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Fantasy Basketball: Russell Westbrook leads drop candidates


Having recently suffered a fractured hand, the Los Angeles Clippers will go without Russell Westbrook and your fantasy team should follow suit by cutting him for an active player. (Photo by Ringo Chiu/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Special to Yahoo Sports

We’ve reached the stretch run in fantasy basketball. Some leagues have already started their playoffs, while others are on the cusp of the postseason. Injuries have piled up across the league, so some fantasy managers might be scrambling just to fill out healthy lineups. In order to add players off the waiver wire, some difficult drop discussions might need to be made.

Here are five players who it’s time to move on from in most leagues.

The Grizzlies had their season derailed in the early going with a rash of injuries. Smart (finger), who was one of their key offseason additions, has been limited to just 20 games. He did play well when he was on the floor, averaging 14.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.1 3-pointers per game. He was even shooting 43.0% from the field, which was on pace to be the highest mark of his career.

When the Grizzlies came out of the All-Star break, they said Smart would be re-evaluated in three weeks. The end of the season is rapidly approaching, and with the Grizzlies having nothing left to play for, they could just hold Smart out for the remainder of their schedule. Even if he does play, he would likely be limited for at least his first few games back. There’s not enough upside that comes with holding onto him at some point, so it’s time to drop him.

Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Clippers (56% rostered)

Westbrook has seen his fantasy value take a significant hit this season as he moves to a role off the bench for the Clippers. He has logged only 23 minutes per game, which is by far the lowest mark of his career. With his playing time being so drastically reduced, he has averaged a modest 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

Since Westbrook has been serving as a reserve for the Clippers, he has been a borderline fantasy-relevant option in 12-team leagues. Now he has suffered a hand injury that required…


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Publish date : 2024-03-06 17:36:15

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