We get a monster 14 game slate to work with as our weekend comes to an end on Sunday and there is a lot of scoring expected to be done. Sixteen of the twenty-eight teams are expected to score 74+ points so that allows us to really just target the guys in the best spots without having to really dive into a game or two based just on the projected total. With that said, one game does stand out above the rest as it pits the ultra up-tempo Washington Huskies against the very strong Oregon Ducks. That game should bring us 165+ points and the game is actually the last one of the night so you better have some fire power at the end of the night. Let’s take a look at who we should be considering and as always, hit me up on Twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) with any questions you might have!
Brandon Ingram, Duke (9,200) vs Pittsburgh – I keep going with Ingram expecting him to break out and put up a game similar to earlier in the conference season. Duke needs Ingram to get back to hitting the boards in order to keep teams off the offensive glass. Ingram has been struggling from the field recently, but look for him to figure that out soon and today could certainly be that day.
Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall (8,700) vs Xavier – Whitehead is coming off of a 57.5 fantasy point explosion and has now gone for 49+ in three of his last six games. While I do not think another 50 point game is coming, we do know that Whitehead is not afraid to put shots up as he put up 20 of them the last time these two teams met. He struggled in that game but still managed to put up 35 fantasy points.
Malcolm Hill, Illinois (8,400) vs Minnesota – Hill is coming off of a terrible game, however he gets a great match-up to bounce back in as Minnesota’s defense is pretty rough. Hill went for 41.5 fantasy points the first time these two teams met and I would nto be shocked to see 40+ again in this one.
Peter Jok, Iowa (6,800) vs Ohio St – Jok has gone for 34+ fantasy points in 5 of his last 7 games and at this point I really think he is Iowa’s most important player as the guy is just a flat out scorer. He shoots the ball extremely well from three as well as from the free throw line and is active on the defensive end as he racks up a handful of steals per night.
Other Options – Denzel Valentine (10900), Dedric Lawson (8900), Nic Moore (8400), Trevon Bluiett (7400), James Woodard (7300), Pat Birt (6800), Nate Mason (6700)
Bryn Forbes, Michigan St (5,500) vs Penn St – Steph Curry aside, I am not sure there is a hotter shooter in the country right now as Forbes has been torching teams from beyond the arc over the last month or so. Forbes has put up 67.25 fantasy points over his last two games and now gets a pretty weak Penn St team at home in this one. This game will get out of hand at some point and it may just be from the three point shooting of Forbes. Forbes is a GPP play as he does very little other than knock down outside shots.
Justin Bibbs, Virginia Tech (5,200) vs Wake Forest – Bibbs is a GPP play as he offers an extremely high upside, but he also offers us a very low floor. Bibbs has put up 55 fantasy points over the last two games for the Hokies and he went for 44.5 the last time these two teams met. This game should end up being the second highest scoring of the day so we will want to make sure we have a piece of the action.
Dupree McBrayer, Minnesota (4,900) vs Illinois – I expect McBrayer to be extremely popular as he contributes across the board and does not need to put up game points in order to get us fantasy points. He is coming off of a 36.5 fantasy point performance his last time out and the last time these two teams met he went for 20.75 fantasy points while scoring just 2 game points. If I make 10 lineups for today’s slate, McBrayer is going to be in at least 8 of them.
Isaiah Washington, Penn St (3,600) vs Michigan St – Washington is a deep GPP play as the match-up is terrible and at this point I really have no idea how good he actually is, however he has seen his minutes jump up recently and he basically went for 5x the last time out. If you need to find some price relief, I think there are a lot worse options than Washington at higher price points even.
Other Options – Louis Dabney (5700), Duncan Robinson (5000), Que Johnson (4900), Jalen Adams (4900), Justin Robinson (4300), Kodi Justice (4200)
Devin Thomas, Wake Forest (9,200) vs Virginia Tech – Thomas should be returning from his 2 game suspension and I expect him to come out on a mission against a pretty weak Virginia Tech interior defense. He went for 44.75 fantasy points the last time these two teams met and I believe he is going to go out and get us 45+ in this one, at home.
Chris Boucher, Oregon (8,300) vs Washington – This game is expected to be the highest scoring game of the slate and it also happens to be the final game of the night so you are definitely going to want to get a piece of it. I do like Brooks as well, however I like Boucher’s upside thanks to his defense as he is going to hit the boards and rack up the blocks. Fouls are going to scare me a ton in this game as Washington plays so fast, while they also foul at a ridiculous rate.
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin (7,600) vs Michigan – I have done pretty well when it comes to predicting when it will be Happ and when it will be Hayes for the Badgers and this game stands out as a Happ game to me as he should be able to battle with Donnal down low and should be able to score around the rim quite often as well as find himself at the foul line.
Jordan Murphy, Minnesota (7,000) vs Illinois – I have done pretty well using big men against Illinois recently and I am definitely going back to that again today. Murphy has gone for 31+ in three of his last four games and is coming off of a monster 52 fantasy point performance against Rutgers. He has gone for a double-double in the last two games and today should be his third straight.
Other Options – Josh Scott (9100), Jaylen Brown (8000), Brandon Taylor (7600), Matt Costello (7300), Dylan Osetkowski (7200), Tres Tinkle (6900), Desi Rodriguez (6500)
Amida Brimah, UCONN (5,300) vs Houston – Brimah has gone for 74.75 fantasy points over his last three games and has managed to block 10 shots over that stretch. Brimah is the kind of guy that can win you a GPP thanks to his ridiculous upside thanks to his ability to rebound and swat shots. He is not much of a threat on the offensive side as he has scored in double digits just three times over his last ten games.
Vitto Brown, Wisconsin (4,900) vs Michigan – Brown is far from sexy, however I do believe he is more of a $5500 player and that offers us solid value at just $4900. Brown recently showed us he has the ability to put up back to back 31+ point games, so the upside is there for us. Brown has really stepped up as a solid pick and pop option on the offensive end and should Michigan struggle with ball screens, Brown could have a big day from beyond the arc.
Danrad Knowles, Houston (4,300) vs UCONN – I swore to myself and probably to all of Twitter that I would never recommend Knowles again, yet here we are. He is far from a safe play and is definitely a GPP only option against a tough UCONN team. Knowles has gone for 20+ in two out of his last four games and has always offered ridiculous upside to go along with a very low floor that seems to be hit all too often. If you need some $ savings at the F position, Knowles gives us the upside we covet.
Other Options – Joey King (5100), Savon Goodman (4900), Kameron Rooks (4700), Nick Marshall (3900)