This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
There's no denying the Big Ten lost an abundance of talent at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, with 10 of the league's top-13 scorers either running out of eligibility or moving on to professional basketball. Heading into the upcoming year, there's a lot of uncertainty regarding who will step up and shine in the conference behind the likes of Cassius Winston and Lamar Stevens, who are both double-double threats on a nightly basis. This means plenty of opportunities for some of the younger players in the league to make an impact, something that isn't all that common for the Big Ten. In all likelihood, though, most of the fantasy production this year figures to once again come from returning players.
After winning the Big Ten Player of the Year award last season, Winston will be poised to take home the Big Ten scoring title following the departure of Carsen Edwards, who racked up an eye-popping 23.0 PPG a season ago for the Boilermakers. While Winston should be taken in the first round of most leagues, other returners such as Ayo Dosunmu and Anthony Cowan will likely fall to the later rounds of nationwide formats. I'll also delve into a few of the top incoming freshmen, which includes D.J. Carton of Ohio State and Trayce Jackson-Davis of Indiana, both four-star recruits.
Center: Matt Haarms, C, Purdue
At 7-foot-3, 250 pounds, Haarms saw a huge uptick in playing time throughout his sophomore season, and his scoring