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Tonight we have a pretty small 4 game slate that offers us some excellent options and a couple of very important Big 12 match-ups. Tonight’s O/U’s range from 116.5 to 152 and each game offers some interesting options to be played. Virginia-Syracuse has the 116.5 O/U, Baylor-Texas 127, Boston College-Virginia Tech 133 and the big one is Oklahoma-Iowa St at 152. There is definitely going to be a lot of similar lineups tonight but hopefully I can help you differentiate yourself from the field and take down a GPP.
- Olivier Hanlan, Boston College ($10,200) – Hanlan is the highest priced player on tonight’s slate and definitely should be considered the top overall play of the night. He is coming off of back to back 40+ fantasy point performances and has 3 such games in his last 5. He puts up points in a hurry and has one of the highest usage rates in all of college basketball.
- Buddy Hield, Oklahoma ($8,500) – Hield backed up my writing on Saturday and I look to see him to build off of his 41.75 fantasy point performance in the game with the highest O/U of the slate. This Big 12 tilt should be extremely fun to watch and full of fantasy goodness. The last time these two teams met, Hield put up 25.25 fantasy points while scoring 17 real game points and taking 16 shots. Hield has shown us the ability to get hot and stay hot over a period of time and carry the Sooners and I think tonight sees him follow up his 40+ fantasy point performance with another one.
- Isaiah Taylor, Texas ($7,600) – Taylor has been playing extremely well and has put up 27+ fantasy points in 3 straight and is averaging 33.5 fantasy points over that span. Texas is a 2.5 point favorite in a home match-up with Baylor that has an O/U of 127. I feel that the total for this game is somewhat low and it should offer some sneaky fantasy upside. The last time these two teams met, Taylor went for 40.5 fantasy points thanks to a 16-10-6 stat line.
- Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma ($5,400) – I debated between Woodard and Wilson in this spot and went with Woodard because of his consistency. Tonight’s small slate means we want to get some consistent plays in our lineups that we can count on to score X amount of points. Woodard is just that as he does not offer us much more than 27-28 point upside, however his floor in this match-up should be in the 18-20 fantasy point range. Woodard is not much of a scorer, but he manages to do a little bit of everything on the floor and before you know it, he hits value. He’s far from a sexy pick but I will try to get those safe plays in when I can.
- Ahmed Hill, Virginia Tech ($4,000) – Hill has played 29-43 minutes in 9 of his last 10 games and has shown us to have 30 fantasy point upside this season. He has averaged 17 fantasy points per game over the last 2 and should have no problem paying off his $4K salary with 16+ tonight.
- Jameel McKay, Iowa St ($7,600) – McKay is coming off of a 28.5 fantasy point game and has put up 28+ in 5 of his last 7 games. The last time these two teams play, McKay went for 16 and 9. McKay is a candidate to go for a double double every time he takes the court. He gets to the foul line quite often as he has gone 38 for 49 over his last 5 games.
- TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma ($7,200) – The last time these two teams met, Thomas put up a stat line of 22-11-5 en route to 44.75 fantasy points. I do not see him going for nearly 45 again, however this game offers a lot of fantasy goodness and Thomas should be able to get you 30-35 tonight.
- Royce O’Neal, Baylor ($7,100) – O’Neal is coming off of a 35.5 fantasy point performance and the last time these two met he went for 38.5 fantasy points. I think either O’Neal or his teammate, Prince, make a great play tonight against Texas and it just depends on preference as O’Neal is capable of the bigger games and Prince has been ultra consistent in the 25-30 fantasy point range.
- Dennis Clifford, Boston College ($4,800) – Clifford has been playing better recently and is playing over 30 minutes per game. He has averaged just over 21 fantasy points per game over his last 3. Virginia Tech does not offer much resistance inside and I think Clifford will end up closer to 25 fantasy points than to 15. He does have a tendency to get into foul trouble and that is always a concern.
- Dustin Hogue, Iowa St ($4,800) – I am just not sure what to expect out of Hogue and just can not understand his desire to live out on the 3 point line this year. With that said, there is not a ton of value at the forward position tonight and Hogue does offer us nearly 30 fantasy point upside. The last time against Oklahoma he went for 27.75 fantasy points in 29 minutes and I would be very pleased to see a repeat performance at his price as his price has come down $600 since that game.
That’s what we have for today and hopefully its a great day for you guys. Certainly hoping I can take down one of the March Mania Tournament qualifiers today and save me some stress! Hit me up on twitter, @Razzle11Grinds, if you have any questions or even news to share. I will certainly do my best to share injury news.