Let’s take a minute to welcome in the 2015-2016 College Basketball season! Feels like it has been forever since we got to talk CBB information. Generally the early season GPPs are somewhat lower in terms of guarantees as there is so much going on right now, but with that comes the ability to gain an edge for when CFB and NFL comes to an end. I am going to try and get you this article on a daily basis, as long as Draftkings offers us a contest slate. Let’s take a look at the guys that stand out for opening night!
Andrew Andrews, Washington ($6700) – Andrews returns to the PG position this season for the Huskies and he has a talented but extremely young group around him. I look to him to be the go-to guy early on this season and at just 6700 he should easily pay off his value.
Melo Trimble, Maryland ($8200) – Melo Trimble is the straw that stirs the drink of a legit National Championship contender Maryland Terrapin team. Trimble lost his backcourt mate in Dez Wells to graduation after last season and I expect him to make a huge step forward. The lineup brought in 2 transfers (Sulaimon, Carter) and a big time C recruit in Diamond Stone. He is a big time shooter, but he may dish the ball more often this season.
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State ($8400) – Valentine is primed to the big man on campus this season for the Spartans as Trice and Dawson have moved on. I expect Valentine to be in control of the ball quite a bit this season, especially early on as he waits for Eron Harris to get acclimated in East Lansing.
Craig Bradshaw, Belmont ($7900) – Bradshaw is a big time scorer and is not afraid to put up double digit shots from deep in any game he sees the court. Belmont is a legit mid-major program and they have some guys that should keep this game with Marquette close. Marquette has some ridiculously strong size in the middle and I expect Belmont to fire away from deep.
Other Options – Monte Morris, Iowa State ($7400), Thomas Walkup, Stephen F Austin ($7100), Tim Quarterman, LSU ($7600)
Allonzo Trier, Arizona ($3900) – Trier is a big time recruit for Arizona and is extremely dangerous. He is not going to be this cheap for long and I want to take advantage of it. He should find his way into the starting lineup at some point this season as the Wildcats have a lot of spots to fill with the loss of McConnell, Johnson, Ashley, Hollis-Jefferson.
Josh Brown, Temple ($4400) – Brown steps into the lineup and replaces Will Cummings, who was a huge part of the Temple offense. I don’t expect him to be the same type of offensive player that Cummings was, however he is very capable and at just 4400 should have an easy time returning value in a game that should have a lot of possessions.
Luke Kennard, Duke ($4000) – Kennard is a big time recruit that Duke is going to rely on to replace the big trio from last season. I expect him to come off the bench for much of the season, however he should see his share of minutes and should Matt Jones be limited again, he could certainly pay off value in just one half of basketball. (Thornton is another Duke newcomer that could pay off)
Sterling Smith, Pittsburgh ($3400) – Smith is a transfer student that gets to step right in and make an impact for a somewhat underrated Pittsburgh squad. Shots may be somewhat tough to come by as he has to share the court with Robinson, Young and Artis, however he should see some threes and as a wing is always capable of getting out on a break.
Other Options – Adonis Filer, Florida Atlantic ($3800), BK Ashe, Mount St Mary’s ($4800), Josh Fortune, Colorado ($4400)
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga ($7800) – There’s a good chance that Wiltjer may lead the nation in scoring this season and Gonzaga has National Championship aspirations. Wiltjer will be their go-to option on offense and is capable of hitting multiple threes to go along with his ability to pull in double digit rebounds. Gonzaga boasts the nation’s best frontline.
Jameel McKay, Iowa State ($7900) – I love myself some Jameel McKay and if any of you read my pieces last season you know why. He is a walking double-double and he should lead the nation in that category this season. With Draftkings adding Blocks and Steals to the scoring, McKay’s value should jump way up and we will be looking at a guy who regularly is priced above $8500 as this season goes on.
Ryan Anderson, Arizona ($6100) – Ryan Anderson picked a great time to transfer from Boston College as he sat out last season and now gets to step into the starting rotation for Arizona and he should be their top offensive option this season. He is capable of getting you a double-double while also knocking down some threes. His price will definitely rise over the first few weeks of the season.
Diamond Stone, Maryland ($6000) – I mentioned Stone earlier and as much as I want to dislike the guy for leaving my state of Wisconsin and then ripping on the UW admissions process, I just cannot do that. He’s been a big time recruit since he was a freshman in high school and he certainly will have some ups and downs, however he did lead the team in scoring in their exhibition.
Josh Scott, Colorado ($7900) – Scott says he completely healed and healthy for this season after struggling through some back issues in previous seasons. He is going to have to be the man for Colorado this season and I think it’s a job he is more than capable of handling. He is another double-double machine who adds in a couple of blocks as well.
Other Options – Skal Labissiere, Kentucky ($8100), Georges Niang, Iowa State ($8300), Ben Simmons, LSU ($8600)
Craig McFerrin, McNeese State ($4000) – McFerrin will get overlooked as he missed last year due to injury, however prior to that injury he was looked at as an All-Conference performer. He is expected to do all the dirty work down low and should be able to get us a double-double for just $4000 in this one as he gets to face an LSU team that lost both Mickey and Martin to the NBA.
Cameron Ridley, Texas ($4300) – I am really shocked to see Ridley priced this low and think it is going to be a mistake. This Texas team is very talented and they have some young wings who can do damage, however they are going to need Ridley to do some work down low for them to be effective. I think Ridley is a $5200+ player.
Amile Jefferson, Duke ($4500) – Jefferson is one of those guys that is never a sexy pick, however is capable of contributing in all categories and actually put up an impressive double-double in the exhibition season for Duke. I think Jefferson will benefit from Draftkings adding Blocks and Steals.
Clide Geffrard, Stephen F Austin ($3600) – Geffrard is going to be looked at to bang against Rico Gathers in this one and that could lead to some foul issues, however for 3600 I love his upside in the match-up. Baylor’s defense will be focused on Thomas Walkup (for good reason) and I think somebody like Geffrard could be sneaky.
Jeantal Cylla, Florida Atlantic ($3400) – Cylla put up 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes of action during the Owls’ exhibition game and showed his athleticism in that game. He was a high school QB at 6’7 which should tell you how smart and athletic he is. I expect Michigan State to take it to the Owls which generally leads to teams playing their younger guys more and Cylla could easily see 28 minutes of action in this contest.
Other Options – Isaiah Hicks, UNC ($4400), David Taylor, Pacific ($4300), Robert Carter, Maryland ($5700)