Fantasy basketball trade index: What to do with Jimmy Butler

Staying on the court has proven difficult for Jimmy Butler again this season. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

The surprising Miami Heat sit atop the Eastern Conference, which is quite shocking considering how many games stars SG/SF Jimmy Butler and PF/C Bam Adebayo have missed this season.

Coach Erik Spoelstra's overachieving squad blew out the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday -- disregard the final score, as a fourth-quarter letdown misleads -- and did so in large part because Butler dominated and SG/SF Duncan Robinson drained myriad 3-pointers, but from a fantasy basketball aspect, can we trust the individuals on this team?

The short answer is I love Adebayo, the versatile big man who recently returned from missing nearly two months after thumb surgery, but even he might be a bit overrated for fantasy purposes. Yep, that includes the enigmatic Butler. His Sunday triple-double was quite impressive and his third in six games over 10 days, but also it was a reminder of his maddening inconsistency.

The overall numbers tell us Butler is offering statistically pretty much what he has been doing since joining the Heat for the 2019 season, but for those in daily and weekly head-to-head formats, well, we just never know.