Whether you’re in your head-to-head playoffs or gearing up for the final month of the roto season, I’m here to help you figure out which moves to make to maximize your chances to win. Last week, I discussed the amount of games played per week and for the remainder of the season for each team and how to value their players accordingly. This week, I’ll go through some free agent specialists to consider picking up. Next week, I’ll return to my bread and butter: punting categories. As always, I don’t only mean those that went with a season-long strategy of punting free throw percentage. By this point, you have so much more information about exactly what your team needs and, almost as important, what it doesn’t need. Of course you know that you should be focusing on steals if you’re only about 20 behind two other teams in the roto category or going all in on field goal percentage if that’s the only category you need to swing the final score in your playoff matchup. But, from my own experience, I know that you’re probably still focusing on players and categories that can no longer help you. It’s so hard to decide to sit a 25-point scoring all-star for the final month of the season. But, if you’re running away with points in a landslide, those points do nothing for you anymore. I remember multiple seasons where I had to completely ignore all stats except for steals and blocks for the final few weeks of a roto league. Sitting a guy like Damian Lillard (past 30 days: 0.9 steals and 0.2 blocks) for someone like Dewayne Dedmon (1.3/1.2). Forget the names and focus on the stats.

So, today, I’ll give you some players you may be able to grab who can help you in the specific categories you need. This time of year, that’s going to include some surprise players that are getting extra run and/or usage. So, this will also be a reminder to focus on what’s going on now as opposed to the numbers we got used to in the first half of the season.

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The following category specialists are available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues. I’ve included their 30-day stats for their category.

Three-Pointers

2.8 Wayne Ellington

2.8 Allen Crabbe

2.6 C.J. Miles

2.4 Terry Rozier

2.4 Reggie Bullock

2.3 D.J Augustin

2.3 Kyle Korver

2.2 Bogdan Bogdanovic

2.2 J.J. Barea

Points

15.6 Montrezl Harrell

15.5 Reggie Bullock

14.5 Josh Jackson

14.5 Wilson Chandler

14.3 Allen Crabbe

14.2 Dillon Brooks

14.1 Tyler Johnson

14.0 Bogdan Bogdanovic

14.0 Terry Rozier

13.8 Caris LeVert

Rebounds

9.7 JaMychal Green

9.3 Ed Davis

8.5 Kosta Koufos

7.7 Nerlens Noel

7.5 Al-Farouq Aminu

7.5 Dwight Powell

7.3 John Collins

7.1 Dewayne Dedmon

Assists

7.7 J.J. Barea

6.1 Tomas Satoransky

5.3 D.J. Augustin

5.0 De’Aaron Fox

4.4 Caris LeVert

4.3 Emmanuel Mudiay

4.3 Milos Teodosic

4.3 Ish Smith

4.2 Bogdan Bogdanovic

4.1 Kelly Olynyk

Steals

1.8 Kyle Anderson

1.8 T.J. McConnell

1.7 Cory Joseph

1.7 Jonathan Isaac

1.7 Mario Hezonja

1.6 Justise Winslow

1.6 Dejounte Murray

1.5 Cameron Payne

1.3 Caris LeVert

1.3 Nerlens Noel

1.3 Corey Brewer

Blocks

1.9 Jakob Poeltl

1.7 Kyle O’Quinn

1.4 Emeka Okafor

1.4 Skal Labissiere

1.3 Jonathan Isaac

1.3 John Henson

1.2 Jarrett Allen

1.1 Dewayne Dedmon

Field Goal % (in order of ESPN Player Rater impact)

70.5% Montrezl Harrell

67.3% Mason Plumlee

61.5% Dwight Powell

68.1% JaVale McGee

61.8% Jarrett Allen

58.2% Kosta Koufos

62.5% Jakob Poeltl

Free Throw % (in order of ESPN Player Rater impact)

96.4% Frank Mason III

93.3% D.J. Augustin

95.7% Jeremy Lamb

88.9% Frank Kaminsky

95.0% Corey Brewer

90.9% Bogdan Bogdanovic

94.1% Evan Turner

90.0% Marco Belinelli

93.3% Kyle O’Quinn

93.3% Mike Muscala

86.2% Tomas Satoransky

84.2% Kelly Oubre Jr.

89.5% Jeff Green

 

 

This week’s classic fantasy line:

Since I extolled the virtues of Magic Johnson last week, here’s a great Larry Bird season. In fact, I’ll go with his stats from the same season (1986-87) I used for Magic (who was 27, while Larry was 30), and compare them. Larry was coming off three straight MVPs and had already won 3 titles. I present to you their 8th seasons:

Bird:    52.5 FG%/91.0 FT%/1.2 3pg/28.1 ppg/9.2 rpg/7.6 apg/1.8 spg/0.9 bpg/3.2 tpg

Magic: 52.2 FG%/84.8 FT%/0.1 3pg/23.9 ppg/6.3 rpg/12.2 apg/1.7 spg/0.5 bpg/3.8 tpg