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 Tuesday.
Those games are Baylor at Kansas State, Texas Tech at Oklahoma, and Iowa State at Texas.
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.
Here is Tuesday’s lineup/recommendations:
Markquis Nowell, Kansas State ($9,100), Jaylon Tyson, Texas Tech ($7,700), LJ Cryer, Baylor ($6,500)
A few weeks ago I’m not sure I would have paid this much cap space for Nowell. But now? I’m willing to. He’s put together four straight games of 30 or more fantasy points for the Wildcats. Keyontae Johnson has been as consistent, but he hasn’t been as explosive. I’ll pay the premium in a game where Baylor’s defense is a good matchup for him.
Tyson is on a hot streak for Texas Tech, coming off a 38.75-point fantasy game against West Virginia. But, he’s hit at least 30 fantasy points in three of his last five games. With the Red Raiders’ sense of urgency to try and make a play for the NCAA Tournament, I expect Tyson to continue his fine play.
The guards are the ones worth having for Baylor. After maxing out for Nowell, I’m looking for the cheapest option for the Bears, and that’s Cryer. He can get you a 30-point fantasy game as easily as his teammates, Adam Flagler and Keyonte George. He just won’t cost you as much.
Fardaws Aimaq, Texas Tech ($7,200), Aljaz Kunc, Iowa State ($6,200), Dylan Disu, Texas ($5,500)
I’ll take Aimaq as one of my multiple players from two teams, and at $7,200 he’s a great price. He’s coming off a double-double against West Virginia and he has his basketball legs under him. I don’t think that Oklahoma has a player capable of defending him one-on-one, and the way they play through him at the high post he can beat you a lot of different ways.
From here, I have to get a little cheap as the cap space is dwindling and I still need an Oklahoma player. Kunc has played well since his return and Disu is a player that can get you 20 fantasy points. The elite defense in this game could cap their numbers, though.
F David N’Guessan, Kansas State ($4,300), F Sam Godwin, Oklahoma ($3,500)
N’Guessan falls perfectly in my budget. I just need the player that went off against TCU a couple of weeks ago and not the one that scored negative fantasy points last week. This will be an athletic, up-and-down game and that suits N’Guessan.
Godwin is a boom-or-bust player. But he’s the one significant interior presence for Oklahoma and he’s coming off scoring 20-plus fantasy points against West Virginia.
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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