FanDuel College Basketball Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 3/7/22
Conference Tournament Week tips off on Monday night, and we have a two-game slate today.
March Madness is only a week 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 9:00 p.m. EST. All stats come from KenPom unless otherwise noted.
Which players should you be targeting and why?
Jamaree Bouyea, San Francisco ($8,300) - Bouyea has played 120 out of 120 possible minutes over the last three games. The senior guard has recorded 14-plus points and 4-plus assists in each of the last four games. The versatile guard is also the San Francisco Dons' second-leading rebounder (5.1 rebounds per game). Even though the matchup against the Gonzaga Bulldogs' (ranked 6th in defensive efficiency) elite defense isn't ideal, this is a pace-up spot for San Francisco. Gonzaga is 3rd in adjusted tempo while San Francisco is 87th.
Khalil Shabazz, San Francisco ($6,900) - Shabazz is a fine investment to anchor the guard spot. The San Francisco guard has cleared 20 FanDuel points in seven consecutive games. Additionally, he is averaging an eye-opening 15.0 field goal attempts per game over the last three games. Shabazz is also a good bet to clear 35 minutes of playing time for the third straight game.
Julian Strawther, Gonzaga ($5,300) - Strawther's playing time is on the rise as the Bulldogs enter postseason play. The sophomore has played 31 minutes in consecutive games -- up significantly from his seasonal average of 26.3 minutes per game. Additionally, Strawther is in good form. He has scored at least 14 points and collected 7 rebounds over the last two games. He will be a very popular source of salary relief at the guard spot.
Rasir Bolton, Gonzaga ($5,000) - Bolton is another Zag that has seen his playing time increase significantly. The senior guard has logged 31, 33, and 38 minutes over the three games. For some perspective, Bolton averaged 26.9 minutes per game this season. His salary has not adjusted to his extended playing time. He is averaging 14.3 points per game over the last three games.
Julian Rishwain ($4,500) - The big news of this slate is the status of San Francisco forward Yauhen Massalski ($6,800). Massalski is a game-time decision after injuring his knee in the Dons' WCC first-round win over the Brigham Young Cougars. If Massalski is unable to suit up, Rishwain or forward Josh Kunen ($3,200) is likely to enter the starting lineup.
If Massalski does play, he is a good play at the forward spot. Regardless, Rishwain has seen his playing time increase as the season heats up. The sophomore has logged 25-plus minutes in four straight games (up significantly from his seasonal average of 18.8 minutes per game). Rishwain's a threat from beyond the arc as he's knocking down 43.6% of his deep ball attempts. With Gonzaga having two of the best post players in the country, Rishwain may get plenty of opportunities from long range.
Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga ($8,500) - Holmgren is easily the top overall play on the slate. The sensational freshman dominated has absolutely dominated San Francisco this season. In two meetings against the Dons, Holmgren is averaging 21.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 5.0 blocks, and 1.5 steals in 32.0 minutes. He will be very popular.
Drew Timme, Gonzaga ($8,200) - Timme leads the Zags with a 28.6% usage rate. He is also posting a 16.4% defensive rebounding rate, and a 17.1% assist rate. Timme, like Chet Holmgren, has had massive success against San Francisco this season. The junior has posted 42.8 FanDuel points and 34.8 FanDuel points against the Dons. Timme and Holmgren can be paired together. They are both capable of delivering massive box scores in the same game.
Keshawn Justice, Santa Clara ($6,100) - The usage rate is rather low for Justice (17.3%), but he does log a ton of minutes (averaging 34.2 minutes per game). The senior leads the Santa Clara Broncos with 7.0 rebounds per game. He also is an effective ball distributor as he's averaging 2.4 assists per game. In a win-or-go-home game, Justice should play as many minutes as he can handle.
Matthias Tass, Saint Mary's ($5,600) - Tass is one of the top overall plays on the slate and carries a mid-tier salary. The senior center leads the Saint Mary's (CA) Gaels in scoring (12.5 points per game) and rebounding (6.2 rebounds per game). He is also averaging 2.0 assists and 1.2 blocks/steals in 28.5 minutes. The matchup with the Santa Clara Broncos is a good spot for Tass and his teammates; the Broncos rank 144th in defensive efficiency. They also love to push the pace on offense (24th in adjusted tempo).
Anton Watson, Gonzaga ($3,900) - Since we can only roster four Zags, I expect Watson to fly under the radar. However, I am a big fan of rostering low-salary players that can produce productive stat lines in limited minutes. Watson fits that bill. The sophomore is 1.01 FanDuel points per minute. However, in the right game script, Watson could push for 20-plus minutes. If Gonzaga gets out to a huge lead, there's a chance Watson could see extended run late in the game. Watson's floor is near-zero, but rostering him is one way to get contrarian on a two-game slate.
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