College Basketball Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 12/11/19
College basketball season is upon us, and we have a six-game slate tonight.
March Madness is months away, but you can get in all the college hoops hype by playing daily contests at FanDuel today. If you've played NBA DFS before, it's quite simple: pick a total of eight players -- four guards, three forwards, and one utility spot you can use for either position. Stay within the $50,000 salary cap and field the team you think will score the most fantasy points.
Where scoring differs from NBA is in the blocks and steals categories, with each worth two FanDuel points apiece rather than the three you get in daily NBA contests.
Now that you're in the know, we can attack today's main slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Which players should you be targeting, and why?
Remy Martin, Arizona State ($8,000) - The Arizona State Sun Devils' point guard is a menace on both ends of the floor. Martin is averaging 19.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.6 blocks/steals in 32.8 minutes of action this season. Martin should thrive in a juicy matchup with the Prairie View Panthers. The Panthers struggle on offense (304th in Ken Pom's adjusted offensive ranking), which could provide Martin with an opportunity to rack up steals. They also struggle defensively (178th in Ken Pom's adjusted defense ranking), which should also allow Martin to pile up points and assists.
Landers Nolley II, Virginia Tech ($6,900) - After struggling against Duke in Virginia Tech's last outing (13.2 FanDuel points), Nolley II's price tag took a hit. Nolley II leads the Hokies in minutes (30.1 per game), points (18.6 per game), rebounds (5.4 per game), and steals (1.2). The sensational freshman is primed for a bounce back tonight against Chattanooga. The Mocs rank 227th in Ken Pom's adjusted defensive metric.
Nico Mannion, Arizona ($6,700) - Mannion is one of many new faces for the Arizona Wildcats this season. After battling back spasms last week, the Italian is reportedly 100% healthy for tonight's game. The freshman is averaging 15.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.1 steals in 29.8 minutes of action. He should be able to take advantage of the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks struggling defense. The Mavericks have allowed at least 73 points in three consecutive games.
Wabissa Bede, Virginia Tech ($6,100) - Bede has one of the best floors in college basketball. The Virginia Tech point guard plays a ton of minutes and contributes in every statistical category, which is great for DFS purposes. The junior has recorded at least 21.6 FanDuel points in all nine games this season. As noted above, this is a great spot for the Hokies as they take on the defensive-deficient Chattanooga Mocs.
Nahiem Alleyne, Virginia Tech ($4,700) - Alleyne ranks second on the team in field goal attempts (8.11) and third in minutes per game (28.6). Like teammate Nolley II, Alleyne struggled in the Hokies' last game against Duke. He should also bounce back tonight as the Hokies host Chattanooga. The freshman is averaging 19.76 FanDuel points over the team's last five games and that includes matchups with Duke, Brigham Young, Michigan State, and Dayton. They all rank within the top 76 of Ken Pom's adjusted defense metric (Chattanooga ranks 227th as noted above).
Alonzo Verge, Arizona State ($4,400) - The junior is averaging 22.6 minutes per game off the bench for the Sun Devils. Verge is also averaging nearly 10.4 field goal attempts per game, and tonight's matchup with Prairie View is a good spot. With Arizona State installed as a nearly 20-point favorite, he should play a ton of minutes and hoist up a ton of shots.
Jon Teske, Michigan ($7,800) - The Michigan Wolverines' big man is averaging 1.2 fantasy points per minute. His minutes should increase from his seasonal average of 27.3 to 31-plus in tonight's road game at the Illinois Fighting Illini. At his current production level, he'll pay off his price tag in 26 minutes (assuming value is 4x of a player's price tag). He's played at least 31 minutes in three out of the last four games.
Zeke Nnaji, Arizona ($6,800) - Nnaji leads the Wildcats in points (16.6 per game) and rebounds (6.7 per game). He's producing 0.96 fantasy points per minute this season. The freshman should bounce back against Nebraska Omaha after struggling in each of the last two games. The Mavericks are 219th in Ken Pom's adjusted defense ranking. At his current production level, he'll need to play at least 28 minutes to pay off his current price tag. He's logged 32-plus minutes in three out of the last four games.
Romello White, Arizona State ($6,400) - There was some question headed into the season for Arizona State on who would replace Zylan Cheatham's rebounding load from last season. Romello White has answered that question as he's posted two straight double-doubles. White leads the Sun Devils in rebounds (9.1 per game) and ranks third in points (11.7 per game). He's also playing the third most minutes (27 per game). He's one of my favorite forwards on tonight's slate as the matchup with Prairie View is a good one.
Makol Mawien, Kansas State ($4,800) - The senior is a force on the defensive end while also being the third option of the offensive end of the floor. Mawien is averaging 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 1.7 blocks/steals in 22.3 minutes of action. The matchup with the Alabama State Hornets is phenomenal. The Hornets struggle offensively (338th in Ken Pom's adjusted offense ranking) and are not good defensively (225th in Ken Pom's adjusted defense ranking). He's one of the best cheap plays on the slate.
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