College basketball season is finally upon us, and DraftKings and FanDuel continue to provide sizable contests for CBB DFS grinders. Examining the slate for Feb. 23, a number of core plays stand out. 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 | Feb. 23
Sharife Cooper ($8,300) — Significantly underpriced after three straight 30-point games, Cooper enters the ideal game environment ahead of Tuesday’s games. Auburn is 1 1-point favorite over Florida in a game totaled at 155 points. Both teams play at an above-average pace and have shown struggles defensively. Cooper has a 26.9% usage rate, 23.9% shot rate, 10.3% rebound rate and a 48.6% assist rate in Auburn’s last three games. Cooper has the highest overall DFS projection on the slate and deserves heavy ownership on the Tuesday DFS slate.
Miles McBride ($7,800) — Another solid game environment to target, West Virginia enters the slate as a 7.5-point favorite over TCU in a game totaled at 147 points. One of the top players in the conference, McBride has a 20.9% usage rate, which includes a 23.1% shot rate, 12.8% rebound rate and 44.4% assist rate in West Virginia’s last three games. McBride has at least 17 points and 29 minutes in three straight games. With TCU ranking 227th in defensive efficiency, McBride looks like a preferred stud to target tonight.
Cameron Thomas ($7,400) — Another strong game environment for DFS, LSU has a 5.5-point advantage over Georgia in a game totaled at 164 points. Both teams play with an above average pace and rank outside the top 200 in defensive efficiency. Thomas leads the LSU team with a 24% usage rate and has a 25.7% shot rate, 11.3% rebound rate and 17.4% assist rate in LSU’s last three games. Trendon Watford ($7,800) and Javonte Smart ($7,000) could both make sense in this matchup as well. Ultimately, picking one of the LSU studs is a preferred strategy on tonight’s DraftKings and FanDuel slate.
Prentiss Hubb ($6,700) — In the mid-priced range, Hubb stands out as a buy-low after a series of floor games. Notre Dame enters the slate as a 3.5-point underdog against Louisville in a game totaled at 141 points. Hubb leads Notre Dame with a 19.7% usage rate. He has played at least 36 minutes in three straight games for Notre Dame while accounting for 20.1% of the shots, 11.1% of the rebounds and 42.6% of the assists. Louisville ranks 151 in defensive efficiency, creating a solid game environment for Hubb to bounce back.
Toumani Camara ($6,700) — On the other side of the LSU game, Georgia has the third-highest implied team total as 5.5-point underdog. While Sahvir Wheeler ($8,100) leads the team in usage rate (19%), Camara looks like the preferred buy-low. Camara averages 28.1 minutes per game, but he only played 20 in Georgia’s most recent contest due to foul issues. Camara has a 14.7% usage rate this season and accounts for a 17% shot rate, 29.9% rebound rate and 22.9% assist rate in Georgia’s last three games. He also takes advantage of an LSU defense that ranks 242nd in interior defensive efficiency.
Justin Moore ($6,500) — Villanova is an 11.5-point favorite over St. John’s in a game projected to score 154 points. The Wildcats have the second-highest implied team total on the CBB slate. While Jeremiah Robinson-Earl ($8,400) and Collin Gillespie ($7,900) provide potential options, Moore looks like the top price-adjusted play. Moore has played 34 and 36 minutes in back-to-back games, with a 16.6% usage rate. Moore accounts for 19.1% of the team’s shots and 19.8% of the assists on the year for Villanova. St. John’s ranks 207th in defensive efficiency, creating a solid matchup for Moore and the rest of Villanova here.
Taz Sherman ($4,900) — For those looking at cheaper options in the West Virginia offense, Sherman offers punt-play appeal as he continues to recover from injury. In his second game back, Sherman played 30 minutes off the bench and scored 14 points despite shooting 3-for-13 from the field. Sherman has a strong 19.5% usage rate on the year and already started five games for the Mountaineers. With consistent usage even in a rotational role, Sherman projects as a solid value piece on DraftKings and FanDuel.
Scottie Lewis ($4,300) — On the other side of the Auburn game, Florida still has a top-six implied team total on the slate. Unlike Auburn, Florida plays an inconsistent rotation. After missing a handful of games earlier this season, Lewis has returned to a role off the bench. Lewis averages 26.9 minutes per game, but he has only eclipsed this mark once in the last three games. This occurred in Florida’s most recent contest, where Lewis played 27 minutes and only scored 4 points. In the game prior, Lewis played just 15 minutes, but he fouled out in that span. On the year Lewis has an 11.1% usage rate. However, Lewis’ potential minutes in this game environment provide a potential value play worth targeting.
Justin Kier ($4,200) — A cheaper attachment to the Georgia offense, Kier continues to play a consistent role for the Bulldogs. He has played 29 and 35 minutes in back-to-back games for the Bulldogs. He has a 11.6% usage rate on the year, but he accounts for a 12.6% shot rate, 13.8% rebound rate and 8.6% assist rate in Georgia’s last three games. In such a solid game environment, taking the secure minutes with Kier provide immense value on the Tuesday DFS slate.
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