Arguably, steals are the most difficult stat to obtain. You’d think solid defense would lead to more takeaway opportunities, but this is a shooting league, so maybe there is no solid defense. Anyway, this is a look at the seven (eligible) players with the best steals ratios with under 50% ownership. This post is not going to be much help for people in shallow leagues. This is more a list for those struggling in leagues where everyone on your waiver is less than 6% owned. Without further ado, here are your top swift handed players:
Alonzo Gee – He leads the league (of those described above – ed.) with 2.0 steals per game. That’s one per 16 minutes of game time, for those keeping track. For that reason alone, he’s worth the roster; he also provides 2.2 assists, 11.8 points, and 0.3 blocks. You know, per game.
Eric Bledsoe – Same deal as Gee, but with less steals (1.6) and more assists (2.8). In 14 teams or deeper leagues, you have to own a guy like Gee or Bledsoe. In 12 team leagues, it depends on what you need. Sometimes a one stat guy can be a difference maker. Neither will destroy your ratios. Now the catch with Bledsoe is he only sees 18 minutes per night. If his got an uptick in time, he would be worth owning in all leagues. They should switch him with Willie Green and let him work from the Shooting Guard slot.
James Johnson – He has a surprising 1.5 SPG for a Forward, but his other stats do not warrant ownership. And like Gump, that’s all I have to say about that.
Beno Udrih – As someone that owns Bean-o in a deep league, I understand the frustration of having to look at him and his crappy 18 minute lines every night. Still, he does produce 3.4 APG and 1.3 SPG. That has value in leagues with too many teams or bottomless benches.
Kirk Hinrich – This guy will devastate your ratios (.296 FG%, .533 FT%), but he does provide 5.9 APG and 1.3 SPG. That’s why he’s owned in nearly a third of leagues, where many tears are shed every time he throws the ball towards the rim.
Steve Blake – He is on the talent rich Lakers, but he also has new coach Mike D’antoni. D’antoni loves Point Guards as much as he loves getting food stuck in his moustache, which is to say, quite a bit. Blake is averaring 1.3 steals, 1.1 threes, and 3.4 assists every time he plays, which right now isn’t happening because of an abdominal injury. When he returns, he is an option in deeper formats.