Fantasy Basketball: Single-category solutions

by Eric McClung on March 22, 2013 @ 18:03:42 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

If the heel issue that Ty Lawson is currently experiencing costs him more than one game, veteran Andre Miller of the Denver Nuggets could be challenging for double-digit assists as a starter. While on the road facing the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder on a back-to-back, Miller dropped a total of 22 helpers prior to Lawson missing Thursday night's game, adding another eight dimes.

Reggie Evans, Brooklyn Nets

Since February, Kirk Hinrich (foot) has only played in four games for the Chicago Bulls due to various ailments. Nate Robinson is now averaging 14.6 points, 6.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 22 games as a starter. His scoring has really heated up over the last five games (21.2 ppg) while adding 6.4 assists a night.

Robinson can't keep shooting 50 percent from the field like he is now, but he will remain a productive passer when Hinrich is out of the picture.

Rebounds

Dirty rebounds done dirt cheap. If you're having trouble in a head-to-head matchup and you want more boards, here's what you've got to do: Call Reggie Evans of the Brooklyn Nets. Twenty two, 11, 22. Those are his rebound totals in the last three games.

It's time to make a rebound stand. For a roster spot, Evans is happy to be your glass-cleaning man. Over the last 14 days, Evans has the most rebounds of any player in the league. His 112 boards bests Dwight Howard by half a dozen.

Threes

Over the last two weeks, Martell Webster has been on fire from long range as the Washington Wizards' sharpshooter. He's averaging 16.7 points over nine games while making 3.6 of his 7.8 attempts from beyond the arc. Only Stephen Curry has made more threes (31) than Webster (30) in that span.

The Philadelphia 76ers came oh so close to ending the Nuggets' winning streak on Thursday night despite getting nothing from Dorell Wright. Prior to being shutout, Wright averaged 13.0 points and 2.3 threes in five games off the bench. Another stinker like this one, and Wright's spot in the rotation could come into question.

Blocks

Reserve big man Ed Davis has totaled eight blocks over the last six games coming off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies. Unfortunately, he's only averaging 14.8 minutes now that Zach Randolph is playing heavy minutes again after missing four recent games due to an ankle injury.

If anything happens to Z-Bo or Marc Gasol, Davis is a player to target. Earlier in the season, he averaged 12.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 27 starts before he was traded away by the Toronto Raptors.

Steals

Over the last eight games, Maurice Harkless of the Orlando Magic is averaging 10.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and a three. More importantly, he leads the league with 21 steals during that time. The shooting percentage is ugly, but Harkless is emerging as a masterful pickpocket on the court.

Nuggets swingman Corey Brewer provides energy off the bench and, as of late, plenty of steals. He's tallied a dozen swipes over the last three games, five coming while scoring a career-high 29 points in the short-handed lineup facing the 76ers. With Wilson Chandler (shoulder) out, Brewer will get all the minutes he can handle off the bench.

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About Eric McClung

Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a three-time award finalist. Over the years, he's 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. He's also captured the fantasy football championship in the KFFL staff league twice.

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