WOW, what a Friday of basketball! I hope everybody stayed up to watch all of the euphoria and heart break as there were some clutch performances to be seen. Saturday brings us Round 2 of the NCAA tournament as we get 8 games to work with. The over/unders of the games range from 130 up to 155 so there is quite a spread among the 8 games and there are a couple games we can think about ignoring. 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! Best of luck to those still in the March Mania, as well!
Brandon Ingram – Duke vs Yale – $9,500 – Ingram is coming off of a 41.75 fantasy point performance and that was a shocking total as he looked like he was going to go for about 60 with the way he started the game. Yale seems to have a pretty smart defense which is why I lean Ingram over Allen as Allen has a tendency to get out of control on his drives and he could find himself in some foul trouble on the offensive end.
Josh Hagins – Arkansas-Little Rock vs Iowa St – $7,600 – Hagins put up a monster performance against Purdue in the first round and now takes on a team that likes to play at a little faster pace. While some might think of it as chasing points, I am looking at Hagins as one of those guys that wants to take over in March. As teams win games, their top players come to the forefront more and more. I think Hagins will be pretty popular today.
Makai Mason – Yale vs Duke – $6,800 – Mason put up 44.5 fantasy points against Baylor and while that included a career high 31 game points, I really love how smart he is and how automatic he is from the FT line. He has taken 18 shots in three of the last four games for Yale, so he is definitely Yale’s top option on the offensive end. I am looking forward to watching this game.
Other Options – Jamal Murray ($9,000), Monte Morris ($9,000), Malcolm Brogdon ($8,100), London Perrantes ($6,700), Josh Perkins ($6,000)
Nick Victor – Yale vs Duke – $5,600 – I like Victor’s ability to fill the stat sheet for Yale, even when he is an after-thought on the offensive end. He offers us a 40 fantasy point upside and Yale relies on him to hit the boards and with how weak Duke is on the glass, I could see Victor approaching double digit rebounds in this game. He has gone for 28+ fantasy points the last three times he has grabbed double digit rebounds.
Marcus Johnson Jr. – Arkansas-Little Rock vs Iowa St – $5,400 – Johnson has gone for 24+ in five of his last six games and while he doesn’t have a high usage rate, he shoots it extremely well from the floor and with how fast Iowa St wants to play at times, Johnson could find himself with a few more open shots than he is used to.
Robert Johnson – Indiana vs Kentucky – $4,700 – This game is projected to be the highest scoring game of the day and Johnson showed little rust the last time out as he made his return from nearly a month off and managed to score 19.75 fantasy points in 24 minutes of action. I would guess he plays around 32 minutes in this one as Indiana will need his defense on Jamal Murray.
Other Options – Rodney Purvis ($5,600), Eric McClellan ($5,300), Kyran Cartwright ($5,000), Anthony Dallier ($4,500), Jalen Lindsey ($4,300), Kemy Osse ($3,700)
Brice Johnson – UNC vs Providence – $10,200 – Brice is probably the top overall option on the slate as Providence struggles to defend the interior and Johnson has gone off a few times this season with monster games. He played Thursday with a ton of energy and ended up with 8 blocks and while I do not think he gets 8 blocks in this one, he is going to approach a 20 and 12 type double-double for the Tar Heels as UNC is expected to be the highest scoring team of the slate.
Justin Sears – Yale vs Duke – $8,300 – This is an ideal match-up for Sears as we know that Duke gets absolutely pounded on the interior. Sears has a top 40 offensive rebounding rate in the country and he manages to get over 6 fouls per 40 called. I know there are a number of Yale players on the list for this game and while I do not recommend taking them all, I love the match-up for them and think a few guys have a good shot at hitting value.
Kyle Wiltjer – Gonzaga vs Utah – $8,300 – This price is just way too low for Wiltjer and while I prefer Sears at this price point, it is going to be tough to not have a ton of exposure to Wiltjer as the way to attack Utah is from the three point line and we know that Wiltjer is one of the best from beyond the arc. The battle down low is going to be extremely fun to watch, however I think that benefits the guys on the wings more in this game.
Other Options – Georges Niang ($10,100), Ben Bentil ($10,000), Marshall Plumlee ($7,600), Anthony Gill ($7,400), Brandon Sherrod ($6,000)
Derek Willis – Kentucky vs Indiana – $5,700 – I feel like Willis is going to present a match-up issue for Indiana as Troy Williams is a bit smaller than Willis is and Bryant is not athletic enough. The big man rotation is interesting in Kentucky, so you will see 3 guys listed here in the Values area. This game is expected to be the highest scoring of the slate and Kentucky should end up as second highest scoring team.
Roger Woods – Arkansas-Little Rock vs Iowa St – $5,000 – I loved Woods in the first game because of his price even though the match-up was rough and while his price went up a whole $100, I love this match-up quite a bit more. He offers us a 40+ fantasy point upside and seems to be pretty safe for 20+.
Lis Shoshi – Arkansas-Little Rock – $4,700 – Shoshi was extremely active on the offensive end for UALR, he went for 29.25 fantasy points in a tough match-up and now we get him at a $500 price increase. He has the type of GPP upside that we need to take down a large field tournament, so I think he is going to end up in a few lineups, especially ones that I decide to not use Woods in.
Other Options – Alex Poythress ($5,900), Jordan Loveridge ($5,500), Skal Labissiere ($5,400), Isaiah Hicks ($4,900), Kamari Murphy ($4,800), Anton Grady ($4,200), Sam Downey ($3,800)