If you listen to the Red Rock Fantasy Basketball Podcast enough, you would have heard me bang on about guys who can average one three-pointer, one steal, and one block per game — of which there were only two players last season, Paul Millsap and Wesley Johnson.
The reason I am so focused on that sort of production is that these are the lowest volume fantasy categories, normally averaging out to about one of each per game for a successful fantasy team. Therefore, players who can give you one of each per game are exceptionally valuable in rotisserie leagues, as well as head-to-head, providing you aren’t punting those categories.
Over the course of the season, I’ll be bringing you “The Triple Ones”, a look back at which players are currently giving fantasy owners at least one of each of threes, steals, and blocks.
Looking back on the last two weeks, who are the players to average a Triple One.
James Harden, G, Houston Rockets — 2.6 three-pointers, 2.0 steals, 1.1 blocks
This is becoming a serious trend for Harden, appearing in the Triple Ones in all three editions. In fact, for the season, Harden is averaging a triple one — 2.3 three-pointers, 1.8 steals, and 1.1 blocks, in addition to his 25.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. It’s extremely tough to obtain Harden in a trade, given he’s a top three fantasy player at the moment, but if you own him, you are loving these increased numbers, apart from the drop in field goal percentage down to 39 percent, from last season’s 46 percent. If that came up, Harden could challenge for the top spot in fantasy rankings.
Danny Green, G, San Antonio Spurs — 2.7 three-pointers, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks
Like Harden, Danny Green is averaging a triple for the season, but what’s more amazing for Green are the block numbers. Talking about out of position stats is common place in fantasy hoops, and Green is the best blocking guard in the game by a large margin. In fact, in his last three games, Green has blocked a total of 10 shots. While the point totals aren’t fantastic, averaging only 10.6 points per game for the season, the peripheral numbers are insane. Green is owned in just 45 percent of ESPN leagues, which is absurd, as he should be owned in pretty much all 10 team leagues. If you need help in the smaller volume categories, Green is the best waiver-wire pick up you’ll make all season.
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