Fantasy Basketball: Mikal Bridges, Bobby Portis among top buy and sell targets for Week 21
As the regular season draws to a close, we’ve noticed significant differences between players since the All-Star weekend. Some have improved after trading or recovering from injury, while others are still working on getting back up to speed. It’s critical to get the best out of the players, so fantasy managers should try to make every possible improvement before it pays off. Need help deciding who you should target or move? We have you covered.
Who should you be watching at the start of week 21? Here are five options to consider:
Three to buy
- Mikal bridges: Bridges has been a new man since he was sent to the Brooklyn Nets in a deal that brought Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns. The two-way wing’s performance has skyrocketed, averaging 26.1 points on 53.6 percent shooting in nine games with his new team. Bridges has made 16.8 shots per game during this time and is the best option on offense.
- Kelly Obre: The Charlotte Hornets’ season is a bust, but Aubrey shows his numbers with LaMelo Ball (ankle) out of sight. The explosive wing has averaged 24.0 points and 8.7 rebounds since Ball dropped and performed well in the other 27 games he’s played on hardwood without his point guard this season. Fantasy managers might as well bide their time with him while his value rises.
- Jacob Poeltle: The Poeltle looked just as good as the bidders who were eager to acquire it at the trade deadline expected. The former San Antonio Spurs center has thrived since returning to the Toronto Raptors for a second term. He averaged 15.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 blocks over the previous 10 games. He’s been an integral part of the rotation since he settled in, and he could make it into the top 15 finish line centers in the regular season.
Two for sale
- Bobby Portis: Portis looked great in the first half of the 2022–23 season, but since returning from injury after the All-Star break, he hasn’t been as effective. The big Milwaukee Bucks player is nearly averaging a double-double but is averaging 7.7 points and 6.6 rebounds over the previous six games. His offense hasn’t been as necessary since Chris Middleton’s productivity has skyrocketed. Milwaukee is unlikely to change much anytime soon given its recent success.
- Andrew Wiggins: The personal issues keeping Wiggins off the court are surrounded by mystery, and there is no real timetable for his return after an eight-game break. Wing remains a strong option to win, but at this point in the season it’s too important to get something from key players. The Golden State Warriors will likely have to slowly restore Wiggins to playing form once he returns, so he may not be ready until the playoffs.