Victor Oladipo may shift to a more off-ball role as Malcolm Brogdan and Damontas Sabonis see increased scoring opportunities, so fantasy managers should consider trading the Pacers guard for the right return.
RYAN KNAUS: Victor Oladipo's injury risk is glaring, as we all know, and that was compounded by the fact that he did not play well when he returned last season from his ruptured quad tendon. He shot 39.4% from the field and had nearly as many turnovers as assists. It was not pretty.
He was still a midround fantasy pick this year because he has name-brand recognition, and many managers were hoping that he would reclaim his preinjury form from between 2017 and 2019 when he was an early-round player consistently. Now in his first two games this season, he's looked great, scoring 22 points, 5 and 1/2 boards, and, crucially, 1 and 1/2 steals.
The reason I'd recommend that fantasy managers trade him is primarily injury based. If you need a reminder, look no further than precautionary rest during a back-to-back situation this past Sunday. He's also contending with the exceptional and very efficient play of Malcolm Brogdon, and you've got Domantas Sabonis who's a triple-double threat. Those two guys are going to have the ball in their hands more often than not, shifting Oladipo to an off-ball role.
He's going to have minutes in the 25 to 30 range. He's a frequent DNP risk, particularly in back-to-backs. So if you can flip Oladipo for another steals-heavy player- for instance, Marcus Smart or OG Anunoby-- I think that is the wise decision.