It’s time we delve into the stock charts of Fantasy Basketball for the Week of November 27! So far, it’s still Boston and Philly amongst the top of things, but Minnesota has now snuck into the top three net rated teams. That’s not something I would’ve guessed at this juncture of the season. Also….make sure to check in with us every week, because if you had listened to our last stock report, you would’ve sold Josh Giddey last week, before he needed to beat….allegations. Yikes. Admittedly, we wanted to sell him for other reasons, but a call is a call.
My favorite difference between the NBA and the NFL is that there is a game every single night. You have a rough night in fantasy basketball? Ok, that’s fine. Get over it! Tonight is a new night! That said, it can be tough to stay up to date on the entire league’s dealings, injuries, role changes, and performances.
That’s where our NBA Fantasy Basketball Hype Report comes in! Every Sunday, we’ll give you two players you should be buying low on (either via trade or waiver wire), and two players you should be selling high on (dropping, trading, or benching). When it comes to fantasy sports, FantraxHQ will always have your back! Let’s get into NBA Week 6’s Hype Report.
Fantasy Basketball Buy Low, Sell High
Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets, PG/SG
He’s rostered on 75% of teams, so it’s not exactly buying low, but for the next two-plus weeks, Rozier has a chance to win you a couple of matchups. LaMelo Ball is in a walking boot with his sprained ankle and will be out for at least two weeks healing up. Rozier just returned from his nine-game absence and was running the point guard (not LaMelo), while he was on the court with Ball. That implies heavy usage/minutes for Rozier while Ball is out, and the fall-off will be very minor when Ball returns.
In Rozier’s first game back he played 37 minutes, scored 22 points, on 9-15 shooting, 9 assists, and 2 stocks. All that was against a surprising Orlando squad that currently sports the third-best defensive rating in the league. Rozier always has the ability to get hot and drop 30+ points in a game, but with LaMelo out, he’s almost required to. Sprinkle in his responsibility to run the point, and you’re getting a high usage star. Especially with Charlotte’s 6th-ranked pace, leading to plenty of extra possessions. Make a trade for Rozier now, or pick him up if you’re in the lucky 25% with him on your waiver wire.
Jaime Jaquez Jr., Miami Heat, SF
I know he’s a rookie, but after this stretch of performances, and the obvious trust of the Heat’s coach, it’s clear to me that JJJ should be owned far more than his 13% rostership level. In the past four games, JJJ has played 31,35,28, and 33 minutes. He’s scored at least 15 points in each appearance and averaged over 5 rebounds and 3 assists. And he’s had 5 steals total over the stretch. He’s officially a cog in Miami’s machine. I think it’s safe to say 10/5/3 is his nightly floor, and that’s incredible to grab off of the waiver wire. On top of that, he’s got upside whenever Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Caleb Martin, and others miss time. I don’t know whether Miami has horrible injury luck, or truly loves load managing, but someone is always out. Go ahead and pick up Jaquez now, before word gets out.
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, SG/SF
This isn’t necessarily a call that Zach LaVine is getting ready to fall off, statistically. But I do think that’s going to happen. The reason is that the trade rumors are back. They are back to the tune of news reports saying that the Bulls would covet Austin Reaves in a potential trade. Obviously, this could turn out to be nothing, but whenever individual players get thrown around in trade rumors by the news breakers, my alarm bells start ringing for an imminent trade.
If a trade is imminent, two things would happen, LaVine might get benched to preserve trade value, and/or when traded, LaVine wouldn’t just hit the ground running on his new team. He’d have to figure out his role, what kind of shots they’d want him taking, new plays, etc. We would see a drop-off in stats in that scenario. I think the odds are starting to favor a LaVine trade, and we should get in front of it, and sell.
Reggie Jackson, Denver Nuggets, PG
I know he’s getting starter’s minutes on an elite team. I know he’s had 20+ points in three of his last six games, but don’t believe the hype. Jamal Murray will return soon. And even if he doesn’t, I don’t think Jackson can be expected to keep these numbers up. his eFG% is ten percentage points higher than his career average, his 3P% is six percentage points higher than his career average, and his minutes per game are higher than his career average. There’s a reason that Jackson is no longer a full-time starter. It’s because he’s not efficient, and though he’s a great scorer, he’s better to have to fill bench minutes than running the show. If you can get anything for Jackson now, you should before you end up dropping him.