Fantasy NBA – Top free agent options for every major stat category

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Does your fantasy basketball team have a few glaring issues? Is it weak in certain categories? Are you really good in some areas, but lacking in others?

Here are some widely available players around the NBA who can help upgrade your roster in the categories you need.

Note: Every player listed is on fewer than 50 percent of rosters in ESPN leagues.


Points

Danilo Gallinari, SF/PF, LA Clippers (rostered in 38.4 percent of ESPN leagues): Gallinari has missed 38 games this season to injury, but he returned on Tuesday night and filled the scoresheet up against Portland, scoring 15 points in 25 minutes. With Blake Griffin traded away and Lou Williams possibly right behind him, Gallinari and Tobias Harris could be the main scoring options on this team the rest of the season.

Josh Jackson, SF, Phoenix Suns (13 percent): Jackson isn’t very efficient and doesn’t add to secondary categories like assists, steals and blocks like many expected him to when he was drafted No. 4 overall last summer, but he is currently on quite the scoring streak. The promising rookie forward has scored 18 points or more in four of the last five games.

Rebounds

Greg Monroe, PF/C, free agent (33.4 percent): Phoenix and Monroe agreed to a contract buyout and rumor on the street has the New Orleans Pelicans very interested in signing the veteran center as a replacement for the injured DeMarcus Cousins. Wherever Monroe ends up, he is all but assured more playing time than he received in his weird stint with the Suns.

Kosta Koufos, PF, Sacramento Kings (1.6 percent): Hardly even acknowledged in fantasy leagues, Koufos has quietly averaged 10.5 rebounds during the past four games, including 17 boards to go with 17 points in a win over New Orleans on Tuesday. He isn’t worth rostering when Willie Cauley-Stein is in the lineup, but don’t overlook Koufos anytime Cauley-Stein is out.

Assists

Jarrett Jack, PG, New York Knicks (9.9 percent): Jack is deferring to his teammates to put the ball in the hoop, and with guys like Michael Beasley and Tim Hardaway Jr., he has a couple who really like to do just that. Jack is one of the few widely available players out there who is continually dishing out assists, though, with 6.2 APG during the past 10 games.

Milos Teodosic, PG/SG, LA Clippers (14.5 percent): Griffin isn’t around the finish off Teodosic’s assists anymore, but there are still plenty of others who are more than capable (Williams, Avery Bradley, DeAndre Jordan and Gallinari, to name a few). He has 5.4 APG during the past 10 games, and that number shouldn’t fall even after the trade of Griffin.

Steals

Wesley Matthews, SG, Dallas Mavericks (40.2 percent): Matthews is a good one not only for steals — 1.7 SPG during the past 10 games — but also for scoring and 3-pointers. He really could be mentioned for each of those categories. Yet, for whatever reason, the veteran who has averaged 34.5 MPG in 52 games this season continues to be overlooked.

Tyler Johnson, PG/SG, Miami Heat (15.8 percent): Known more for his offensive abilities and his knack for quick buckets, Johnson has quietly racked up 1.4 SPG during the past five games. That shouldn’t be a huge surprise, given that he had 1.2 SPG in 73 games last season.

Blocks

Bismack Biyombo, C, Orlando Magic (26.2 percent): We mentioned Biyombo last week, and the same holds true this week as he continues to be on just over a quarter of ESPN rosters. He’ll never be a scorer, but his 1.9 BPG during the past 10 games and his rebounding prowess (7.8 RPG in that span) make him more than a streamer, at least until Nikola Vucevic returns.

Jakob Poeltl, PF/C, Toronto Raptors (2.7 percent): The second-year big man doesn’t play more than 20 or so minutes per night, but he is productive on the court, making an efficient 63.8 percent of his shots this season and providing both rebounding and shot blocking. In fact, the 7-foot lottery pick from 2016 has blocked 1.6 shots per game during the past 10 games.

3-pointers

Joe Ingles, SF/PF, Utah Jazz (30.1 percent): Ingles has made at least three 3-pointers during five of the last seven games, and what’s great about the Jazz swingman is he also impacts the game as a passer and scorer and is an underrated source of steals.

JJ Redick, SG, Philadelphia 76ers (47.3 percent): Redick is back from injury and widely available in ESPN leagues, which is rare. So, if you want him, you better add him to your roster quickly. He won’t do much more than score and make 3-pointers, but we’re talking about one of the top long-range shooters in the league over the past decade.



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