Welcome to the DraftKings CBB DFS core plays column for November 25, 2020.
In this post, we will be breaking down our top options and plays for DraftKings for each major slate of the 2020-2021 CBB DFS season.
I am not a college basketball DFS expert. I am not going to pretend to be as I have only played a handful of CBB DFS contests in my life. With that being said I know college basketball and feel that I can have a lot of success this season. While I feel that I can have a lot of success this season I am not naïve and know that I am also going quite a few misses as I learn the sport. My hope is that you stick with my journey through the misses as the hits are going to be there as well.
With the brief intro out of the way, I wanted to tell you what you can expect from this article. In this article, I will give you my top play and value play at both the guard and forward positions. I will break down why I like the player and why they will be in the majority of my lineups. While this article will be geared towards DraftKings as DraftKings tends to have the larger slates these plays can also be used for FanDuel assuming the player is on FanDuel’s slate. As the season goes on and I feel more comfortable recommend more than a handful of players we will also add in Cheat Sheets for this season that will give you my top plays on both sites.
Collin Gillespie $8,700
For those of you not familiar at all with college basketball, Gillespie was one of the best players for a Villanova team that was a contender to take down the tourney if it wasn’t canceled. Last season, Gillespie averaged 15.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. Gillespie produced at least 20 fantasy points in 27 of his 31 games a season ago and averaged 29.2 fantasy points per game. The 29.2 fantasy points per game are the third-highest on this slate at the guard position. While I know last season is last season, Gillespie is not the kind of player that is going to have a sudden drop off in play especially against a team like Boston College. Boston College allowed 70.6 points per game last season which was one of the worst marks out of schools from the big conferences a year ago and they are not expected to improve much in that statistic this season.
Payton Willis $4,000
As a cheap guard, I really like Willis tonight. Willis transferred to the College of Charleston as a graduate student this season after spending last season as a starting guard for Minnesota of the Big Ten. Last season for Minnesota, Willis averaged 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. Those numbers should only be improved upon this season at Charleston who brought in Willis to replace Grant Riller who averaged 21.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.9 assists last season. Now I know North Carolina is not going to be the best opening match-up for Willis but I don’t also think it is an awful one as UNC did allow 72.8 points per game last season.
Garrison Brooks $9,300
Brooks is likely to be chalk tonight even with North Carolina being huge 17 point favorites against College of Charleston and I am more than okay with eating the chalk here. Brooks is the ACC Preseason Player of the Year for this season after having a huge junior year. Last season, Brooks averaged 16.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, and a steal/block. Brooks produced 25 or more fantasy points in 25 of his 32 games and averaged 32.1 fantasy points per game which are the most on this slate. Charleston is not going to have an answer for Brooks and truly the only question with Brooks tonight is if he is going to see enough playing time to have a 40 or 50 fantasy point night.
Mason Gillis $3,800
The first three players in this article are what I feel are safe plays. This next player Gillis is far from a safe play. Gillis is in fact a huge risk tonight as we have never seen Gillis play in college after redshirting last season. With that being said Gillis was a semi highly regarded recruit coming out of high school ranking in the top 150 of his class and is projected to start by several sites. Purdue is also dealing with a lot of injuries in the frontcourt currently which could leave them thin and lead to even more minutes for Gillis than he would normally get in this first career game. The match-up with Liberty does concern me a bit as they play a methodical slow style of play and only allowed 55 points a year ago which was second-fewest in college basketball.