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Category Strategy: Lots of Points, Fewer Assists

Alex Rikleen

Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.

This is a very uneven week for category strategy. Some categories have a wealth of good options, like scoring and threes, while others are sparse, such as assists and steals. In season-long roto leagues, owners can use this to their advantage in one of two ways. One option is to target the sparse categories, where there is already scarcity, preventing opponents from making any headway in that category. An alternative strategy would be to shed a few players on the bottom of your roster, and take a hard turn towards scoring and threes, attempting to cover more ground than you might normally recover from waiver adds.

The Knicks are the only team playing two games this week, which is a big hit to the potential waiver value of all of their players. The fact that they play on Tuesday and Thursday, the two quietest nights this week, mitigates some of that downside in certain leagues (daily schedules and no games max).

At this point in the season, lots of managers are loo

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