Fantasy Basketball: Single-category solutions

by Eric McClung on March 29, 2013 @ 17:54:59 PDT

 


Sometimes owners will use the final spots on their 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 leagues.

Maurice Harkless, Orlando Magic

Assists

The Phoenix Suns elected to rest Goran Dragic and allow rookie Kendall Marshall to run the offense in a pair of starts. The former Tar Heel struggled with his shot but dropped a total of 23 assists while manning the point. Dragic was having a fine campaign for the bottom-feeding Suns, but they appear willing now to sit their best player in the cupboard to remain in the basement of the West for draft lottery purposes.

K-Butter's playing time had been spread lightly until recently, however his average assists per 36 minutes are a rich 6.5.

Still available:

Ty Lawson (heel) attempted to return to the Denver Nuggets starting lineup but was once again inactive for Friday's game. That places Andre Miller back at the top of the depth chart for now. 'Dre averaged 13.7 points and 6.3 assists during a recent three-game stint without Lawson.

Rebounds

Even though David West (back) returned, Tyler Hansbrough still managed 13 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action coming off the bench for the Indiana Pacers. In six starts without West, Hansbrough averaged 14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds. The Pacers won comfortably during West's arrival, so it remains to be seen how consistent the minutes will be allotted going forward.

The Orlando Magic need rookie center Kyle O'Quinn to stay on the floor with Nikola Vucevic (concussion) and Andrew Nicholson (ankle) dealing with injuries. O'Quinn played more than 42 minutes Wednesday night, scoring 23 points on 11 of 14 shooting. He also pulled down 11 boards and kicked in half a dozen assists.

Still available: Reggie Evans claims his surprising career performance of 22 points and 26 rebounds was sparked by a comment he overheard by a Brooklyn Nets teammate that Evans be benched during a recent game because he couldn't get things done on offense. Even though Evans has also been dealing with a virus that's messing with his vision, you wouldn't know by the 7.3 points and 10.8 rebounds he's averaging this month.

Threes

Over the last seven games, Jerryd Bayless of the Memphis Grizzlies made four baskets from long distance on four different occasions. However, he totaled just one triple in the other three games as the Grizz's sixth man.

Still available: Dorell Wright has attempted seven or more threes in each of the last three games, averaging 3.7 made and 8.3 attempts while coming off the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers. This run comes on the heels of a shutout performance from last week. Clearly Wright's confidence and trust from the coaching staff were not shaken in the least.

Blocks

Charlotte Bobcats forward Bismack Biyombo is averaging nearly two blocks a game during a streak of seven consecutive games with at least one rejection. Biyombo has also recorded seven or more rebounds in three straight contests. His offense is still limited, but Biyombo continues to show flashes of glass cleaning ability in addition to protecting the rim.

Steals

Over the last 11 games, Garrett Temple has been getting opportunities as a starter due to injuries up and down the Washington Wizards roster. Temple has gotten his hands on two steals in seven straight contests while averaging 9.6 points, 2.3 steals and 1.6 threes.

Still available: With 20 total steals, rookie Maurice Harkless of the Orlando Magic leads the league in swipes over the last two weeks. Harkless is also putting up 15.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 1.4 threes and a block during that span of seven games.

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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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