Daily Fantasy Rundown – NBA DFS – February 22nd, 2015
Welcome to Sunday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “leonem” and “dinkpiece”. Each day throughout the NBA season our daily NBA scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games. Our analysis will help you consistently build winning rosters over the long run.
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Russell Westbrook (OKC) – Westbrook is in consideration for the top overall play and his status as the top overall play would be cemented if Kevin Durant were ruled out. The matchup with the Nuggets is favorable. They rank 22nd in defensive efficiency against point guards and 23rd in overall team defensive efficiency. Point guard is loaded with value plays so the decision to spend on Westbrook is most likely driven by Durant’s availability. If Durant plays, Westbrook is a viable cash game option but better suited for tournaments. If Durant sits, Westbrook is the top overall play and someone worthy of making room for in cash games.
Mo Williams (CHA) – It didn’t take long for Williams to adjust to his new home. He played 38 minutes and led the Hornets in usage rate (25.9 percent) in a brilliant performance against the Thunder. He’ll face Dallas who ranks similarly in defensive efficiency against point guards (23rd) but ranks worse against pick-and-roll offense (just 24th percentile in defending the ball handler). Charlotte’s offense is uniquely great for Williams skill set as it generates a ton of opportunities for the pick-and-roll ball handler. Nearly 21 percent of the Hornets offensive possessions end in the ball handler’s hands and Williams averages 0.82 points per possession in those situations which ranks in the 67th percentile in the league. The offense should boost Williams’ value and he’s currently priced as a reserve around the industry. He’s the top value play of the evening slate in my opinion.