Wednesday night brings is a rather impressive 14 game slate to work with as 12 of the games on the slate have projected totals over 140 points, with six games falling between 147 and 157 point projections. As you can see there will be a lot of games with very similar totals, so we are going to want to examine things a bit closer as we do not have the ability to eliminate a fair number of games from our pool. As we found out on Tuesday night, anything can happen and big time teams can go down, especially when they are on the road! Hit me up on twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) with any questions!
Buddy Hield ($9,900) – Hield followed up his monster 68 fantasy point performance with a mediocre 56.5 fantasy points in just 32 minutes of action. Hield is playing better than anybody in the country right now and I do not see anybody on Oklahoma St being able to slow him down. He has made 14 of his last 23 three point attempts and when a player this good is knocking down shots, just sit back and watch the fantasy points pile up.
Brandon Ingram ($9,100) – I figured this day was coming as Ingram has been spectacular for Duke in his freshman season. The day that I am referring to is the day he crossed over the $9K mark. Ingram basically does everything for Duke while he is on the floor (which he rarely comes off) and the last time out he put up 44.75 fantasy points while attempting just 7 shots from the field.
Bryce Alford ($8,300) – Alford has been on fire lately and he is in a great spot against a very up-tempo USC team as UCLA is projected to be one of the top scoring teams of the night. Alford has gone for 38+ in 2 of his last 4 games and should be able to make that 3 out of 5 tonight.
Malik Beasley ($7,200) – I think that both Beasley and Bacon make great plays against an up-tempo NC State team, however Beasley gets the nod for me as he has been playing better over the last few games for FSU. Beasley should offer us a solid 45 fantasy point ceiling in a fast paced game and seems to be settling in around a 25 point floor at this point.
Other Options – Gary Payton II ($9,900), Anthony Barber ($9,000), Stefan Moody ($8,800), Demetrius Jackson ($8,100), J.J. Frazier ($7,900), Josh Hart ($7,800), Jordan Woodard ($7,600), Troy Caupain ($6,500)
Adam Smith ($5,300) – Smith has taken 11+ shots in 7 straight games for GT and has fired up 48 over the last three games with 32 of those coming from three point land. He has scored between 23 and 35 fantasy points in his last 5 games and should be one of the safer players in his price range tonight.
Rasheed Brooks ($4,900) – Brooks is coming off of a 33.5 fantasy point performance in which he managed a 14 and 10 double-double. Brooks is definitely a GPP only play as he offers us a single digit floor, however he appears to on the uptick in terms of minutes and performance. I think he is a low owned, under the radar option tonight.
Riley Norris ($4,400) – Norris has put up 21+ in 4 of his last 5 games with a high of 29 over that stretch. It is tough to ignore that kind of production at this price point and I think we are going to want to get him in our lineups to help save some money for some of the studs of the slate.
Other Options – Rapheal Davis ($5,300), Jeffrey Carroll ($5,100), Chauncey Collins ($4,900), Josh Reaves ($4,400), Justin Robinson ($4,000)
Ben Simmons ($11,600) – Simmons is getting awfully close to unplayable as his has creeped up ever so slowly this season. He is coming off of a monster 28 and 17 double-double which lead to 52.75 fantasy points and unfortunately that is not enough to pay off his $11.6K price tag. We basically need Simmons to go for 58+ at this price point for our GPP lineups. He is nearly a must play in cash, even at this price point.
Henry Ellenson ($8,800) – I went with Ellenson over Scott and Thomas as I think all three basically have the same ceiling, only Ellenson’s comes at the cheaper price tag than the other two. Ellenson has gone for a double-double in 6 of his last 7 games and I think he has a chance to really be a match-up headache in this game. I would not be shocked to see Ellenson go for 50+ fantasy points in hopes that Marquette can pull off the upset.
A.J. Hammons ($7,900) – Hammons can be a tough guy to predict as he really disappeared last game, however he tends to really pick on teams that lack legit big men in the paint and I think he owns the inside in the match-up with Penn St. Thanks to his block rate, he offers us a 50 fantasy point ceiling and is capable of getting there while only taking a handful of shots in the game.
Marshall Plumlee ($6,400) – I NEVER would have thought that I would be writing up Plumlee as a stud option but man it is just too tough ignore what he has done over the last two games. He has put up 71.25 fantasy points thanks to shooting 13 for 14 from the field and grabbing 17 rebounds while staying out of foul trouble. Ride the big man while he is hot!
Other Options – Josh Scott ($9,300), Devin Thomas ($9,000), Taurean Prince ($8,100), Yante Maten ($7,800), Daniel Ochefu ($7,400), Craig Victor II ($7,100), Thomas Welsh ($6,700), Bonzie Colson ($6,400)
Admiral Schofield ($5,600) – Schofield has put up 95.5 fantasy points over his last three games while averaging 27 minutes of court time per game. I think it is time for the Vols to see what they have with Schofield as he has shown the ability to put up points in a hurry this season when he is given time on the floor.
Khadeem Lattin ($5,500) – Lattin seems to have been energized by that marathon with Kansas as he followed up his 45 fantasy points in that game with a 39 point performance against Kansas St just five days later. Lattin is not a huge part of the offense for the Sooners however he is a high energy guy who is capable of filling up the stat sheet.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. ($4,600) – Blackshear has gone for 61.75 fantasy points over his last three games and managed to show us a 30 fantasy point upside in December so the skills are there and I think VT is going to need him to be able to play down low with Devin Thomas in this one. The play certainly has some risk as Blackshear does tend to get himself in foul trouble a lot of times.
Other Options – Nick Jacobs ($5,100), Tomasz Gielo ($4,700), Derek Reese ($3,900), Danrad Knowles ($3,700), Michael Kessens ($3,700)