Derrick Favors UTAH – BUY LOW
2016-2017 has been a lost season for the most part for Derrick Favors until this point. Favors has struggled with a knee injury and hasn’t been a consistent part of the lineup for the Jazz. However, Favors finally showed some signs of life on Monday, posting 20 points, 10 boards and two blocks in 26 minutes of action. Inside Injuries qualifies him as a low injury risk with a peak Health Performance Factor. Even better, his basketball quickness score is FAST (90-100 percent). With the knee injury seemingly in the rear view mirror and one solid data point pointing to a possible uptick, look to scoop up Favors for below market value and see if he returns to his old form for the stretch run.
Joel Embiid PHI -SELL HIGH
It might finally be time to start worrying about Joel Embiid. The injury still is reportedly not serious, but the lengthy absence and Embiid’s long and complicated history with knee injuries makes this tricky. Philadelphia is going to be super cautious with their young star, which doesn’t make for a great Fantasy asset. It’s hard to give up a player that has been a stud this year (when on the court) but the question marks that are creeping in make it somewhat reasonable to consider trading him, so long as you can still get a big return.
Jahlil Okafor PHI – BUY LOW
Okafor’s buy low status isn’t based as much on Embiid’s status as it is on swirling trade rumors. Okafor has been playing better of late with increased opportunity due to Embiid’s injury, which should be a nice sneak peak of what it could look like if Okafor is traded to New Orleans, as has been rumored. Okafor would get to play alongside Anthony Davis and likely get a solid matchup on a night to night basis. He’s fully healthy following a minor knee injury (peak HPF) and will surely be motivated if given the chance in a new situation. If Okafor is owned in your league, try and acquire him cheaply before the rumored trade actually happens.
Dion Waiters – SELL HIGH
If you bought Waiters’ stock while it was about to take off (i.e. while on the waiver wire) it is time to SELL SELL SELL while you still can. Waiters was seen in a walking boot after Monday’s game due to an ankle injury. There isn’t any word yet on whether he will miss any time, but the concern is there. Also, with Tyler Johnson back and playing 30 plus minutes a night, as well as Josh Richardson likely returning soon, Waiters’ days of being a very useful guard are likely numbered one way or another. If you can sell on Waiters still, go ahead and do so.
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