College Basketball Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 2/3/20
College basketball season is in the middle of conference play, and we have a three-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?
Relevant Injury Situations: North Carolina guard Brandon Robinson is questionable. Florida State guard M.J. Walker is also questionable. Texas Longhorns forwards Gerald Liddell and Kameka Hepa are expected to miss Monday night's game.
Devin Vassell, Florida State ($7,200) - Vassell has emerged as the Seminoles' best player. The sophomore is averaging .95 FanDuel points per minute. At that production clip, he is expected to pay off his price tag in 30.3 minutes of action. Vassell has logged 31 minutes or more in seven out of the last eight games.
Trent Forrest, Florida State ($6,800) - Forrest is an intriguing play due to his ability to contribute in every relevant statistical category. He's averaging 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.6 steals/blocks in 32.1 minutes. Forrest has topped 22 FanDuel points in nine out of last ten games. Throw in a phenomenal matchup with North Carolina (87th in KenPom's adjusted defense ratings), and Forrest is one of the best plays on the entire slate. MaCio Teague ($6,500) of Baylor is a viable alternative.
Jared Butler, Baylor ($5,400) - Butler's price tag has cratered as the sophomore guard has struggled with his shot as of late (under 36.4% from the field in three out of the last four games). This is a good opportunity to jump on his dwindling price tag as he leads the Bears with a 26.8% usage rate. Butler is also shooting 29.2% of the team's shots when he's on the floor (also leads the team), per KenPom.
Ochai Agbaji, Kansas ($5,300) - Agbaji ranks third on the Kansas Jayhawks in points (10.5 per game), rebounds ($4.2 per game), assists (2.2 per game), and steals (1.4). His minutes have spiked as of late as he's played at least 35 minutes in three straight games. Agbaji and his teammates are in a decent spot as they host a middling Texas Longhorns squad. The Longhorns rank 55th in KenPom's adjusted defense ratings. Backcourt mate, Devon Dotson ($7,900), is also a good play on the expensive end.
David Sloan, Kansas State ($3,800) - Sloan is playing a ton of minutes as the Kansas State Wildcats' point guard. He's played 25 minutes or more in three out of the last four games. With a ton of unappealing cheap plays on this slate, Sloan sticks out. While the matchup with Baylor is brutal (fourth in KenPom's adjusted defense ratings), Sloan has recorded at least 17.7 FanDuel points in four out of the last five games.
Other guards to consider (below $5,000): Christian Braun, Courtney Ramey, Mark Vital, M.J. Walker (if he plays), and Donovan Williams.
Udoka Azubuike, Kansas ($7,400) - Azubuike is an excellent rebounder and an elite shot blocker. The seven-footer is averaging 1.07 FanDuel points per minute. At that production clip, Azubuike is expected to pay off his price tag in 27.7 minutes of action. The senior has played 27 minutes or more in six out of the last seven games. Throw in a matchup with the Longhorns' thin frontcourt and Azubuike is well worth his expensive price tag.
Freddie Gillespie, Baylor ($7,100) - Gillespie is a force on both ends of the court for top-ranked Baylor Bears. Because of his ability to dent the box score both offensively and defensively, Gillespie has a solid floor with significant upside. He's topped 20 FanDuel points in 13 out of the last 14 games. He's gone over 30 FanDuel points in four out of the last six games. The senior is averaging 10.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 3.4 blocks/steals in 27.1 minutes.
Armando Bacot, North Carolina ($7,000) - Bacot has the ability to rack up fantasy points in a hurry as he's averaging 1.04 FanDuel points per minute. At that production clip, he is expected to off his price tag in 26.9 minutes of action. The highly touted freshman has logged 27 minutes or more in seven straight games.
Jericho Sims, Texas ($6,700) - Sims is playing a ton of minutes due to an extremely thin Texas frontcourt. The junior has played at least 33 minutes in three consecutive games, with Texas missing Gerald Liddell and Kameka Hepa. With those two expected to sit for the fourth straight game, we can expect Sims to log as many minutes as he can handle. Despite the difficult matchup with Kansas, Sims is one of the better forward plays on this slate.
Patrick Williams, Florida State ($4,400) - It's hard to pick out a cheap viable forward play on this slate. I'll go with the Seminoles' prized freshman. Williams returned from a three-game injury absence and played 24 minutes in Florida State's 74-63 win over Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday. Williams scored seven points, collected four rebounds, and recorded an assist. He connected on 3 out of 10 field goal attempts. As noted above (in the Forrest blurb), this is an intriguing spot for the Seminoles as they take on the defensive-deficient and fast-paced (57th in KenPom's adjusted tempo ratings) North Carolina Tar Heels.
Others forward to consider (below $5,000): Malik Osborne.
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