Trade Targets Based on Punting FG%
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 blocks along with FG% 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.
Unlike other categories percentages may be a little misleading as value is based on volume. A player may be a negative or positive FG% shooter however the volume will dictate how much it affects the percentage value positively or negatively. Eg. Clint Capela and DeAndre Jordan both are shooting similar percentages at 66% and 63% respectively from the field so far this season. However, Clint Capela attempts almost double the amount of Jordan therefore Capela is a bigger contributor to the FG% category. One the flipside Bradley Beal and Jamal Murray are both shooting about 44% on the season but Beal takes six more shots a game and therefore is a bigger negative.
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 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 threes category convincingly every week, there is no point going out and trying to acquire Buddy Hield whos value is concentrated in threes.
Just like when you draft, if you decide on a punt FG% strategy that doesn’t mean you have to get all the players with the worst FG%. Otherwise it is likely you will end up with all guards and weak in rebounds and blocks. 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 FG% category, doesn’t mean you have to trade for players that give you minimal or zero FG% value. 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 Buddy Hield as an example again. As mentioned if you are already miles ahead in the threes category there is less value in acquiring him and you should focus your efforts and resources elsewhere. On the flipside his weakest category is FG% so unless you are already punting FG% 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 FG% is Evan Fournier or Jaylen Brown and Will Barton or Elfrid Payton for Devonte Graham.
You’ll notice a majority of players who gain the most value in a punt FG% builds 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 blocks.
Let’s get into a few examples of players who’s values increase substantially when punting FG%.
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Value gained: 20-30 ranking spots
Projected: 55-65 ranked player
Punting FG%: 25-35 ranked player
A surprise candidate of the season, there’s a strong case to be made that Devonte Graham has outplayed offseason signing Terry Rozier. Graham’s playmaking has returned great assist numbers along with 3s and points with a respectable FT% along with almost a steal per game. His rebounds and blocks are far from punt territory, however, his FG% is strictly punt only. Although he has somewhat slowed in the past month from his red hot start to the season his value should remain consistent for the remainder of the season.
Value gained: 15-35 ranking spots
Projected: 50-60 ranked player
Punting FG%: 25-35 ranked player
Nicknamed the unicorn, he is the rare big man that is not a positive contributor in the FG% category. In fact, you need to be quite strong in FG% to be able to absorb his poor, borderline punt, FG%. What he does provide that a lot of big men don’t is a good source of 3s and above-average scoring for a big man. Although there was some debate about Porzingas resting on back to backs, until his recent injury, he has played in all of them except the first one of the season. A majority of his value is tied up in blocks so make sure you are aware of this when trying to acquire Porzingas.
Value gained: 10-30 ranking spots
Projected: 85-95 ranked player
Punting FG%: 65-75 ranked player
Similar to Eric Bledsoe a very well rounded player and usually underrated. A great source of out of position blocks, Richardson’s worst category outside FG% is rebounds and it is not anywhere close to punt territory. If you are punting rebounds with FG% Richardson is comfortably a top 60 player. Currently injured, now is not the time to try and acquire Richardson. When he does undoubtedly Richardson will put in a subpar performance and this will be the time to strike. A name player such as Serge Ibaka, Mike Conley or Paul Milsap may net you Josh Richardson. I personally have already managed to pull off a Marc Gasol for Richardson trade this season prior to his recent injury.
Stay tuned for our players to target when punting FT% article.