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. While Kansas vs. Kansas State is also a part of this pool, I’ve written specific recommendations for that game you can find at Heartland College Sports. So, for this game, I’ll pick three players from Iowa State and three players from Texas, and then two players from the rest of the pool
Here is Tuesday’s lineup/recommendations:
G Gabe Kalscheur ($7,400), G Tamin Lipsey ($5,500), F Osun Osunniyi ($4,300)
Both of the defenses in this game are elite. So points are at a premium. You also have to look at matchups. Kalscheur has been Iowa State’s hottest player. Kansas was incredible focused on him on Saturday and he still scored 23 points and posted 34 fantasy points. Lipsey is a cheap option who, before the Kansas game, was averaging more than 20 fantasy points per game. He’ll help you with assists and steals. Osunniyi has produced well the past couple of games. He had 29 fantasy points against Kansas. He hasn’t been consistent this season, but he gets first shot at the interior production for the Cyclones.
G Marcus Carr ($8,200), G Tyrese Hunter ($6,200), F Dillon Mitchell ($5,300)
The Longhorns are perimeter-driven, so it makes sense to grab both Carr and Hunter. Carr has been the Longhorns’ leading scorer this season and averages more than 30 fantasy points per game. Hunter is facing his former team for the first time. I’m not sure that’s a motivator, but he’s capable of getting you production in several categories as he averages 21 fantasy points per game. I think Iowa State will be quite focused on Texas forward Timmy Allen. That leaves some room to operate for Mitchell, who plays more like a junior than a true freshman. Watch him on the boards. He doesn’t need a play drawn up for him. He creates his own offense.
The Other Two
With $13,100 in cap space, here are the other two non-Big 12 players I picked from the pool in this game:
North Carolina G RJ Davis ($8,600)
Boston College F Devin McGlockton ($4,400)
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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