Wednesday brings us a nice little 5 game slate as we get the #1 Tar Heels in action along with a number of very talented squads. The season is starting to get under way and we are getting teams for a second or third time which gives us some information to start formulating our thoughts on particular teams. I can’t wait until we are about a month into the season and we have a handful of games to draw from. The Forward position is full of big time players tonight so we will want to find ways to save at the Guard position while looking to use both flex spots on Forwards.
Kris Dunn, Providence ($10,500) – Dunn put up a wicked 66 fantasy point line his first time out this season and while I do not expect to see him with 10 blocks/steals many times this season, I think we are probably looking at the guy who leads CBB in fantasy scoring this season. His price may seem extremely high, however he now has shown us he is able to go 6x value based on his current price tag.
Malcolm Hill, Illinois ($7,800) – Hill has put up a solid line after two games to start this season and I would expect him to be on the court for 35+ minutes in this one. There aren’t a ton of top tier options at the guard position so I feel like Hill needs to be in your lineup. He hasn’t shot the best to start the season but he is aggressive and gets to the line. He is also very active on the boards to go along with the fact that he is the leading assist man on Illinois.
Dusty Hannahs, Arkansas ($6,600) – Hannahs transferred in from Texas Tech and immediately showed off his shooting skills in Arkansas’ first game of the season as he went for 21 points while draining 5 of 7 threes. He may not offer a ton in other categories other than a handful of counting stats, however he can get very hot from deep and with the inside of Arkansas playing well, that will open up even more perimeter opportunities for Hannahs.
Other Options – Bryant Crawford, Wake Forest ($6,300), Jabril Durham, Arkansas ($7,100), Kris Yanku, Northern Arizona ($7,300)
Nate Britt, UNC ($5,400) – Britt has looked extremely solid in helping to make up for the loss of Paige for the first few weeks of the season. He is averaging 16 points and 3 assists on the season and he has managed to drain 7 of his 10 three point attempts. The Tar Heels should be one of the top teams to target all season long as they should be one of the highest scoring teams in the country.
Jake Kretzer, Akron ($3,700) – Kretzer is averaging 10 points and 5.5 rebounds per game so far this season while also draining 4 of his 8 three point attempts thus far. At just 3.7K he should be able to crush his value and help you load up on forwards.
Torry Johnson, Northern Arizona ($4,900) – Johnson is averaging 13.5 points and 5 rebounds after two games this season and has shown active hands on the defensive end which should help him reach value on his 4.9K price tag. Do not try to get cute at the Guard position tonight, go with the guys that are going to get you some stats.
Fletcher Magee, Wofford ($4,800) – I nearly forgot about Magee as he is Wofford’s leading scorer after just one game this season as he managed to put up 22 points in 30 minutes of play. He grabbed 5 rebounds in the first game and managed to drain 5 of his 9 three point attempts. He might be my favorite “value” play of the night.
Other Options – Anthlon Bell, Arkansas ($5,300), Ryan Fazekas, Providence ($4,200)
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga ($8,900) – Wiltjer was on his way to a really solid game in his first game and then the game was cancelled at half time due to the condition of the court. Wiltjer is the number one choice to lead the nation in scoring this season and I expect a lot of huge games out of him. The Gonzaga front line is very big and they will clean up the boards quite often, which could hurt Wiltjer slightly, however I think as the season goes on his price tag will approach 10K.
Devin Thomas, Wake Forest ($8,600) – I have loved Devin for years now and hopefully he can find a way to get us more consistency this season. He has started the year off on a roll as he is averaging 19.5 points, 14.5 boards and 3 assists. This WF team could surprise a little this year as they have a very solid lineup that is going to get even better after a month or so as Codi Miller McIntyre returns from injury.
Moses Kingsley, Arkansas ($7,900) – Kingsley put up a monster stat line in his first game this season as he looks to replace Bobby Portis’ production. Kingsley went HAM en route to a 22 point, 12 rebound, 5 block and 3 steal stat line. Akron is a little better than their first opponent however they aren’t a stellar team and Kingsley should be able to eat on the inside in this one.
Mike Thorne Jr, Illinois ($7,500) – Thorne is averaging 23 points and 11 boards through 2 games this season while only averaging about 25 minutes per game. This match-up is not ideal and he may struggle at times going up against Bentil and Bullock, however the Providence big men like to roam around the perimeter at times which might allow Thorne to rest a little bit more on defense as opposed to having to bang on both ends.
Other Options – Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks, UNC ($8,000, $7,800), Rodney Bullock and Ben Bentil, Providence ($7,900, $6,900), Terry Allen, Richmond ($7,700)
John Collins, Wake Forest ($3,300) – Collins has averaged just 11.5 minutes of action through 2 games, however he has been extremely active in those minutes as he is averaging 9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Of his 11 rebounds on the season, 6 of them have come on the offensive end which can lead to easy put backs and points in a hurry. At just 3.3K we do not need him to set the world on fire in this one.
Marshall Wood, Richmond ($4,500) – Wood has averaged about 21 fantasy points per game to start the season as he is averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds while also draining 4 of his 8 three point attempts. He definitely is not a sexy pick however 20+ fantasy points at just 4.5K is something I will take every single night.
Justin Gordon, Wofford ($5,800) – 5800 may seem like a little more than you’d want to spend at a value spot however the F position is extremely strong. Gordon went for a 19-6-2 line in Wofford’s first game of the season and they are going to need him to step up against a big front line. I generally think you can look elsewhere around this price, however Gordon stands out as somebody that at least needs to be considered.
Kwan Cheatham Jr, Akron ($4,900) – I almost over looked Cheatham until I had dug deeper into the box scores and noticed that he is the second leading shot taker on the Zips and had he shot better than .235 in the first two games he would stand out even more to everybody. I was debating between he and Johnson from Arkon, however Cheatham being cheaper made that decision easier for me.
Other Options – Pat Forsythe, Akron ($5,400), Ako Kaluna, Northern Arizona ($4,000)