Big 12 Basketball

Iowa State, West Virginia Daily Fantasy College Basketball Picks

Gabe Kalscheur and Jaren Holmes

Iowa State and West Virginia both have games that are part nine games in the Draft Kings Daily Fantasy Sports for men’s college basketball on Sunday.

This season, when a Big 12 game is part of the pool at Draft Kings, we’ll provide our recommendations for who to take that night. In this case, the recommendations are for a Classic game, which features eight players — three guards, three forwards and two guard/forwards (utility). The lineup must contain players from at least two different games. The salary cap is $50,000.


For the purposes of nights that include Big 12 games, but not enough to fill out a complete Big 12 lineup, we’ll take a guard, a forward and a utility player from each Big 12 team and fill out the remainder of the lineup with players from the rest of the pool. But, since there are two Big 12 teams in the pool, we’ll fill out our lineup with ISU and WVU players while staying under budget.

Here are Sunday’s recommendations:


Jaren Holmes, ISU ($7,500), Joe Toussaint, WVU ($6,500), Caleb Grill, ISU ($5,800)

Holmes has been Iowa State’s most consistent high-level scorer this season and compared to the rest of the pool he was about $2,000 less than top guard in any game Toussaint has been terrific off the bench for the Mountaineers and he’s capable of blowing up. Grill is coming off a huge game against North Carolina. I don’t expect him to have that kind of a game on Sunday. But, he’s going to get you assists and steals, along with points. I had to stay away from Erik Stevenson of WVU here due to his ankle injury. He’ll probably play, but if he doesn’t, Toussaint will likely benefit the most, scoring-wise.


Aljaz Kunc, ISU ($6,100), Osun Ossunyi, ISU ($6,000), Emmitt Matthews Jr., WVU ($5,700)

The value was evident here. Their fantasy season averages range from 24 points (Kunc) to 18 points (Matthews). They’re consistent, too. I’d love to get more rebounding out of Ossunyi, but he’s a consistent double-digit scorer and he’s going to play quite a bit. Matthews just passed 1,000 career points and he’s playing his best offensive basketball for WVU. Kunc does a little bit of everything and that has value in the scoring system.



F Tre Mitchell, WVU ($5,400), G Gabe Kalscheur, ISU ($5,200)

It was easy to get Mitchell and Kalscheur and keep things under budget. In fact, we were about $1,000 under budget. Mitchell gives me a sixth player that is averaging 20 or more fantasy points this season. Kalscheur is averaging a little more than 17, but he can hit 20 easily, and did so against Villanova the other night.

Scoring system: Point: +1 Pt; Made 3pt Shot: +0.5 Pts; Rebound: +1.25 Pts; Assist: +1.5 Pts; Steal: +2 Pts; Block: +2 Pts; Turnover: -0.5 Pts; Double-Double (Max 1 Per Player: Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals) +1.5 Pts; Triple-Double: Max 1 Per Player (Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks, Steals): +3 Pts

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