Trade Targets Based on Punting Block’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 rebounds and or FG% along with blocks 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 while being aware of your competition. Example; if you already are winning the steals category convincingly every week, there is no point going out and trying to acquire Robert Covington whos value is concentrated in steals.
Just like when you draft, if you decide on a punt block strategy that doesn’t mean you have to get all the players who get the least amount of blocks. Otherwise, you will end up with all guards and weak in rebounds 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 block’s category, doesn’t mean you have to trade for players that give you minimal or zero block’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 Robert Covington as an example again. As mentioned if you are already miles ahead in the steals 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 blocks is Kelly Oubre Jr or Buddy Hield and Marcus Morris or Dennis Schroder for Jamal Murray.
You’ll notice a majority of players who gain the most value in a punt blocks build are guards, as their value is generally all concentrated in 3s, assists and FT%, keep this in the back of your mind when trading so you don’t end up with too many guards and lack in other categories that are generally tied to bigs such as rebounds and FG%.
Let’s get into a few examples of players who’s values increase substantially when punting blocks.
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Value gained: 2-9 ranking spots
Projected: 10-15 ranked player
Punting blocks: 6-8 ranked player
Was originally a back end second-round type player but since I originally recorded the podcast has jumped into top 12 / first-round discussions and the return of Collins should only help solidify that. Trae’s points, 3s, assists and FT% are a great foundation from a guard. The FG% needs to be watched but far from unrecoverable from with some good FG% big man, especially as a guard. Trading for Trae now is a little harder but if you can get him for a name player such as Lebron (unless you’re punting FT%) a Westbrook or Bradley Beal. The boat has sailed now but I originally said Brandon Ingram at a stretch.
Value gained: 0-20 ranking spots
Projected: 50-60 ranked player
Punting blocks: 40-50 ranked player
An efficient guard in the FG% category Bledsoe reminds me a lot of the yesteryears of the underrated Bob Cov. People just don’t like this guy, maybe a lot is to do with the playoff flameouts under the national spotlight. Either way, it can’t be denied he is a top 50 type of player. He is off to a slow start this season, ranked just outside the top 70 and is now injured so he is the perfect buy-low candidate as people who have him on their roster will be pissed. Even better if you are punting rebounds as well as blocks Bledsoe becomes a top 35 player as he is a positive contributor in all other categories. Offer anyone outside the top 70 for him or lower if you have a spare IR spot.
Value gained: 0-20 ranking spots
Projected: 40-50 ranked player
Punting blocks: 30-40 ranked player
Similar to Bledsoe a very well rounded play and also a touch underrated. Middleton’s worst category is blocks and it is not anywhere close to punt territory, thus the reason for the lower value gained compared to some others I have give out over these articles. However, now is not the time to try and acquire Khris, not until Bledsoe returns. When he does you can also play on the low minutes and blowouts to his current manager. If you are also punting FG% he challenges the top 30 too. If you could flip for a Tobias Harris or Victor Oladipo I would do it.
Stay tuned for our players to target when punting FG% article.