College Hoops DFS Plays: Thursday 3/11

Spencer Limbach
·4 min read

Tonight’s College Hoops DFS slate differs for each platform. On FanDuel, we have a seven-game slate that starts at 6:30 ET. Over on DraftKings, three additional games are added to the mix. Here are the odds - with an asterisk next to the three exclusive games on DraftKings:

Indiana vs. Rutgers (-3) / Total: 130.5

Oklahoma vs. Kansas (-2.5) / Total: 137.5

Georgia vs. Missouri (-6) / Total: 153.5

North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech (+4) / Total: 140

Penn State vs. Wisconsin (-5.5) / Total: 134

Texas Tech vs. Texas (+1.5) / Total: 135.5

*Utah vs. USC (-6.5) / Total: 140* - DK Only

*DePaul vs. UConn (-12) / Total: 133* - DK Only

*South Carolina vs. Mississippi (-7) / Total: 140.5* - DK Only

Take note that Duke-Florida State will not play tonight as previously scheduled.

With that, let’s get to the daily fantasy analysis!

GUARDS

Geo Baker - Rutgers (vs. Indiana) - FD: $5,000 - DK: $6,200

Outside of a dud at Nebraska on March 1, Baker has been great for fantasy purposes lately. That includes 28, 45, and 24 fantasy points in his other three most recent games. The 45 FP outburst came against the same Indiana team he’ll face tonight, so there’s room for upside. Baker’s non-imposing salary leaves room for the top-dollar picks of this slate, and he’s a solid option through all DFS formats.

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Dru Smith / Mark Smith - Missouri

Dru Smith is $6,400 on FanDuel and $8,100 on DraftKings. Needless to say: he’s a better ‘per dollar’ acquisition on FanDuel. Meanwhile, Mark Smith is $4,100 on FD and $4,800 on DK - so he’s acceptable on both sites. Missouri finds themselves in a great matchup vs. Georgia, who ranks fourth in pace and 237th in defensive efficiency. This is the highest-scoring game of the night (153.5), and “the Smiths” should be able to find their way to respectable fantasy value.

Luis Rodriguez - Mississippi - FD: N/A - DK: $5,400

This is a DraftKings’ exclusive play, so keep that in mind. Rodriguez profiles as one of the best values of the slate according to our CBB DFS Optimizer. Similar to Missouri, the Rebels find themselves in a great spot while playing up in pace. Their opponent, South Carolina, ranks ninth in tempo and 260th in defensive efficiency. The 6’6” sophomore should see plenty of minutes, points, and rebounds to patch together a strong showing in this one.

Also Consider: Austin Reaves, James Bouknight (DK), Elijah Harkless, Devontae Shuler (DK)

FORWARDS

Day’Ron Sharpe / Walker Kessler - North Carolina

Both of these guys are injury-dependent picks, especially Kessler. Garrison Brooks is questionable for North Carolina, and his absence would open the door for more minutes/production for both of these guys. That was the case against Notre Dame last night, and Sharpe / Kessler came through with 32 and 49 fantasy points respectively. Kessler is a guy who can fill up the box score in a hurry, but he needs Brooks to miss time in order to get respectable minutes. Keep an eye on the injury report (scanning Twitter before the game works) to gain clarity on Brooks’ status.

Jalen Wilson - Kansas - FD: $5,600 - DK: $7,600

David McCormack is out for the Jayhawks, meaning Jalen Wilson will need to step up in the frontcourt. You can also look towards Mitch Lightfoot as an injury replacement, but we aren’t exactly sure how the minutes will be doled out. Wilson’s status has more clarity, as he has stepped up for 30+ fantasy points in four of his last seven.

Trayce Jackson-Davis - FD: $8,100 - DK: $7,700

Jackson-Davis has been pretty underwhelming over his last three games. However, those came in tough matchups against Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue. I’m betting on a bounce-back performance tonight vs. Rutgers. The last time Jackson-Davis faced the Scarlet Knights, he came through with 41 fantasy points in 32 minutes. These conference tournaments can help rejuvenate players who have fallen in a rut, and that could be the case with Jackson-Davis.

Also Consider: Keve Aluma (top projection in Optimizer), Armando Bacot, Romello White