The weekend is coming up on us quick, but make sure to not look too far ahead as we have a very nice 9 game slate to work with tonight as we get an awesome rematch of Iowa and Michigan St. That game should have a different ending this time around, however both teams are certainly capable of putting up points in a hurry. I think my favorite match-up of the night is going to be BYU and Gonzaga as this game offers us a few players that can put up 60+ fantasy points any given night. Let’s take a look at some of the plays we should be targeting and as always, please hit me up on twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) with any questions or comments!
Kyle Collinsworth ($10,200) – Collinsworth went for a triple-double just two games ago, which was his second one in a 7 game stretch. He offers us a ridiculous upside, while also offering us a pretty high floor thanks to his ability to contribute across the board. This match-up is a bit tough as Gonzaga can really take away a team’s best player. I think Collinsworth is an excellent cash option, but I think for GPPs he could be worth the fade, especially if you think Valentine is fully healthy.
Denzel Valentine ($9,900) – Valentine has the same triple-double upside and went for back to back 60+ fantasy point games earlier this season. I think Valentine has to be 100% otherwise I do not think they would have risked bringing him back the last game against Penn St. Both BYU and Michigan St are expected to score around 77 points tonight, so with all things equal I would lean Valentine for the $300 less.
Andrew Andrews ($9,500) – The name makes me giggle every single time I see it and I am not sure why that is still the case. Aside from the name, Andrews has been absolutely spectacular for Washington as he has gone for 53, 44 and 58 fantasy points over the last three games as he barely, if ever, leaves the floor. Washington is going to need Andrews to continue to play out of his mind in order to have a shot against a short handed Arizona team. Right now Andrews is my top option on the night!
Tra Holder ($7,300) – Holder is playing really well for ASU as he has gone for 30.5+ fantasy points in 7 straight games and Arizona St is expected to be one of the highest scoring teams of the night. Holder has scored 21+ game points in four straight games and I have a feeling he is making that five straight tonight as Washington St just doesn’t have anybody who can limit him.
Other Options – Daniel Hamilton ($8,700), Dejounte Murray ($7,900), Trey Freeman ($7,100), Mike Gesell ($7,000), Kadeem Allen ($6,900), Ike Iroegbu ($6,400), Lorenzo Bonam ($6,100)
Sterling Gibbs ($5,800) – Gibbs is coming off of a 34.75 fantasy point performance and went for 43.5 points just three games ago. He is playing very well for UCONN as Hamilton has struggled a little bit recently. This game is expected to be extremely close tonight, with the total sitting in the 140’s. Gibbs is starting to take a few more shots per game and I think he is finally getting comfortable after transferring in over the summer.
Pat Birt ($4,600) – Birt is definitely a GPP play as he went for 35 fantasy points the last time out, however prior to that he went for just 5.5 fantasy points. He did manage to go for 25 fantasy points against a very tough Cincinnati team just 12 days ago as well. Birt is a long range shooter who is capable of getting hot and carrying Tulsa for periods of time. I would definitely get him in a GPP lineup or two.
Zac Seljaas ($4,600) – Seljaas has put up three straight pretty impressive games for BYU as he has gone for 23.75, 28.25 and 34.25 fantasy points so far in January games. About a month ago he went for 43.25 fantasy points in a game as well so we know the upside is there for Seljaas. He has managed to take 31 shots over his last three games.
Renard Suggs ($3,800) – Suggs has put up 54.75 fantasy points over his last three games while seeing 61 minutes of floor time. Suggs has been able to put up decent fantasy performances when he sees 16+ minutes of action and I think at this point Wazzou is going to see what they have in a guy like Suggs.
Other Options – Josh Perkins ($5,500), Jordan Mathews ($5,300), Peter Jok ($5,200), Dirk Williams ($4,500), Marcus Sheffield ($3,800), Denzell Watts ($3,200)
Domantas Sabonis ($9,300) – Raise your hand if you envisioned Sabonis putting up back to back 66+ fantasy point performances this season? Now that we have realized none of us would have predicted this, we have to talk about the fact that he has gone for 66.25 and 66.5 fantasy points over the last two games for Gonzaga.
Josh Hawkinson ($9,100) – Hawkinson has put up 105.5 fantasy points over the last couple of games and is going to need to continue that kind of performance should Washington St have a chance in this game as they are projected to lose by close to double digits. Hawkinson does have ten consecutive double-doubles so you know he is extremely safe with that kind of production.
Jaylen Brown ($7,600) – Brown has gone for 70 fantasy points over his last two games and is playing his best basketball of the season right now. I do not see somebody like Humphrey being able to check Brown thanks to his athleticism and it could be a long night for Stanford in the paint.
Jamel Artis ($7,200) – It took Artis a bit, but he is now playing like the best player on Pittsburgh and he is cheaper than Young is in this match-up. Artis has plenty of athleticism as he is capable of stepping out behind the arc, which will help pull guys like Onuaku away from the basket. I think Artis goes for 40+ in this match-up tonight.
Other Options – Kyle Wiltjer ($8,900), Jarrod Uthoff ($8,800), Ryan Anderson ($8,500), Dillon Brooks ($7,800), Chinanu Onuaku ($7,000), William Lee ($6,500), Kaleb Tarczewski ($6,100)
Kentan Facey ($4,600) – Facey has excellent GPP upside thanks to his ability to block shots and grab rebounds in a hurry. He is coming off of a 23.25 fantasy point performance in which he swatted 5 shots. Facey offers us 30 fantasy point upside at a depressed price thanks to his extremely low floor.
Matisse Thybulle ($4,600) – Thybulle is a player that is very similar to Facey as he offers us a very nice ceiling but he also has a pretty low floor as he does not shoot it particularly well. He is the better offensive player in comparison to Facey and offers us a similar block shot upside. The scary thing is that he may find himself in foul trouble against the interior of Arizona.
Tosin Mehinti ($4,000) – Mehinti seems to be a guy that is a safe bet to go for 15-20 fantasy points but he also has the ability to go for nearly 40 as he has done so this season. He is not a big part of the offense and can find himself in foul trouble, but he has a great rebounding rate as well as the ability to block multiple shots. His upside makes his $4K price tag very intriguing.
Jaylen Johnson ($3,800) – I have a feeling Louisville is going to need Johnson to play 20+ minutes in this match-up and when he approaches that many minutes in a game he tends to put up around 1 point per minute which would definitely pay off his $3.8K price. At this point he just does not offer us much more than a 25 point upside, but we aren’t expected him to get us that kind of production at this price point.
Other Options – Brandan Stith ($5,300), Malik Dime ($5,300), Rafael Maia ($4,400), Nicholas Baer ($4,100), Nate Austin ($3,500), Thomas Smallwood ($3,000) – Possible injury but should he play he can put up points in a hurry.