Fantasy Basketball 2014: Sell The Philadelphia 76ers

By Adam Pfeifer
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It’s a common fantasy conception.

There aren’t many better things in fantasy than a young, talented player on a very bad team. Plenty of upside, and because the team is so bad, there will continue to be plenty of playing time. Coming into the 2013 season, the Philadelphia 76ers were expected to be one of the worst teams in all of basketball. A few months into the season, and that prediction holds true, as the Sixers hold one of the league’s worst records. There were a few players who were being heavily targeted in fantasy drafts from Philadelphia, and so far, they’ve rewarded owners handsomely.

So why should you consider selling high on them?

Thaddeus Young

One of my favorite players coming into the year, Young is amid a breakout campaign, averaging 17.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. He is benefiting from the coaching change and lack of talent around him in Philly, and while he’s one of my favorite players, I wouldn’t be opposed to getting rid of him while you still can. The main reason behind this article is the fact that other than rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, no one on this Sixers roster is safe. I mean, any day now, anyone can be traded, including Young, who has been rumored in trade talks before. The Sixers have an undersized front court, so it wouldn’t completely shock me if they dealt Young for a center or bigger power forward. And it appears that when the 76ers are down in the 4th quarter, they often keep their second unit out there quite a bit, which happened last night. And in case you missed it, the Sixers will be down in the 4th quarter quite a bit this year.

Evan Turner

There has been talk of Turner being dealt in a package deal for a while now, and if anyone on this team gets traded, it’ll more than likely be Turner. Look, there’s no doubt that he is enjoying the greatest campaign of his young career, averaging 18.8 points, 3.8 assists, 6.3 rebounds and a steal per game. It’s basically the same for Turner and Thad. When the 76ers can keep the game competitive, they usually have fine fantasy nights. But when they don’t, the stat lines are rather ugly. If I could, I’d swap Turner for another shooting guard like Lance Stephenson, you plays on arguably the best team in basketball and provides the peripheral stats that always keep him fantasy relevant. I truly do believe Turner gets dealt elsewhere, too, and without that fast-paced, sometimes reckless offense, his fantasy numbers should dip.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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