As we all know, we are a few games into Russell Westbrook week. Without Durant, Westbrook’s production went through the roof last year when he was on a tear scoring 60-70 points every single night. So of course, Durant went down last week and everyone hopped aboard the Russell Westbrook train. I decided to fade him in all 3 slates and I will probably continue to fade him until Durant comes back. Here is why:
First off, his price is reaching astronomical levels. I play most of my volume on FantasyDraft, where they have some pretty flexible lineups (they have 3 G spots and 3 C/F spots and 2 UTIL) so even with his high price tag, I could fit some other high priced guys. You can sometimes get 3-4 elite level guys on one team on a full slate that offers value at other positions on that site.
Secondly, and most importantly, EVERYONE has him. Now this isn’t a huge problem if he is going to drop 75 points like he did last night :(, but when he has a mediocre game, like when he scored 48 FP against Boston, it works out. Using FantasyDraft’s pricing for example, I faded Westbrook last night when he was priced at $22,500 ($100,000 salary cap) and used Brandon Knight against the Lakers ($12,900) for a savings of $10,400. $10,400 in savings allowed me to roster Brandon Knight and Jae Crowder. Even if Westbrook goes off in a few games, the majority of the time those 2 combined are going to outscore him.
Until his price comes down to reasonable levels, I do not really see a point in rostering him, unless there is a slate that is just brutal for cheaper guards. Thoughts?