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In-Season Strategy: Trade Value Chart -- Week 15

Alex Rikleen

Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.

The Trade Value Chart is a tool to help evaluate potential trades. The basic idea is simple: add up the scores of two players, and that sum is roughly the amount of value you should look to get back in any trade.

For example, a trade of Eric Gordon (12 points) and Donovan Mitchell (20 points) is approximately fair value for either Gary Harris (32 points) or the package of Dario Saric (19 points) and Wayne Ellington (14 points).

In a sense, this is just a rest of season ranking, except (hopefully) in a more useful format.

A few notes on how to best use the Trade Value Chart:
Fit is more important that “value”: if your team “loses value” but improves in competitive categories, then your team gets better and you should make the trade.

This is a tool, not a rule: similar to point 1, but it’s important. Don’t reject a trade simply because you might lose a couple points in value. This is a tool designed to facilitate trades, no

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