Kuala Lumpur has a very strong field for a 250, but I think Richard will win. Out of form players like Ferrer and Kyrgios who he should probably beat.
On the WTF. If Murray pulls out that's not good. The only member of the big 4 Richard usually plays well against is Murray (although hes been competitive with Djokovic), He cant draw Ferrer so he would have to hope that he draws Berdych over Wawrinka, and Nishikori over Nadal. I suppose being drawn with Djokovic, Berdych and Nishikori I would tip him to come second. On the flip side he could have Fed, Stan and Nadal