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Daily Fantasy College Basketball 2015: DraftKings Bargain Picks for March 7

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2015

EAST LANSING, MI - DECEMBER 22:  Matt Costello #10 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates during the game against of the Citadel Bulldogs at the Breslin Center on December 22, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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The final weekend of regular-season college basketball is loaded with big-time games, which gives daily fantasy players almost unlimited options throughout the day.

While players like Rakeem Christmas, Jerian Grant and Jahlil Okafor look appealing, selecting one of these stars to your team means you have to compromise elsewhere with some bargain picks. The good news is there are plenty available to truly help your team.

Considering 20 fantasy points from a $5,000 player is equal in value to 36 from a $9,000 player, you don't need a lot of production to justify these selections. Here is a look at the top bargain picks from each contest on March 7.

Note: All prices courtesy of DraftKings. Unless otherwise noted, advanced stats courtesy of KenPom.com

Early Afternoon (12 p.m. ET)

Ralston Turner, North Carolina State ($5,800)

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Jan 31, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Ralston Turner (22) shoots the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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There are different strategies for going up against Syracuse's patented 2-3 zone, but one thing you will always see is opponents taking extra shots from the perimeter. This falls right into Ralston Turner's wheelhouse.

The senior guard has had an up-and-down year from the outside, but he believes in the mantra of "shooters gotta shoot." He ranks second in the ACC with 210 three-point shots attempted this year, including an average of 9.5 per game over the last four.

Although Turner hasn't always been the most efficient scorer, he has reached double figures in 15 of 17 ACC games and is a safe bet to help you out Saturday.

Matt Costello, Michigan State ($4,300)

Branden Dawson is officially questionable for Saturday's battle against Indiana due to a head injury, although he hasn't done much when on the floor the past two games. In 30 minutes of playing time, he totaled just four points and four rebounds.

Luckily for Michigan State, Matt Costello has stepped up in the veteran's absence, contributing 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in the recent win over Purdue.

Indiana has struggled in the low post all season, allowing opponents to 51.2 percent of two-point baskets to rank 294th in the nation. The squad simply lacks size inside and things have just gotten worse as the season progressed.

Someone on the Spartans is going to take advantage of this, and if it's not Dawson it will likely be Costello.

More Cheap Options
PlayerTeamPrice*
Jalyn PattersonLSU$5,200
Jonathan HoltonWest Virginia$5,200
Myles DavisXavier$5,000
Aubrey DawkinsMichigan$4,400
Anthlon BellArkansas$3,300
*via DraftKings

Late Afternoon (4 p.m. ET)

Gabe York, Arizona ($4,800)

Jan 28, 2015; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Gabe York (1) drives to the basket past Oregon Ducks forward Dillon Brooks (24) during the second half at McKale Center. Arizona won 90-56. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
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For much of the season, Gabe York has been fine taking on a smaller role on a talented team. However the talented outside shooter has been more aggressive as of late, reaching double digits in scoring in each of the last four games.

On a team that loves to push the ball inside, York is the only player on the team averaging more than three attempts from beyond the arc each game. This makes him extremely important in the upcoming game against Stanford, a squad that ranks 228th in the nation in three-point defense this season.

York should get a lot of minutes and have a chance to put up some quality offensive numbers.

Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame ($4,400)

You can doubt the stretch if you want, or you can take advantage of Bonzie Colson playing out of his mind while you still can. After struggling to see the floor for much of the season, the freshman has been a huge factor as of late, as noted by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports:

In his last appearance against Louisville, Colson went 7-of-7 from the floor while totaling 17 points and nine rebounds.

Considering frontcourt play has been a weakness for Notre Dame this season, you can be certain Mike Brey is going to keep giving Colson minutes and chances to shine.

More Cheap Options
PlayerTeamPrice*
Kendrick NunnIllinois$5,500
Jamari TraylorKansas$5,200
Jakob PoeltlUtah$4,900
Javan FelixTexas$3,800
Nigel JohnsonKansas State$3,800
*via DraftKings

Evening (7 p.m. ET)

Gavin Ware, Mississippi State ($5,400)

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 12:  Gavin Ware #20 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs dunks against Dai-Jon Parker #24 of the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 12, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (
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Missouri has been one of the worst rebounding teams in the nation this season, ranking in the bottom-third in college basketball in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage.

This provides a great opening for Gavin Ware, who leads Mississippi State with 7.2 rebounds per game. The junior has also become a consistent producer on the offensive end, averaging 11.9 points over the last eight games with at least nine in each contest.

Although he is unlikely to carry your fantasy team to victory on his own, he has double-double potential and could be a great source of points for cheap.

Matt Jones, Duke ($4,900)

Grayson Allen might have been the breakout star of Duke's blowout win over Wake Forest as the freshman scored 27 points in 24 points. However, it's Matt Jones who has taken on a bigger role for the Blue Devils, even earning a starting spot in a smaller lineup, according to Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer:

Jones matched a season high with 17 points last game and for the first time all year took more than 10 shots from the field, leading all players with 15 attempts. This aggressiveness should be able to continue in what will be a back-and-forth game against North Carolina.

With the Tar Heels likely focused on stopping other players (read: Jahlil Okafor), Jones could be left open for some big plays.

More Cheap Options
PlayerTeamPrice*
Xavier JohnsonColorado$5,400
James SiakamVanderbilt$5,400
Dustin HogueIowa State$5,200
Montaque Gill-CaesarMissouri$4,300
Grayson AllenDuke$3,800
*via DraftKings

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