Top free agent options for every major stat category

Likely available on free agency in your league, Bismack Biyombo is a good source of blocks and rebounds. Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Does your fantasy basketball team have a few glaring issues? Is it weak in certain categories? Are you really good in some areas, but lacking in others?

Here are some widely available players around the NBA who can help upgrade your roster in the categories you need.

Note: Every player listed is on fewer than 50 percent of rosters in ESPN leagues.


Michael Beasley, SF/PF, New York Knicks: Beasley continues to go overlooked, but is still one of the most prolific pure scorers in the game. He has averaged 16.4 points while shooting 54.1 percent in his last nine games, and his value soars whenever Kristaps Porzingis misses time.

DeMarre Carroll, SF/PF, Brooklyn Nets: Carroll has poured on 15.5 PPG in his last eight games and hasn't been slowed by the return of D'Angelo Russell, scoring 18 PPG in the last three games. The veteran also contributes in other ways (rebounds, assists, steals and 3-pointers), which gives his value an added boost.


Bismack Biyombo, C, Orlando Magic: Nikola Vucevic (hand) appears to still be a few weeks away from returning to the court, which means more opportunity for Biyombo to thrive in the starting unit. He has finished with double-digit rebounds in eight of the last 13 games and is capable of pulling down 15 boards in a game.

John Collins, PF/C, Atlanta Hawks: The promising rookie had 16 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and has averaged nine rebounds per game over his last five contests. The key thing with Collins is that he's consistently playing 20-25 minutes a game.

Dewayne Dedmon, C, Atlanta Hawks: Collins' frontcourt partner has recorded at least nine rebounds in six of the eight games he's played since returning from injury, despite recording only around 20 minutes every time he takes the court.


Kyle Anderson, PF, San Antonio Spurs: Finding assists on the waiver wire is one of the most difficult tasks in fantasy basketball, but Anderson provides it from a forward position (2.9 APG in his last 10 games) and will continue to play a prominent role in the Spurs' rotation as long as Kawhi Leonard is out.

J.J. Barea, PG, Dallas Mavericks: Always underappreciated, Barea is quietly doing what he has always done in this league: Scoring points and dishing out assists in whatever role the coach asks him to play. He recently returned to the Mavs' lineup and stacked up 12 assists in his first three games back. He is at 5.9 APG on the season.


Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs: The man who took over the starting point guard job from Spurs legend Tony Parker, Murray promptly recorded 10 steals in his first two starts. That should tell you all you need to know about his ability to force the turnover.

Larry Nance Jr., PF, Los Angeles Lakers: Nance isn't someone you think of when it comes to steals, but he has quietly came up with at least one steal in all but one of the Lakers' 12 games this month, including two or more in five of those contests.


Bismack Biyombo, C, Orlando Magic: Biyombo isn't just a rebounder, as you probably know by now. The seventh-year pro is also a feared shot-blocker, and it has shown this month, as he's rejected 2.1 shots per game while filling in for Vucevic.

David West, PF, Golden State Warriors: Whether it is a close game or blowout, home or away, West comes to play. That almost sounds like a song or something, but it's true. Even though the veteran power forward is playing only 13.3 MPG this season, he is making the most of it. He's an overlooked shot-blocker with 1.1 BPG in 2017-18.


Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Washington Wizards: Oubre has two or more 3-pointers in seven of his last eight games, and three or more in four of his last five. He pumped in five long-balls against the Detroit Pistons on Friday and is playing the best basketball of his career in the middle of his third NBA season.

Troy Daniels, SG, Phoenix Suns: The long-range specialist has cashed in with at least five 3-pointers in three of the last four games and has made at least three shots from distance in 18 games this season.