DraftKings College Basketball: Friday Picks
DraftKings College Basketball: Friday Picks

This article is part of our DraftKings College Basketball series.

Included Games
Iowa State v. Virginia
Wisconsin v. Notre Dame
Gonzaga v. Syracuse
Indiana v. North Carolina

Guards:

Malcolm Brogdon, UV v. ISU ($8,500): Brogdon put up 40.75 fantasy points in the last round against Butler and an up-tempo, defensively challenged Iowa State squad will do little to slow down the ACC Player of the Year. He's a stat-sheet stuffer capable of contributing significantly in every counting stat category.

Kyle Draginis, GONZ v. SYR ($5,300): Dranginis could stand as a bit of an under-the-cover play. The Orange do not guard the three well out of their 2-3 zone, and three-pointers are Dranginis's primary source of points. He sees the court for nearly the full game and doesn't foul, so if he can get hot and make a few from behind the arc, the points could mount up pretty quickly. The high price of the Zags' forwards leaves the guards at very discounted prices.

Yogi Ferrell, IU v. UNC ($8,600): The Hoosiers have a very tough matchup, but where they have an advantage is in the backcourt – notably, with their senior point guard Ferrell. Kris Dunn scored 29 points in just 26 minutes last round. It's a bit concerning seeing how well UNC shut down Brogdon in the ACC tournament championship game, but Ferrell is more of a true point guard and requires a completely different defensive scheme to stop. If the threes start dropping, it could be very hard to get them to stop.

Other guards: Bronson Koenig, WISC v. ND ($5,800); Eric McClellan, GONZ v. SYR ($5,900); Marial Shayok, UV v. ISU ($4,300); Justin Jackson, UNC v. IU ($6,500); Josh Perkins, GONZ v. SYR ($6,000); Robert Johnson, IU v. UNC ($4,300)

Forwards:

Vitto Brown, WISC v. ND ($5,100): Brown fouled out in just 21 minutes against Xavier, though he still managed 18.75 fantasy points. Notre Dame doesn't draw fouls and (albeit with a slow pace limiting possessions) plays fairly poor defense.

Anthony Gill, UV v. ISU ($7,400): The same up-tempo, defensively challenged statement from the Brogdon section carries over here as well, but Gill has an opportunity to really exploit the Cyclones on the defensive boards. Gill is among the most efficient post players in the game, and the struggling Jameel McKay would need a major renaissance to contain Gill.

Isaiah Hicks, UNC v. IU ($5,400): The price hike is less than ideal, but I love this matchup so much I can swallow the pill. Indiana has no answer at the four for Hicks. Head coach Tom Crean will say a little prayer that Thomas Bryant can both stay out of foul trouble and keep Brice Johnson at bay, but the small fours (O.G. Anunoby, Colin Hartman, Troy Williams) IU rolls out will struggle with Hicks. You won't get much over 20 minutes, but a 61.5 percent field goal percentage and elite offensive rebounding can enable Hicks to do a lot of damage in a short amount of time.

Other forwards: Isaiah Wilkins, UV v. ISU ($4,600); Nigel Hayes, WISC V. ND ($7,600); V.J. Beachem, ND v. WISC ($5,600); Domantas Sabonis, GONZ v. SYR ($9,900); DaJuan Coleman, SYR v. GONZ ($4,800); O.G. Anunoby, IU v. UNC ($4,900)

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Alex Spalding plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: ajump08, DraftKings: ajump08.
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Alex Spalding
Alex splits his expertise between College Basketball, NBA, NFL, MLB, and Saturday morning BPL. You'll find him under the username ajump08 on DraftKings and FanDuel.
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