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Hi folks. I’m going to keep the chit-chat short this week, as this is just a sequel to last week’s punt rankings. Last week, I provided the top 20 players for punt-FT%/FG%/points and some other players that were heavily impacted by removing each of those categories. I also went over the punt-FT% complement players (rated by 3s+assists+steals+points-only). But, I was thinking about how often it’s beneficial to ignore the other categories when making pickups and proposing trades, too. You might be out of contention in a category, or maybe you’re dominating that category to the point that you don’t even need to think about it in future transactions (aside from trading off your surplus). So, let’s look at what happens to per-games season rankings per Basketball Monster when we punt these categories that aren’t often punted intentionally. So, if you’re struggling to catch up in a roto category (or to compete regularly in it in head-to-head), consider just forgetting it. At this point, chances are you’ll only gain a couple points at most if you try to patch the holes in your roster, and likely to the detriment of other categories.

Once again, the idea here is to find out who’s more valuable to your team than their price tag. Also, you can deal someone who’s less valuable to your team than what you can get for them using this concept.

This week, in a nod to the shortage of good big men, we’ll punt rebounds and rebounds PLUS blocks, since they often go hand in hand, for 8-category and 9- category leagues. Punt-block rankings aren’t too helpful (maybe in football?). You can just drop the few guys that get a decent amount of blocks down the list on your own. Next week, I’ll address threes, assists, and steals. Bold players have moved up the most, in addition to the extras I list after the top 20. Through 12/12 (and some 12/13):

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Top 20 without Rebounds:

8-Cat

  1. James Harden
  2. LeBron James
  3. Stephen Curry
  4. Kevin Durant
  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  6. Damian Lillard
  7. Victor Oladipo
  8. Chris Paul
  9. Kyrie Irving
  10. Anthony Davis
  11. DeMarcus Cousins
  12. Kristaps Porzingis
  13. Paul George
  14. Devin Booker
  15. Klay Thompson
  16. Kemba Walker
  17. Joel Embiid
  18. Draymond Green
  19. Jimmy Butler
  20. Karl-Anthony Towns

Others with big jumps

22. Lou Williams

24. Gary Harris

30. Jeff Teague

31. John Wall

35. Evan Fournier

36. Eric Bledsoe

39. Dennis Schroder

40. Donovan Mitchell

45. Darren Collison

9-Cat

  1. James Harden
  2. Stephen Curry
  3. LeBron James
  4. Kevin Durant
  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  6. Chris Paul
  7. Anthony Davis
  8. Kyrie Irving
  9. Damian Lillard
  10. Victor Oladipo
  11. Kristaps Porzingis
  12. Klay Thompson
  13. Paul George
  14. Kemba Walker
  15. Jimmy Butler
  16. Robert Covington
  17. Gary Harris
  18. Nikola Vucevic
  19. Otto Porter
  20. Karl-Anthony Towns

Others with big jumps

28. Lou Williams

31. Evan Fournier

38. Darren Collison

41. JJ Redick

46. Donovan Mitchell

47. Courtney Lee

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Top 20 without Rebounds OR Blocks:

8-Cat

  1. James Harden
  2. Stephen Curry
  3. LeBron James
  4. Damian Lillard
  5. Chris Paul
  6. Kyrie Irving
  7. Kevin Durant
  8. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  9. Victor Oladipo
  10. Paul George
  11. Kemba Walker
  12. Devin Booker
  13. DeMarcus Cousins
  14. Kyle Lowry
  15. Jimmy Butler
  16. Lou Williams
  17. Khris Middleton
  18. Anthony Davis
  19. Klay Thompson
  20. Gary Harris

Others with big jumps

22. DeMar DeRozan

24. Dennis Schroder

26. Jeff Teague

29. Evan Fournier

32. Donovan Mitchell

34. JJ Redick

36. Darren Collison

49. Courtney Lee

9-Cat

  1. James Harden
  2. Stephen Curry
  3. LeBron James
  4. Chris Paul
  5. Kyrie Irving
  6. Damian Lillard
  7. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  8. Kevin Durant
  9. Kemba Walker
  10. Klay Thompson
  11. Jimmy Butler
  12. Victor Oladipo
  13. Paul George
  14. Gary Harris
  15. Khris Middleton
  16. Anthony Davis
  17. Kyle Lowry
  18. Lou Williams
  19. Otto Porter
  20. Trevor Ariza

Others with big jumps

23. Evan Fournier

27. Darren Collison

28. JJ Redick

30. Dennis Schroder

32. Courtney Lee

37. Jeff Teague

38. E’Twaun Moore

44. Joe Ingles

49. Bojan Bogdanovic

So, if you’ve lost some star big men to injury, or if you never had any, it might be time to ship off the injured players or UTIL big men for some of the high risers above. Darren Collison and Courtney Lee might be worth more to your team than Hassan Whiteside, Andre Drummond, or Clint Capela. Yet, if you only have one big like that and are in trouble in rebs/blocks, you might be able to get both guards for him.

This week’s classic fantasy line:

12/30/1990. The 7-23 Magic took down the 6-23 Nuggets 155-116, and future coach that would always be effective for about a season and a half before his players hated him, Scott Skiles, set the record for most assists in a game.

44 minutes/22 points/2 threes/6 rebounds/30 assists/2 steals/4 TOs