DFS College Basketball: Thursday Preview

DFS College Basketball: Thursday Preview

This article is part of our DFS College Basketball series.

Another full slate on tap today, with FanDuel offering eight games and DraftKings giving us one extra. Michigan is expected to score the most points of any team on the board, so that's where we'll tip-off today's preview.

Targets

Isaiah Livers, F, Michigan ($7,100 DK, $7,500 FD)

Michigan, as everyone knows, is flaming hot and showing zero signs of slowing down. Iowa's defense is ranked second-worst in the Big Ten in terms of adjusted efficiency, so it appears Michigan has a favorable chance at continuing its hot streak. Iowa's defense is much more stout against two-point baskets, so I'm expecting the Wolverines to knock down a few extra shots from behind the arc. Livers is the best shooter on the team with a long track record, so he seems like a perfect DFS candidate considering Iowa's defensive vulnerability. 

E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State ($7,900 DK, $7,600 FD)

Ohio State has the third-highest offensive efficiency rating in the country, making the Buckeyes a key consideration for today's lineup. E.J. Liddell has turned into perhaps the biggest star on the team, playing at an elite level over the past few weeks. Fellow front-court teammate Kyle Young is expected to miss the game, so the Buckeyes might lean on Liddell even more than usual. 

Brandon Johnson, F, Minnesota ($5,500 DK, $5,000 FD)

Minnesota is going against a Northwestern defense that has the worst defensive efficiency in the Big Ten since conference season started. Marcus Carr is the safest bet in this game, but I would recommend Johnson if you're looking for someone with a lower salary.  Johnson tends to make the most of his opportunities as he boasts the highest offensive efficiency rating on the team. Northwestern is also a weaker rebounding team, giving Johnson another edge in the matchup.

DraftKings Exclusive

James Akinjo, G, Arizona ($6,900)

Only a single exclusive game, although Arizona has a chance to put up one of the highest scores of the day, so the Wildcats are certainly worth consideration in any DK contests. Washington State's defense doesn't have any particular weak spots, so picking a Wildcat comes down to a matter of preference and salary consideration. Star point guard James Akinjo offers a solid floor with a roomy ceiling.

Fades

Taveion Hollingsworth, G, Western Kentucky ($6,300 DK, $7,600 FD)

The forecast for the Hilltoppers is as bad as it gets. Western Kentucky is facing a Houston team that boasts the sixth-best defense in the country, in terms of adjusted efficiency, and the Hilltoppers have the lowest expected point total of any team on the slate. Picking against the Cougars defense is a hard sell, although if you're determined to fade Houston then I would just bite the bullet and take Charles Bassey, one of the most productive frontcourt players in the country.

Mladen Armus, F, Boise State ($6,200 DK, $5,600 FD)

San Diego State's defense is 18th-best in the country in terms of adjusted efficiency, forcing me to pass on the Broncos in this spot. Scoring projections aside, the Aztecs are the best defensive rebounding team in the conference, and snagging rebounds happens to be one of the things that Armus does well.

Eugene Omoruyi, F, Oregon ($6,900 DK, $7,200 FD)

Omoruyi has one of the highest usage rates in the Pac-12, so this one might come back to bite me if shooting volume wins out, but I simply can't ignore Stanford's defense. The Cardinal defense ranks No. 22 in the country in terms of adjusted efficiency, making them a tougher fade when it comes to DFS. Omoruyi recently went up against an elite defense in the form of USC, and he had one of his worst games of the season. Not sure it's in our best interest to roll the dice again in a similar matchup. If you're set on going against Stanford, I'd rather take a safer bet in Chris Duarte or go for a value play in Will Richardson.

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. Steve Peralta plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Buddusky, DraftKings: Buddusky24.
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Steve Peralta
Graduated from USC in 2012 while interning for ESPN and FOX Sports. Following graduation, I started working full-time for FOX Sports and been there ever since. Been an avid fantasy player for over fifteen years. In addition to my fantasy teams, you'll also find me rooting for the USC Trojans and New York Yankees.
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