Fantasy Basketball Trading Tips: Ben Simmons, Julius Randle and Pascal Siakam


After a near triple-double performance on Tuesday, FantasyPros recommends trading for Ben Simmons

Every Wednesday we will provide players you should not only be looking to acquire via trade, but also players you should be looking to trade.

Let’s go.


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Ben Simmons (PG/SG – BKN)

Lately, Simmons has looked more like the player we saw before the infamous Atlanta series. Despite being ranked No. 167 for the season, he has been in the top 86 for the past two weeks. During that streak, Simmons is averaging 11.2 points, eight rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 STOCK.

Elite numbers? Well, no, but he started to look like himself, especially defensively.

It was not a normal injury that Simmons had, and I think we forget about it. He’s coming back from back surgery, which is a whole other level of injury to recover from. Despite recent play, it looks like the fantastic managers want nothing to do with him, which is an opportunity for you to put him well below value.

Players to trade for him who are higher ranked:

Al Horford, Aaron Gordon, Collin Sexton


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Julius Randle (PF – NYK)

Although Randle has a few games under his belt, he’s been a pretty solid fantasy player. He has been between the 2021 and 2020 versions that we have seen of him. Trade rumors swirl around him, and despite his lower usage in his tenure with the Knicks, I expect that number to drop further for him if he goes to another team.

Randle is trying to get back to his shooting performance from 2020, as he tries for more 3-pointers this season, but he’s only shooting 33% from behind the arc, which is closer to 2021 (31%) than 2020 ( 41%). I’m nervous about how he’ll be used if he goes to Miami or some other place that won’t use him as a primary offensive option.

Players to trade for him who are lower ranked:

Scottie Barnes, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, Rudy Gobert


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Pascal Siakam (PF/C – TOR)

Siakam came out with a strain of kidnapper, but the good news for Toronto is that he should be back next week. This means the low buy window is open, but not for long.

Prior to the injury, Siakam was posting top 30 numbers in just nine games. But from the gauge I get from the industry, Siakam remains underrated in fantasy as it looks like people haven’t budged from his lackluster 2020-21 season despite his great 2021-22 season.

The easiest way to negotiate for him is if his manager has a losing record, and you can capitalize on a little panic.

Players to trade for him who are higher ranked:

Tyler Herro, Brandon Ingram, Spencer Dinwiddie


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Nikola Vucevic (PF/C – CHI)

It was a good rebound game for Vucevic in his last outing, following a three-game streak where he shot 46% or worse from the field. He still had two double-doubles in that three-game streak, but the FG% hit was brutal.

The Bulls are struggling and if that continues, don’t be surprised if we see them packing some of their veterans – Vucevic being one of the more likely candidates.

The job for him seems to be getting worse and worse by the minute. While still a solid fantasy player, he’s an aging 32-year-old big man whose contract expires at the end of the year.

If Vucevic is dealt, it might not be in a friendly situation, so I’ll wait for another good game and start making offers with him included.

Players to trade for him who are lower ranked:

Franz Wagner, Anthony Edwards, Rudy Gobert


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