Welcome to the weekend as we get a nice 7 game slate on a Friday night! We have a number of teams projected to score 75+ points tonight so there should be some good spots for some stars as well as some secondary players. The Central Michigan-BYU game is the one we really want to target as it should be a pretty exciting up and down affair.
Gary Payton II ($9,600) – I was torn between Collinsworth and Payton II in this spot and ultimately went with GPII as he is cheaper and basically offers the same ceiling as both of the players are on triple-double watch on a nightly basis. GPII’s lowest fantasy point total over the first 8 games of the season is 36.5, which shows you how consistent he has been. He is a GREAT cash game play tonight.
Stefan Moody ($8,700) – Moody is one of my favorite CBB players as he is a fearless scorer and walks into the gym ready to fire away from everywhere. There is a good chance he is going to fire up 20+ shots from the field, with 7+ of those coming from 3 and he has the ability to get to the FT line 10+ times as well. Moody has gone over 40 fantasy points 5 times already this season.
Dedric Lawson ($8,300) – Lawson has put up a couple ridiculous games so far this season and is in a prime spot to have another tonight. Lawson draws a ton of fouls and is going to take 27% of Memphis’ shots when he is on the floor. Lawson does a great job of getting to the rim and I think he is my favorite play of the night.
Nick Emery ($7,100) – I used Emery once this season and he responded with his worst game and normally I would hold a grudge however he has played extremely well minus that game and one other one. BYU is expected to put up the most points tonight so I can see Emery really paying off his price tag. He is going to take quite a few shots from deep and if he is hitting some shots early, we are looking at a player with 45+ fantasy point upside at just $7.1K.
Other Options – Kyle Collinsworth ($10,300), Chris Fowler ($8,200), Nick Faust ($7,400), Ricky Tarrant Jr ($6,600), Trahson Burrell ($6,200)
Kasey Shepherd ($5,800) – Shepherd has put up 66.25 fantasy points over his last two and I think we have to ride the hot hand tonight as La Laf. is expected to put up the 5th highest total of the night. He has taken 35 shots over the last two games with 22 of those coming from three point land. I think Shepherd is going to be a staple in many of my lineups tonight.
Avry Holmes ($5,100) – Holmes has been playing solid minutes for Clemson and offers us a 35 point ceiling while offering us a floor around 20 points lately. The only thing that scares me a little bit is the fact that this game is projected to be the lowest scoring of the night. For the reason I am going to look at some of the secondary players, like Holmes, over the stars of each team.
A.J. Spencer ($4,700) – Spencer is coming off of a 30 fantasy point performance and he gets to take on a fast paced Oregon Ducks team tonight. He has a high of 31.5 points on the season and all we really want out of him is about 23 points in this one which I think is very close to his floor at this point.
Lanerryl Johnson ($3,800) – Johnson is coming off of a 19.5 fantasy point performance and has a high of 28.5 points over his last 4 games. Oregon St is a tough defense which complicates things a little bit, however at just $3.8K we do not need him to try and go for 30. We just need him to get us 19 points which is something he has done in 3 of the last 5.
Other Options – Duane Notice ($4,900), Austin Stewart ($4,200), Gabe DeVoe ($3,900), Noah Blackwell ($3,800), Branford Jones ($3,300)
Devin Thomas ($9,500) – Thomas has put up 96.5 fantasy points over his last two games while taking just 17 total shots from the field in those games. That should tell you enough about Thomas as he is able to rack up points without having to shoot the ball 20 times in a game. He has three 52+ fantasy point games so far this season, two of which coming in the last 3 games.
Shawn Long ($9,300) – Long is coming off of a monster 55 fantasy point game against the solid interior of UCLA and now gets to take a step down in competition. Much like Thomas, Long has two 50+ fantasy point games in his last three and has managed 4 such games so far this season. He should be able to dominate the glass in this one.
Dillon Brooks ($8,000) – Brooks price has me a little hesitant as Oregon is nearing full strength which should lessen the need they have for Brooks to be the go-to scorer. He has put up 114.25 fantasy points over his last three games and Oregon is expected to put up the second highest total of the night. I will have some Brooks in my GPPs as he is Oregon’s best player, however we have to be aware that he may defer to guys like Cook, Bell, Boucher and Dorsey.
Elgin Cook ($7,300) – Speaking of Cook, I really like the way he is playing right now for the Ducks. He has put up 73.25 fantasy points over his last two games and his price has jumped just $100 which keeps him in play for me as we want him to get us around 36 fantasy points in order to hit value for our GPP lienups.
Konstantinos Mitoglou ($7,000) – Mitoglou is a little more expensive than I would ideally like, but that will not stop me from sprinkling him into my GPP lineups. He is coming off of a 40.5 fantasy point performance and also went for 49 earlier this season so we know the upside is definitely there. The scary part is the fact that he offers us an extremely low floor which is tough to stomach from a $7K player.
Other Options – Stacy Davis ($8,100), Kyle Davis ($7,800), Shaq Goodwin ($7,400), Michael Carrera ($6,500)
Marcanvis Hymon ($5,000) – Hymon has gone for 31 and 32 fantasy point in his last two games while also having gone for 37.25 in a game earlier this season. At just $5K in price we are looking for a 25 point game from him in our GPPs and he offers upside that goes well above that in this one. Memphis does offer a tough defense, however I think Ole Miss will need somebody to step up as I would expect Memphis to do their best to take away Moody.
Chris Silva ($4,800) – Silva has been ridiculously consistent as he has gone for 25+ in three of his last four games. In those three games he managed to put up 25.25, 25.75 and 26.25 fantasy points. He also went for 27.75 earlier this season and seems to be becoming an important piece for South Carolina. He has blocked multiple shots in the last 4 games so that is always a nice bonus.
Tristian Curtis ($4,500) – Curtis is playing a bunch of minutes for Coastal Carolina and has gone for 23+ points in 2 of his last 4 games. He does not offer us extreme upside at his price, however he does offer us opportunity as he is capable of playing 35 minutes in this game. If you show me a guy at just $4.5K and tell me he is going to play 30+ minutes, I will think I HAVE to have him somewhere. He makes a solid cash game play and could help fill out a GPP lineup as well.
Jamar Akoh ($3,000) – Akoh plays a TON of minutes for a $3K, minimum priced player and even though he doesn’t look to score any game points, he is certainly active on the boards and is a capable passer. For our GPP lineups we are looking for him to get us 15 points to feel solid about him and even that I wouldn’t complain if he got me 13+ as the min price is what I am more interested in as it will help me roster Thomas, Long and Lawson.
Other Options – Jett Raines ($4,200), Michel Enanga ($3,900)