The college basketball slate for Wednesday, March 9 features the start of the major conference tournaments and provides some great CBB DFS picks. As always, this article will break down all of the best CBB picks for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy college basketball lineups tonight and going over some of the best plays from each price range. If you are looking to take your game to the next level, be sure to check out our daily CBB DFS projections over at the Awesemo College Basketball page.
CBB DFS Picks: DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Basketball
Stud CBB Picks Today
Javon Freeman-Liberty ($9,700) — Kicking off most major conference tournaments, a number of the country’s elite studs find themselves on today’s slate. The top of pricing is headlined by Vanderbilt’s Scotty Pippen Jr., St. John’s Julian Champagnie and DePaul’s Javon Freeman-Liberty. While each have their own strengths, those in the DePaul vs. St. John’s game stick out. Overall, St. John’s is a 4.5-point favorite over DePaul in a game with a 155-point total. Both teams sit above a 75-point implied team total, giving this game elite shootout appeal. Freeman-Liberty, in particular, has played 34, 39 and 37 minutes in each of the last three games, contributing a 30.7% shot rate, 20% rebound rate and 23.3% assist rate for DePaul. Champagnie will compete with Posh Alexander and Pippen must deal with the returns of Rodney Chatman and Jamaine Mann. However, any of these studs are worthwhile targets today, with a slight preference to Freeman-Liberty. Even his teammate David Jones projects well on today’s slate.
Jared Rhoden ($8,200) — Drawing the worst team in the Big East, Seton Hall is a 10-point favorite over Georgetown in a game with a 142.5-point total. This gives Seton Hall an elite 76.25-point implied team total. Without Bryce Aiken, Jared Rhoden has taken over as the team’s alpha offensive weapon. Rhoden has played 39, 36 and 33 minutes in Seton Hall’s last three games, with a 26.5% shot rate, 17.3% rebound rate and 18.2% assist rate. With Georgetown’s 313th ranked defense on the other side, Seton Hall should see a surge in offensive efficiency here. Even Kadary Richmond and Myles Cale stand out at cheaper prices. It should be noted that Richmond is questionable here and Jamir Harris would stand to benefit from a potential absence.
Pete Nance ($7,100) — Perhaps one of the sneaky teams on this slate, Northwestern is a 5-point favorite over Nebraska in a game with a 144-point total. Nebraska typically paces opposing teams up, while ranking 303rd in defensive efficiency. Northwestern plays a wider rotation than most teams, but Pete Nance and Boo Buie routinely reach 30 minutes. Nance, in particular, could fly under the radar on today’s slate after playing just 30, 29 and 27 minutes in each of Northwestern’s last three games. However, each of the last two ended with a margin of victory/defeat north of 10 points. Nance has still contributed a 17.5% shot rate, 24.8% rebound rate and 14% assist rate in this span, giving him excellent double-double equity. Nebraska ranks 260th in rebounding, creating a solid environment to take a look at Nance in tournaments.
Mid-Range CBB Picks Today
Branden Carlson ($6,800) — Opening Pac-12 play, Utah is a 2.5-point underdog to Washington in a game with a 141-point total. Utah runs a nasty ten-man rotation, but Branden Carlson usually sees consistent minutes. Carlson has now played 30, 29 and 21 minutes in Utah’s last three games, with blowouts limiting his minutes. Even with limited minutes, Carlson still accounted for a 22.5% shot rate, 14% rebound rate and 5.9% assist rate. Carlson also has upside to play additional minutes after dealing with injury earlier this year. Washington ranks 162nd in interior defense and 246th in rebounding creating even more edges for Carlson here.
Malik Williams ($6,300) — Louisville has been a complete disaster this year, but they earned a win over a sleepy Georgia Tech yesterday. Notorious for messing with rotations, Louisville finally committed to Malik Williams in their last two games. Williams played 34 minutes in each. Even with zero minutes in Louisville’s third most recent game, Williams has a 14% shot rate, 19.3% rebounding rate and 7.1% assist rate in that span. Virginia plays extremely slow, but Williams is simply underpriced for 30-35 minutes here. Tread carefully with Louisville’s nasty rotation, but Williams can be targeted in tournaments.
Aaron Cook ($6,300) — On the other side of the Vanderbilt game, Georgia has a 67.5-point implied team total as 9-point underdogs in a game with a 144-point total. While Georgia brings a small chance of winning this game, they play a tight rotation of minutes. Kario Oquendo highlights this group, but he is also expensive at $7,700. Meanwhile, Aaron Cook has played 38, 34 and 35 minutes in Georgia’s last three with a $6,300 price tag. In that span, Cook has also contributed a 22.4% shot rate, 8.6% rebound rate and 25.7% assist rate for Georgia. Likely to fly under the radar, Cook makes sense for tournaments here.
CBB Value Picks Today
Liam Robbins ($4,600) — Pippen remains an excellent play for Vanderbilt, but they project to extend their rotation with Mann and Chatman back in action. Also recently returning from injury, transfer Liam Robbins continues to get his feet under him. Often dealing with foul trouble, Robbins has played 26, 12 and 15 minutes in Vanderbilt’s last three games. However, he has been extremely involved despite the limited minutes, contributing a 11.5% shot rate, 14.1% rebound rate and 4.6% assist rate in that span. Robbins also plays in the frontcourt and looks less likely to lose minutes from the returning guards. Not to mention, Georgia ranks 345th in defensive efficiency and 352nd in frontcourt defense. As long as he receives the minutes, Robbins should crush Georgia.
Ismael Massoud ($3,600) — Kansas State enters the slate as a 1.5-point favorite over West Virginia in a game with a 137-point total. The Wildcats look like they will return Markquis Nowell in the backcourt, adding some much needed depth. Kansas State played one of the tightest starting fives down the stretch, creating value to DFS. One player likely to retain his role is Ismael Massoud. Massoud has played 33, 35 and 27 minutes for Kansas State over their last three games. In that span, he has a 12.8% shot rate, 11.9% rebound rate and 3.3% assist rate for Kansas State. While the guard soaks up much of the usage, Massoud provides some size to the floor. This makes his minutes more secure than others in this price range.
Jaemyn Brakefield ($3,600) — Ole Miss has routinely changed their rotation to close the year, however, transfer Jaemyn Brakefield has played 31, 35 and 20 minutes in Ole Miss’ last three games. Brakefield is not the most involved player behind his 9.5% shot rate, 25% rebound rate and 11.9% assist rate in that span. However, his rebounding gives him some double-double equity and Ole Miss is actually a 4-point favorite here. The game only has a 130 total altogether, but Brakefield’s cheap price keeps him in consideration here. Other decent value options include Tyrese Samuel, Trevon Brazile and Myles Stute.
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