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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.

C.J. Watson – He is a black hole in rebounds, but this is a guy with 1.5 3PG, 2.0 APG, 1.4 SPG, and solid ratios. He’s not Russell Westbrook, but he’s worth more than 4% ownership.

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.

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  1. Pavel says:
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    My deep 16-team highly competitive league is going well, but as things right now are on the up and up, I don’t want things to go on the down and down later in the season when things matter (I currently hold 2nd spot). I need your help to improve this team:

    Pg: Dragic, Felton, George hill, Aaron Brooks
    Sg: Nicolas Batum, Lou williams
    Sf: Josh Smith, Matt Barnes, Turkoglu
    Pf: Glen Davis, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Seraphin
    C: Monroe, Duncan

    let me know what I can/should do…thanks soo soo soo much!!!

    • ETMcgee says:
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      @Pavel, it is usually easier if you give a little background (h2h or roto league, players available on waiver wire/free agent pool, etc). It is tough to offer suggestions without this info. Another good option is to go to basketball monster and plug in your team’s players, as they will provide you with a reflection of your teams strengths and weaknesses.

      • Pavel says:
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        @ETMcgee, this is h2h, very deep, so best fa are sullinger, lavoy Allen, Reggie Evans, Brian Roberts . So players are 2%owned or less..

      • Pavel says:
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        @ETMcgee, also, per your suggestion, the basketball monster shows my most solid categories as STLS/PTS/ASTS/RBS, my ok category are 3’s/BLKS and I’m bad in fg% and really bad in FT%.

        • James Redacted

          James Redacted says:
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          @Pavel, Yea Josh Smith is killing you. You will prob just punt FT % all year so I wouldn’t worry too much about that cat. Would be nice to upgrade at PF so that you can slot in a high FG % guy that blocks shots.

          • Pavel says:
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            @James Redacted, Yeah, i agree with you. What do you think about trying to give Monroe for someone? Or I mean, who is a buy-low I can target. Or who would I move for what? I’ve been looking into trying to get Rudy Gay (since I see 3pts+blks improvement would be good), but are there others.

            • James Redacted

              James Redacted says:
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              @Pavel, Cousins may be a good pickup for this team since he is also horrendous at FT. Hibbert may be another good option. It’s going to be hard to get Rudy Gay right now since he has exploded the past week. Obviously I would not give up Monroe for Hibbert straight up… any way you can give away Glen Davis?

  2. AJ says:
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    10 Team H2H Weekly League
    Who is the best pickup: World Peace, Parsons, Dunleavy?

    Stats look about the same for the past two weeks.
    In terms of # of games for the next 3 weeks: Lakers go 3,4,4 Rockets go 3,3,4 Bucks go 4,4,3

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @AJ, I like what Peace has been doing.

  3. vince says:
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    gee doesnt lead the league in steals.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @vince, fixed

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