Trade Targets Based on Punting Points


Today we are going to look at some potential trade targets for seasonal fantasy standard leagues based around punting a single category. It’s possible to also punt FT% with points 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.

A punt points strategy becomes easier to execute in an auction draft as you are not forced to pick a player inside of the top 12 or 20 for that matter. Currently, there are 3 players inside the top 20 that do not provide many points however, they have major deficiencies in other categories, namely 3s and FT%, such as Ben Simmons, Hassan Whiteside and Andre Drummond.

Punting points may also become a viable option midseason if your players providing your points happen to get injured or traded to a situation where they do not score as much. This may take many trades to effectively complete but people love doing trades. Not only that but people are strongly drawn to the points category. It is always in the forefront of peoples mind consciously or subconsciously; its the first stat showed on tv, box scores and fantasy apps. Although 15ppg is less valuable than 2 steals per game, unless of course, you are punting steals, people will more often than not take the 15ppg player over the 2 steals per game player.

If you are struggling for depth and fighting for a playoff spot with an injury to one of your top scorers that has dropped you out of contention in the points category you may be able to trade them for two solid, unheralded, pieces to suit a punt points 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 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 Dejounte Murray whos value is concentrated in steals.

Just like when you draft, if you decide on a punt points strategy that doesn’t mean you have to get all the players that score less than 15 points per game. Otherwise, it is likely you will end up with a majority of frontcourt players and weak in threes and FT% or possibly weak in assists 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 points category, doesn’t mean you have to trade for players that give you minimal or zero points 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 Dejounte Murray 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 flip side, his weakest category is 3s however it is far from punt territory. If you are punting 3s, even better.

Example for a trade right now for punting points is Marc Gasol, this season his points are non-existent but he still gives you some 3s for a center, blocks and out of position assists without hurting either of your percentages. Gasol is only just standard league relevant this season so if you are punting points throw the worst player on your roster at his manager that doesn’t fit your build.

You’ll notice a majority of players who gain the most value in a punt points builds are bigs, as their value is generally all concentrated in rebounds, blocks and FG%, keep this in the back of your mind when trading so you don’t end up with too many bigs and lack in other categories that are generally tied to guards such as assists and steals.

You can read all our trade targets based on punt strategy here.

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Draymond Green

Value gained: 40-50 ranking spots

Projected: 55-65 ranked player

Punting Points: 5-25 ranked player

Until this season Draymond has been the poster boy for a punt points build. With Draymond Green a 2nd or 3rd round type player you always had to ensure you had a elite contribution in the points category with your other top 4 picks otherwise it is very hard to make up for outside round 5. Green has only managing to barely scrape into the positive in the points category once in the 2015/16 season. Dispite this, over the past 5 seasons Green has finished; 24, 20, 11 and 30. Even with the disappointment of the 2019/20 season he is still a standard league player. This disappointment with Green could allow you to get him at a cheap price but beware he will miss games and I would not offer anyone inside the top 100.



Patrick Beverley

Value gained: 10-30 ranking spots

Projected: 90-100 ranked player

Punting Points: 70-80 ranked player

Another underrated player, you may be surprised to know that Beverley is inside the top 100 this season, despite only averaging 8.5ppg. He provides out of position rebounds and blocks with his strengths being the steals and assists categories while still managing to be a positive contributor in the 3s category despite his low scoring output. With his recent injury throw your worst player on your roster at his manager.

Nerlens Noel

Value gained: 10-30 ranking spots

Projected: 80-90 ranked player

Punting Points: 60-70 ranked player

A forgotten man after he broke onto the scene during ‘the process’ turning down a four year, 70 million contract offer from the Mavs, it has been downhill for Noel since then. He is the only player this season ranked inside the top 100 players that doesn’t average over 20mpg. His value is heavily concentrated in blocks and FG%, if you are punting these categories he should not be on your team and should look to trade him. On top of the block and FG% categories he provide league average rebounds and above average steals and efficient free throw shooting for a big man. Two bad games before the all-star break you may find him on your wire or offer your worst player in a trade for him.


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