Wednesday’s early slate brings us a 5 game slate to work with as we get a couple of the highest scoring teams in the country playing in their conference tournaments. Duke and Washington have been fun to watch all year and both have provided a ton of daily fantasy value. Not shockingly, the two games involving those teams are the highest projected scoring games of the slate. Let’s take a look at who we should be considering and as always, hit me up on Twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) with any questions you may have!
Grayson Allen – Duke vs. NCSt – $9,600 – Allen averaged 42.75 fantasy points in the two games placed against NC State this season and as much as I can’t stand the kid, he is playing extremely well and is just nailing clutch shot after clutch shot. He has gone for 47+ fantasy points in each of his last two games for the Blue Devils. Not only is this game expected to be the highest scoring of the slate, Duke is expected to be the only team to cross the 80 point mark.
He is coming off of an impressive 59.25 fantasy point performance…”
Malcolm Hill – Illinois vs. Minn – $8,600 – I actually think that Hill is my top overall play of the slate as he is $100 cheaper than Allen and you can argue that he has the higher upside. He is coming off of an impressive 59.25 fantasy point performance and now faces a team that he managed to put up 41+ against in each of the two games he faced them during the regular season. The most recent game came just three games ago and Hill went for 47.75 in that game.
George King – Colorado vs. WashSt – $6000 – King seems to have hit a wall at the end of the season and while I think he carries pretty big risk today, he offers pretty solid upside and managed to put up 62 fantasy points in two games against Washington St. on the season. King is definitely a GPP option as he just does not offer us the same “safe” floor that he did earlier in this season.
Other Options – Anthony Barber ($9600), Dejounte Murray ($8200), James Robinson ($6300)
Caleb Martin – NC State vs. Duke – $5,600 – Martin has been one of my favorite value plays all season long so why change now right? He has been playing extremely well down the stretch for NC State and while he struggled in one game against Duke this season, he managed to put up 25 fantasy points the other time that they played. NC State is expected to lose in this one but are still expected to score around 75 points.
Que Johnson – Washington St vs. Colorado – $5,000 – Johnson is coming off of a 31.25 fantasy point performance in which he scored 20 game points while putting up 18 shots from the field. In two games against Colorado this season, Johnson put up 56.25 fantasy points despite shooting pretty horridly (he shot 9 for 28 in those two games). His ability to get to the free throw line as well as hit the boards is what helped him bypass value in both of those games and if he can get his shot to fall today, his upside is massive.
Other Options – Dorian Pickens ($5700), Jalen Coleman-Lands ($4900), Maverick Rowan ($4600)
Josh Hawkinson – Washington St vs. COL – $9,000 – Hawkinson is coming off of a monster game against Washington as he went for 54.75 fantasy points. I watched nearly every second of that game and he was just plodding along, doing OK and all of a sudden he exploded over the last 10 minutes as the game got even faster and he just cleaned up on the glass. Hawkinson put up 78.25 fantasy points in two games against Colorado during the regular season, with the most recent game having been a 43.75 DK point performance.
We have seen big man after big man shred this Duke team [in the paint]…”
Abdul-Malik Abu – NC State vs. Duke – $7,800 – Abu struggled yesterday with just 24.25 fantasy points. Today he gets to take on a Duke team that is absolutely horrendous in the paint. We have seen big man after big man shred this Duke team and today is Abu’s turn. Abu has gone for 70.5 fantasy points in two games against Duke this season, with a high of 44.25 in those two games.
Jordan Murphy – Minnesota vs. Illinois – $7,400 – Minnesota is an absolute mess right now with all of their suspensions and dismissals and while I expect them to hold their decision in regards to suspending the three guards for the season, I think it bares importance to pay attention to make sure they aren’t reinstated. Murphy has been a solid bright spot and looks like a future star in the Big Ten. He went for 37.5 fantasy points the last time these two teams met and has actually gone for 52 points the game prior to that. I have been targeting athletic big-men against Illinois for much of the season and that continues in this one.
Other Options – Rosco Allen ($7800), Jamel Artis ($7000), Marshall Plumlee ($6800), Tyler Lydon ($6800)
Bakary Konate – Minnesota vs. Illinois – $5,100 – Minnesota needs somebody to step up with the suspensions and the season ending injury to Joey King. Bonate has been solid over the last few games for the Gophers as he has put up 46.25 fantasy points over the last two games and has managed to haul in double digit rebounds in each of those two. There’s a good chance this game is ugly, however Minnesota is lacking bodies and every guy should be in line to play about 30+ minutes.
Maverick Morgan – Illinois vs. Minnesota – $4,800 – Morgan went for 26.25 and 23.5 fantasy points in the two games against Minnesota this season and now the Gophers have become even thinner. Morgan disappointed a ton of us his last time out, however I think we can go back to the well in this one as he should be in a solid spot to get us 20+.
Matisse Thybulle – Washington vs. Stanford – $4,600 – Thybulle is very similar to all of the freshman on UW as they offer an insane upside that goes along with a single digit floor due to their extreme foul numbers. Thybulle has shown us a 30+ fantasy point upside this season and that makes him an attractive GPP option, however be prepared to get mad at his ridiculous foul rate should he end with just 12-15 fantasy points.
Other Options – Malik Dime ($5100), Charles Buggs ($4900), Sheldon Jeter ($4700), Conor Clifford ($3900)