Welcome to Thursday as we take a look at the nice 7 game slate we have in front of us for tonight. There should be plenty of points scored tonight with a number of high profile teams taking the court. We are nearly a week into the season so it is time for you to hit me up on Twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) and tell me how things are going for you so far!
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana (8,600) – Yogi is far and away the top G option for the slate as he just always seems to get it done for a potent Indiana team. There are plenty of scorers on this team, however Yogi will always get his as he is extremely active on the court. Yogi is averaging 17.5, 7.5 and 6.5 through 2 games to start the season.
Antonio Blakeney, LSU (7,600) – Blakeney is an extremely talented freshman that would be getting all the pub on another team, however his teammate is Ben Simmons and he will be over shadowed at times which is just fine with me as I think Blakeney has a great shot at finishing the season as LSU’s leading scorer.
Carrington Love, UWGB (7,300) – Being from a half hour south of Green Bay, I get to read about Love’s great games to star this season and it is great to see him step up to replace Keifer Sykes. I wondered what this team would become once they lost Sykes and Brown and it looks like they are in pretty decent hands with the likes of Love, Fouse, Cooper and Lowe. Love and Fouse are the guys that I like in a game against a very tough GT team.
Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech (7,400) – I used MGH a TON last season and I think I am going to be using him nearly as much this season as I just love this G-Tech team for some reason. Its a good bet that I will have either MGH or Charles Mitchell on nearly all of my teams tonight.
Other Options – James Blackmon Jr (7500), Riley LaChance (6500), Jordan Fouse (6200)
Isaiah Zierden, Creighton (5,800) – Zierden is just way too cheap for what he brings to the table as the leading scorer for the Blue Jays. This Creighton team has lit up the scoreboard quite a bit through two games this season and while I would expect that to go down slightly, I think Indiana will be happy to run with them thanks to their athleticism.
Devaugntah Williams, Texas Tech (6,000) – I know 6K is definitely more than I would consider a value play at however Williams is such a huge piece of the Tex Tech offense that this price is a bargain. He took nearly a third of the team’s shots in game one while he scored over a third of the team’s points. His usage rate should be extremely high all season and this is one of the only times we will get him at this price.
Peter Jok, Iowa (4,500) – Jok hurt his angle in game 1 and managed just 10 minutes and then missed game two, however I have seen that McCaffrey plans on Jok returning to the starting PG role in this game. Jok started out those first 10 minutes of the season hot as he scored 8 game points.
Allonzo Trier, Arizona (4,900) – Third game of the season for Arizona and the third time I have written about Trier as he exploded the last time out and made that 1-10 shooting game in game 1 look like just an off night. He will have a high usage rate all season and it is only a matter of time before he is 6K and in the starting lineup.
Other Options – Barrington Stevens (4800), James Milliken (4800), Adam Smith (4800), Brady Ellingson (4000)
Ben Simmons, LSU (9,800) – I mentioned Simmons earlier and we see his price took a huge jump after a masterful game. I think it will be tough to pay this price tag, however Simmons should be able to find a way to pay it off. He does so many things well on the court.
Troy Williams, Indiana (8,100) – Troy Williams is probably my favorite Indiana player as he just seems to be super steady and he just doesn’t get the recognition. I love how athletic he is and he just out works people on the glass and ends up with rebounds he has no business getting.
Henry Ellenson, Marquette (8,000) – Ellenson is one of the top freshman in the country and should have his way down low and should be a good bet for a 20-12 type of a double double in this one. I know Iowa has some size to throw at him but none of them can match the ability of Ellenson.
Charles Mitchell, Georgia Tech (7,700) – Mitchell is one of my top plays and will be most nights that GT is on the slate as his price seems to never jump up. Mitchell is a double double kind of guy who is going to out work everybody he is up against.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt (7,300) – Damian Jones has not really shown what he is capable of yet this season, however I could see him stepping it up in this game as Luke Kornet is expected to miss tonight. This is a call that is mostly a gut feeling that comes with the news of the above injury.
Other Options – Jakob Poeltl (7800), Ryan Anderson (7600), Thomas Bryant (6400), Jordan Loveridge (6900), Jameel Warney (7900)
Tafari Whittingham, South Alabama (3,200) – Whittingham is averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds to start the season in 19 minutes of action per game. The match-up is extremely tough however the price tag is so juicy. I may have too much Whittingham exposure but that is a chance I am willing to take.
Jeff Roberson, Vanderbilt (4,700) – Roberson is extremely under priced as he missed the first game of the season and then came out in game two and put up 18 points and grabbed 8 boards in 21 minutes of action. He and Jones should reap the benefits of Kornet missing the game.
Dusan Ristic, Arizona (4,400) – Ristic is not sexy but he produces when he sees the court. As long as he gets 15+ minutes of action he should be able to pay off his cheap salary.
James White, Georgia Tech (4,100) – White comes off the bench but is very active when he does see the court as he is averaging nearly a double-double in just 16 minutes of action. As much as I love the UWGB team, I am not sure this one stays close for long which means we could get a few extra White minutes in the second half.
Dom Uhl, Iowa (4,700) – Uhl is somebody that stood out to me as he is just 4.7K but is averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21 minutes of action while also adding in 2 assists and a block per game while also shooting over 40% from 3 to start the season. He may get some extra run in this one should some of the others around him get into foul trouble against Ellenson and Fischer.
Other Options – Tyrell Sturdivant (4700), Nick Duncan (4500), Cole Huff (5600)