FanDuel College Basketball Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 1/25/22
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If you've played NBA DFS before, college basketball DFS similar. You pick a total of eight players -- four guards, three forwards, and one utility spot. Stay within the $50,000 salary cap, and field the team you think will score the most fantasy points.
The scoring settings differ from NBA in the blocks and steals categories; each is worth two FanDuel points, rather than the three you get in NBA contests.
Now that you're in the know, let's attack today's main slate. All betting lines come from NCAAB odds.
Johnny Juzang, UCLA ($8,200) - The best DFS game of the night is also the best real-world game of the night. Arizona and UCLA tangle in a Pac-12 showdown, and it's a game that boasts a slate-best (by 7.0 points) 152.5-point total and 2.5-point spread. That's about all we can ask for. Juzang has been as steady as they come of late, producing between 32.6 and 37.7 FanDuel points in four straight games while logging at least 36 minutes in each. Arizona (2nd in adjusted tempo, per KenPom) is a huge pace-up spot for the Bruins (188th). Juzang's 28.2% usage rate paces UCLA by 5.1 percentage points, per Sports Reference, and he's averaging 5.0 boards and 1.8 dimes to go with 18.3 points.
Wendell Green Jr., Auburn ($7,400) - The co-best implied total on the slate belongs to Auburn. The Tigers' boast a 79.00-point implied total as 13.5-point favorites at Missouri. The blowout risk is very real, but if Auburn does take its foot off the gas late, Green will likely play a key role in helping them amass a comfortable lead. His 26.7% usage rate is second on the team, just 0.2 percentage points away from the team leader, and he's put up at least 31.5 FanDuel points in four of his last six games.
Justin Moore, Villanova ($7,200) - DePaul probably won't offer much resistance today versus Villanova. The Wildcats are massive 16.0-point home favorites. The blowout risk is scary, but I'm into Nova because of how much of a pace-up matchup DePaul is for them. The Blue Demons are 65th in adjusted tempo while Villanova ranks 354th. Moore sports a team-leading 25.2% usage rate. He got 28 minutes in a 40-point win over Butler on January 16th, so he should see good run even if this game gets lopsided early.
Dalen Terry, Arizona ($5,700) - Terry holds a modest salary and gets us exposure to the Arizona-UCLA clash. He's played at least 26 minutes in seven consecutive games after surpassing that mark just twice in the first 10 games. He has generated at least 19.7 FanDuel points fives times over those last seven games. He's got at least one steal in six straight.
Eric Williams, Jr., Oregon ($4,200) - Facing Colorado, Williams is a viable dart throw who had seen 29 and 39 minutes in two straight outings prior to logging 19 minutes in his last game. His recent FanDuel outputs are all over the place -- games of 24.1, 30.7, 1.6 and 4.0 across his last six. Overall, however, his role seems to be trending up as he has games of 12 and 16 shots over the last four contests, and those are two of his three games this season with 12-plus shots. His season-long 19.0% usage rate is solid for the salary.
Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky ($8,800) - Tshiebwe and Paulo Banchero ($8,700) headline a stout forward group. Tshiebwe is my lean at the top of the player pool. He's averaging a slate-best 40.0 FanDuel points per game for the season, and he shouldn't be too bothered by a Mississippi State squad that checks in 103rd in adjusted defense, according to KenPom. He's dipped under 36.3 FanDuel points just once across his past five games, with outbursts of 56.9 and 49.1 FanDuel points in that time. He's averaging 16.1 points and 14.8 boards this year on a 22.7% usage rate.
Mark Williams, Duke ($7,000) - While Banchero and Wendell Moore Jr. ($7,600) are nice options, I prefer to save some salary and get my Duke exposure via Williams. He's scored at least 15 points and pulled down 7-plus rebounds in three straight games. He's spiked for huge FanDuel outputs of 52.2 and 43.3 this year, so the ceiling is there. Clemson isn't a great matchup, but the Tigers are playing much faster this season, rating 184th in adjusted tempo after ranking no faster than 290th in either of the last two campaigns. Duke's 79.00-point implied total is tied with Auburn's for tops on the slate.
Kobe Brown, Missouri ($6,900) - Brown has scored 26.0, 29.4 and 23.3 FanDuel points over his past three games. Two games before that spell, he went nuts for 52.6 FanDuel points in a fairly tough matchup with Alabama. He's got another difficult draw today against Auburn, but what encourages me is that Brown got to 26.0 FanDuel points last time out despite scoring only 6 real-world points. With Mizzou (190th in adjusted tempo) in a pace-up spot against Auburn (73rd), Brown offers a nice floor thanks to his all-around game -- averages of 13.8 points, 8.6 boards, 2.3 assists and 2.2 combined blocks/steals -- and the upside is there for a monster outing if his shot is falling.
Oumar Ballo, Arizona ($5,400) - Ballo is a low-salary way to get a piece of the Arizona-UCLA game, and he's more enticing if Azuolas Tubelis ($7,300) sits again for the 'Cats. Sans Tubelis -- who spearheads 'Zona in usage (27.2%) -- last weekend, Ballo got 19 minutes off the bench and totaled 21.6 FanDuel points. It was his second straight good performance as he had 31.2 FanDuel points in a blowout win at Stanford prior to that one. He owns a respectable 20.5% usage rate for the season.
Javan Johnson, DePaul ($3,800) - DePaul will once again be sans Javon Freeman-Liberty, their team leader in usage rate (29.0%). Johnson got 23 minutes as a reserve last time out, totaling 12.1 FanDuel points, and he could see extended run against Villanova, especially if the Blue Demons get into a big hole. You can also turn to DePaul's Nick Ongenda ($4,700) for salary relief. Ongenda got 28 minutes off the bench in DePaul's most recent game and has a 20.1% usage rate for the campaign.