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Courtside Seat: Sizing up the Fantasy deadline

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The Fantasy trade deadline is nearly upon us in many commissioner leagues, and some of the players being dealt are interesting. You can see the players who are being sold high or bought low as owners are making plans for a playoff run.

What we decided to do here is look at the CBSSports.com roster trends for the most traded players and break down some potential deals. You can view the whole list here, but we'll just take a look at the Top 10 guys being dealt.

It's no surprise that Jeremy Lin is the most traded player since Fantasy owners are trying to get the most for him while his value is high. Maybe he can continue to produce at a high level for the rest of the year, but it's a good idea to sell him now before Linsanity comes to an end.

Most-traded players

Jeremy Lin, PG, Knicks
Trades: 135
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for David Lee (head to head); for Joakim Noah (roto)
He is considered: A sell-high candidate
Fantasy owners are smart to trade Lin now because this amazing run he has been on could come to an end. If Baron Davis starts to play well and take away minutes from Lin then his value will decline. Now, he could continue to post amazing stats for the rest of the year, but that's a gamble any Lin owner is going to have to take. Still, it's never a bad idea to sell high on a player you added off the waiver wire.

Amar'e Stoudemire, PF, Knicks
Trades: 123
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for Stephen Curry (head to head); for Ryan Anderson (roto)
He is considered: A buy-low candidate
Stoudemire is not having a good year on and off the court when you factor in the recent death of his brother. But he should improve as the season goes on, and his scoring and rebounding should rise as the Knicks make a playoff push. It's easy to understand why Fantasy owners are disappointed in Stoudemire, but things will get better with his points (17.4) and rebounds (7.9). You just have to be patient and get ready for a big stretch run.

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Danny Granger, SF, Pacers
Trades: 104
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for Marcus Thornton (head to head); for Brook Lopez (roto)
He is considered: A buy-low candidate
Granger is having a down year in points (18.2) and rebounds (4.4), but he should be able to finish the season strong. He has scored at least 25 points twice in his past five games and is averaging 19.4 points over that span with eight 3-pointers. He might not be worth the same value as he had on Draft Day with a Round 3 selection, but Granger could be a nice addition for Fantasy owners heading into the playoffs.

Chris Bosh, PF, Heat
Trades: 101
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for Andre Iguodala (head to head); for Andrea Bargnani (roto)
He is considered: A buy-low candidate
The perception with Bosh is he's not a good Fantasy option any more since coming to the Heat, but he has been consistent with 18.4 points and 8.3 rebounds this season, which are identical to his stats from last year. He shoots 49 percent from the field and 82 percent from the foul line with 2.0 assists per game. If someone is willing to dump Bosh in your lap for the right price then should plan on adding him for a playoff push.

Ricky Rubio, PG, Timberwolves
Trades: 99
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for Carlos Boozer (head to head); for Serge Ibaka (roto)
He is considered: A sell-high candidate
Rubio has been better than expected this season, and his play has been a big reason why Minnesota is in playoff contention for the first time in the post-Kevin Garnett era. But his production has declined of late, and the rigors of the lockout-shortened season might be wearing on him. His stats have declined from January (12.0 points and 9.1 assists) to February (10.0 points and 7.7 assists), and he could be slowing down. Sell him now while you can.

Brandon Jennings, PG, Bucks
Trades: 95
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for Paul Millsap (head to head); for Kris Humphries (roto)
He is considered: A sell-high candidate
Jennings is another player who has watched his stats decline after a hot start. He's still capable of filling up a stat sheet, but his shooting percentage has been dreadful of late, including 37 percent from the field and 23 percent from the 3-point line in his past five games. He's still averaging 17.9 points, 5.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds for the season, and some owner might pay a hefty price for those stats now while overlooking what he's done of late.

Luis Scola, PF, Rockets
Trades: 95
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for Marcin Gortat (head to head); for Manu Ginobili (roto)
He is considered: A buy-low candidate
Scola has been a disappointment this season with his points (15.2) and rebounds (6.2) down significantly from last year. But he appears to be finding a groove of late, and he could be ready for a strong finish. In his past three games, Scola has three double-doubles, and he is averaging 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in his past five outings. He is also shooting 53 percent from the field and 71 percent from the foul line over that span, so hopefully he can remain hot.

Carmelo Anthony, SF, Knicks
Trades: 94
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for Tony Parker (head to head); for Jose Calderon (roto)
He is considered: A buy-low candidate
The Knicks are being traded a lot this season with Lin, Stoudemire and Anthony in the Top 10 most traded, but Anthony is someone to target. He should finish the season strong as long as he can stay healthy. This year, his production is down at 21.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, but he has played just 26 games. He appears to be 100 percent now, and he should produce at a high level for the Knicks and Fantasy owners to close the season.

Greg Monroe, PF, Pistons
Trades: 92
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for Al Jefferson (head to head); for Mike Conley (roto)
He is considered: A sell-high candidate
I'm not sure if you can call Monroe a sell-high candidate, but he's definitely not a buy-low guy with the way he's played of late. He is averaging 21.0 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in his past five games with four double-doubles over that span. Maybe Fantasy owners are concerned he will slow down, but Monroe looks like a beast. He should remain hot all year, and I wouldn't trade him if I owned him right now.

Rajon Rondo, PG, Celtics
Trades: 92
Recent CBSSports.com trades: for Marc Gasol (head to head); for LaMarcus Aldridge (roto)
He is considered: A sell-high candidate
If the Celtics do trade Rondo to the Lakers then his value will decline because he won't have the ball in his hands as much in Los Angeles because of Kobe Bryant. But if you think Rondo will remain with the Celtics then there's no reason to trade him. He is a triple-double threat, and he's not going to hurt you shooting 48 percent from the field. It would help if he improved his 61 percent from the foul line, but he makes up for that with 1.5 steals per game.

Each week we will take a look at a variety of topics around the NBA. We will look at guys to trade, trade for, add off the waiver wire and also answer some of your social media questions, among other things. It's our CBSSports.com potpourri look at Fantasy Basketball.

More roster trends

Here is a look at the 10 most dropped players on CBSSports.com:

Greivis Vasquez, PG, Hornets
Previous week ownership: 76 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 69 percent of leagues

Marreese Speights, PF, Grizzlies
Previous week ownership: 64 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 58 percent of leagues

Gordon Hayward, SF, Jazz
Previous week ownership: 47 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 41 percent of leagues

Iman Shumpert, PG, Knicks
Previous week ownership: 44 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 38 percent of leagues

Nick Young, PG, Wizards
Previous week ownership: 89 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 84 percent of leagues

Stephen Jackson, SG, Bucks
Previous week ownership: 73 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 68 percent of leagues

Ben Gordon, SG, Pistons
Previous week ownership: 49 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 44 percent of leagues

Tiago Splitter, C, Spurs
Previous week ownership: 48 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 43 percent of leagues

Markieff Morris, PF, Suns
Previous week ownership: 45 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 40 percent of leagues

Marvin Williams, SF, Hawks
Previous week ownership: 40 percent of leagues
Current week ownership: 35 percent of leagues

I would definitely hold onto Jackson if you can. The Bucks have no reason to keep him past the NBA trade deadline March 15, and if he goes to the right situation – the Clippers make the most sense – then his Fantasy value will rise. I would also consider holding onto Vasquez since the Hornets will continue to give him minutes with Eric Gordon (knee) out even though Jarrett Jack is back. Young also retains value as a good source of points and 3-pointers, but he will continue to be inconsistent.

Free agent watch

Here are five guys I am looking at in my leagues:

Zaza Pachulia, C, Hawks
Owned: 52 percent of leagues

Grant Hill, SF, Suns
Owned: 40 percent of leagues

Josh Howard, SF, Jazz
Owned: 45 percent of leagues

Kenneth Faried, PF, Nuggets
Owned: 27 percent of leagues

Brendan Haywood, C, Mavericks
Owned: 25 percent of leagues

Fantasy owners need centers, and it's surprising that Pachulia and Haywood are available in so many leagues. Pachulia has done a solid job filling in for the injured Al Horford (pectoral). He has double digits in rebounds in four of his past seven games, including 29 rebounds in his past two outings. Haywood has 25 rebounds in his past three games and five blocks over that span. He also has 28 points in his past two games and can be considered a No. 2 center in deeper leagues. Howard has scored at least 12 points and grabbed at least six rebounds in his past four games and is taking advantage of Raja Bell (adductor) being out. He has proven to be a decent Fantasy option when healthy, and he is playing well of late. Hill is averaging 14.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his past five games, and it's a good idea to use him when he's hot given his inconsistent play all season. And Faried, who we mentioned here last week, continues to play well in place of Nene (calf). He has three double-doubles in his past six games.

Social media corner

@brett_frankel on Twitter wants to know: What are your thoughts on this trade? I'd give up Rondo and Scola for Russell Westbrook and Thaddeus Young.

Westbrook is the best player in the deal, but if you believe Rondo will stay with the Celtics then you should keep him, especially with the way Scola is playing.

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us via Twitter @CBSFantasyNews . You can also follow Jamey at @JameyEisenberg and on Facebook .

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LeBron James dealing with some back soreness after scrimmage
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(10/1/2014) Cavaliers forward LeBron James is dealing with a bit of back soreness following the team's scrimmage Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Following the scrimmage, head coach David Blatt downplayed the issue. "I think overall [LeBron's] fine," Blatt said. "He’s got a little bit of back soreness and we’ll monitor that carefully." James scored 13 points during the scrimmage. 


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(10/1/2014) The Pelicans are being cautious with point guard Jrue Holiday, limiting his practice time as he returns from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his tibia, The Times-Picayune reports.

"We are trying to be smart with his comeback," coach Monty Williams said. "After about two weeks of this, it's time to ramp it up and get going."

Holiday said he came out of Tuesday's and Wednesday's practices feeling good if a bit sore. "I'm sore," Holiday said. "Again I don't think I have pushed my body this much for a long time. It's good. All of our trainers and Monty had to kick me off the court yesterday because I didn't want to stop. But I am glad he did because I am feeling it today. Again that's a part of me still learning how to take care of my body and come back strong these next days."

Holiday didn't play a game after Jan. 8 last season and ultimately underwent surgery in February. He averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 34 games.


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by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Hornets center Al Jefferson said he is tired of being a defensive liability and is looking to make sure opposing teams don't target his pick-and-roll defense, according to The Charlotte Observer.

"I refuse to continue getting picked on at the end of games. It’s not fun," Jefferson said. "Last year at the end of games teams always put me in high pick-and-rolls. I got sick of them thinking that was to their advantage, and it was to their advantage."

Coach Steve Clifford said he was happy that Jefferson brought up the subject of his defensive issues and saved the coaches from having to point it out.

"He’s working hard. His attitude is great. I sense more of a hunger than any kind of complacency," Clifford said. "He sees what the possibilities are for the group. He’s competitive and wants to win."


Pistons coach speaks highly of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy spoke highly Wednesday about second-year guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to the team's official website.

"You always look at players first to their strengths, where can a guy be great," Van Gundy said. "I think he can be an elite defender in this league at the two guard and we’ll look for that every night. I think he is a high-energy guy who can get up and down the floor and attack the basket in transition. Those two things have got to be his foundation."

Caldwell-Pope averaged 24 points per game in the Summer League. However, he's still not at the stage in his career where the Pistons are counting on him to be one of their top scorers.

"On the offensive end, he’s going to have to slow down a little bit, get under control, and like a lot of people it will come down to how many shots he can make, how efficient he can be shooting the ball, how consistent can you be," Van Gundy said. "But I think he’s got a great foundation with the defense and energy that will get him on the floor and give him a chance to develop in those other areas."


Lakers forward Ryan Kelly suffers hamstring strain
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(10/1/2014) Lakers forward Ryan Kelly suffered a moderate left hamstring strain Wednesday. The Lakers will have more information about the severity of his injury Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Pacers forward C.J. Miles not worried about calf strain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pacers forward C.J. Miles has been unable to complete a full practice at the start of training camp due to a calf strain, according to VigilantSports.com. However, Miles is not worried about the injury.

"It’s just a little strain, nothing crazy," he said Wednesday. "I’m pretty much healed. I’m doing everything just monitoring the contact a little bit just because of the wear and tear on it.

"It doesn’t make sense for me to be out with a strain for three weeks now when I could take a couple days just two get it all the way back, finish the month and be ready for the first game of the season. But I’m well past sitting out. Just monitoring it, that’s all."

Miles added he only sits out a portion of practice.

"I do everything throughout the whole practice until like just a little bit of the contact just towards the end," he explained. "Since the first practices are long, they don’t want me go through the wear and tear of the whole practice."


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by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy indicated Wednesday forward Jonas Jerebko will be part of a 10-man rotation this season.

"We'll play at least nine on a nightly basis but probably 10 a lot, based on the way Jonas has played in September and in camp," Van Gundy said after Wednesday's morning practice, per the team's official website. "I've been really happy (with him). Nobody put more time in here this summer than Jonas did. Because of his play with the national team in years past, he's never really been able to devote as much time to his own development and his own game. He's gotten stronger. He's in tremendous shape.

"I think the key to Jonas -- and we talked about this early on -- is he has to get back to being the guy he was when he first came into the league, that hungry guy playing with incredible energy, trying to make his spot. What we've seen in September, he looks like a guy who is committed to being a high-energy guy."


D.J. Stephens added to Pelicans' training camp roster
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(10/1/2014) The Pelicans added guard/forward D.J. Stephens to the training camp roster, according to The Times-Picayune. Stephens appeared in three games for the Bucks in 2013-14, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.

Josh McRoberts expects to be ready by Heat season opener
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(10/1/2014) Heat forward Josh McRoberts will not play in Wednesday's scrimmage due to a toe injury, according to the Sun-Sentinel. McRoberts, who had toe surgery in the offseason, said he has dealt with the issue for years.

"I've needed surgery for a couple years," McRoberts said. "We kind of figured out last year before the season started. I knew right when the playoffs ended, so it was something I had planned for."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the Heat are just being cautious to avoid McRoberts aggravating the injury. However, McRoberts expects to be ready by the season opener in late October.

"I'm just kind of easing back into things," McRoberts said. "It takes time to recover from something like this. I'm just trying not to overdo it."


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