Redick's effect on Bucks' fantasy values
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - One of the most significant NBA trade deadline deals for fantasy owners was the addition of Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks roster. Not so much for what Redick could do, but for what he might do to the other Bucks' fantasy values.
The strength of Milwaukee from a fantasy point of view was their backcourt of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. Owners also were getting solid contributions in the frontcourt from power forward Ersan Ilyasova and center Larry Sanders. All four were viable fantasy options who started in most lineups.
The addition of a "gunner" like Redick had to be worrisome for those fantasy owners, particularly Ellis and Jennings owners. Up to the trade deadline, Jennings and Ellis were averaging 19.1 and 18.3 points per game, respectively. But Redick was bringing his 15.1 ppg average to the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
In the 10 games since the deal became official, the acquisition of Redick has changed the Bucks' backcourt dynamics.
Jennings has become a top distributor. In his first 53 games, he averaged 6.2 assists per game, but in the last 10 games, that number is up to 9.8 assists per contest while his scoring average has dropped to 13.5 ppg.
That was certainly an understandable byproduct of Redick taking 10.8 shots per game and scoring 14.2 ppg since joining the Bucks.
What wasn't expected was the jump in production from Ellis. His fantasy owners have to be elated with his effort of late. Over the last 10 games, he's averaging a stunning 25.5 ppg, 3.9 rebounds per game and 7.7 apg. Those are numbers that put him in the top 10 among all fantasy players.
And the addition of another scorer into the lineup has surprisingly not hurt Ilyasova, either. He has a season scoring average of 12.1 ppg, but in his last eight games (he missed two games due to a knee injury), he's averaging 16.6 ppg.
Sanders' fantasy statistics have not been hurt, though you wouldn't have expected much of a change from the rebounding and shot blocking specialist. He's averaging 11.4 ppg, 12.0 rpg and 2.7 blocks per contest since the trade.
Milwaukee is 6-4 since the deal and averaging 105.8 ppg, well above their season average of 98.9, while holding onto the eighth and final playoff spot. Meanwhile, Ellis, Ilyasova and Sanders have all qualified for The Sports Network Who's Hot list this week.
Not what you would have expected when you first heard of the Redick trade deadline deal.
03/15 11:15:22 ET