4 NBA FanDuel Studs to Target for 2/8/16
With a nice 10-game slate in the NBA tonight, there are plenty of strong daily fantasy options. You can take a look at a nice break down of some of the best value plays for the night and see that you'll be able to put together a lineup with plenty of cap space left to pay up for studs.
The high-priced options can make or break your lineups, so I'm going to go over four guys who can give you big time scoring potential tonight and can carry you to some great results.
Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook has shown that his ridiculously high fantasy value doesn't only exist when Kevin Durant is out of the lineup. Over the last month, Westbrook ranks second in the league with 50.1 FanDuel points per game. He's nearly averaging a triple double through that stretch, with 21.4 points, 11.4 assists and 9.3 rebounds in 34.4 minutes per game.
He has a matchup against the Suns tonight that has to make you wonder if he even has a ceiling for fantasy scoring. The Suns rank 26th with a 108.7 Defensive Efficiency and are giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing point guards. They're also allowing 106.4 points per game, the second most in the league, and allowing the highest Effective Field Goal percentage in the league at .528. This game is likely to be the most fast-paced matchup of the night. Phoenix averages 97.7 possessions per 48 minutes, while OKC plays at a Pace of 96.5, both oh which are top-10 this season.
Our numbers like Westbrook tonight as well, projecting him for 47.11 fantasy points, the best mark of the night.
Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers
In 21 games without Griffin this season, Paul is averaging 42.4 fantasy points with a 29.9 percent Usage Rate and is putting up 20.5 points, 9.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
He's up against a 76ers team tonight that puts him in a great spot for daily fantasy. Like the Thunder game, this one should be fairly uptempo, as the Sixers rank 5th and the Clippers rank 12th in Pace. Philadelphia is giving up the seventh most fantasy points to opposing point guards and are allowing the seventh most assists and fifth most steals per game this season. Paul is fourth in the league in assists per game and first in steals per game over the last month, and he should have no trouble racking up big-time numbers against Philadelphia.
LeBron James, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James has been playing some great basketball over the past month, putting up 23.4 points, 7.3 assists and 6.8 boards per game. He's averaging 43.8 FanDuel points per game over the past month, good for sixth most in the league.
He's sporting a 28.8 percent Usage Rate in that span, attempting 17.4 field goals per game with a 35.5 percent Assist Rate and a 10.7 percent Rebound Rate. He's always a legitimate threat for a triple-double, and this is as good a matchup as any for him to do it.
Sacramento ranks 22nd in the NBA in Defensive Efficiency, ranks below league average in fantasy points allowed to small forwards, and is giving up the second most fantasy points to opposing power forwards, where LeBron also sees plenty of minutes. The Cavs play at the league's third-slowest pace, but against the Kings, who lead the league with a 99.9 Pace, they should see more possessions than they usually do, creating extra opportunities to rack up fantasy points.
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Even with how dominant Russell Westbrook has been lately, there has been plenty of room for Kevin Durant to put up huge numbers of his own. He ranks fourth in the league over the past month with 47.8 FanDuel points per game and is averaging 29.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists. He's third in the league in both field goal attempts and points per game in that span, and his 31.7 percent Usage Rate is the sixth-highest among players seeing at least 10 minutes per game.
I already went over how great a matchup the Suns are when talking about Westbrook, but to recap: Phoenix has a 108.7 Defensive Efficiency, ranking 26th in the league, and they're giving up the second most points per game and the highest Effective Field Goal percentage. Both of these teams are also in the top-10 in Pace. They're also giving up the second most fantasy points to opposing small forwards.
Durant has gone over 60 fantasy points twice in his last six games, and this is another matchup that gives him massive upside.