Will Thomas Walkup be the darling of the day again?
Sunday brings us Round 2, Day 2 as we get 8 games to work with. And as is usually the case in the tournament, there are plenty of teams we didn’t expect to see here. Only one game stands out as a must target as St. Joseph’s-Oregon is expected to see nearly 160 points put on the board. Let’s take a look at who we should consider and, as always, hit me up on Twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) with any questions you may have!
Thomas Walkup – Stephen F Austin vs Notre Dame – $9,900 – Walkup just torched WVU for a 60 spot and has now gone for 60+ fantasy points three times in the last 3 weeks. Walkup has triple-double upside in a game against a mediocre Notre Dame defense. Walkup is excellent at attacking the boards and ND is terrible on the defensive glass. As long as we can find enough value, Walkup gets the approval as my top overall play of the day, even though there are a handful of studs that standout.
Giddy Potts – Middle Tennessee St vs Syracuse – $6,900 – Potts is the #1 three point shooter in the country as he shoots just over 50% from three as he has made 73 out of the 145 he has attempted on the season. Potts does have double digit rebound upside, which is always a nice thing to see out of a guy that is basically a shooter. If MTSU is able to solve Syracuse’s zone, Potts could have a monster day from behind the arc.
Peter Jok – Iowa vs Villanova – $6,500 – I love Jok’s green light to fire away from everywhere on the court as he is capable of getting as hot as anybody in the country. Last week against Iowa, he scored 17 straight points for the Hawkeyes. He has taken 45 shots over the last three games with 26 of those coming from three. Jok was routinely getting us 30+ fantasy points just a month ago, so we know he has the ability.
Other Options – Josh Hart ($8,200), Aaron Valdes ($7,300), JeQuan Lewis ($6,800), Myles Davis ($6,500)
Demetrious Floyd – Stephen F Austin vs Notre Dame – $5,100 – Floyd is going to take anywhere from 12 to 20 shots in this game and while he generally doesn’t provide much in terms of other categories, he has 40 fantasy point upside. Notre Dame is pretty weak on the perimeter and they allow teams to shoot very well from 3, so I can see Walkup doing a lot of penetrating and kicking out to Floyd in this game.
Aaron Brown – St Joseph’s vs Oregon – $4,600 – Brown is going to be extremely popular and that is just fine with me as there is very little value on today’s slate. Brown is going to see 30+ minutes and if St. Joe’s wants to pull the upset, they are going to need to knock down jumpers and that is where Brown excels. Brown also is solid at getting to the FT line and when he gets there he is as close to automatic as anybody in the country.
JaQawn Raymond – Middle Tennessee St vs Syracuse – $4,500 – Raymond has gone for 75 fantasy points over his last three games and has managed to put up 19+ points in six of his last seven games. This game is expected to be the second lowest scoring game of the day, however we just cannot avoid any games when it comes to getting value.
Other Options – Jordan Burgess ($4,500), Trey Pinkney ($4,300), Shavar Newkirk ($4,200), Jared Nickens ($3,800), Lamarr Kimble ($3,800)
Zach Auguste – Notre Dame vs Stephen F Austin – $8,700 – Auguste has been a beast on the boards over the last couple of months and he should be able to continue that against SFA. SFA loves to press and put pressure on the guards, which comes with some issues as once the guards break down the press it turns into transition and that fits Auguste perfectly as he could get some pretty easy lay-ups and dunks. SFA was just torched by Devin Williams and I would consider Auguste a better player.
Reggie Upshaw – Middle Tennessee St vs Syracuse – $8,000 – I can’t believe I have so much love for MTSU in a game that is projected so low, however they have some value to go along with a couple of players that could do damage to the zone of Syracuse. Upshaw has pretty ridiculous upside to go along with a really nice floor. He might be the best player to have attack the zone and he could find himself dishing out a few assists. He is MTSU’s best rebounder and we know that Syracuse allows teams to hit the offensive glass against them.
Daniel Ochefu – Villanova vs Iowa – $7,700 – Ochefu looked extremely strong and fresh in the round 1 game as he put up 45 fantasy points and now faces an Iowa team that was just dominated by Jaylen Bond and I think Ochefu is a bit better than Bond is. Iowa has been getting dominated down low for much of the season and I think Ochefu is in a great spot because Uthoff should be on Jenkins and Jenkins has a tendency to sit around the three point line, which would draw Iowa’s shot blocker away from the rim.
Other Options – Isaiah Miles ($8,700), Chris Boucher ($7,700), Elgin Cook ($7,700), Stefan Jankovic ($7,200), Jake Layman ($7,000), Clide Geffrard ($6,800), James Farr ($6,800), Mo Alie-Cox ($6,200)
V.J. Beachem – Notre Dame vs Stephen F Austin – $5,400 – Beachem has been on fire from the field recently and this game could play into his spot up on the wing shooting hands. He put up 30.5 fantasy points in Friday’s game and while he doesn’t offer much more than that in terms of a ceiling, he has been pretty consistent recently and the lack of value makes it tough.
Vitto Brown – Wisconsin vs Xavier – $4,900 – Brown’s price has gone down and I think he is going to be extremely popular as he has basically sat between 20 and 32 fantasy points over the last couple of months and has really picked up his three point stroke. He generally gets forgot about as teams try to focus on taking Hayes and Happ out of play.
Other Options – Darnell Harris ($5,200), Mike Thomas ($4,600), Klint Carlson ($4,400), Dwayne Benjamin ($4,300), T.J. Holyfield ($4,200)