I hope everybody’s week is going well as Thursday is already upon us and it brings us a 9 game slate of some pretty interesting action. We have 18 teams taking the floor tonight, but only 5 of those teams are projected to score above 72 points on the night. Normally I would eliminate the games with such low totals, however tonight has so many games that fall into the low total category that we need to be considering most of them. Let’s take a look at some of the guys we should be targeting tonight. As always, hit me up on Twitter (@Razzle11Grinds) with any questions or comments you might have!
Dedric Lawson ($8,600) – Lawson offers us a pretty ridiculous ceiling, but he also offers a pretty ugly floor and for that reason he will be a great GPP option against a tough UCONN team. The last time these two teams met, Lawson went for just 22 fantasy points. This game is at home for Memphis so I think he comes out and plays better than that. Lawson has shown pretty big home/road split so far this year so with tonight’s game being in Memphis, I definitely want to have him somewhere.
Jordan McLaughlin ($7,600) – McLaughlin offers a pretty nice upside when he is playing well and he is coming off of a 41.25 fantasy point performance and went for 37.25 fantasy points the last time these two teams met. USC is projected to be the highest scoring team of the slate and while they are generally pretty balanced, we want to make sure we have a piece of them.
Quenton DeCosey ($7,400) – DeCosey has gone for 123.25 fantasy points over his last three games and has gone for 31+ fantasy points in 6 of his last 7 games. DeCosey has been contributing across the board for Temple and is capable of getting us a double-double while adding in a handful of counting stats in other categories. I have loved going with Temple’s best G for the last couple of seasons as they tend to be big time scorers and DeCosey is showing his ability.
Isaac Hamilton ($7,400) – I think it is safe to say that I have a man-crush on Hamilton as he his capable of approaching triple-double type stat lines. Speaking of triple-double type stat lines, Hamilton went for 10-10-8 the last time these two teams met and he is coming off of a 38 fantasy point performance the last time on the court. UCLA is expected to be one of the top 5 scoring teams of the night while playing in the game with the largest projected total.
Other Options – Julian Jacobs ($7,900), Jalen Jones ($7,500), James Woodard ($7,500), Tre Demps ($6,700), Alex Caruso ($6,700), Nate Mason ($6,700), George King ($6,000)
Matthew Fisher-Davis ($4,900) – This choice is pretty dependent on Baldwin IV’s health as he left the last game after just 10 minutes and MFD managed to step up against a tough Texas defense and put up 32 fantasy points in 37 minutes of action. Two weeks ago he went for 37 fantasy points against Tennessee so we know the upside is there as long as he sees enough action. Pay close attention to the status of Baldwin.
Dominique Collier ($4,800) – Collier is definitely a GPP only play as he has gone for 30+ fantasy points in 2 of his last 4 games but also combined for just 26.5 fantasy points in the other two games over that stretch. Colorado gets the tempo boost as it heads to Oregon for this one and I think Collier is worth a GPP flier at this price point.
Pat Birt ($4,600) – Birt continues to fire up double digit three point attempts and when he gets hot he is capable of putting up 30+ fantasy point performances. Birt is going to play about 30 minutes in this game and probably take 13 shots with 10 of them coming from three. Birt is also somebody who has done his best work on the road as his 4 best performances over the last 10 games have come on the road.
Devin Coleman ($3,800) – This price is extremely tough to pass on for a guy that has gone for between 20.5 and 28.5 fantasy points 5 times over his last 10 games. Coleman is a ridiculously streaky shooter and is not afraid to let it fly from three point land. He is obviously far from a guarantee as he could just as easily finish tonight like the last time out as he went just 1 for 7 from the field.
Other Options – Sterling Gibbs ($5,800), Brandon Taylor ($5,800), Dupree McBrayer ($4,700), Jalen Adams ($4,600), Jordan Hill ($3,800), Kevin Dorsey ($3,600)
Shaq Goodwin ($8,000) – Goodwin recently showed off his ridiculous upside as he went for 60.75 fantasy points against a weak UCF team. He was able to go for 30.25 fantasy points in the last match-up with UCONN. Goodwin has gone for 47+ points in three out of his last six games. I would not be shocked if he made it four out of seven after this game is over.
Tony Parker ($7,700) – While Parker has shown how foul prone he has been of late, he showed us what he is capable of the last time out against this USC team as he went for 45 fantasy points thanks to a 27 and 12 double-double. I wish I could say Parker was a cash game play in this one, but he is not as he has been extremely up and down on the season. I really love this game for fantasy purposes, so make sure you get some exposure to Parker.
Damian Jones ($7,700) – Jones has gone for 83.25 fantasy points over the last two games and if you add in a third game, he has gone for 114.5 fantasy points while really stepping up for a struggling Vandy team. Should Baldwin IV miss this game, I would expect Vandy to feed Jones and let him be their number 1 offensive option.
Tres Tinkle ($6,200) – Tinkle went for nearly 50 fantasy points earlier this season and while I do not think he has that kind of upside in this match-up, he is certainly capable of going for 35+ in this game against a tough Utah team. He went for 25.25 fantasy points the last time these two teams met.
Other Options – Josh Scott ($9,400), Chris Boucher ($8,100), Dillon Brooks ($8,000), Ethan Happ ($7,600), Jae’Sean Tate ($6,800), Kyle Kuzma ($6,000)
Chimezie Metu ($4,900) – Metu showed off his upside the last time these two teams met as he went for 35.5 fantasy points in 28 minutes of action. While I think that might have been an aberration, I do think he offers us 25-30 fantasy point upside on any given night. He is an extremely high energy guy who is capable of helping in nearly every category. Metu is a cheap way to get a piece of this highly projected game.
Brandon Swannegan ($4,800) – We have to pay attention to Swannegan’s recent play as he has really stepped up in two of the last three games for Tulsa. He put up 64.25 fantasy points in those two games and he has been extremely solid from the field, while also hitting the boards pretty hard as well.
Evan Fitzner ($4,500) – ST Marys has a handful of guys to look at around this price point and Fitzner is the cheapest so he gets the nod in this spot for me. All three of the guys in this spot had very solid games against BYU the last time they played and I would expect at least 2 of them to do so again.
Amida Brimah ($3,000) – Brimah returned from a lengthy absence to see the floor for 18 minutes and he managed to put up 11.5 fantasy points. I would expect to see him around the 20-22 minute mark in this game, but at this point I have not heard if he is going to return to the starting lineup or if he is going to come off the bench again. Brimah brings a ridiculous upside to the court as he is capable of racking up monster Block totals.
Other Options – Jeff Roberson ($4,800), Jock Landale ($4,700), Aaron Falzon ($4,600), Calvin Hermanson ($4,600), Obi Enechionyia ($4,500), Nate Austin ($3,500)