Welcome back to the Basketball Roundtable. Last week I asked about trading strategies, and quite a few of our experts talked about getting the best value possible for their players. In order to maximize the value you get in a trade you have to sell high. Of course, the tricky part is knowing exactly when a player has reached his peak.
I asked our experts to pick out three players they think are good sell-high candidates, and here is who they came up with.
When Carter is performing like he has been lately -- he's averaged 27.2 points, 5.2 assists and 2.4 threes in his last five games -- he's a bona fide roto superstar. Peddle him to unsuspecting owners while showing off his numbers as if you were
Salmons dropped 31 points on San Antonio, so there's no better time than the present to get him out there on the trading block. When
You hate to predict injuries, but Martin gets hurt so much he makes hypochondriacs blush. His numbers are excellent for a forward, especially the 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks, so you can justify moving him for solid value. If you hold on to him expecting 80 games of this production, however, you are hoping against hope.
The first guy I'm looking to sell high on is
Sure, he is filling in for
I'm a big Young fan, and I was actually surprised he didn't have a bigger impact last year as a rookie. He has looked simply electric in some of his games, but there's no way he finishes this season averaging 15 points. He's a pure scorer folks, that's for sure. But you're getting his best now, and it's still long enough until
I like this kid a lot, really ... I do. Why sell high on him? First, he's an injury waiting to happen. Of course, you can't predict the future, and even
Four different experts and four completely different answers. That just goes to show how chaotic the fantasy landscape can be at the beginning of the season. It's tough to figure out who the studs are and who the pretenders are, but I actually agree with every pick that our experts made ... and just for the record Tom submitted his T-Mac pick one day prior to McGrady's knee injury.
The one who is really tough for me to accept is Biedrins, since I own him in a couple of leagues and have been seriously reaping the benefits. That's the tough part about selling high; you are trading a guy who has been playing well for you because you don't believe he will do any better (and may get worse).
I tend to be more optimistic and hope that guys will continue to improve, but that's not reality. As hard as it is to deal a player who you have grown attached to, the goal is to win, and oftentimes that means making tough choices in order to maximize the value you get for your players.