The Biggest NBA Trade Deadline DFS Impacts

Hello Grinders. It was a crazy NBA trade deadline this 2018-19 season. The Lakers flirted with the idea of trading half their roster for the services of Anthony Davis, only to end up with (checks notes) Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala?! LOLZ. With Anthony Davis staying in town, does that mean the Pelicans have to add him back into their intro hype video? What an awkward situation.

We thought it’d be good to briefly recap the biggest trades that went down over the past few days and highlight what it means from a DFS perspective. The goal is to try and understand how we can leverage this information for our DFS rosters before the industry and the sites adjust for their new roles. Let’s dive in.

Philadelphia 76ers

Added: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott, Malachi Richardson (Waived), Jonathon Simmons, James Ennis
Lost: Markelle Fultz, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, Landry Shamet

The 76ers made the biggest moves this trade deadline, giving up a boatload of draft picks as well as Fultz, Muscala, Chandler and Shamet in order to gain Tobias Harris and a bunch of depth to their bench.

I’m going to be honest, I have no idea how the addition of Tobias Harris to a starting lineup of Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid is going to work from a usage perspective. Embiid leads the team with a 32.6% usage rate, while Simmons has a 23.8% usage rate and Jimmy Butler has a 23.5% usage rate. Even Redick has a 22.2% usage rate. Now you add Tobias Harris and his 23.1% usage rate, and there are a ton of mouths to feed.

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About the Author

  • Allan Lem (fathalpert)

  • Allan Lem (aka fathalpert) began playing fantasy sports in high school and transitioned to DFS in 2015. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and lives in California with his wife and two kids. He dreams of winning a big tournament so he can try cashing one of those giant cardboard checks at his local bank.


  • dfsdfs2018

    Good read

  • Ramsey12

    Who benefits from Johnson leaving the Heat?

  • Wooden_Bones

    Great article, glad this was written.

  • Mhesters

    Love the idea but what about how Barnes affects the Kings rotation? Or the change for the Miami? I know it is the last game of the night but the Kings’ pace has been a source of DFS goodness.

  • fathalpert

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    @Mhesters said...

    Love the idea but what about how Barnes affects the Kings rotation? Or the change for the Miami? I know it is the last game of the night but the Kings’ pace has been a source of DFS goodness.

    Will provide an update later today on Heat and Kings.

  • badboybball

    Thanks Allan, great read and exactly what I needed to analyze the trade situation. def saved me some time! ty ty

  • japapo

    many thanx

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