College Basketball Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 11/16/21
College basketball is back, and we have an eight-game slate today.
March Madness is a ways 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.
Scoring differs from NBA in the blocks and steals categories; each is worth two FanDuel points apiece rather than the three you get in NBA contests.
Now that you're in the know, we can attack today's slate, which locks at 7:00 p.m. EST. All stats come from KenPom unless otherwise noted.
Which players should you be targeting and why?
Alonzo Verge, Nebraska ($7,500) - Verge has one of the highest ceilings in all of college basketball. He is playing a ton of minutes and taking a lot of shots. The Nebraska Cornhuskers guard is averaging 18.0 shot attempts in over 33.0 minutes per game. Further enhancing his appeal is that he is a willing ball distributor and a willing rebounder. Verge has a 50.9% assist rate and a 14.9% defensive rebounding rate to compliment his willingness to shoot the ball.
Jaden Ivey, Purdue ($7,400) - Ivey checks all the boxes as an elite play on Tuesday night. He is playing a ton of minutes, has great rates, and the opponent struggles defensively. The emerging star guard for the Purdue Boilermakers leads the team with an average of 26.5 minutes per game. He is posting an eye-opening 31.0% usage rate, 22.0% defensive rebounding rate, and a 27.1% assist rate. I like his chances of stuffing the stat sheet against the fast-paced Wright State Raiders. Wright State ranks 10th in adjusted tempo nationally, and they are ranked 136th in defensive efficiency.
Devante Jones, Michigan ($6,400) - The Michigan Wolverines point guard has a well-rounded game. The grad transfer's rates are strong across the board. Jones is posting a 22.2% usage rate, 13.7% defensive rebounding rate, 35.1% assist rate, and a 3.5% steal rate. Jones is averaging 24.0 FanDuel points through two games despite struggling with his shot. Jones is only connecting on 41.7% of his field goal attempts. That is bound to regress, as Jones has posted a field goal percentage of at least 48.0% in each of his last two collegiate seasons.
Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall ($6,200) - Rhoden made his return to the lineup after missing the Seton Hall Pirates' season opener. The results were encouraging for the Pirates' top player. He scored 8 points and collected 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. There is a great chance his playing time skyrockets in a showdown with the Michigan Wolverines.
De'Vion Harman, Oregon ($5,100) - The good news is that Harman is receiving significant playing time this season for the Oregon Ducks. The bad news is that he is struggling mightily with his shot. The Oklahoma transfer has knocked down only 6 out of 21 field goal attempts through two games. Regression will kick in sooner or later. Harman connected on 47.7% of his field goal attempts at Oklahoma last season. Additionally, he does provide multi-category upside (averaging 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game). Take advantage of Harman's salary before he posts his breakout game.
Gibson Jimerson, Saint Louis ($4,900) - Jimerson and the Saint Louis Billikens will get a massive tempo boost as they travel to Memphis. Memphis ranks 16th nationally in adjusted tempo, while Saint Louis checks in at 168th. The primary appeal to Jimerson is that he loves to shoot the ball. Jimerson is taking 34.4% of the Billikens shot attempts when he is on the floor. I will say that he does not contribute much to any category outside of scoring. However, he provides plenty of salary relief and this slate is loaded with high-end talent.
Zach Edey, Purdue ($7,800) - The seven-foot-four-inch center is off to a phenomenal start in 2021. Through two games, Edey has poured in 38 points, collected 19 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and blocked 4 shots in 39 minutes of action. Edey should post his third straight impressive box score against Wright State's under-sized frontcourt. Wright State does not have a player listed above six foot nine inches. I expect Edey to be popular on Tuesday night. His frontcourt mate, Trevion Williams ($8,000), makes for an interesting tournament pivot.
Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona ($7,400) - The Arizona Wildcats center rates are off the charts early in the season. Tubelis has a 27.2% usage rate, 29.9% defensive rebounding rate, 25.5% assist rate, 2.6% block rate, and a 4.3% steal rate. His playing time has been limited due to the Wildcats outscoring their opponents by 83 total points over the first two games. Tubelis should have no problem dominating South Dakota State and their vulnerable defense (ranked 149th nationally in defensive efficiency).
Arthur Kaluma, Creighton ($5,500) - Kaluma is a highly touted freshman for the Creighton Bluejays. He was the 48th ranked prospect in the class of 2021 by ESPN. Through two games, Kaluma is averaging .89 FanDuel points per minute. He has only logged 45 minutes this season due to foul trouble. If he can manage to stay out of foul trouble, I believe he could log 25-plus minutes on Tuesday night.
Grant Nelson, North Dakota State ($4,300) - The freshman has a starting assignment and contributes on both ends of the court. He ranks second amongst the Bison with an average of 27.5 minutes per game. There could be room for more playing time against Arizona. South Dakota State blew out their season opening opponent, which lowered the starters playing time. In the latest game, Nelson dealt with foul trouble. The bottom line is that Nelson is under-salaried. He is averaging 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game.
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