I hope everybody had a great Christmas with their families!  Are you guys ready to get back to the CBB grind as we get a nice little 5 game slate for our Sunday?  There should be plenty of fantasy goodness to be had in today’s games, with teams such as Maryland, Marquette, Syracuse and Ohio St expected to put up 77 + points each.  Let’s take a look at who we should be considering when we build our lineups!

Guard

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Studs

Melo Trimble ($7,900) – Trimble offers us 50 fantasy point upside in the game with the highest total on the board.  I am waiting to see Trimble revert to the guy that stepped up with monster games last season, however this season he seems to be playing the traditional PG role more.  He has taken just 25 shots over the last 4 games, but is capable of getting us 32+ fantasy points while shooting the ball just 5 or 6 times.

Bryant McIntosh ($7,900) – McIntosh is the most explosive player on Northwestern and they are projected to put up 77 points.  He offers us a 45 fantasy point upside while basically offering us a 30 fantasy point floor right now.  He makes a great cash game play for your lineups.

Stevie Browning ($6,900) – Browning is coming off of a 34.5 fantasy point performance and plays in a game with a total over 160 points.  He has shown 40+ fantasy point upside this season and should see himself getting 10+ shots from the field with the ability to contribute a handful of stats in the rebounds and assists categories.

Other Options – Tre Demps ($7,300), JaQuan Lyle ($6,500), Malachi Richardson ($6,200)

Values

Eric Laster ($5,300) – Laster may be my favorite play of the slate as his price is just way too attractive for what he has done this season.  He is coming off of a rough performance in his last game, however had basically been extremely consistent as he has sat between 25 and 29 fantasy points for almost every game.

Ed Stephens ($5,200) – Stephens has taken double digit shot attempts in 9 of the last 10 games and 7 straight.  He offers us 32+ fantasy point upside while offering us a pretty solid floor of about 22 points. South Carolina St is expected to be the lowest scoring team of the slate, which is always a scary spot, however Stephens should still see his same shot attempts and Ohio St does speed things up at times.

Jon Elmore ($4,600) – Elmore is coming off of a 19 fantasy point game in which he went 0-10 from the field.  What that tells me is that he is capable of racking up points even when he struggles and Marshall is definitely going to need him to step up and shoot it better as they are projected to put up 70 points but lose by over 20.

Other Options – Traci Carter ($5,100), Eric Eaves ($5,100), David Blanks ($5,000), Austin Loop ($4,800), Gabe McCray ($4,600), Reggie Dillard ($3,900), Scottie Lindsey ($3,800), Ty Solomon ($3,200)

Forward

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Studs

Michael Gbinije ($8,800) – I always love being able to roster Gbinije because he seems to be a guaranteed 38+ fantasy points.  Syracuse should take this game pretty easily and I would expect Gbinije to get up 12+ shots with half of them coming from three.  He rebounds and assists extremely well and should be able to get us an 18-5-5 type of line with the upside of a 25-10-5 line.

Henry Ellenson ($8,600) – Ellenson has gone for 36+ fantasy points in 7 straight games and has put up 4 double-doubles over those 7 games.  He has taken between 11 and 18 shots in each of those games and he should be able to have his way with the Presbyterian front court.  I think Ellenson makes a great building block for both your GPP and Cash game lineups.

Derrick Griffin ($7,700) – Griffin has taken on a big role in his first 4 games of the season and even though he is coming off of a dud of a performance, he could dominate the boards in this game as Syracuse really lacks solid size overall and he could get back to the double-double performance that he had in his first three games.

Tyler Lydon ($7,200) – Lydon has shown us nearly 50 fantasy point upside and while I do not see that necessarily happening in this one, he certainly has been extremely solid and should get us 30-36 fantasy points and certainly could approach 40 with the blowout potential in this game.  He should see 30+ minutes off the bench for the Cuse.

Other Options – James Kelly ($8,300), DeSean Murray ($7,900), Robert Carter ($7,400), Luke Fischer ($7,400), Jarred Jones ($7,100)

Values

Daniel Giddens ($4,600) – I think Giddens is a sneaky option because of his rebounds and blocks upside in a game that is not expected to be close at all.  When Giddens is at his best he offers us 10 point, 10 rebound, 5 block upside and that could certainly happen for us as he goes up against South Carolina St.

Ed Drew ($4,300) – Drew is an interesting option as he went for 36.5 and 40 fantasy points earlier this season and seems to be willing to get up double digit shot attempts while grabbing 5+ rebounds.  He has gone for 21.25 fantasy points in 2 of his last 3 games.

Orlando Coleman ($4,100) – Texas Southern is going to need somebody to beat the Syracuse press and that guy could definitely be Coleman.  He is their best three point shooter even though Riley takes more from deep than Coleman does.  He is coming off of a 29.25 fantasy point performance his last game.

Trevor Thompson ($4,100) – Thompson has put up 74.25 fantasy points over his last three games and should put up something very similar in this one.  He offers us 30+ fantasy point upside at just $4.1K which is some ridiculous value.  Ohio St should dominate this game and Thompson should see 20+ minutes of action.

Other Options – Sandy Cohen III ($5,600), Daryll Palmer ($4,700), Tashombe Riley ($4,300), Nathan Taphorn ($3,500), Chancellor Barnard ($3,000)