The college basketball slate for Monday, Feb. 28, kicks off the week with some Top 25 teams in action and includes teams like Iowa, Baylor and Texas to make some great CBB DFS picks. 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
Keegan Murray ($10,200) — For a short slate on a Monday, tonight’s DFS action features a number of elite studs. Highlighting the group, Iowa’s Keegan Murray finally crested the $10,000 price tag. Tonight, Murray is in play with Iowa entering the slate as a 10.5-point favorite in a game against Northwestern totaled at 151 points. Northwestern plays somewhat solid defense overall, but Murray’s involvement across statistical categories makes him bust-proof. Murray has played 36, 30 and 36 minutes in Iowa’s last three games. In that span, he has a 23.6% shot rate, 19.1% rebound rate and 15.4% assist rate. Murray’s main concern is foul trouble. Iowa will auto-bench when players record two fouls in the first half. Murray is not a major foul risk, but this is something to consider. Overall, Murray is an elite play on this slate.
Armando Bacot ($9,700) — The other premier stud to target on this slate is Armando Bacot. North Carolina is an 8-point favorite over Syracuse in a game with a 157-point total. This gives North Carolina a slate-leading 82.5-point implied team total. With Dawson Garcia away from the team and Leaky Black now banged up, Bacot has been forced to play nearly every minute. Specifically, Bacot has now played 36, 38 and 38 minutes over North Carolina’s last three games. In that span Bacot has a 17.7% shot rate and 44.4% rebound rate. Basically a walking double-double at this point, Bacot also benefits from a matchup against Syracuse’s 236th-ranked interior defense. Overall, North Carolina’s entire starting five is in play. For those looking at cheaper studs, Caleb Love saves over $1,500 and still possesses an 18.4% usage rate. Brady Manek and R.J. Davis are also excellent plays at their price points, providing leverage for GPPs.
Bacot was projecting as one of the best CBB picks, according to the CBB DFS lineup optimizer today. For more of our free CBB DFS picks for today’s college basketball slate, check out the DraftKings CBB Cheat Sheet and FanDuel CBB Cheat Sheet.
Buddy Boeheim ($8,200) — Like North Carolina, Syracuse is also battling injuries ahead of tonight’s contest. Jesse Edwards has not played in multiple games and now Symir Torrence is unlikely to see the floor tonight. Syracuse’s most recent game is difficult to draw conclusions from after losing by 25. However, Buddy Boeheim is always a solid bet to play nearly every minute. Leading the team with a 20.9% usage rate, Boeheim has played 38, 39 and 42 minutes in Syracuse’s last three games. He also has a 30.7% shot rate and 23.5% assist rate in that span. Some may chase the 30-minute game from Benny Williams, but the cheaper Syracuse players have not seen any minute consistency this year. Also, Syracuse is deeper in the front court, meaning they could cannibalize each other. The guards also draw a better matchup on the perimeter, avoiding Bacot in the post. Overall, with Syracuse’s season hanging by a thread, taking the more consistent players in the rotation makes sense here.
Mid-Range CBB Picks Today
Jaime Jaquez ($6,600) — UCLA finds themselves in a projected competitive game as a 10-point favorite over Washington with the total sitting at 139.5-points. The Bruins look likely to be shorthanded with Johnny Juzang nursing an injury heading into this game. Even with Juzang out, UCLA still racked up a 39-point win over Oregon State in their most recent game. UCLA could expand their rotation in that contest, but a closer projected spread against Washington means their minutes should narrow. Jaime Jaquez could be one potential beneficiary of this game environment. Only played 27, 27 and 33 minutes over UCLA’s last three games, Jaquez should see more involvement here. Jaquez has a 16.7% usage rate, a 15.2% shot rate, 13.6% rebound rate and 15% assist rate. Already missing games himself, Jaquez likely sees a spike in usage without Juzang and with a clean bill of health here.
Cole Swider ($6,400) — For those looking at cheaper Syracuse plays, Cole Swider falls into the risky upside category. After playing 42 and 38 minutes in back-to-back games, Swider managed by 14 minutes in Syracuse’s 25-point loss. On the year, Swider has a 17.2% shot rate and 18.8% rebound rate for the Orange. Typically a solid play based on his minute floor, Syracuse’s most recent game adds volatility. Unfortunately, Jimmy Boeheim also saw just 21 minutes in Syracuse’s last game, making everyone except Boeheim and Joseph Girad risky in this spot.
Mouhamed Gueye ($5,900) — Another under the radar spot for DFS, Washington State is an 8-point favorite over Oregon State in a game with a 138-point total. Coming in implied for 73 themselves, Washington State looks sneaky for GPPs. The Cougars remain hard to target for a main team due to their inconsistent rotation. One game Andrej Jakimovski plays 38 minutes and the next two, he plays 7 and 6. However, one player with a semi-consistent role has been Mouhamed Gueye. Gueye has now played 31 and 34 minutes in back-to-back games, while contributing an 18.6% shot rate, 13.9% rebound rate and 15.9% assist rate. Gueye’s main issue is fouling, but Oregon State ranks 346th in defensive efficiency. Gueye offers a decent shot at a double-double, but those worried about fouls could also look at Tyrell Roberts or Noah Williams in the same price range.
CBB Value Picks Today
Nate Roberts ($4,900) — On the other side of the UCLA game, Washington has a 65-point implied team total as a 10-point underdog. Forward Nate Roberts seemingly plays 35 minutes or fouls out before he reaches 20. This also creates volatility in this rates. Roberts has played 37, 21 and 25 minutes over Washington’s last three. He has an 8.8% shot rate and 21.1% rebound rate in that span as well. While he always projects well at 30 minutes play, he is a major risk to reach that point. Now with a rising price tag, Roberts has become quite the risk/reward option.
Adonis Arms ($4,800) — One of the lower tier games on the Monday main slate, Texas Tech takes on Kansas State as a 12-5-point favorite in a game with a 132.5-point total. Even with the poor game environment, Texas Tech still brings a solid 72.5-point implied team total. More importantly, Texas Tech has a few potential value plays worth mentioning here. After playing volatile minutes to start the year, Adonis Arms appears to have worked himself into a consistent role here. Arms has played 33, 21 and 31 minutes for Texas Tech in each of their last three games. In that span, he has a 14.6% shot rate, 18.1% rebound rate and 26.2% assist rate. This gives him upside across statistical categories and a true ceiling in this matchup. Arms still runs the risk of playing limited minutes here. Team leader, Kevin McCullar has returned from injury, playing 15 and 22 minutes in Texas Tech’s last three games. Now fully healthy, there is a chance that McCullar and Terrance Shannon trend back towards 30 minutes. With Arms and McCullar at $4,800 and $4,700, respectively, this is an excellent value spot to target for GPPs.
Puff Johnson ($3,500) — Black is questionable for tonight’s game. With Black only playing 14 minutes, Puff Johnson stepped up to play 29 minutes. Johnson scored 16 points on five field goal attempts, while securing five rebounds. While Johnson’s rates will likely trail behind the other starters, upside for 30+ minutes at this price simply cannot be found anywhere else on this 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!