Some trade deadlines can reshape entire fantasy seasons. This one won’t even reshape your week. Although there were no stars involved, however, the seasoned fantasy daytrader needs to make the most of any trade and there were definitely a few minor role changes that could make or break a player’s value down the stretch. Let’s take a look at who is worth a pick up and who is going to get a lot more Tweeting done off the bench.
J.J. Redick: Solid Buy. He will be splitting time in the Bucks’ backcourt with Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings but he wasn’t a starter in Orlando anyway. Over his last seven games with the Magic, Redick was averaging 30 MPG, 15.6 PPG, 4 APG, and 1 SPG. He should continue to get plenty of scoring opportunities in Milwaukee which doesn’t have many perimeter shooting options but won’t be much help with any other stats.
Thomas Robinson: Strong Buy. The Kings didn’t give the 21-year-old rookie much of a chance despite drafting him fifth-overall. With Patrick Patterson leaving Houston in the swap, Robinson figures to get a lot more time than the 15 MPG he saw in Sacramento and could start all their games in the frontcourt going forward.
Beno Udrih: Solid Buy. Normally a guy like Udrih would be an afterthought but with Jameer Nelson out with a strained knee and E”Twaun Moore not being much help, Udrih could see quite a bit of court time until Nelson returns. Just two years ago he averaged 13.7 PPG, 5 APG, and 1.2 SPG for the Kings.
Maurice Harkless: Solid Buy. With J.J. Redick moving to the Bucks, the 19-year-old rookie starter figures to get even more minutes and shot opportunities. His production has been incredibly inconsistent but the Magic have been giving him more opportunities. In his last two games, Harkless is shooting 52% from the floor, 40% from beyond the arc, and averaging 17.5 PPG, 7 RPG, 1 SPG, and 1 BPG and is worth a look in most leagues.
Carlos Delfino: Solid Buy. With Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris gone, Delfino will get more time as an undersized forward and a spike in scoring opportunities. In his first game after the deal, Delfino played 42 minutes against the Thunder and while he only scored nine points, he got 12 shot attempts (10 from behind the arc), 5 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Jordan Crawford: Solid Buy. The Celtics backcourt already has Jason Terry, Avery Bradley, and Courtney Lee but Crawford should see plenty more opportunities than he did in Washington since the Wizards have cut his time into the single-digits of late. He was a bad fit for Washington but should get plenty of shot opportunities off the Celtics bench – he won’t add more than double-digit scoring though.
Patrick Patterson: I was quickly becoming a Patterson fan. Over his last seven games in Houston he put up 15.6 PPG and 5.3 RPG while shooting 60% from the floor. Now that he moves to Sacramento he’ll take on Thomas Robinson’s bench role which included only about 15 MPG but a great front row seat to see the starters play.
Eric Bledsoe: Fantasy owners were crossing their fingers that Bledsoe would find a starting job this trade deadline but instead remains on the Clippers bench where he will split time with Chauncey Billups behind Chris Paul.
Gustavo Ayon: Ayon wasn’t fantasy relevant most of this year anyway but he had his moments. Now that he moves to Milwaukee he figures to get minimal minutes behind both Larry Sanders and Samuel Dalembert.
E’Twaun Moore: Moore was struggling for much of the season anyway but with Beno Udrih coming over to give the Magic a more reliable backcourt presence, Moore’s value decreases even further.