Category catch-up
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The NBA regular season ends on April 17, so time is running out, but that doesn't mean all categories have been decided.

There are still points out there for fantasy owners to improve their final standing.

Here are the players (available in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues) you should target if you are trying to make a late-season charge:

Points

Jerryd Bayless, G, Memphis Grizzlies - Bayless had a useful run in late January and early February before averaging 7.2 points per game and 21 minutes per game from Feb. 10 to March 13. However, he's averaging 16.7 ppg and 28 mpg over the last 11.

Devin Harris, G, Atlanta Hawks - The Hawks' shooting guard position has been there for the taking since Lou Williams tore his ACL, but Harris has dealt with injuries of his own which have prevented him from stepping up. However, he is averaging 14.1 points, 5.1 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.7 3-pointers per game over his last nine outings and has scored 21 ppg in two games since returning from a sore left foot that kept him out for three games.

Rebounds

Reggie Evans, PF, Brooklyn Nets - We recommended Evans on March 21, and he has continued to dominate the rebounding category since then. Over his last 15 games, Evans is averaging 15.5 rpg. He has been even more prolific lately, pulling down 17.4 rpg and adding 9.5 ppg in his last eight.

Andre Drummond, F/C, Detroit Pistons - Drummond may have been forgotten during his 22-game absence due to a fractured tailbone, but he has returned and started the last three games. He's still not playing big minutes (21 mpg over the last three games), but he is averaging 9.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shot per game since returning to action.

Assists

Beno Udrih, PG, Orlando Magic - Jameer Nelson has gone down again, this time with a sprained right ankle, but instead of E'Twaun Moore getting the biggest boost from the injury like earlier this season, it has been Udrih. Udrih is averaging 15.7 points, 9.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last three games.

Andre Miller, PG, Denver Nuggets - Ty Lawson could miss the rest of the regular season with a plantar fascia tear, so Miller has assumed the starting point guard job. The seasoned veteran has provided 13.6 ppg, 7.4 apg and 4.1 rpg over his last seven games.

3-pointers

Randy Foye, SG, Utah Jazz - We know Foye can light it up from downtown -- he is averaging more than 2.0 3s per game over the last two seasons. He slumped from behind the arc from Feb. 23 to March 22, making just 1.3 per game and 29.5 percent while averaging 5.5 ppg in that span, but he has caught fire over his last six games. Since March 24, he has made 3.2 3s per game, including eight on March 30 against Brooklyn.

Wes Johnson, SG, Phoenix Suns - Fantasy owners are still ignoring Johnson even though the Suns decided to call him back from exile a month ago. The departure of coach Alvin Gentry has given new life to Johnson, who collected almost as many DNP-CDs as field goals over the first few months of the season. He has started the last 13 games and is averaging 15.3 ppg and 2.3 3s over his last seven.

Steals

Corey Brewer, F, Denver Nuggets - Brewer's scoring is inconsistent -- he had 29 points on March 21 and two points the next game -- but he averaged 2.3 steals per game in March. Just four players are averaging at least 2.0 steals per game this season.

Jimmy Butler, G/F, Chicago Bulls - With Marco Belinelli out with an abdominal strain, the Bulls are clearly OK with playing the 23-year-old Butler as many minutes as his body can handle. Over his last five games (all starts), he has played more than 42 mpg and averaged 14 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.4 apg and 2.4 spg.

Blocks

Jonas Valanciunas, C, Toronto Raptors - The 20-year-old Valanciunas has dealt with injuries and limited minutes this season, but the team finally has turned him loose. He has played at least 30 minutes in seven straight games and is averaging 37 mpg and 3.7 bpg over his last three. The rookie has scored in double figures in nine straight games and is averaging 15 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in that span.

Brandon Wright, C, Dallas Mavericks - It's tough to trust any Dallas big man besides Dirk Nowitzki because Rick Carlisle is constantly changing his rotation. However, Wright has played an average of 24 mpg over his last 15 games and blocked 2.2 per game over his last five.




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