Mike Conley still looks like a buy-low guy

Steve Alexander
Rotoworld

Now is probably a good time to look into buying low on Mike Conley and Joe Ingles, while we wonder if Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Morris can possibly keep up the run they're on. Follow me on Twitter by clicking here. 

Buy Low

Mike Conley Jazz PG – Conley’s been a lot better of late, scoring at least 15 points in each of his last six games but he’s still not shooting it all that well on most nights. His assists and steals numbers could also be higher but he’s at least hitting 3-pointers and not turning the ball over all that much. He’s not quite the buy-low player he was a couple weeks ago, but he’s still not playing at the level he’s capable of and is still someone I think is worth targeting. Conley is averaging 16.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.1 3-pointers on 38 percent shooting in November.

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Joe Ingles Jazz G/F – Ingles has only hit double digits in scoring four times this season and is shooting a dreadful 32.8 percent from the floor in November. He’s not blocking or stealing much, but is getting 3-pointers a night, along with rebounds and assists. If his shot starts falling, he could turn things around in a hurry. There’s little doubt his owners aren’t thrilled with his performance and he should be available for a song in most leagues.

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Myles Turner Pacers C – Turner missed all of November until returning from his ankle injury on Saturday when he had 16 points, 11 boards, four blocks and three 3-pointers. He then hit just 4-of-11 shots for nine points, seven rebounds, three blocks and a 3-pointer on Monday, which isn’t too bad. But given how long it took him to get over the ankle and his lackluster line on Monday, it’s possible you can find a Turner owner ready to deal. And if he can stay healthy, he should have a big year for the Pacers. 

Lauri Markkanen Bulls PF – Markkanen kicked things off with 35 points and 17 rebounds on opening night but hit just 1-of-7 3-pointers in that one. It’s pretty much been downhill ever since and Markkanen is currently averaging just 12.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.6 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers on 34 percent shooting in November. If he stays healthy, I can almost guarantee a second-half comeback and it could start any day now. He’s currently showing 11th-round fantasy value and it shouldn’t be difficult for him to turn that into fifth- or sixth-round value if he ever finds his shot. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Thunder SG – SGA is currently trading off good nights with bad ones, scoring 12 or fewer points in three of his last six games. He had 11 points, five fouls and five turnovers on Monday and hasn’t been able to put together a consistent run since he scored between 21 and 24 points in a three-game run to start the month of November. His November numbers are still solid at 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 3-pointers, but his recent stumbles should mean his perceived value is a bit lower than it was 10 days ago. He’s young and is going to be inconsistent but if you want SGA on your team, now’s the time to make some offers. 

Mitchell Robinson Knicks C – Low minutes, foul trouble, a dysfunctional team and a coach under fire are not a great recipe for success, Robinson continues to do what he can with his limited minutes. He had seven points, eight rebounds and four more blocks on Monday and is returning fifth-round fantasy value, even with everything working against him. If he ever stops fouling people, gets a starting job and the minutes that would follow he will turn into a fantasy monster. He’s averaging 10.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 19 minutes a game in February. 

Danuel House Rockets G/F – House returned from his back injury on Monday and had 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers, which is pretty much what he does. He’s averaging 11.6 points, 4.7 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers in November while playing 29 minutes a night and shooting 49 percent from the floor. His 73 percent free throw shooting isn’t awe inspiring but if House was dropped in your league, pick him up immediately. And if you want a solid player to add to your squad, see if House’s owner moved on when he was injured. 

Dejounte Murray Spurs PG – Gregg Popovich loves Murray, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his numbers. He’s played fewer than 20 minutes in two of his November games and has scored in double figures just four times out of eight chances. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.1 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting in November. The lack of threes is a total buzzkill, but I still think Murray will get on track before this is all said and done. 

Ricky Rubio Suns PG – Rubio was really playing well before missing Monday’s game with back spasms and now he’s iffy for Tuesday. He was coming off four straight double-doubles. Before failing to get one last Thursday against the Hawks and is averaging 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.7 3-pointers in 33 minutes a night, shooting 43 percent in November. His back status makes me a little nervous but if he misses Tuesday’s game his owners are bound to start panicking. Assuming the spasms are just a bump in the road, now might be a great time to swoop in and buy low on one of the better point guards in fantasy this season.

Frank Ntilikina Knicks PG – Someone has to run the point for the Knicks and Ntilikina seems to have the best shot at doing so on a regular basis. He’s scored six or fewer points in five straight games, mainly because he’s not shooting it much, but he’s also had at least six assists in three of his last five games and at least three steals in three of his last six games. There’s no reason to give up much to get him and he might even be available on your waiver wire, but I still think Ntilikina has a chance to blossom in the near future. 

Sell High

Andrew Wiggins Wolves SF – Wiggins has been out of his mind this season, easily producing a career year, but he’s now missed three straight games and could have lost some of his mojo during the absence. While part of me thinks the new Wiggins is for real and here to stay, there’s another part of me that says it’s time to ship him out while his value is nearly at its peak. The value would be even higher if he hadn’t missed his last three games, but other owners should still covet Wiggins. He’s averaging 29.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers in November and has shown no signs of slowing down, but I simply don’t see how he keeps producing those type of stats. Wiggins is a Top 30 player right now and if I can move him a player like Trae Young, who is right next to him in Basketballmonster.com rankings, I’d do it and not look back.   

Dorian Finney-Smith Mavs F – DFS had a career night on Monday with 22 points, five boards, three assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers. Maybe he’s about to fully mesh with Luka Doncic, who gave him props in his postgame interview, but DFS will still struggle to do anything close to this on most nights. If you picked him up and he plays well again in the next one, see what you can get for him. DFS is averaging 9.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in November, but those numbers drop substantially if you subtract Monday’s breakout game. 

Aaron Holiday Pacers G – Holiday went off for 24 points, six rebounds, 13 assists and four 3-pointers on Monday and has now scored in double figures in five straight games and six of his last seven. Malcolm Brogdon is out with a sore back which has boosted Holiday’s value, but he’s not expected to be out long. Holiday’s brother, Justin, is also playing well for the Pacers and I think moving both of them before Brogdon comes back to rain on their parades makes sense. 

Jeff Teague Wolves PG – Teague has hit double digits in assists in three straight games and four of his last six, also scoring in double figures in five of his last six games. He’s hit just 14-of-39 (36%) shots over his last three games and he’ll likely be pushed by rookie Jarrett Culver as the season progresses. I don’t think Teague can play any better than he’s played over the past four games. 

Marcus Morris Knicks F – Morris has been on fire for the Knicks, scoring at least 20 points in six of his eight November games and he’s averaging 21.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers in November while shooting 43.5 percent from the floor and 81.8 percent from the line. The further the Knicks fall the more they’ll be forced to turn to their young guys and they still need to develop Kevin Knox. Morris could keep this up for a while longer, but he can’t play better than he’s played in November. Even with how well he’s played he’s only returning sixth-round fantasy value and I bet you can get a really solid player or two in a deal for Morris. The sell-high window is wide open right now!

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