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CBB DFS Picks: DraftKings & FanDuel College Basketball Fantasy Lineup Projections 1/25/22

Matt Gajewski

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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. 25, 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 Fantasy Basketball

Studs

Oscar Tshiebwe ($9,300) — The stud tier is a little difficult to navigate today with Alabama, Villanova, Baylor, and Auburn playing in potential blowout spots. The potential absence of Kofi Cockburn also narrows the stud tier as well on this slate. The studs from these games are all viable, but limited minutes could hurt them. They are risk/reward options. Playing in a somewhat competitive spot, Oscar Tshiebwe and Kentucky enter this slate as 9.5-point favorites over Mississippi State in a game with a 141.5-point total. Tshiebwe has put up historic numbers this season for Kentucky with a 16.6% shot rate and 35.6% rebounding rate. Playing at least 31 minutes in three straight games, Tshiebwe has accounted for a 48.2% rebounding rate over that span. Mississippi State will play this game without primary big man Tolu Smith, further enhancing Tshiebwe’s role on offense.

Wendell Moore ($7,300) — While Paolo Banchero receives much of the notoriety, Wendell Moore has quietly put up a fantastic season. Moore has an 18% usage rate on the year with a 16.9% shot rate, 14.6% rebound rate, and 26.5% assist rate. Trevor Keels is questionable for this game after getting injured last week. Vacating over 30 minutes per game and an 18.3% usage rate himself, Keels’ potential absence should open additional usage for Moore. Duke currently sits as an 11-point favorite over Clemson in a game with a 145-point total, making this one of the better situations to attack.

Bennedict Mathurin ($7,000) — Another awesome game environment, Arizona is a three-point favorite over UCLA in a game with a 150.5-point total. The status of Azuolas Tubelis looms large after the big man went down with an injury in their second most recent game. However, Mathurin has already played a strong role for this team even with Tubelis healthy. Mathurin contributes an 18.2% usage rate, with an 18.9% shot rate, 14% rebounding rate, and 10.8% assist rate in the offense. With Arizona playing with one of the fastest paces in the country, potentially narrowed usage only helps Mathurin here.

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Mid-Range

Jaime Jaquez ($6,400) — On the other side of the Arizona game, UCLA still has a 73.75-point implied team total as a three-point underdog to Arizona in a game with a 150.5-point total. Now with two games under his belt since returning from injury, Jaime Jaquez continues to be underpriced. Jaquez logged 34 and 35 minutes in those games, maximizing a 16.8% usage rate. Jaquez has a 15.6% shot rate, 13.7% rebound rate, and 13.7% assist rate on the year. Somewhat depressed due to injury, Jaquez simply has a higher ceiling than his price indicated. The potential absence of Tubelis would further boost Jaquez in this spot.

Dalen Terry ($5,800) — For those looking at a cheaper beneficiary of a potential Tubelis absence, Dalen Terry fits the mold. Terry already plays considerable minutes for this team and has reached 32 in two of Arizona’s last three games. His 13.8% usage rate leaves a little to be desired, but he plays a consistent role across statistical categories. In Arizona’s last three games, he has a 16% rebounding rate and 19% assist rate in the offense. He makes a solid mid-priced option in an excellent game environment.

DJ Davison ($5,500) — Alabama has an enormous 86.75-point implied team total as 14.5-point favorites over Georgia in a game with a 159-point total. While this game does have blowout concerns, JD Davison is not quite as expensive as Jaden Shackelford, Jahvon Quinerly, and Keon Ellis. Davison has also taken on a larger role for Alabama lately, reaching 30 minutes in two of their last three games. In that span, Davison has a 10.5% shot rate, 7.8% rebound rate, and 15.6% assist rate. While not the best, Davison provides a cheaper attachment to an elite team total.

Value Plays

Eric Williams ($4,500) — Tonight’s slate is loaded with value plays and some are riskier than others. One of these riskier options is Oregon’s Eric Williams. The current sixth man, Williams is a former starter for the team. However, even as the sixth man, Williams has logged 19, 30, and 39 minutes for Oregon in their last three games. The 19-minute game was a 28-point victory with limited minutes for all players of note. Williams has a 15.5% shot rate and 14.1% rebound rate in Oregon’s last three games. As eight-point favorites over Colorado, this game is solid enough to take a look at Williams.

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Javon Pickett ($4,300) — Missouri enters this slate as a 13-point underdog to Auburn in a game with a 141-point total. While a poor game environment overall, Javon Pickett continues to play nearly every minute for Missouri. To be exact, Pickett has 37, 36, and 37 minutes in three straight games. In this span, he also has a 17.8% shot rate and 14.9% assist rate. While the matchup is tough, Pickett’s minute consistency keeps him in play here.

Allen Flanigan ($4,100) — Coming off an Achilles injury, Allen Flanigan has now played 29, 24, and 31 minutes in three straight games for Auburn. He has a consistent 10.3% shot rate, 10.3% rebound rate, and 11.3% assist rate in that span. Auburn has a 77-point implied team total against Missouri’s 255th ranked defense. He offers a solid salary-saving option in this environment.

Shakeel Moore ($4,100) — Similar to Pickett, Shakeel Moore plays a solid role for Mississippi State, but the team is a severe underdog against Kentucky. Mississippi State has an implied team total of 66 and faces Kentucky’s 17th ranked defense. Either way, Shakeel Moore has a 15.4% usage rate, backing up 32 and 34 minutes in Mississippi State’s last two games.

Davion Mintz ($4,100) — Potentially one of the better value plays on the slate, Davion Mintz looks like a potential starter if Tyty Washington misses this game due to injury. Washington has only played 9 and 23 minutes in Kentucky’s last two games, allowing Mintz to play 31 and 30. Mintz has a 16.2% usage and extra minutes could maximize that.

Caleb McConnell ($4,000) — While some of the other value options have a higher ceiling if things shake their way, Caleb McConnell provides consistency. Rutgers is a 3.5-point favorite over Maryland in a game with a 132-point total. McConnell has played 31, 33, and 34 minutes in three straight games for Rutgers. His 11.9% usage rate is poor, but McConnell contributes a 10.7% shot rate, 14% rebound rate, and 16.2% assist rate. His consistency keeps him viable and makes him a strong pay in low-risk contests.

Tre Mitchell ($3,400) — Perhaps the most volatile of the group, Tre Mitchell‘s minutes fluctuate between 15-25 at the whims of the Texas coaching staff. Mitchell has a 17.9% usage rate and would be a smash play for those willing to bet on him reaching the upper end of his minutes spectrum. This is a poor game environment with Texas favored by three over TCU in a game with a 122.5-point total. Chase Hunter and Christian Wright are less-used alternatives in poor spots in this price range.

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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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