Trade Targets Based on Punting Rebound’s
Today we are going to look at some potential trade targets for seasonal fantasy standard leagues based around punting a single category. A lot of people will also punt blocks or field goal percentage along with rebounds but for the purpose of keeping the list smaller, for now, we will just focus on a single category and as always we ignore turnovers in any type of build.
People are influenced by overall rankings but realistically the difference of overall value between a player ranked 65th vs 80th or 85th vs 105th is so really quite insignificant. It’s all about acquiring the right players to fit your build and improving your weaknesses but being aware of your competition. Example; if you already are winning the blocks category convincingly every week, there is no point going out and trying to acquire Brook Lopez who’s value is concentrated in blocks.
Just like when you draft, if you decide on a punt rebound strategy that doesn’t mean you have to get all the worst rebounders. Otherwise, you will end up with all guards and weak in blocks and FG%. Same goes for trading, you are focusing on the stats you are looking to acquire based on your current rosters strengths and weaknesses as well as your competitions, while ignoring the rebound’s category, doesn’t mean you have to trade for players that give you minimal or zero rebound’s. That being said, if a player is a top 80 player but has a big deficiency in one or more categories then he is really strong in others to get him to that ranking position. Thus if you are ignoring that deficient category or categories they tend to offer a lot more value in the other categories than another player ranked in a similar position. If you are losing a specific category a majority of weeks then it doesn’t matter if you lose it by more when acquiring a player who offers nothing in that category, you are still going to lose it.
It’s important to note that your current team and competition should always be reviewed before making any trade. I’ll use Brook Lopez as an example again. As mentioned if you are already miles ahead in the blocks category there is less value in acquiring him and you should focus your efforts and resources elsewhere. On the flipside his weakest category is assists so unless you are already punting assists or are so strong in that category where it won’t hurt you, then he probably isn’t the player for you.
Another method is attempting to do 2 for 1 trades if you happen to have someone on your roster that you have picked up with solid short term value or upside while another player is injured. Rather than just dropping that player I will attempt to try and trade that player, plus another player for a player of similar value (of the better of the two) for a player that better suits my build. Example right now for punting rebound’s is Paul Milsap and Miles Bridges or Shai-Gilgeous Alexander for Josh Richardson.
So let’s get into a few examples of players who’s values increase substantially when punting rebounds.
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Value gained: 10-30 ranking spots
Projected: 90-100 ranked player
Punting rebounds: 70-80 ranked player
His value is heavily concentrated in assists which are hard to find outside of the top 70. The bonus with Teague is he is efficient in both percentage catagories for a guard specifically FG% which can be harder to find amoungst guards who give you assists. Potential trades could be for Serge Ibake or Goran Dragic who was probably somewhat of a sell high player before his latest injury as he outplayed himself with all the injuries to the other Heat players and who’s main strength outside assists is the three point catagory which you can stream easily enough with players like Terrence Ross or Cameron Johnson.
Value gained: 10-30 ranking spots
Projected: 75-85 ranked player
Punting rebounds: 55-65 ranked player
Before his recent injury and before the Gordan Hayward injury this would’ve been a lot easier to execute but is now a little risky. Smart’s value is in streaming but also offers some threes and assists and doesn’t hurt your FT%. He once was strictly a punt FG% player and although he is still a negative in that catagory it is far from unrecoverable from now.
Value gained: 10-20 ranking spots
Projected: 70-75 ranked player
Punting rebounds: 55-60 ranked player
Conley has been better of late after his slow start to the season but still far from expectation which makes him still, a buy low candidate. None of his negative catagories are unrecovereable from and although the assists will never be what they once were he is a positive contributor in points, threes, assists and FT% while being about league average in steals. A great source of points at the back end of your roster. However, his value futher increases in multiple catagory punt builds. He is exceptionally valuable in those rebound and block or rebound & FG% punt builds. Consider the strength of you blocks and FG% when looking to acquire Conley. Anyone outside top 100.