The Thunder are in action on Monday, so you know how to start building your lineups. Stephen Curry is getting all the attention, but Russell Westbrook has probably been the best fantasy player over the first month of the season. He’s now up to 53.9 fantasy points per game and has at least 58.5 points in each of his last four games. His price tag is up to $11,900, and that’s still plenty affordable with the way he’s performing on a nightly basis. With Westbrook as your anchor, here’s how you fill out the rest of your roster.
All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Elfrid Payton ($6,900) @ CLE:
Payton should create matchup problems for the Cavaliers, who will likely start Matthew Dellavedova with Mo Williams expected to be out. Payton’s taking on a larger role in the Orlando offense, averaging 36.1 minutes over the Magic’s last seven games. He had one monster game in that run, putting up 48.4 fantasy points against the Timberwolves last week, but has had at least 25.9 points in all but one.
SG: Manu Ginobili ($4,900) vs. PHO:
Ginobili returned from a minor hip injury on Saturday, scoring 15 points, grabbing four rebounds, and dishing out two assists. Ginobili isn’t going to play more than 25 minutes on any given night, but he has been more effective than Danny Green, when healthy. He gives you good savings, and can easily give you the production he needs to justify his price.
SF: Omri Casspi ($4,200) @ CHA:
With Rudy Gay likely out, Casspi should see extended minutes against the Hornets on Monday. In the team’s last nine games, Casspi is averaging 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in just more than 28 minutes per game. He brings a 30-point ceiling, but the price tag doesn’t reflect that reality.
PF: Kevin Love ($8,000) vs. ORL:
Love is in the second or third price tier this week depending on where you want to draw your distinctions. Either way, he’s a great get for just $8,000. He’s back to being a double double machine, putting up eight in the Cavaliers’ first 13 games. He has been at his best recently, scoring at least 41.5 fantasy points in three of his last four contests. In those three games, he had 24 points and 14 rebounds, 22 points and 15 rebounds, and 25 points and 11 rebounds. His season averages are up to 18.3 points and 12 boards per game as he effectively takes on the 1a role to LeBron James’s No. 1 position in the Cleveland offense.
C: Jahlil Okafor ($6,400) @ MIN:
All things being equal, Karl-Anthony Towns and Greg Monroe are my favorite center plays today. With Westbrook in the lineup, however, we needed to find some savings, and Okafor is more than capable of providing them. After a couple of down games last week, he bounced back with a 16-point, 11-rebound performance against the Heat on Saturday. His first pro showdown with Towns should be appointment television.