Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 2 Transaction Trends

By Austin Chang

Two weeks into the 2012-13 fantasy basketball season, the most successful owners are always on the lookout for potential additions and subtractions to their roster.  From adding the hottest players available in the free agent pool to dropping players who are under performing or injured, making transactions is what keeps fantasy lineups at tiptop shape.  With many players being added and dropped, here’s a look back at the transaction trends from Week 2.

With regards to guards, one of the most popular added players this week was A.J. Price of the Washington Wizards.   With John Wall out, he has been able to provide great numbers for owners with double-digit scoring and assist games in Week 2.  Even with the emergence of O.J. Mayo at the start of the season, veteran Vince Carter has still performed at a high level off the bench, providing some much needed scoring for a Dallas Mavericks team without Dirk Nowitzki.

Heading to the Central Division, Milwaukee Bucks PF/C Larry Sanders has emerged as one of the early breakout candidates of the season.  While he’s still finding himself in foul trouble often, the third-year player has been a solid scorer and rebounder who is outperforming starting center Samuel Dalembert.  Also in this division is the injury to Kirk Hinrich and the emergence of Nate Robinson with the Chicago Bulls.  As the team tries to find a stopgap until Derrick Rose returns, Robinson could be the player who most benefits from the playing time if Hinrich misses any time.

As for some players who have already bit the injury bug, there are still concerns about Brandon Roy’s knee in Minnesota.  Despite starting in the team’s first five games of the season, he has not put up great numbers in that role and has seen his minutes decline since playing 30 minutes in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first game.  Owners have in turn already dropped the swing-man who is trying to return from retirement.  Other players with injury concerns include Roy’s teammate Chase Budinger with a lateral meniscus tear and Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut being shut down in order to strengthen his ankle.


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