This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
The Big Ten usually gets the reputation of having slow-paced, defensively oriented basketball, but that doesn't mean it can't produce players that are fantasy relevant on a nationwide scale. Last season Peter Jok of the Hawkeyes led the conference with just under 20 points per game, while Caleb Swanigan averaged well over a double-double each time out. Neither were first-round picks in Power 5 leagues, but each helped carry their owners to championship seasons. The 2017-18 season offers several players capable of matching that production, whether it be player-of-the-year candidate Miles Bridges, or several mid-round steals capable of making a mark on your roster.
Top Three PlayersMiles Bridges (G/F)
Not only is Bridges expected to be the top all-around producer in Big Ten-only formats this season, but a case could be made for the Michigan State standout to be the top overall pick in Power 5 leagues. He's a consensus preseason All-American, and as long as he can avoid injury (he missed seven games last year due to an ankle ailment), Bridges will have the numbers to back it up. A product of Flint, Michigan, Bridges is the conference's leading returning scorer with a 16.9 ppg average across 28 games in 2016-17. The 6-foot-7 wing will also flirt with double-digit boards on a nightly basis, as he posted seven double-doubles last year – five of which were in conference play. Furthermore, contributions in assists (2.1 apg), blocks (1.5 bpg) and three-point shooting (38.9 percent) give him the multi-category production