College basketball is about to hit the home stretch, as we are just a little over a month away from conference tournaments, as teams try to spruce up their resumes in preparation for Selection Sunday. There will be seven top-10 teams in play on February 5th, and we have the best DFS picks of the night to help you cash in on the action.
*All dollar values according to DraftKings as of 2/5/19
Start ‘Em: Markus Howard, Marquette ($9,500)
Markus Howard is a scoring machine that burst onto the scene last season, when he scored 52 points in a game against Providence. Now, he leads Marquette in scoring (25.0), assists (4.2), steals (1.1) and minutes (32.8). In fact, Howard is a big reason why the Golden Eagles are ranked inside the top-10 at 19-3 overall. He shoots better than 43 percent from three and 90 percent from the free throw line. Oh, and he has already scored 53 points in a game this season, as well. Averaging 38.6 fantasy points per game, the Marquette guard is a DFS darling, and tonight, he goes up against St. John’s, who rank 275th against guards in fantasy.
Start ‘Em: Barry Brown Jr., Kansas State ($7,100)
The unquestioned leader of Bruce Weber’s Kansas State squad, Barry Brown Jr. helped lead the Wildcats to the Elite Eight last season. Now, he has them tied for first place (6-2) in the Big 12, as they take on the mighty Jayhawks at home this evening. He leads the team in minutes (34.0), points (15.3) and steals (2.0), while averaging 28.3 fantasy points per game this season. In fact, he’s exceeded that mark in five of the last seven games. This rivalry match actually benefits Brown, as Kansas ranks 346th against guards in fantasy.
Best Value: Tyler Herro, Kentucky ($6,600)
Although Tyler Herro doesn’t lead the Wildcats in any of the major statistical categories, John Calipari has shown that he can lean on the guard by playing him a team-high 30.7 minutes per game. Herro has shown that he can be a crunch-time performer by having some of his best games in the biggest moments for Kentucky. In fact, he averages 25.4 fantasy points per game this season; however, he’s exceeded that mark in games against UNC (29.5), Louisville (38.8), Texas A&M (28.3), Auburn (31.8), Mississippi State (28.3) and Florida (31.5). The Wildcats are just one game behind Tennessee and only one game ahead of South Carolina in the SEC, so tonight should be another one of those big games for Herro. Oh, and the Gamecocks rank 392nd against guards in fantasy.
Start ‘Em: Zion Williamson, Duke ($11,100)
At this point, does it really matter how much Zion costs? The guy averages 44.8 fantasy points per game, so you better consider putting him in your lineup any time he steps on the court. In fact, he’s scored better than 44 fpts in five of his last six games, including a 35-point, 10-rebound, 4-block outing (60 fpts) against Syracuse’s supposedly lethal zone. And for those of you who think he is just an offensive player, think again. Not only does Williamson average better than 22 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game, he also racks up over two steals and two blocks every night. Zion should be in your lineup against any team in the country. With that being said, there is even more incentive to draft him tonight, as he goes up against Boston College, who ranks 403rd in fantasy against forwards.
Start ‘Em: Luke Maye, North Carolina ($8,200)
Luke Maye is the get-it-done senior that every team needs down the stretch. He is a double-double machine that averages 14.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He is coming off a monster 20-point, 11-rebound performance on the road against Louisville, where he registered 39.8 fantasy points. Tonight, he takes on an NC State team that only scored 24 points against Virginia Tech this past weekend. In fact, the Wolfpack rank 174th against forwards in DFS, so consider putting Mr. Reliable in your lineup tonight.
Best Value: Nick Ward, Michigan State ($7,000)
Speaking of reliable, junior forward Nick Ward averages the second-most points for the Michigan State Spartans this season, despite only playing 23.1 minutes per game, which ranks fifth on the team. He also averages 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks for the 9th-ranked team in the country. Ward has not missed a single game for Tom Izzo’s squad, while averaging an impressive 28 fantasy points per game. Tonight, the Spartans take on Illinois, who has been atrocious this season. In fact, the Illini rank 356th against forwards in DFS, and more importantly, they rank 259th in opponent’s rebound percentage (.477), which should allow Ward to feast in the post.