This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
The Badgers may be returning all five starters of a team that fell just shy of the Elite Eight, but Tom Izzo and the Spartans have completely retooled with two five-star and two four-star recruits. Can the heavily-favored Badgers, led by Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ, come through and win the Big Ten? Or will perennial contenders such as Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State, stand in their way? In a conference loaded with established upperclassmen and highly-touted newcomers, there should be plenty of fantasy gold to be had.
Melo Trimble (G)
Trimble may have suffered decreases in scoring and three-point shooting from his freshman to sophomore seasons, but much of this can be attributed to a quality supporting cast that allowed him to post 4.9 assists per contest. A fringe NBA option, Trimble instead elected to return to College Park to refine his game in his junior campaign. Fantasy-wise, few Big Ten players offer higher upside than the 6-foot-3 guard, as Trimble will be counted on to shoulder a much more significant portion of the scoring load in 2016-17. He no longer has shooters Jake Layman and Rasheed Sulaimon with him in the starting lineup, though Jared Nickens should still provide the Terps with another perimeter option. Robert Carter and Diamond Stone have departed as well, leaving Trimble as the only remaining starter from last season. The team may struggle, but Trimble should reward fantasy owners with consistently high scoring numbers – potentially enough to lead