Fantasy Basketball: Single-category solutions

by Eric McClung on February 16, 2013 @ 12:50:53 PDT

 


Sometimes owners will use the final spots on a fantasy basketball team for one-dimensional contributors to pad a single statistic. The players offered here as suggestions for that purpose are expected to be found on waiver wires in more than half of standard fantasy leagues.

Assists

Veteran point guard Andre Miller of the Denver Nuggets continues to see his average number of assists climb each month. After dishing 5.1 dimes a game in the month of November, Dre recorded 5.8 in December followed by 6.2 last month. Now seven games into February, Miller is at nearly seven assists a night and hasn't recorded fewer than five helpers in any of those contests. He'll turn 37 years old in March but continues to see more playing time as a key component coming off the Nuggets' bench.

Rebounds

Shane Battier, Miami Heat

After a strong January, Al-Farouq Aminu got off to a rocky start this month with the New Orleans Hornets. However, he entered the All-Star break a rebound shy of two straight double-double efforts. With center Robin Lopez failing to clean the glass effectively, it's up to forwards Anthony Davis and Aminu to cover for him.

Since coming to the Cleveland Cavaliers via trade, Marreese Speights is averaging 13 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per night in 22 minutes of action coming off the bench. In those 10 games, he's recorded eight or more rebounds on four occasions. The Cavs are committed to their young frontcourt of Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson, but the Ace of Speights has been able to produce as a reserve.

Still available: No one player embodies a single-category contribution more than Reggie Evans, the trash-talking garbage man for the Brooklyn Nets. After registering 3.4 points and 10 rebounds in January, Evans is up to 6.6 points and 11.9 rebounds through seven games this month.

Threes

Over the last five games, Shane Battier has pulled away from Ray Allen as the Miami Heat's top three-point shooter. In fact, all 16 of the baskets Battier made during that time came from beyond the arc. The tear he's currently riding gives Battier 21 triples over the last two weeks, third-most in the league.

Blocks

Over his career, Kendrick Perkins, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, has only averaged 1.4 blocks per game. However, he's rejecting 2.1 shots a night so far this month. It could turn out to be a fluke, however, unless he's picked up a thing or two from teammate Serge Ibaka, the league's most prolific swat machine.

Still available: Bismack Biyombo has blocked four shots in three of his seven February starts. The Charlotte Bobcats project from the Congo averaged two blocks last month and now ranks 11th in the league when it comes to blocks over the course of the entire season.

Steals

Thabo Sefolosha, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is averaging two steals a night during his active streak of 14 games with at least one swipe. He had a recent outburst of nine total threes in two games during a home and home series against the Phoenix Suns but only managed a total of four points in the two proceeding contests.

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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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