FanDuel College Basketball Daily Fantasy Helper: National Championship (North Carolina vs. Kansas), Presented By Visible
It's the big one.
The title will be decided tonight in a showdown between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Kansas Jayhawks, and you can get in on the fun by playing single-game DFS contests on FanDuel.
In single-game DFS, the salary cap is the same ($60,000), but the lineup requirements are different than they are on multi-game slates. You select five players of any position, but not all lineup slots are the same. One of your players will be your MVP, and his FanDuel points are multiplied by two. You also select a STAR player, whose production is multiplied by 1.5, and a PRO, whose points are multiplied by 1.2. Two utility players round out the roster.
This makes the five players you roster important in more than one way, as you need to focus on slotting in the best plays in the correct multiplier slots rather than just nailing the best overall plays of the game.
Also, don't forget to enter the Call Your Shot Pick 'Em Presented by Visible for your free chance at $20,000 during the finale. All you have to do is answer questions predicting how the games will play out. Get your picks in for your chance at a share of $20,000.
Armando Bacot, North Carolina ($13,500) - Bacot offers the best floor/ceiling combination on the slate, and he'll likely be the chalk MVP. The dude has been a monster of late, scoring at least 35.0 FanDuel points in every NCAA Tournament game. Bacot's high floor comes from his insane rebounding. He's double-doubled in seven straight games and has snagged at least 15 boards in four consecutive outings, including 21 and 22 rebounds in the last two games. In what should be a fast-paced, high-scoring game, Bacot is an elite play.
R.J. Davis, North Carolina ($11,500) - If you want to dodge the Bacot chalk at MVP, there are a few intriguing options. Davis is my favorite of the bunch, and he won't see nearly as much MVP love as Bacot does. Davis is going to log huge minutes, which we can say for every UNC starter. Davis has played all but eight possible minutes across North Carolina's past four games, including all 45 minutes in the overtime upset of the Baylor Bears. Geesh. Davis is also going to have the ball in his hands a ton. He put up 18 points, 7 boards, and 4 dimes en route to 31.4 FanDuel points against the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. If his shot is falling, he has the DFS ceiling to outscore Bacot -- especially if Bacot's rebound total comes down to a more human number.
Ochai Agbaji, Kansas ($11,000) - Agbaji won't sneak up on anyone. He torched the Villanova Wildcats for 21 points on just 8 shots in the semifinal, going 6 of 7 from deep. His DFS output wasn't that high, though, because he had just two rebounds, one assist, and one block. Agbaji is usually good for more supplemental stats than that, particularly on the glass; he averages 5.1 boards for the season. We obviously can't expect Agbaji to go 6 of 7 from beyond the arc, but facing a UNC team that won't hesitate to run, Agbaji should have plenty of chances to produce in the open court. If he's putting the ball through the hoop and his peripheral stats rebound (pun intended), Agbaji could post a slate-high score.
Brady Manek, North Carolina ($10,500) - I prefer Manek to Caleb Love ($12,500). Love is certainly a quality play, but I'm expected him to be pretty dang popular after his 28-point outburst against Duke. And despite scoring 28 points, Love had just 30.3 FanDuel points. Manek has played at least 38 minutes in three straight and has produced at least 30.1 FanDuel points in three of five tourney games. He's averaging 7.2 boards in the Big Dance, which helps both his floor and ceiling.
David McCormack, Kansas ($10,000) - The battle between McCormack and Bacot should be a doozie. McCormack went nuts for 38.3 FanDuel points against Villanova, his best fantasy output of the Big Dance. While McCormack's DFS totals have been pretty volatile throughout the second half of the season, he's flashed the kind of ceiling we want in our multipliers, going for 30-plus FanDuel points five times over his previous 14 games. His 24.8% usage rate is second on the team, just 0.7 percentage points behind Agbaji's, according to Sports-Reference.
Leaky Black, North Carolina ($9,000) -- Black will likely garner the lowest draft percentage among the Tar Heels' starting five, which makes him interesting. What he lacks in eye-popping upside, Black makes up for with a sturdy floor. We know he'll be out there a bunch -- 40 minutes on Saturday -- and he's generated at least 18.5 FanDuel points in eight of his past nine games. He's put up at least 21.0 FanDuel points in four of five NCAA Tournament games.
Remy Martin, Kansas ($8,500) - Martin is a boom-or-bust player, but that's not a bad thing for DFS -- it sometimes scares away the masses, and you can capitalize if you hit on a boom night. A date with UNC sets up well for Martin as it should be a track meet with plenty of transition play. Martin can thrive in that setting, and prior to a pair of quiet games, he had a four-game run of 34.9, 35.4, 26.2, and 28.8 FanDuel points. Factoring in salary, he's my favorite play on the slate.
Mitch Lightfoot, Kansas ($7,500) - Lightfoot is the lowest-salaried player on the slate who is a safe bet for decent minutes. He could see extended run if McCormack gets into foul trouble -- something that is a definite possibility in the matchup with Bacot. Lightfoot has played at least 10 minutes in three straight games and had 18.1 FanDuel points against the Miami Hurricanes in the Elite Eight. He doesn't need to do too much to hit at this salary, and the salary helps you jam in the studs you want.