NBA Portfolio: December 16-22

NBA Stock Up/Stock Down

by Danny Panosian

Hey everyone! Each week I will be diving into a few players whose stock has gone up the past week, and conversely whose stock has gone down. Trends in the NBA are always changing, and players’ values can change on any given night. So without further adieu, let’s dive in!

Stock Up

Tony Wroten, (SG) Philadelphia 76’ers –

hi-res-183460193-tony-wroten-of-the-philadelphia-76ers-gets-direction_crop_northJust like Michael Carter-Williams, Wroten has exploded onto the Fantasy scene this season showing electric quickness and plenty of basketball skill. MCW has been injured quite a bit to start this season and currently has an infection in his knee, which has sidelined him for 6 games now. Wroten has been a revelation at the backup PG position, averaging 18.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists a game over his past six, while MCW has been sidelined. Sprinkle in a three, steal, and a block here and there, and you have a complete fantasy stud. A knee infection sounds like a serious injury and seems it could keep MCW sidelined for much longer. If Wroten is somehow still available in your league, scoop him up, or make his current owner a buy low offer.

Jonas Valanciunas, (C) Toronto Raptors –

Josh McRoberts, Jonas ValanciunasValanciunas has been a disappointment for the most part to start this season, but patient owners holding onto him still might finally be cashing in. Toronto traded Rudy Gay to Sacramento this week, showing that the Raptors want to shift the direction of the team. Valanciunas was the only player unavailable for trade before the season started so Toronto clearly views him highly and has long term plans for him. He has averaged 13.5 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist with about a steal, and 2.5 blocks in his last two games, and things are clearly looking up. He should be the focal point of the offense moving forward now that Gay is gone. Send a buy low offer to his owner to see if his current owner still doesn’t believe in him.

Stock Down

Danny Green, (SG) San Antonio Spurs –

danny greenGreen was a hot commodity coming into the season, showing flashes of brilliance last season for an older Spurs team. But Green has been very inconsistent all season. He has scored in double digits in 2 of his last 11 games. He’s also only averaged about a single 3, steal, and block a game during that span. Add in a couple of rebounds and assists per game and it comes out to be very disappointing averages from a player with so much talent. The Spurs offense is such that he is a role player which can go off on any given night. Unfortunately those nights have been few and far between this season. Some owners may hang onto him just for that potential, but I fear there will be no end in sight to his inconsistency. If there is another hotter free agent available on the waiver wire, you might want to give him a look.

Kenneth Faried, (PF) Denver Nuggets –

fariedThe Manimal has an incredible motor and is a relentless rebounder. The biggest knock on Faried to this point is his lack of an offensive game. He can’t shoot the ball and most of his points come on putbacks of offensive rebounds from point blank range. He has not scored in double digits nor had double digit rebounds in his last 5 games, only averaging about 20 minutes a game during that span. Brian Shaw seems to clearly be tinkering with his lineups, which is really bad news for Faried’s fantasy prospects. Javale McGee should also be returning in a few weeks, which clouds the Denver frontcourt situation even further. He can be a double double player given the minutes, but he doesn’t seem to be getting them lately. Keep an eye on his usage in the near future, but for now he deserves to be on fantasy benches.

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