GuardsAs much as I was tempted to take Iona guard A.J. English and his 22.4 points, 6.2 assists, 5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per night, his $10,800 salary was just way too expensive. In fact English is the most expensive player for Thursday's tournament games. Instead of selecting English, my three guards I selected were:
- Quinton Chievous ($7,900 - Hampton) - This kid is the heart of the Hampton University basketball team. At 6'6 Chievous averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists per game. Last year I remember watching him play in this tournament and he put up 15 points and 13 rebounds against Manhattan in a play in game, and then followed that up with a double-double against Kentucky (22 points, 10 rebounds), having to deal with Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles. I clearly don't expect Chievous to lead Hampton to a victory of Virginia but he'll play 30+ minutes and should fill up the stat sheet.
- Rodney Purvis ($5,400 - Uconn) - I'm going to ride Uconn while they're hot. Rodney Purvis started as the team's sixth man but is now starting every game and is averaging close to 36 minutes a game over the his last 10 games. Purvis averaged over 11 points per game in UConn's three AAC tournament games.
- Khadeen Carrington ($5,900 - Seton Hall) - Seton Hall is coming off an unbelievable run in the Big East tournament, knocking off Villanova in the finals. Carrington was a huge part of that success, scoring 50 points in Seton Hall's first two games, helping them reach the Big East finals. They have a tough opponent in Gonzaga on Thursday, but they will look to their guards to control the game which means Carrington is in line for a big night.
ForwardsSimilar to the English situation I faced at the guard position, I wanted to take either Domantas Sabonis or Kyle Wiltjer from Gonzaga but did not want to hurt the value of the rest of my team, so I passed on both of them. These are the three forwards I went with:
- Nikola Jovanovic ($6,000 - USC) - I went with the 6'11 Serbian playing for USC, as his 12 points and 7 rebounds per game were enough to draw me in. He should have a good battle with Ben Bentil of Providence and maybe that will bring out the best in him. Although he doesn't play much defense, I'm hoping the fact he's 6'11 he can block a few shots on Thursday.
- Brandon Sherrod ($6,000 - Yale) - As a Connecticut boy, I had to take Brandon Sherrod from Yale. Sherrod is from Bridgeport and set an NCAA record this year for most consecutive field goals made, making 30 straight baskets. That helped him to shoot 56% from the field this year. Quite impressive for a guy only 6'6.
- Jordan Loveridge ($5,300 - Utah) - The one thing you have to love about DFS is that missed shots do not count against you. If it did, I would never take Loveridge. Shooting under 40% from the field on the year and just 27% over his last 4 games but he's still been helpful in DFS. Loveridge is averaging 11 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists over his last 4 games. He should see 30+ minutes and take double digit shots.
- A.J. Hammons ($7,900 - Purdue) - Purdue is big and they are led by 7 footer A.J. Hammons. For the year Hammons averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Over his last 4 games Hammons has averaged 16 points on 63% shooting and Purdue will likely lean on him a little more in the tournament.
- Toddrick Gotcher ($5,600 - Texas Tech) - Using up my final $5,600 I grabbed Gotcher from Texas Tech. Gotcher shot 40% from behind the arch this season and averaged just over 11 points per game. He is usually around 10 shots per game and most of those coming from downtown. Gotcher is a streaky shooter so if he gets hot, he can put up points in a hurry.