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CBB DFS Picks: DraftKings & FanDuel College Basketball Fantasy Lineup Projections 1/24/22

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. 24, 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

Alondes Williams ($9,600) — In what looks like a potential blow out, Wake Forest enters this slate as a 10.5-point favorite over Boston College in a game with a 142-point total. This gives Wake Forest an impressive 76.25-point implied team total on the day. One of the premier players in the country, Alondes Williams enters a blow-up spot with a 22.3% usage rate. He provides a 23.7% shot rate, 18.3% rebound rate and 34.6% assist rate on the year. Boston College ranks 162nd in defensive efficiency, setting up Williams for another potential ceiling performance here.

Julian Champagnie ($9,500) — The premier game environment on the slate, St John’s is a 7-point underdog against Seton Hall in a game with a 152-point total. A rematch from this weekend, St John’s lost by 6 points in their first meeting. St John’s plays with one of the fastest tempos in the country with Julian Champagnie dominating usage. On the year, Champagnie has a 22.3% usage rate, with elite involvement across statistical categories. In St John’s last three games, Champagnie has a 27.1% shot rate and 14% rebounding rate. Even as an underdog against Seton Hall’s 38th ranked defense, Champagnie deserves consideration here.

Jared Rhoden ($8,000) — On the other side of the St John’s matchup, the Seton Hall studs find themselves sharply underpriced. In particular, Jared Rhoden provides elite value. Playing nearly every minute, Rhoden contributes a 20.5% shot rate, 15.5% rebound rate and 11% assist rate for Seton Hall on the year. Seton Hall recently lost Bryce Aiken, who led the team in usage prior to his injury. Without Aiken, Rhoden could be in line for more usage in the upcoming week. With his involvement and Seton Hall’s slate-leading 79.5-point implied team total, Rhoden is one of the top pay-up options of the board. Additionally, for those who cannot quite get to Rhoden, Alexis Yetna is also a strong value at $7,300. Yetna has played 30 and 34 minutes in back-to-back games, adding a 14.6% shot rate and 26.7% rebounding rate.

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Mid-Range

Jalen Wilson ($6,800) — An interesting spot for DFS, Kansas enters this slate as a 7-point favorite over Texas Tech in a game with a 139.5-point total. Texas ranks sixth in defensive efficiency, but Kansas ranks tenth in offensive efficiency behind their star-studded team. Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun have been Kansas’ most impactful offensive weapons. However, David McCormack and Jalen Wilson have become increasingly involved of late. Wilson in particular has played 31, 35 and 31 minutes in three straight games with a 15.4% usage rate. In that span, Wilson has contributed a 17.2% shot rate, 21.9% rebound rate and 14.3% assist rate for the Jayhawks. Even in a tough matchup, Wilson provides a cheaper way to take advantage of Kansas’ 73.25-point implied team total.

Boogie Ellis ($6,400) — The late game on this slate, USC is a 13-point favorite over Arizona State in a game with a 135-point total. Battling foul trouble in USC’s last two games, Boogie Ellis looks like a potential buy low in this spot. Ellis has a 17.3% usage rate this year, which only trails Isaiah Mobley. Ellis also has a 20.7% shot rate and 23.7% assist rate in USC’s last two games, despite his issues with fouls. Arizona State ranks 216th in 3-point defense, where Ellis shoots 35% over the course of his career.

Kadary Richmond ($5,900) — The primary beneficiary from Aiken’s absence, Kadary Richmond should continue to handle the ball for Seton Hall. Richmond’s minutes jumped to 38 without Aiken in Seton Hall’s most recent game against St John’s. Richmond already has a 16.2% usage rate this season and now his extra minutes allow him to maximize this usage rate. Already contributing 34.1% of the assists, Richmond should find a ceiling with involvement across statistical categories here.

Value Plays

Myles Cale ($4,600) — Even cheaper than Richmond, Myles Cale provides a potential punt option for Seton Hall. Cale also saw his minutes jump to 37 in Seton Hall’s most recent game against St John’s. Cale only has a 13.2% usage rate this year, but he scored 21 points on 14 shot attempts in their last game. With Richmond and Cale leading the team in shooting in that game, a Seton Hall ceiling can be obtained with a cheaper price here. Cale looks like the safest value play today.

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Terrence Shannon ($4,200) — After missing multiple games for Texas Tech, Terrence Shannon has finally returned to the starting lineup. Now three games removed from injury, Shannon played 32 minutes for Texas Tech in their most recent contest. Shannon has a 16% usage rate on the season, and his minutes have finally begun to creep back up. Also beginning to find his confidence, Shannon went 7/12 from the field, scoring 23 points in Texas Tech’s last game. Also involved in the periphery, Shannon added 5 points, two assists and a steal. Even in a tough matchup against Kansas, Shannon is simply too cheap for his role.

Jason Jitoboh ($4,000) — One of the riskier value pieces on this slate, Jason Jitoboh continues to fill in at center for an injured Colin Castleton for Florida. Jitoboh’s main concern at this stage of his career is fouling out. Jitoboh has four fouls in each of his starts this year, which could be a problem against Nysier Brooks on the other side. However, if Jitoboh can stay out of foul trouble, Ole Miss ranks 274th in interior defense and 194th in rebounding. For those looking at a safer option, Kowacie Reeves is slightly cheaper and does not come with the same foul concerns. Reeves has also played 28 and 27 minutes in back-to-back games for Florida with Castleton out.

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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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