As the NBA regular season enters its last couple weeks, things get sillier and sillier around the league. Fewer teams (and players) have anything to play for, and players resting and teams tanking becomes more commonplace. It becomes increasingly important to target players who we can be certain will play, get the minutes, and give effort while on the court. As always on FantasyDraft, we are targeting players who can give us 3x their salary. For a player priced at $10,000, we are looking for 30+ fantasy points. Let’s get to the picks.
Russell Westbrook, $23,700
The Thunder are charging up the Western Conference standings, closing in on the Clippers and the Jazz to possibly vault themselves to the 5th or 4th seed. Propelled, as always, by their star point guard and MVP-front runner Russell Westbrook, the Thunder have a lot to play for. As does Westbrook, who has put forth a herculean effort all season. That will continue tonight in Orlando, and even though he needs a whopping 70 FantasyDraft points to hit his 3x value, remember that hitting value at this salary is more valuable than at a lower salary. The true superstars like Westbrook are at a comparative discount on Fantasy Draft than some other DFS sites, so do not be afraid to pay the premium price tag on the NBA’s biggest fantasy star.
Zach Randolph, $12,500
With normal starting center Marc Gasol already ruled out for tonight’s tilt against the Pacers, Randolph will once again resume a role in the starting lineup for the Grizzlies. Randolph should play 30+ minutes in a prime matchup at home against a shorthanded Pacers team that played heavy minutes last night and now must travel to one of the more difficult places to play in the NBA in Memphis. Myles Turner is a bright young center, but he’s not strong enough to deal with Z-Bo on the block, and Randolph should go to work in the post early and often in this one. A double-double seems a near certainty, and I would be surprised to the veteran big man fall short of 40 FantasyDraft points tonight.
Dwight Howard, $13,900
Still missing Paul Millsap, the Hawks will continue to rely on Dwight Howard to clean the glass and protect the paint, and there is no better team to be matchup against for opposing centers than the 76ers. The Atlanta Hawks are in a dog fight in the Eastern Conference right now to hold onto their 5th seed (and indeed, are in some danger of missing the playoffs entirely), so even though this is a back to back for Howard and the Hawks and the third game in four nights, Dwight will need to play all of the minutes he can handle. The Sixers are simply not big enough to handle him down low, and Dwight is precisely the type of center who has decimated the Sixers in recent weeks. Fire him up with confidence on FantasyDraft.
Good luck out there tonight! ~ DraftCheat