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Week 4 Fantasy Trade Value Chart

by | Fantasy Writer
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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.

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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.

Name H2H ROTO Name H2H ROTO Name H2H ROTO
LeBron James 43 49 Klay Thompson 17 18 Raymond Felton 9 12
Kevin Durant 42 49 Kemba Walker 16 22 Jarrett Jack 9 11
Chris Paul 39 44 Monta Ellis 16 21 Trevor Ariza 8 14
James Harden 37 43 Andre Iguodala 16 20 Brandon Knight 8 13
Kevin Love 37 39 Kevin Martin 16 20 Andrew Nicholson 8 13
Stephen Curry 35 45 Bradley Beal 16 17 Kelly Olynyk 8 13
Carmelo Anthony 35 31 Kobe Bryant 16 17 Markieff Morris 8 13
Dwight Howard 34 32 Amir Johnson 16 17 Jason Thompson 8 13
Anthony Davis 33 39 Brandon Jennings 16 16 Metta World Peace 8 13
Blake Griffin 33 34 Zach Randolph 16 16 Corey Brewer 8 11
Paul George 32 40 Ersan Ilyasova 16 16 Mario Chalmers 8 10
LaMarcus Aldridge 31 32 Enes Kanter 15 20 Dion Waiters 8 9
Kyrie Irving 31 32 Larry Sanders 15 19 Steve Nash 8 9
Al Jefferson 31 28 JaVale McGee 15 19 Joe Johnson 8 8
DeMarcus Cousins 31 27 Michael Carter-Williams 15 18 Tyson Chandler 7 18
Gordon Hayward 30 32 Kawhi Leonard 15 16 Andrew Bogut 7 13
John Wall 30 29 Arron Afflalo 14 20 Andrew Bynum 7 12
Marc Gasol 29 30 Rajon Rondo 14 18 Ray Allen 7 11
Russell Westbrook 29 29 Tobias Harris 14 17 Manu Ginobili 7 10
Rudy Gay 29 28 Andrea Bargnani 14 16 Alec Burks 7 10
Tim Duncan 29 27 Nene 14 15 Ramon Sessions 7 10
Josh Smith 28 27 Andrei Kirilenko 14 14 Martell Webster 7 9
Nicolas Batum 27 28 Michael Kidd-Gillchrist 13 17 Iman Shumpert 7 8
Greg Monroe 27 26 Wesley Matthews 13 16 Trey Burke 7 7
Serge Ibaka 26 35 Evan Turner 13 15 Matt Barnes 6 13
Roy Hibbert 26 29 Kyle Lowry 13 15 Amar'e Stoudemire 6 11
Paul Millsap 26 28 George Hill 13 13 Andre Miller 6 10
Al Horford 26 28 Maurice Harkless 12 17 Marcus Thornton 6 9
Derrick Rose 26 27 Jonas Valanciunas 12 17 Vince Carter 6 9
Brook Lopez 26 23 Jae Crowder 12 17 Alex Len 6 9
Damian Lillard 25 28 Shawn Marion 12 16 Avery Bradley 6 8
Nikola Pekovic 23 28 Tristan Thompson 12 16 Josh McRoberts 5 12
Nikola Vucevic 23 26 Lance Stephenson 12 16 Glen Davis 5 12
David Lee 23 23 O.J. Mayo 12 16 Omer Asik 5 11
Dwyane Wade 23 22 JJ Hickson 12 15 Jordan Hill 5 10
Joakim Noah 22 26 Harrison Barnes 12 15 Wesley Johnson 4 11
Chandler Parsons 22 24 Anderson Varejao 12 14 Gerald Wallace 4 11
Chris Bosh 22 24 P.J. Tucker 12 14 Derrick Williams 4 11
Pau Gasol 22 23 Goran Dragic 12 12 Robin Lopez 4 11
Dirk Nowitzki 22 22 Tyreke Evans 12 12 Jared Sullinger 4 10
Spencer Hawes 21 27 Cartier Martin 12 12 Taj Gibson 4 10
Derrick Favors 21 24 Patrick Beverley 12 11 DeJuan Blair 4 10
Jeff Green 21 22 Thaddeus Young 11 16 Miles Plumlee 4 9
David West 21 22 Jose Calderon 11 16 Samuel Dalembert 4 8
Andre Drummond 20 24 Tiago Splitter 11 15 Bismack Biyombo 4 8
Deron Williams 20 21 Greivis Vasquez 11 15 Reggie Jackson 4 8
Paul Pierce 20 20 Isaiah Thomas 11 14 Steve Blake 4 7
Marcin Gortat 20 20 DeMar DeRozan 11 14 Nate Robinson 4 7
Ryan Anderson 19 23 Eric Gordon 11 14 Zaza Pachulia 4 7
Ty Lawson 19 21 Kyle Korver 11 14 Luis Scola 4 7
Ricky Rubio 19 21 Jameer Nelson 11 14 Thomas Robinson 4 7
Eric Bledsoe 19 21 Danny Green 11 13 Steve Novak 4 6
Mike Conley 19 18 J.J. Redick 11 13 Ben McLemore 4 6
Tony Parker 19 20 Cody Zeller 11 13 Jared Dudley 4 6
Kenneth Faried 18 21 Victor Oladipo 11 12 Xavier Henry 4 5
Carlos Boozer 18 17 Gerald Henderson 11 12 Vitor Faverani 4 5
Jeff Teague 17 22 Lou Williams 11 12 Michael Beasley 4 4
Luol Deng 17 21 Jimmy Butler 11 11 Kendrick Perkins 4 4
DeAndre Jordan 17 20 WIlson Chandler 11 11 Timofey Mozgov 4 4
Jeremy Lin 17 19 Jamal Crawford 10 13 Shabazz Muhammad 4 4
Jrue Holliday 17 18 Brandon Bass 9 14 Emeka Okafor 4 4

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Omer Asik ready to clean up in return to starting role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Last season was a rough one for Omer Asik, who had to deal with returning to a reserve role after really shining as a starter the previous year. He should be much happier with his role this season, as the Pelicans acquired him this offseason with the intention of installing him as the starting center.

The Pelicans should have a fearsome frontcourt with Asik starting next to Anthony Davis, and Davis' presence should free Asik up to do the kind of work he excels at. Asik isn't a great offensive player, but he can be a dominant offensive rebounder, and should have many chances to clean up the boards with teams keying in on Davis offensively. Among players who have logged at least 5,000 minutes in the NBA, Asik is 22nd all-time in offensive rebounding percentage.

Asik had trouble staying healthy last season, but that was the first time he had ever missed a regular-season game in his career, so we can probably write that off as a fluke. He averaged a double-double with 1.1 blocks per game in 30.0 minutes per game two years ago, and should be capable of similar production as he returns to a starting role.

Asik should be viewed as a starting Fantasy option this season, though he may not have the upside of some other younger centers at this point. 


Tobias Harris' Fantasy value a mystery at this point
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Perception is a funny thing. Just ask Magic forward Tobias Harris, who enjoyed by far the most productive season of his career in 2013-14 but was somehow viewed as a Fantasy disappointment.

Part of that stemmed from Harris' issues with availability, as he missed 20 games and got off to a slow start to the season as a result. It really took until January for Harris to find his stride, but he averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game from Jan. 1 on, without missing a contest.

Harris was probably better than the general perception of him a year ago, but the power of expectations hurt him. And now he enters his fourth season as something of a career crossroads, and it is hard to say just how Fantasy owners should approach him this season.

The Magic added Channing Frye and Aaron Gordon to the roster this season, further confusing what was already one of the most crowded frontcourts in the league. Harris can play both forward spots, but he is probably best used as a small-ball power forward; the presence of Frye, one of the league's elite stretch-fours certainly complicates matters for Harris, then.

At just 22, Harris still has a world of potential ahead of him. However, he probably profiles best as a reserve Fantasy option heading into the season, given concerns about his role.   


Hype may be too high for Giannis Antetokounmpo
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) No matter what he accomplishes in his second NBA season, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is likely to be a historical outlier, given his age. The question is, how much of a leap can the now-20-year-old take next season.

Only 15 players in NBA history have logged as many minutes in a single season as a teenager as Antetokounmpo's 1,897, so he is occupying fairly rarified air already. His age is a big part of why he is considered a big-time breakout prospect for Fantasy purposes, but he has a long way to go from a statistical standpoint.

Antetokounmpo was good for a 19-year-old rookie, but his season averages of 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game left a lot to be desired. It is easy to dream about a Antetokounmpo taking a big step forward, but that next step is never guaranteed -- for every Anthony Davis there is a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist whose development follows a slower, less linear path. 

Antetokounmpo was very good -- for a 19-year-old. However, Fantasy owners don't get extra points, rebounds or assists if the degree of difficulty is higher, so you are betting on Giannis taking a huge step forward at the age of 20. Antetokounmpo has become something of an internet darling, and his play in Summer League and the FIBA World Cup dominated much of the offseason discussion, which only helped build the hype to potentially unsustainable levels. 

He is a lottery ticket, for sure, but he is one that might not be worth the cost at this point. 


Improved jump shot all Jimmy Butler needs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had the breakout season many expected from him a year ago, but there were still plenty of flaws apparent in his game as he finished his third NBA season. With a better team around him, Butler just might have enough help to vault him to stardom.

Butler's jump shot abandoned him last season, especially after a toe injury forced him to miss 11 games in November and December. He was shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range prior to the injury, but connected on just 39.3 percent of his shots overall and 27.1 percent from three-point range from that point on.

We can blame Butler's season-long shooting slump on the injury or his increased offensive role, but he should have neither excuse available for him this season. Butler should be healthy, and the Bulls added plenty of offensive firepower this offseason, in the form of Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott, not to mention a hopefully healthy Derrick Rose. Butler took 154 shots off the dribble last season, per Stats.NBA.com, and made just 30.7 percent of them. With a better team around him, Butler should get many more opportunities to shoot with his feet set.

Butler has the skill set to be a tremendously efficient offensive player, given how often he bullies his way to the free-throw line. Last season, Butler filled up the box score extremely well, but his poor shooting limited his Fantasy value somewhat. If a new role helps his efficiency, he could be one of the very best guards in the league in category-based formats. 


Lance Stephenson set for bigger role in new setting
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Though there were fits and starts, Lance Stephenson finally began to live up to his considerable promise last season. Now in a new home in Charlotte, will Stephenson take another step forward in 2014-15?

By the end of last season, the Pacers were a mess, and Stephenson caught plenty of the blame for that. Still, he might have been arguably the team's most consistent player throughout the season, averaging between 25.8 and 29.7 Fantasy points per game from before and after the All-Star break as well as the playoffs. For as much of a mess as that team was, Stephenson emerged as something of a rock, at least for Fantasy purposes.

The Hornets are actually built in a somewhat similar way to the Pacers, so there wont' be much of a stylistic shift for Stephenson to get used to. Per MySynergySports.com, 11.8 percent of the then-Bobcats' possessions ended in post-ups, actually down from the 13.2 percent mark the Pacers' posted. Stephenson struggled at times with his post-entry passing, though his off-target feeds might find their mark more often when being lobbed in to the soft hands of Al Jefferson, as opposed to Roy Hibbert.

The Hornets might lean even more heavily on Stephenson than the Pacers did, since Indiana liked to spread the ball around with their starting five. The Hornets, on the other hand, look to be extremely top-heavy, and Stephenson will get plenty of chances to be the second or third option. We have him projected for 29.1 Fantasy points per game, and consider Stephenson a borderline top-50 Fantasy option for this season.  


Move to Houston won't alter Trevor Ariza's trajectory
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Trevor Ariza parlayed a career-year into a lucrative free-agency contract with the Rockets this offseason -- stop me if you've heard this story before.

Ariza was largely a disappointment in his first stint with the Rockets, though it did lead him to the best per-game numbers of his career. Still, Ariza was obviously miscast as a primary offensive option the last time he was in Houston, and that won't be a problem this time around.

Ariza joins a Rockets team with two established stars, and will likely spend much of his time trying to fill the departed Chandler Parsons' role. That should suit him nicely, as Ariza has just enough of an off-the-bounce game to serve as the team's third ballhandler when the shot clock gets deep. Ariza attempted 11.1 field-goal attempts per game last season, and should see a boost given Parsons' role; he attempted 13.3 shots per game.

Ariza's improved three-point shot seems legitimate, as he is shooting 38.6 percent from long range over 738 attempts since 2012. However, he will no longer have John Wall feeding him for juicy corner 3-pointers; Wall to Ariza was the league's most productive corner-three combination last season. His shooting numbers may take a hit with his move.

Even acknowledging the loss of Wall's help, we know the Houston offense is set up to get every player the most efficient shots possible, so Ariza shouldn't see much of a dip in his efficiency. His ability to fill up the box score makes him a perfect No. 2 option at forward in category-based leagues, especially now that he is a high-volume shooter. 


Despite new role, don't write off Isaiah Thomas entirely
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Suns guard Isaiah Thomas might see one of the biggest dropoffs in his Fantasy value from last season to this, as he joins the crowded Suns' backcourt.

The Suns might have three All-Star caliber guards in the backcourt now, with Thomas likely to backup Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe this season. That should put a serious dent in Thomas' value; Thomas finished 13th in Fantasy scoring among guards a year ago, but is projected to finish just 43rd this season.

Still, Thomas is definitely someone you'll want to add to your team when drafting, and almost certainly before the rest of the No. 4-type guards he is grouped with. Thomas is likely to see his numbers fall off from the 20.3 points and 6.3 assists he averaged a year ago, at least at first. However, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him end up starting upwards of 25 games throughout the year, given Bledsoe's injury-proneness. Bledsoe has missed at least 25 games in two of the last three seasons for knee issues.

Thomas probably profiles as more of a bench option for Fantasy purposes next season, but you'll be targeting him much earlier than nearly any other reserve. His upside as a handcuff option for either Bledsoe or Dragic is sky-high, and will make him well worth your attention on Draft Day. 


Eric Gordon cleared for contact
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been cleared to take part in full-contact offseason drills ahead of training camp, The Times-Picayune reports.

Gordon underwent season-ending knee surgery last April, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. 


Jrue Holiday cleared for contact ahead of camp
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was able to participate in full-contact offseason drills last week, the first time he has done so since undergoing season-ending surgery last January.

"Getting out playing has been a joy," Holiday told The Times-Picayune. "I've been running and jumping and stuff, but getting my rhythm back on the court is definitely a big thing right now for me."

The Pelicans open training camp Sept. 30, and Holiday is not expected to have any limitations as the team prepares for the start of the season. Holiday averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game last season prior to the injury.


Kent Bazemore focused on conditioning in recovery
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Newly signed Hawks guard Kent Bazemore did not pick up a basketball until August, preferring to focus on conditioning in his recovery from foot surgery in April.

"I think the injury was definitely a blessing," he told the Daily Press, "because I was able to step away from the game of basketball. I took myself out of my element all summer. I did stuff I'm not used to doing."

Bazemore signed a two-year deal with the Hawks this offseason, and is expected to compete for playing time on the wing immediately, as he is fully recovered from the surgery. 


 
 
 
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