While it sucks that the weekend is over already, we get a simple 4 game slate to deal with tonight and there are two games of the 4 that we really need to focus on. The ISU-WV game is projected to be the highest scoring game of the night as we are expected to see a total around 162. The second highest projected game, Iona-Siena, is expected to see a total of 158 points. The other games are expected to be in the 120’s, so you can see there is a large difference. With that said, let’s take a look at who we should be targeting tonight. Make sure you hit me up on Twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) with any questions you may have!
A.J. English ($10,700) – English is the top option of the slate as he offers us a monster upside as he comes off of a 52.25 fantasy point performance, on the road, against Monmouth. English also managed to put up 52.25 against Siena the last time these two teams met, just 9 days ago. English is not afraid to put up shots from anywhere on the court. This game is projected at 158 points, which is the second highest of the 4 game slate and considerably higher than the third highest total.
Isaiah Taylor ($7,500) – With this game having the second lowest total on the board, I expect Taylor to go pretty under owned and that is fine by me as he still offers a pretty solid ceiling given that Texas is not very deep in terms of scoring production. Taylor put up 33.5 fantasy points the last time these two teams faced off and that was in a game that saw just 117 points scored.
Jaysean Paige ($6,400) – Paige returned from injury the last game and struggled a bit from the field which should keep his ownership level down. The last time these two teams met Paige went for 32 fantasy points as he managed to put up 17 shots in just 23 minutes of game action. This game is expected to be the highest scoring game of the night as it is projected to see 160+ points put up.
Other Options – Monte Morris ($9,100), Marquis Wright ($7,800), Isaiah Williams ($7,400), Justin Edwards ($7,300), Deonte Burton ($6,900)
Nico Clareth ($5,600) – In the couple of games that Siena has been on our slates this season I have recommending Clareth as he just doesn’t seem to be priced correctly. We get him $200 cheaper than the last time we used him and he plays in the second highest over/under game of the slate. Clareth put up 32.25 points the last time these two teams met and has gone for 29+ in 8 of his last 10 games.
Barry Brown ($5,100) – Brown has seen his minutes jump over the last month and while he hasn’t exploded, he has been pretty solid for Kansas St. Brown has been taking double digit shots with half of them coming from beyond the arc. He put up 25.75 fantasy points against Texas the first time they played this season and actually was Kansas St’s leading scorer in that game.
Ryan Oliver ($4,100) – Oliver has put up 70.25 fantasy points over his last three games, with one of those games being against Iona. In the game against Iona, Oliver went for 18.5 fantasy points while scoring 13 game points and playing 34 minutes. He is going to take 90% of his shots from beyond the arc and if he gets hot, he is capable of making 4 or 5+.
Other Options – Tarik Phillip ($5,500), Javan Felix ($5,300), Davon Reed ($5,000), Ibn Muhammad ($4,800), Eric Davis Jr. ($4,300), Devon Hall ($4,100), Kenny Wormley ($3,700), Anthony Lawrence Jr ($3,400)-If Newton is out
Brett Bisping ($9,000) – Bisping has gone for 97.25 fantasy points over the last two games, with one of those being against Iona. In the Iona game, he managed to put up 45.25 fantasy points. If it weren’t for guys like Justin Robinson and A.J. English, Bisping would be the top choice for Player of the Year in the conference as he just works and works and does things well. This is big time game in terms of the MAAC and I expect both teams to bring it tonight.
Abdel Nader ($7,400) – I am pretty sure that I wrote up Nader the last time these two teams met as I felt like the game with WVU fit his style quite a bit as he likes to get out on the wing and run and is at his best in transition, rather than set offenses. He put up 28.25 in that game which returned 4x on his price point at the time and is now coming in extremely hot as he has put up 83.25 fantasy points and 50 game points over his last two games, while shooting 17 of 27 from the field.
Aaron Rountree ($6,100) – I had trouble deciding which Iona big man I wanted to be on and I think its Rountree based on how he has played recently and his ability to rack up blocks and steals. Both Rountree and Washington are risks to get into foul trouble and that is what makes them GPP plays. Rountree is coming off of a 31.5 fantasy point performance and went for 21.25 against Siena the last time they played. Either Washington or Rountree are going to go for 30+ in this one or at least that is what my gut tells me.
Other Options – Georges Niang ($9,600), Devin Williams ($7,600), Javion Ogunyemi ($7,500), Jonathan Holton ($6,800), Jordan Washington ($6,200)
D.J. Johnson ($4,900) – Johnson has really crushed me recently has he has gotten into foul trouble the last games and that lead to big duds out of him. Johnson had been playing very well for Kansas St and I think he still offers us a 30+ fantasy point upside. The match-up is less than ideal as Texas has a pretty solid defense, however Kansas St is expected to win a close one at home in this one.
Connor Lammert ($4,700) – There is not a ton of value at F tonight so we have to kind of lower our expectations of them. Lammert went for around 20 the last time these two teams met and I think he offers us the ability to get us 20-25 fantasy points. He has the upside of a 30 fantasy point performance and I think this game could play to a higher total than is projected.
Other Options – Isaiah Wilkins ($5,100), Dean Wade ($4,800), Shaquille Cleare ($3,700)