Fantasy Basketball 2012: Week 3 Transaction Trends

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Three 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 3.

Small forwards were the most popular added players of this past week, as Atlanta Hawks SG/SF Kyle Korver, Los Angeles Lakers SF/PF Metta World Peace and Houston Rockets SF/PF Chandler Parsons all saw huge increases in ownership.  In the Hawks’ recent four game road trip, Korver averaged 14.8 points, 3.3 3-pointers and over one steal per game.  World Peace has seen a bump in his production on offense, particularly as a 3-point shooter, although his role may evolve depending on how well he fits into new coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense.  Parsons has really come into his own as of late and has filled up the stat sheet with his rebounding and passing as well.

As for some players who’ve seen a decline in ownership, Milwaukee Bucks PF/C Larry Sanders has seen a decline in points and rebounds lately due to C Samuel Dalembert’s production as the starting center.  A sleeper candidate for the Sacramento Kings to start the season, Isaiah Thomas has faced some major competition by PG Aaron Brooks and PG/SG Jimmer Fredette, making him a fantasy option with declining appeal.  With the Philadelphia 76ers, SG/SF Dorell Wright has seen a huge drop in playing time with the return of SG/SF Jason Richardson.

Lastly for some players with injury concerns, Minnesota Timberwolves SG/SF Brandon Roy’s injury concern continue as he’ll be out for about a month after undergoing a knee scope, greatly hampering his potential fantasy value.  San Antonio Spurs SG/SF Kawhi Leonard will also miss some time with quadriceps tendinitis in his left knee, missing about two weeks.

* Statistics are accurate as of Monday, November 19, 2012.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.


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