As the NBA trade deadline approaches, fantasy managers must gear up for a crucial period on the waiver wire. The deadline not only signifies potential player movements but also prompts significant changes in team rosters and rotations.
In light of this, fantasy managers should prioritize flexibility leading up to the deadline. Even if content with their current roster, managers should remain open to the possibility of adding players who might not have been on their radar earlier in the season.
Here are a few players to consider dropping to make room for potential waiver wire acquisitions:
Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana Pacers (52% rostered): Mathurin has shown efficient scoring lately, but the return of Tyrese Haliburton could limit his opportunities moving forward. While he can contribute points, Mathurin lacks in other fantasy categories, making him a borderline top-150 option in points leagues.
Saddiq Bey, Atlanta Hawks (50% rostered): Bey’s fantasy value heavily relies on scoring and three-point shooting, which has been inconsistent lately. With the possibility of roster changes for the Hawks, dropping Bey for a player with top-100 potential post-deadline could be a strategic move.
Obi Toppin, Indiana Pacers (37% rostered): Toppin’s role has diminished since moving to the bench, resulting in modest production across categories. With limited upside and the Pacers unlikely to make significant moves, it’s advisable to part ways with Toppin.
Herbert Jones, New Orleans Pelicans (53% rostered): Jones’ defensive contributions have declined in recent weeks, making him less appealing from a fantasy perspective. While he still provides efficiency in shooting, his decreased defensive stats diminish his overall value.
Markelle Fultz, Orlando Magic (51% rostered): Fultz’s return to the starting lineup hasn’t translated into significant fantasy production. With concerns over his scoring and assists, dropping Fultz for a hotter name post-deadline could be a wise decision.
Al Horford, Boston Celtics (51% rostered): Horford remains a steady rotation player but lacks significant upside, especially considering his limited minutes and potential for rest during back-to-back games. While he can offer occasional double-doubles, his overall fantasy value is modest.
Jaden McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves (45% rostered): McDaniels’ contributions as a real-life player don’t always translate into fantasy success. While he has the potential to contribute defensively, his scoring output fluctuates, making him less desirable compared to higher-upside options available on the waiver wire.