College Basketball Playbook & Core Plays February 5: Top DraftKings CBB DFS Picks
Published: Feb 05, 2023
Updated: Feb 05, 2023
Good morning, Family! We end another exciting weekend of CBB DFS lineup building and college basketball games with a big Sunday afternoon slate! Today’s college basketball DFS tips off at 12pm ET on DraftKings with an eight-game slate. All the top conferences are in play including the Big East, Houston and the AAC, the Big Ten, and then Sunday evening Pac-12 action. If you're looking to play college basketball DFS this season, get full access to our CBB DFS Playbooks and Core Plays with a Fantasy Alarm All-Pro Subscription. Check out all the CBB DFS top picks, lineup strategies, teams to target, and value plays to lock in for today’s college basketball action. If you have any questions about CBB daily fantasy lineup strategy, ask away in the Fantasy Alarm Discord chat. Now, let's jump into the CBB DFS top plays and lineup picks for Sunday, February 5th.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DFS BETTING ODDS
12pm ET DePaul @ Seton Hall (-10.5) 138.5 O/U
1pm ET Ohio State @ Michigan (-4.0) 144.0 O/U
3pm ET Wichita State (-5.5) @ Tulsa 139.0 O/U
4:30pm ET Penn State (-5.0) @ Nebraska 136.0 O/U
6pm ET California @ Utah (-16.0) 127.5 O/U
6pm ET Houston (-19.5) @ Temple 131.0 O/U
6:30pm ET Northwestern @ Wisconsin (-3.5) 124.5 O/U
7pm ET Stanford @ Colorado (-4.5) 135.5 O/U
Top CBB Team Totals
Seton Hall 74.50
Wichita State 72.75
Penn State 70.50
Ohio State 70.00
CBB DFS TOP GUARDS
Jalen Pickett - Penn State @ Nebraska ($9.7K)
Point guard Pickett’s versatility and impact on the court can’t be denied. He is the true leader on the court for Penn State. He was just named to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 Watch List, (one of 20 front-runners as the college basketball player of the year) and is the only player in the country averaging at least 17 points (17.6) per game, eight rebounds per game (8.0), and seven assists (7.0) per game. Not a single men's college basketball player in at least the last 30 years has finished a season with that rate. Pickett is even playing better in the Big Ten, averaging 19.4 PPG, 9.5 RPG, and 6.1 APG through ten conference contests. It is not even close today. Pickett is the top overall play of the slate against a bad Nebraska team.
Kadary Richmond - Seton Hall vs DePaul ($8.0K)
A lack of consistency has always been Kadary Richmond’s problem at Syracuse and Seton Hall. He would play great one game and drop a dud the next. He finally seems to be putting it all together in his second season as a Pirate, averaging career highs of 10 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.8 steals, along with 4.0 assists and shooting 40.7 percent from three-point range. Richmond leads the team in usage (24.2%) as well as defensive rebounds (20.3%), assists (33.1%- 33rd in nation), and steals (4.1%- 40th). The 6-foot-6 junior was at his best Wednesday night scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists in their 84-72 win over St. John’s and now gets a pace-up game with DePaul.
Sam Griffin - Tulsa vs. Wichita State ($6.6K)
Griffin is the engine that runs the Tulsa offense. The team has struggled all season, but the blame cannot be pointed toward the junior guard as he leads the team in scoring at 15.7 PPG and is in the Top 20 nationally with a 32.7% shot rate (19th). Griffin carries a team-high 27% usage rate (32% over the last five) into this game and is almost automatic from the free throw line (90%). He is averaging 2.5 three-point attempts on 31.0% accuracy, but over the last five games, Griffin isn’t shy as he is hoisting over six shots per game from deep.
Other Top Guards
- Craig Porter Jr. - Wichita State ($8.9K) GPP only due to price but he is averaging 31 DKFP with 12.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, and 4.2 SPG over the last five games.
- Rollie Worster - Utah ($7.0K) Averages a team-best 5.3 assists per contest (31.4% - 52nd in the nation). He is also putting up 9.2 PPG and 5.3 RPG, shooting 43.6% from the field.
- Boo Buie - Northwestern ($8.4K) Season high price of $8.4K but Buie has been over 40 DKFP in two of last three games. 20.2 PPG with 5.2 APG (36.35 DKFP) over his last five games.
- Marco Anthony - Utah ($6.5K) 35.5 mins per game and 7.0 RPG over his last five,
- Sam Griesel - Nebraska ($7.2K) Coming off a 21-point (31 DKFP) game against Illinois and he’s averaging 34 mins and 30 DKFP over his last five games.
- Kobe Bufkin - Michigan ($6.7K) Besides a dud at Maryland in mid-January, Bufkin has shown a high floor of 20+ DKFP and coming off a 50-burger at Northwestern on Thursday (15 points.12 rebounds). The Wolverines are the second-highest scoring team on the slate (74.0).
CBB TOP GUARD VALUE
Jaron Pierre Jr. - Wichita State @ Tulsa ($4.9K)
Value at guard is severely lacking on this slate. Pierre Jr. is a possible option at a sub-$5K price since he starts and plays almost 30 minutes. With a 26% shot rate Pierre isn’t afraid to shoot, especially from beyond the arc. In Wichita State’s 95-90 loss to Tulane last week, Pierre Jr. was 5-for-12 from the three-point line and put up 33 DKFP, showing that he is capable of a big fantasy game at times. It’s more likely that we will see 3-4X return, but beggars can’t be choosers on a slate like this for value.
Other Guard Value
- Femi Odukale - Seton Hall ($5.5K) He’s volatile and can give you anywhere from 8 DKFP to 25 DKFP. He’s cooled down after a hot early-January run.
- Keisel Tominaga - Nebraska ($5.3K) This will be the guard to keep an eye on today, as he is capable of lighting it up from three-point range. Averaging 38% from beyond the arc, he banged a pair of treys last time against PSU. 23% usage while on the court with 8.0 PPG and 5.6 RPG over the last five games. My “GPP Banger of the Day” kind of play.
- Luke O’Brien - Colorado ($4.6K) “Boom or bust” type play with 23, 9, 17, 4, and 22 DKFP over his last five games- but has been starting so becomes cash viable
- Michael O'Connell- Stanford ($4.7K) Three straight over 20 DKFP- liking him more and more
- Max Klesmit - Wisconsin ($4.8K) 30+ minutes since return from injury on January 28th. 31 and 17 DKFP in those two games.
- Caleb Murphy - DePaul ($43.5K) USF transfer has posted 11-15 DKFP in his five games played this year but is capable of much more.
- Julian Hammond III - Colorado ($4.5K) Four of his last five games have been double-digit DKFP with a 24% usage rate when on the floor.
- Denim Dawson - Nebraska ($3.5K) 20+ minutes and he has started the last six games. Very volatile with 10, 5, 9, 19, and 21 DKFP over his last five games. May continue to see more run with Emmanuel Bandoumel now out for the season.
TOP CBB DFS FORWARDS
Branden Carlson - Utah vs. California ($9.0K)
With big men like Azuolas Tubelis of Arizona and Jamie Jaquez Jr. of UCLA garnering all the attention for the Pac-12 Payer of the Year Award, fourth-year senior Branden Carlson is flying right under the radar. He is now fully healthy and clearly the best player on the league’s fourth place team with half of the Pac-12 season now over. Heading into today’s showdown with last-place California, Carlson has exceeded expectations in what might be his final season on the Hill. Carlson is having his best season as a Ute and has not only propelled himself up NBA draft boards, but put himself into the Pac-12 Player of the Year discussion. He’s also a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year honors because he’s second in the league in blocked shots (2.21 per game) and fifth rebounds (7.5 per game). With a lot of attention focusing on Hunter Dickinson today Carlson may come in lower owned against a bad rebounding Cal team that is ranked 249th in the country with a low 26.5% team board rate.
Jarace Walker - Houston @ Temple ($8.6K)
The five-star freshman has seen a shooting surge of late and is averaging 19 points over his last three games and he’s 22-of-39 from the field during that span. The 6-foot-8 Walker, a projected NBA lottery pick with great size and physicality, is averaging 17.4 points this season in games where he attempts at least ten shots. The kid shows touch in the paint, mid-range, and from beyond the arc and if his price hadn’t risen over $2K since early January he would be a lock every night. An $8.6K tag isn’t cheap but Temple allows over eight boards a game to opposing big men and are ranked 190th nationally in rebounding putting Walker firmly in play in all formats.
Derrick Walker- Nebraska vs. Penn State ($7.9K)
Nebraska must deal with a short-handed roster but nonetheless, they still have star power forward Derrick Walker. Walker led the team in the first meeting against PSU with 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists and has been the go-to guy all season long. He carries a 28.4% usage rate, 25.9% shot rate along with a 30% combined rebound rate, and 29.9% assist rate. Walker is usually the reason that Nebraska doesn’t entirely get run off the floor in Big Ten games and he’s asked to do so much more than just score and rebound. When he’s creating angles for himself, he can be nearly impossible to stop but when he gets too casual, he turns the ball over. Which version of Walker do we get today?
Other Top Forwards
- Hunter Dickinson - Michigan ($9.1K) Will be popular as Ohio State can be beaten inside and carries a 30% usage rate along with 17.6 PPG and 6.2 RPG over the last five games.
- Tristan da Silva - Colorado ($8.8K) He’s been awesome. Five straight games over 30 DKFP with 30% usage in the same span.
- Bryant Selebangue - Tulsa ($8.0K) AAC leading rebounder (9.6) and his 64% field goal rate is 11th in the nation.
- Brice Sensabaugh - Ohio State ($8.4K) A star in the making and a “get right” game after a 19-point dud on DraftKings against Wisconsin.
- James Rojas- Wichita State ($7.6K) Has been totally on fire- the way the builds are coming out - I will have one of either Rojas or Pohto in most lineups
- Kenny Pohto - Wichita State ($6.1K) Lowest price point since early January and 27+ DKFP in two of last three games including a 40 DKFP outburst against Tulsa.
CBB TOP FORWARD VALUE
Michael Henn - Penn State @ Nebraska ($3.5K)
Penn State has changed its lineup and inserted super-senior forward Michael Henn at the five-spot. He's started the last two games for them and has scored in double figures in both contests. This is a power forward that is built like a defensive end and he held his own against Zach Edey and Purdue last week. If he gets another start today, Henn will be popular and a lock in all cash games.
Other Forward Value
- Grant Newell - California ($5.3K) Good for 12-18 DKFP but has shown a 40+ ceiling (see Washington game in early January where he posted 21 points and 12 rebounds).
- Tae Davis - Seton Hall ($3.2K) He has three straight double-digit DKFP games.
- Sam Alajiki - California ($4.6K) 20-23 minutes if he stays out of foul trouble but volatile with a low floor (8 DKFP).
- ND Okafor - California ($3.9K) Possible 3-4X value and he should play 15-17 minutes.
Jalen Pickett - Penn State
Michael Henn - Penn State
Kadary Richmond- Seton Hall
Kenny Pohto- Wichita State
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