The All-Star Break means three more weeks, or 2.5 more matchups, until the head-to-head playoffs begin in most leagues. And even for Roto-Leaguers, we’re already 70% of the way through the season. At this point, you know your teams. Or, at least you can if you take a few minutes to examine them. Odds are that there are stat categories that hardly matter to you by now. Once again, that can be because of a punt strategy or simply because of the way your team and league shook out. For example, though I didn’t intend to punt any categories this season, I ended up dead last in FG% in a roto league with no chance of catching up. That category doesn’t mean anything to me now, so I can ignore it. Similarly, in the head-to-head Razzball Experts League, I have little chance to win assists in any given week. I could try to make that up or I could double down and load up on the other categories. I have a feeling your teams may have also lost some categories early. Or maybe more likely, you have a team that just dominates a category or two to the point that you can ignore it and still win. And even if you don’t find yourself far out in front or way behind in any categories, there are likely a few roto stats where you’re too far away from the teams above and below you to worry about them.

So, today it’s time to check up on who might be available and extra-valuable to YOUR team. We’re not just looking at traditional hot waiver wire pickups. Some of them would apply, but glance through this list after you know what stats you can safely ignore, and see if somebody’s right for you. Consider using the opposite train of thought when deciding who to drop, too. You’re lapping the competition in rebounds? You may want to drop an end-of-the-roster big instead of a worse overall player.

You’ll see the top players I recommend that are available in at least one-third of Yahoo leagues here, along with their 8-category and 9-cateogry punt rankings that are based on the per-game performances of the past 60 days (through 2/12) according to Basketball Monster.

8-Cat Rankings

58 – Dewayne Dedmon

64 – T.J. Warren

69 – Derrick White

 

8-Cat Punting Points

44 – Dewayne Dedmon

51 – Derrick White

53 – Mikal Bridges

61 – Kyle Anderson

66 – Marcus Smart

 

8-Cat Punting Rebounds

49 – T.J. Warren

50 – Derrick White

 

8-Cat Punting Assists

42 – Dewayne Dedmon

46 – T.J. Warren

 

8-Cat Punting Steals

52 – Dewayne Dedmon

 

8-Cat Punting Blocks

none

 

8-Cat Punting Threes

57 – Kyle Anderson

58 – Derrick White

 

8-Cat Punting FG%

56 – T.J. Warren

 

8-Cat Punting FT%

62 – Kyle Anderson

63 – T.J. Warren

64 – Dewayne Dedmon

66 – Mitchell Robinson

67 – Derrick White

9-Cat Rankings

49 – T.J. Warren

51 – Dewayne Dedmon

54 – Mikal Bridges

58 – Marvin Williams

60 – Derrick White

61 – Malik Beasley

68 – Mitchell Robinson

 

9-Cat Punting Points

33 – Mikal Bridges

37 – Mitchell Robinson

38 – Dewayne Dedmon

43 – Marvin Williams

47 – Andre Iguodala

48 – P.J. Tucker

50 – Derrick White

55 – Marcus Smart

58 – Kyle Anderson

 

9-Cat Punting Rebounds

36 – Malik Beasley

38 – T. J. Warren

41 – Mikal Bridges

45 – Derrick White

55 – Marcus Smart

56 – Marvin Williams

 

9-Cat Punting Assists

38 – Mitchell Robinson

39 – T.J. Warren

42 – Dewayne Dedmon

44 – Marvin Williams

46 – Malik Beasley

48 – Mikal Bridges

 

9-Cat Punting Steals

44 – Mitchell Robinson

46 – Dewayne Dedmon

 

9-Cat Punting Blocks

47 – Malik Beasley

50 – T.J. Warren

59 – Mikal Bridges

 

9-Cat Punting Threes

35 – Mitchell Robinson

47 – Kyle Anderson

49 – Derrick White

58 – Richaun Holmes

60 – Mikal Bridges

 

9-Cat Punting FG%

45 – Marvin Williams

48 – T.J. Warren

53 – Mikal Bridges

55 – P.J. Tucker

60 – Marcus Smart

 

9-Cat Punting FT%

34 – Mitchell Robinson

55 – T.J. Warren

58 – Mikal Bridges

59 – Kyle Anderson

60 – Derrick White

61 – Dewayne Dedmon

64 – Marvin Williams

 

9-Cat Punting Turnovers (see 8-Cat rankings above)

 

This week’s classic fantasy line:

Using today’s criteria, if you punt both percentages in an 8-category league, guess who’s ranked #4 (and just barely behind #2 and #3). Of course, it’s Russell Westbrook!

That would be 20.8 PTS, 1.1 3PTM, 11.6 REB, 11.9 AST, 2.3 ST, 0.5 BLK over the last 60 days.