• All-Star Break
    Buy Low Sell High
    The ROS Outlook

    Welcome to the monthly NBA FantasyPass: Buy Low Sell High piece for category leagues. I am bringing you this one week early due to the lull over the All-Star Break and the proximity of fantasy trade deadlines, which may have even passed for some leagues already. This may be the last edition of this for the season since there won’t be a point to it at the end of March, but it may be the most in-depth version as I try to cover as much as possible to aid fantasy managers ahead of the key portion of their seasons. As always, this article is meant as a guide to evaluating players. Trades are tough to pull off and predicting future value isn’t an exact science either. Fantasy Sports are all about making the best, most well-informed decisions as often as possible and typically that allows you to come out on top more often than not.

    Here is a reminder of how the Buy, Sell, Hold, Ignore system works:

    Buy – player is underperforming and improve in the coming games, or player’s season numbers may not reflect their ROS upside
    Buy/Ignore – player is underperforming but it may not be noticeable enough to target or is unlikely to yield a large gain in a trade
    Ignore/Buy – player is slightly underperforming but isn’t guaranteed to trend back up or has other associated risks/difficulties to acquire in a trade

    Sell – the player is overperforming and should trend downwards in the coming games or player’s season averages may not reflect a potential ROS dip
    Sell/Hold – player is overperforming but may not net you enough value to give up the short-term upside or has a chance of maintaining their upward trend
    Hold/Sell – player is slightly overpeforming but may have a solid chance to maintain their upward trend or just may not attract the attention of opposing managers

    Hold – player is worth keeping through their recent upward or downward trend, or a trade may not yield enough value to move them on
    Ignore – player isn’t worth targeting during their underperforming or overperforming period for various reasons
    Hold/Ignore – you should keep this player if you have him but you probably shouldn’t target them actively in a trade for various reasons

    As a final reminder, these labels are as meant as a guide and advice to consider rather than strict outlines to follow. I may even mix and match other combinations, but these are the typical ones.

    Buy, Sell, Hold, Ignore
    All-Star Break Edition

    Here is a preview of  the table and how to use it:

    If you type “Buy” into the search box and the results will be filtered with all of the instances where the word is mentioned.

    Type “Sell” into the box to reveal all the instances where it is mentioned.

    You can also search for mentions of an individual player such as “Drummond” as you will see below:

    The table is automatically sorted by the season 8-cat ranks, but you can adjust the sorting column by using the little triangles/arrows on the headers. You can adjust it to the season 9-cat ranks, the four-week or two-week 8-cat/9-cat ranks or the +/- change columns as well.

    Players who have not played over a target period (past two weeks or past four weeks) are assigned an arbitrary rank of 550 to ensure the sorting works correctly.

    As for the short-form table labels, their meanings are as follows:

    SSN 8C and SSN 9C = Season Ranks for 8-cat and 9-cat leagues
    4W 8C and 4W 9C = Four-week ranks for 8-cat and 9-cat leagues
    2W 8C and 2W 9C = Two-wee ranks for 8-cat and 9-cat leagues
    4W 8C⇅ and 2W 8C⇅ = Change in 8-cat ranks over the past four weeks and two weeks.
    4W 9C⇅ and 2W 9C⇅ = Change in 9-cat ranks over te past four weeks and two weeks.

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