Fantasy Basketball: Mike Dunleavy To See Increase In Value After Luol Deng Trade

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The fantasy basketball world was turned upside down this past week when a huge trade was orchestrated. The Chicago Bulls decided to trade SF Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for disgruntled C Andrew Bynum and a handful of draft picks.

Deng was the starting small forward in Chicago and his departure leaves a good deal of minutes up for grabs. Probably the most likely candidate to see a drastic uptick in playing time would be super-veteran, SG/SF Mike Dunleavy.

Dunleavy has been getting more minutes in recent weeks and he has really started to heat up a result. He has scored double-digit points in 12 of his last 16 games and averaged 13.1 points per game over that stretch. He has also added 1.3 triples per game and has been able to add three-pointers on a pretty reliable basis throughout his tenured career.

MDJ will be good for around 10 points per game and the veteran should consistently see over 25 minuets of action per game. He will be given free reign to let shots fly in Chicago, as apparently the team has thrown in the towel, but Dunleavy is one of the most respected players in the game, so fantasy fans can expect to see his best each and every night.

Dunleavy is owned in just 6.7% of ESPN formats and the journeyman will be the primary benefactor with Deng being shipped out of town. So if Dunleavy is still sitting on the waiver wire, it is time someone picked up this full-time starter.

 

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.