Top free-agent options for every major stat category

Trey Burke has been making the most of his increased role in the New York Knicks' rotation. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/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? Don't worry -- there are players who can help.

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

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


Trey Burke, PG, New York Knicks (23.8 percent) -- Burke put up 26 points in back-to-back games, then followed it up with 18 against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. He's playing 25 to 30 minutes a game these days and filling it up like he did in his college days as a star at Michigan.

Taurean Prince, SF, Atlanta Hawks (21.9 percent) -- On a team that distributes minutes evenly throughout its extended rotation, Prince finds himself on the court as often as anybody aside from Dennis Schroder. He has scored 14 points or more in four of his past five games, too.


Tristan Thompson, PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers (15.8 percent) -- Thompson finally busted out with a few big rebounding games, hauling in 13 boards during each of his past two games. We know his history as a rebounder, and the recent production is an encouraging sign of better things to come.

Alex Len, C, Phoenix Suns (19.8 percent) -- He's averaged 9.2 rebounds during his past five games, playing 27.4 minutes per game during that stretch. Given Len's contributions as a scorer and shot-blocker as well, this makes him an even more appealing option than Thompson.


De'Aaron Fox, PG, Sacramento Kings (40.7 percent) -- Fox has dished out 19 assists during the past three games, averaging 30.0 MPG during that span, and he also provides scoring and steals on a team that lacks exciting playmakers. As the season winds down, Fox likely will run plenty as the Kings look to the future.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, New York Knicks (9.6 percent) -- While Burke is providing more scoring than Mudiay, there is something to be said about Mudiay's assist numbers so far during his tenure with the Knicks. The No. 7 overall pick in 2015 has 17 assists during his past three games and has seen his playing time rise into the low 30s. As is the case with Burke, there is lots of fantasy upside here if you can put up with his lack of efficiency as a shooter.


Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs (45.2 percent) -- Murray should be on a fantasy roster in just about every league at this point but, oddly, is still available in more than half of ESPN leagues. He gets steals in bunches while also providing scoring, rebounding and assists with 13.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG and 4.2 APG during his past five games.

Maurice Harkless, SF, Portland Trail Blazers (1.7 percent) -- Harkless has played nearly 28.0 MPG during his past five games, and during that stretch, he has recorded a whopping 11 steals (2.2 SPG). He's totally off the fantasy radar of most people but is worth considering if you're streaming for steals.


Jarrett Allen, C, Brooklyn Nets (31.3 percent) -- Allen has had multiple blocks in three of his past five games while also impressing as a scorer and rebounder. The rookie first-rounder is looking like quite the bargain after being taken with the No. 22 pick last June.

Kyle Anderson, PF, San Antonio Spurs (13.9 percent) -- "Slow-Mo" is averaging 0.9 BPG on the season and has been particularly strong in that department in recent weeks, swatting nine shots during his past six games. He also provides rebounds, assists and steals from a forward spot, adding to his value.


Nemanja Bjelica, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves (7.7 percent) -- In the two games since Jimmy Butler went down, Bjelica has stepped into the starting lineup and averaged 33.5 MPG while contributing as a scorer, rebounder, distributor and long-range shooter. When you add Bjelica, you get more than just 3-pointers, and the minutes should be plentiful for the foreseeable future.

Yogi Ferrell, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks (5.1 percent) -- Ferrell is making 1.7 3PG on the season and does more than that. He scores, distributes and swipes steals with regularity as well. It's amazing he's so widely available in ESPN leagues.