I don't have to detail to you any more than I already have that I truly prefer the stars and scrubs method in CBB DFS. You give me a slate with high priced studs, and I'm confident I'll build a cheap team around them that I'll feel good about in cash. Saturday's slate though is completely out of my norm. I find absolutely no value in the early slate of running out stars with scrubs as all of the well best match-ups and pricing is in the middle of the pack. I mentioned in the last article that the ability to adapt as per the slate is one of the most underrated qualities that top DFS players have. I don't go into a slate thinking how can I get the stars in with the scrubs, but actual think how I can get the highest projection of points. Now most cases this is through stars and scrubs, but this slate requires a different route. I've provided below my top higher priced options with many mid priced plays for the slate.
Andrew Andrews - Guard, Washington. (FD Price $9,900, DK Price $10,000)
I just preached about how I'm not going to mix stars with scrubs, yet Andrews is getting first mention here? What? Truth is you always have to pay up for someone, and I cannot stomach any of the other options. Washington will be met with a similar pace from USC and the pace of this game could be the fastest of the entire season. Andrews bit the foul trouble bug last game, and I certainly look for him to surpass the 12 points he scored vs. UCLA. Again, this play is strictly because I cannot play the 10+ options priced lower than him at the guard position and high priced forwards aren't exactly mouth watering either. I'll gladly take Andrews and his 30 point floor in a total that expects to be in the 170 neighborhood.
Kelan Martin - Forward, Butler. Price $7,300, DK Price $7,000)
Wesley Iwundu - Forward, Kansas State. Price $7,200, DK Price $6,200)
Billy Garrett Jr. - Guard, Depaul. (FD Price $6,400, DK Price $6,400)
Tyler Davis - Forward, Texas A&M. (FD Price $6,000, DK Price $6,100)
Texas A&M is actually projected to outscore their season average which is kind of scary. Iowa State's pace will allow the Aggies players to put up very nice stat lines, but the problem is (on Fanduel at least), their two top players are priced so high. I'm talking about Jalen Jones and Daniel House, and I just cannot pay up for them. Now you need exposure to this game, and I think it comes in the form of Tyler Davis, Davis is very safe at home and typically only struggles on the road. He has also looked great in his last two and again the tempo bump will provide extra fantasy points go to around. Iowa State is not good defensively, so even their trees inside don't scare me off Davis here.
Bennie Boatwright - Forward, USC. (FD Price $6,600, DK Price $6,600)
Devin Williams - Forward, West Virginia (FD Price $6,200, DK Price $7,100)
Chauncey Collins - Guard, TCU. (FD Price $5,700, DK Price $5,400)
Fanduel raised Collins price up to 5700 a few slates ago, and he still wound up being a solid play. He had a poor showing in his most recent game at Texas, but comes back to his home floor here, with a great match-up. TCU draws Tennessee from the SEC, and couldn't ask for a much better spot for their players. The guy leading this charge is Collins, and even at 5700, I like him to go over value. I love the awful showing at Texas, as this means only one thing, which has been the theme in this article. BOUNCE BACK
Katin Reinhardt - Guard, USC. (FD Price $5,700, DK Price $6,000)
Reinhardt makes this article two times in a row and for good reason. He drops 27 fps on Thursday, and now gets an even faster tempo'd team at home. Reinhardt will have the opportunity for many wide open looks and more than enough court time to add some peripherals. As mentioned Thursday, I still cannot play McLaughlin or Jacobs, as both are still out of form and priced a bit high. Reinhardt provides tremendous value though, and will most likely be the highest owned player on the slate.