Norman Powell’s worth a look

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With Russell Westbrook volunteering to come off the bench in hopes of improving the chemistry of the starting lineup, it was believed that his fantasy value could either increase or hold steady, as there would be fewer minutes played with him and James Harden on the court at the same time. That may wind up being true, but there’s another Clippers reserve who could benefit from the changes. Norman Powell, who’s rostered in 36% of Yahoo leagues, has reached double figures in six of the seven games the Clippers have played since adding Harden to the rotation.

In Monday’s comfortable victory over the Spurs, Powell put up 19 points, five rebounds, two steals, one block, and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes. His season-long fantasy value hasn’t been great, with Powell being ranked outside the top 150 in 9-cat per-game value. But the ability to score points in bunches adds some appeal, especially since he’ll be sharing the floor with a bonafide point guard. With the Clippers playing three more games in Week 5, beginning with Wednesday’s rematch with the Spurs in San Antonio, this would be a good time to roll the dice on Powell if you didn’t on Monday.

Daniel Theis (1%) is further down the pecking order, but he did finish the win with 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes. With the belief being that starter Ivica Zubac is at his best when he doesn’t consistently play over 30 minutes per game, there will be room for Theis in the rotation while the Clippers await the return of Mason Plumlee (knee). At a minimum, keep an eye on Theis in the next few games.

Let’s take a look at a few more top pickups from Monday’s slate.

Dario Saric (27%)

Saric came off the bench in Monday’s win over the Rockets, but he was part of the closing lineup, with starter Kevon Looney being a spectator. Ranked just outside the top 100 in 9-cat per-game value over the last week, Saric finished with 18…

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