Big 12 Basketball Daily Fantasy Picks for Feb. 8
There are three Big 12 games in the Draft Kings Daily Fantasy Sports pool for men’s college basketball as Big 12 play continues on Wednesday.
Those games are Iowa State at West Virginia, Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma 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 guards/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 three games and six teams, I’ll take at least one player from each team, and a second from two.
Here is Wednesday’s lineup/recommendations:
Keyonte George, Baylor ($8,200), Grant Sherfield, Oklahoma ($6,800), Gabe Kalscheur, Iowa State ($6,300)
George and Adam Flagler are both on the Jerry West Top 10 list. From a fantasy perspective, George and Flagler are basically the same. George has been a little more productive in the last three games and he costs $200 less than Flagler.
Sherfield should be a quality play on Wednesday night. Baylor’s fantasy opponent ranking against Sherfield is No. 260. He’s a solid outside shooter who can also get you assists and a few rebounds. He’ll have to do a good job of recognizing when Baylor switches defenses and avoiding the traps in the 1-3-1.
Kalscheur is averaging about as much in daily fantasy (22.5 ppg) as his teammate, Jaren Holmes (25.0 ppg). Holmes will probably get more attention, and from a fantasy perspective, Kalscheur has been a bit better on the road. So I’ll save a bit of money and go with Kalscheur.
One note — yes, I’m leaving off the most productive guard in the conference in the last two games in West Virginia’s Erik Stevenson. ISU’s elite defense has me worried has fantasy production will take a steep drop.
Kalib Boone, Oklahoma State ($6,900), Daniel Batcho, Texas Tech ($5,600), Emmitt Matthews Jr., West Virginia ($5,300)
I need an Oklahoma State player and I’ll go with the hottest one. He was just named the Big 12 Player of the Week. Even with Moussa Cisse taking some of his playing time, he’s a solid shot at a double-double against a quality Tech defense.
Batcho has a solid matchup against Oklahoma State, which has an opponent defensive ranking of No. 143 against him. As good as Boone and Cisse have been, Batcho will be tough to handle. I’m rolling the dice a bit, but I don’t believe that Fardaws Aimaq will play on Wednesday.
Matthews is a cheap option. I have no idea who will step up inside for WVU from game to game, and Tre Mitchell has been in a bit of a downturn fantasy-wise. Matthews isn’t a matchup nightmare for ISU. But, he’s the player I think can fall through the cracks a bit and have a better-than-expected game.
G Caleb Asberry, Oklahoma State ($5,300), F Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, Baylor ($5,000)
Who is going to fill Avery Anderson III’s shoes now that he’s out? Asberry scored more than 30 fantasy points in the Cowboys’ last game. It’s probably too much to ask for that again. But let’s ride the wave and see if we can get some cheap points.
Tchamwa Tchatchoua will be limited by how much he’s in basketball shape. But in 13 minutes on Saturday, he scored 13.5 fantasy points. Oklahoma’s interior personnel doesn’t scare me. ‘Everyday John’ could grab 20 fantasy points on the cheap.
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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