Trade Targets Based on Punting Assist’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 steals along with assists 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 Myles Turner whos value is concentrated in blocks.
Just like when you draft, if you decide on a punt assist strategy that doesn’t mean you have to get all the worst assisters. Otherwise, you will end up with all big men and weak in threes and steals. 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 assist’s category, doesn’t mean you have to trade for players that give you minimal or zero assist’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 Myles Turner 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 assist’s 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 assist’s is Evan Fournier and JJ Redick or Dennis Schroder for Robert Covington
So let’s get into a few examples of players who’s values increase substantially when punting assists.
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Value gained: 15-35 ranking spots
Projected: 55-65 ranked player
Punting assists: 30-40 ranked player
Currently a buy-low target his value is heavily concentrated in steals so if you are really strong in steals or are also punting steals then you may find better value in another player or throw a low ball offer. That being said he does give a good source of blocks and 3s. Once a punt FG% player although he is not a positive in the category he doesn’t hurt you in it.
Value gained: 10-30 ranking spots
Projected: 90-100 ranked player
Punting assists: 70-80 ranked player
Myles numbers have really been hurt this season playing with Sabonis and nothing indicates to me that they are coming back. So I wouldn’t consider him a buy low but owners will be pissed. Similar to Bob Cov his value is all in one category, blocks. He is providing nothing else above league average. Again, if you are winning the blocks category consistently then Myles Turner is not for you. As much as he is a negative in all other categories. He is still a big man that barely hurts your free throw % which has value.
Jaren Jackson Jnr
Value gained: 10-30 ranking spots
Projected: 45-55 ranked player
Punting assists: 25-35 ranked player
A positive contributor in all categories besides rebounds and steals, a big man who is a positive in FT%. JJJ pushes toward being a top 20 player when punting steals with assists. Just be wary of your rebounds as having a big that doesn’t rebound can leave you sub-par in rebounds if you don’t make up for it elsewhere. Jackson was a buy-low target when I first released the podcast. Hopefully, a few of you managed to pull acquiring JJJ. I was actually offered JJJ for Draymond Green and as much as their per-game value is similar, Jackson’s is better and total stats for the season combined with the risk of potential shutdown for Dray in fantasy playoffs was an easy switch.