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Ryan Knaus: Anthony Edwards is 'fantasy gold'

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Ryan Knaus explains why fantasy managers should not trade Minnesota Timberwolves G/F Anthony Edwards, even when his hot shooting turns cold.

Video Transcript

The Timberwolves are starting to find some cohesion this season, and while they've received impressive contributions up and down the roster, they've really been driven by the play of Anthony Edwards.

He still makes the occasional play that reminds you he's 20 years old, but in general, he's displayed much better awareness on the court, including better shot selection. It's no surprise that he's producing career-best numbers in almost all categories.

His elite upside was on display during a recent three-game stretch, in which he averaged 25 points on 56% shooting, with five triples, four boards, four assists, 2.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks. The Wolves won all three of those games.

It's V efficiency and defensive stats that really shine through for fantasy, as they were the only knocks against Edwards last season.

He's an extremely high-volume shooter at 8.7 attempts, and his 3.2 makes per game are fifth in the league. It's impressive then that he's still shooting above 44% overall, and his perimeter shooting makes his driving game that much more dangerous.

It's an offensive balance Edwards is still finding, but signs of progress are everywhere you look.

The same can be said for his defense, and he's generating 2.3 stocks per game, which are combined steals and blocks. That's top 30 in the NBA.

If you have Edwards on your roster, shoo away any lowball offers that may arrive when he inevitably goes through a shooting slump. You have fantasy gold in your hands, so don't let it slip through your fingers.