DFS College Basketball: Saturday Preview
DFS College Basketball: Saturday Preview

This article is part of our DFS College Basketball series.

DraftKings and FanDuel share eight games Saturday. We will focus on those games and also comment on each site's exclusive games.

Slate Overview

Michigan (-1) vs. Michigan State O/U: 142.5

Auburn (-5) vs. LSU O/U: 154

Kansas (-8) at TCU O/U: 130

Kentucky (-2.5) at Tennessee O/U: 131.5

Indiana (-3) vs. Purdue O/U: 130

Dayton (-12.5) vs. Saint Louis O/U: 138.5

West Virginia (-2.5) at Oklahoma O/U: 140

Villanova (-3.5) vs. Seton Hall O/U: 141

Florida State (-14) vs. Miami O/U: 144 (DraftKings only)

Florida (-3) at Mississippi O/U: 136.5 (DraftKings only)

Georgetown (-4.5) vs. DePaul O/U: 148.5 (FanDuel only)

Pittsburgh (-2.5) vs. Georgia Tech O/U: 131 (FanDuel only)

Top Players

Xavier Tillman, Michigan State (DK $8,900, FD $8,300) at Michigan

Tillman is always a double-double threat and in the midst of an excellent 10-game tear in which he's averaged 13.5 points and 10.4 rebounds and 41 FP per game. Both teams will be primed for this intra-state rivalry, and the favorable 142.5 line helps to make the case for Tillman.

Collin Gillespie, Villanova (DK $7,500, FD $6,500) vs. Seton Hall

The 6-foot-3 junior is coming off one of his best games of the season, a 28-point performance in a narrow loss against Butler.   Even though the matchup is more favorable for the Wildcats in the frontcourt, it'll be up to Gillespie to deliver the ball to his big men inside.  His numbers have consistently trended up since early January, a good indicator that the best is yet to come for Gillespie.

Trendon Watford, LSU (DK $7,200, FD $5,800) at Auburn

The 6-9 freshman comes at a slightly lower price than teammates Skylar Mays ($7,500) and Emmitt Williams ($7,300), but I believe it's Watford who has the biggest upside. Williams' numbers are nothing short of prolific, but Watford is a cinch to go below Willams' ownership percentage on Saturday. He's especially attractive on FanDuel, coming in at a significant discount.

Samir Doughty, Auburn (DK $6,700, FD $6,400) vs. LSU

Doughty has been clutch for the Tigers recently, scoring at least 26 fantasy points in five consecutive games. He also knows how to draw a foul, as he's averaged 10.7 free-throw attempts the last three games. This game also boasts the highest O/U total on the slate.

Isaac Okoro, Auburn (DK $6,500, FD $5,700) vs. LSU

Okoro is another great value — I continue to be amazed at low salaries for this game on FanDuel. The 6-6 freshman has heated up in conference play, averaging a 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in his last four games.

Also consider: Saddiq Bey, Villanova (DK $7,400, FD $6,400) vs. Seton Hall

Value Plays

Romaro Gill, Seton Hall (DK $5,800, FD $6,200) at Villanova

I've put up Gill in my column multiple times, as his shot-blocking skills are a lock to pad his fantasy total.  He ranks third in the nation with 3.6 blocks per game, which is the anchor of his fantasy output.  

Javonte Perkins, Saint Louis (DK $5,400, FD $5,200) at Dayton

Perkins' play off the bench distinguishes him as one of the best sixth-men in the country, and the lopsided spread in this game could increase production for the supporting casts of both teams. Hasahn French's numbers are worthy of mention, but Perkins is the best value for the Billikens.

Evan Boudreaux, Purdue (DK $5,400, FD $4,100) at Indiana

Boudreaux makes another appearance in my value column.  The 6-8 senior has now started in four consecutive games, averaging 24 minutes. He's averaging 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as starter, and is another great FanDuel value play.

EJ Montgomery, Kentucky (DK $4,700, FD $4,400) at Tennessee

Montgomery's numbers are nothing to write home about, but in his last game he finally scored in double-digits. The 6-10 sophomore has a slight height advantage over Tennessee's 6-9 John Fulkerson, so he could be a bit more productive in this game.

DraftKings Only

Florida State (-14) vs. Miami O/U: 144

Multiple players likely will return from injury for the Hurricanes, so Dejan Vasiljevic ($6,400) could be the only stable cash option for Miami due to uncertainty at other positions. I wouldn't mind going with Kameron McGusty ($5,800) as a value play if he returns. Devin Vassell ($7,900) is the best option for the Seminoles.

Florida (-3) at Mississippi O/U: 136.5

Kerry Blackshear Jr. ($7,500) leads Florida among the trio of Blackshear, Keyontae Johnson ($7,400) and Andrew Nembhard ($7,300). I wouldn't go beyond Breein Tyree ($7,300) on the other side of the ball.

FanDuel Only

Georgetown (-4.5) vs. DePaul O/U: 148.5

If Mac McClung (foot) doesn't play, Jahvon Blair ($4,100) would emerge as one of the best FanDuel value plays.  DePaul's Paul Reed ($8,700) continues to be worth every penny, and Omer Yurtseven ($8,000) is on a noticeable upward trend for the Hoyas.

Pittsburgh (-2.5) vs. Georgia Tech O/U: 131

I like Justin Champagnie ($6,400) over a lot of higher-priced options due to his steady upward trend the last few games, and Georgia Tech's Michael Devoe ($6,300) is also at a very favorable price.  This game is littered with a lot of lower-priced elites and value targets.

Game to Target

West Virginia (-2.5) at Oklahoma O/U: 140

I've already expressed my affinity for the Auburn/LSU matchup, but this is another fast-paced game that should have yielded a few endorsements. I prefer Kristian Doolittle (DK $7,700, FD $6,600) over Brady Manek for Oklahoma, but a recommendation for West Virginia is a little more difficult. With Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe siphoning each other's output, I'd rather go with Jermaine Haley (DK $5,500, FD $4,900).

Game to Fade

Kansas (-8) at TCU O/U: 130

 I will happily fade this game in favor of other targets as it has one of the lowest O/U totals on the slate and also one of the wider spreads.

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Jeff Edgerton
Jeff has provided sports content for numerous sports outlets and has played fantasy sports since scores had to be tabulated via newspaper. He started working with RotoWire in 2017. Originally from South Carolina, he's a lifelong Clemson fan now enjoying the sun in Los Angeles.
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