This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
Each season the Big 12 season begins with the question: will this be the year that Kansas is upended? There were some excellent challengers last year and the Jayhawks won again. It appears that coach Bill Self's team is once again the clear class of the conference. Dedric Lawson should lead an army of new players to help the team win its 14th straight Big 12 regular season championship. The Jayhawks are so stacked that Lawson's stats from his 2016-17 campaign at Memphis – 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds. 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocks – may dip a bit. He should still be among the first players taken in any fantasy draft.
If there is any team that is going to challenge the Jayhawks, it is going to be their intrastate rival Kansas State. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight last season and the majority of the roster returns. We can only wonder what coach Bruce Weber's team would have done last year if they had not been stung by injuries to forward Dean Wade (in March, no less) and Kamau Stokes. Kansas State should be deep and powerful. There are plenty of fantasy stars in the Big 12 and we'll highlight the best of the best.
Center: Udoka Azubuike, Kansas Jayhawks
Depending how your league configures center, there are not many solid options in the Big 12 for players at the pivot. Along with their incoming talent, the Jayhawks have the best big man in the league in Azubuike, who