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Top 20 Fantasy Basketball Trade Options

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Fantasy Basketball: Top 20 Trade Targets

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The fantasy basketball schedule can be a tricky time to navigate for owners when it comes to figuring out when to make moves. For example, in fantasy football, certain weeks of the season dictate movement in leagues depending on how ahead or behind owners are in the standings. With needs at specific positions and limited time to catch up, owners make trades when they need or want to find ways to improve their teams.

With fantasy basketball, owners have many more games than football to judge, evaluate and assess their roster. Even when a team is producing very well or very poorly, starting rosters range from a couple to a full slate of players with games daily, which affects the value or risk of any individual. This sometimes makes making trades in leagues difficult.

When thinking about players to trade for, it’s always best to get the better side of a deal. Better yet, it’s always advised to try and buy-low and sell-high. Fantasy basketball leagues big and small are no different.

Picking out the right players to trade for is the hard part. Whether they’re players who have recently struggled and can be acquired cheaply or injured stars with great long-term trade value for the right deal, there are many options and ways to improve a team if the price is right. Consider these 20 fantasy basketball trade options as players to consider trading for this season.

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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20. PF/C Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors

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Out for at least another month, Bargnani is a nice buy-low candidate who could be acquired for a low price from an impatient owner. Playing well prior to his injury, there are talks of him potentially being moved, making him someone who’s fantasy value could be good in his return.

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19. PF/C Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers

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A clear stud this season, Varejao will miss about two more months after having knee surgery. While he’ll miss a lot of time, if he can be stashed, his value in his return could be extremely valuable during the playoffs.

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18. PF/C DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

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Another player who has been in the news in the form of trade talks and off-field problems, Cousins has been on a great trend as of late. With various owners viewing him cautiously, he is a must-start option who could be had in the right situation.

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17. PG Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets

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Lawson has struggled as of late for the Nuggets and has an injury that could potentially be lingering. With this fear in mind, try to target the struggling star player.

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16. PF/C Luis Scola, Phoenix Suns

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Having his worst season in five years, Scola has largely been a forgotten fantasy option with the Suns. Recently playing better, he’s historically been a better second-half player in his career and is worth trading for at an affordable price.

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15. PF Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks

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One of the early-season busts of fantasy basketball, Ilyasova is still not playing at the level that made him a breakout star last season. If he can find consistent minutes and produce on a consistent basis, he could be a nice addition, especially on deeper rosters.

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14. SG/SF Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers

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Already having a resurgent season alongside rookie Damian Lillard, Matthews value as a scorer, 3-point shooter and defender are valuable. Missing many games in December, now could be the right time to pry him away from a roster before he becomes too good to trade.

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13. PF/C Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic

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One of the most improved players this season, Vucevic has certainly benefited from his environment in Orlando. Filling up the stat sheet on a consistent basis, his ability to record a double-double on any given night makes him a great value with a not so recognizable name on the national level, meaning his perceived value may be lower than it should be.

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12. PG Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

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Rose is still out for at least another month, which is just a long enough period away for some owners to get restless. If they’re in need of an active roster spot, he could be acquired at a reasonable price for fantasy owners desiring a late-season boost.

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11. PF/C Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

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Making his way back from injury and playing off the bench, Stoudemire’s value is still low despite making his return. It’ll take time for him to play at a better level but his potential could certainly be a big enough asset worth trade consideration.

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10. SF/PF Andrei Kirilenko, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Slumping to end 2012, Kirilenko has been a great all-around fantasy contributor. By highlighting his slump to owners, he could be undervalued and hold more value since Kevin Love is now out once again with his injury.

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9. SF Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers

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A free agent in most leagues to start the year, Barnes has quickly ascended into one of the best fantasy values in the league. While his fantasy value may be the highest it’s ever been in his career, he is also playing his best basketball ever and could sustain his production to the disbelief of skeptical owners.

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8. SG Eric Gordon, New Orleans Hornets

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Gordon has been so-so since recently making his season-debut for the Hornets. Just showing a little of what he could do when not at 100 percent, he could be a great player to target if he could eventually return to the level he was at when with the Clippers.

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7. SF/PF Carl Landry, Golden State Warriors

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Cooling off lately, some owners have forgotten about how good of a fantasy season Landry was having off the bench. With a solidified role and great skill set when it comes to scoring and rebounding, he is a low-risk trade target who could provide big dividends at the end of your bench.

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6. PF/C Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets

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Partially undervalued due to his lower number of rebounds and blocks for a frontcourt player, Patterson has grown a lot in his third season. Still making his way back from time away, his assets come in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and the occasional 3-pointer as a center-eligible player, making him a unique trade target.

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5. PG/SG Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics

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Out for the first two months of the season, Bradley immediately started in his return. While his value is still unknown at the moment, he’s one player who could really have a strong second half of the season given how he played at the end of the last year’s regular season.

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4. SG/SF Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Bobcats

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Henderson is another player on the list out for a sizeable amount of time. A solid contributor across the board, he’s getting his chance to produce, both as a starter and off the bench, and is someone who has not received a lot of fanfare this season.

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3. SF/PF Antawn Jamison, Los Angeles Lakers

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With Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol struggling and hurt, now is the time to get Jamison. While still coming off the bench, the Lakers utilize a shallow bench and Jamison’s production should grow in the coming weeks and months.

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2. C Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

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Another underachieving big man this season, Hibbert is shooting at a career-worst percentage this season. Still a solid source for blocks and rebounds, he is a good candidate to bounce back from his shooting woes and could be a trade target with lower value than his actual production.

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1. SF/PF Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies

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Perhaps the hottest name found in trade rumors, Gay has still put up very good numbers for an excellent Grizzlies team. While it largely depends on where he may end up, a potential trade for him could make owners devalue him. If traded to the right place, he could see a big spike in production.