Fantasy Basketball: Single-category solutions

by Eric McClung on March 8, 2013 @ 18:41:47 PDT

 


Sometimes owners will use the final spots on a fantasy basketball team for one-dimensional contributors to pad a single statistic. This approach can be particularly useful in deeper formats or to gain an edge in a weekly head-to-head matchup. The players offered here as suggestions for those purposes are expected to be found on the waiver wire in more than half of standard fantasy leagues.

Assists

Reggie Evans, Brooklyn Nets

Add a foot injury to the list of aliments experienced by Kirk Hinrich this season. With the preferred starting point guard continually in and out of the lineup, the Chicago Bulls find themselves continuing to lean on Nate Robinson to dish the ball. In his last two starts, Robinson has totaled 11 assists. He's struggling with his shot, however, shooting just 26.3 percent in those two contests.

As long as Hinrich is missing games, Robinson is worthy speculative option for those hurting in the dimes department. Derrick Rose continues to make slow progress from a torn ACL from last year's playoffs and figures to be eased back into the rotation with great care.

Still available: Since the break, Andre Miller of the Denver Nuggets is averaging nearly half a dozen assists per game and has totaled seven or more helpers in four of the last five. He's also shooting 58.5 percent from the field while scoring almost 11 points a night.

Rebounds

It looks like things are starting to click for last year's No. 2 pick in the draft, Derrick Williams. The Minnesota Timberwolves swingman has exploded of late with 17.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 0.9 threes, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks per game in his last 13 starts.

The shooting percentage remains a concern, but the big jump in rebounding is a great indicator for Williams' playing time and production down the stretch.

Still available: All he does is rebound. Over his last half dozen games, Brooklyn Nets garbage man Reggie Evans is averaging an impressive 11.7 boards. During that span, he failed to record double-digit rebounds just once. Even in limited minutes, Evans offers a quick fix for those in need of window work.

Threes

Philadelphia 76ers sharpshooter Dorell Wright has made 2.6 threes coming off the bench over his last nine games. While Wright had seen erratic amounts of playing time since New Year's, he is now averaging more than 26 minutes in his last five while also collecting six rebounds and 1.2 steals a night.

The freefalling Sixers are looking for answers and with Nick Young (ankle) believed to be missing for at least the next couple of games could use a shooter like Wright to step up.

Blocks

Al-Farouq Aminu of the New Orleans Hornets has been supplying big rebound totals on occasion but is now rejecting shots on a consistent basis. Over the last nine games, he's averaging 9.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He's also recorded three blocks in three of the last six games.

Despite his occasional surges, Aminu has been a hard sell for fantasy owners. If he can sustain the recent block party, the final piece of the puzzle might be in place to get Aminu on a lot more rosters.

Steals

Still available: After a few big three-point shooting efforts, Thabo Sefolosha's scoring as predictably cooled off. However, the defensive specialist for the Oklahoma City Thunder has notched a pair of steals in five straight games and in seven of his last nine.

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About Eric McClung

Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a two-time award finalist. He's also made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts.

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