So glad we have gotten into conference season as we now get some really good match-ups every single night and it appears the salaries have tightened quite a bit so we will definitely want to make sure we do our research on who we should be looking at, especially from a value stand point as the value plays are drying up slightly at this point in the season. Make sure you follow me on Twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) for any lineup updates as well as questions that other readers may have. Let’s take a look at who we should be targeting Wednesday night!
Brandon Ingram (8,100) – As a UNC fan I hate that I am about to say this but I really love Ingram’s game as he does everything for Duke while being less than Allen who is more dependent on scoring than Ingram is. I do think Allen is a solid play, however getting Ingram for $600 less than Allen is a no-brainer in my eyes. Since Duke lost Jefferson, Ingram has shown us 60 fantasy point upside and has basically averaged over 5x return based on his current price point.
Bryant McIntosh (8,000) – McIntosh basically has not left the court over the last three games and has managed to put up 116.5 fantasy points with 50.25 of those coming in one contest. He has given us 8+ assists in 6 straight games and I think he makes it 7 straight tonight, en route to a 40+ fantasy point evening.
Josh Hart (7,600) – Hart went for 42.75 points in his last game and gets to take on a team that offers about the same in terms of perimeter defense, so he should be in a great position to cross the 40 point mark again tonight which would make his third time in the last five games.
Marcus Georges-Hunt (6,800) – MGH seems to have found his groove a little bit as he has gone for 37.5 and 39 fantasy points over his last two games and while GT is not expected to pass the 70 point mark in this game, they do not have a ton of go to guys in their lineup. MGH has been in more of an attack mode the last two games as he has attempted 25 free throws and I think he is going to have to continue that style if GT wants to pick up the W tonight.
Other Options – Kevin Punter (8800), Grayson Allen (8700), Monte Morris (8500), Isaiah Whitehead (7500)
Luke Kennard (5,600) – With Duke expected to be the second highest scoring team of the night, I can certainly see grabbing 2 or 3 Blue Devils for your lineups and if you are adding to Ingram, you will want to make sure Kennard is the next one on your list. He has really stepped up in Jefferson’s place and while he doesn’t offer the rebounding of Jefferson, he does offer some ridiculous shooting ability.
Jordan Mathews (5,400) – Mathews is one of those guys that never seems to see his price adjusted at all as he basically is averaging 5x return at his current price point on the season. He has gone for 23+ fantasy points in 6 straight games and 7 of the last 8 so he is about as safe as they come. Add in the fact that Oregon likes to run and you have a recipe for success in this one for Mathews.
KeVaughn Allen (4,800) – Allen has really emerged recently for Florida and has managed to put up 95.25 fantasy points over his last three games and now gets to take on a Volunteers team that struggles to stop anybody from scoring at times. Look for Allen to continue his hot play as he has taken 39 shots over the last three games.
Omari Grier (3,800) – Grier has seen his minutes jump up recently as he is averaging 30 minutes per game over the last 3 and has managed to go for 31+ fantasy points in two of those three games. Grier is still tough to trust as we do not know how long the minutes will last, however at just $3.8K he makes an excellent GPP option when rounding out your lineup.
Other Options – Alex Caruso (5900), Deonte Burton (5600), Durand Johnson (5500), Malik Newman (5400), Matt Thomas (5200), Ike Nwamu (4300)
Egidijus Mockevicius (9,700) – Mock (as I will call him) has basically averaged 50 fantasy points per game over his last four and now gets to take on a Wichita St team that lacks any kind of size to deal with him in the paint. He should be able to continue his dominant rebound stretch and is about as good a bet as any to go for 50+ tonight.
Jameel McKay (7,900) – McKay is probably my favorite ISU play as he is cheaper than Niang and Morris and basically offers us the same kind of upside as he should be a force in the paint in this game as TT can get very jump shot happy, which should lead to some easy boards for McKay. It’s been about a month since we have had a big game from McKay and I expect another to come in this one tonight as Iowa St is expected to be the highest scoring team of the night.
Daniel Ochefu (7,500) – Ochefu may be playing the best basketball of his NCAA career at this point as he has gone for 30, 37 and 35.25 fantasy points over the last three games and should find himself nearing a double-double in this one. There generally is nothing sexy about Ochefu, however he is able to get points in multiple categories and that is always a bonus.
Diamond Stone (6,300) – Stone followed up his 60 fantasy point performance with a dud as he put up just 16.75 fantasy points, however he really was never involved in the offense as Trimble and Sualimon took over early and often. Stone has been showing steady improvement and I think he has another 50-60 fantasy point performance in him this season and Rutgers should offer very little resistance.
Other Options – Georges Niang (8800), Gavin Ware (8000), Dillon Brooks (7900), Angel Delgado (7000), Michael Humphrey (6600), Dererk Pardon (6500)
Sheldon Jeter (5,000) – Jeter has gone for between 23.5 and 30.5 fantasy points over his last four games and had gone for 21+ in 3 of the 4 games prior to that. Jeter is far from a sexy pick as he may not offer us much more than a 30 point upside, however he seems pretty safe for 20+ against a somewhat weak GT team.
Trevor Thompson (4,300) – Thompson is coming off of a rough game but had gone for 5 straight 20+ fantasy point games before that and should be in a spot to make it 6 out of the last 7 in this one. Ohio St is expected to be one of the lowest scoring teams of the night, however that should not scare us away from a value play at this price point. Thompson needs just 21.5 points to pay off his price in our GPP lineups and I think he should be able to get that and possibly up to 25.
Greg Lewis (4,000) – Lewis is one of my favorite value options right now as he offers us 40 point upside, but he also offers us a single digit floor. I would expect him to log around 30 minutes of action as long as he stays out of foul trouble as Rutgers is going to need him to hang with Carter and Stone in the paint. Lewis has been extremely erratic and could certainly pay off with a big game as he offers double-double upside.
Other Options – Tiel Daniels (5400), Derek Reese (4300), Jonathan Laurent (3800), Kingsley Okoroh (3600)