Welcome to today’s Playbook article! We have a nice 8-game slate to dive into tonight and I will take a look at some plays I think you have to consider for your lineups! First I must point out to pay attention to the Providence-Boston College game as the BC roster was hit hard by the E.Coli outbreak at Chipotle recently! Should the game go on, make sure to pay attention to who is in and out as it could open up some value plays for BC.

Guard

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Studs

Kris Dunn ($10,400) – I debated skipping over Dunn, however I just can not justify leaving out the guy with the highest ceiling on the slate.  He is priced up and needs a near triple double to pay off his salary, however he is somebody that is capable of netting a triple-double any time he takes the court.  As I said in the intro, make sure to pay attention to this game to make sure it does not get canceled.

Marvelle Harris ($8,200) – Harris offers us 50 fantasy point upside at just 8.2K which is always intriguing.  The match-up itself is a little tougher, however Harris is not afraid to shoot from all over the court as he is coming off of a game in which he fired up 20 shots, with 10 of those coming from 3 point land.

Isaiah Briscoe ($7,600) – Briscoe is cheaper than his teammate, Murray, so that is why I went with him as Kentucky is projected to score the most points on the slate and its not even close.  This game is expected to be a blowout and Kentucky could approach 100 and if that’s the case then I want to have a piece of their team.

Jarelle Reischel ($7,500) – Reischel has gone for nearly 75 fantasy points in a game already this season and while this is a very tough match-up, Reischel and EKU are projected to score around 70 points and I expect him to have his hand in a lot of them.  Reischel is actually a forward who has neared triple-doubles on a couple of occasions this season.

Other Options – Tyler Ulis ($7,500), Patrick McCaw ($7,500), Charles Cooke ($7,200), Scoochie Smith ($6,500)

Values

Gabe York ($5,600) – I love what York has to offer as he can get hot in an instant from the outside and I think he ends up leading this team in scoring by the end of the season.  York does not offer us 40 point upside, however I think he is a safe 24+ point performer and has shown a willingness to fire up double digit shots from deep.

Jordan Johnson ($5,000) – You will notice a few UWM players in today’s article and while I do not think you should be using more than 1, it is just too hard to ignore their cheap prices as they take on a Badgers team that has taken a step back defensively this season.  Johnson basically plays the entire game and has gone for 30.75+ in 4 straight games and 25.25+ in 6 straight.

Glynn Watson Jr. ($4,300) – Watson should see 20+ minutes in this game and he has extremely active hands that have lead to 2+ steals in 4 of his last 5 games.  At just 4.3K he offers us a 25 point ceiling, which is really more than we should be expecting from the price.

Other Options – Nick Victor ($5,000), Paul Watson ($4,600), Paul Jackson ($3,800), Ike Nwamu ($3,600), Cody Wichmann ($3,000)

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Studs

Nigel Hayes ($8,200) – Nigel has really stepped it up for the Badgers over the last few games and I think that continues as the Badgers go up against UW-Milwaukee.  He has averaged over 41 points a game over the last 3 and has managed a double-double in all 3.  This game has the lowest over/under of the slate, however I do not think you should ignore it.

Ben Bentil ($7,700) – Like I mentioned earlier, make sure you check to make sure this game is a go and should it go off like scheduled, I think Bentil is my favorite play in this game as he should dominate the interior in this game while approaching a double-double and 40 fantasy points.  He showed us earlier this season that he has a ceiling of about 50.

Damian Jones ($7,100) – I am waiting for a big time Jones breakout game and feel like it is coming as he has gone for 34.5+ in 3 of his last 4.  The one thing about him is that he becomes too passive on offense and plays second fiddle.  He neared a triple-double his last time out and I am predicting an 18 and 12 type double-double tonight.

Stephen Zimmerman Jr. ($6,500) – Zimmerman played extremely well in his last game out against Oregon as he managed his fourth double-double of the season.  He is not priced like a guy who has 40+ fantasy point upside and I think we need to take advantage of that while we can.

Other Options – Justin Sears ($7,900), Ryan Anderson ($7,500), Torren Jones ($6,300), Alex Poythress ($6,200), Ethan Happ ($5,900)

Values

Geoffrey Groselle ($5,400) – Groselle has been playing extremely well over his last 4 games as he has averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds which has lead to an average of over 33 fantasy points per game. You will definitely find Groselle on a number of my GPP teams.

Michael Finke ($5,400) – Finke really stepped up in replacing Thorne the last time out as he went for 38 fantasy points and while 5.4K is a little high for a guy that was just 3.9K two games ago, I think Finke has a chance to show that last game was not a fluke.

Austin Arians ($4,800) – Arians is another UWM player that offers us a nice ceiling in what could be a tough match-up.  Arians has averaged nearly 27 fantasy points a game over his last three and at just 4.8K that is more than we need for him to pay off that salary.

Derek Willis ($3,900) – This game is expected to be a blowout and Marcus Lee suffered a concussion the last time out which could open up some extra minutes for guys like Willis, Poythress and Humphries. I like Willis’ ability to put up fantasy points in a hurry.  When he gets double digit minutes he is capable of putting up more than a point per minute played.  This pick is hoping he gets 20 minutes which he has shown gives him a 25+ fantasy point ceiling.

Other Options – Ben Carter ($4,600), Karachi Edo ($4,300), J.J. Panoske ($4,200), Leron Black ($4,200), Cullen Russo ($4,200), A.J. Turner ($4,200), Zach Brown ($3,500), Sam Downey ($3,400), Markis McDuffie ($3,200)