This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
Many in the fantasy college basketball community have put the American in the "power conference" conversation for quite some time, despite not being traditionally mentioned with other Power-5 schools. That point of view was vindicated in 2020-21, when Kelvin Sampson took Houston all the way to the Final Four, only to fall to the eventual national champions. The arrival of Penny Hardaway to Memphis only furthers that notion, as the Tigers check in with the top overall recruiting class for 2021 according to both 24/7 Sports and Rivals.
We'll touch more on the other contenders in the team rankings below, but with many leagues grouping the AAC into their player pool, let's jump right in to discussing the top fantasy assets.
Overall: Kendric Davis, G, SMU
If you have the first overall pick in an AAC draft and wish to play it safe, Kendric Davis is the easiest choice. The TCU transfer is one of few players who legitimately can reach 20 ppg, plus he finished fifth in the entire nation last season with 7.4 assists per contest. Granted, the Mustangs only played 17 games last season due to COVID protocol, but that should be less of a worry in 2021-22. SMU has also retooled via the transfer market, bringing in three scorers in Zach Nutall (Sam Houston), Michael Weathers (Texas Southern) and Marcus Weathers (Duquesne) who each averaged 15 ppg or greater at their previous destinations. Still, it will be tougher sledding in the scoring