Today’s CBB Targets break down the college basketball slate we have with a look at the studs, sleepers, and mid-range players you want to have in your lineups.
The slate consists of six games today with 9 of the 12 total teams being usable for fantasy stats. Louisville is a 25+ point favorite here today so I do not like their starters for much value as I think they see a dip in minutes. Same goes for Utah against South Dakota St. and Nova players against NJIT. If you want some value guys you can try to take a few of the bench guys from those heavy favorites that should see increased minutes and have a chance to go 3-5 times value if they do, but don’t expect any 40 point performances out of them. The three best games to target seem to be the Arizona/UNLV, Texas/Stanford, and Georgia Tech/Dayton match ups. The last is the smallest spread at -6 but all 3 have pretty low totals in the high 120 range. Not a great night on paper to find places to target, but that’s the run down based on Vegas odds.
- Chasson Randle, Stanford ($8900) – He is not cheap and has a tough match up against one of the nations top defense for points against, but he is too big a part of that offense not to get his shots. In all but one of the last 7 games he has attempted 7+ 3 point shots which is huge on DK with the bonus. He routinely plays over 30 minutes and in the last two games has taken about 20 shots in each. Paying up to be contrarian is definitely a way to go and Randle is the focal point of that Cardinal attack.
- Rashad Vaughn, UNLV ($7800) – a little cheaper option for those who do not want to pay up for Randle is the Freshman gunner from UNLV. Vaughn is one of the top scoring Frosh in the nation and has produced some big games so far for the Rebels. He averages over 30 minutes, 15 shots, 5 3point attempts, 17 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. If UNLV has any pray to keep it lose then they need another one of those 25+ performances out of Vaughn we have seen on three separate starts already this season. Zona is very good and it could get out of hand, but if they can keep it close I would bet money he was the reason for it.
- TJ McConnell, Arizona ($6100) – Trigger man for the Wildcats does a little bit of everything and that is why I love him for fantasy. He is a legit double double threat with a ful allotment of minutes and routinely adds a few steals and rebounds to his points and assists totals. He generally has stat lines that have a few points, a few assists, a few rebounds, and a few steals. While he never leads the way with 30 real life points, he can easily get 20-30 DK points. At a low salary that is plenty useful.
- Stanley Johnson, Arizona, ($7800) – We get a little price break today on one of the best Freshman in the nation. He has been pretty awesome to start the season and I have used him a few times in DFS already. Kid averages 15 points and 6 rebounds and has not really played a ton of minutes in some of those games so the numbers could be even better. He always adds a few steals, blocks, and assists to those scoring and rebounding numbers and is a stat sheet stuffer on both ends of the floor. I absolutely love his game and think he is for another big performance tonight. I think this game will stay close enough to give him 30+ minutes of run as opposed to the 25-28 he has been getting to put up those already stellar numbers. If so I can see a big game from him again tonight.
- Jon Holmes, Texas ($7100) – Has not really been called upon to play a ton of minutes lately and his price has suffered along with his production because of it. Scroll down in the game log though and you will see what he is capable of when he does play 30+ minutes. They are a 10+ point favorite tonight, but I have a little more faith than Vegas does in the Johnny Dawkins led Cardinal squad they will be facing. If he gets 30 minutes I can expect 30ish points to be scored. That would be good value at his now discounted price.
- Stefan Nastic, Stanford ($6300) – This guy will win you a GPP tonight in my opinion. While many will click on Arizona’s Ryan Hollins-Jefferson at the same price who is also not a bad play, I will go with the Stanford Big man to be the guy who differentiates my roster. Yes the match up is tough and Texas is solid rebounding so it is no cake walk, but I think Johnny Dawkins squad can stay in this game and the duo of Nastic/Randle inside and outside is the way.