Friday March Madness CBB DFS Picks
Welcome to Friday’s March Madness edition of DCoop328’s CBB Daily Plays. This article will break down the best plays at each price range (based on DraftKings pricing). This will be followed by price-adjusted cash game rankings showing the best 50/50 and head to head plays for today’s slate.
High Priced Studs ($7000+)
Fred VanFleet (Wichita State, Guard) – Fred Van Fleet has been the Shockers top offensive player all season long and makes a better Fantasy play than his backcourt mate Ron Baker. This comes as a result of his 13 points per game and 36.1 assist rate (22nd in the nation). VanFleet and the rest of the Shockers get a nice tempo boost against the 85th fastest team in the nation in Indiana. It should also be noted that Indiana is one of the worst defensive teams in the tournaments, ranking 220th in adjusted defense.
Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa, Forward) – I have nicknamed Jarrod “Mr. Consistency”. If you play him expect no less than 30 Fanduel Points and 20 DraftKings points. He has reached that threshold nine games in a row. This consistency is not normal in college basketball and should be utilized in cash games, especially on DraftKings where he is priced a little bit cheaper than Fanduel. The only concern here is a matchup against a Wyoming team that is okay defensively and plays at a real low tempo.
Le’Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State, Forward) – Nash’s Oklahoma State Cowboys get a nice tempo boost matching up with the Oregon Ducks in what should be a high scoring affair. Nash has been utilized highly down the stretch for the Cowboys. This is shown with his 30.1% usage rate, 10th in the nation. Nash is extremely underpriced on both FanDuel and DraftKings ($7500 and $7800).
Mid Priced Plays ($6000-$7000)
Marcus Thornton (Georgia, Forward) – Michigan State plays a variety of big men such as Branden Dawson, Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling. If Georgia is going to want to match Michigan St’s height and physicality Thornton is going to have to play nearly the entire game. Even with Thornton’s normal minute allotment he makes a nice play, as he is way underpriced at $6500 on both FD and DK.
TaShawn Thomas (Oklahoma, Forward) – The Houston transfer has been physically dominating Big 12 defenders all season long with his strength. He gets a matchup against the undersized Albany Great Danes. TaShawn should be able to manhandle Sam Rowley to the tune of a double-double.
Low Priced Values ($3000-$6000)
Lamonte Bearden (Buffalo, Guard) – Lamonte Bearden gets to play in the game with the highest total of the day, 149.5. That makes sense given a matchup of two teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation in adjusted tempo. Bearden is a capable scorer with a great 26.6 assist rate. Rostering Bearden with a couple other values allows for you to pay up for some of the studs such as Fred VanFleet.
Wayne Selden Jr. (Kansas, Guard) – Wayne Selden had an extremely disappointing sophomore season but has recently turned it on and become Kansas top scorer. Selden, who has a 20.1 usage rate on the season, has seen usage rates of 25, 28 and 25 his past three games. Prior to these three games he had only seen a usage rate of 25-plus twice all season long. His uptick and production and extremely reasonable price makes him a great value play on both FanDuel and DraftKings.
Tekele Cotton (Wichita State, Guard) – Cotton is priced nicely, especially on DraftKings at $5300. The Shocker guard should play between 32 and 38 minutes and with the up-tempo matchup against Indiana’s poor defense, he should have plenty of opportunities to get rebounds, assists and baskets.
* Statistics courtesy of Kenpom.com.
DraftKings Price Adjusted Cash Game Rankings
- Tekele Cotton
- Wayne Selden Jr.
- Fred VanFleet
- Lamonte Bearden
- Yogi Ferrell
- Daxter Miles Jr.
- Buddy Hield
- Kris Dunn
- Bronson Koenig
- Ron Baker
- Marcus Thornton
- Jarrod Uthoff
- Le’Bryan Nash
- TaShawn Thomas
- Branden Dawson
- Mamadou Ndiaye
- Dillon Brooks
- Aaron White
- Sam Dekker
- Frank Kaminsky