With the Atlanta Hawks having wrapped up the Eastern Conference’s top-seed for the playoffs and the Golden State Warriors about to do the same out west, consider it more than likely that coaches Mike Budenholzer and Steve Kerr will rest many of the team’s stars over the last 10 games of the season.
The questions of when? and who? becomes the challenging part for fantasy players. Not so much for the starters, but who ends up on the cheap that will likely get big productive minutes that all winning rosters need to have.
Atlanta could be resting starters as soon as tonight on the second of back-to-back road games with top spot wrapped up.
Atlanta’s lineup situation would need to be followed closely prior to lineup lock, but with this being the first game on the card, we will get an idea of where we need to go if we are rostering on Atlanta.
Dennis Schroeder (pictured) was a big part of a lot of high-point lineups last night, and if PG Jeff Teague is out again like last night, fire up Schroeder, especially where he is such a bargain at DK.
He has been money in the bank when asked to play a full compliment of minutes, including last night’s 32-point fantasy effort at home against the Heat.
Paul Millsap has been on a consistent tear for six-straight games, ensuring owners a steady production good for any cash game. However, Budenholzer has sat multiple players on a few occasions prior to wrapping up the east’s best record.
DeMarre Carroll will get you what you need for your cash game tonight with nearly 25 fantasy points and is in the fine line of Atlanta players who would likely play more than sit, at least for the majority of competitive minutes against host Charlotte on Saturday night.
Kent Bazemore has been a favorite for weeks if Kyle Korver sits for Atlanta. Bazemore could get the call for some of your lineups at 4.6k on FanDuel. When Baze plays big minutes, he obviously is big value, so follow the Hawks’ lineup news closely.
Warriors news could be after lineup lock because Kerr hasn’t been open about his plans too early in the evening, often leaving fantasy players guessing or just not rostering Golden State players at all on a given night.
David Lee would lead our list as all Warriors reserves are on radar, as are Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa.
Marreese Speights can also be considered if the Warriors are sitting the stars, Speights would be a consideration at 3.7k at FanDuel.
Klay Thompson could be hitting his stride following his return from an ankle sprain. His production has increased consistently over those last three games and his price remains at its lowest point since the first week of the season.
Whether Thompson and his backcourt mate, Stephen Curry, even take the floor will be the news we are looking for before searching for our Golden State value.
Meanwhile with no point-guard value except for Schroeder likely available until the lineup reports hit on Saturday afternoon, we might be willing to make Russell Westbrook our star on Saturday night and team him up with LaMarcus Aldridge.
Russell’s price came down to 12.8 on FanDuel, as he has fallen well short of projections in three-straight games, albeit lofty projections.