This article is part of our DFS College Basketball series.
Thursday's Sweet 16 kicks off with two drastically different styles across timeslots. The early games have much higher totals, while the later slots are going to be faded heavily by most casual players, and likely many cash gamers. It's a challenging slate to navigate – one where balance over studs and duds could work well. With a little luck, we'll pick the right options in the lower-scoring nightcaps and help everyone cash in in some capacity. We'll likely name every rotational player here, for better or worse, and this largely turned into another preview of the games themselves. As such, I'd encourage checking out our Sweet 16 Regional previews for dissenting opinions.
Brandon Clarke, G/F, Gonzaga ($9,500 DK, $9,200 FD): Clarke likely won many of his owners some coin in the Round of 32, dropping a whopping 64 DraftKings points on Baylor, his second 50+ point performance in his last six outings. That upside, paired with a 30+ point floor isn't cheap, and I don't love the matchup with FSU capable of throwing lots of different bodies Clarke's way. But I also think the 'Noles keep this game close, which will leave Clarke on the court almost all night. There's little reason not to build a lineup around him.
Grant Williams, F, Tennessee ($9,400 DK, $9,100 FD): Williams snapped out of a funk in Sunday's game against Iowa, providing 43.9 FanDuel points after going for 25.6 or fewer in three of his previous four. He did