The Houston Rockets' injury report for Monday's matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers is longer than the CBA. But really, Houston will be without several key starters, including Kevin Porter Jr. and John Wall. The team even lists star forward Christian Wood as questionable.
It's the time of year when the injury report is the most critical form of fantasy intel. With Porter and Wall sidelined, rookie Kenyon Martin Jr. becomes a bankable building block in both redraft and daily fantasy competitions. Martin, a second-round pick in this past November's draft, has impressively averaged 25.3 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during his past three games.
Rostered in right around a third of ESPN leagues, Martin is poised to help fantasy teams tonight against Portland and in the final days of the campaign.
D.J. Augustin, Houston Rockets: 5 points (1-3 FG), 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 TO
Davis became the first Lakers player with at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and 5 dimes in back-to-back games since Elgin Baylor in 1968. A great sign that he's back to top form after such a long injury absence, Davis became just the third Lakers player in franchise history with 40 points, 10 boards, 5 dimes, 3 steals and 3 blocks in a game, along with Shaquille O'Neal (2001) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1975).
Rozier's career-high scoring effort on Sunday against the Pelicans was impressive, but the best fantasy angle from the contest might be the strong play of New Orleans center Jaxson Hayes. The rangy big man came off the pine to produce 15 points and six blocks, becoming just the third player in franchise history with as many as six blocks off the bench.
While Luka Doncic was ejected last night from a win over the Cavaliers, he still was able to join Oscar Robertson as just the second player with 5,000 points and 1,500 assists within his first 200 career games. Dallas secured the win without Doncic, thanks in part to the sharp shooting of Tim Hardaway Jr., who sank nine 3-pointers last night en route to an efficient 25 points. THJ is still a free agent in roughly a quarter of ESPN leagues.
Westbrook made history over the weekend with his 181st career triple-double, tying Robertson for the most all-time. Westbrook's 25 triple-doubles since the All-Star break are already the most after the break in NBA history.
Injuries of note
Atlanta's De'Andre Hunter has completed some full practice work recently and has been upgraded to questionable for this evening's matchup against the Wizards.
Analytics advantage for Monday
Westbrook and Trae Young meet in Atlanta this evening in a pivotal game for both teams. The Wizards are seeking to improve their position in the play-in tournament heading into the final week of the season. The Hawks, meanwhile, are in pursuit of the Knicks and the fourth seed in the Eastern bracket.
With Westbrook's amazing triple-double pattern and Young's high-scoring ceiling in place for this meeting, it's fitting this game has the highest point total (237.5) of the entire slate. Building DFS lineups and stacking around these two lineups could prove rewarding given what should be a high-scoring, fantasy-friendly affair based on the metric from Vegas.
Top player to watch on Monday
I'll be watching Jaren Jackson Jr. this evening. The talented big man started for the first time this season on Saturday for Memphis and has scored at least 15 points in three straight. Not listed on the injury report for this evening against the Pelicans, Jackson -- still a free agent in 30% of leagues -- could finish the season strongly.