Hope everybody had a safe and enjoyable New Year as we get into the first work week of 2016! I am sure we are all extremely excited for that! We have a nice little 5 game slate to start out our week tonight as three of the games have a total in the 160’s, so there is definitely going to be a lot of fantasy points to be had. As always, please follow me on twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) and hit me up with any thoughts, questions or concerns that you might have!
Buddy Hield (9,000) – Right now Hield is the front-runner for the Player of the Year race as he has been the best scorer in the country as he is capable of just completely taking over. He has four 41+ point fantasy games over his last 6 and offers us 50+ point upside. This is a big time match-up so expect Hield to come to play against Kansas.
Justin Robinson (8,400) – Robinson is the star player for the darlings of the NCAA so far this season as Monmouth has been extremely impressive to begin the season and at this point they may not have to win their conference tourney title to get into the NCAA tournament field. Robinson takes a ton of shots and generally half of them will come from three point land as well.
Malcolm Brogdon (7,400) – I am feeling a Brogdon explosion in this game as he has been very good so far this season, but just has not put together one of those dominant games and I think that comes tonight as Virginia Tech really should not stand any chance in this. Brogdon has always been known as a defensive stud but his defensive stats really haven’t been there. I think UVA gets VT to turn the ball over early and often.
Malik Beasley (7,200) – Beasley is coming off of a 34 fantasy point performance and now gets the very up-tempo North Carolina Tar Heels. He takes double digit shots and offers us 40+ fantasy point upside while being able to get us a floor that generally sits around the mid-20’s. Beasley is in a great spot to get us a double-double in this game.
Other Options – Frank Mason III (7600), Marcus Paige (7600), Wayne Selden Jr. (7200), Jordan Woodard (7100), Dwayne Bacon (7100), Kassius Robertson (6200)
Jaysean Paige (5,900) – Paige is playing very good basketball of late and has put up 87.25 fantasy points over his last 3 games. He has taken 40 shots over those three games with 19 of those coming from three point land. With WVU’s pressing style, Paige has the ability to get us 4 or 5 steals to go along with all his shots and certainly could find us a 40 point performance at some point.
Je’Lon Hornbeak (4,800) – Hornbeak offers us 35 fantasy point upside at the price point of somebody who only needs to get us 24 to hit 5x his value. He generally plays around 24 minutes a game and manages to get up nearly 10 shots per game, which tells me he is a high volume scorer and if he gets hot, he can certainly fill up the fantasy stat sheet.
Jalen Hudson (4,500) – Hudson is coming off of a 28.75 fantasy point performance in which he managed to fire up 21 shots. He offers us 30+ fantasy point upside at a depressed price and that is something we need to take advantage of in our GPP lineups. I do not think you should be playing Hudson in your cash lineups as he basically offers us a 10 point floor.
Collin Stewart (3,800) – Stewart offers us around a 20 point ceiling while being just $3.8K which will allow us to roster some of the studs of this slate. Stewart should see 15-18 minutes in this game and should end up putting up around 8 shots and is coming off of an 18.5 fantasy point performance in his last game. Monmouth is expected to put up the most points on the night, so we will definitely want a piece of their action.
Other Options – Seth Allen (5900), Micah Seaborn (5300), Tarik Philip (5000), Justin Bibbs (4600), Chris Atkinson (3000)
Brice Johnson (8,500) – While UNC is without Kennedy Meeks I am going to be all over Brice Johnson over and over again as he should be able to continue to dominate the point touches for the Tar Heels. Johnson put up a stinker two games ago and I think some are going to be afraid to go back to him at his price which means we can certainly get him at a lower ownership than we realistically should.
Zach LeDay (7,900) – The match-up is not ideal for LeDay, however he is basically the only guy worth anything in the paint for VT and should see his fair share of rebounding opportunities in this one. Va Tech is expected to be the lowest scoring team of the slate, so we need to temper our expectations.
Perry Ellis (7,000) – Ellis appears to be getting better and better as the season goes on and Kansas is going to need him in this big time match-up with Oklahoma. Ellis has 143.25 fantasy points over his last five games as he has been extremely consistent. We also get to use him at an $800 price drop compared to where he was at in early December.
Other Options – Ryan Spangler (7700), Phil Valenti (7100), Anthony Gill (6800)
Jermaine Crumpton (5,300) – Crumpton has 40 fantasy point upside at a very intriguing price point. Crumpton has gone for 120.25 fantasy points over his last 5 games and seems to be somebody that Canisius is going to have take 10+ shots for them.
Chris Brady (4,700) – Brady is another Monmouth player who is a high volume shooter who sees between 16 and 20 minutes on most nights. He is capable of getting a bunch of rebounds in just a short period of time and that is always a bonus as we do not have to rely on scoring actual game points. He has gone for as much as 32 fantasy points over his last ten games.
Isaiah Wilkins (4,200) – Wilkins has been playing some big time minutes for Virginia of late and while he seems like an after thought on the offensive end, he manages to get involved on the boards, dishing out passes and picking up blocks/steals on the defensive end. Two games ago he went for 26.5 fantasy points and he could certainly approach that total again tonight.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. (4,000) – Blackshear has been extremely erratic for VT so far this season as he offers 30+ fantasy point upside to go along with a single digit floor. Because of that floor we have to consider him a GPP only option as he could certainly lay a dud for us as he did just two games ago when he was somewhat highly owned . The match-up is extremely tough, however you have to find some values for tonight’s slate and not many have the upside of Blackshear.
Other Options – Isaiah Hicks (5300), Khadeem Lattin (4800), Mike Tobey (4400), Elijah Macon (4300), Kevin Bleeker (4000), Chris Washburn (3000)