FanDuel College Basketball Picks for Thursday, February 13th

February 13 11:56am
Nick Sharp

At FanDuel, we don’t take breaks. Even with the NBA off enjoying their All-Star break and the NHL resting up due to the Sochi Olympics, we’ve got a big weekend of college basketball to enjoy here on FanDuel. It all starts with the Before the Madness series, which features some of the biggest college basketball tournaments DFS has ever seen. Make sure to get in early! These things are filling fast. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the top players to consider getting on your squads for tonight’s contests.

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Dough McDermott (Creighton $10,000) – He has been the centerpiece of a high-powered Creighton offense and should be the centerpiece of any Fantasy lineup. After a tough loss to St. John’s on Sunday, look for more focused and intense play against a Butler defense that gave up 88 points the last time these two met.

 

Bobby Portis (Arkansas $7,000) – For all you GPP’ers out there, this guy is the statistically volatile player with the huge potential upside you’ve been looking for. He had a less than stellar outing most recently against Vandy, but he’s been showing an increased consistency on the boards and if he can add some points in along with a couple blocks, he’s looking at another big night against a soft Missouri defense.

 

Xavier Johnson (Colorado $6,600) – After point guard Spencer Dinwiddie’s season-ending knee injury, Johnson’s role with the team has dramatically increased along with his fantasy value. This increase has coincided with a three game win streak capped off with a career-high 27 point game against Washington.

 

Rashad Smith (Tulsa $6,200) –  With 3 games under his belt since his return from his January injury, Smith’s been getting back into consistent form on the court and in his fantasy production. He should have no problem exceeding his 23.3 FPPG average against Conference USA opponent East Carolina.

 

Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin $5,300) – The Badgers are coming off a huge win against top 10 Michigan State and are looking for redemption at home against a Golden Gophers team that got the better of them back in January. The freshman forward has been gaining confidence and minutes during the season, and will be looking to step up his rebounding and scoring to maintain the over 20 FPPG average he’s sustained over the last 4 games.

 

Guards

 

Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall $7,200) – Seton Hall will be at home facing a red hot St. John’s team that dished out a heartbreaking 1 point loss to the Pirates in their last meeting. Between consistent play all season, a home crowd, and the recent offensive downturn of fellow point guard Fuquan Edwin, Gibbs should have another solid night.

 

Nic Moore (SMU $6,800) – SMU is coming off a big win against Cincinnati, who’s stout defense surrendered 76 points to the Mustangs. With Moore facing a less than daunting Rutgers defense, and a hot SMU team looking to avenge an earlier loss, Moore will be shooting and distributing his way to big night.

 

Brandon Taylor (Utah $5,900) – Utah, along with Taylor, have both been getting their swagger back the last few games. They’ll be facing a weak USC defense and with Taylor settling in and stepping up his secondary stat production, he should provide the most bang for your fantasy buck for the Utes.

 

Travis Trice (MSU $4,900) – Since starter Keith Appling has been sidelined with a wrist injury, Trice has been picking up some big playing time. If he continues to play over 30 minutes a game with this strong Spartan team, he could be the value play of the day with his $4,900 price tag. Appling is expecting to miss the game against Northwestern, but keep an eye out as he is technically still day-to-day.

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