Conference Preview: Atlantic 10
Conference Preview: Atlantic 10

This article is part of our Conference Preview series.

The Atlantic 10 looks poised to rebound from a down 2018-19 year that saw only two teams make the NCAA Tournament, as four of the conference's top-five scorers are returning. It's an interesting league from a fantasy perspective, however. The top teams return most of their rotation, and you can argue that goes seven deep with Dayton, Davidson, VCU, Richmond, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, and St. Louis. Of that core, only VCU spreads minutes out so widely that it limits fantasy production.

But the other half of the league are perennial bottom-feeders. It leads to a lot of one and two-man offenses, and terrific fantasy production as a result. Teams like Fordham and Duquesne regularly have unheralded recruits come in, impress and transfer to bigger programs, most recently the Dukes' Eric Williams, now at Oregon, and previously Eric Paschall (Fordham to Villanova). Seemingly always in a state of rebuilding, don't be hesitant early in the year to be aggressive following a big performance from individuals at UMass, St. Joes, George Washington, George Mason, and/or La Salle, particularly from front court players, as the Atlantic 10 remains dominated by guards.

Key Players

Center: Grant Golden, Richmond

Golden is the conference's leading returning scorer, putting up 17.2 ppg as a redshirt sophomore in 2018-19, chipping in 7.1 rebounds – both improvements on his 15.6 ppg and 6.7 rpg from a year prior. He's more of a stretch-five than a true center, which has his rebounding and blocks go through peaks and

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Chris Bennett
Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.
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