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March 22, 2013 | 1:50pm ET

March Madness
By Tab Bamford, TheFourthPeriod.com

Feeling the madness? Think you've picked a perfect tournament? Or are your brackets busting early? Why not really show what you've got by picking the perfect roster!

One of the great games at daily fantasy site DraftKings.com is their $11 Double-Up. The Double-Up is excellent for beginners because it has the highest success rate in the industry. All you need to do is place in the top half of all the contestants, and you double your entry fee. Literally double your money by just being in the top half.

With your brackets in mind, this week's fantasy focus will keep up with the madness in a unique way. This week's selections all played college hockey for one of the universities that qualified for this year's college hoops tournament.

Should you align your roster with one university? Or perhaps align your team with how the players' colleges ranked? Here are a few suggestions of guys that might be sporting a university hat or hoodie before practice this week. Each player's name is followed by the school he attended.

Forwards

The Superstar: Phil Kessel, Toronto (U. of Minnesota)

The Leafs need to get some consistency working up front, and Kessel is the guy to pick up the pace.

The Big Score: Max Pacioretty, F, Montreal (U. of Michigan)

Pacioretty is performing at almost a point-per-game pace this season and is a major reason the Habs are in the mix for a division title and, possibly, the top spot in the Eastern Confernece.

The Sleeper: Andrew Cogliano, Anaheim (U. of Michigan)

Cogliano is have a fantastic season for the streaking Ducks, benefitting from the great forward depth in Anaheim and a golden opportunity.

The Darkhorse: Shawn Horcoff, Edmonton (Michigan State)

The Oilers are fighting for a playoff berth and need their veteran leadership to step up and lead the kids. Horcoff will also be a popular name heading to the trade deadline.

Some other options include Kyle Turris, Joe Pavelski, Dany Heatley and Craig Smith (Wisconsin), Erik Condra (Notre Dame), David Booth, Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller (Michigan State), Kyle Okposo, Thomas Vanek and Blake Wheeler (Minnesota) and Ryan Kesler and RJ Umberger (Ohio State).

Defense

The Superstar: Ryan Suter, Minnesota (U. of Wisconsin)

The Wild have started to take off, and Suter's production has been a big part of the reason. As long as he's healthy, Minnesota will ask him to eat a lot of minutes.

The Big Score: Duncan Keith, Chicago (Michigan State)

A couple years ago, the locations of Keith and Suter on this list would have been swapped. Keith is still the primary powerplay quarterback in Chicago and continues to put up solid numbers.

The Sleeper: Brendan Smith, Detroit (U. of Wisconsin)

Detroit is starting to get -- and stay -- healthy on their blue line, but they're looking for Smith to emerge as a top-four defenseman. He'll continue to get every opportunity to shine in the Motor City.

The Dark Horse: Nick Leddy, Chicago (U. of Minnesota)

If you enjoy effortless speed up and down the ice, watch Leddy skate with the puck. We've talked him up in this column before because of his evolving role as a secondary powerplay quarterback for the Blackhawks.

Also keep an eye on Erik Johnson, Jordan Leopold and Paul Martin (Minnesota), Ryan McDonagh and (free) Jake Gardiner (Wisconsin) and Craig Adams (Harvard).

Goaltenders

Ryan Miller, Buffalo (Michigan State)

We'll look to East Lansing's favorite son to have a big week while his Spartans try to make it back to the big dance.

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 Tab Bamford is a Columnist for The Fourth Period Magazine. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.
 

 
 
 
 

 

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