NCAA Basketball for 3/14/15
Last week was a big one for the Shark. I was so confident with my Fanduel picks I entered the same exact lineup in two different leagues. I promised I would be better, and like Mario Chalmers in the 2008 National Championship, I rose to the occasion.
JR the Shark finished 2nd in one league, and 3rd in the other league. Two top three finishes… This is unheard of! (See results below.) In the spirit of March Madness, I am getting hot at the right time. Not only were the Sharks lineups money last week, but so were the individual player predictions. Frank Kaminsky my projected Scrub of the Week scored 29.5 Fanduel points. I projected around 30 points, which was spot on. Not that he was awful, but at his price of $10,600 he was well under his value and under his season average, which made him a scrub. Additionally, the Maryland backcourt of Wells and Trimble went off both eclipsing 30 Fanduel points.
Rise to be Rewarded
- Tonight there will be one question… Who will step up? With four of the major conference tournaments involved in tonights Fanduel, each of the eight teams will be looking for an unsung hero. When looking at the prices of each player, the leaders are priced very high this week and the role players are much lower. I have incorporated a mix of the two. Hopefully, my role players will rise.
Forward Georges Niang $8,400 IOWST @ KANS
SUPER HOT FIRE. As of late Niang has been EN FUEGO. He has had 30+ points in his last four games and has been the key to the Cyclones success. I am riding this wave, no question.
Forward Jameel McKay $8,200 IOWST @ KANS
The guy is consistent what else can I say. He gets the minutes and has been solid all year. I also could not take Niang without his partner in crime McKay. With the injury to Perry Ellis and the release of Cliff Alexander I expect both of Iowa States big men to have big nights.
Forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson $7,100 ORGN @ ARZNA
I think RHJ is the key to Arizona’s success. When he performs, the team succeeds. In a big game with a big stage, the big man will show up. Expect 2+ blocks from this guy and some clutch points in the paint down the stretch of this game.
Forward Matt Stainbrook $6,600 XAV @ VLLNV
I stayed away from this guy during the regular season as Xavier has a Socialist mentality when distributing minutes, but the guy has been great as of late and I think his rebounding will be important for a victory.
Forward Dillon Brooks $5,500 ORGN @ ARZNA
Brooks is one of the players that will need to step up big time if Oregon wants to take the title. He has seen an increased role as the season has progressed. Tonight he will have to shine.
Guard Dylan Ennis $6,200 XAV @ VLLNV
This game will be high scoring and Ennis is one of the go to guys on this squad. He is another one of those players that needs to step up and I am counting on it.
*Guard Wayne Selden Jr. $5,000 IOWST @ KANS
Guard Marcus Paige $8,000 UNC @ NDAME
The UNC big men are banged up. Paige is the emotional leader of this team. I truly believe the upper class-man will go off tonight for the Heels.
Guard Steve Vasturia $4,900 UNC @ NDAME
I needed to take someone inexpensive to stay under the salary cap. Vasturia gets 30+ minutes a night, but the Fanduel points have not been there. If Jerian Grant gets the defenses focus, I could see this guy having a solid night.
*Steal of the night. Wayne Selden Jr. He has been hit or miss all year. I have seen this guy go 0 for 7, and I have seen him drop 20 points. Unlike Burger King you never know what you’re going to get. Tonight you will get a warrior. This game will come down to the end and Jr. will have a large role.
Scrub of the Week
The scrub of the night will be Perry Ellis. Ellis has recently returned from a knee injury. Kansas needs him if they want to win the Big-12 tournament, but he has seen a reduction in minutes since he has returned. He is clearly not 100% healthy and I think he will have a hard time battling in the trenches when he has to deal with Iowa Staes duo of Niang and McKay. Although all season he has been Mr. Reliable, and a stud. Tonight, he will be a scrub.
Lock it in.
-JR the Shark