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Fantasy Sports Fix: Trading your star players in fantasy hoops?

Chris Gingrich/For the Craig Daily Press

Chris Gingrich

At the quarter point of the fantasy basketball season, maybe you’re in a position to sell high on several star players or maybe just one star player. Whatever the case, this may be the best point to profit off a player’s performance in the season thus far.

Why would you trade anyone like Paul George, Stephen Curry, Demarcus Cousins, or John Wall? Well, maybe your team is injured and you need help in the back court or down low in the post. Another great reason to want to trade your star players is maybe they’re having the season of all seasons (Steph Curry’s 32 points per game, setting nets ablaze everywhere with his 52 percent shooting) and you can to ask for basically whatever you want in return at this point the way Curry is playing.

Three ways you gain by trading one of your stars:

More stars, potentially

Let’s say you do trade away the likes of Paul George, who is having a tremendous season (26 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, four assists per game) or a Stephen Curry (31.8 points per game, 4.9 three-pointers per game), you’re probably wondering what you would get in return. It will obviously vary from trade to trade, but you could potentially expect to get another star player and maybe one or two other players who are close to breaking out or are underrated. For example, Team A trades Stephen Curry to Team B. Team B gives Jimmy Butler, Hassan Whiteside and Pau Gasol in return. The obvious star of this trade is Jimmy Butler, but Whiteside is playing great and Gasol is putting up double-double’s in points and rebounds every night.

More varied stat categories

A trade will shake things up in the statistical categories and give your team more of an advantage by being good in several of them instead of just one or two. This mostly applies to Roto basketball aka Rotisserie scoring-based where you don’t play week to week against different teams but rather it’s based on your team’s overall performance throughout the season. OK, so, you traded one of your stars who mostly supplied you with one or two categories, usually scoring and rebounding or scoring and assists. So you gave up two categories potentially and gained maybe several more because you traded away scoring and rebounding but gained three-pointers, steals, assists and free throw. So, it can pay to trade away your star in fantasy hoops.

Balanced team vs. one-dimensional team

Having a balanced team is about putting the players with the right skills in the right spots and just knowing where your team is lacking and being able to fill that lacking spot in with a player who meets your needs. Now, you might have to look on the waiver wire for that one player who does one thing very well. Take J.J. Reddick for example. Let’s say your team just needs threes to balance out and be even more competitive. You might find Reddick on the waiver wires in most years, but this year he seems to be rostered by just about everyone.