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Big 12 Basketball Daily Fantasy Picks for January 14

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There are two Big 12 men’s games in the Draft Kings Daily Fantasy Sports afternoon pool for men’s college basketball as Big 12 play continues on Saturday.

Iowa State is at Kansas and Oklahoma State is at Baylor.

 

This season, when Big 12 games are part of the pool at Draft Kings, I’ll provide my recommendations based on the lineup I’m playing that day. 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.

The goal is to fill out a complete Big 12 lineup. With two Big 12 games in the queue I’m going to take two players from each of the four teams.

Here is Saturday’s lineup/recommendations:

Guards

Adam Flagler, Baylor ($8,400); Gabe Kalscheur, Iowa State ($7,600); Bryce Thompson, Oklahoma State ($5,800)

Baylor is going up against a Top 10 defense as rated by KenPom. In this case, I think you have to try and go with as many sure things as you can. Keyonte George is the one coming off the huge game, but I think that only means that the Cowboys are going to focus on George. That potentially gives Flagler a bit more room to operate.

 

Kalscheur is one of several hot shooters for Iowa State. I could take Caleb Grill or Tamin Lipsey. But I’ll grab the guy who is on the hottest streak of his college career.

Avery Anderson III is questionable for the game. If he can’t play, Thompson has a shot at a big game against a Baylor defense that is not the Baylor defense we’ve gotten used to watching the past few seasons.

Forwards

Jalen Wilson, Kansas ($9,100); Jalen Bridges, Baylor ($7,200); Tyreek Smith, Oklahoma State ($4,300)

Again, when facing elite defenses, I think you have to go with the sure things. Wilson is the sure thing here. Iowa State’s defense is also a Top 10 KenPom defense, so that means Wilson will get a lot of attention. But he’s the player on this team that can rise above it.

Bridges is the same logic. He’s been consistent in his last five games, netting at least 20 fantasy points. Plus, he’s coming off a double-double. If Moussa Cisse is unable to play, that makes things a bit easier for Bridges.

 

Smith would benefit if Cisse is unable to play, and he comes cheap. He’s managed at least 10 fantasy points in four of his last five games and snagged 20.25 points in the Cowboys’ loss to Kansas State.

Utility

F Robert Jones, Iowa State ($4,400), G Bobby Pettiford Jr., Kansas ($3,100)

With $7,500 left over, I have to look for cheap points. Jones has been on a nice run inside for the Cyclones, and he has some size advantage inside against Kansas’ KJ Adams. Pettiford has reached 20 fantasy points recently, but his output will be dependent on the kind of job the Iowa State defense does on DaJuan Harris Jr.

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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