Daily Fantasy College Basketball 2015: DraftKings Lineup Advice for March 5

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IMarch 5, 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 23:  Stanley Johnson #5 of the Arizona Wildcats is introduced before a game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center on December 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 71-67.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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College basketball fans are teeming with anticipation for the conference tournaments, but the end of the regular season will have to suffice. Thursday night brings us a slate of seven games and myriad players to choose from. Here's a look at one ideal lineup and a breakdown of five players to target.

DraftKings CBB Lineup for March 5
PositionPlayerUpcoming OpponentSalary
GMichael Qualls@ USC$7,700
GDaVonte LacyUtah$7,400
GJordan Mathews@ Arizona$5,400
FStanley JohnsonCalifornia$7,600
FSam Dekker@ Minnesota$6,500
FMaurice WalkerWisconsin$5,300
UTILRosco Allen@ Arizona State$4,600
UTILLaimonas ChatkeviciusArkansas$5,400
Information courtesy of DraftKings.com
Top Fantasy Players at Each Position
PositionNo. 1 TargetNo. 2 TargetTop Value
GuardRyan Boatright ($9,000)Chasson Randle ($8,800)Trahson Burrell ($4,700)
ForwardFrank Kaminsky ($10,000)Bobby Portis ($8,800)Rosco Allen ($4,600)
Information courtesy of DraftKings.com

G Michael Qualls, Arkansas ($7,700)

Like every team this season that has taken on Kentucky, Arkansas was unable to knock off the Wildcats. That wasn't due to a lack of effort from Michael Qualls, who registered 17 points and nine rebounds for the Razorbacks.

Averaging 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season, Qualls has production equivalent to a top forward. Tack on his .353 shooting percentage from behind the arc, and Qualls is the ideal guard to target for owners who want to find production at a reasonable price.

G Jordan Mathews, California ($5,400)

Dec 22, 2014; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears guard Jordan Mathews (24) celebrates after making a three point shot against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half at Haas Pavilion. The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the California Golden Bears
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Trying to find a player who averages over 21 fantasy points per game at a price for a No. 3 guard? Seems impossible, right? Wrong. That's exactly what owners will get in Jordan Mathews.

The sophomore has started to heat back up for the Golden Bears and has over 20 fantasy points in his last two games. Cal's official Twitter account points out just how phenomenal he's been from outside the arc:

If he can knock down a few more treys and score 16 points—like he did earlier in the year against Arizona—Mathews will be perfect for the third guard spot.

F Stanley Johnson, Arizona ($7,600)

He may just be a freshman, but Stanley Johnson is certainly worth the high price. The Arizona big man does it all for the Wildcats and can be the top forward in DraftKings lineups for savvy owners.

Sure, Bobby Portis is a star, but saving $1,200 on Johnson is the best choice for Thursday night. Coming off a double-double against Utah, Johnson faces a California team that he lit up on the road. Playing at home against the Bears, look for Johnson to approach 30 fantasy points again.

F Sam Dekker, Wisconsin ($6,500)

MADISON, WI - JANUARY 15: Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers throw down a two handed dunk during the first half against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Kohl Center on January 15, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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He may not be the star of the team like Frank Kaminsky, but Sam Dekker deserves to be in every DraftKings lineup. The junior puts up fantasy points in myriad ways through scoring, rebounding and even registering assists.

Dekker had a down game during the first meeting with Minnesota, scoring just five points with three rebounds. This season, Dekker has actually produced over four more fantasy points per game on the road. Going on the road against the Gophers, expect Dekker to shine on Thursday night.

UTIL Laimonas Chatkevicius, South Carolina ($5,400)

Mar 13, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks forward Laimonas Chatkevicius (14) and forward Michael Carrera (24) react after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks in the second round of the SEC college basketball tournament at Georgia Dome. South
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Currently in his third year with South Carolina, Laimonas Chatkevicius has worked his way up to playing over 20 minutes per game. In Frank Martin's system, Chatkevicius is now finally a productive forward down low for the Gamecocks.

For an injury-riddled team, the 6'11" junior has registered over 30 fantasy points in his last two games. Chatkevicius commented on stepping up for the Gamecocks, via David Cloninger of The State:

Even if he doesn't hit double digits in points, Chatkevicius will make an impact by pulling down boards for USC. Tab him in a utility spot and expect his production to remain high.

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