Fantasy Basketball Weekly Dime: Categories

by Joe Bond

We have officially crossed the halfway point of the NBA season and I want to take a step away from my normal weekly dime format. This week I'm going to go through the eight normal categories and tell you who might be available in your league who can help you in those. Now I will try to find players who can help you in multiple categories, but at this point in the season the waiver wire is pretty slim so it may be necessary to list one category experts. Let's not delay any longer, and get right to it.

Points
Aavery_bradleyvery Bradley (PG/SG - BOS) - It is strange to start off with an injured player but he is far and away the best option here and is only going to be out a couple of weeks. He is averaging 14.5 points on the season, which makes him a must own by itself, but add 1.1 threes, 4.1 rebounds (good for a guard) and steal a game and he is a good all around player to own.

Randy Foye (PG/SG - DEN) - I mentioned Foye last week, but he still only owned in just over 50% of ESPN leagues. Over the last month he has averaged 15.2 points and his three pointers are very helpful at 3 a game. His percentages are good too .463 FG% and .846 FT% over that span too. He won't keep up the FG% much longer, he only averages .409 throughout his career, so this might be a temporary add but it is one I would make.

Alec Burks (PG/SG - UTA) - Burks has been up and down all season, but overall has been a good source of points averaging 13 on the season. Over the last two weeks he is on a roll with 18.5 a game, so now is even a better time to grab him. He isn't going to help you much elsewhere, so this is purely a points add

Field Goal Percentage
Boris Diaw (PF/C - SA) - Diaw is getting a bit more playing time recently with Kawhi Leonard out with a hand injury, but was seeing a decent amount of minutes even before then in January. With that said he is averaging a ridiculous .676 field goal percentage on the season, so he is a great pickup if you need help with FG%. He can hit the occasional three pointer too as he is averaging over one made a game over the last week. I'd get him if you are desperate for FG% help at least until Leonard returns.

Courtney Lee (SG - MEMl) - I like to get at least one guard in this category, since they generally have a lower FG% than big men. Lee on the season has .513 percentage and in the last two weeks he has shot even better at .581, that is with him shooting four more shots a game than his season average too. I could have easily put him in the FT% category too with him averaging over .900 on the season, but he only shoots just over a free-throw a game so its not as helpful.

Enes Kanter (C- UTA) - Kanter has come on lately averaging 14.3 points over the last two weeks, but also a .594 FG% over that time. That is good for 7th best on the ESPN player rater for centers over that time. He is probably the most well rounded player in this group considering the points and rebounds he can offer too.

Free Throw Percentage
Ryan Kelly (SF - LAL) - Kelly has taken over the starting PF spot for the Lakers and has played very well and is worth adding, especially in deep leagues. For this I'm listing him in the free-throw category since he is shooting almost 3.5 a game and making .926% of them. That is enough to help boost your FT%, especially in weekly head-to-head leagues.

Rodney Stuckey (SG - DET) - He has been injured plenty this season, but if you are hurting for some points and FG%, then Stuckey can help you. He is on quite a run recently scoring 20 points in four of the last five games. However, you are reading this because you are interested in his FT%, which stands at .825 on the season, shooting over four a game.

Three-Pointers
terrence ross_origTerrence Ross (SG/SF - TOR) - How can I not include Ross in here after his 51 point explosion Saturday. He hit 10 threes in that game to help, but even before then he was making 1.7 a game. He was only owned in 5.6% of ESPN leagues Saturday night and that has since increased to 11.6, but I'm going to guess that will increase more after that performance.

Mirza Teletovic (PF - BKN) - A big guy who can hit threes is something that is happening more a more now, but Teletovic has been on quite a torid pace over the last month, hitting 3.0 a game. He doesn't do much else, but if you are struggling to find a guard who can give you threes and have a big man to spare, then Teletovic is likely available in your league.

Rebounds
Jason Thompson (PF/C - SAC) - On the season Thompson has been inconsistent, but lately he has stepped up his game and it starts with his rebounding. Over the last two weeks he has grabbed 8.8 rebounds a game, which is up from his 6.3 season average. The only other category he will help you in is blocks so don't expect much else from him.

Miles Plumlee (PF/C - PHO) - Plumlee has been a bit of a surprise this season, becoming the starting center of the Suns. He has fallen off a bit lately in the rebounding department, but sill has a 8.6 average on the season. He can also give you just about double digit points a game and 1.5 blocks to help you some in other categories. The Morris brothers get a decent amount of run limiting Plumlee's value, but he is still one of the better big men available for rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (SG/SF - MIL) - Finding guard eligible players that have good rebound numbers is tough, but Alphabet is one of them averaging five a game over the last two weeks, and almost that same amount on the season. He can stuff the stat sheet too averaging a steal, block and three pointer a game, so there is plenty of value to be had here.

Assists
Mo Williams (PG/SG - POR) - Mo is being typical Mo this season. A backup guard on yet another team. He is only averaging 25 minutes a game, but still averaging almost five assists a game. He can really help with the scoring at times too. Example Saturday he scored 16 points, but just the game before he only scored two points, so he is very inconsistent there. That is the life of a backup player, the scoring is usually inconsistent from game to game. Still he is worth owning if you are desperate for assists.

Josh McRoberts (PF - CHA) - McBob has been an unexciting player, but sneaky good all season stuffing the stat sheet with threes, assists and rebounds. Over the season he is at 4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 threes a game, making him useful in multiple categories that a big man is not usually helpful in, thus valuable for your team.

Brian Roberts (PG - NO) - Stepping in for the injured Jrue Holiday, Roberts has done enough to be worth owning in most leagues. Averaging over 4.5 assists a game, he is one of the best guards available for that category. He is also providing 12 points, 1.3 threes a game with good percentages since Holiday went down.

Steals
mario_chalmers_origMario Chalmers (PG - MIA) - Chalmers in my opinion is a very underrated point guard for fantasy. He averages just about 10 points a game on the season and five assists. Where his value really comes though is the almost two steals a game he provides and almost 1.5 threes a game.

Corey Brewer (SF - MIN) - Brewer is a better scorer than Chalmers overall this season and just about as good in steals, so both of these guys can help you tremendously in that department. What made me put Chalmers ahead of Brewer is the assists, and the fact that Brewer doesn't really help you much in any other category but threes, which I mentioned Chalmers gives you as well.

Khris Middleton (SF - MIL) - Middleton is just a tick below Chalmers and Brewer in steals with 1.1 a game. The points and threes a game are about the same too. What differs him from them is the rebounds. He is pulling down 4.1 a game, so he is a guy to look at if you could use steals, but also some rebounding help.

Blocks
James Johnson (SF/PF - MEM) - James Johnson has only played 19 games this season, but has make an immediate impact, even with limited minutes. The biggest impact come in the blocks department where he is swatting 2.3 a game over the last two weeks. Add in decent rebound and assist totals, both hovering around four, and two steals a game, he is definitely worth owning for everything but points.

Kris Humphries (PF - BOS) - Humphries hasn't done much overall this season, due to not seeing much playing time. Recently though he has gotten himself back into the rotation a bit more seeing as many as 36 minutes over the last two weeks. In that time he has blocked 1.5 a game and pulled down 8.1 rebounds. He is a good free throw shooter too, but doesn't get enough a game to make much of a difference. Either way he a good low end big man that is probably available in your league to give you a boost in blocks and rebounds.

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