Regular Fridays during the college basketball season are typically duds from a DFS standpoint. We might might get a couple A-10 games, but that's usually about it. But this is opening week, and FanDuel has a respectable six-game slate filled with plenty of Power 5 talent. Let's go ahead and take a look.
Note: Moneylines and over/unders were unavailable at the time of posting. DraftKings will have contests too in all likelihood, and I'll try to update soon after they are live. Hopefully, much of the same analysis applies in the meantime.
Friday Update: Added moneylines, over/unders & DraftKings salaries. DK also had four games that were not on the FanDuel slate, so my thoughts on those are below.
Stanford (-4.5) @ UNC-Wilmington, o/u 159.5, 7 p.m. EST (FanDuel only)
It's understandable for newer DFS players to shy away from mid-majors, but I like UNC-WIlmington's Devontae Cacok ($8,400 FD) here when it comes to high-priced options on the slate. Harper is overpriced after a big opening night. Ahmad is good but not exceptional. Waters could be limited by a slow-paced game. In steps Cacok, who averaged 18.9 points and 15.8 rebounds at home last season. He does have to deal with seven-footer Josh Sharma and is a bit of a foul trouble risk (he fouled out opening night), but there's a ton of GPP upside here. Ty Taylor ($8,100 FD) did have 29 and 8 on opening night, so he could be in play as well – and doesn't come