Welcome back, hopefully opening night treated you guys well! Draftkings brings us a nice little 8 game slate to go over. Duke and Kentucky are the two teams that get to play back to back nights. Let’s take a look at who we should be looking at to build our lineups around!
Kris Dunn, Providence ($10,200) – Dunn is my favorite choice to lead the NCAA in triple doubles this season as he does everything for the Friars. Dunn put up a double-double in the exhibition game and that should be your expectations of him every time he takes the court.
Grayson Allen, Duke ($6,800) – Allen came out in his first start as a Blue Devil and scored 20 of the team’s first 39 points. I think that shows us who the go-to guy is going to be for Duke this season and I think this price is a steal. Much like last night, I do not expect this game to be competitive for long, however Allen is going to be a big reason as to why that is.
Roosevelt Jones, Butler ($8,000) – I expect a huge season out of Rosie Jones this season as he should be their number 1 option. I think this Butler team is underrated from a fantasy standpoint. I realize Jones has a pretty big price tag, however I think he should be able to pay off in this match-up. Hopefully he worked on his jumper coming into this season because that is the one aspect of his game that is weak. If that is something he has developed then we are looking at a guy who will be between 8500 and 9000 all season long.
Jamal Murray, Kentucky ($8,200) – Murray looked like the best player on Kentucky last night as Labissiere struggled in his debut. Ulis will always be the guy that makes this team go, however Murray is probably the most talented overall player on this team. Murray lead the team in scoring as well as in assists.
Other Options – Nic Moore, SMU ($7,500), Jack Gibbs, Davidson ($7,600), B.J. Taylor, UCF ($6,700)
Keith Frazier, SMU ($5,200) – Frazier should be in line to start along side Nic Moore and I think he is a player that will be priced around $6K all season long, so to get him at an $800 discount for tonight makes me extremely happy. I have loved targeting SMU players in the past and that should continue this season.
James Milliken, Creighton ($5,000) – Milliken finished up last season extremely strong and I expect the team to come out firing tonight. I think there are a number of Creighton players that could find their way into your lineup, but for the money, Milliken is my top option as they take on a team that just gave up 86 points last night.
Tucker Haymond, Western Michigan ($4,800) – Haymond should be the top option on Western Michigan this season and this game with DePaul is supposed to pretty competitive which shows that this WMU team has some ability. I think I like him slightly more than his teammate below.
Other Options – Josh Davis, Western Michigan ($3,200), Kyron Cartwright, Providence ($4,200)
Markus Kennedy, SMU ($7,600) – Like I said earlier, I really like this SMU team and Kennedy is somebody I have been all over the last 2 seasons. He disappointed early in the season last year but I am going back to him and expecting him to become more consistent.
Rodney Bullock, Providence ($7,300) – Bullock looked extremely good in exhibition play for Providence and I think he pairs extremely well with Kris Dunn. He should lead the team in rebounding this season and is a decent bet to put up double-doubles.
Skal Labissiere, Kentucky ($8,100) – Skal really struggled in his first NCAA game, however I expect a bounce back at some point and he has some extreme upside in the blocks and steals category. I think this Kentucky squad is going to be similar to last season as any given game could be a game where a random guy steps up. There is not much to pay up for on this slate and thanks to the blocks and steals addition, it makes Skal an interesting option.
Other Options – Andrew Chrabascz, Butler ($6,200), Staphon Blair, UCF ($6,200), Connar Tava, Western Michigan ($5,700)
Derek Willis, Kentucky ($3,700) – Willis was extremely strong off of the bench for Kentucky last night and he actually ended up being the team’s second leading scorer last night and managed to play 28 minutes. If he sees over 20 minutes again tonight, he should easily destroy his value.
Malcolm Riley, Texas Southern ($4,900) – Riley is Texas Southern’s best player and even though they shouldn’t stand much of a chance in this one, it is tough to ignore a team’s best player being priced at just 4900.
Amile Jefferson, Duke ($4,900) – 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. Jefferson looked extremely strong last night and I hope he shows some consistency this season.
Brian White, Citadel ($4,300) – White took 9 threes in the teams exhibition game and appears to be somebody that they will rely on to be a scorer. It helps that he is 6’8 as well as he can be their rebounding leader by seasons end. With so many smaller schools being in play tonight, you have to look to find a diamond out there. I think White could be that guy.
Other Options – Kelan Martin, Butler ($5,000), Dan Garvin, Bryant ($5,400), Chris Thomas, Texas Southern ($5,300), Tim Coleman, NIT ($4,500)