College basketball season is in full swing and DraftKings and FanDuel continue to provide sizable contests for CBB DFS grinders. Examining the college basketball DFS slate for Jan. 13, a number of core plays stand out. This piece will locate the plays from each college basketball matchup and determine the top CBB DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel lineups.
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CBB DFS Picks: DraftKings & FanDuel College Fantasy
Keegan Murray ($9,500) — One of the best slates for paying up in recent memory, players like Johnny Davis, E.J. Liddell, and Chet Holmgren did not make this list. However, all three are excellent plays and deserve consideration in tournaments. In particular, Davis deserves a longer look, but his game environment lacks behind a few others on this slate. One such environment is Indiana vs. Iowa. The Hawkeyes are a 4.5-point favorite over the Hoosiers in a game with a 150.5-point total. Davis has a 25.2% usage rate, but Keegan Murray is right behind him with a 25.1% usage rate. Murray will draw a tough matchup against Trayce Jackson Davis, but his elite rates and maximum minutes deserve strong consideration on any slate. Iowa has the fourth-highest implied team total on this slate.
Trayce Jackson-Davis ($9,300) — On the other side of the Iowa vs. Indiana game, Jackson-Davis dominates usage for Indiana. Jackson-Davis boasts a 18.7% usage rate, which lacks behind Murray and Davis. He also has played exactly 34 minutes in three straight games, which also trails the other studs. However, Jackson-Davis draws a more favorable matchup against and Iowa defense that ranks 178th in interior defense and plays with an elevated pace. While he may be contrarian, Jackson-Davis has as much upside as any other player on this slate.
Isaiah Mobley ($8,900) — Often lost in Pac-12 after dark, USC appears on today’s DFS slate as a 15-point favorite over Oregon State in a game with a 140.5-point total. Coming off 38 minutes in their first loss of the year, Isaiah Mobley finds himself in a get-right spot against a horrific Beavers’ defense. Oregon State ranks 270th in interior defense, clashing with Mobley’s post presence. On the year, Mobley boasts a 19.1% shot rate, 22.4% rebound rate and 18.7% assist rate for the Trojans. Slightly cheaper than the other studs on the slate, Mobley also brings elite upside.
Drew Timme ($8,500) — Playing in a joke of a conference, Gonzaga draws a rare, semi-competitive game as 14.5-point favorites over BYU in a game with a 152.5-point total. Both teams play above average in terms of pace and BYU might play competitive enough to coax the Gonzaga studs into elevated minutes. Drew Timme has not played more than 22 minutes in any of Gonzaga’s last three games, but he paces the team with an 18.9% usage. Also highly involved in every statistical category, this could be a rare game environment that allows Timme to access his sky-high ceiling.
Bennedict Mathurin ($8,100) — Arizona enters tonight’s slate as a 16-point favorite over Colorado in a game with a 149.5-point total. This gives the Wildcats the second-highest implied team total on the slate at 82.75. Interestingly, Bennedict Mathurin still finds himself priced below Azuolas Tubelis, despite outplaying him for large stretches of the season. Averaging 33 minutes per game over Arizona’s last three, Mathurin has a 23.5% shot rate, 13.6% rebound rate and 13.9% assist rate. With Tubelis and Christian Koloko bringing elevated foul risk, Mathurin presents a safer attachment to Arizona’s elite team total.
Aminu Mohammed ($6,800) — A middling game environment, Georgetown enters tonight’s slate as a one-point favorite over Butler in a game with a 138-point total. This contest presents a sharp clash in styles. Georgetown prefers to play with pace, while Butler tries to slow the game. Either way, stud freshman Aminu Mohammed is below $7,000 here after shooting 5-for-17 from the floor in their most recent game against Marquette. Even with the poor performance, Mohammed still played 34 minutes and leads this team with a 19.2% usage rate. Mohammed is also involved in every statistical category with a 19.6% shot rate, 20.9% rebound rate and 14.5% assist rate on the season. He makes a solid complementary piece in a lineup with one or two of the studs above.
Drew Peterson ($6,400) — For those looking at cheaper attachments to USC, Drew Peterson finds himself priced at $6,400. Peterson is extremely consistent for USC. He has at least 33 minutes in three straight games with an 18.2% shot rate, 18.5% rebound rate and a 17.1% assist rate over that span. Boogie Ellis is also a solid option at $6,200. Ellis is slightly more shot dependent, which gives him a higher ceiling but a lower floor than Peterson. Both are involved peripherally, so picking between the two is a coin flip.
Tyger Campbell ($6,300) — A middling game environment overall, UCLA still has a solid implied team total as 11-point favorites over Oregon in a game with a 141-point total overall. Point guard, Tyger Campbell brings an affordable attachment to this game with Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez coming in more expensive. On the year, Campbell has a 19.3% usage rate. He has also been extremely involved over UCLA’s last three games with a 15.7% shot rate and 50% assist rate. Jules Bernard provides a safer floor at $6,500, but his shot rate and assist rate lack behind Campbell, while his rebounding provides a slightly safer floor.
Dalen Terry ($5,200) — For those looking at a cheaper attachment to Arizona, Dalen Terry provides a solid floor at his price. Terry has played 28 and 30 minutes in each of the last two games, maximizing his 15.3% usage rate. This has also come with some consistency, including a 12% shot rate, 17.8% rebound rate and 21.5% assist rate over Arizona’s last three games. Colorado has played solid defense this year, but Arizona’s pace and immense implied team total remain worth targeting here.
Adonis Arms ($4,900) — While Covid-19 has opened up value routinely in College Basketball, tonight’s slate looks a bit short. One potential value piece in Adonis Arms finds himself in a less than ideal game environment. Texas Tech enters the slate hot off an upset win over Baylor. The Red Raiders are currently eight-point favorites over Oklahoma State in a game with a miniscule 129-point total. Arms has played excellent basketball of late, including 33, 33 and 40 minutes in his last four games. Over that span, he has accounted for a 17.6% shot rate, 21.4% rebound rate and 24.4% assist rate. While these number likely regress closer to his season averages, he still is not priced efficiently here.
Makai Branham ($4,800) — Another middling game environment, Ohio State travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin as 3.5-point underdogs in a game with a 139.5-point total. Following tradition, Wisconsin plays slow, defensively sound basketball. However, Ohio State has a potential value piece here in freshman Makai Branham. Branham has played 33, 34 and 43 minutes in three straight games, maximizing a 15.4% usage rate. Over this span, he has taken an absurd 24% of the team’s shots, while adding a 15.2% assist rate and 21.3% rebound rate. Even in a tough matchup, these rates are worth targeting at a cheap price.
Cody Riley ($3,400) — Potentially the top value play on the slate, Cody Riley has played 26 and 20 minutes since returning from injury. Starting both of those games, Riley could potentially play more minutes as he continues to get his feet under him. Riley also committed four fouls in UCLA’s most recent game, potentially depressing his minutes further. Improving matters further, Oregon ranks 263rd in interior defense and 254 in rebounding. Riley’s presence in the frontcourt should help UCLA and provide a consistent value piece in DFS lineups.
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