Buy Low

  • 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.

  • Jeff Teague double-doubles with 12 points, 10 assists vs. Kings

    Jeff Teague was feeling feisty on Sunday, nabbing three steals against the Kings while adding 12 points, 10 assists, a triple and a board.

    As we head into the break its important to notice that Teague is slightly below his recent averages in field goal percentage and free throw shooting and could be poised for a slight uptick in production post All-Star break. 

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. drops 17 on three triples vs. Pacers

    Tim Hardaway Jr. had his best game of February on Sunday against the Pacers, scoring 17 points on three triples with two steals, three assists and a board.

    Hardaway Jr. had not scored in double figures in the month of February to give you an idea of how cold he’s been. Hopefully the All-Star break re-invigorates Hardaway Jr. as he has every opportunity possible to put up massive numbers post break. Hardaway Jr. is known for his efficient shooting so it shouldn’t take him long to break out of this slump as long as he is healthy. Another interesting trend for Hardaway Jr. owners to monitor is if Courtney Lee starts to get rested down the stretch. Lee scored 14 points in 21 minutes tonight so it looks like the Knicks might be starting their youth movement.

  • Taurean Prince pulls a disappearing act on Sunday

    Taurean Prince had possibly his worst game of the year on Sunday, playing 22 minutes and shooting 1-of-7 to finish with two points and three assists.

    Prince is a top-90 guy on the season thanks to his multi-cat contributions but he was invisible today. Typically good for at least a few cash counters, the second-year man was completely stifled by the Pistons and just couldn’t get anything going. If you own him, and to be clear he should be owned in all leagues, he’s probably best served on your bench at the moment. He’s just a top-175 player over the past two weeks and seems to be doing more harm than good right now. For everyone else, this is a nice opportunity to buy low on a player with a great stat set and minimal competition on the roster.

  • Gary Harris is inefficient from the floor

    Gary Harris made just 5-of-13 from the floor and finished Saturday with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Harris has been off the last couple of games, with just eight points on 3-of-11 the last time out.  He’s been great all season, however, so this is no doubt just a blip on the radar.  There could be a tiny buy-low window if the owner in your league is overreacting so it couldn’t hurt to throw an offer out there.

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic posts a triple-one in loss to Blazers

    Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block over 33 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Blazers.

    Bogdanovic, a poor man’s C.J. McCollum, got heavy minutes against his comp and he was pretty good.  The Kings have (finally) realized they should be running much of their offense through him and once they get out of the Zach Randolph business he’ll be able to climb much higher than his season-long top-115 value (27 mpg).  He has top-75 potential the rest of the way and still has some buy low appeal. 

  • Buddy Hield scores 16 points off the bench on Friday

    Buddy Hield hit 5-of-12 shots (including five threes) for 16 points, two boards, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes off the bench in Friday’s loss to the Blazers.

    Dave Joerger has been riding Hield pretty hard, giving minutes to other underperforming players, with Hield averaging just 21.2 mpg in the last six contests.  The minutes crunch has been going for a while and Hield hasn’t taken to the inconsistent minutes.  He’s a top-125 value on the year in just 24 mpg, with top-50 upside if Joerger cuts him loose.  He has a sweet shooting stat set and he’s a must-own player, and one of the better buy low targets because there will be a freakout in Sacramento if he doesn’t play a whole lot more.