These are my top selections for Best College Basketball DFS Plays on Wednesday, February 24th. The prices are based on the Fanduel slates and the selections are intended for 50/50 contests. With these three plays, you will have a budget of $6,280 remaining for your last five roster spots.
Day’Ron Sharpe, North Carolina: $6100
It has become almost automatic that any North Carolina big man that costs below the $6250 roster average becomes a consideration. Garrison Brooks is actually a cheaper option for Wednesday’s slate but Sharpe has been very consistent over his last seven contests.
Day’Ron isn’t receiving a ton of playing time in recent weeks but has still managed to eclipse the 20 fantasy point threshold in each of his last seven games. In his most recent game against Louisville, Sharpe snagged ten offensive rebounds and scored 21 points in just 17 minutes en route to a 40+ fantasy point performance.
In Marquette, North Carolina would normally face a better frontcourt but the Golden Eagles have Dawson Garcia returning from an injury. Justin Lewis is listed as out, and Jamal Cain is expected to play but he is also not 100% healthy. Marquette currently ranks 177th in the nation in opponents’ offensive rebounding percentage. Look for Sharpe to have a nice game on the offensive glass and get some easy putbacks.
Keon Johnson, Tennessee: $4700
Johnson let me down a little bit last week but at this price point, how much does he really have to provide in order to be a value play? If he gets you 15 fantasy points, that is still a 3x value and you’re going to be able to deploy a $7600 stud somewhere else.
Johnson is coming off of another nice game over the weekend where he scored 15 points and dished out five assists on his way to a 27+ point fantasy performance against Kentucky. While it marked the first time he had eclipsed the 20 point plateau in his last four games, he was able to put 24.1 points on the board the last time the Vols played the Commodores.
Johnson also plays slightly better on the road this season though the same size is obviously smaller. The freshman wing averages 2.1 more points per game, one more rebound and slightly fewer turnovers on the road. His efficiency numbers are slightly down from the field and from the line while he actually shoots 40% from deep on the road but it is on just ten attempts.
David Duke, Providence: $7800
So here is the payoff for rostering Johnson. The upside here is that Duke can give you a 40 or 50 point fantasy outburst at any moment. On the road in his previous match up against Xavier, Duke put 30 points on the scoreboard as he drilled 7-9 three-pointers.
On the season, Duke is averaging 17 points, six rebounds, and nearly five assists per game while shooting 40% from behind the arc. In his last three games, Duke has put at least 29.2 fantasy points on the board and has gone over 40 points five times on the season, and even logged a 50 point effort against Butler in late December.
Xavier prided themselves with defense early in the season but they have stumbled as the season has worn on. Prior to their recent win against Butler, the Musketeers surrendered 93 points to St. Johns and 80 points to Connecticut. In those games, Xavier allowed more than 1.10 points per possession in each game and gave up 22 three-pointers. They obviously played better against Butler but if you can name five of the players that played for the Bulldogs in that game you should win a prize.