I’ve got a punt free throw percentage dynasty team that I love so much that I practically cheer for missed free throws. Logically, I know this is silly, but bricked freebies are my brand, I guess you’d say. For those of you punters that can relate, today I’ll give you some adjusted player rankings for the season. And if you haven’t tried a punt strategy, or haven’t been successful with one, maybe this’ll pique your interest for next season.

Last week, I listed the top 20 players in each category as well as the relevant bottom 20. This week, we’ll kinda do the opposite. I’ll remove some categories that you might benefit from ignoring, whether it was part of your plan or you just found yourself uncompetitive in a category that’s not worth trying to catch up in by patching it together at the expense of other categories.

First, free throw punters. I’ll give you the top 20 in per-game value (and others that make big leaps) for 8-category and 9-category with free throw percentage removed (through 12/5). All of today’s lists come from Basketball Monster stat ratings. Keep in mind that you’re not just looking for the worst free throw shooters. Those are the guys that benefit the most from removing this category, but it doesn’t mean they’re the most valuable to your team. They ARE, however, significantly more valuable to a free throw punter than anyone else. So, if you’re at the bottom of your roto league in FT% (or if you never compete in head-2-head), don’t try to just add a couple good FT shooters to fix it. Maybe that gets you a roto point or two at most. Go all in, and trade off some good FT shooters for the guys below, especially those that are cheaper since they benefit the most from punting (in bold) and watch your team gain in FG%, rebounds, and blocks.

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Top 20 without FT% (overall rank)


  1. LeBron James (2)
  2. James Harden (1)
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo (4)
  4. DeMarcus Cousins (6)
  5. Anthony Davis (7)
  6. Kevin Durant (5)
  7. Stephen Curry (3)
  8. Ben Simmons (36)
  9. Andre Drummond (19)
  10. Victor Oladipo (9)
  11. Russell Westbrook (16)
  12. Joel Embiid (14)
  13. Paul George (11)
  14. Nikola Jokic (12)
  15. Hassan Whiteside (29)
  16. Kristaps Porzingis (10)
  17. Clint Capela (33)
  18. Draymond Green (21)
  19. Karl-Anthony Towns (13)
  20. Chris Paul (18)

Others with big jumps

23. Rudy Gobert (40)

34. Steven Adams (48)

37. DeAndre Jordan (63)

40. Dwight Howard (429)

50. D’Angelo Russell (80)

51. Paul Millsap (70)

52. Elfrid Payton (88)


  1. LeBron James (2)
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (4)
  3. Anthony Davis (5)
  4. James Harden (1)
  5. DeMarcus Cousins (8)
  6. Kevin Durant (6)
  7. Stephen Curry (3)
  8. Andre Drummond (30)
  9. Victor Oladipo (12)
  10. Hassan Whiteside (21)
  11. Clint Capela (23)
  12. Ben Simmons (64)
  13. Aaron Gordon (19)
  14. Otto Porter (15)
  15. Chris Paul (13)
  16. Nikola Jokic (11)
  17. Paul George (17)
  18. Karl-Anthony Towns (9)
  19. Kristaps Porzingis (10)
  20. Klay Thompson (18)

Others with big jumps

21. Rudy Gobert (38)

27. Steven Adams (40)

29. Russell Westbrook (52)

33. DeAndre Jordan (63)

46. Paul Millsap (78)

47. Will Barton (68)

So, trade a guy that’s ranked highly with a great FT%, since he’s worth so much less to you for a guy that’s ranked similarly (likely a little lower) due to his increased worth to you. Since it’s win/win, you’re more likely to find trade partners for these deals.

Now, you don’t want to trade just ANY good free throw shooter, because some are still very valuable to you. If you’re succeeding with your free throw punt, you’re dominating FG%/rebounds/blocks. You’ll want to use the rest of your roster on guys that help you in the other categories: threes, assists, steals, points, and turnovers. And so, I give you the top 20 for those combined categories, your perfect compliments to the free throw inept:

Threes+Assists+Steals+Points (overall 8-Cat rank)

  1. James Harden (1)
  2. Stephen Curry (3)
  3. Russell Westbrook (16)
  4. LeBron James (2)
  5. Paul George(11)
  6. Chris Paul (18)
  7. DeMarcus Cousins (6)
  8. Damian Lillard (8)
  9. Victor Oladipo (9)
  10. Kyrie Irving (14)
  11. Giannis Antetokounmpo (4)
  12. John Wall (37)
  13. Kyle Lowry (17)
  14. Ben Simmons (36)
  15. Kemba Walker (28)
  16. Kevin Durant (5)
  17. Blake Griffin (38)
  18. Jeff Teague (46)
  19. Devin Booker (24)
  20. Jimmy Butler (30)

Others with big jumps

27. D’Angelo Russell (80)

33. Austin Rivers (118)

Threes+Assists+Steals+Points+Turnovers (overall 9-Cat rank)

  1. James Harden (1)
  2. Stephen Curry (3)
  3. Chris Paul (13)
  4. Paul George (16)
  5. Kyrie Irving (14)
  6. LeBron James (2)
  7. Russell Westbrook (54)
  8. Damian Lillard (7)
  9. Gary Harris (32)
  10. Kemba Walker (24)
  11. Victor Oladipo (12)
  12. Jimmy Butler (29)
  13. Kyle Lowry (22)
  14. Giannis Antetokounmpo (4)
  15. Klay Thompson (18)
  16. Robert Covington (27)
  17. John Wall (49)
  18. Otto Porter (17)
  19. Justin Holiday (77)
  20. Trevor Ariza (45)

Others with big jumps

21. Tim Hardaway Jr. (67)

22. Austin Rivers (137)

24. Spencer Dinwiddie (74)

27. Mike Conley (109)

32. Donovan Mitchell (73)

Another category you might ignore to your benefit is field goal percentage. Pick Westbrook and Lonzo Ball as your starting backcourt? This is likely for you. Targets for a FG% punt team can be found here in the top 20 when you remove FG% as well as turnovers. So, these rankings are for 8-Cat FG% punters as well as 9-Cat FG% AND TO punters. They somewhat go hand in hand, since they’re both categories that point guards often struggle with.

Top 20 without FG%/TO

  1. James Harden
  2. Stephen Curry
  3. DeMarcus Cousins
  4. LeBron James
  5. Damian Lillard
  6. Kevin Durant
  7. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  8. Paul George
  9. Russell Westbrook
  10. Victor Oladipo
  11. Anthony Davis
  12. Kristaps Porzingis
  13. Chris Paul
  14. Marc Gasol
  15. Joel Embiid
  16. Kyle Lowry
  17. Nikola Jokic
  18. Kyrie Irving
  19. Draymond Green
  20. Devin Booker

Others with big jumps

26. Blake Griffin

27. John Wall

52. Lonzo Ball

And if you’ve lost a 20-point scorer or two or just aren’t in the running, here are your points punt rankings. I always think these are the most interesting, since we’re just so used to looking at points first and foremost.

Top 20 without Points


  1. James Harden
  2. LeBron James
  3. Stephen Curry
  4. Kevin Durant
  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  6. DeMarcus Cousins
  7. Anthony Davis
  8. Nikola Jokic
  9. Victor Oladipo
  10. Draymond Green
  11. Chris Paul
  12. Damian Lillard
  13. Paul George
  14. Andre Drummond
  15. Karl-Anthony Towns
  16. Kyle Lowry
  17. Al Horford
  18. Joel Embiid
  19. Kyrie Irving
  20. Clint Capela


  1. Stephen Curry
  2. LeBron James
  3. James Harden
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  6. Kevin Durant
  7. Chris Paul
  8. Nikola Jokic
  9. Otto Porter
  10. Karl-Anthony Towns
  11. Draymond Green
  12. Hassan Whiteside
  13. Clint Capela
  14. Al Horford
  15. Damian Lillard
  16. Nikola Vucevic
  17. Victor Oladipo
  18. Paul George
  19. Kyle Lowry
  20. Aaron Gordon

Even if your team doesn’t fit into these scenarios, the general strategy can likely apply to your team. You don’t have to be stuck at the bottom of a category to punt it. You might realize that you have WAY too many three-point shooters. Well, you can then be the guy that trades for the less desirable guards that don’t hit many threes, like Payton or Ricky Rubio. Get creative and take advantage!

This week’s classic fantasy line:

Since I’ve been in a college mood when searching for images and since I caught most of a Bill Walton-called game this week (DeAndre Ayton is a large kid), I thought I’d look up this classic game of his. Because, even though he drives you crazy for 90% of the game, Bill will always provide a few gems.

1973 NCAA Championship Game (7th straight title for UCLA): 21/22 for 44 points and 13 rebounds.

  1. Dan says:

    would it be crazy of me to do a myles + mccollum for embiid + drummond?

    my current team
    12 team 9 cat
    giannis / cj / myles / jaylen / kris dunn/ taurean / teague / nurkic / dsj / thj / jrich / hield

    then trying to flip teague + jrich/dsj for ben simmons. punt 3s and fts.

    what about myles + cj + jaylen for gobert + simmons?


    • Tad

      Tad says:

      @Dan: I love it. if you can get close to dominating 7 categories like that, I’d do it. I think you picked good players to try to trade away and to trade for. Like I mentioned, you may be able to get stuff like this done, because it might benefit your trade partner, too.

  2. OH the pain.... says:

    in a 12 team h2h daily league 9 cats and we don’t use TO we use FG% instead. 4 bench 2 IR 4 moves a week. My IR now is Kawai, IT and Conley. Would you drop chalmers and pick up Ulis? my other PG’s now are rubio, chalmers and J murray….. holy shit thats bad lol..

    • Tad

      Tad says:

      @OH the pain….: Ouch to losing both those PGs. Maybe you’re good for now with Kawhi returning in a few days. Conley isn’t far off, either, it appears. If you want to try out Ulis while Booker’s out, I’d endorse that, though. He’s inconsistent, but he can put up some decent numbers. Good luck!

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