Henry Ellenson FD
Ellenson is a classic two way player who leads Marquette in scoring and rebounding, and also averages about 2.5 blocks/steals per game. Safe to say he does it all, which is crucial in CBB when scoring isn’t always the highest. Judging by their 242nd ranked scoring defense, DePaul’s about as solid as a wet paper towel when it comes to defending the basket. Look for Ellenson to stuff the sheet today.
Over his last ten, he’s averaging about 21 ppg and 7 rpg, which is ridiculous for a college player in a league as deep as the ACC. What I really like about Blossomgame is his relatively safe floor, which has seen him over 30 FD points in 8 of his last 10, including 3 at about 40 or above. I’d get him into your lineup because to me he’s the safest big dollar guy on the board.
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Obasohan is averaging just over 22 ppg in his last 9 games, and has eclipsed the 40 point FD threshold in three of his last six games. Mississippi State’s scoring defense is ranked 219th this year, so just small step up from the previously mentioned wet paper towel defense of DePaul. Oh and did I mention Obasohan put up 47 FD points against Mississippi State just 17 days ago? I’ll definitely have him in all of my early lineups today.
He’s really picked up some of the slack as of late, hitting 4x value twice and 5x value once over his past three games. Jackson can do a bit of everything on the court, and that makes his floor a little higher than players that rely exclusively on scoring. I truly believe this game will be a track meet and probably the highest of the slate, so I really like Jackson to rack up stats across the board in this one.
Ware has gone for over 35 FD points, and one of those games was against the very team he faces today in Alabama. If Mississippi State is going to keep this one close like the last time these two teams met, the Bulldogs are going to have to rely heavily on Ware to have a big game. If he drops a dud don’t say I didn’t give you fair warning, but Ware is definitely a guy I’d try to plug into a tournament lineup.
Thornwell is the key guard on a surprising South Carolina team that has been much better this season then many predicted. He’s struggled in his past two games, but before that he had a three game stretch where he averaged 42.6 FD ppg, which is simply staggering for CBB. This guy is getting too many minutes (over 36 mpg in his last 5) to not be productive in a game of this magnitude, so I like Thornwell to have a good one today.
Consider Marcus Paige in tournaments only. He’s bound for a breakout game eventually.
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Edwards is a guy you can get for the near minimum who gets decent minutes, and is averaging nearly 10 ppg. He’s my favorite low priced guy today.
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Hicks is the first big off the bench and has had a few big games this year in which he’s paid off above 5x. This is really a gut pick more than anything, but seeing as this is the highest projected line of the early games, Hicks seems like a guy who could benefit from a high scoring affair between two top 25 teams. Not super comfortable with the floor, but the upside is definitely there with this one.
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