De’Andre Hunter Hawks – Hunter came into Monday’s game blazing, scoring 26, 18 and 27 points in his previous three games while knocking down a bunch of 3-pointers along with several other goodies. He doesn’t steal the ball much but is only going to get better. He fizzled on Monday with seven points, three boards, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer on 3-of-10 shooting and if you want him, now’s a great time to make a buy-low offer before he gets hot again.
Kemba Walker Celtics – Walker’s out after a scary neck injury right now but it sounds like he’ll practice on Tuesday. He doesn’t have a concussion and I bet he plays on Wednesday night. Injuries are piling up around the league and while it won’t be easy to pry Walker away from his owners, if they were ever ready to move him now would be the time to look into it. He’s returning early third-round fantasy value and is going to have a big season in Boston.
Jae Crowder & Dillon Brooks Grizzlies – The Grizzlies play three more times this week and then have four-game weeks in three straight after a three-game slate starting on Dec. 2. Crowder and Brooks were cut in a lot of leagues during their two-game week last week and neither of them played well on Monday night. They’re not must-own players, but the schedule is very fantasy friendly and Crowder had 21 points and a full stat line on Saturday, as well as a 15 & 11 double-double in the game prior. Brooks had scored in double figures in five of his previous six games before hitting 4-of-13 shots for nine points on Monday and remains in the starting lineup for the Grizzlies. They may not be owned in your league so make sure they’re not just floating around on the waiver wire right now.
Robert Covington Timberwolves – I’m not really a Covington guy but he’s been a fifth-round value this season. He missed a game for personal reasons recently and hit just 1-of-8 shots in his return to action on Monday. He specializes in defensive stats and 3-pointers and owners might be ready to move him after his two-game slide.
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Mike Conley Jazz – We got bad Mike Conley on Monday when he hit just 2-of-10 shots for six points and nine dimes. He’s been playing better of late and snapped a nine-game streak of double-digit scoring on Monday. He’s eventually going to get it turned around and play well consistently and his frustrated owners might be ready to deal after Monday’s dud.
Markelle Fultz Magic – Fultz has now scored in double figures in five straight games and has at least one steal in 11 straight. He’s not blowing anyone’s socks off with his numbers but is getting better and could be a solid fantasy point guard by the time this season is over. He’s on waivers in some leagues and it shouldn’t take much to get him in a trade. If you’re looking for an upside young point guard, Fultz fits the description and could take off in the next month.
Joel Embiid Sixers – Embiid somehow missed all 11 of his shots and failed to score on Monday night. Add in some load management issues and you might be able to find an owner who’s open to some risk aversion by trading Embiid. His value won’t be this low again when he’s healthy and he’s the type of player who can single-handedly win you games. Make a low-ball offer and see what happens.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks – Giannis had a monster 50-point game on Monday and is obviously one of the best players in the league, if not the best. He’s an MVP candidate but his free throw shooting is a huge problem right now. He’s shooting a career-low 60.1 percent from the line and he shoots a ton of free throws, meaning he’s doing irreparable damage to his owners’ FTP. He might be able to get guys like Anthony Davis, James Harden, Luka Doncic or LeBron James in return and it might be worth it if you’re sick of the free throw shooting. Giannis is also a guy you could trade for two very good players if your team is lacking depth and his fantasy value may not be higher this season than it is right now.
Spencer Dinwiddie Nets – Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is out for at least one more game and Dinwiddie has been killing it for a couple weeks now. He’s not going to completely lose value when Irving’s back because he’s also helping to fill in for Caris LeVert. But he hit the game-winning shot on Monday and has been rolling, meaning now might be the time to trade him while his value is at its peak. He’s returning eighth-round fantasy value on the season, but that number is much better over the last couple weeks. It’s worth kicking the tires on trades for Dinwiddie as he has nowhere to go but down once Irving is back, while the eventual return of LeVert won’t do him any favors, either.
Josh Richardson Sixers – Richardson has strung together his three of his best games of the season in the past couple weeks, going for 25 points, six boards, a block and five 3-pointers on Monday, 32 points, four dimes, a steal and six 3-pointers on Saturday, and 28 points, three boards, two assists and three 3-pointers on Nov. 15. He missed a few games with a hip injury recently and has gone bonkers in his last couple games. But on nights when Joel Embiid isn’t going 0-for-11, Tobias Harris is feeling it and Ben Simmons is rolling, Richardson may struggle a little bit. And after his last couple games his fantasy value may not be higher than it is right now.
Buddy Hield Kings – Hield blew up for a career-high 41 points and 11 3-pointers on Monday and should continue to thrive for as long as De’Aaron Fox (ankle) is out. I’m not telling you to trade Hield, but you should at least check your league’s interest in Hield after Monday’s explosion. He was ice cold in his previous three games and could cool off at any time, so moving him after the game of his life might make some sense. Just make sure you’re getting a very good player in return if you do decide to pull the trigger.
Luke Kennard Pistons – Kennard, coming off a six- and a nine-point game, blew up for 20 points, four rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers on Monday night. He can’t play much better than that and while he’s been playing well for most of the season, now might be the time to try to move him. He’s a seventh-round fantasy value thus far and it’s possible you might be able to move him for a guy like Bogdan Bogdanovic, who has generally been on fire outside of a dud on Monday night.
Aaron Holiday Pacers – Holiday moved to the bench on Monday and was still productive with 16 points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and four triples. But Malcolm Brogdon was back and Victor Oladipo is coming soon. And once that happens, Holiday’s light may burn out. He’s been a Top 50 player over the past couple weeks, but I don’t see how that continues.
Enes Kanter Celtics – Kanter had a productive night on Monday with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes and a start. But he was in there because Daniel Theis was out with an illness and hadn’t been playing well this season. Theis is still likely the starter and now’s as good a time as any to think about moving Kanter if he’s owned in your league.
Kendrick Nunn Heat – Nunn hit 7-of-10 shots and five 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal on Monday night after scoring just six points in his previous game when his shot wasn’t falling. He’s been a nice waiver-wire pickup this season but Justise Winslow is on his way back from a concussion and Goran Dragic is still in Miami. Moving him before Winslow comes back to rain on his parade probably makes sense and he should bring back a Top 100 player in exchange.
Nemanja Bjelica Kings – Bjelica cooled off on Sunday and Monday but has otherwise been fun to own this season. He’s averaging 11 points, 7.3 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers in November. Marvin Bagley is nearing a return in the next week or so and that should crush the value that Bjelica has had. Wait for him to post another big line in the next game or two and then try to move him to an unsuspecting owner. Or prepare to drop him once Bagley is back to doing his thing.