The college basketball slate for Tuesday, Feb. 22 features a slew of high-profile teams in action, including Kansas and Alabama, that have some great players available for 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 & NCAAB Picks Today: DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Basketball
Stud CBB Picks Today
Keegan Murray ($9,800) — Another strong stars and scrub slate, Iowa’s Keegan Murray highlights this elite tier. Iowa is a 6.5-point favorite over Michigan State in a game with a 153-point total. This gives Iowa a 79.75-point implied team total and an excellent environment for Murray to feast. Without foul trouble, Murray will play almost every minute, evidenced by his 36, 32 and 29 minutes over Iowa’s last three. He is also incredibly involved with a 23.9% usage rate, 23.4% shot rate, 21.3% rebound rate and 6.9% assist rate on the season. Michigan plays decent interior defense, but Murray’s ability to stuff the box score in multiple categories keeps him firmly in play here.
Bryce Hamilton ($9,000) — One of the sneakier games on the slate, UNLV takes on Nevada as a two-point underdog in a game with a 145-point total. UNLV has one of the premier usage leaders in the country in Bryce Hamilton. Hamilton accounts for a 26.2% usage rate this year and has now played 34, 38 and 38 minutes in UNLV’s last three games. In that span, he has accounted for a 37.3% shot rate, 21.8% rebound rate and 34.5% assist rate. Nevada ranks 264th in defensive efficiency, creating a solid scoring environment for Hamilton here as well. For those looking at GPP pivots, Desmond Cambridge and Grant Sherfield are decent pivots on the other side. Cambridge and Sherfield account for 19.4% and 23.5% usage rates respectively, which still fall behind Hamilton.
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Adama Sanogo ($7,500) — While UConn does not draw the best game environment here, Adama Sanogo continues to go underpriced for a variety of reasons. After battling fouls in recent games, Sanogo has now played 39, 34 and 22 minutes in UConn’s last three. In their most recent outing, Sanogo appeared well on his way to a 40-point affair before completely disappearing in the second half. Here, UConn remains a two-point favorite over Villanova in a game with a 135-point total. However, Sanogo still possesses elite rates worth targeting despite the struggles. The big man has now contributed a 21.4% shot rate, 25% rebound rate and 4.9% assist rate over UConn’s last three games. While Villanova presents a tough matchup and slower-paced game environment, Sanogo’s elite rates are still worth considering here. Narrowly missing the cut were Scotty Pippen Jr. and Jaylin Williams.
Mid-Range CBB Picks Today
Boo Buie ($6,700) — Unlike most slates, Northwestern actually has one of the better team totals on the board. The Wildcats enter tonight’s slate as an 11-point favorite over Nebraska in a game with a 148.5-point total. Notably, Nebraska paces up opponents with their average 75.9 possessions per game, while playing horrific defense. All priced below $7,000, Boo Buie, Pete Nance and Chase Audige all look intriguing in this spot. With Northwestern often incorporating 10-plus players into their rotation, only Buie brings true minute security. Buie has played 30, 32 and 31 minutes over Northwestern’s last three, while Nance and Audige routinely dip below the 30-minute mark. Buie has also contributed a consistent 18.8% shot rate, 14.1% rebound rate and 16.2% assist rate over Northwestern’s last three games. This makes him the safest play in the Northwestern offense, while Nance and Audige are solid GPP targets.
Keon Ellis ($6,600) — After a dominant first half against Kentucky, Alabama ultimately let the game slip away despite 28 points from Keon Ellis. Still priced below Jaden Shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly, Ellis is worth targeting again in an elite game environment against Vanderbilt. Overall, Alabama is a four-point favorite over Vanderbilt in a game with a 151-point total. As mentioned above, Ellis has played excellent basketball of late, earning more minutes. In Alabama’s last three, Ellis has registered 37, 23 and 33 minutes for the Crimson Tide, while contributing a 14.9% shot rate, 12.3% rebound rate and 9.3% assist rate. Notably, Ellis’ elevated role has come at the expense of Quinerly, who has now played 21, 37 and 28 minutes over Alabama’s last three. With the minutes for Ellis rising at Quinerly’s expense, this is a spot to take advantage of an awesome game environment.
Phlandrous Fleming Jr. ($6,000) — A less than ideal game environment, Florida enters this slate as a one-point underdog to Arkansas in a game with a 136-point total. Struggling through the middle of the season, Florida appears to have finally settled on a consistent rotation. Notably, this rotation includes freshman Phlandrous Fleming Jr., who has now played 33, 34 and 29 minutes in Florida’s last three games. Not only that, but Fleming has a 17.3% shot rate, 15.9% rebound rate and 31% assist rate in that span. Arkansas’ defense is no joke, ranking 16th in the country, but Fleming’s minutes make him a decent GPP target here.
CBB Value Picks Today
Ithiel Horton ($4,800) — The value range has a slew of potential options today. One of the most attractive is Pittsburgh’s Ithiel Horton. The game environment is the best for Pittsburgh as four-point underdogs to Miami in a game with a 136.5-point total. However, Miami ranks 250th in defensive efficiency and Horton will play every minute. To be exact, Horton has played 39, 40 and 39 minutes in Pittsburgh’s last three games. Still priced down due to an early-season suspension, Horton has also contributed a 22.2% shot rate, 9% rebound rate and 12.8% assist rate in that span. Horton is mispriced by at least $2,000 on this slate.
Liam Robbins ($4,000) — On the other side of the Alabama game, Vanderbilt still has a solid 73.5-point implied team total as a four-point underdog. While Pippen gets most of the shine for this team, transfer Liam Robbins has quietly returned from injury. With a slowly expanding role, Robbins has started and played 26, 24 and 12 minutes in Vanderbilt’s last three games. Robbins still is not the most involved, but he has an 8.9% shot rate and 18.1% rebound rate in that span. Alabama ranks 158th in interior defense, providing Robbins an excellent matchup to exploit. For those curious, Tyson Degenhart, Max Christie and Jordan McCabe also project reasonably between the $4,000 and $5,000 price tags.
Michael Nuga ($3,400) — One of the cheaper available value plays on the slate, UNLV’s Michael Nuga has played 29, 23 and 34 minutes in their last three games. Nuga only has a 13.2% usage rate this season, but his statistics continue to improve. Over UNLV’s last three games, he has a 12.7% shot rate and 16.8% rebound rate. While consistency is an issue, very few players provide this much value. For those looking at pivots in this range, Nevada’s Tre Coleman, Northwestern’s Julian Roper and Oklahoma’s Jacob Groves are all names to keep in mind.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!