Hope everybody had a fantastic weekend and is enjoying their time back at the office as the work week gets underway! I know, I know, I must be crazy right? After the wife went out and bought us a vehicle over the weekend I am excited to get back to the office to make a little bit of money to be able to pay for that purchase so that we aren’t in debt for what will seem like forever. So enough about me, we get a 3 game slate with a couple of big time match-ups as we get Kansas taking on Iowa St and Duke taking on Miami FL tonight. Both games are expected to be extremely high scoring so let’s take a look at who we should be considering!
Brandon Ingram ($9,100) – When Duke is on the slate I always prefer Ingram over Allen as a lot of times Allen is reliant on scoring actual game points to really go off while Ingram is capable of putting up stats in multiple categories. I would not fault you for going Allen, however I will take Ingram and the $200 savings in this one as I just do not see Miami having somebody to match-up with Ingram.
Monte Morris ($8,800) – Morris is Mr. Consistency for Iowa St as he does everything and is just so reliable on the floor. He plays basically the entire game and while I wish he would look for his shot a little more often, he is capable of taking over on the offensive end. He shoots the ball extremely well and certainly could be one of just a few guys to go for 45+ tonight.
JaQuan Lyle ($6,500) – Lyle has really flopped since he put up back to back 51+ fantasy point performances and comes in after putting up a paltry 3 fantasy points his last time out. His freshman season has been extremely up and down, however he still offers us ridiculous upside and we now get him for about the same price as he was at when he went for the back to back 50s. This game has the lowest projected total so we are going to want to be careful with who we are using, however somebody like Lyle is an ideal GPP play on this slate.
Other Options – Grayson Allen ($9,300), Sheldon McCLellan ($7,500), Wayne Selden Jr. ($7,200), Luke Kennard ($6,200)
Matt Thomas ($5,800) – The way to attack the Kansas Jayhawks is from the outside and Matt Thomas could be the X-Factor in this game for Iowa St as he is capable of getting insanely hot from deep and knocking down a few triples in a matter of just a couple of possessions. Thomas has been playing extremely well since stepping into the starting lineup for Long and I expect that to continue in this game.
Ja’Quan Newton ($5,100) – Newton takes the highest of shots on the Hurricanes and has his hands in the highest of the possessions for the team as well. Newton draws 7 fouls per 40 minutes which is one of the highest rates in the country so he gets to the foul line quite a bit and is very effective at getting to the rim. Miami is expected to put up 80+ points in this one and I love Newton’s price compared to Rodriguez and McLellan.
Devin Foster ($4,300) – Foster has stepped up in the absence of Reaves and has played 25+ minutes in four straight games while showing a high of 25.5 fantasy points over that stretch. That kind of performance would get us about 6x return which is more than enough for our GPP lineups. Foster doesn’t take a ton of shots but when he does shoot, it is generally from behind the arc.
Other Options – Kam Williams ($4,200), Brannen Greene ($3,900), A.J. Harris ($3,200)
Georges Niang ($9,000) – In the second meeting last season, Niang went for 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals or what equated to a 47 fantasy point performance. As I said earlier, the way to beat Kansas is from the outside and I am not sure they have anybody that will be able to stick with Niang as he moves all over the court. I would guess Ellis would try to check him, however that will remove Kansas’ best rebounder from the paint.
Perry Ellis ($8,200) – Ellis seems to be one of those guys that steps up most when the lights are the brightest for the Jayhawks. He is coming off of a 33 fantasy point game against Texas and I think the only reason he didn’t find himself in the 40+ category was the fact that Texas had to go small which pulled Ellis away from the defensive glass and he ended up with just 4 rebounds in the game.
Marshall Plumlee ($7,300) – I think Plumlee could be extremely sneaky tonight as he generally is far from a sexy pick, however the Hurricanes really lack guys that can bang down low outside of Jekiri. Plumlee recently put up 51 fantasy points against a team that has a similar lineup breakdown to what Miami is going to run out there, so Plumlee could be in line for a huge game.
Other Options – Jameel McKay ($8,300), Tonye Jekiri ($7,000), Brandon Taylor ($7,000), Jae’Sean Tate ($6,800)
Payton Banks ($5,300) – Banks is coming off of a 25 fantasy point performance against a tough Wisconsin defense and that was a positive step after putting up three really rough games after he had gone for 39.75 fantasy points against Minnesota. Banks offers us a nice upside, but he also offers us a pretty low floor and its really tough to figure out which guy we are going to get in this game.
Kamari Murphy ($4,800) – The match-up for Murphy is going to be a little tough, however he does offer us a nice upside at a sub $5K price point. Ingram is going to be a tough match-up on the defensive end, so I hope Murphy can avoid foul trouble. He offers us double-double upside and depending on how the foul trouble goes, could be relied upon by Miami to pick up some extra rebounds.
Ivan Cruz Uceda ($4,000) – I remember using Uceda quite a bit at the end of last season as he really stepped up for the Hurricanes late in the regular season and into the conference tournament. We have seen him flash 30+ fantasy point upside and is coming off of a 20.5 fantasy point performance. We are going to need to find value tonight and Uceda could certainly be that guy.
Other Options – Trevor Thompson ($5,000), Julian Moore ($4,500), Cheick Diallo ($3,900), Donovon Jack ($3,700)