The weekend is finally upon us as we get a beautiful 14 game slate to start out our Saturday of watching College Basketball! We have 18 teams expected to put up 70+ points which should lead to some pretty high scores for our GPP lineups today. We have just two games that have both teams projected to score under 70, so that should tell you all you need to know for this slate. We definitely want to target certain games, but do not be afraid to sprinkle in some other games. Let’s take a look at who we should be targeting and make sure you hit me up on twitter (@Razzle11Grinds)!
Brandon Ingram ($9,100) – Ingram’s price has finally risen to a point where he is no longer an instant plug and play option for me. With that said, Duke is expected to be the second highest scoring team of the slate and I expect him to abuse Beachem and Colson on the wing in this game. He is coming off just a 23 fantasy point performance, however he had basically sat between 42 and 50 fantasy points since Duke lost Jefferson.
Demetrius Jackson ($8,300) – Jackson has managed to put up 143.5 fantasy points over the last four games and is going to be needed just as much, if not more in this game against Duke as Notre Dame will hope to pull off an upset. Jackson will most likely play all 40 minutes in this game while putting up 12+ shots, with 7+ of those coming from three point land.
Trevon Bluiett ($7,600) – Bluiett is coming off of a 45 fantasy point performance and has gone for 31+ in three straight games and four out of his last 5. Xavier is expected to be one of the highest scoring teams on this slate as they travel to take on an upset minded Marquette squad.
JaQuan Lyle ($6,900) – The match-up itself is extremely tough for Lyle and the Buckeyes, however I figured I had to mention him as he is coming off of back to back 51+ fantasy point performances and a triple-double his last time out. Lyle seems to be becoming more and more aggressive for the Buckeyes and I think that is what they needed as they really did not have much of an offensive identity or flow.
Other Options – Anthony Barber ($8,900), Michael Gbinije ($8,600), J.J. Frazier ($8,100), Marcus Paige ($7,800), Melvin Johnson ($7,500), Danuel House ($7,400), Alex Caruso ($6,600), Marcus Georges-Hunt ($6,400), Josh Brown ($6,000)
Rasheed Sulaimon ($5,600) – Sulaimon has been pretty quiet recently and I think it is only a matter of time before he explodes for a big 40 fantasy point game and I think that could certainly happen here against Ohio St as Maryland is coming off of a loss at Michigan in which they really should be embarrassed by the way they played as Michigan beat them without their best player, LeVert. I really like how Sulaimon tried to take over late in that game for Maryland and that could carry over into this one as it just seems like Trimble has no “attack” instinct.
Adam Smith ($5,200) – I just can’t believe how cheap Smith continues to be as he is taking double digit shots per game, with nearly all of them coming from three point land. He struggled mightily from the field the last time out and still managed to put up 22.5 fantasy points. He has gone for 22.5, 28.5, 35.25 and 28.25 in four games so far in January.
Justin Robinson ($4,200) – Robinson is definitely a GPP play as he comes off of a 27 fantasy point performance in which he managed to put up 17 game points. He unfortunately offers us a single digit floor, however he seems to be solidifying decent minutes for Va Tech at this point and I would think he manages to see 25+ in this game.
A.J. Harris ($3,000) – I wanted to find you guys a $3K guy who could pay off his price tag in order to help fit in an extra stud. Harris is coming off of a 15.75 fantasy point performance and recently went for 19.75 points. Right now it appears that he is locked into about 15-18 minutes per night and I think that is thanks to the decision by Grandstaff to transfer. If you need some savings for your GPP lineup, I think you can do a TON worse than A.J. Harris.
Other Options – Myles Davis ($5,600), Haanif Cheatham ($5,500), Traci Carter ($5,200), Farad Cobb ($5,100), Chauncey Collins ($4,800), Doug Brooks ($4,000)
Terry Allen ($9,700) – Allen is coming off of a monster 58 fantasy point performance and should be able to do what he wants on the inside in this game as VCU lacks the size to deal with him. We have seen Allen put up numerous 50+ fantasy point performances and I would not be shocked to see him put up something similar to the last game.
Devin Thomas ($9,200) – Thomas has put up 7 double-doubles over his last 10 games with 6 of those 10 games having seen him put up 43+ fantasy points while going for over 52 twice during those 10 games. I think Thomas will give the interior of Syracuse fits and he has shown the ability to put up monster fantasy games without having to take a ton of shots for WF. He is such an efficient player that finds his way to the foul line quite often.
Perry Ellis ($7,900) – Ellis is one of those guys that is far from sexy but just continues to put up stat lines and work hard every night he is on the floor. I think the young guys on Kansas are finally starting to realize that they need to play more through Ellis as he has really turned it on recently. Ellis has put up 122.5 fantasy points over his last three games and should be able to do what he wants against a pretty weak TCU team.
Troy Williams ($7,500) – I really feel like this is the kind of opponent that struggles greatly with the athleticism and the motor of a guy like Troy Williams. Indiana is expected to be one of the highest scoring teams of the night and I could see a huge game from Williams as he comes off of a 34 point game and earlier this season he put up 54.75 fantasy points.
Diamond Stone ($6,600) – Stone is playing the best basketball on the Maryland team and he should be able to take it to who ever OSU decides to check him with. He is coming off of a 37.75 fantasy point performance and recently went for 60 fantasy points against Penn St. While I told you my thoughts on Sulaimon earlier, I think Stone is the safer option with the higher upside.
Other Options – Brice Johnson ($9,400), Henry Ellenson ($8,700), Zach Auguste ($7,900), Gary Clark ($7,300), Thomas Bryant ($6,500), Landry Nnoko ($6,200)
Trevor Thompson ($5,000) – Thompson is definitely in play as a GPP option as he is capable of putting up some pretty nice stat lines in about 20 minutes of action. The downside is the fact that he is capable of putting up a single digit performance which can certainly hurt us at $5K. He has put up 20+ points in seven of his last nine games and should be able to make that 8 out of 10 today.
Marshall Wood ($4,900) – I love to ride hot hands and Wood has been on a roll the last two games as he has made 12 out of 20 three point shots while putting up 73.5 fantasy points while playing 59 total minutes. Along with his three point shooting, he is capable of approaching a double-double for us which only expands his upside.
O.G. Anunoby ($4,600) – Anunoby has really benefits from the loss of Blackmon for Indiana as he has seen his minutes jump up to the 15-20 per game range. He is ultra athletic and capable of chipping in in all categories. He has a high of 25.25 fantasy points since he started to get more minutes and I think he has the ability to bypass the 30 point mark as he racks up steals in a hurry.
Matt Ryan ($4,200) – Ryan picked up the start last game and managed to play 35 minutes and put up 22.75 fantasy points while nearing a double-double for the Irish. I do know that he is capable of getting extremely hot from three and is capable of putting up 25+ fantasy points. Notre Dame is going to need to knock down some threes to have a shot in this game against Duke.
Other Options – Sandy Cohen III ($5,000), Kevin Puryear ($5,000), Jessie Govan ($4,700), Kerry Blackshear Jr. ($4,500), Lennard Freeman ($4,400), Derek Ogbeide ($3,900), Quinton Stephens ($3,800), Kaiser Gates ($3,200)