy for just about any roster build and this might be a nice time to try and get him on the cheap.