College Basketball Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 11/6/19
College basketball season is upon us and we have a four-game slate tonight.
March Madness is months 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 and consists of four games.
Which players should you be targeting, and why?
Cole Anthony, North Carolina ($7,000) - The expectations are insanely high for Anthony as he makes his college regular season debut tonight. The freshman is widely considered a top-three pick in next year's NBA draft. The 19-year-old faired well in the North Carolina Tar Heels' lone exhibition game. Anthony scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists in 28 minutes of action. He hoisted up 13 shots which was 3 more than any of his teammates. The rookie point guard will face a heavy offensive burden as UNC lost it's top five scorers from a season ago.
Leaky Black, North Carolina ($5,200) - The versatile Black should play a ton in the Tar Heels' season opener. With wing depth a concern with Brandon Robinson injured, Black is one of two Tar Heel players who can play multiple positions. Besides owning one of the most unique names in college basketball, Leaky can also stuff the stat sheet. In UNC's only exhibition game, Black scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds, had seven assists, and recorded a block and a steal in 20 minutes of action. That equates to 28.5 FanDuel points. While the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will provide more resistance than Winston-Salem, the sophomore guard is underpriced.
Kihei Clarke, Virginia ($5,100) - Clarke is expected to start at point guard for the defending national champions. Known as one of the top defenders in college basketball, Clarke is also an elite passer. The sophomore is expected to make a major leap this season as the Virginia Cavaliers lost its top three scorers from last season.
Devin Vassell, Florida State ($3,900) - The Florida State Seminoles' basketball team lost its top two scorers from last season. Vassell is expected to take a big leap this year as a sophomore. In one exhibition game (he missed the first exhibition game with an injury), the Seminoles' guard posted 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks in nearly 23 minutes of game time (and also had two turnovers). Vassell is a major source of salary relief on tonight's slate.
Andrew Platek, North Carolina ($3,200) - Platek is another source of salary relief on this four-game slate. The junior is expected to see an increase in playing time with Brandon Robinson ruled out after sustaining an ankle injury in the Tar Heels' lone exhibition game. In that exhibition game, Platek played 24 minutes and scored eight points (2 of 8 shooting), grabbed four rebounds, and dished out three assists. I'd prefer Vassell if I had to pick between the two.
John Mooney, Notre Dame ($8,300) - Mooney was an incredibly consistent performer for the Irish last year as he posted a double-double in 20 games. Additionally, Mooney cleared 20 FanDuel points in 10 consecutive games to end last season. In Notre Dame's lone exhibition game this season, Mooney scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, and recorded a steal in 24 minutes of action.
Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State ($7,800) - Wesson averaged 1.03 fantasy points per minute a season ago (which is high for college basketball). The big man struggled with conditioning and foul trouble last season, which provided some risk to rostering him. Reportedly, Ohio State Buckeyes' leading returning scorer and rebounder shed a lot of weight this offseason. The junior enters the 2019-2020 college basketball season with high expectations. Wesson dominated Cedarville in the Buckeyes' only exhibition game. He scored 23 points, corralled 7 rebounds, recorded 2 assists, and had 2 blocks and 2 steals in nearly 23 minutes of action.
Mamadi Diakite, Virginia ($6,500) - Diakite played a key role in the Virginia Cavaliers' national title run a season ago. In six NCAA tournament games last season, Diakite averaged 26.1 FanDuel points. Reportedly, the man known for his rebounding also developed a three-point shot in the offseason. Roster him while he's still under $7,000.
Garrison Brooks, North Carolina ($6,300) - Brooks averaged 0.8 fantasy points per minute last year on a Tar Heel team that saw five players depart for graduation and/or the NBA. He should easily improve upon that figure as he's been tasked to become more offensive minded this season. The junior had a solid start to the 2019-2020 season as he recorded a double-double in the Tar Heels' exhibition game. With a thinned out rotation (due to injury) and an implied team total of 81.25 (over eight more than any other team on this slate), Brooks is one of several Tar Heels underpriced tonight.
Patrick Williams, Florida State ($4,800) - Williams is one of the highest recruits to ever land with the Seminoles' basketball program. Projected as a one-and-done NBA prospect, Williams should receive plenty of run for the Seminoles this season. In nearly 40 minutes of exhibition action (two games), Williams scored 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and recorded an assist, block and steal along with 6 turnovers. He should have no issues paying off his cheap price tag tonight.
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