I hope all of you are enjoying Conference Week as I have definitely enjoyed the match-ups quite a bit more as we finally get to see big time teams go up against other big time teams. We also get to see what some of the ranked teams are made of as we all have heard how tough it is to win on the road in conference play. Tonight we get a slightly smaller slate than we have had over the last couple of nights, but that doesn’t taking anything away as we still get 9 games to work with. There are 8 teams projected to put up a total in the 60’s which is a bit of a bummer, however somebody has to score for them so let’s take a look at some of the plays! As always, hit me up on Twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) if you have any thoughts, concerns, suggestions or questions!
Alex Hamilton ($9,500) – Hamilton has the ability to get a triple-double nearly any night he takes the floor and along with that he offers us an outrageous 70 fantasy point upside. While I would not expect that in this game as La Tech has a team score projected at around 70 points, I think Hamilton has by far the highest ceiling of any player playing tonight.
Kendrick Nunn ($7,900) – I like Nunn a bit more than his teammate, Hill, as he is cheaper and has played better over the last couple of games. Nunn is going to take between 15 and 20 shots with at least half of them coming from three and he always hits the boards extremely well and offers double digit rebound upside.
Jordan McLaughlin ($7,700) – McLaughlin has been extremely solid recently for USC as he has had to pick up the slack with the injuries to Jacobs. He has gone for 33 in each of the last two games after putting up 53 fantasy points two days before Christmas. Tough to ignore him with how well he has been playing and the fact that USC is projected to be the second highest scoring team of the night.
Isaac Hamilton ($7,500) – Hamilton has really stepped up his play recently as he has gone for 40+ points in 2 of the last 3 games as he steps up for a struggling Alford. Hamilton offers us double-double upside from the guard position and will need to be on his game if UCLA wants to pull the upset against Arizona.
Other Options – Anthony Barber ($8,800), Stefan Moody ($8,500), Demetrius Jackson ($7,900), Eli Carter ($7,600), Trey Freeman ($7,000), Tra Holder ($7,000), Eron Harris ($6,200)
Zak Irvin ($5,600) – There is a chance that LeVert misses this game which would mean Irvin is really going to need to step up to keep this one from being a laugher as Purdue should have their with with Michigan in the paint. Irvin is coming off of a 32.75 fantasy point performance in a game that LeVert sat out of and I think Irvin has similar upside in this one.
Donovan Mitchell ($5,100) – If Trey Lewis is out for Louisville then Mitchell becomes one of my favorite plays on the slate as he is coming off of a 34 fantasy point performance while playing 30 minutes in the last game. NC State likes to try and play fast which means more possessions than usual for this Louisville team and Mitchell should be able to pay off quite well in this one.
Riley Norris ($4,500) – Norris is far from a sexy pick however he has put up three straight games of 23.25+ fantasy points with a high of 29.25 over that time frame. He rebounds pretty well and offers us double-double upside as well. Bama is not expected to score a ton tonight, however we aren’t expecting Norris to come in and score 20 game points as he is able to do some damage while scoring just 10-12 game points.
Other Options – Duncan Robinson ($5,500), Shake Milton ($5,100), Jacobi Boykins ($4,600)
A.J. Hammons ($8,000) – Hammons is a beast in the paint and takes over games in stretches. While I wish he was starting and playing 32+ minutes a game, he manages to put up monster stat lines in 24-28 minutes every night. Michigan lacks any kind of interior presence to slow him down so he could be in line for something similar to what he did against Wisconsin and Vandy just two and three games ago.
Nikola Jovanovic ($7,100) – Jovanovic is a very smart big man who plays pretty well on the defensive end and is coming off of back to back double-doubles and a combined 70.5 fantasy points. He has gone for 40+ in 2 of his last 4 games. He is the type of big man that guys like Goodman struggle against as he should be able to draw fouls and get to the line.
Thomas Welsh ($6,800) – Welsh has really been playing well of late as he has gone for 28.5, 41.75 and 38 fantasy points over his last three games while grabbing a double-double in all three. He is also averaging 13 shots per game over those three games to go with his 13 rebounds per and 16 actual points. I think he has the better shot at a big game than Parker does in this one and he is cheaper which is always a bonus.
Chinanu Onuaku ($6,500) – Not very often do I consider going with Onuaku however he is playing very good basketball and blocking shots at a ridiculous rate. He has gone for 29.5+ in 4 of the last 4 games and has a high of 38.75 over that stretch. He has double digit rebounds in the last two games while blocking 4+ shots in three of his last four.
Other Options – Ryan Anderson ($8,100), Erik McCree ($8,000), Zach Auguste ($8,000), Sebastian Saiz ($7,400), Matt Costello ($6,100)
Jimmie Taylor ($4,800) – Taylor is a solid GPP option as he offers us a 32+ fantasy point upside as he has gone for 29+ in two of the last four games for Bama. He is a shot blocker in the paint and has the ability to get us a double-double. His minutes fluctuate greatly as he has been as low as 14 and as high as 35 over the last 10 games.
Denzell Taylor ($4,800) – Taylor has gone for as much as 47 fantasy points over the last handful of games and is able to pay off his salary without really scoring actual games points which is always a beautiful thing as we don’t have to rely on him making his shots. Over the last three games he has scored just 12 game points but has amassed 66.25 fantasy points. In the game he put up 47, he scored just 12 game points. He put up a 10 and 10 double-double against a tough Richmond squad as well.
Tomasz Gielo ($4,700) – Gielo is coming off of an 8 point dud his last time out, however he put up 37.5 fantasy points in the game prior to that and seems to have wrestled minutes away from Hymon at this point in the season. Gielo offers us a great ceiling as he is capable of getting hot from the field and making 5 or 6 threes, while also grabbing 6+ rebounds.
Merrill Holden ($3,000) – I think Holden is an extremely interesting GPP option at just $3K as he offers us 20 fantasy point upside as he is going to see 18-20 minutes of action. He does not shoot it very well and commits a lot of fouls, however he is capable of grabbing multiple blocks, a handful of rebounds while making a couple shots from the field and a couple from the free throw line. He does not need to do a ton but if he manages a couple across the board we are looking at a 15+ fantasy point game.
Other Options – Willie Atwood ($5,600), Beejay Anya ($5,400), Brandan Stith ($5,300), Michael Finke ($4,700), Chimezie Metu ($4,300), Mark Donnal ($4,000), Jy’Lan Washington ($3,400)