By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
Late-season rostering in the NBA is for hard-cord players only, it would seem, as value galore reigned supreme Sunday. Combined with Russell Westbrook’s wild 43-shot, 54-point night for the desperate Thunder in a crucial loss, that made for some high fantasy player scores.
Also, Westbrook was hit with his 16th technical foul of the season, which could likely disqualify him from tonight’s home game with Portland. D.J. Augustine, Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter are big beneficiaries for the Thunder is the suspension is immediately upheld.
Tonight will be more of the same. Except probably wackier. Most every game had been taken off the betting board by late Sunday night, as the postseason picture became more clear and more starters were headed for rest over the final two games of the season.
Ben McLemore – Ben Mac has been a late-season fantasy star and that should be in full evidence Monday night at home against the Lakers. With the Kings’ revamped lineup, Ben has scored 20 points in three of the last five games with minimal salary increase.
Robert Covington – Cove has had back-to-back games of nearly 35 fantasy points, while he also handed out a five assist last game. Philadelphia is hosting the Bucks in a meaningless game, so Robert could get another 30-plus minute outing. The Sixers also have key injuries improving the usage.
Rodney Hood – Practically the fantasy players’ best friend of late, but has recently had a salary uptick. He has scored in double figures in five-straight and put up over 35 fantasy points in three of the last five games. Utah is getting healthier, but the Jazz likely aren’t getting away from Rodney.
Omri Casspi – Omri is on everyone’s short list tonight after scoring for many of the winners atop the fantasy contests on Sunday. Casspi has 22 points, good for nearly 40 fantasy. He added seven assists and seven rebounds, as Sacramento floors a unit comprised of a new set of contributors with the bug guns done for the year.
Zach LaVine – New Orleans comes in to Minny desperate, while Zach should appear loose. LaVine just scored 37 points at Golden State last time out and his play is non-stop action. He gave you 50 fantasy points in the loss at the Warriors.
Mike Scott – He looks to be the primary option on this Atlanta reserve team, after notching 19 points and 20 points in two of the last three games. All the Hawks guys are playing starters minutes at reserve prices, so there are likely a couple on everyone’s roster tonight.