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Fantasy Basketball: Roster Inspection: Buy-Lo and Sell-Hi

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass in front of David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center on December 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) 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.
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The Fantasy Lounge .Contributor IDecember 11, 2009

Written by Eno Sarris, Fantasy Lounge Senior Writer

Though it's hard to pull away from all the fake rumors and innuendo on twitter during these winter baseball meetings, some of us have some fantasy basketball teams to figure out. Let's take a look at a trio of struggling stars in the league and try to prognosticate about their future.

Pau Gasol
We'll start with the easy one by labeling Pau Gasol about as safe a buy-low as there is in basketball right now. The only reason he's a buy-low at all is that he's only played eight games against the 20+ the rest of basketball has put in. The only reason he's worth some space here is that he illustrates a trick that you need to know in order to be a successful fantasy player - make sure to toggle the 'total' and 'average' buttons on your control panel when evaluating players. Especially early in the basketball season, players haven't played the same amount of games. When Pau has played, he's played exactly to his top-ten rating by sporting his trademark perfect percentages. He may not score twenty per game this year, but he'll do about everything else you want out of your power forward.

Dwayne Wade
It might be tempting to label Wade a buy-low, as his Yahoo ranking is currently closer to 20 than the top-three pick he was going into the year. This is D-Wade we are talking about here - the kind of guy that gives you point guard stats along with the high-volume high-efficiency shooting guard game. Except something funny happened this year…

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