DFS College Basketball: Thursday Preview (Main)

DFS College Basketball: Thursday Preview (Main)

This article is part of our DFS College Basketball series.

Conference championship week is in full swing, which means we've got a full slate on tap. The team with the highest projected point total is surprisingly the Missouri Tigers, a logical place to start today's preview.

Targets

1. Jeremiah Tilmon, F, Missouri ($6,500 DK, $6,200 FD)

Georgia had the worst defensive efficiency in the SEC during conference play, and it's also one of the worst rebounding teams in the conference. If the matchup wasn't enough, Tilmon also has the second-highest usage rate on the team while also boasting the highest effective field goal percentage in the SEC. All in all, Tilmon offers a high floor with significant upside thanks to the matchup.

2. Jalen Wilson, F, Kansas ($7,600 DK, $5,600 FD)

Key note for this game: David McCormack is out. This means Mitch Lightfoot ($4,100 DK, $3,700 FD) will likely see extra minutes, but it also means that Wilson will take on a bigger role as he now has the highest usage rate among healthy Jayhawks. Wilson also leads the Jayhawks in rebounding, which is notable because Oklahoma is a subpar when it comes to securing rebounds. All signs indicate a busy, productive day for Wilson.

3. Evan Mobley, Isaiah Mobley, F, USC ($8,700 DK)

We have three exclusive games, and USC happens to be going against the weakest defense of the bunch. In addition to having a shaky defense, Utah also struggles to grab rebounds. The Mobley Brothers lead the Trojans in rebounds, giving them a key matchup advantage entering the game.

Fades

1. Trayce Jackson-Davis, F, Indiana ($7,700 DK, $8,100 FD)

The Hoosiers haven't scored more than 60 points in the last three games, and there's a good chance it might happen again Thursday, because Rutgers' defense is ranked No. 17 in the country in terms of adjusted efficiency.  Jackson-Davis' production recently plummeted, coinciding with the team's recent skid. Jackson-Davis offers an intriguing buy-low opportunity if you're looking to fade Rutgers, but Indiana hasn't won a game in over three weeks, so I'm skeptical at this point.

2. Justyn Mutts, F, Virginia Tech ($6,600 DK, $5,500 FD)

North Carolina's defense is ranked No. 15 in the country in terms of adjusted efficiency, explaining why the Hokies are expected to have one of the lower point totals on the slate. The Tar Heels are also an elite rebounding team, so Mutts might have a tougher time collecting rebounds. Mutts also has one of the lowest offensice efficiency ratings on the team. 

3. Myreon Jones, G, Penn State ($7,000 DK, $6,700 FD)

Penn State faces an uphill battle, as Wisconsin's defense is ranked No. 13 in the country. These two teams already played each other twice, with each team winning at home. Jones played okay in University Park, but then put up a dud in Madison. He'll need to play a lot better the third time around in order to satisfy DFS players. I don't see it happening.

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Steve Peralta
Graduated from USC in 2012 while interning for ESPN and FOX Sports. Following graduation, I started working full-time for FOX Sports and been there ever since. Been an avid fantasy player for over fifteen years. In addition to my fantasy teams, you'll also find me rooting for the USC Trojans and New York Yankees.
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