Saturday brings us a loaded CBB DFS slate in the afternoon, so let's dive into top college basketball daily fantasy picks on DraftKings and FanDuel. This playbook will focus on the late afternoon/early evening games. The DraftKings slate tips off at 5 pm ET with 10 games on tap, while the FanDuel slate starts at 4 pm ET with 8 games. Some of the top matchups on this slate include UNC vs Duke, Kansas vs Houston, Kentucky vs Tennessee, and UConn vs Providence.

Let's now take a look at the top college basketball DFS picks and plays for Saturday afternoon's slate of games. All college basketball odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook and the KenPom team totals are up to date as of this publishing but keep an eye on any line movement. Good luck with your CBB DFS lineups!


College Basketball Afternoon DFS Slate: Saturday, 3/9

  • 4 pm ET – Kentucky at Tennessee (-9) – 165 O/U (FD Only)
  • 4 pm ET – Kansas at Houston (-8.5) – 136 O/U (FD Only)
  • 5 pm ET – Marquette (-1.5) at Xavier – 157.5 O/U
  • 5 pm ET – UCF at TCU (-8) – 143.5 O/U (DK Only)
  • 6 pm ET – Baylor at Texas Tech (-2) – 147.5 O/U
  • 6 pm ET – Clemson at Wake Forest (-3.5) – 149.5 O/U
  • 6:30 pm ET – North Carolina at Duke (-4.5) – 151 O/U
  • 6:30 pm ET – Georgia at Auburn (-16.5) – 151 O/U (DK Only)
  • 7 pm ET – Utah at Oregon (-3.5) –149.5 O/U (DK Only)
  • 7:45 pm ET – NC State at Pittsburgh (-7) – 146.5 O/U
  • 8 pm ET – UConn (-9.5) at Providence – 139.5 O/U
  • 8 pm ET – Georgia Tech at Virginia (-8.5) – 122.5 O/U (DK Only)

Top KenPom Team Totals

  1. Tennessee – 86
  2. Auburn – 83
  3. Marquette – 79
  4. Duke – 78
  5. Kentucky – 77
  6. Wake Forest – 77
  7. Oregon – 77
  8. Baylor – 76
  9. Xavier – 76
  10. Pittsburgh – 76
  11. Texas Tech – 75
  12. TCU – 75
  13. Utah – 75
  14. UNC – 74
  15. UConn – 74
  16. Clemson – 74
  17. Houston – 73

College Basketball CBB DFS Picks 

CBB DFS Top Guards

RJ DavisUNCDUKE830035.38860032.76
UNC vs Duke is one of the marquee matchups of the late-afternoon slate and RJ Davis is a top overall guard play on both sites. He’s averaging 22.1 points, 8.1 rebounds/assists, and 38 DK over the past 10 games. Davis’ cash floor is so strong while stuffing the stat sheet in a high-usage role, and he also always has GPP upside when he starts hitting threes. Davis has performed well vs Duke over the past three seasons and won't shy away from the road environment.
Jamal SheadUHKU  820030.74
Jamal Shead continues to be a strong cash stud who produces nearly every game. He stuffs the stat sheet with points, assists, rebounds, and steals as we can pencil him in for 30-40 DFS points on a regular basis. Bank on Shead being plenty involved all over the court in this huge matchup vs Kansas as he anchors cash lineups. Ironically, one of his worst games of the season came on the road vs KU in the first meeting – but expect a bounceback effort in this home rematch.
Zakai ZeiglerTENNUK  760025.42
Of course, Dalton Knecht should be in our player pool with Tennessee hosting Kentucky in a likely high-scoring game and pace-boost for the Vols. Don’t overlook Zakai Zeigler, though, as he’s been playing at a consistently high level for over a month now. Zeigler is averaging 14.8 points, 7.6 assists, 2.4 steals, and 33 FD points over the past 10 games. He exploded for a 51 FD point effort vs UK in the first meeting and can thrive again in the fast-paced matchup.
Kam JonesMARQXAV780025.57750023.65
Kam Jones was already a high-volume scorer for Marquette, but he’s locked into a safer level of production while Tyler Kolek is out. Jones has scored 23 and 18 points in the past two games with Kolek sidelined, including 31 and 29 DK as well. He’s also averaging 19.6 PPG and 28 DK over the past 10 games, including 34 points and 44 DK vs Xavier in the first meeting. Jones is good for cash or GPP lineups in this quick-paced matchup as a go-to scorer/playmaker in Kolek’s absence.
RayJ DennisBAYTTU790030.43730027.40
RayJ Dennis was excellent vs Texas Tech in the first meeting a month ago with 21 points and a stat-stuffing 41 DK effort. That’s on par with how well Dennis is playing, though he’s had a few duds in tough road matchups. Despite playing on the road here, Dennis can have success against a shaky TTU defense. He’s averaging 14.2 points, 7 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 32 DK over the past 10 games and has the GPP upside to outperform his sub-8k prices.
Hunter SallisWAKECLEM770030.31710028.09
Hunter Sallis has been very up-and-down lately, making him a risky play. Still, he has GPP potential at his prices on this slate with Wake Forest in desperation win mode and a crucial home matchup vs Clemson. Sallis has 32+ DK in five of the last eight games and is averaging 18.7 points with 31 DK over the past 10 contests. He’s not as consistent as other high-priced studs, but Sallis shouldn’t go overlooked for GPP lineups.

CBB DFS Value Guards

L.J. CryerUHKU  600023.00
LJ Cryer’s real-life and DFS production had been inconsistent for much of conference play, but he’s on a roll right now. Cryer has scored 22+ points in three straight games and is averaging 19.8 PPG over the past six contests. He also had 24 points with 31 FD points vs Kansas in the first meeting. KU has struggled to defend the three and Cryer can take advantage of the matchup like he did already.
Josiah-Jordan JamesTENNUK  570021.72
If you want some cheap exposure to Tennessee in the uptempo, high-scoring game vs Kentucky, we have Josiah-Jordan James at an affordable price. James had 26 points and 37 FD in the first meeting vs UK. His DFS production also tends to increase in the Vols’ easier or faster-paced matchups. James recently had 33 FD points and a double-double vs Alabama. He does enough in multiple stat categories to return value too.
Stevie MitchellMARQXAV660018.58550017.76
Stevie Mitchell is priced up on DK, but he’s a clear bargain on FD still. Mitchell is in a bigger role in Marquette’s backcourt while Tyler Kolek remains out and it’s translating directly into DFS value. He has 29 and 28 DK in the past two games with Kolek sidelined and is seeing a notable uptick in minutes, shot volume, and rebounding opportunities. He’s a great bet to keep it going in uptempo matchup vs Xavier.
Tyrese ProctorDUKEUNC620021.41540019.69
Tyrese Proctor is a slightly better value on FD than DK, but he’s a bargain on both sites. Since returning from a concussion, Proctor is averaging 12 points, 4.8 assists, 3 rebounds, and 25 DK per game with at least 24 DK in four of five games. He’s also locked into more minutes and a bigger backcourt role right now while Caleb Foster remains out. Proctor is an affordable way to get exposure to his UNc-Duke matchup too.
Jack ClarkCLEMWAKE570014.67490013.85
After missing a game, Jack Clark returned to Clemson’s starting lineup this week and immediately returned to being a stat-stuffing value. He had 23 DK in 28 minutes vs Syracuse and is now averaging 21 DK over the past eight games since becoming a regular starter. Clark does a little bit of everything to be DFS-relevant and is a solid bargain in this pace-boost matchup vs Wake.
Brennan RigsbyOREUTAH450014.22  
On the DK slate, we have Brennan Rigsby as an upside GPP value below 5k. Rigsby has been very inconsistent in terms of real-life and DFS production. At his best, though, he can exceed value while coming off the bench as a versatile scorer for Oregon. Rigsby had a stat-filled 22 DK vs Utah earlier this season. The Ducks have a good home matchup against a Utah defense that’s struggled on the road all year.

CBB DFS Top Forwards

Johni BroomeAUBUGA880036.67  
We have Auburn in action on the DK slate, so that means Johni Broome has to be considered a top-tier forward play. The Tigers’ center has been a great DFS cash play with GPP upside throughout conference play and is averaging 17.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, and 39 DK over the past 10 contests. He was excellent vs Georgia in the first meeting with a double-double and 39 DK. Even though Auburn should win big in this home rematch, Broome should anchor cash lineups per usual.
N'Faly DanteOREUTAH840034.3  
When Oregon faced Utah earlier this season, N’Faly Dante went off for 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 51 DK. The Ducks’ big man dominated Utah’s frontcourt on the road and has the upside to do it again this weekend at home. Dante is playing well right now, averaging 15.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks/steals, and 35 DK over the past 10 games. He’s coming off a massive 58 DK effort vs Colorado and is always a threat to take over games and smash DFS slates.
Kyle FilipowskiDUKEUNC740035.98840033.47
Despite Duke winning big vs NC State last game, Kyle Filipowski had one of his worst games of the season. That means we get him at a notable discount on the DK slate with his cheapest price of the season. Filipowski always has the slate-breaking upside at his best and can easily go for 40+ DFS points this weekend. He had 22 points vs UNC in the first meeting and has averaged 19.3 points and 8.3 rebounds vs the Heels in three career matchups. Don’t overlook Armando Bacot on the other side as a GPP upside play too.
Josh OduroPROVUCONN790032.03810030.13
Josh Oduro continues to be a strong cash forward play as the Providence offense heavily revolves around him and Devin Carter. The big man is averaging 19.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 36 DK over the past 10 games and he tends to perform better at home. This matchup vs UConn is tough, but Oduro had 20 points, 9 boards, and 38 DK in the first meeting – and that was on the road. The Friars are in desperation mode on the NCAA Tournament bubble, so expect Oduro to be plenty involved.
Oso IghodaroMARQXAV720031.29780029.82
Oso Ighodaro returned from a one-game absence and was instantly productive vs UConn. He had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 32 DK. The big man is a key overall playmaker for Marquette while Tyler Kolek is out and it’s a good sign to see him so active coming off a missed game due to illness. Ighodaro is actually a bargain on the DK slate for the 30-40 DFS potential if we see him in a higher-usage role again – especially in an easier matchup vs Xavier with the faster pace of play.
Blake HinsonPITTNCST710028.02670025.43
Blake Hinson is impossible to trust in cash lineups with boom-or-bust tendency. In GPPs, though, he can smash his “cheaper” price when he goes for 20+ points and 30+ DFS points. He just did it vs Florida St with 27 points and 35 DK. He was also good against NC State earlier this season with 16 points and 27 DK. Clemson has had issues defending the three at times and Hinson can get hot, shooting 46% from deep over the past 10 games.

CBB DFS Value Forwards

David JoplinMARQXAV640019.8550017.90
While Tyler Kolek is out, Davis Joplin is another Marquette player who’s seeing an uptick in offensive usage and role. He scored 21 points with 30 DK vs Creighton two games ago and then was more held in check vs UConn. Joplin could easily explode for 20+ points and 30+ DFS points again here in a faster-paced matchup vs Xavier’s weaker defense. Joplin’s usage rate has increased a bit in Kolek’s absence, but he tends to be boom-or-bust while reliant on three-point shooting.
Yves MissiBAYTTU610022.77520021.56
Yves Missi is another guy who’s a better value on FD than DK, but has GPP upside on both sites. The Baylor big man went off vs Texas Tech in the first meeting with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 30 DK. Though he’s only matched that production a couple of times since, Missi still has the potential to dominate inside against Tech’s weaker frontcourt – especially if Warren Washington is out again.
Sean StewartDUKEUNC46009.548009.05
With Caleb Foster out, Sean Stewart has taken on a larger bench role for Duke recently. He’s put up 31, 21, and 22 DK in the past three games with Foster out. Despite limited playing time, Stewart has been very efficient from a DFS perspective when he’s on the court. Foster remains out this weekend, so Stewart is a solid value who can return 4x or 5x value at sub-5k prices on both sites.
Kachi NzehXAVMARQ47006.9843006.67
Kachi Nzeh has now started three straight games as Xavier has switched up its lineup. The freshman big has 24 and 17 DK in the past two starts with 28 and 26 minutes played, respectively. His DFS floor is at a safer cash level in this starting role and he should be locked into even more playing time now with Dailyn Swain out. Nzeh is a decent sub-5k cash value on both sites.

CBB DFS Core Plays 

DraftKings Cash

  • RJ Davis – UNC
  • Oso Ighodaro – Marquette
  • Kachi Nzeh – Xavier

DraftKings GPP

  • Kyle Filipowski – Duke
  • Kam Jones – Marquette
  • Yves Missi – Baylor

FanDuel Cash

  • Jamal Shead – Houston
  • Josh Oduro – Providence
  • Stevie Mitchell – Marquette

FanDuel GPP

  • Zakai Zeigler – Tennessee
  • Hunter Sallis – Wake Forest
  • LJ Cryer – Houston

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