After weeks of planning before the season starts and destroying your opponents with a great draft, your Fantasy team has hit a roadblock due to injuries.
It's not your fault. It happens to the best of us. And if you're extremely impatient and in need of immediate results, it may be time to field offers for your early round draft pick for depth at other thin positions. I know that's something you may not want to hear this early in the season, but you should at least be listening to offers if other owners are interested in your top guys.
I'm looking at the owners who drafted Kobe Bryant in the mid-rounds and were bitten by the injury bug with players like JaVale McGee (leg) or Tyson Chandler (leg). You weren't as fortunate as those who scooped up Russell Westbrook and were rewarded by an early return.
It's important to note that unlike other Fantasy sports, hammering out a deal may be a little difficult to do in basketball. Owners are bit reluctant to make an early season trade as they would be in a sport like football. Everyone wants to trade for elite talent like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, but that seems highly unlikely, unless you're dealing with a noobie or an impatient owner with an injury-riddled squad that's ready to hit the panic button. But you don't need to pull the trigger just yet on your top draft picks. I have a player that may help your issue.
Enter Spencer Hawes.
The 76ers have gotten off to an unexpected start, after many prognosticators thought they would be preparing for a lottery pick in next year's draft. Hawes has been a big part of their recent success, averaging a career-high in points (16.0), rebounds (10.6), blocks (2.0), field-goal percentage (50.0) and 3-point percentage (53.4) through nine games. But as previous owners of Hawes can tell you, he is an extremely streaky player and ultimately a risk to your squad's late-season success.
He averaged 7.3 points and 5.4 boards on 43.7 percent shooting through his first 20 games before averaging 13.3 points and 9.0 boards on 48.7 percent shooting over his last 27 games in 2012-13. It's highly possible that the Sixers, along with Hawes, start to underwhelm before the end of the calendar year, so selling high on him could benefit your team in the long run.
Here are some trades that went down involving Hawes in actual CBSSports.com leagues. As you'll notice, one-for-one deals involving Hawes have not been common, so you may have to package him in a two-for-two or a two-for-one situation.
Spencer Hawes and Kevin Martin for LaMarcus Aldridge: If you have plenty of 3-point shooting in your team and you want an immediate double-double machine, then this trade may work out for you. I'm a believer that the Kevin Martin hype machine, along with Spencer Hawes, will die down soon.
Spencer Hawes and Michael Carter-Williams for Derrick Rose and Anderson Varejao: Here's another owner taking advantage of two hot commodities and receiving great value for them. I know he's gotten off to a bit of a slow start, but if Derrick Rose starts to make some 3-pointers and somewhat resembles his MVP form, then this owner will come out on top.
Spencer Hawes for Andrew Nicholson, J.J. Redick and Manu Ginobili: I'm never a fan of a three-for-one swap, but if you're riddled with injuries and you have the roster space to pull of a deal like this, then it could work. Nicholson will be the most valuable piece of that deal, averaging 10.6 points and 6.0 boards through nine games. Redick and Ginobili will certainly make up for the 3-point shooting you missed with Hawes.