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Fantasy Basketball Category Analysis: Week 4 (2021)

by Michael Waterloo | @MichaelWaterloo | Featured Writer
Nov 14, 2021
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It’s Saturday. You know what that means. It’s time for another edition of the category analysis. This week, we’re going to keep the lede short and get right into things. But first, if you’re new to this column, here’s what we will be looking at every week.

Every week, we’ll be looking at players who are widely available and rostered in fewer than 60 percent of fantasy leagues on Yahoo. To be honest, we’ll be focusing on 8-cat leagues because turnovers are a waste of a category. We’ll be looking at players who can help you in each of the eight categories, which you can get before your league-mates catch on.

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The eight categories we’ll focus on each week are:

  1. Points
  2. Rebounds
  3. Assists
  4. Steals
  5. Blocks
  6. Threes
  7. Field-goal percentage
  8. Free-throw percentage

Let’s get to it.

Points

Kelly Oubre Jr. (SG/SF – CHA) 58%
Michael Jordan may have beef with Oubre, but fantasy managers don’t – at least this week. He’s consistently inconsistent, and his 2020 performance – or lack thereof – had his stock down this year. But at this moment, Oubre is right on the outside of being a top 100 player on the season. Two games ago, at Memphis, Oubre dropped 37 points off the bench. He’ll be frustrating to roster at times, but he has top 60 potential. 

Rebounds

James Wiseman (C – GSW) 49%
Wiseman is ramping up his workouts and could return as early as next week. Always try to beat the rush on high-upside guys like Wiseman. I’m not afraid of Kevon Looney standing in his way once he’s up to speed.

Assists

Davion Mitchell (SG – SAC) 27%
We can finally talk about someone other than Jalen Brunson here since he’s finally over the 60 percent threshold. Good job, folks. Let’s move on to Mitchell, who has been averaging 4.1 assists per game over his past two weeks. The usage is good, and while the scoring will fluctuate game to game, the assists are steady enough to warrant a higher rostership number.

Steals

Luguentz Dort (SG/SF – OKC) 45%
Make no mistake about it – Dort is a much better real-life player than a fantasy player, but we’ll give him a little love here. The Thunder are continually looking for playmakers behind SGA, and Dort has scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games. What’s more, he swiped two balls in the Thunder’s last game against the Kings.

Blocks

Hassan Whiteside (PF/C – UTA) 44%
Whiteside’s upside is capped behind Rudy Gobert, but he’s doing just enough in the time he has on the court to warrant a pickup. In the last two weeks, he’s averaging 1.5 blocks per game, and that’s happening despite breaking the 20-minute mark just once this entire season.

Threes

Joe Harris (SG/SF – BKN) 56%
Is Harris the new Jalen Brunson? Do we have to keep him here each week until he reaches 60 percent rostership? It appears that way, despite Harris hitting six treys in his last game and 12 on the week so far. 

Field-goal percentage

Thaddeus Young (PF/C – SAS) 55%
I wouldn’t describe myself as a Young fan, despite what he did last year. The Spurs have increased Young’s usage of late, but we all know it’s a showcase, right? Well, over the past week, it’s working, as Young is shooting 73 percent from the field while averaging 24 minutes per night. However, I still think he’s mostly a streamer until he gets dealt at the deadline.

Free-throw percentage

Frank Kaminsky (C – PHX) 35%
Kaminsky has been a top 30 player while Deandre Ayton has been out, and without a clear timetable for the big man to return, Kaminsky should continue to get run and provide top value as a streamer. He only scored eight points in his last game, but before that, he was on a three-game double-digit scoring stretch, including a monster 31-point outing against Portland. 

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