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, since it’s a specific game for just Kansas and Kansas State, the recommendations are for a six-player team, with one selected player — the captain — getting 1.5 times the fantasy points. The salary cap is $50,000.
The goal is to fill out a complete Big 12 lineup. With two teams and six slots, we can do just that.
Here is Tuesday’s lineup/recommendations:
F Jalen Wilson, Kansas ($15,300)
Wilson is $2,000 cheaper than the most expensive player in this game, Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell. Look, I saw Nowell in person on Saturday against TCU and the Horned Frogs did a great job on him defensively. Nowell still managed 26.5 fantasy points. So this isn’t a knock on Nowell. He’ll produce on Tuesday night.
But, Wilson has scored at least 30 fantasy point in every Big 12 game so far. That includes the 38.75 points he scored against Iowa State, which is an elite defense. So is Oklahoma State, which Kansas beat in its Big 12 opener. Wilson had 31 fantasy points in that game.
He’s the most consistent player at the top of the board. He’s also the most likely to double-double in this game. I’ll take him in the captain spot and save the money.
With Wilson off the board, I’ll take two more Jayhawks and three Wildcats.
The Remaining Five
Kansas: G Gradey Dick ($7,400), F KJ Adams ($7,000)
Kansas State: F Keyontae Johnson ($9,400), F Nae’Qwan Tomlin ($6,600), G Cam Carter ($4,000)
I’m surprised that Dick and Adams are as cheap as they are, given their production. Adams is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week and coming off two of the best games of his career. Wilson will see a lot of the defensive heat from K-State and will likely still produce. That gives Adams room to operate inside, where he’s averaging 22.8 fantasy points. Dick actually wasn’t my original pick. But in an effort to calibrate the K-State side of the lineup, I ended up being able to fit him under the salary cap. His 28.2 fantasy points per game speaks for itself. He’s incredible consistent for a true freshman.
If I’m not going to take Nowell, then I have to get Johnson, who has been incredibly reliable this season, both in fantasy and in reality. He’s coming off a 34.75-point fantasy game against TCU. Tomlin is cheap production in this game. He brought home 26.5 fantasy points against TCU and averages nearly 25 per game. As for Carter, he’s the guard I had to room to fit in under the cap. Kansas will pay a lot of attention to Nowell. I’m banking on Carter being the beneficiary. But it easily could be Desi Sills. But I couldn’t fit his salary under the cap. So Carter it is.
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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