Thursday brings us a pretty interesting slate as there are a few games that are expected to be pretty high scoring, however not many games stand out as being ones that we need to get exposure to.  The nice thing is we get a number of Pac-12 games and we all know that they tend to play very little defense in that conference as a whole.  So let’s take a look at some of the options for tonight!

Guard

Studs

Gary Payton II (10,400) – GPII is coming off of a 61.75 fantasy point performance while missing a triple-double by just 2 assists.  The decision is tough as far as which G to pay up for as both Oregon St and Michigan St are expected to score right around 70 points.  I think GPII is more important to Oregon St’s success so I lean him, however Valentine is $300 cheaper.

Melo Trimble (7,800) – I have generally been fading Trimble so far this season and that has worked out pretty well, however he appears to be playing a little more confidently and he is somebody that seems to step up in big time match-ups and that is what we get tonight as Iowa comes to town.  He put up 37.25 in the last game on the road against Michigan St and I could see him surpassing that in this one.

Isaac Hamilton (7,400) – UCLA is expected to be the highest scoring team of the night and I really want to make sure I get a piece of them.  I really like Hamilton as he does not need to score 20+ points in order to hit value as he contributes across the board, more so than Alford does.  He went for 31.5 fantasy points the last time these two met.

Shawn’Dre Jones (6,700) – This game is expected to be one of the highest scoring games of the slate and Shawn’Dre offers us a pretty nice ceiling at a very affordable price point.  He recently put up a 43.25 fantasy point game and is taking a ton of shots for Richmond at this point.

Other Options – Denzel Valentine (10100), Malcolm Hill (8400), Dejounte Murray (8300), Tra Holder (7100), Steve Vasturia (6400), Malachi Richardson (6100)

Values

Joe McDonald (5,100) – McDonald missed a few games recently and managed to return and put up a 22.75 fantasy point line which is slightly below value, however the game prior to getting injured he went for 32.25 points.  McDonald isn’t going to blow up and go for 40+, however he his extremely solid and contributes in multiple categories for a team that is projected to score 80+ tonight.

Kodi Justice (4,800) – Justice has been playing extremely well for Arizona St and has been rewarded with extra minutes as he has been playing around 30 minutes per night.  Justice offers us a 33-35 fantasy point upside at a very intriguing price point.  He did experience some foul trouble against Cal but went for 20.75+ in the other 4 games over the last 2.5 weeks.

Charles Callison (4,400) – Callison has been extremely inconsistent this season as I know a number of people were touting him early in the season for WSU.  He is coming off just a 3 fantasy point performance however he had gone for 39.25 in his previous two games and should be in a good spot to get us 20+ as Washington St is a considerable under dog in this one.

Kam Williams (3,800) – I used Williams quite a bit the other day and he disappointed greatly with a 6 fantasy point performance.  The minutes have been sitting around 25 per game recently and he has shown us a 33+ fantasy point upside.  We get him at a price decrease for this game and I think some will stay away after being burned.

Other Options – Trey Davis (4800), Rex Pflueger (4600), Kevin Johnson (3900), A.J. Harris (3500)


Forward

Studs

Josh Hawkinson (9,000) – Hawkinson generally is far from a sexy name but he just goes out and continues to perform, like an unheralded Josh Scott type player.  Hawkinson has had a couple of difficult match-ups recently however he offers us 60 fantasy point upside and the last time he went up against USC he went for a 19 and 13 double-double.

Zach Auguste (7,900) – The Syracuse zone generally allows for a team’s big man to end up with a monster game as we have recently seen Plumlee go nuts against them.  Auguste has a ridiculous upside whenever he wants to take over and with the loss of Demetrius Jackson, I could see Auguste looking to step up.  He is coming off of back to back double-doubles and I would expect a third straight tonight.

Tyler Cavanaugh (7,400) – Cavanaugh offers us a 50 fantasy point upside and I really love what he brings to the table as he does whatever it takes for GW.  He is capable of putting up impressive double-doubles as he recently went for 30 and 10 against Duquesne in just 28 minutes of action.

Thomas Welsh (6,800) – Welsh could be in a great spot tonight as Parker injured his ankle recently so Welsh could be required to hit the boards even more for UCLA and he may be the preferred low post option in this game against Washington.  Washington loves to speed things up and that is going to make a lot of UCLA plays interesting tonight.

Other Options – Terry Allen (9800), Jarrod Uthoff (8800), Dillon Brooks (8100), T.J. Cline (7400), Matt Costello (7200)

Values

Alex Olah (5,900) – Olah has been back for three games since his injury and we have seen his minutes climb over that stretch and is coming off of a 26 fantasy point performance in just 20 minutes of action. He looked extremely solid in that game going up against Thomas Bryant and I think there is a chance he returns to the starting lineup in this one against Michigan St.  Should he be back in the lineup and see around 30 minutes of action, this price is way too low.

Shaq Thomas (4,900) – Thomas has played really well for Cincy recently as he has put up 58 fantasy points over the last two games and while he offers an extremely low floor, he certainly offers us a really nice fantasy upside.

Drew Eubanks (4,800) – Eubanks appears to be the one stepping up the most for the Beavers after Reid made a stupid mistake and found himself to be suspended.  He went for 28.5 fantasy points in the last game and has shown us some scoring ability all season as he started out really solidly for the Beavers this year.  This is certainly a GPP play as he could come out and give us a 10-14 fantasy point performance.

Other Options – Mike Thorne Jr. (5100), Noah Dickerson (5100), Chimezie Metu (4800)