There are always nights in DFS that slates are offering many different games, but there is actually only value in a few of them. Tonight would certainly fall into that category. Out of the nine games Fanduel is offering, value can be found in less than half of these. When building your lineups, don't always assume that you need exposure to this game and that game, to bolster your maximum points. You always want to roster the best lineup you can, not the best lineup you can including having exposure to all games possible. Tonight's write-up will focus on player's I like, but only from about half of the teams in the slate tonight. I just do not feel comfortable going all over the map with my roster tonight, based on pricing, and match-ups.
Tyler Ulis - Guard, Kentucky. (FD Price $9,100, DK Price $8,200)
Night's like these you have to pay up for someone whether you truly want to or not. I do not love Ulis at this price on the road, but I feel he offers a better shot to get to value than Kingsley against UK's front court, Uthoff in a game that could be over by halftime, Hawkinson against Utah's bigs, and both Memphis studs vs Cinci. Ulis will be in a fast paced game which plays to his favor, and should be able to break Arkansas's press most of the game. This will elad to an advantage at half court, and Ulis should really be able to take advantage. Again, I do not love him at this price, but I feel he offers better value than those priced at or above him.
Dillon Brooks - Forward, Oregon. (FD Price $8,800, DK Price 8,000)
You'll hear a few mentions of Oregon players in this article, but Brooks trumps all the others in my eyes. First of all, this is not exactly a strong night at the forward position, and Brooks is such a safe player. His price has been climbing, but it is still not out of his value range at all. Oregon may play fast, but USC plays even faster, and this will cause a back and forth nonstop scoring type of game. The total opened at 154.5 and has since jumped to 160 and even higher at some spots. USC is not good on the glass at all and while Boucher leads this team in rebounding and blocks, Brooks is a usage machine on Oregon. Brooks is my favorite play of the entire night.
Jaylen Brown - Forward, California. (FD Price $7,400, DK Price 7,600)
Octavius Ellis - Forward, Cincinnati. (FD Price $6,600, DK Price $6,400)
If you follow pricing for DFS players (which you should be), you'll notice that Ellis's price has risen almost 1K since last week. Even at 6600 though, Ellis is a good value. Ellis spent most of last year priced in the high 6K, low 7K range, so this price doesn't bother me at all. The Bearcats gain a great tempo boost tonight playing Memphis, and I expect Ellis to perform well. Ellis can be a bit of a headcase at times, but he has been playing real well, and Cinci will need him tonight to assure a victory.
Troy Caupain - Guard, Cincinnati. (FD Price $6,600, DK Price $6,100)
I've mentioned that I'll be targeting the same few teams tonight, and Cincinnati's mid priced guys offer a lot of potential. I like Caupain more than most do because of his leadership on this Cinci offense. He owns the ball for much of Cinci's possessions, and tonight should be no different. His price is still good, and the tempo boost offered by Memphis is key here. Close home games are where we typically see Caupain's best and tonight should be a close one.