College basketball season is finally upon us, and DraftKings and FanDuel continue to provide sizeable contests for DFS grinders. Examining the slate for Jan. 13, a number of core plays stand out on the slate. In this piece I’ll be locating top plays from each college basketball matchup and determining the top CBB DFS picks for your DraftKings and FanDuel lineups.
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CBB DFS Picks: DraftKings + FanDuel Core Plays
North Carolina State vs. Florida State Picks
North Carolina State (70 Team Total)
Entering this matchup as a 4.5-point underdog, North Carolina State still has some intrigue in a game totaled at 144.5 points with an above-average pace. D.J. Funderburk‘s ($7,200) return from injury muddles North Carolina State’s rotation a bit, but Devon Daniels ($7,900) remains the team’s usage leader. Daniels leads the team with a 25.2% shot rate and 19.1% usage rate. Playing almost every minute, Daniels looks like a contrarian stud to take a look at. Funderburk is coming off the bench and rotates with Manny Bates. Funderburk’s minutes and usage continue to rise, making him interesting if he enters the starting lineup. Jericole Hellems fouled out of North Carolina State’s most recent contest, but he could be worth a look as a contrarian play. Braxton Beverly and Cam Hayes round out the starting lineup, but neither plays significant minutes.
Florida State (70 Team Total)
A better real-life team than DFS team, Florida State rotates nine players regularly. Scottie Barnes ($7,000) leads the team in usage (19.9%), but he is playing limited minutes. M.J. Walker ($5,800) plays the most consistent minutes, but his rates are middling at best. With Raiquan Gray, Balsa Koprivica and Anthony Walker rounding out the starting five with limited minutes, more secure players can be found in other games.
Arkansas vs. LSU Picks
Arkansas (78 Team Total)
With this being one of the better games to target on the slate, Moses Moody ($7,300) stands out as a strong play. Moody has played at least 37 minutes in each of the last three games and now draws a pace-up spot against LSU. Jalen Tate ($6,800) also looks intriguing as a GPP pivot, but finding the extra salary for Moody makes sense. Davonte Davis ($6,000) entered the starting lineup last game, making him an intriguing GPP target, but Arkansas runs a deep rotation behind Moody and Tate. Connor Vanover, J.D. Notae and Desi Sills are the other players of note.
LSU (80.5 Team Total)
Cameron Thomas ($9,300) sprained his ankle and is a game-time decision here. An excellent play if active, Thomas’ potential absence opens immense usage. In this situation, both Trendon Watford ($7,800) and Javonte Smart ($7,400) are significantly underpriced. It also puts Eric Gaines ($3,000) squarely in play. Gaines played 28 minutes after Thomas suffered the injury in LSU’s most recent game. Darius Days ($7,000) and Mwani Wilkinson ($4,700) are dart throws. With the pace up spot, taking multiple players from this game makes sense.
Auburn vs. Georgia Picks
Auburn (76 Team Total)
Another high-total, up-tempo game, this looks like a game to target for DFS. Justin Powell‘s continued absence has opened minutes for five-star freshman Sharife Cooper ($6,700). In his debut, Cooper notched 26 points, nine assists and four rebounds. He is a preferred play again tonight. With Cooper $1,000 too cheap, Allen Flanigan ($8,000) and company are GPP plays. Jaylin Williams ($4,300), Jamal Johnson ($5,100), J.T. Thor ($6,200), Devan Cambridge ($4,300) and Dylan Cardwell ($3,900) all play decent minutes, making this a tricky rotation outside of Cooper.
Georgia (77.5 Team Total)
Playing at the speed of light, Georgia boosts the pace for most of their opponents. Sahvir Wheeler ($8,200) is the usage leader with 19.1% and plays almost every minute. Toumani Camara ($6,800) also looks too cheap after playing just 16 minutes in Georgia’s most recent blowout loss. P.J. Horne ($5,500) , Justin Kier ($5,900) and Tye Fagan ($4,700) round out the starting fine. The cheapest of the bunch, Fagan actually offers some viability as a dart throw.
Northwestern vs. Ohio State Picks
Northwestern (67.75 Team Total)
Playing a nasty rotation with a low team total, avoiding Northwestern makes plenty of sense here. Miller Kopp ($5,100) plays the most consistent minutes, but he draws a tough matchup in the post against Ohio State. Boo Buie is the usage leader of the team, but he has seen his minutes stripped after shooting 1-f0r-20 from the field in his three most recent games.
Ohio State (75.75 Team Total)
One of the larger favorites on the slate, Ohio State could make some sense here. C.J. Walker remains out, and spot starter Jimmy Sotos also enters the game as a game-time decision. Duane Washington ($6,400) projects to play almost every minute as one of the team’s only healthy guards. He has a team-leading 20.4% usage rate. E.J. Liddell ($7,500) also makes sense in the paint with his consistent role. Due to injuries, Justice Sueing ($5,500) and Kyle Young ($4,500) are playing every single minute and warrant consideration as punts. If Sotos plays, he also acts as a punt. If he misses, Ohio State likely will replace him by committee.
Louisville vs. Wake Forest Picks
Louisville (72 Team Total)
One of the worst game environments on the slate, this game has a 136 total and a well-below-average pace. Louisville still funnels most of their usage through David Johnson ($7,700) and Carlik Jones ($8,400), keeping both in play as contrarian options. Wake Forest plays horrific defense in the paint, meaning Samuell Williamson ($4,300) and Jae’lyn Withers ($6,100) may also enter the picture as contrarian options.
Wake Forest (64 Team Total)
After dealing with a COVID-19 stoppage, Wake Forest has finally resumed playing. They are difficult to target here in a tough matchup. Isaiah Mucius ($5,000) and Daivien Williamson ($5,700) play the most consistent role for this team, but Wake Forest continues to shake up their starting five. Ismael Massoud ($4,600) scored 17 points off the bench last time out but only enters the DFS conversation if he starts. Ultimately, looking elsewhere makes the most sense.
DePaul vs. Georgetown Picks
DePaul (71.25 Team Total)
Another solid game environment, this game brings a 144 total with a well-above-average pace. DePaul is the slight underdog, but they play a fairly tight rotation. Charlie Moore ($6,100) led the team in usage but enters the picture with a depressed price tag after three straight poor shooting performances. Javon Freeman-Liberty ($8,100) is too expensive, with Moore offering $2,000 in savings. Romeo Weems ($5,700) also looks intriguing despite his hesitancy to shoot the ball to start the year. He is one of three players to play almost every minute here. Pauly Paulicap ($4,500) could also be interesting as a dart throw. DePaul started him for the first time last game, but he promptly fouled out in 16 minutes.
Georgetown (72.75 Team Total)
Another team with a tight rotation, Jahvon Blair ($8,700) plays almost every single minute for Georgetown. He also handles a team-leading 18.1% usage rate, making him a worthwhile stud. Behind Blair, Jamorko Pickett ($7,600), Donald Carey ($6,000) and Dante Harris ($5,000) all play 30-plus minutes. Harris makes sense as a salary saver with rising usage in his last three games. Qudus Wahab ($6,500) offers immense upside in the paint for Georgetown, but fouling issues often keep his minutes reduced. If he stays out of foul trouble, Wahab offers double-double upside.
Texas Tech vs. Texas Picks
Texas Tech (65.75 Team Total)
A better real-life game that DFS game, Texas Tech offers a play or two for DFS. Playing a tighter rotation than normal, Mac McClung ($5,900) and Kevin McCullar ($5,800) stand out as too cheap. Both have immense upside, but the matchup against Texas renders both pure GPP plays. Kyler Edwards ($6,600) offers similar upside as a slightly more expensive price. Marcus Santos-Silva ($5,400) roams the paint, fouling recklessly and mitigating upside on most nights.
Texas (68.75 Team Total)
Texas draws a tough matchup here as well, with both defenses ranking top 30 in overall efficiency. Courtney Ramey ($6,100), Matt Coleman ($6,300), and Andrew Jones ($6,900) play almost every minute at the guard positions. Meanwhile, Texas possesses immense depth in the paint, with Greg Brown ($6,700) and Jericho Sims ($4,200) starting. Brown finally eclipsed 30 minutes last game, making him the preferred play. Sims will rotate with Brock Cunningham, Kai Jones and Royce Hamm.
Tulsa vs. Wichita State (FanDuel) Picks
Tulsa (64.25 Team Total)
A poor game for FanDuel to tack on, Tulsa runs a nasty rotation with a horrible team total. Avoiding this team makes sense, but Keyshawn Embery-Simpson ($3,000) is the minimum price for those looking at punts. Brandon Rachal ($7,800) leads the team in usage, but other studs make more sense.
Wichita State (68.25 Team Total)
Wichita State also runs a bad rotation with only a slightly better implied team total. Tyson Etienne ($7,700) is the best price-adjusted play in the entire game, with his 23% usage rate. Dexter Dennis ($5,500) and Alterique Gilbert ($6,300) are outside considerations. Gilbert played reduced minutes after starting 0-for-5 from the field in their most recent game. His minutes should rebound here, but his is a game with very few plays for DFS.
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