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March Madness CBB DFS Picks Today: DraftKings & FanDuel Sweet 16 College Basketball Lineups 3/24/22

Matt Gajewski

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The college basketball slate for Thursday, March 24, opens up the Sweet 16 of the 2022 NCAA Tournament and provides some great CBB DFS picks. This article will go over the top CBB picks for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy college basketball lineups as well as the best plays from each price range. Don’t forget to visit the CBB DFS projections and Awesemo College Basketball pages.

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March Madness Sweet 16 CBB DFS Picks Today

Stud CBB Picks Today

Drew Timme ($8,000) — The Sweet 16 kicks off with a four-game slate on Thursday night, featuring some of college basketball’s elite studs. DraftKings mercifully loosened its pricing structure, allowing multiple studs to be jammed into lineups. Highlighting this group is Gonzaga’s Drew Timme. Typically playing 25-30 minutes during conference play, more competitive NCAA Tournament games have coaxed Timme into extra playing time. Timme has now played 36, 27 and 30 minutes in Gonzaga’s last three games, providing a 23.8% shot rate, 27.2% rebound rate and 14.8% assist rate in Gonzaga’s offense. Chet Holmgren also remains a solid pick here. However, Holmgren plays less consistent minutes and relies more on his block upside to hit a ceiling in DFS. While viable, relying on blocks here creates more volatility in lineups. Improving matters further, Gonzaga leads the slate with an 82.25 implied team total as 9.5-point favorites over Arkansas in a game with a 155-point total. This gives Timme and Holmgren a sharp edge over other studs like Paolo Banchero and Hunter Dickinson, who find themselves in interior game environments.

Bennedict Mathurin ($7,500) — The second-most interesting game on the board for CBB DFS, Arizona is a 1.5-point favorite over Houston in a game with a 145-point total. With Azuolas Tubelis in the dog house, Bennedict Mathurin stands out as the clear stud to target for Arizona. Mathurin has now played 41, 33 and 39 minutes in each of Arizona’s last three games, maximizing his 20.1% usage rate. Over the last three, he has had a 28.3% shot rate, 14.1% rebound rate and 19.3% assist rate. Nearly the entire offense flows through Mathurin right now. While Houston ranks third in overall defensive efficiency, Arizona’s 73.25-point implied team total still puts Mathurin into play. Christian Koloko can be used as a pivot as well, but Mathurin projects better.

Kyler Edwards ($7,400) — Like a few other teams on this slate, Houston plays a narrow distribution of minutes. Leading the team is stud, Kyler Edwards. Edwards has played 38, 37 and 37 minutes over Houston’s last three games, behind his elite 18.4% usage rate. Over that span, Edwards has a 24.3% shot rate, 23.5% rebound rate and 24.5% assist rate. Highly involved in every statistical category, Edwards looks bust-proof here. While the matchup against Arizona is tough, Houston still has a solid 71.75-point implied team total as 1.5-point underdogs. For those looking at cheaper options, Jamal Shead and Taze Moore play the next most consistent roles. Fabian White has not hit 30 minutes in three straight games since sustaining a back injury. While volatile, he could also be used in GPPs.

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Jaylin Williams ($7,000) — As mentioned above, Arkansas is a 9.5-point underdog to Gonzaga here. Still, Arkansas looks severely underpriced, considering their 72.75 implied team total ranks third-highest on this slate. At the top of pricing, both J.D. Notae and Jaylin Williams are viable studs to target. Between the two, Williams offers a slightly superior price-adjusted projection. Williams has played 40, 33 and 26 minutes over Arkansas’ last three games, contributing a 15.2% shot rate, 35.8% rebound rate and 17.7% assist rate. This gives Williams the best chance at hitting a double-double on the team. Still, Notae has a 25.9% shot rate on the season giving him plenty of upside as well. It should be noted that Arkansas will auto-bench players in the first half with two fouls. This moronic coaching practice creates more volatility when compared to other teams.

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Mid-Range CBB Picks Today

Justin Moore ($6,300) — The worst overall game environment on the slate, Villanova remains a 5.5-point favorite over Michigan in a game with a 135-point total. Villanova still has a 70.25-point implied team total, but their slow pace still makes them more difficult to target. Collin Gillespie leads the team, but Justin Moore could be a buy-low option here. Moore paces the team with a 19.1% usage rate, but he has only played 29, 33 and 39 minutes in Villanova’s last three games. He still has a 23.1% shot rate, 10.4% rebound rate and 18.6% assist rate in that span. Gillespie certainly has the superior rates, but Moore could bounce back from his sub-par play at any point. Michigan ranks 220th in defensive efficiency, creating a solid scoring environment for any of the Villanova players. Jermaine Samuels and sixth man Caleb Daniels may also be used in GPPs as more volatile scoring options in the offense.

Stanley Umude ($6,100) — Without foul trouble, Arkansas will play one of the tightest player rotations in the country. Standing out as the best mid-priced option, Stanley Umude has played 40, 40 and 35 minutes in Arkansas’ last three games. Now maximizing his 14.6% usage rate, Umude has a 20.7% shot rate, 21.1% rebound rate and 17.7% assist rate over the last three. With Arkansas’ solid implied team total also working in his favor, Umude stands out as the top price-adjusted option in this range.

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Dalen Terry ($5,800) — Arizona has varied their rotation throughout the tournament after Tubelis’ horrific performances. One player receiving consistent minutes is Dalen Terry. Terry has now played 42, 36 and 36 minutes over Arizona’s last three games. While Terry’s usage rate sits at 13.6% this year, he has contributed a 13.9% shot rate, 14.9% rebound rate and 28.1% assist rate over Arizona’s last three games. This statistical consistency makes Terry a safer play in the mid-priced range against Houston.

Kevin McCullar ($5,400) — Another weak game environment, Texas Tech is a one-point favorite over Duke in a game with a 137-point total. On top of having the third-worst implied team total on the slate, Texas Tech consistently plays a wide rotation. The only player consistently seeing 30-plus minutes at this point is Kevin McCullar. Since returning from injury, McCullar has played 33, 18 and 33 minutes in Texas Tech’s last three games. The 18-minute performance occurred in a slaughtering of Montana State in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round. McCullar’s usage rate and statistical contributions do not really stand out here, but he provides a contrarian option in a weaker mid-range here.

McCullar was standing out as one of the best CBB DFS picks today for Sweet 16 lineups. According to our CBB projections and lineup optimizer, McCullar was projecting in the optimal lineup more than 30 percent of the time. Check out all of our free CBB DFS picks for Day 1 of the Sweet 16 by viewing our DraftKings CBB Cheat Sheet and FanDuel CBB Cheat Sheet.

CBB Value Picks Today

Jeremy Roach ($5,000) — As mentioned above, Duke leaves quite a bit to be desired here. The Blue Devils have the second-lowest implied team total on the slate as underdogs to Texas Tech. They also have to do battle against the Red Raiders’ second-ranked defense. Still, there may be a valuable option in Jeremy Roach here. Interestingly, Duke benched Trevor Keels in favor of Roach at the start of the NCAA Tournament. Over the last three games, Roach has now played 24, 35 and 37 minutes for Duke. Roach has also contributed a 14.1% shot rate and 18.2% assist rate in that span. While the rates leave a little to be desired, Roach remains involved enough to target at this price. As for the rest of Duke, Banchero, Mark Williams and Wendell Moore look like contrarian studs to target. A.J. Griffin sustained an ankle injury in Duke’s last game, making him a dicey play as well. Keels continues to play a rotational role since the shift towards Roach.

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Caleb Houstan ($4,900) — Michigan has the worst implied team total on this slate, but Caleb Houstan looks like a potential value play. Houstan has played 32, 36 and 32 minutes in Michigan’s last three games. In that span, he has a 15.6% shot rate, 12.5% rebound rate and 11.6% assist rate in the offense. While he projects behind a few other value plays on this slate, Houston could be a contrarian pivot here. Unfortunately, it looks like Frankie Collins will not be usable with DeVante’ Jones getting healthier down the stretch.

Kerr Kriisa ($4,900) — For those looking at value plays in the Arizona vs. Houston game, point guard Kerr Kriisa returned from his ankle injury against TCU to play 27 minutes for the Wildcats. On the year, Kriisa regularly played 30-plus minutes, providing a 16.8% usage rate. Kriisa’s best stat involvement comes from his 21.6% assist rate on the year. With another week to recover from his ankle injury, Kriisa should push for 30 minutes in Arionza’s biggest game of the season.

Au’Diese Toney ($4,400) — As mentioned above, Arkansas will play a tight distribution of minutes without foul trouble. This extends to value play Au’Diese Toney, and to some extent Davonte Davis. Since returning from injury, Toney has played 40, 40 and 39 minutes in three straight games for Arkansas. This includes an 11% shot rate, 10.5% rebound rate and 2.9% assist rate. Toney’s usage rate sits at a horrific 9.5% on the season, however, his consistent minutes make him a safe play here. Conversely, Davis has the superior 12.8% usage rate, but volatile minutes. Davis has actually played 34, 36 and 31 minutes in three straight games for Arkansas, contributing a 17.1% shot rate, 8.4% rebound rate and 23.5% assist rate. It should be noted that Notae battled foul trouble in each of these contests, potentially elevating Davis’ minutes. In Arkansas’ fourth most recent game Davis logged just five minutes, displaying his minute volatility.


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Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has worked in the fantasy industry for the past four years, focusing on DFS and Sports Betting. Matt specializes in NFL, College Football, College Basketball, XFL, and MMA. With GPP victories across the major sports, Matt also qualified for the DraftKings 2020 Sports Betting Championship and won a seat to the College Basketball Tourney Mania final.

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