Today’s “CBB Targets” breaks down the college basketball slate we have with a look at the studs, sleepers, and mid-range players you want to have  in your lineups.

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Game Analysis

Wednesday brings us a very intriguing 14 game slate.  Overall we have some pretty similar O/U’s as we have 4 games in the 120’s, 7 in the 130’s and 3 in the 140’s.  Indiana-Maryland has the highest at 146, followed by Oregon-USC at 144 and DePaul-St Johns at 143.5.  There are a number of players in play from these 3 games and most of those are in the mid-range salary wise so it could be a very good night for those of you that like to put together a balanced lineup.  Let’s take a look at a number of the top targets for this evening.

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GUARD TARGETS

Studs

 
  • D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State ($10,700) – Russell is by far the top option in CBB at this point.  He is on a tear that is rivaled by nobody.  I do not have to say much to sell you on plugging Russell into your lineups.  I know the price tag is expensive for a CBB player, but his ability to reach 5x even at this price makes him the safest stud out there.  If there’s any one negative about this game, its that Penn State is in the middle as far as tempo goes, however with how good Russell is at doing everything on the court, that should not keep him from doing his thing.
 
  • Josh Richardson, Tennessee ($7,300) –  Even though the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game has one of the lower O/U’s of the night, I feel like this price for Richardson is just far too low for what he is capable of doing for the Volunteers.  His price has dropped slightly after his most recent performance and I think recency bias will have people looking elsewhere after being burned.  He has shown 40 point upside and at his price that would be good enough for 5.5x value.  His most recent game averages have him at just below 4x and if you take out the most recent game, he’s been averaging a return of 4.5x.
 
  • Kris Dunn, Providence ($10,000) – Speaking of recency bias, Dunn could be the perfect example tonight as he has “struggled” the last few games with “only” averaging just over 30 DK points per game.  His price has you wanting him to go for 40+ and I think tonight he gets back to doing a little of everything on the court for the Friars.  Throughout the year its been a toss up between Dunn and Russell on most nights and tonight is the same. I think Dunn makes a fine option should you feel the $700 in savings from Russell allows you to roster another one of the plays you prefer.
 
  • James Blackmon Jr., Indiana ($6,900) – Blackmon is my favorite option from the night’s highest predicted O/U.  He recently missed a game with an ankle injury but came back pretty strong in his return and we have his price $700 below his pre-injury high.  That savings makes it very hard to not like him in this up-tempo match-up. At 4x value, we are looking for just 27.6 fantasy points from Blackmon and I think thats about as close to a guarantee as you will find tonight.  He started out hot the last game out and faded a little bit in the 2nd half, most likely working off rust, but he was still able to be on the court for 30 minutes.  I look for him to get back to his 32-34 minutes of action tonight and provide us with about a point-per-minute.
 
  • Joseph Young, Oregon ($9,200) – Young might have the best match-up on the board tonight.  I faded him on Sunday in a shorter slate and boy did he make me pay for it.  He rarely comes off of the court and has his hand in their offense as he takes 28.5% of the teams shots.  He’s capable of getting you a triple-double which is a huge plus and can get you a 50+ point night.  I think he is a safe bet to get you 35+ fantasy points tonight and the upside is hard to ignore.
 

 

Values

 
  • Malcolm Duvivier, Oregon State ($5,900) – When you get the chance to roster a guy for under $6K who has been averaging over 39 minutes per game, I think it’s a no-brainer.  Add in the 12 shots per game average over the last 3 with 35 fantasy point upside and a game against a UCLA team that will forget to play defense at times and you have a recipe for a 30 point game from a player who will take up under 12% of your salary.
 
  • Anthony Barber, NC State ($5,100) – I will start this off by saying this play is somewhat of a bold step as NC State takes on one of the top defenses in the country.  With that in mind, NC State is not going to be shut out at home in this one.  Barber has averaged just over 40 fantasy ppg over the last 2 outings and at his currently salary, that equats to a wild 8x return.  I will not be dumb and go out on the line and say that run will continue but I will go on record to say that I am predicting a 5x return on money, 25.5 fantasy points in this one.
 
  • Kendal Yancy, Texas ($3,300) –  Yancy is one of two Texas players I have listed as value plays that depend on the health of their teammates.  Yancy’s minutes will depend on the return of Javan Felix from a concussion that has kept him out of the last 2 contests.  Over the last 2 games, Yancy has averaged 32 mpg, 5.5 points, 2.5 assists and 4 rebounds for 14.5 fantasy points per game.  The last game against Kansas St he went for 18.25 fantasy points in 27 minutes.  He is not going to light the world on fire with his 30 minutes but he has a chance to get you 5-7x return on his salary.  Again, this one is very dependent on the injury news from Texas.
 

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FORWARD TARGETS

Studs

 
  • Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse ($9,600) – Christmas is the first of 2 Syracuse players on this list and I know what you are thinking, Syracuse does not have a great offense, so how can I suggest two players?  Well the answer to that is pretty simple: their rotation basically consists of 6 players.  He has played all 40 minutes the last 4 games and has double doubles in 3 straight games.  He got into foul trouble the last time against BC and I look for him to step up and avenge that performance.  In that game, he played just 23 minutes but put up 22.75 fantasy points and should be in line for another point per minute game.  With the top options tonight most likely being higher owned, I could see Christmas going under the radar.
 
  • Jamel Artis, Pittsburgh ($7,900) – Over the last month, we have witnessed Artis’ salary rise from $4800 all the way up to the $7900 it is today.  I have rostered Artis every possibly game over the last month and will continue to do so while he is on this roll.  Over the last 7 games he has put up averages of 30.3 mpg, 21.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 3 apg which equates to 35.6 Fantasy ppg.  On the surface this looks like a tough match up against Louisville, however they can be beat in the interior and on the glass and I feel like Artis could be over looked because of the Louisville name attached to this game.
 
  • Michael Gbinije, Syracuse ($8,000) – Gbinije is the second Syracuse player on my list today and for good reason.  Over the last 3 games he has averaged 32 fantasy ppg, which is exactly 4x value on his price today.  He is capable of doing everything on the floor for Syracuse and has the ability to get you a double double as well.  He is not afraid to fire it up from 3 and if his shot is on, could easily drain 5 or 6 of them for some extra points as well.
 
  • Troy Williams, Indiana ($6,800) – Williams is the 2nd Indiana player on the list today and for good reason as this game is the highest projected scoring game of the night.  Williams went out and put up 32.5 DK points the last time out and yet his price dropped down $400.  At his new price, in order to get 4x value we just need him to put up 27.2 fantasy points and over the last 3 he has averaged just over 30 fantasy ppg.  He is a mid-range priced player who I think a lot of the field will over look to try and either spend up or drop down in the $5K range to help fit in another top salary play and his sneaky 35 fantasy point upside could be the difference in taking down a GPP tonight.
 
  • Tonye Jekiri, Miami FLA ($7,100) – Jekiri has really burned me so far this season but I am going back to the well again.  He seems to dud when I am on him and exceed value when I am not.  He has double digit rebounds in 8 of the last 10 games and 5 double doubles over that stretch.  He can disappear at times on the offensive end and does not shoot the ball particularly well, however he scraps and out-works guys down low and gets put backs.  At his price, he is a pure GPP play only as he is not consistent enough to be a part of your cash game lineups, as seen by his 10.25 point performance against FSU.
 

 

Values

 
  • James Siakam, Vanderbilt ($5,000) – Siakam is a wild card for Vanderbilt.  The last 2 games he has put up over 30 fantasy points per game and has double doubled in each.  Prior to that he had 1 double digit fantasy performance in his previous 5 games.  I look for him to continue his hot streak against a Tennessee team that does not particularly scare me down low.  I will definitely list Siakam as a GPP only play until he shows a little more consistency but I think a 25-30 fantasy point game is on the horizon tonight.
 
  • Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State ($5,900) –  I have written about Tate before and I will continue to target him while he is playing 30+ mpg.  Ultra-athletic CBB players at this price are definitely always on my radar and he has been performing like his price should be around $7K instead of under $6K.  He’s not a good jump shooter but he hits the boards and gets to the rim to finish.  He has stretches that sees him put up 8-10 fantasy points in just a few minutes of game action.
 
  • Conner Lammert, Texas ($3,800) – Lammert is the other Texas player that could make for a great plug’n’play should Holmes be forced to miss another game with a concussion that he suffered on Jan 31st.  In 28.5 mpg over the last 2, Lammert has averaged 8.5 pts, 9 rebounds and 22 fantasy ppg.  He is also not afraid to step out to the 3 point line which could give you a nice little bonus as well.  Again, this is dependent on Holmes and at this point it looks to me that Holmes will not be returning tonight.
 

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