CBB Double-Team, Sweet Sixteen
The second round of the double dribble will focus on Thursday and Friday games combined since most sites are running the Sweet Sixteen games as a two night combined slate, and there are some larger GPPs across the industry, including the 50k Madness on DraftKings. Dubdeuces85 and myself will each offer a top and mid-priced pick at each position as well as a value play, then briefly respond to the
other’s choices. As always comments and feedback are greatly appreciated.
Gsulaw 16 Picks:
Shabazz Napier, UConn (Stud)
The big question this week will be Kane, Napier, or both. You can’t really go wrong with either. Napier is playing out of his mind right now, and will get a huge tempo bump against a fast paced ISU team.
DubDeuces Thoughts: It’s really going to come down to Kane or Napier in a lot of spots and exposure to both is a smart move. If you can fit them both, you’re well on your way to winning some money.
Josh Richardson, Tennessee (Mid-Priced)
Richardson has really turned up his performance in the tourney, averaging around 29 fantasy points per game, well above his season average 16.4 DK points. Michigan is the worst team left in the tournament in terms of adjusted defense, and I like his recent performance for a price that it at the lower end of the middle-tier price range.
Dub Deuces Thoughts: I’m one of the few people not on Richardson, especially after his big game against Mercer. He is the 3rd or 4th option on the team and Jordan Mcrae was in foul trouble most of that game which opened up more opportunities for Richardson to shoot the ball. I think he is a fine option, but I won’t be building my lineups around him.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee (Stud)
High floor, high upside, high priced. There are a lot of studs playing this round, but if you can fit him get him in your lineups. His tear in the tournament is well above his season averages. Jordan Morgan and the Michigan front court aren’t going to do anything to slow him down.
DubDeuces Thoughts: Michigan can’t defend bigs at all. This could get ugly really fast if they don’t devise a way to keep Stokes out of the paint. Massive floor and upside as GSU said. His price is getting a bit high for me and I prefer paying up at guard(like always) but he is going to be a top 5 option of the Sweet 16 round for sure.
Patric Young, Florida (Mid-Priced)
Florida is a balanced very balanced team, and Young only averages about 20 fantasy points per game. Wilbekin is the hot hand for the Gators right now, but the defensive strength of UCLA is against guards. Young shouldn’t have a problem paying off his reasonable number against the Wear twins and the UCLA front court in this matchup. His center eligibility on DraftKings is also a plus.
DubDeuces Thoughts: I would only consider him on Fanduel because of his amazing shot blocking ability as the rim protector for the Gators. He’s not in play for me on the other two sites simply because It’s hard to predict who will get the most touches in the Florida front court. We never know if it will be Young, Finney-Smith, Yeguete, etc. He’s in play, but he won’t win you any GPPs.
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin (Value) (GPP Only)
No, I’m not crazy. Yes, I know he is not a starter. I’m also aware he only played 10 minutes against Oregon. To fit the studs into your roster, sometimes you have to take a calculated risk, and Hayes is mine. Bo Ryan is effective at playing matchups and I look for him to try to go big by moving Dekker to the three and inserting Hayes at the four to offset the length of Baylor. He has an effective mid-range game which stacks up well against the Baylor zone and he could be very productive at near min salary. This is a high-risk, high-reward choice that even I wouldn’t touch in cash games, however.
DubDeuces Thoughts: You hit on your value picks last week so I trust you on this one. Trust you enough to actually play him? Ask me again closer to roster lock.
Deandre Kane, Iowa State (Stud)
I’m looking forward to the senior vs senior matchup between Kane and Napier. This will be the game of the tournament and you will want as many Cyclones/Huskies as you can fit into your lineups. For me Kane will be in every lineup on every site in every format. If you like money I suggest you do the same.
Gsulaw Thoughts: I like Napier slightly better, and will be rostering him if I have to choose between the two. I can’t argue with anyone who chooses to go the other way, however.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida (Mid-Priced)
Wilbekin is a special player. He is capable of taking over any game he wants honestly but he prefers to get his teammates involved. This type of stat sheet stuffer on a short slate is exactly what you need to move to the next round of your survivor tournaments. I think a lot of people will be fading this game because of pace concerns but on Thursday only games, you will be hard pressed to not have some exposure.
Gsulaw Thoughts: He’s played really well in the tournament. I like him and the pace against UCLA, but I think the Bruins defense against guards is under-rated. They are vulnerable to attack in the paint, so that’s where I’ll be looking for Florida.
Aaron Gordon, Arizona (Stud)
Get familiar with the name Aaron Gordon if you haven’t already. He is a future NBA star in my opinion. This is going to be a very physical battle between the Wildcats and Aztecs. Gordon is pretty much matchup proof at this point and SDSU has little chance of keeping him from getting what he wants. He is extremely affordable on DS and in must play territory for me.
Gsulaw Thoughts: This is where I have tempo and defense concerns. SDSU, like Arizona, is an elite defensive unit and it makes me think twice about paying up for anybody in this game. Gordon posted a 16/8/2 line against SDSU when they played early in the year, and I think that is on the higher end of what you can expect in the rematch. I think he will be right around value, but limited upside given the matchup. I think I’d rather mine Arizona for less expensive options.
Deandre Daniels, UConn (Mid-Priced)
One thing you need to know about Iowa States defense is that they take risks and don’t defend the big men well. Daniels is a floater and would rather take jumpers than drive but he is capable of doing both. He is playing with a ton of confidence right now and makes an excellent play in a fast paced game.Gsulaw Thoughts: I will be playing some Daniels in this slate, but will be doing so with gritted teeth. He is a bit unpredictable and has burned me before, and this game could turn into the Napier Show, while the other Huskies watch. That said, you have to trust your research and it all says Daniels should play well. You just have to hope he actually goes out and does it.
Gabe York, Arizona (Value Play Across The Board)
Gabe has been playing some serious minutes in this tournament and paying his price each time yet his price remains depressed across the industry. He’s played 55 minutes in the two games thus far and Zona is going to continue to lean on him to play heavy minutes off the bench against a tough Aztec defense. He’s good for about 8-12 points, 2-4 boards, and 2-3 assists. You’ll take that all day from a near min salary guy. Value plays are tough to come by at this stage of the tournament and York is one of the best options.
Gsulaw Thoughts: I agree. Not a lot of guys in his price range with consistency. Not a high ceiling against SDSU but you don’t need that in a value guy. Probably the cheapest near min guy on the board.