The following are my best college basketball DFS plays to build your roster around for the Wednesday, February 17th college basketball slate for the 50/50 contests. Starting your roster with these three players on Fanduel will leave you with a average salary of $6450 for your remaining slots.
De’Vion Harmon, Oklahoma: $5400
There are fewer things that I love more than great value plays and Harmon has been a solid value play all season. Harmon has had some off games, including his most recent bummer against Iowa State when he only total 5.7 DFS points but he is also averaging a shade over 20 fantasy points per game on the season.
In Harmon’s previous match up against the Longhorns he only put 16.7 points on the board but has put at least 18.9 points on the board in six of his last eight games. So, even if he were to put that as the minimum, you are still getting a 3.5x value.
The Longhorns have been a little shaky on the defensive end in recent weeks as well in regards to opponents points per game. In the previous match up, the Sooners averaged 1.07 points per possession while Harmon was a perfect 5-5 from inside the arc though he struggled a bit from deep at just 1-5.
Harmon is also going to get a ton of run as he has played at least 30 minutes in each of Oklahoma’s last four games. If he can right the ship from deep, he should be looking at a nice output in a solid match up.
Keon Johnson, Tennessee: $4500
Another strong value play, Johnson created a poster recently with a huge dunk that was all over Sportscenter. The problem, of course, is that the dunk is still only worth two points. What has been noteworthy recently, has been Johnson’s consistency. In his last four games, Johnson has played between 27 and 31 minutes per game and averaged 23.6 fantasy points per game. That includes a 40.3 point outburst against the Kentucky Wildcats.
What makes this particular match up even more intriguing is that South Carolina continues to ratchet up the tempo season after season under Frank Martin. This season, the Gamecocks rank 10th in the nation in tempo which should provide the Volunteers even more opportunities on offense. Though the Vols rank outside the top 240 in tempo, it will still mean more opportunities to score.
This move may look more like a tournament play but Johnson is constantly climbing draft boards and receiving more run during the games. At this point, it’s more of an example of the pricing not catching up to the output. Be ahead of the curve on this play.
Quincy Guerrier, Syracuse: $7700
Here is the payoff for the two bargain bin selections. Louisville will once again be without Malik Williams and Aiden Igiehon leaving the Cardinal front court vulnerable. Guerrier is well on his way to an All-ACC selection and will be playing a front court that not only continues to be depleted but is coming off of a Covid pause that has lasted over two weeks.
On the season, Guerrier averages 31.4 fantasy points per game. However, he has stepped up his game over the last nine contests, averaging 33.2 fantasy points per game. He is a force on both ends of the floor providing not only points and rebounds but also blocks and steals while not being a risk for a high turnover number.
Guerrier is a horrible match up for this Louisville team as Samuell Williamson is not physical enough to hang with him. Jaelyn Withers has played admirably for the Cardinals this season as well but in Louisville’s most recent game, Moses Wright was able to eat him up all over the floor. Look for Guerrier to still potentially give you a value of around 5x despite his high price.