College Basketball Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 2/28/20
College basketball season is in the middle of conference play, and we have a two-game slate tonight.
March Madness is a month 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?
Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davison ($8,000) - It's slim pickings up top at the guard position. Gudmundsson looks like the best option if you're going to spend up. He's viable due to his enormous ceiling. The senior has topped 40 FanDuel points in seven games this season, including two outings of 50-plus FanDuel points. With three solid high-end forwards likely to soak up ownership, I think there's a decent chance Gudmundsson's ownership is on the lower end, which makes him a great GPP option.
Jalen Crutcher, Dayton ($7,000) - In addition to logging a ton of minutes (36-plus in four straight games), Crutcher's 22.3% usage rate ranks second on Dayton, per KenPom. The guard is averaging 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists, and 0.9 steals. On tap is a matchup with the defensive-deficient Davidson Wildcats. The Wildcats are 137th in KenPom's adjusted defense ratings.
Trey Landers, Dayton ($6,000) - With an implied team total of 76.0, you're going to want to jam in as many Flyers as possible. Landers ranks third or better amongst the Flyers in points (10.7 per game), rebounds (6.5 per game), assists (2.5 per game), steals (1.1 per game), and minutes (28.5 per game).
Marcus Tsohonis, Washington ($4,500) - While the Washington Huskies' rotation is erratic, Tsohonis seems to have secured a large role. The freshman is averaging 27.0 minutes per game over the last six. He managed to score 13 points while connecting on just 38.3% of his field goal attempts in Washington's first meeting with Washington State. He also recorded three rebounds, two assists, and one block in 31 minutes. Backcourt mate Jamal Bey ($4,200) is also worth consideration.
Jervae Robinson, Washington State ($4,400) - Robinson is averaging 11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steals in 30.1 minutes over the last two games. He's been the primary replacement for the injured Isaac Bonton (team's second-leading scorer). With Bonton's return imminent, Robinson is at risk of losing playing time. However, I don't think that will happen right away as Bonton has been dealing with a hip injury. I'd have to imagine that he'll be eased into action once he returns. If Bonton is unable to play for the fourth straight game, Robinson instantly becomes one of the best sources of cap relief on this slate. Noah Williams ($4,800) is also viable even though he's slightly more expensive than Robinson. Williams is also a better play if Bonton is out.
Other guards to consider ($5,000 and below): Hyunjung Lee, Rodney Chatman, and Ibi Watson.
CJ Elleby, Washington State ($8,400) - Elleby has been on a tear in the month of February. Over the last five games, the Washington State star is averaging 20.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 3.6 blocks/steals in 38.2 minutes. The sophomore will be a popular option after recording 56 FanDuel points against the Huskies in their first matchup of the season.
Obi Toppin, Dayton ($8,300) - The projected NBA lottery pick is having a fantastic for the highly ranked Flyers. Toppin owns a 26.2% usage rate; he's also taking 28.5% of the team's shots when he's on the floor, per KenPom. Both of those numbers lead the team. The sophomore should have no problem eviscerating Davidson's susceptible defense.
Isaiah Stewart, Washington ($7,500) - Stewart is averaging 0.98 FanDuel points per minute. At that production clip, he is expected to pay off his price tag in 30.6 minutes of action. The freshman has played 31-plus minutes in 11 out of the last 12 games. Throw is a pace-up spot for the Huskies, and Stewart makes for a great pick. Washington is 119th in KenPom's adjusted tempo ratings while Washington State is 85th.
Nahziah Carter, Washington ($5,700) - Carter ranks third or better amongst the Huskies in minutes (31.5 per game), points (12.4 per game), rebounds (5.1 per game), and steals (1.4 per games). He's a safe option due to his ability to contribute in multiple categories. The junior has recorded 20-plus FanDuel points in seven out of the last eight games.
Ryan Mikesell, Dayton ($4,800) - Mikesell is easily my favorite player priced under $5,000. The Dayton forward has played 30-plus minutes in three straight games. While his usage rate is rather low (16.9%, per KenPom), he does have the ability to contribute in the other ways. He's averaging 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 blocks/steals. If he can knock down the deep ball (averaging nearly three three-point attempts per game), he should easily pay off his cheap price tag. Davison is 144th in the country in three-point percentage allowed (32.5%), per KenPom.
Other forwards to consider ($5,000 and below): Hameir Wright (if he starts), Tory Miller, and Nelson Boachie-Yiadom.
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