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On the heels of the All-Star break, your team's needs should be glaring. I regularly bounce back and forth between highlighting overall pickups and players to target in a specific category, but when doing the latter it's difficult to touch on all the relevant categories. So this week features the first of a three-part "Working the Wire" special event, focusing upon widely available players to target in the peripheral scoring categories. The percentages often seem to be the most difficult categories to address in free agency, since most of the high-volume players with regard to attempts are already owned. This means finding those who have recently been taking more shots or are rock-solid reliable in providing a consistently high percentage. Let's take a look at the options, as well as players who will bolster your 3-point totals:
|Carl Landry's style of play always lends itself to a favorable field goal percentage.|
Carl Landry, PF, Sacramento Kings (49.7 percent owned): He's owned in nearly half of leagues, although if yours isn't one of them, it's hard to find a more consistent producer in field goal percentage. Landry is a 54.2 percent shooter for his career, shot 52.4 percent in January, and is at 51.9 percent in February. He's failed to match his breakout numbers from last season, although he's a lock to knock down half his shots on 8-10 attempts per game for the rest of the season.
Andris Biedrins, C, Golden State Warriors (33.7 percent owned): Biedrins has had a disappointing season, missing nine games in December and January and struggling to capture his prior dominance in boards and blocks. He is still scoring efficiently, however, as the 59.8 percent career shooter is nailing 56.8 percent in his past 10 games. As long as the 7-footer remains healthy and in the starting lineup, the rebounds and blocks should follow, but right now he's using his inside game to score efficiently and is undoubtedly a beneficial addition to a team in need of field goal percentage help.
Brandon Bass, PF, Orlando Magic (4.4 percent owned): Bass was widely dropped after his recent knee injury and the emergence of Ryan Anderson as a vicious fantasy force, although he's back in the Magic starting lineup. He's a career 49.4 percent shooter from the field, and is making more than half his shots this season, with a mark of 50.5 percent. He attempts 10.3 shots per contest as a starter, and is a versatile scorer for his size, so expect him to be right back in the mix for the Magic and average around 12 points per game with fantastic percentages from both the floor and the stripe from this point forward. He doesn't provide much in the way of rebounds, steals or blocks, but is an steady scorer who can provide a boost in both percentages.
Ed Davis, PF, Toronto Raptors (0.5 percent owned): Davis has come on strong recently, averaging 13.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in his past three contests, seeing spot starts due to Amir Johnson's injury. He was already seeing solid playing time, however, averaging 24.2 minutes per game in his past 10 contests, and in that span he's shooting 66.0 percent from the floor. He's at 59.0 percent on the season, and as a clear-cut part of the Raptors' future plans should continue to see significant minutes as they try to groom him for the future. He won't wow you with 10 attempts from the floor, but will have plenty of 3-for-5 and 4-for-6 nights, which will add up and have a positive effect on your team's percentage for the post All-Star break push.
George Hill, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs (28.8 percent owned): The emergence of Gary Neal stole some of his thunder this season, although Hill is still productive, especially from the stripe. He's shooting 87.3 percent this season on 3.6 attempts per game, both career highs. That number is up to 91.7 percent in February, and he also contributes elsewhere, averaging 11.4 points, 1.6 3s and 0.8 steals per game in his past five games in 27.6 minutes. Hill can get to the line and knock it down, and even if Neal's coming-out party hindered his ability to take a step forward in 3s, his free throw shooting has progressed, as he's ranked 19th on the Player Rater for the season in the category.
Marvin Williams, SF, Atlanta Hawks (2.3 percent owned): Williams is back in the starting lineup for the Hawks, and has played well, hitting double-digits in four of his past five contests. The career 80.6 percent free throw shooter is at 83.6 percent this season and 93.8 percent this month. He was cast aside by most owners after missing nearly all of January, but is back in the mix and producing, averaging 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.8 3s, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks per game this month. That 93.8 percent on free throws stands out the most of any of his stats, however, and it will undoubtedly help your team down the stretch getting that kind of production from a forward slot.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF, Indiana Pacers (1.0 percent owned): He doesn't provide peripheral numbers, but Hansbrough is a crafty scorer with a knack for getting to the line, and is shooting 83.3 percent from the stripe this season. He's found a role as a scorer off the bench, hitting double-digits in six of his past 10 contests. He's shooting 87.2 percent from the stripe in February on 4.3 attempts per game, by far his most of any full month this season. Big men that efficient from the line are hard to find, and he's taking enough freebies to have an impact.
Shaun Livingston, PG, Charlotte Bobcats (0.8 percent owned): Livingston has turned up his game recently, as he's hit his season high in points twice recently, including 22 on Saturday against the Hawks. He went 6-for-6 on free throws in that contest and is making his money from the stripe, shooting 94.7 percent in his past five games on 3.8 attempts per game. Overall for the season, he's at 86.7 percent from the stripe, shooting at least 84.2 percent each month. He won't steal the starting job from D.J. Augustin, but is playing well enough to get as many backup minutes as he can handle, and has the ability to get to the line and knock it down with regularity. He's a high-upside player to monitor in deep leagues who is ready to help teams in free throw percentage right now.
|Randy Foye is averaging 1.9 3s per game in his 13 starts this season.|
Randy Foye, PG/SG, Los Angeles Clippers (28.4 percent owned): Foye was thrust into action when Eric Gordon went down, and has relished the opportunity, as he's attempted the most 3-pointers of any player in February. Foye's at 2.0 3s made per game in his past five, 1.8 per game this month, and 1.9 per game since entering the starting lineup. Even with Eric Gordon soon to return, Foye has found his stroke and gotten enough reps during the past month to have the green light when he's in the game, and he'll still get minutes off the bench. Foye should be a 3-point threat for the rest of the season, and even though his minutes will diminish with Gordon back in the lineup, he'll still have value from behind the arc and likely average around 1.5 3s per game.
Mike Bibby, PG, Hawks (14.6 percent owned): Bibby's overall game has fallen off this season, but he has remained one of the most consistent 3-point shooters in the league. He's averaging 2.8 3s per game in his past five, 2.3 in February, and has averaged at least 1.9 3s per game in each month of the season. He's picked up his scoring recently, with three straight double-digit scoring efforts after eight consecutive games in single digits, although that's ancillary; Bibby's value is in 3s, and if you want a consistent source of them due to team needs, he's a sound pickup.
Rudy Fernandez, SG, Portland Trail Blazers (12.7 percent owned): This is what Fernandez does, and in an up-and-down season he's back to draining at a high rate, with 2.8 3s per game in his past five games. He's also at 2.2 per game this month, the best mark of any month this season. Fernandez is a player to capitalize on when he's hot, and that time is now, so if your team could use two 3s per game, look to the Spaniard for assistance.
Courtney Lee, SG, Houston Rockets (2.4 percent owned): Lee's game has picked up as of late, with 1.6 3s per game this month, including 2.3 per game in his past five. His name has been bandied about in trade rumors, so perhaps the Rockets are giving him more minutes to feature his skills to potential buyers. If he is traded, it'll likely be to a team that's looking to use him more than the Rockets have this season, and he's been a nice source of 3s and steals in his career when getting PT.
Sasha Vujacic, SG, New Jersey Nets (0.4 percent owned): The trade to New Jersey did wonders for his value, as he's averaging 1.6 3s per game as a Net and 1.9 per game in his past five contests. The most important part is that he's getting more than 25 minutes per game on a consistent basis, and as long as that continues you can expect between 1.5-2.0 3s per game from Vujacic, with about a steal per game as well.
Josh Whitling is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.