Fantasy Basketball: Single-category solutions

by Eric McClung on January 11, 2013 @ 15:11:54 PDT

 


The following collection of players will help you in a specific category but not much of anything else.

Assists

Andre Miller of the Denver Nuggets has posted double-digit assists in three of his last five games, although two came as spot starts due to an injury to Ty Lawson (Achilles'). He's key bench player and keeping putting JaVale McGee into highlight reels with masterful lobs.

Deep option: Jamaal Tinsley has started nine straight games for the Utah Jazz and is averaging 5.7 assists during that time. Tinsley barely scores, but at least one basket is typically a three.

Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets

Rebounds

Tristan Thompson has taken over the window cleaning duties from Anderson Varejao (leg) and is now the top big man for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 11 games without Varejao, he's averaging 13.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Varejao will miss at least more six weeks, so these numbers are very sustainable.

Deep option: Reggie Evans is averaging 11.6 rebounds a game during his five consecutive starts for the Brooklyn Nets. That number is inflated a bit coming off the heels of a 23-rebound outburst against the Philadelphia 76ers, however. For now he's doing enough to keep the banged-up Kris Humphries on the bench.

Threes

Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks is tied for fourth in the league with 2.7 threes made per game while taking 6.2 shots from distance. That 44.1 shooting percentage is good for sixth-best this season and is among the best marks of his career.

Deep option: Houston Rockets reserve Carlos Delfino is right behind Korver with 6.1 attempts from three per game. He's the only player in the association right now getting less than 26 minutes of playing time a contest yet able to take more than 5.5 long-range attempts.

Blocks

While coming off the bench, Detroit Pistons rookie big man Andre Drummond is close to a double-double over his last eight games with 2.1 rejections. Drummond continues to be entrusted with more minutes as of late and would see his value jump if he can find his way into the starting lineup.

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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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