Perhaps the only thing capable of completely stopping Russell Westbrook‘s magnum opus of a Fantasy season is Mother Nature. Entering into late Tuesday, the chances of her sparing the Nets looks awfully thin.
Westbrook and his insanely brilliant 73.9 Fantasy points per game over his past five pays a visit to Brooklyn, which is in the midst of 18 inches of late season snow across the area. The white stuff isn’t scheduled to stop him, so FantasyDraft DFSers can proudly invest $23,900 on Westbrook’s full-on assault on the Nets’ league-worst scoring defense (114.2 per night).
Considering his last ten, plunking down nearly a quarter of your salary cap on Westbrook translates into a solid net return, as he has put up three games of at least 80 FP in that span, including an 82.75 FP outing against the Trail Blazers last Tuesday.
The 44.4 usage rate that Westbrook has been on over the last five makes nearly all of his teammates risky plays, although Victor Oladipo‘s back-to-back 30-plus FP outings is worth a kick of his $12,500 tires.
Here’s how the rest of tonight’s five-game docket plays out:
Pistons at Cavaliers, 7:00 PM (Eastern): Poor LeBron James put up a mere 48.75 FP in Sunday night’s shootout at the Rockets (seriously, who wouldn’t mind seeing those two teams pair up for it all in June?), which snapped his five-game streak of at least 60 FP. Alas, James’ ($19,600) performance was a blip in a run in which he has eclipsed the 60 FP barrier in six of his last nine. You’ll gladly pay the price with those odds. Kyrie Irving has consecutive 40-plus FP games and four in his last five. If you don’t want to pay for Westbrook, Irving is a more reasonable $16,000 at FantasyDraft.
Andre Drummond comes off a monster 51-point FP night against the Knicks and has eight double-doubles in his last nine. He has the fourth-highest rebounds per game rate in the last five and is a solid play at $13,900, especially considering how the Cavaliers have struggled on the glass this month. Reggie Jackson has four games of at least 30 FP in his last five. If you’re in the business of trusting him again, it’ll cost you $11,600.
Pacers at Knicks, 7:30 PM: It’s been all about Kristaps Porzingis in the last five, as the versatile big man is averaging 40.4 FP. His value has been greatly enhanced by his shot blowing skills to the tune of five per game in his last three. Porzingis costs $13,700 tonight and is the more reliable play than Carmelo Anthony ($14,000), who is averaging just under 30 FP in the last five.
Willy Hernangomez is pulling down boards at a solid rate when healthy, yet his inconsistent scoring has driven his price down to $10,500. Unlike Porzingis, Hernangomez doesn’t offer much bang for your buck on the defensive side.
Paul George is hitting his stride at the right time of year as the Pacers are in the midst of a strong playoff push. George is bringing home 47.2 FP in his last five and the increased usage rate will keep climbing north, which is why you’ll spend $15,100 on him. Jeff Teague has been solid yet unspectacular of late, but he’s a strong consideration of a well-spent $12,600 against a Knicks defense ranked 25th in points allowed per game.
Trail Blazers at Pelicans, 8:00 PM: It’s all about Portland’s backcourt going against New Orleans skyscrapers Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
Damian Lillard ($16,300) is averaging 44.2 FP over his last five while C.J. McCollum ($13,800) comes in at a 38.8 FP clip. Meanwhile, Davis ($18,900) and Cousins ($17,800) both have usage rates in the low 30s, which is part of the reason Davis is averaging 47.6 FP in his last five, including his 82.25 FP gem against the Hornets on Saturday night. Cousins managed just 19.50 in that contest that slowed down a run of six games of at least 40 FP in his first seven as a member of the Pelicans.
Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic is no longer a hidden gem. Nurkic had his career FP-best 81 in last Wednesday’s win over the 76ers and is averaging 41.2 FP in his last five. He might be a risk here, though, as taking on two elite beasts may not be a sound play of $13,300.
76ers at Warriors, 10:30 PM: Another game without Robert Covington means Dario Saric needs to be in your lineup. Saric had a 50.25 FP performance against the Lakers on Sunday night, raising his FP average to 39.2 in his last five. He’s a nice option at $15,000. I never imagined I’d say Sixers rookie guard Timothe Luwawu would be a good stealth play this season, yet here he is, as his 26.75 at the Lakers on Sunday is a good first step toward him seeing more action the rest of the season. At $6,000, he might the best bargain tonight.
The Warriors will be at full strength as they look to snap their three-game losing streak. Stephen Curry ($18,100) continues to be the driving force of the team without Kevin Durant, averaging 46 FP in his last five while also seeing his usage rate approach the mid-30s. Draymond Green is doing Draymond Green things, making him a sound play at $14,300.