This article is part of our DFS College Basketball series.
Conference play is officially upon us, which changes up the college basketball DFS landscape quite a bit. For starters, we're much less likely to find easy stack options against a lower-tier, fast-paced schools. In fact, the requirement for these obscure evaluations ends almost entirely. Furthermore, the algorithms have had a large enough sample size to even out, so giant salary differences between sites are much less likely to exist. Rather than looking as much at implied points and pace (though still important), DFS players will need to zero in on individual matchups and schemes more than ever before.
On the positive side, projected minutes totals will become easier to predict. While foul trouble and in-game injuries still serve as variables, there is typically less blowout potential in games. Therefore, a player who starts and sees 28.0 MPG for five games in a row is a much safer bet to reach that total again in game No. 6. Another benefit is more players now that college football has essentially came to a close. We should soon start to see bigger contests (and prize pools), especially on Saturdays.
Of course, each year is different, and it remains to be seen how strongly this observational evidence applies again in the first year back for college basketball DFS. But without further delay, let's dive in with a closer look at Wednesday's large slate of games.
Dedric Lawson, Kansas ($9,000 FD, $10,400 DK): I've learned my lesson about recommending a fade on Lawson,