Syracuse v. Dayton
UNC-Asheville v. Villanova
VCU v. Oregon State
Hawaii v. California
Middle Tennessee v. Michigan State
Temple v. Iowa
CS-Bakersfield v. Oklahoma
SDSU v. Maryland
Pittsburgh v. Wisconsin
Stephen F. Austin v. West Virginia
Green Bay v. Texas A&M
Holy Cross v. Oregon
Weber State v. Xavier
Michigan v. Notre Dame
Northern Iowa v. Texas
Cincinnati v. St. Joseph’s
Sam Singer, CAL v. HAW ($3,600): No Tyrone Wallace (out with a broken bone in his hand) means Singer will re-enter the starting lineup at the point. He doesn’t take many shots, but 30+ minutes and a healthy assist rate should be plenty for him to reach value at this price.
Christian James, OU v. CS-BK ($3,400): James received some unprecedented minutes against West Virginia that led to 20.75 fantasy points. This was a contentious game, which makes these minutes all the more curious. This could mean James gets good run Friday regardless of result. While I formerly would’ve only considered him in the scenario of a blowout (which in the past has made him the ‘harbinger of garbage time’), his last game could cause him to go from good conditional value to being a flat out good value.
Stephen Thompson Jr., OSU v. VCU ($5,700): Thompson has moved into the starting lineup with Tres Tinkle’s season-ending injury, which has resulted in an additional 10 minutes of playing time while his per/minute production has maintained its level. His 41.25 fantasy points in the regular-season finale against UCLA showcases his upside.
Quenton DeCosey, TEMP v. IOWA ($7,600): DeCosey seldom leaves the floor and is responsible for producing in just about every way possible for the Owls. He’s reached double--digit shot attempts, multiple rebounds, multiple assists and at least a steal or an assist in every game over the past 40 days. He’ll be the cog that decides whether Temple can overcome the +7.5 Vegas spread, but he is pretty safe for at least 25 fantasy points regardless of the game's outcome.
Other guards to consider: Cameron Johnson, PITT v. WISC ($3,800); Peter Jok, IOWA v. TEMP ($6,600); Bronson Koenig, WISC v. PITT ($5,500); JeQuan Lewis, VCU v. OSU ($6,400); Khalil Small, GB v. TA&M ($5,000); Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, MICH v. ND ($5,100); Duncan Robinson, MICH v. ND ($5,400); Eron Harris, MSU v. MTS ($4,500); Wes Washpun, UNI v. TEX ($7,500); Jevon Carter, WV v. SFA ($5,800)
Cameron Ridley, UT v. UNI ($3,000): Coach Shaka Smart has said he’ll look for 15-20 minutes out of Ridley. That doesn’t sound great. In his first game of the season back in November, Ridley scored 32.5 fantasy points in just 16 minutes. Northern Iowa struggles to match up against opposing big men, so 15+ minutes should be plenty for Ridley to surpass the value needed on his price.
Jaylen Brown, CAL v. HAW ($7,900): Brown won’t see a big uptick in minutes due to Tyrone Wallace missing, but he will become the absolute center of the offense. He handled the ball a lot during Wallace’s first injury stint earlier in the season, a situation I expect to see again.
Drew Eubanks, OSU v. VCU ($4,700): Eubanks comes with an extreme parity of outcomes; he could foul out with fewer than five fantasy points or he could see upwards of 30 minutes and approach 40 fantasy points. The matchup is good from a pace standpoint, but VCU also draw a lot of fouls. Use with caution, but Eubanks posses the upside that could put him on the lineup that takes down a big GPP.
Deyonta Davis, MSU v. MTS ($5,300): I project the Spartans will easily dispose of Middle Tennessee State. Davis’ interior ability (namely rebounding and blocks) is far superior to anything he’ll see, and the quicker Michigan State moves into a comfortable lead, the more run Davis should get.
Other forwards to consider: Jaylen Bond, TEMP v. IOWA ($6,600); Gary Clark, CIN v. STJOE ($7,500); Vitto Brown, WISC v. PITT ($5,100); Obi Enechionyia, TEMP v. IOWA ($5,400); Stefan Jankovic, HAW v. CAL ($7,200); Jalen Jones, TA&M v. GB ($7,500); James Farr, XAV v. WSU ($6,600); Devin Williams, WV v. SFA ($7,500); Zach Auguste, ND v. MICH ($8,500); Chris Boucher, ORE v. HC ($7,900); Khadeem Lattin, OU v. CS-BK ($5,900); Mo Alie-Cox, VCU v. OSU ($5,700); Malachi Alexander, HC v. ORE ($6,300); Kendall Pollard, DAY v. SYR ($5,200); Bonzie Colson, ND v. MICH ($6,600); Kris Jenkins, VU v. NC-AS ($6,700); Adam Woodbury, IOWA v. TEMP ($5,800); Justin Tillman, VCU v. OSU ($4,500)