Thursday night brings us an 8 game slate to work with as we get a slight cut back compared to the monster slates of the two previous nights. All of the games are pretty similar in terms of projected totals so we can use that more as a secondary stat to help us choose. We have a few games that are second match-ups on the season and with that we get a pretty good amount of info into how the game should go. Let’s take a look at who we should be targeting and as always, hit me up on Twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) with any questions you may have!
Dedric Lawson, Memphis ($9,100) vs Temple – Lawson offers us the highest upside of the slate tonight and that’s why he is the most expensive option. He is coming off of a 56.5 fantasy point performance in his last game and the last time these two teams met he went for 41 as he put up a 16 and 12 double-double. Lawson has gone for 30+ in nine of his last ten games so we know he is pretty safe for cash games as well.
J.J. Frazier, Georgia ($8,100) vs South Carolina – Frazier has gone for 89.75 fantasy points over the last two games for UGA and gets to face a team that he went for 36.5 points against, while shooting terribly from the field and dealing with foul trouble. Frazier has a pretty nice upside but he also offers us a floor in the teens which is very scary but certainly could pay off in our GPP lineups.
Shep Garner, Penn St ($6,800) vs Northwestern – Garner has had a really up and down season as he has dealt with injury and inconsistency, however he has really stepped it up in the last few games for the Nittany Lions as he has gone for 30+ fantasy points in three straight while scoring 20+ game points in each of them. This game is expected to be the lowest scoring of the night, however I do think there are a few players in this game that are capable of big nights.
Other Options – Malcolm Hill ($8,500), Quenton DeCosey ($7,700), Sindarius Thornwell ($7,400), Troy Caupain ($7,200), Tre Demps ($6,800), Tra Holder ($6,500)
Allonzo Trier, Arizona ($5,900) vs California – Trier should be a $7K+ player, but I am not going to complain about being able to get the talented freshman for just $5900. Trier has been pretty up and down since returning from his wrist injury but he is coming off of a 29.25 fantasy point performance while playing 39 minutes.
Dorian Pickens, Stanford ($5,400) vs Arizona St – Pickens has gone for 70.75 fantasy points over the last two games and while I do not think he crosses the 40 point mark, we know that his upside is there. I think he sits between 25 and 33 fantasy points in this one as Arizona St really isn’t all that strong on defense.
Duane Notice, South Carolina ($5,000) vs Georgia – Notice really hurt me the last time out as he scored 10 game points but finishes with just 11.75 fantasy points after he had gone for 24+ in three straight games for the Gamecocks. I think this game is going to be one of the key ones for the night as I think this one plays higher than its projected 136 point total.
Other Options – Ronnie Johnson ($5,400), Jabari Bird ($5,200), Jalen Adams ($5,100), Jalen Coleman-Lands ($4,700), LeRon Barnes ($4,200), Daniel Dingle ($4,100), Kevin Johnson ($3,900)
Michael Carrera, South Carolina ($8,300) vs Georgia – Carrera is coming off of a disappointing 19 fantasy point performance so look for him to bounce back in this one as Carrera gets to step onto his home court against a team he put up 30 against earlier in the season. Like I said earlier, I really like this game for some fantasy goodness.
Rosco Allen, Stanford ($7,700) vs Arizona St – Allen has gone for 24+ in each of his last 10 games and is coming off of a monster 41.25 fantasy point performance against UCLA and tonight gets to face an ASU team that he put up 32.25 fantasy points on 24 game points against. This game is expected to be extremely competitive and I think Allen is one of my top plays of the night.
Diamond Stone, Maryland ($6,800) vs Illinois – Stone hasn’t been spectacular lately, however one thing I have been doing is targeting Illinois with big men and that has worked out pretty well as I have benefited from Ethan Happ and Jordan Murphy against Illinois recently and I think Stone is the next in line to put up a nice performance.
Other Options – Shaq Goodwin ($8,000), Yante Maten ($8,000), Gary Clark ($7,600), Alex Olah ($6,400), Michael Humphrey ($6,400), Obi Enechionyia ($6,000)
Obinna Oleka, Arizona St ($5,800) vs Stanford – Value plays at the F position are few and far between. I have used Oleka a ton so far this season and he had hit a bit of a wall but now seems to be stepping up for ASU. Oleka has put up 111.75 fantasy points over his last 4 and offers us a 40 fantasy point upside.
Amida Brimah, UCONN ($5,300) vs SMU – Brimah has been solid recently and takes on an SMU team that he recently put up 35.5 fantasy points against. Brimah is always a threat to get into foul trouble and on the service, this game scares me as he is going to have to battle with some talented big men, however I think Brimah’s block and rebound upside make him a safer option than most would be with his foul rate.
Other Options – Aaron Falzon ($4,700), Danrad Knowles ($4,400), Derek Ogbeide ($4,200)