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

We get to start our week off with a nice little 4 game slate this evening.  As far as O/U’s for the slate, we have two projected to be full of fantasy goodness and the other 2 games about 20 points less.  The Iowa State-Oklahoma game is 148, the Duke-Florida State game is 143, the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game is 128.5 and the Oklahoma State-Baylor game is 124.5.  Let’s take a look at some of the best plays tonight:

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GUARD TARGETS

Studs

 
  • Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State ($8,500) – This game has a pretty solid mixture of Studs, Mid-Range and Value plays.  XRM seems to show up in bigger games and is capable of putting up fantasy points even if he is not taking more than 7 or 8 shots from the field.  As we have seen in a big game on national TV against UNC, he has a ceiling of nearly 50 fantasy points.  He’s the best overall player on Florida State and they are projected to put up between 65 and 70 points in a home game on National TV.
 
  • Buddy Hield, Oklahoma ($8,200) – Hield is the number 1 option on the top projected scoring team of the night.  He is very active and not afraid to pick up some rebounds, as evidenced by the double double he picked up in his last game.  I know $8,200 is initially a little on the high side, however he is priced $700 below what he was just at a couple of weeks ago and feel like he should be priced between $8700 and $9000.  Take the small savings and jot him down for 35+ fantasy points tonight.
 
  • Tyus Jones, Duke ($7,500) –  Tyus is the first of 3 Duke players you will see on this list.  Let me start off by saying I do not want you plugging 3 guys from Duke on your team (Sorry to my UNC fan pals) but I do think it is a very smart thing to get your hands on 2 of them.  Tyus has been playing some excellent basketball of late and is often overshadowed by Okafor.  Over the last couple of weeks he has shown a ceiling of 37 fantasy points and he has been consistently around 30 points recently.  He has taken double digit shots in 5 of the last 6 games and has been active in the other categories, rebounds and assists.  He also has been making over two 3’s per game over the last 6.
 

 

Values

 
  • Matt Jones, Duke ($4,600) –  I think this may be the last game we get to use Matt at an under $5K price tag as he has really stepped in since the release of Rasheed Sulaimon from the program.  The last 3 games he has put up 9 shots per game, 4 of which per game have been from 3.  Matt’s confidence is growing and as we have seen in the past from the Duke program, confidence equals opportunities.  I think a 25 fantasy point game is not outside the realm of possibility.
 
  • Chris Bolden, Georgia Tech ($4,700) –  I will start out with saying that much like Duke, I do not suggest putting all 3 of the GT players I have listed today, but their prices are just at a point that they have to be considered.  This game has the closest spread of the night and we know that in a game that should stay pretty close, there’s the opportunity for some overtime and also college athletes do not like to be outdone by their individual opponents and you could see some pride show up in this game.  Bolden has put up 21.5 fantasy points or more in 3 of his last 4 and at $4,700 he is in a great spot to keep that going and get around 30 minutes of game action.
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FORWARD TARGETS

Studs

 
  • Rico Gathers, Baylor ($8,700) – On Saturday, Gathers put up 39.75 fantasy points and his price dropped $300.  He’s a guy that never seems to be extremely highly owned, however he might be the safest guy in terms of predicting double-doubles.  He does have a 63 fantasy point performance this season, but I must state that it came against a non division 1 opponent.  I believe he is the safest “stud” option of the night.
 
  • Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech ($7,800) –  His price has really jumped up over the last 2 weeks, however for good reason.  By far GT’s best player, he rarely comes out of the game and when you pay up for players in CBB, you want them to be on the floor for 30+ minutes and Marcus averages over 32 minutes per game over the last 10, with that number being much higher if you take out the 23 minutes from Saturday.  He has been averaging just about a fantasy point per minute over the last 2 weeks.
 
  • Justise Winslow, Duke ($7,600) –  Winslow might be my top target of the day.  He has posted 3 straight double-doubles and has seen his fantasy production go from 33.25 to 34 and then to 40.75 over the 3.  His price certainly has shot up but I look for his hot streak to continue and would not be shocked to see a 45+ fantasy point game tonight.  I will be doing what I can to get him in nearly all of my lineups tonight.
 

 

Values

 
  • Jameel McKay, Iowa State ($5,100) –  This game has the highest O/U of the slate and I find it somewhat difficult to predict the Cyclones from a fantasy perspective.  With that in mind, McKay is coming off of a 28.5 fantasy point performance and has the ability to get you a double-double at a very affordable $5,100 price tag. Even thought McKay comes off the bench, he plays between 22 and 30 minutes per game.  He should be good for at least a fantasy point per minute.  I do think with the ability of Oklahoma to bang down low, that McKay may see closer to 30 minutes in this contest.
 
  • Charles Mitchell, Georgia Tech ($5,000) –  Mitchell is the final GT player on the list today.  He has been a boom or bust value play recently and that is very much the case for this evening.  Over the last 10 games he has been as low as 5.25 fantasy points and as high as 33.25.  He is the type of gamble play that can win you a GPP or two with his ability to get you a 6-7x value performance.  On the season he is averaging 19.7 fantasy points and at $5K, thats 4x just thanks to his average.  I definitely do not suggest Mitchell for your cash games tonight.
 

 

Best of luck tonight everybody and as always make sure to pay attention to any late breaking news.  Give me a follow on twitter, @Razzle11Grinds, and I will certainly do my best to share any injury/suspension news.  Feel free to leave any comments you may have as well.