Week 8 NBA Fantasy Basketball Trade Value Charts: Buy-Low & Sell-High Trade Candidates
Heading into Week 8, there is a nice amount of great players who could be solid buy-low trade candidates. This includes CJ McCollum and Paolo Banchero who’ve missed some time for various reasons and have slipped down the NBA Trade Value Charts.
Let’s dive in on who the best NBA trade targets to buy-low and sell-high this week.
Teams Playing 2 Games in Week 8: Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs.
Teams Playing 3 Games in Week 8: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards.
Teams Playing 4 Games in Week 8: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors.
Top Buy-Low Trade Candidates
PF Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic (16.08)
Banchero missed significant time in November due to injury but has returned to Orlando’s front court over the last three games. It looks like he is picking up right where he left off before injury. He’s played great since returning and shouldn’t be slowing down any time soon.
SG Donovan Mitchell, Cleveland Cavaliers (28.21)
Donovan Mitchell played horribly on Monday against the Toronto Raptors. In 25 minutes, Mitchell produced just eight points (3-11 FG), one rebound, and two assists. He scored at least 29 points in each of the four that preceded Monday night’s game. This season, he is averaging a career-high 28.9 PPG on 48.8% shooting from the field, 4.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. Mitchell’s trade value makes him a realistic trade target for fantasy owners willing to offer Bradley Beal (26.45) or James Harden (27.18) in exchange. It would be surprising to see D-Mitch slip further down the trade value charts this season.
SG Dejounte Murray, Atlanta Hawks (26.73)
Dejounte Murray has played in all of Atlanta’s 21 games this season. He’s averaged 20.6 PPG (44.1 FG%), 5.9 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.9 steals per game in his first year with the Hawks. Over the last 10 games, he’s shot the ball less efficiently and has produced slightly less all around. Nonetheless, his trade value has dropped by -2.3 points over the last week as he nears his season-low trade value of approximately 25 points. At the moment, you could offer James Harden (27.18) who is injured again this season or Bradley Beal (26.45) and shoot your shot in an offer to acquire Murray. What makes Murray special is his ability to score but also to produce all around. If fantasy owners really wanted Dejounte Murray, this week could be the best time to send some trade offers out and attempt to bring him to your team.
PG CJ McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans (18.70)
CJ McCollum has missed the last three games for the Pelicans as he awaits to be cleared from the NBA’s Health & Safety Protocols. He has scored significantly less this season than he did in his first 26 games for New Orleans last season after being traded by Portland at the deadline. This is partially due to the return of Zion Williamson. In 17 games played this season, McCollum has produced 18.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. At the moment, McCollum is at a season-low trade value of approximately 19 points. Ben Simmons (19.70), Marcus Smart (19.80), and Jamal Murray (19.98), and Lamelo Ball (18.72) are three guards who are less valuable than McCollum in fantasy but who have higher trade values at the moment. CJ should be back in the Pelicans’ lineup any game and is criminally undervalued according to our Trade Value Charts as we head into Week 8.
SF Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons (14.63)
One reason to consider trading for Saddiq Bey are the current injuries the Pistons are dealing with. Specifically, they will be without scoring guard Cade Cunningham who suffered a stress fracture in his shin. Though Bey plays on the wing, he could be seeing his scoring numbers increase. Bey has played in six of Detroit’s last 10 games. Throughout this stretch, he shot the ball terribly, only converting on 32.8% of his shot attempts from the field and less than 20% shooting from downtown. Though he is averaging 14.5 PPG this season, he’s only produced 10 points per game over Detroit’s last 10 games and has shot the ball significantly worse, which brought down his season-long field goal percentage. Bey is in a mini-slump, but taking into consideration the injury to Cade Cunningham, Bey should see an uptick in his scoring numbers. He takes many field-goal attempts per game but simply hasn’t hit his shots as of late. The looks are there so expect him to find his groove with the Pistons lacking depth.
Top Sell-High Trade Candidates
PF Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz (25.98)
Lauri Markkanen is making a case for the most improved player in the NBA this year. Last season he started in 61 games for the Cavaliers and averaged 14.8 points on 44.5% shooting from the field. With his new team, Markkanen has produced 22.2 points per game, converting on 52.8% of his shots from the field, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. No one is saying that he’s a bad fantasy basketball forward. Simly, his current trade value makes him the fifth highest-ranked power forward in the NBA Trade Value Charts right now. Julius Randle (25.69), Karl-Anthony Towns (24.85) and Zion Williamson (24.55) are three power forwards with inferior trade values who are potentially much better fantasy forwards to consider as Markannen’s production could slow down. You can cash in on Utah’s Finnish power forward this week as his trade value has reached a peak. It seems very unlikely that he climbs ahead of Pascal Siakam (25.78) and Julius Randle (26.06) who are each within one trade value point from Markkanen.
SG Anfernee Simons, Portland Trail Blazers (23.29)
Anfernee Simons continues to improve as a scorer and step up big for the Blazers, especially when Damian Lillard is out of the picture. Dame is still a week or two away from returning to Portland’s lineup as he continues to nurse his strained calf. As a result, Simons has been one of the most efficient starting shooting guards over the last few weeks. However, once Lillard returns, Simons’ production will almost certainly decrease in comparison to where it's been over the last few weeks. At the moment, Simons has a higher trade value than Desmond Bane (22.76), Zach LaVine (22.23), and Josh Giddey (21.97). Simons’ value will drop as soon as Lillard returns, which is why fantasy owners should consider cashing in on him now before his inflated trade value drops.
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