This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
Unlike a lot of the "power" conferences in college basketball, the Big Ten gets most of their top fantasy producers from upperclassmen – as opposed to incoming freshman. Consistent double-double threats such as Jordan Murphy and Ethan Happ will be taken atop Big Ten-only drafts, and even warrant a first-round spot in nationwide formats. While the Hoosiers will put forth their best effort to change this trend with one of the conference's only "elite" recruits, the meat and potatoes of any Big Ten roster will have returning players, which makes the land of the midwest a bit easier to forecast from a fantasy perspective.
While I take a closer look at Indiana's Romeo Langford below, the majority of other features are players with a year or two under their belts. It was the same way in 2017-18, where second-year player Tony Carr led the league in scoring (19.6 PPG) and senior Keita Bates-Diop was arguably the conferences fantasy MVP. I predict nearly a mirror image in 2018-19, with Purdue's Carson Edwards poised to take the scoring title, and a pair of seniors in Happ and Murphy neck and neck in the Player of the Year running.
Center: Nick Ward, C, Michigan State
This spot would have gone to Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, but with Happ technically listed as a forward by default in most formats and an obvious top fantasy play, we transition to Ward (who could very well have the same problem, depending on your format of choice). On the