I’m going to keep it pretty simple this week. I’d like to check in on category leaders to help figure out who the best specialists might be this season. There’s a lot of value sitting out in the free agent pool just waiting for you to stream it. Adding and rotating through these category specialists applies in roto leagues when you notice individual categories in which you stand to gain a few points. But, this information will probably help the most in head-to-head leagues where you should be swapping out at least a couple players each week (assuming you can) to customize and maximize your stats in a way that nets you the most category wins against your opponent.

“So… you’re just pasting an NBA stat leaders’ page?” Nope. I’m only going to feature players rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. Italicized players are owned in less than 25%. For shooting percentages, I’m using Basketball Monster’s values that are weighted for volume. Next week, I’ll do sorta the opposite and list the punt specialists (value rankings with each individual category removed), as well as the rankings according to some other helpful stat combinations. I’ll leave out the flukey or injured players to save you some time here, as well.

(Through 11/13)

Points

15.8 – Jordan Clarkson

14.8 – E’Twaun Moore

14.3 – Dwyane Wade

13.8 – Terrence Ross

13.2 – Rodney Hood

12.1 – Kelly Oubre Jr.

12.1 – Malik Monk

12.0 – Collin Sexton

11.4 – Cedi Osman

11.4 – Allonzo Trier

 

Rebounds

8.7 – Al-Farouq Aminu

8.3 – Noah Vonleh

6.5 – Ersan Ilyasova

6.4 – Tyson Chandler

6.1 – Pau Gasol

5.9 – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

5.8 – Bam Adebayo

5.6 – Alex Len

5.5 – P.J. Tucker

5.4 – Cody Zeller

 

Assists

5.8 – J.J. Barea

5.3 – Derrick White

4.6 – D.J. Augustin

4.5 – Ryan Arcidiacono

4.4 – Fred VanVleet

4.3 – Marcus Smart

4.2 – Patrick Beverley

4.2 – Evan Turner

4.2 – Tony Parker

4.2 – Justise Winslow

4.0 – Monte Morris

 

Threes

2.7 – Wayne Ellington

2.4 – P.J. Tucker

2.3 – Terrence Ross

1.9 – Patty Mills

1.9 – Malik Monk

1.8 – Reggie Bullock

1.8 – D.J. Augustin

1.7 – Landry Shamet

1.7 – Alex Abrines

1.7 – Dwyane Wade

1.7 – Darius Miller

1.7 – Langston Galloway

 

Steals

1.4 – Jerian Grant

1.4 – P.J. Tucker

1.4 – DeAndre’ Bembry

1.3 – Derrick White

1.3 – Marcus Smart

1.2 – Frank Ntilikina

1.2 – Justise Winslow

1.2 – Mikal Bridges

1.1 – Tyler Johnson

1.1 – Tyus Jones

 

Blocks

1.8 – Mitchell Robinson

1.5 – Maxi Kleber

1.3 – Nerlens Noel

1.3 – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

1.2 – Zach Collins

1.1 – Jordan Bell

1.0 – Marvin Williams

1.0 – Pau Gasol

1.0 – Alex Len

 

Field Goal %

56.3 – E’Twaun Moore

76.6 – Damian Jones

64.2 – Dwight Powell

58.8 – Cody Zeller

63.6 – Kevon Looney

56.6 – Zach Collins

63.6 – Mitchell Robinson

61.2 – Nerlens Noel

 

Free Throw %

97.0 – Jeff Green

86.8 – Allonzo Trier

90.3 – Cody Zeller

84.6 – Al-Farouq Aminu

81.4 – Kelly Oubre

85.0 – Jonas Jerebko

84.2 – Ersan Ilyasova

83.3 – Terrence Ross

82.4 – Langston Galloway

82.4 – Monte Morris

 

This week’s classic fantasy line:

How does a player averaging 9.7 points and 11.3 rebounds and shooting under 45% finish as the 11th most valuable fantasy player in the league (if anyone had been playing 9-category fantasy bball in 1984)? Simple. He blocks 5.6 shots per game without missing a game. I give you 7′ 4″, 2-time Defensive Player of the Year and blocks specialist, Mark Eaton’s 1984-85 season: