Fantasy Trade Analysis: Players to Target in Week 4 Deals

Fantasy Trade Analysis: Players to Target in Week 4 Deals

It's certainly been a wild start to the NBA season with COVID-19 impacting several teams. It's added a wrinkle to managing a fantasy basketball team as things seem to change by the minute. On Wednesday night's slate alone, three games have already been postponed. Nevertheless, the fantasy basketball season trudges forward.

Let's discuss some players who are off to surprisingly good or bad starts and how to take advantage of that on the trade market.

Trade For

De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings

Fox was limited to 51 games because of injury last season, but he was excellent when he was on the floor. He set a new career high by averaging 21.1 points per game, thanks in large part to shooting 48 percent from the field. He also continued to be a steady source for assists, averaging 6.8 dimes a night. If he could improve his three-point shooting heading into this season, he had the potential to be a fantasy force.

Unfortunately for the Kings and those who drafted Fox in their fantasy league, he's taken a step backward this season. His three-point shooting has remained largely underwhelming and his averages in points, rebounds and assists are all down. Even his field goal percentage is down at 44.1 percent. However, part of that can be attributed to the Kings being involved in so many lopsided games, which has limited his playing time. He also had one game in which he only logged five minutes before leaving with an injury, which certainly didn't help his averages. If you can find a fantasy manager who is frustrated with his slow-ish start, now might be the time to pounce with a trade offer.

Trade market: Fox was traded straight up for Jaylen Brown; in another league, he was packaged with Brown to acquire Julius Randle and Ben Simmons; Fox was also traded straight up for Jamal Murray

Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic

Gordon is probably a better real-life basketball player than he is a fantasy option. He has a versatile skillset, but he generally struggles with his percentages, which puts a cap on his scoring numbers and value in roto leagues. Last season, he averaged 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 three-pointers, but he shot just 43.7 percent from the field and 67.4 percent from the charity stripe.

He's been even worse from the free-throw line this season, shooting just 60.5 percent. However, he is shooting 48.2 percent from the field. His assists are down to 2.8 a night, but look for him to bounce back in a big way in that area now that point guard Markelle Fultz (knee) is gone for the season. Due to early season restrictions, Gordon has only averaged 27 minutes per game thus far, which is a number that should climb given that he's averaged at least 33 minutes in three straight seasons. While he hasn't been a total flop out of the gate, the best might still be yet to come.

Trade market: Gordon was traded straight up for Victor Oladipo; in other leagues, he was traded straight up for Collin Sexton, Larry Nance and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards

Last season, the Wizards were hammered by injuries and lacked scoring options behind Bradley Beal, which created an opening for Bertans. He responded with a breakout campaign that saw him average 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and a whopping 3.7 three-pointers a game. He was able to parlay that performance into a hefty extension with the team, although he entered this season under very different circumstances.

As long as Russell Westbrook is on this team, Bertans probably won't have as high of a scoring upside as he did last season. Through 11 games, Bertans is only averaging 11.8 points and 2.8 three-pointers. With that being said, there is plenty of room for him to increase his production. First, he's only shooting 37.3 percent from the field. He's never shot worse than 44 percent during his career, so that number should be on the rise. Second, he's only averaging 24 minutes a night. That number could increase with Thomas Bryant (knee) now out for the season. If three-point shooting is what ails your squad, now might be the time to try and grab Bertans.

Trade market: Bertans was packaged with Jrue Holiday in a deal for Kyrie Irving and Terrence Ross; he was also paired with Trae Young to acquire D'Angelo Russell and De'Aaron Fox

Trade Away

Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets

Rozier makes this list for the second straight week. For the season, he's averaging 19.5 points and shooting 46.8 percent from the field. Those would both be the best marks of his career. However, over the last five games, he's averaging 15.2 points and shooting 42.9 percent from the field. Considering he's never shot higher than 42.3 percent from the field during his career, expect his numbers to continue to decline. Time might be running out to try and capitalize on his hot start.

Trade market: Rozier was traded straight up for Lonzo Ball and Tyler Herro; He was also traded straight up for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; Rozier and Jimmy Butler were packaged together in a trade for Kevin Durant

Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks

Between injuries and an outbreak of COVID-19 on the team, the Mavericks have really needed Hardaway to step up. He hasn't disappointed, averaging 18.4 points and 3.9 three-pointers per game. His usage rate sits at 24.1 percent, which ranks third on the team behind Luka Doncic (37.3 percent) and Jalen Brunson (25.5 percent).

The concern with Hardaway is that Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is scheduled to make his season debut Wednesday. With Porzingis in the fold last season, Hardaway averaged 15.8 points and 2.9 three-pointers to go along with a 21.1 percent usage rate, so expect his scoring opportunities to take a step back moving forward. A decline in the scoring department would deal a significant blow to Hardaway's fantasy value given that he contributes very little in terms of rebounds, assists and defensive stats.

Trade market: Hardaway was traded straight up for Anthony Edwards; in another league, he was dealt straight up for Aaron Gordon; Hardaway and Elfrid Payton were traded for Kyrie Irving

Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings

The Kings have been fully committed to Barnes after acquiring him from the Mavericks during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 35 minutes a game last season and has averaged the identical amount of playing time through 11 contests this season. While he might be listed in this category of players to consider trading away, it's not because he will be in line for a decrease in minutes anytime soon.

The reason Barnes might be a player to consider dealing is that he's shooting 53.1 percent from the field, which has helped him average 17.9 points a night. He hasn't shot better than 46 percent from the field in each of the last three seasons and has never even topped 49 percent over the course of his career. His pedestrian 18.6 percent usage rate likely won't be able to sustain him averaging so many points when his field goal percentage begins to normalize.

Trade market: Barnes was traded straight up for Jamal Murray in one league; in another, he was packaged with Jarrett Allen to acquire Paul George and Andre Drummond; in other words, trade Barnes while you can

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Mike Barner
Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.
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