Our afternoon slate offers us 9 games to work with and it includes two of the top scoring teams in the Nation as UNC and USC both take the court against very weak defensive teams. We also get the match-up that people have been talking about for weeks as Oklahoma travels to take on LSU and we get to see Hield and Simmons on the same court, at the same time. It should be an exciting afternoon, let’s take a look at who we should be targeting!
Buddy Hield (10,100) – This just seems like one of those games where Hield comes out and takes over as this should be an exciting game to watch as you have the two front-runners for POY going up against each other in a game with a total of around 165. I do think this game will end up having over-exposure to it in GPP’s, but I do believe there are some plays that make sense in this one.
Retin Obasohan (7,300) – Retin is basically the entire offense for Alabama and while they have one of the lowest team totals of the slate, Retin has the ability to get us 35+ fantasy points every time he takes the floor. Obasohan has taken 47 shots over the last three games and should near that kind of performance in this one.
Joel Berry II (6,700) – I wish we could figure out what is wrong with Marcus Paige as he struggles mightily. Berry’s price is really intriguing as UNC should be one of the top scoring teams of the slate and Berry should sit in the 30-35 fantasy point range against a very weak BC team. This game should never be close and that should allow the UNC offense plenty of chances to have “fun”.
Anthlon Bell (6,200) – Bell is capable of getting extremely hot from beyond the arc and racking up fantasy points in a hurry. He has 40 fantasy point upside while also displaying a 20+ point floor, which is always nice to see. I think Bell gets over looked as most people will be on just the TT side in this game because of the tempo boost that they will receive.
Other Options – Andrew Andrews (10000), Anthony Barber (9000), Isaiah Cousins (7800), Tim Quarterman (6900)
Kenny Gaines (5,700) – Gaines is the guy that could possibly bust the zone of Baylor in this match-up as he is not afraid to let it fly from all over the court. The big problem with Gaines is the fact that he is so scoring dependent. With that said, that makes him a perfect GPP play as he could certainly get hot while taking 10+ shots from beyond the arc.
Brandon Taylor (5,400) – I cringe recommending Taylor as he really destroyed a monster team I had earlier in the season and it caused me to remember how I relied on him a few times last year and he let me down. With that said, we have to take notice to the fact that he has gone for 31+ fantasy points in 2 of his last 3 games.
Ja’Quan Newton (5,300) – Newton sits at my favorite price point (5300) as I generally find some guys at this price that are capable of approaching 40 fantasy points while basically offering a 20 point floor. He is coming off of a 27.75 fantasy point performance his last time out and should be able to approach that same total, if not push it up over 30 in this match-up as NC State gives it up to the perimeter plays in a match-up.
Glynn Watson Jr. (4,600) – Watson has played extremely well over the last three games as he has taken 37 shots and put up 67.5 fantasy points in those three games. Watson has gone for 20+ in 5 straight games and the way that Nebraska is going to compete in this game is via their Guard play.
Other Options – Charles Mann (5800), Tai Webster (5300), Riley Norris (5100), Marcus Sheffield (4800), Cody Martin (4600), Jalyn Patterson (4300), Sammy Barnes-Thompkins (3500)
Ben Simmons (11,000) – I have to be honest and say that there is a good chance I will be fading Simmons in this one as if I am going to pay up, I want to go with Hield in this game. Simmons is obviously a ridiculously good player and he certainly could go nuts in this game, however I also think he could struggle with the athleticism of guys like Lattin and Spangler. He has not topped 43.5 fantasy points in the last three weeks and at this point I think he makes just a solid cash game option.
Michael Carrera (7,400) – Carrera was a beast last time out against Mississippi St as he went for 61.75 fantasy points thanks to a 34 and 15 double-double. He went for 32.5 fantasy points the last time these two teams met, even with Bama blowing them out and ruining their perfect season to that point. Carrera has gone for 32+ in 4 of his last 5 games and I think he should be priced at around $8K at this point.
Abdul Malik-Abu (7,300) – Malik-Abu has been on a ridiculous run for NC State over the last month and I think that continues in a somewhat tougher match-up today. Miami’s defense is pretty legit, however I think if NC State wants to pull the upset they are going to need to pound the rim and Malik-Abu could end up with 10 and 5 just from offensive put backs.
Vince Edwards (6,600) – If Swanigan were to miss this game for Purdue, I would put Edwards as one of my top plays of the day and should he end up playing, I still think Edwards is in play as a great GPP option as he has been Purdue’s best player over the last two weeks. He has put up 81.5 fantasy points over his last two games.
Other Options – Brice Johnson (9600), Craig Victor II (7200), Rosco Allen (7100), Zach Smith (6700), Marquese Chriss (6500), Nikola Jovanovic (6400), Khadeem Lattin (6300)
Kyle Kuzma (5,900) – Kuzma has put up 57.25 fantasy points over the last two games and has gone for 20+ in 4 straight. I really like Kuzma and Loveridge and would not fault you for using either of the two as I think Stanford is going to struggle on the defensive end against the front line of the Utes.
Johnathan Motley (5,700) – Motley dealt with some foul trouble the last time out and ruined what was looking like a pretty nice night. He has been playing the best on Baylor over the last few games and I think he has earned himself 27-32 minutes a night with the way he has been playing. He nearly went for 50 fantasy points against a tough Iowa St team and he could certainly dominate the foul prone interior of Georgia.
Justin Gray (5,300) – Gray is going to be one of my core plays for the afternoon slate as he has shown why he deserves all the minutes that he is able to handle at this point in the season. He is coming off of a 40.25 fantasy point performance and his price jumped $400. He has two 40+ fantasy point performances over his last 5 games and should present a match-up nightmare for Arkansas while also being able to take advantage of the tempo boost that TT gets.
Donta Hall (3,900) – Hall is an excellent GPP option as we never know what we are going to get, however he is capable of putting up fantasy points in a hurry when he does see the floor. He is coming off of a 22.5 fantasy point performance while only playing 14 minutes. Hall is FAR from safe, however he could pay off big time should he see 15 minutes or so in this game.
Other Options – Chimezie Metu (5300), Jordan Loveridge (5200), Shannon Hale (5200), Garland Owens (4300)