3 NBA FanDuel Studs to Target on 2/29/16
Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
As of writing this, betting odds aren't available for the Oklahoma City/Sacramento game, but the Thunder rank 3rd in our nERD efficiency metric, while the Kings rank 22nd, and this game isn't likely to be a close one. With a blowout potentially limiting minutes for Thunder starters, I'm only comfortable playing one of Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant in any given lineup, and tonight the play is Westbrook.
This game is a great one to target in daily fantasy. It has the highest average pace of all the games on the slate, with the Kings leading the league as one of only two teams playing at a pace of at least 100, while the Thunder rank 10th at 96.6. Part of what sets Westbrook ahead of the pack tonight is the extra possessions he'll be exposed to in this game. The Kings are also a very favorable matchup, ranking 22nd with a 108.1 Defensive Efficiency and giving up the eighth most fantasy points to point guards on the season.
Westbrook has averaged 53.0 FanDuel points per game in February, and has come close to averaging a triple double for the month with 25.7 points, 11.9 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game. He hasn't scored below 45 fantasy points in a single game this month, and has gone above 55 points three times. He has incredible upside tonight, and our projections expect him to put up the highest fantasy score of the night.