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Perfect time to deal Kyrie Irving?

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We had a rare January trade in the NBA on Monday, with the Wizards sending Rui Hachimura to the Lakers for Kendrick Nunn and some second-rounders. The Lakers realized they needed more shooting and more size on the floor when Anthony Davis is playing center.

Like the Lakers, you should assess your fantasy roster and determine potential upgrades. Look at the standings and figure out where you’re weak and where you’re strong, then offer some trades.

For example, in one of my roto leagues, I’m first in points scored by a wide margin (+988) but am weak in blocks (-123 compared to first place). I’m considering trades to replace one of my scorers for a shot-blocker since I may still be able to retain my lead in points while climbing up the blocks standings.

The equation is different if you’re in a head-to-head categories league since the goal is just to win most of the categories weekly. You should do the inverse — chase your strong categories and dump your weak ones.

Fantasy value is all relative based on your league type, position in the standings and roster needs. Zach LaVine may rank 20 spots higher than someone like Clint Capela, but Capela could easily be more valuable to you if you need rebounds and blocks. Don’t chase anything too lopsided in the overall rankings, but it’s alright to eyeball something that feels fine and pull the trigger without getting caught up in the exact values.

It’s also worth mentioning every week until the deadline — trade your vets on tanking teams. It’s OK to get 75 cents or 50 cents on the dollar for guys like Jakob Poeltl or Mason Plumlee to mitigate the risk that they’re dealt into a reserve role. For the same reasons, it doesn’t hurt to take a flier on guys like Mark Williams and Zach Collins — the backups to those vets.

Without further delay, here are some players to consider dealing this week:

Irving’s first two games in the wake of Kevin Durant’s extended absence were underwhelming — 19.5 points and 5.0 assists. Then, he took the next game off against the Spurs.

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The rest helped him recharge, as he’s been blazing hot over the past three…

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Publish date : 2023-01-24 19:38:44

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