The college basketball slate for Thursday, Feb. 18, is not as jam-packed with the superstars as Wednesday’s slate, but there are still some solid teams with great individual players from Murray State, Iowa and UCLA. As always, this article will be breaking down all of the best CBB picks for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy college basketball lineups tonight and going over some of the best plays from each pricing range. If you are looking to take your game to the next level, be sure to check out our daily CBB DFS projections over at the Awesemo College Basketball page.
CBB DFS Picks: DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Basketball
Stud CBB Picks Today
K.J. Williams ($7,600) — Tonight’s stud tier on DraftKings provides an interesting puzzle to decipher. Keegan Murray finds himself priced at $10,000 for a team that auto-benches players with two fouls in the first half. Arizona runs the risk of limited minutes in a blowout as 24-point favorites. Even Hunter Dickinson is expensive at $9,000 for a slate with limited value pieces. Because of that, a few cheaper studs could be the answer to tonight’s slate. One particular option is Murray State’s K.J. Williams. Murray State is an 18.5-point favorite over Austin Peay, but they do not present as much blowout risk as a mid-major trying to make the NCAA tournament. Williams has now played 32, 38 and 25 minutes over Murray State’s last three games, maximizing his 21.4% usage rate. This includes a 24.7% shot rate and 28.3% rebounding rate. With these rates, Williams should dismantle Austin Peay’s 252nd ranked defense here.
According to the CBB DFS projections and lineup optimizer, Williams is rating out as one of the best CBB Picks on the entire college basketball slate tonight. For all of our free CBB picks today, check out the DraftKings CBB DFS Cheat Sheet and FanDuel CBB DFS Cheat Sheet for Thursday’s games.
Harrison Ingram ($7,400) — A decent overall game environment to target, Stanford is a four-point favorite over Utah in a game with a 140-point total. Stanford also has an underpriced alpha in Harrison Ingram, who continues to see increased usage. Ingram logged 37, 33 and 35 minutes in each of Stanford’s last three games. In that span, he added an elite 20.5% shot rate, 19.6% rebound rate and 46.9% assist rate. Utah ranks 216th in defensive efficiency, opening Ingram to an increase in efficiency himself. At least $1,000 too cheap, Ingram makes for an affordable stud tonight.
Fabian White ($7,000) — While Houston generally plays slower basketball, the Cougars have a solid 74.75 implied team total as 13.5-point favorites over UCF in a game with a 136-point total. At the top of pricing, Fabian White has played 36, 37 and 32 minutes in Houston’s last three games. In that span, he has an 18.1% shot rate, 27.4% rebound rate and 8.3% assist rate. UCF ranks 151st in rebounding and 229th in interior defense, creating a strong matchup for White and the Houston frontcourt. With a narrow distribution of minutes, taking multiple Houston pieces is not a bad idea here.
Mid-Range CBB Picks Today
Kyler Edwards ($6,500) — Slightly cheaper than White, Kyler Edwards remains a buy low after playing 32, 29 and 31 minutes in Houston’s last three games. On the year, Edwards leads the team with an 18.8% usage rate. This includes strong involvement across statistical categories, including an 18.3% shot rate, 14.1% rebound rate and 16.2% assist rate. While some of those numbers are down in Houston’s last three games, he comes in cheaper than White, Taze Moore and Jamal Shead. For those looking at cheaper pieces to a tight Houston rotation in an excellent game environment, Edwards is the guy.
Grant Anticevich ($5,800) — A poor game environment overall, Cal is a two-point underdog to Colorado in a game with a 130-point total. Despite the lackluster spot, Cal still has a few intriguing DFS pieces due to a tight distribution of minutes. One such player is Grant Anticevich. The veteran big man has now played 34, 35 and 36 minutes in Cal’s last three games. Anticevich has elite double-double upside behind his 19.5% shot rate and 18.1% rebound rate. While the matchup is not ideal, taking multiple mid-range pieces could be the key to a tight slate.
Moussa Diabate ($5,000) — After an up and down start to the year, Michigan has recently rattled off a few impressive victories. The Wolverines face the Iowa Hawkeyes as five-point underdogs here, but the 149.5 total keeps both teams in play. Importantly, Michigan has recently condensed the rotation, giving extra minutes to Moussa Diabate. While Diabate is a foul risk, he has played 28, 33 and 28 minutes in three straight games. This has allowed him to contribute a 12.1% shot rate and 10.2% rebound rate. Overall, DeVante’ Jones and Eli Brooks bring a better projection, but Diabate offers salary relief on a tightly priced slate.
CBB Value Picks Today
D.J. Burns ($4,700) — Very little value stands out today, but Murray State also looks intriguing from a value perspective. DJ Burns has played 28, 33 and 34 minutes in three straight games. His usage rate lacks at 7.6%, but this has risen a little of late. Burns has accounted for a 7.5% shot rate, 17.2% rebound rate and 7.5% assist rate in Murray State’s last three games. This gives him a slightly better projection than Carter Collins at the same price for this team.
Joel Brown ($4,300) — As mentioned above, Cal does not have the ideal game environment behind their 64-point team total. However, they provide a potential value piece in Joel Brown. Brown has now played 29, 35 and 28 minutes in three straight games, maxing out his 10.3% usage rate. Fortunately, his usage has drastically increased since his extra minutes. Brown contributes a 10.9% shot rate, 18.1% rebound rate and 48.4% assist rate in Cal’s last three games. The peripherals alone make Brown one of the top value plays on the entire slate.Thanks for reading to the end of this article! If you appreciate this free content and want to see more of it every day, you can help us out by sharing this article on social media!