It's always a hard decision on whether or not to trade someone on your fantasy team.
It's also a hard decision on deciding when to trade for a player that isn't performing up to expectations.
Take a look at some players that are worth buying low or selling high on in NBA fantasy basketball.
Fantasy basketball buy or sell
Buy: Joel Embiid, C - Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid is coming off of the worst game of his NBA career with zero points shooting 0-for-11 from the field with four turnovers in the Philadelphia 76ers loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Fantasy owners who likely selected Embiid in the first round are likely growing frustrated as the All-Star centre is averaging career-lows in points, rebounds, assists, steals, field goal and free throw percentage. He's also missed games due to injury and suspension. Putting up a goose egg in points in a big game while crushing a team's field goal percentage to start the week is just icing on the cake.
This is your chance to take advantage of that irritated fantasy owner and take an under-performing player off their hands before they heat up.
Embiid is typically a walking double-double. His efficiency has struggled but it's far more likely that he'll step it up closer to his career average over the course of the season than it is that he continues to plummet in what is supposed to be a big year for the 76ers.
When Embiid is on, he's one of the most dominant players in the NBA today. Make a move for him now while his stock is low and your team will flourish once he hits his stride.
Sell: Spencer Dinwiddie, PG/SG - Brooklyn Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie is on a tear right now for the Brooklyn Nets.
Without Kyrie Irving in the lineup, the Nets' sixth man has slid into the starting lineup and succeeded in a big way. Fresh off of earning Eastern Conference Player of the Week averaging 25.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game, Dinwiddie had 23 points, nine assists and buried a game-winning shot to bring the Nets to a 5-1 record without their All-Star point guard.
Dinwiddie's stock could not be higher at the moment, and that is exactly why you should sell now.
Dinwiddie is a talented and under-rated player - there is no denying that. He's stepped up when Brooklyn needed him most, just before their season really started to free-fall. He's played well enough to earn himself a bigger role of the team's offensive share even when Irving does return from his shoulder injury, but Kyrie is so ball-dominant that it's tough to see Dinwiddie's production remaining this high.
While he should continue to flourish with Caris LeVert out for four-to-six weeks after receiving thumb surgery, that's also a good selling point on the fantasy trade market.
If you act quickly, you might be able to sell Dinwiddie for a borderline star player that is under-performing to start the year.
Buy: Blake Griffin, PF - Detroit Pistons
I wouldn't go crazy and sell the farm for Blake Griffin, but at the moment, you could certainly get him for less than what he is worth.
Griffin has only played in five games so far this season and he has not lived up to how early he was likely selected in your fantasy draft.
He has regressed from last season in points, rebounds, assists, steals, field goal percentage, 3-pointers made per game and 3-point percentage. He has zero double-doubles through those five games and hasn't been the impact player he was drafted to be.
While his knee injury from last season that carried into the start of this season is probably playing some sort of a factor into his performance, it's hard to believe a player as talented as Griffin will continue to struggle like this.
This is a bit more of a high-risk, high-reward move, but it could also be the move that gives your team a boost if he starts playing to the level that earned him an All-NBA nod last season.
Sell: Buddy Hield, SG - Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield notched a career-high 41 points on 11 3-pointers in the Kings' past game against the Celtics.
11 3-pointers from one player could set you off to win the 3PM category alone if you're playing in a head-to-head categories league.
It hasn't been the best season for Hield so far this year, but following an explosion like that, it shouldn't be too hard to sell or packing him with another player to get someone a tier better.
Hield will continue to get the bulk of opportunities in the Kings' offence while De'Aaron Fox is out. Even when Fox returns to the lineup, it should help Hield's value as he'll draw less attention from opposing defences. But if you don't need scoring or 3-point shooting on your team and you own Hield, now would be the time to move him and gain a player that fits something you have noticed your team needs at this point in the season.
Buy: Bam Adebayo, C - Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo has played a huge role in Miami's early-season success and he's also been a dominant fantasy player who fills multiple categories.
He has 10 double-doubles in 16 games. He's averaging career-highs in scoring and rebounding and has made a massive leap as a passer with a career-best 4.3 assists per game. He averages over 1.5 steals and blocks per game and since he rarely shooting outside of the paint and restricted area, his 60.0 field goal percentage will surely give your team a boost in that area.
Adebayo may not be appreciated the way he should be by the person who owns him in your fantasy league and you should make a move for him before it's too late. Everything in his career leading up to this increased opportunity has shown he was capable of posting numbers like this and as a true Most Improved Player of the Year candidate, he could also be the dark horse that gives your fantasy team an edge if you can get him before he gets too popular.
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