CBB Players to Avoid in DFS; January 23, 2021

Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State, $7400

CBB Players to Avoid in DFS: Cunningham may be the number one selection in this year’s NBA Draft but he is facing the best defensive team in the nation in the Baylor Bears on Saturday. Baylor has successfully held Jalen Wilson, Terrence Shannon, and RJ Nembhard all in check in recent weeks and while Cunningham is obviously more talented than those mentioned, it represents a trend.

Cunningham may very well put up some solid numbers on Saturday but there is a stronger than usual likelihood that he will struggle with his scoring. Davion Mitchell is a fantastic defender for Baylor and often handles the opposing teams best offensive player. The 6’2 2019-20 All-Defensive Team member averages better than two steals per game with a defensive rating of 86.6 which ranks him in the top 30 in the country.

Again, Cade is too good of a player to be kept fully in check but he is unlikely to give you 4-5x the value at this price point.

Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton, $6600

One of the favorites for the Big East Player of the Year coming into the season, Zegarowski hasn’t exactly been a beacon of consistency this season. In Connecticut, the Creighton point guard faces a team that ranks 339th in the country in tempo. The Huskies also rank 339th in the country in tempo and have consistently held opponents under a point per possession on the season.

In this season’s previous meeting, Connecticut held Marcus to 4-14 from the field and forced him into a handful of turnovers. His offensive rating of 69 in the game was his second lowest rating of the season. He was able to compile 24.1 fantasy points in Creighton’s overtime victory but it is unlikely that he will “go off” in this game to give you tremendous value.

CBB Players to Avoid in DFS; January 23, 2021

Raiquan Gray, FSU, $6200

There is some simple logic at play with this one. In December 29th’s matchup with Clemson, Gray had easily his worst fantasy performance of the season. In the first matchup, Gray was held in check by defensive stalwart Aamir Simms to the tune of 1-8 from the field and four turnovers which equated to an offensive rating of 18 for the game. It is the only game of the season in which Gray has failed to reach double digit fantasy points.

Clemson is one of the best defensive teams in the nation, ranking inside the top five for most of the season and still within the top 20 currently. The Tigers also love to slow the game down as they rank 304th in the nation in tempo according to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. Given the large number of games on today’s slate, there are simply safer options available to you.

Alan Griffin, Syracuse, $7100

Griffin is a dead-eye shooter to be sure but consistency isn’t exactly his best character trait inside this Syracuse offense. While the Illinois transfer has had some nice games at home recently, he has put up fewer than 20 fantasy points in three of his last five games at the Carrier Dome.

In his matchup with Virginia Tech, he faces a team that has held its previous three opponents to 31% of under from behind the three-point line where Griffin typically operates. He will give you some nice peripheral stats as he is excellent on the glass and the defensive end but the Hokies are such a well oiled machine under Mike Young that is difficult to project any kind of breakout performance from Griffin.