There’s only two games, but that’s because it’s the Final 4. We’ve learned a lot about these teams over the past two weeks, so we should have a good sense of what each of them are going to do. That said, the easiest play of the weekend is Shabazz. Roster based on DraftKings.com.
Shabazz Napier, $9,600.
He costs a lot, but you know what you’re getting from him. No matter what kind of defense the Gators play on the Bazz, you know he’s going to rack up numbers, whether it’s hitting ridiculous shots or rebounding/assisting.
Niels Giffey, $4,200.
He was shot-happy in the Elite 8 game, but couldn’t buy a bucket. For how solid of a shooter he is, they’ll start falling at some point and the Huskies will need help other than Napier… maybe.
Josh Gasser, $4,700.
He’s as good as any of the other Badger guards (fantasy-wise) so why not spend a lot less for him? Someone other than Kaminsky will have to score as well, and Gasser can do that.
Julius Randle, $8,900.
He’s an extreme matchup problem for the Badgers as they aren’t a big team to begin with. A double-double is an easy goal here for Randle, but could end up getting a 20/15 line.
Casey Prather, $5,700.
I had Nigel Hayes here, but had some money to spend so I’m going Prather. Even though his tournament has been disappointing to say the least, he is Top 15 on the Wooden Watch, so let’s see what he can do on this stage.
Dorian Finney-Smith, $5,600.
Even though he hasn’t shot well from distance, DFS is having a good tournament, scoring and rebounding enough to make him a worthy add.
Dakari Johnson, $3,900.
The options at center are extremely sparse, but I’m not going to spend more on an underperforming Patric Young going against the skinny trees of Connecticut.
Scottie Wilbekin, $7,300.
Everyone is calling Napier the best guard in the country, but what about this one guy that has led Florida to 30 straight wins? I have a feeling Wilbekin is going to have a great game, making this game personal after already losing to the Huskies earlier this year.
The end of the NBA season is full of poor defense, even more so than the regular season. I’m shying away from the teams in dire situations and focusing on the ones that don’t play defense and score a ton. Lineup based off DraftKings.com.
Ray McCallum, $5,000.
One of my favorite college players from his days at Detroit, McCallum is getting a ton of minutes with the Kings and his value still hasn’t shot up that much. And he plays the Lakers.
Jodie Meeks, $5,500.
Meeks is another guy that has seen 30 minutes in three straight games and can put the ball in the bucket. This game is going to have a lot of points.
Thaddeus Young, $7,600.
His price would be higher if he wasn’t on the 76ers. This guy has the potential to get 40 Fantasy Points any night and the Bobcats aren’t great against power forwards.
Drew Gooden, $4,100.
I can’t believe this guy is still in the league, but here he is at an extremely low price with how he’s been playing.
Tiago Splitter, $4,400.
He started last game and as long as he gets 30 minutes, will put up enough numbers to make him worth it at this price.
Jimmy Butler, $6,100.
His numbers haven’t been overwhelming, but give me a guy at his price that’s playing more than 40 minutes each night and he’s an easy play.
Markieff Morris, $6,400.
He’s been getting the job done for the Suns and Blake Griffin isn’t entirely healthy so that should open up things a bit for him, especially on the glass.
DeMarcus Cousins, $10,400.
Cousins has been hit or miss, but not in this game. Can the Lakers play defense? No. Cousins could easily go for 20 and 20 in this one.
How sweet it is. The Sweet 16 is here with some great matchups. It’s time to exploit the system with the games that are set to have the most points and teams that lost players to injuries. Iowa State, anyone?
Lineup below based on DraftKings.com.
DeAndre Kane, $9,500.
The over/under set for this game is the highest of any of the Sweet 16 matchups. Not only does Kane do everything for Iowa State, but UConn doesn’t really have anyone to matchup with him. Throw in the fact that Georges Niang is gone and we’re talking triple-double possibility.
Naz Long, $3,400.
Along those same lines is Long, who’s silently playing great for the Cyclones off the bench. He was the main reason they beat UNC and could once again be the difference maker against the Huskies.
Antonio Barton, $3,700.
In the projected to be second highest scoring game of the Sweet 16, Barton is a solid value play. He’s going to get minutes because Tennessee needs him on the court to defend the Michigan backcourt. He’s coming off an 18-point outing as well.
Nigel Hayes, $3,600.
I assume Hayes is going to get more minutes because of Baylor’s size, but that may just be wishful thinking. Hayes is only a freshman, but has shown great stretches this year and could be big off the Wisconsin bench.
Dwayne Polee II, $5,500.
DPIII has been huge for the Aztecs lately off the bench. Since most of their team is offensive battled, Polee has been big due to his shooting and driving capability. Expect him to exploit the shorter guards of Arizona.
Jarnell Stokes, $10,000.
Stokes has been one of the best big men in the tourney so far and now he’ll be going against one of the weaker frontcourts left. Recipe for success, right? There’s a reason he costs so much, but he’ll live up to it.
Isaiah Austin, $6,000.
There isn’t much at center, but Austin has been great for the Bears in the tourney so far. He’ll be matched up with fellow 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, so expect him to see plenty of floor time.
Aaron Gordon, $8,000.
The last time he played SDSU, Gordon had one of his better games. He’s been awesome in the tourney and can stack the stat sheet in more than one areas. Expect that to continue despite facing a tough defense.
Welcome to another week of making money. Roster below is for DraftKings.com.
Darren Collison, $4,000.
Jamal Crawford is back, but Collison still saw good time in the last game and against the Bucks, could see even more time due to this game being against the Bucks.
Patrick Beverley, $5,100.
This isn’t the greatest matchup, but Beverley has been solid over his past four games, reaching close to 30 Fantasy Points in each game. At his price, that’s value.
Kevin Durant, $11,500.
It’s likely the Thunder will let Westbrook rest in this game, which means KD should be in line for another huge game. In this high-scoring fest, price won’t matter.
Josh McRoberts, $4,700.
The Rockets hate playing defense on the road which is where McRob steps in. He’s always good to provide enough points for his price.
Enes Kanter, $5,500.
Kanter continues to see good minutes and the Pistons are brutal against big men. Well, the Pistons are brutal as a team.
Dwyane Wade, $6,700.
Someone has to step up for the Heat and Wade hasn’t been all that bad lately. He’s skipping back-to-backs, but will be full go in this one. And the Trail Blazers aren’t all that good on the road.
Andre Drummond, $6,900.
His price has taken a dip, but I’m fine with that. In a game composed of bad defense and bad teams, Drummond will easily have another double-double.
Reggie Jackson, $5,600.
With Westbrook likely out, this seems easy, right?
With the NCAA Tournament getting underway on Thursday, it’s only logical that I’ll cover it for the daily crowd. My roster at DraftKings.com is listed below.
Tyler Haws, $8,000.
With Kyle Collinsworth out for BYU, Haws is going to have to do more than usual for the Cougars. Can he lead this team to a first-round upset, though?
Isaiah Cousins, $5,300.
Cousins and the Sooners have an athletic edge in this matchup and that’s where they can exploit. Cousins can fill up multiple categories.
Buddy Hield, $6,900.
Maybe I’m overrating the Sooners, but their advantage in this game is in the backcourt and that’s exactly where they can win this game. Hield can shoot as well.
Niels Giffey, $4,000.
The shooter will get minutes because the Huskies will need size against St. Joe’s. Also, it will be important for Giffey to extend the floor against Halil Kanacevic of the Hawks.
Nigel Hayes, $3,500.
Hayes has been a difference maker for the Badgers in the latter half of the season and playing against a team like American, he can truly dominate.
Montrezl Harrell, $7,300.
Not many can deal with this kid. He’s got size, athleticism and he’s brutal. It’s hard to see anyone on Manhattan being able to deal with him.
Cameron Ridley, $5,800.
The Sun Devils struggle against size and that’s exactly what Ridley brings to the table. Expect the big man to be a little more offensive than usual.
Jarvis Threatt, $9,000.
While the Spartans are heavy favorites, someone on Delaware will have to score. MSU loves to run, which will open up for guys like Threatt.