KRAMER: Wide open, I was wide open underneath! I had three inches on that guy. You two were hogging the ball.
GEORGE: Me? It wasn’t me. I never even saw the ball. All you do is dribble.
JERRY: I have to dribble, if I give it to you, you just shoot. You’re a chucker.
GEORGE: Oh, I’m a chucker.
JERRY: That’s right, every time you get the ball you shoot.
GEORGE: I can’t believe you called me a chucker. No way I’m a chucker, I do not chuck, never chucked, never have chucked, never will chuck, no chuck!
JERRY: You chuck.
GEROGE: Kramer, am I a chucker?
KRAMER: You’re a chucker.
GEORGE: All these years I’ve been chuckin’ and you’ve never told me?
JERRY: Well it’s not an easy thing to bring up.

 

You’re a punter. It’s not an easy thing to bring up. But you are. The good news is that your opponents are, too, but they may not know it yet. No, you probably didn’t plan to punt a category. But, at this point in the season? Yes, you should be punting at least one category. It might be because you’re out of the running in assists in your roto league. Maybe you’re just stuck in the middle, 300 rebounds behind the team ahead of you, and 300 ahead of the team behind you. Or, in head-to-head, you’ve seen your playoff opponent’s team, and you know you’ll double that team’s threes easily, while it’s even clearer that you have no chance to compete in FG%. You are now punting those categories that can’t help or hurt you. You can use the word ignoring instead, if that helps. You’re not trying to get players that are bad at the categories that no longer matter. You just don’t care about them anymore. So, it’s going to take a bit more work to figure out who’s worth more to your team now. That’s where today’s Run The Numbers comes in.

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Last week, I gave you some of the best pickups for help in each individual category. This week, I’m presenting the best pickups based on removing each category. It’s certainly not foolproof, as there’s a ton of fluctuation right now in playing time but, I looked at Basketball Monster’s rankings over the past 30 days, and I extracted some of the top players available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues. I’m starting with the 8-Category and 9-Category (includes turnovers) rankings, as these are pretty much all the players you’ll see listed in the punt rankings below them. Now, if you know that your team can ignore multiple categories, remember that you can do that yourself without much trouble. You can at least compare players using the ESPN Player Rater after subtracting the values from your punt categories. Keep watching the recent action, too, as someone like Jonathan Isaac could be the difference-maker you need. Anyway, if you know a category you can ignore, find it below, and see if any of the corresponding players are available in your league.

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8-Category Rankings (Otherwise known as Punt Turnovers in 9-Cat)

Kelly Olynyk

Larry Nance Jr.

D.J. Augustin

Corey Brewer

Dewayne Dedmon

Kyle O’Quinn

Nemanja Bjelica

Dejounte Murray

Tomas Satoransky

Moe Harkless

John Collins

9-Category Rankings

Larry Nance Jr.

Kelly Olynyk

Corey Brewer

Moe Harkless

Nemanja Bjelica

Nerlens Noel

Dejounte Murray

Dewayne Dedmon

D.J. Augustin

Allen Crabbe

Kyle Anderson

John Collins

Tomas Satoransky

Punt FG%

8-Cat

Corey Brewer

Dewayne Dedmon

Nemanja Bjelica

D.J. Augustin

Allen Crabbe

Dejounte Murray

Kyle O’Quinn

9-Cat

Allen Crabbe

Kelly Olynyk

Larry Nance Jr.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

Nemanja Bjelica

Kyle O’Quinn

Punt FT%

8-Cat

Larry Nance Jr.

Kelly Olynyk

Kyle O’Quinn

Dejounte Murray

Nemanja Bjelica

Dewayne Dedmon

Justise Winslow

9-Cat

Larry Nance Jr.

Kyle O’Quinn

Moe Harkless

Kelly Olynyk

Justise Winslow

Kyle Anderson

Punt Points

8-Cat

Kelly Olynyk

Kyle O’Quinn

Larry Nance Jr.

Dewayne Dedmon

Corey Brewer

9-Cat

Larry Nance Jr.

Corey Brewer

Kyle O’Quinn

Moe Harkless

Nerlens Noel

Kelly Olynyk

Punt Threes

8-Cat

Larry Nance Jr.

Kyle O’Quinn

Kelly Olynyk

Dejounte Murray

Dewayne Dedmon

John Collins

9-Cat

Larry Nance Jr.

Kyle O’Quinn

Corey Brewer

Kelly Olynyk

Nerlens Noel

Dejounte Murray

Moe Harkless

Punt Rebounds

8-Cat

Kelly Olynyk

Corey Brewer

D.J. Augustin

Moe Harkless

9-Cat

Corey Brewer

Moe Harkless

Kelly Olynyk

Larry Nance Jr.

D.J. Augustin

Kyle O’Quinn

Allen Crabbe

Reggie Bullock

Punt Assists

8-Cat

Larry Nance Jr.

Kelly Olynyk

Corey Brewer

Dewayne Dedmon

9-Cat

Larry Nance Jr.

Corey Brewer

Moe Harkless

Kelly Olynyk

Kyle O’Quinn

Nerlens Noel

Punt Steals

8-Cat

Kelly Olynyk

D.J. Augustin

Kyle O’Quinn

John Collins

Larry Nance Jr.

9-Cat

Kelly Olynyk

Larry Nance Jr.

Kyle O’Quinn

Punt Blocks

8-Cat

D.J. Augustin

Kelly Olynyk

Tomas Satoransky

Larry Nance Jr.

Nemanja Bjelica

Corey Brewer

9-Cat

Larry Nance Jr.

Corey Brewer

Kelly Olynyk

Moe Harkless

D.J. Augustin

Nemanja Bjelica

Tomas Satoransky

 

This week’s classic fantasy line:

I’m going to go with one of the most fascinating players since I started playing fantasy bball: Yao Ming. Here’s one of his best seasons:

2006-07: 51.6 FG%/ 86.2 FT%/25.0 ppg/9.4 rpg/2.0 apg/2.0 bpg

Yes, that’s 6’11” shot-blocker, Marcus Camby.