Fantasy Basketball Mailbag: Is it worth looking at Kevin Durant?

The NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone and that has shaken up the fantasy landscape.

As we hurtle towards the fantasy playoffs, I took your questions from Twitter and Instagram to try and help you make the most of your team. Let’s get to it.

@greenrob Any stock to the recent Kevin Durant workout videos surfacing? If you have the ability to stash for three weeks, is it worth a flier?

Kevin Durant tore his Achilles tendon in June, in the NBA Finals. That was about eight months ago. We have seen players like Wes Matthews and Rudy Gay return in around 8-9 months from Achilles tears in the past, but with a guy like Durant, the Nets signed him planning that he won’t be playing this season. 

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He is too valuable of an asset to play in limited minutes as he recovers from a significant injury. 

Even if he does get on the court, which I just don’t think he will, Durant would be playing low minutes and would likely struggle in his first games back.

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the first half of the game against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center on January 10, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

He would just be taking up space on a fantasy roster. This is not top five Kevin Durant. 

It could be top 150 Durant, and that is a waste of a roster spot. I would leave him to be someone else’s gamble.

@adidasclerk Is Justise Winslow a drop?

Winslow has been a drop for a long time. He has played one game since December 4, when he returned from a back injury, only to aggravate that same injury. 

I am bringing him up now because he is a name that people get excited about and he was involved in one of the bigger trades on the deadline. In the 11 games Winslow has played this season, he is averaging 26.33 fantasy points, good for 106th of all players on a per game basis. 

That’s okay, but it isn’t great. The Grizzlies are going to be abundantly cautious with his recovery from a back bone bruise.

Justise Winslow playing for his former team the Miami Heat as he puts up a shot during the Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on December 03, 2019, in Toronto, Canada (Miami Heat won 121-110) (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

While they haven’t ruled him out for the season, the perceived view is that he will be out for a while longer. Maybe looking at a March return. 

Wasting a roster spot on someone who has played 11 games and isn’t a top 100 guy, who is on a new team and dealing with a debilitating core injury doesn’t seem like a great strategy. You can almost definitely find a better option on the wire than continuing to hold onto Winslow.

@justinwongy What is Duncan Robinson’s value after Miami’s trade deadline acquisitions?

Robinson is a much better category league fantasy player than a points league guy, where he is ranked 195th over the course of the season.

In his last month, Robinson has played 33 minutes a game and has averaged 21.16 fantasy points. In the same time, he is ranked 138th in category leagues versus 168th in points leagues. 

But, let’s address what happens in Miami now. They sent out Justise Winslow, who had played only 11 games this season, along with Dion Waiters, who had played less, and James Johnson who plays a different position and was in and out of the rotation this season. 

Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at American Airlines Arena on December 28, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The incoming stars were Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill. Hill probably won’t play, but Crowder and Iguodala are going to come into this rotation and that means players are going to lose minutes. 

These players will most likely be Meyers Leonard, Kelly Olynyk, Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro and Robinson. I expect Robinson to lose some playing time to Iguodala and Crowder, who both play the same position, despite being significantly worse shooters.

@3d.watt Malik Beasley a must add?

I don’t know what is going to happen for the rest of the season, but I do know that Beasley won’t hit 7-of-13 threes every night. 

But, those 43 fantasy points he dropped in his Timberwolves debut was certainly intriguing. I would add Beasley in nearly all fantasy leagues, but we have to have an understanding that D’Angelo Russell didn’t play Sunday. 

That will mean Beasley’s usage will likely drop off when DLo plays. I fully expect Beasley to start  over Jarrett Culver for the rest of the season, but those 43 fantasy points could really be a season high. But there is a large cushion between that number and what would constitute a player not being a standard league option.

I think Beasley firmly falls in that range and if he is on the wire, I would add him.

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