Fantasy Basketball: Single-category solutions

by Eric McClung on April 6, 2013 @ 13:20:36 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.

Assists

Thiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs

In three games as a starter, Beno Udrih of the Orlando Magic averaged 17.0 points, 8.7 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.7 steals in place of Jameer Nelson (ankle). Split between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Magic, Udrih has averaged more than eight assists per 36 minutes of play despite seeing limited action as a reserve. With Nelson injured, Udrih is an instant solution for those in need of dishes served.

Single-Cat Player of the Year (Assists): The injury to Ty Lawson (heel) has made Andre Miller of the Denver Nuggets a more attractive pickup lately, but he's been dropping dimes all year. After recording 5.8 assists per game before the All-Star break, 'Dre is up to 6.2 in the 22 games following the recess.

Rebounds

Over the last 17 games, Tiago Splitter has pulled down 8.1 rebounds for the San Antonio Spurs. He's also adding 10.4 points per game on 51.5 percent shooting. Splitter is an inconsistent shot blocker, but an otherwise efficient big man that can challenge for a double-double each night.

Josh McRoberts of the Charlotte Bobcats is making good use of his starting gig over the last month or so, averaging 8.9 rebounds in the last 11 games. McRoberts is also contributing double-digit scoring with a 52.4 percent field goal percentage.

Single-Cat Player of the Year (Rebounds): The garbage man for the Brooklyn Nets, Reggie Evans, is finally getting some ownership love after a recent shooting outburst but has been a one-dimensional glass monster for a while now. Over the last 30 days, Evans leads the league with 243 rebounds, besting Dwight Howard by 34 boards.

Threes

As the Miami Heat rest players for the postseason, Mike Miller has been able to take full advantage, sinking four shots from long range in each of his last two starts. With enough playing time, Miller can still chip in a modest amount of rebounds and assists, too. You'll need to check the Heat's lineup status each night, but Miller's late-season surge makes the trouble worthwhile.

Single-Cat Player of the Year (Threes): Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver is tied for, appropriately enough, third with 2.3 threes made this season. He was the league's most accurate long-distance maker for much of the year but is currently second at 45.7 percent.

Blocks

Over the last 16 games, Brandan Wright has been in and out of the Dallas Mavericks starting lineup while recording 1.6 blocks per night. He's also putting in 11.5 points on nearly 60 percent shooting and notching 6.1 rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time. Wright has at least one block in eight straight contests.

Single-Cat Player of the Year (Blocks): Bismack Biyombo of the Charlotte Bobcats is a top-10 player in blocks this season. In fact, his average of 1.7 rejections as him tied with rookie swat machine Anthony Davis.

Steals

In 22 games since the All-Star break, Corey Brewer is recording 2.1 steals per night. Brewer is also scoring more points (13.4) at a better percentage (44.5) than he did in the first half: 11.3 points, 42.3 percent. With Danilo Gallinari done for the year with a torn ACL, Brewer's energetic services off the bench will be called upon frequently.

Single-Cat Player of the Year (Steals): While defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder isn't currently among the league leaders in steals, he deserves credit for a span of 22 games from late January through early March in each he averaged 1.9 steals and had some big games from beyond the arc.

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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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