Buy Low

  • Myles Turner scores 19 points in solid effort vs. Boston

    Myles Turner scored 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting (2-of-4 from deep, 5-of-7 from the line) with seven rebounds and two blocks over 33 minutes in Friday’s win over the Celtics.

    Turner gets an All Star break to get healthy and this is a great time to buy low on a guy that hasn’t really been able to stay healthy and hit his stride.  Domantas Sabonis (five points, five boards, one block, 20 minutes) and Lance Stephenson (six points, eight boards, four assists, 27 minutes) are just deep league players whenever Turner is active. 

  • J.J. Redick scores 15 points in easy win

    J.J. Redick scored 15 points (three treys) to go with seven boards, two assists and two steals in Friday’s win over the Pelicans.

    Redick picked it up where he left off, averaging 14.4 points and 2.2 threes and a steal in the five games he’s been back. It’ be nice if fellow 3-point bomber Robert Covington breaks out of his slump; he’s shooting under 39 percent over the last month (just top-120 value) and even Sixers’ beat guys are asking him if he needs to be more aggressive. For his part, Lord Covington said that he wasn’t going to force shots. He’s known for being streaky, so his buy-low window is still open.

  • Courtney Lee disappears for Knicks on Thursday

    Courtney Lee was limited to scoring just four points, with four rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Raptors on Thursday.

    This is one of Lee’s ugliest games in quite some time. He was being shopped by the Knicks at the deadline, so there could be some of that “I’m not wanted” hangover in this game. He’s a seasoned pro though and should get back to doing his thing in no time. He’s not going to be this atrocious every night, so you may want to inquire about him in your fantasy league after this stinker.

  • Isaiah Thomas set to play ‘heavy minutes’ with Lakers even if he comes off the bench

    ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that the Lakers intend to give Isaiah Thomas “heavy minutes” even if he doesn’t start.

    The team feels that Thomas is a good fit for their fast-paced system, and it seems like he’ll have a chance to rehab some of his value even with Lonzo Ball probably holding down the starting job. This is a nice buy-low opportunity for any fantasy owners who want to snag a top-40 point guard on the cheap before the big lines start rolling in.

  • DeMar DeRozan dishes six assists on Tuesday

    DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting (going 2-of-6 from deep) with six assists, three rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes on Tuesday in a win over the Celtics.

    DeRozan has been struggling from the field lately, and tonight was no exception. He is shooting 38-percent from the field on nearly 18 attempts per game. It is hard to say how much of the struggles are related to DeRozan’s commitment to become a threat from deep, but the trend so far this season suggests he will turn it around. He is a solid buy-low candidate heading into the All-Star break. 

  • Isaiah Thomas struggles from the field in Tuesday’s loss

    Isaiah Thomas went 3-of-13 from the field on his way to an 11 point outing with eight assists, one steal and one rebound in 30 minutes on Tuesday.

    Thomas has struggled in his 14 games since returning from a hip injury, and tonight was no exception. His poor shooting streak continued, as this marks the fifth game shooting under the 40-percent mark in his last six. He may not return to his early round form of last year, but he won’t continue to shoot this poorly, so owners should still consider floating a buy-low offer for Thomas.

  • Hassan Whiteside scores 19 with 14 boards, sits entire fourth quarter vs. Magic

    Hassan Whiteside played 23 minutes on Monday in the 109-111 loss to the Magic scoring 19 points with 14 boards and an assist.

    The Heat rolled with Bam Adebayo in the fourth quarter tonight so Whiteside was just a spectator. Given the Heat lost maybe the Heat will look to find time for their best big man moving forward. That said this seems to be an unfortunate trend for Whiteside and its holding him back from returning to the top-10 value he had a couple years back. Whiteside is a trade candidate, although that’s less likely if Kelly Olynyk misses significant time, as we approach the deadline and if he gets moved its reasonable to expect a solid uptick from the talented center.

  • Ricky Rubio outshines Donovan Mitchell in a win against the Pelicans

    Ricky Rubio outplayed Donovan Mitchell on Monday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting with 11 assists, while Mitchell hit 1-of-6 shots towards two points and a steal.

    Mitchell is still dealing with flu-like symptoms, but he looked awful out there tonight. Owners shouldn’t worry too much though as he’ll get plenty of rest in the upcoming days and he should put on a show during the dunk contest as well. Keep him rolling out there with confidence. Rubio had another great game to follow up a 34-point outing against the Spurs and the Jazz have won six straight, including wins against the Warriors, Raptors and Spurs. There’s a strong chance that we see an improved Rubio over the second half of the year as he’s known to be a second half type of player, hopefully you threw in your buy-low offers because the window is just about shut.

  • Bam! It’s Magic, Adebayo double-doubles with 18 and 10

    Bam Adebayo scored 18 points on Monday against the Magic, one short of his career-high, adding 10 boards, a steal and two blocks.

    Adebayo has been impressive but not that useful in fantasy due this his poor free throw shooting. Given Kelly Olynyk went down today with a left shoulder injury Adebayo could continue to see consistent minutes and if you’re looking for boards with steals and blocks and solid assists feel free to give him a look.

  • Myles Turner continues to struggle in 25 minutes

    Myles Turner started again on Monday and logged 25 minutes, but only produced six points, five rebounds and a block.

    There is some serious buy-low potential with Turner as he keeps popping up on the injury report and when he does play it’s a dice roll as to whether or not he’ll provide early-round value. His owners must be fed up by now and now is your chance for some big returns. It wasn’t a long ago that he strung together three impressive games which displayed his ceiling, right now he’s displaying a floor and will look to have a big post All-Star Break run.

  • Jusuf Nurkic swats two, pulls down five boards while scoring 10 vs. Pistons

    Jusuf Nurkic played 26 minutes on Monday against the Pistons scoring 10 points with five boards, two blocks and a steal.

    Nurkic has been a respectable top-60 value over the last month in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues so he’s starting to play the right way for owners. That said he’s still only playing 25 minutes a game over that time period. The good news for owners is he’s stopped shooting threes as they had not been falling and his field goal percentage is looking solid.

  • Damian Lillard scores 20 points, fills box vs. Pistons

    Damian Lillard scored 20 points on Monday against the Pistons with a triple, five assists, five boards, two steals and a block.

    Lillard has been a first round value in both 8/9-cat leagues on the season and tends to heat up after the All-Star break. If you believe in that trend you should see Lillard secure a top-10 per game rank before all is said and done this season.

  • Reggie Bullock: Locked & loaded with 13 points on three triples

    Reggie Bullock scored 13 points on Monday in the 111-91 win against the Blazers, he added three triples, seven boards, three assists and three steals.

    Bullock has some familiarity with Griffin from their playing days on the Clippers and he could see some added opportunity with less wings on the roster after the trade. He’s likely a top-150/120 (8/9-cat) lock for the rest of the season. If he can up his defensive stats he could crack the top-100. 

  • Isaiah Thomas starts to find a rhythm; Cavs still sluggish in blowout loss

    Isaiah Thomas scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting (0-for-4 from deep) with five rebounds and three assists in the Cavs’ 120-88 loss to the Rockets on Saturday.

    This isn’t the greatest line but the important part is that the tempo was there.  Thomas was getting to his preferred locations and the offense looked better than it has to date.  Defensively, despite Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson pointing out Thomas’ effort plays, admonishing the criticism he gets, and then pointing out the rest of the Cavs loafing on defense — there are still some very loud and bad basketball analysts riding him for his return from a major hip injury.  It’s big time buy low season here folks, in both fantasy and reality.  LeBron went for 11 points, nine boards, nine assists, two steals and one block, and he needs to stop mailing it in before anybody should expect the Cavs to do anything. 

  • Willie Cauley-Stein (knee) returns; posts serviceable line

    Willie Cauley-Stein (knee) started and scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block over 35 minutes in the Kings’ 119-104 loss to the Warriors on Friday.

    Cauley-Stein is locked into his role for the rest of the year and is sitting on top-125 value when on the floor this season in 27.3 mpg.  That number should rise and with Zach Randolph and other veterans getting off the floor eventually, his numbers should get better by having better on-court situations to work with.  He’s a buy low candidate with mid-round upside, though he does carry a bit of injury risk.