NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 11/25/16
If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and depending on injury news, even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.
With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer and a handful of other awesome tools to help give you an edge.
We'll also be coming at you with a primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each price point.
Let's take a look at who you should target on today's slate.
Best of the Best
Russell Westbrook ($11,800): Westbrook is having one of the best fantasy seasons of all time, and as long as he's being priced as if he is "good" instead of "historically dominant", he's going to keep offering good value. He leads the NBA with 57.1 FanDuel points per game -- which is on pace to be the second-best mark of all time, behind only Michael Jordan's 1988-89 season (58.0 FanDuel points per game). He's doing it with a historically high usage rate at 41.0%, which is on pace to be an NBA record. Russ is also incredibly close to averaging a triple-double, putting up per-game averages of 31.8 points, 10.5 assists and 9.6 rebounds per game. He brings all of this into an outstanding matchup. The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the Denver Nuggets, who are playing at the league's eighth-fastest pace this season and have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards.
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