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Category Strategy: Picking Through the Scraps

James Anderson

James Anderson

James Anderson is a University of Minnesota graduate, with allegiances to the Packers, Brewers, Bucks (sigh) and Gophers (double sigh). He is an editor and scribe at, primarily focused on basketball and baseball. In 2013 he was a FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year.


Each week, this article highlights players who are widely available in standard leagues that can help in specific roto categories. Remember, while each player highlighted can help in a specific category, there's no guarantee for production in other areas.


Alec Burks, SG, Jazz
I donít love Burks, but waiver wires are pretty thin right now in terms of potentially impactful scorers. Burks has put up 18-plus points in three of his last four games, and he scored 34 points in one of those contests. Heís been doing it by getting to the free-throw line with regularity (7.5 attempts per game over that stretch), which is nice, because it means that even in games like Saturdayís where he was just 4-of-10 from the field in 24 minutes against the T-Wolves, he still managed to get to 18 points by going 9-of-12 from the charity stripe. The reason Iím not super high on him is because he had this huge week

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