The Final Four is upon us, and you can get into college hoops today by playing daily contests at FanDuel.
If you've played NBA DFS before, college basketball DFS is similar. You pick a total of eight players -- four guards, three forwards, and one utility spot. Stay within the $50,000 salary cap, and field the team you think will score the most fantasy points.
The scoring settings differ from NBA in the blocks and steals categories; each is worth two FanDuel points, rather than the three you get in NBA contests.
Now that you're in the know, let's attack today's main slate.
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Ochai Agbaji, Kansas ($7,000) - Compared to the forward position, guard is kind of blah on this slate, especially at the high end. I'm not sure I'll sacrifice the salary it takes to get Agbaji in a pace-down matchup against the Villanova Wildcats, but with the masses likely to load up on the other semifinal, Agbaji could go a bit under-rostered. He's averaging 28.4 FanDuel points per game for the year and paces the Kansas Jayhawks in usage rate (25.7%), according to Sports-Reference. He showed what he can do last time out, getting to the Miami Hurricanes for 36.0 FanDuel points.
R.J. Davis, North Carolina ($5,400) - I want to have a lot of Davis and teammate Caleb Love ($6,400). Both are volatile fantasy producers who can be slate-winning pieces if you catch them on a spike game. Davis had one such outing in the second round as he lit up the Baylor Bears for 30 real-life points and 44.0 FanDuel points. That was his best fantasy output since he notched 37.0 FanDuel points in the win over the Duke Blue Devils in the regular-season finale. This semifinal shapes up as a much better fantasy environment than the Kansas-Villanova game.
Caleb Daniels, Villanova ($5,300) - Daniels figures to move into the Wildcats' starting five with Justin Moore out. Daniels already sees big-time minutes, playing at least 34 minutes in three straight games, but he might have to take more shots sans Moore. Daniels hasn't scored more than 13 points in any of his last six games. If he takes on more offensive usage in addition to getting his typical heavy minutes, Daniels could have a big fantasy day in what is a pace-up spot for the Wildcats.
Chris Arcidiacono, Villanova ($3,700) - With Moore sidelined, Arcidiacono and Bryan Antoine ($3,600) will likely see increased roles off the bench. As of early in the week, I lean toward Arcidiacono, but check for news updates on this situation as we get closer to the game. As I just mentioned with Daniels, Kansas is a pace-up matchup for 'Nova. The Jayhawks are 61st in adjusted tempo, per KenPom, while Villanova sits 345th. That boosts the outlook of all the Wildcats, and Arcidiacono can be a key value play on this slate if he's going to be the first guy off the bench.
Armando Bacot, North Carolina ($8,800) - Bacot has been a beast in the tournament, scoring at least 35.0 FanDuel points in all four of the North Carolina Tar Heels' games, with big outings of 49.9 and 46.2 FanDuel points. He totaled 38.2 and 26.0 FanDuel points in two meetings versus Duke in the regular season. A constant double-double threat -- he has one in six straight -- Bacot offers the best floor/ceiling combination on the slate and will be extremely popular.
Paolo Banchero, Duke ($8,300) - Speaking of popularity, Banchero will likely push Bacot for the slate's highest draft percentage, and thanks to 'Nova being short-handed, there's enough value out there to pretty easily roster both of them. Banchero hasn't generated as lofty of a ceiling as Bacot has, but the high floor is plenty enticing, as the star freshman has scored at least 31.9 FanDuel points in all four NCAA Tournament games. He's also played at least 37 minutes in five of Duke's last six contests and owns a 27.6% usage rate that is 7.0 percentage points higher than anyone else's on Duke.
Mark Williams, Duke ($6,800) - My core plays are Bacot, Banchero and then one of Williams or Brady Manek ($6,900), and I might wind up just using all four. Salary-wise, it's not that hard to do, and that gets me gobs of exposure to the most appealing game of the slate. Williams has put up at least 29.6 FanDuel points in each game in the Big Dance, and his rebounding will be crucial against a UNC team that's averaging the most offensive boards per game in the tourney among Final Four teams.
A.J. Griffin, Duke ($5,000) - Griffin, a likely top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, is a bet-on-talent play who gets you access to the best game environment. Griffin's fantasy output has been all over the place for most of the season, but he's coming off a productive Sweet 16 and Elite Eight in which he scored 22.9 and 23.6 FanDuel points, respectively. Griffin had his best fantasy game of the season the first time Duke and UNC tangled, going for a season-high 32.3 FanDuel points.