Wednesday night's college basketball DFS slate is another good one packed with interesting non-conference matchups and some Big Ten showdowns too. The FanDuel slate includes 7 games and starts up at 6 pm ET with Rutgers vs Wake Forest. The DraftKings slate tips off an hour later at 7 pm ET and includes 8 games. CBB DFS lineup strategy will be slightly different depending on which slate you're playing on. So, let's dive into the top college basketball daily fantasy picks and CBB DFS plays for Wednesday night. Some top matchups tonight include Texas vs Marquette, Memphis vs VCU, Nebraska vs Minnesota, and SMU vs Arizona State. All college basketball odds 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 college basketball DFS lineups tonight!


College Basketball DFS Slate December 6th

  • 6 pm ET – Rutgers at Wake Forest (-3) – 140.5 O/U (FD Only)
  • 7 pm ET – Memphis (-2) at VCU – 143.5 O/U
  • 7 pm ET – Penn State at Maryland (-7.5) – 139.5 O/U (DK Only)
  • 8 pm ET – Texas at Marquette (-8.5) – 150.5 O/U
  • 8 pm ET – South Carolina at Clemson (-8.5) – 139.5 O/U
  • 8 pm ET – San Francisco (-2.5) at Vanderbilt – 138 O/U (DK Only)
  • 9 pm ET – Pittsburgh (-4) at West Virginia – 138 O/U
  • 9 pm ET – Nebraska (-2) at Minnesota – 147 O/U
  • 10 pm ET – SMU at Arizona State (-2) – 141.5 O/U


Top KenPom Team Totals

  1. Marquette – 78
  2. Nebraska – 75
  3. Maryland – 74
  4. Memphis – 73
  5. Minnesota – 73
  6. Clemson – 72
  7. Pittsburgh – 71
  8. San Francisco – 71
  9. Wake Forest – 70
  10. Texas – 70
  11. VCU – 70
  12. Arizona State – 70


College Basketball CBB DFS Picks 

CBB DFS Top Guards

Zhuric PhelpsSMUASU820029660025.50
Zhuric Phelps is coming off a “down” effort of just 19 DK last game, but ignore that because it came in a blowout win vs a cake opponent. Expect him to return to his DFS stud level tonight in a tight road matchup at Arizona State. He has a 29% usage rate and 32% shot rate this season and that heavy involvement usually leads to 30 DFS points or so in most contests. Phelps is a great cash or GPP play tonight in the late-night hammer spot. He’s also very underpriced on FD and is a core play over there.
Carlton CarringtonPITTWVU790031.59730028.64
Pitt is essentially led by three guys and all three are in play tonight against West Virginia. We’ll touch on Blake Hinson below and Ishmael Leggett deserves strong consideration too. As for Carlton Carrington, the freshman point guard is a clear top playmaker for Pitt and he brings a strong DFS cash floor. He’s averaging 14.6 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.4 rebounds this season for a stuffed stat sheet. That’s led to 26+ DK in all but one game so far, including 30 and 26 DK in the past two games vs Clemson and Missouri. The only worry tonight is the road atmosphere for a freshman.
Tyler KolekMARQUT740029.81760027.58
Marquette has the highest projected team total on the slate, so Tyler Kolek is naturally a top play tonight. Kolek boasts a strong cash floor with his 13.5 points, 5.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game in the high-usage point guard role. He does a bit of everything to fill up the stat sheet and should give us 30 DFS points or better in this higher-scoring matchup at home. Kolek is actually a bargain in the mid-7k range on both sites compared to other top-priced players tonight.
Joseph Girard IIICLEMSCAR720025.57640023.31
Outside of PJ Hall, Joseph Girard has quickly emerged as a top scorer for Clemson this season. The Syracuse transfer is now averaging 14.7 PPG while regularly taking double-digit shots and he’s also scored at least 16 points in four of the last five games. In turn, Girard has 30+ DK in three of the past four with this larger offensive role. He’s shooting 46% from three while taking at least 6 threes in five straight. If he keeps the hot shooting going, Girard can easily exceed his prices despite the salary increase.
Max ShulgaVCUMEM700029.75710027.15
The VCU offense mainly revolves around Max Shulga and Zeb Jackson with both being strong plays in all formats tonight. Jackson brings in the higher shot rate and usage, but Shulga is also filling up the stat sheet plenty and scoring at a high clip. The Utah State transfer is averaging 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.0 rebounds per game with a safe cash floor. He’s also gone off for 34+ DK in three of the last four contests and has 30+ DK in five of eight games this year. This is a notable pace-boost home matchup for VCU and Memphis has a poor 3-point defense. That plays right into Shulga’s strengths as he’s launching about 6 threes per game.
Marcus WilliamsSFOVAND640026.09  
On the DK slate, Marcus Williams is a strong cash guard tonight. Despite playing on the road, San Fran is the better team than Vandy and is favored here. As for Williams, his 29% shot rate and 25% usage lead the team as he’s consistently taking double-digit shots. Williams has at least 28 DK in four of the last five games while averaging 14.9 PPG this season. His sub-7k price is very attractive for cash lineups when compared to other top guards.
Kam JonesMARQUT610027690025.36
Tyler Kolek may be Marquette’s headliner, but Kam Jones actually leads the team in usage and shot rate this season as their go-to scorer more often than not. He’s averaging 16.4 PPG with the heavy shot volume and offensive role. Though Jones doesn’t have a strong cash floor of ancillary stats, he has the upside for 30+ DK points in any game when he’s aggressive shooting-wise. The DK price is especially a bargain with a season-low price point for whatever reason.

CBB DFS Value Guards

Tyrese HunterUTMARQ560021.86580020.04
Despite this tougher road matchup at Marquette tonight, Tyrese Hunter presents a ton of value at his sub-6k prices on both sites. Yes, Hunter’s game-to-game DFS and real-life production haven’t always been there this year. Still, he’s a top playmaker in Texas’ backcourt and put up 25-30 DFS points in any game. In fact, Hunter’s best game this season came in the Longhorns’ only hard matchup so far vs UConn when he had 13 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 33 DK with an uptick in usage and shot volume. That’s a good sign for Hunter taking on a bigger offensive role when Texas starts to play better competition like tonight.
Chase HunterCLEMSCAR550021.43540019.60
Chase Hunter has been discounted on both sites because he only had 11 DK last game vs Pitt. Still, he’s way underpriced in the mid-5k price range now. Hunter is still one of Clemson’s top playmakers and can easily go off for double-digit points scored and 20-30 DFS points tonight. Hunter does enough in ancillary stats and is usually seeing double-digit shot attempts. It’s a nice buy-low opportunity for cash or GPP.
Keisei TominagaNEBMINN530022.12590020.42
Keisei Tominaga might be one of the better values tonight, especially on DK. Since missing the first two games of the season, the senior shooting guard now leads Nebraska in shot rate at 28% and is taking double-digit shots more often than not. Tominaga is also averaging 15.5 PPG and has scored 23, 17, and 20 in the past three games. He has at least 23 DK in four of the last five and should give us 25 DFS points or so tonight with this high shot volume. The only worry is the road matchup, but Minnesota isn’t a tough defense.
Jaykwon WaltonMEMVCU520021.75520020.13
Both Jaykwon Walton and Caleb Mills are decent values to consider from Memphis tonight. Mills is better for GPP lineups while Walton brings a safer cash floor. The Wichita St transfer is doing a bit of everything on the wing for Memphis while averaging 21 DK per game so far. He’s currently at a season-low DK price tonight because of two subpar efforts coming in. Still, Walton is logging 25-30 minutes per game and can do enough across the board to return value.
DeShawn Harris-SmithUMDPSU510020.34  
Keep an eye on Jahmir Young’s status for Maryland tonight. If he’s out or even limited, then DeShawn Harris-Smith would step into a much bigger role offensively with more point guard and scoring duties. If Young plays, Harris-Smith is still a decent value as one of the Terps’ top secondary playmakers. The freshman is averaging 20 DK per game so far with stat production across the board and GPP upside when he’s hitting some shots.
B.J. EdwardsSMUASU450018.39490016.92
If you want cheap exposure to the late-night hammer game, B.J. Edwards is worth a look in GPP lineups. Though he doesn’t have a big scoring role for SMU, the sophomore point guard is averaging 7.7 assists+rebounds per game for a decent floor. When he does score some points, Edwards has the ceiling for 20+ DK at his best. It’s nothing flashy, but he's still a viable salary-saver in that late game.
Nick Kern Jr.PSUUMD420016.81  
This isn’t a flashy value play, but Nick Kern could be a very solid bargain on the DK slate. Before last game, Kern had at least 16 DK in every previous outing with just enough stat production in most categories to return value. Last game, though, Kern was moved to the bench and his overall DFS value went down in the reserve role. Check the PSU starting lineup tonight and if Kern is back in there, then he’s a decent salary-saver in the low-4k range on DK.
Jason NelsonVCUMEM400016.11470014.44
Despite not starting, Jason Nelson is a decent GPP value tonight. As mentioned above, Memphis has a poor 3-point defense and likes to play fast. The pace-boost raises our interest in VCU players anyway. Plus, Nelson is shooting 47% from three this year and operates as the team’s offensive spark plug off the bench. His role could be bigger tonight if he’s hitting from deep and the 20+ DK ceiling might be there as he’s shown multiple times already this year.

CBB DFS Top Forwards

PJ HallCLEMSCAR1010041.54880039.23
PJ Hall is the price king on both sites tonight for good reason. The Clemson big man is on a roll with at least 45 DK in four of seven games this year. He has one of the best floor/ceiling DFS combos in the sport right now while averaging 21.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 3.1 blocks/steals per game. Hall is seeing heavy usage and shot volume in the Clemson offense, which should keep his cash floor pretty high every game. He should have a size and skill advantage down low against South Carolina at home to anchor lineups.
Dawson GarciaMINNNEB930038.22860037.47
Dawson Garcia is operating in a high-usage role for Minnesota with a 30% shot rate and 27% usage. This was the case last year as the Gophers’ offense revolved around Garcia down low. It’s resulting in some big DFS outputs and a safe cash floor. He has at least 28 DK in every game so far with ceiling performances of 55, 51, and 40 DK while averaging 20.5 PPG and 8.1 RPG. He was a beast last game vs Ohio St with 36 points and 11 rebounds. Expect another high-usage role tonight as he anchors lineups in all formats at home.
David JonesMEMVCU850034.43780031.26
David Jones is Memphis’ go-to scorer and offensive leader as he boasts a strong floor/ceiling DFS combo. He’s averaging 18.4 PPG and 6.3 RPG while leading the team in usage, shot rate, and three-point shooting. Jones went off for 22 points and 42 DK last game vs Ole Miss and recently had 36 points/55 DK vs Arkansas. He’s shown up in some of Memphis’ tough games so far and they’ll need him to do it again on the road here vs VCU. This is an upside cash or GPP play tonight.
Julian ReeseUMDPSU830034.66  
On the DK slate, Julian Reese offers a usually safe cash floor with big GPP upside when he’s dominating inside. He has at least 29 DK in all but two games this season and has some monster 54 and 49 DK outbursts in the past few contests. Reese gets a favorable home matchup here against a weak Penn St interior defense. If Jahmir Young is out or limited for Maryland, then Reese may need to be a focal point offensively. A 20-point double-double isn’t out of the question at his best tonight.
Dillon MitchellUTMARQ780030.79810028.99
If Dylan Disu remains out tonight, then Dillon Mitchell should continue to play a ton of minutes in the Texas frontcourt. The sophomore is having a breakout season averaging 11.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks/steals per game. Mitchell has 30+ DK in four of the last six games, including a monster 21-point, 39 DK output vs UConn. He has the GPP upside to be among the slate’s top performers tonight if he can stay out of foul trouble. It’s a tough matchup but Marquette has already struggled against some opposing bigs this season with O-Max Prosper in the NBA now.
Blake HinsonPITTWVU770030.84760028.23
Blake Hinson has been a very solid cash play for us anytime he’s been on the slate this season. The power forward leads Pitt in both usage and shot rates so far and he’s the team’s top 3-point shooter (42%). This high-usage role on offense has led to Hinson averaging 20.5 PPG and posting at least 25 DK in every game. His cash floor is pretty safe and can easily give you 30-35 DFS points in any game. West Virginia isn't exactly a tough matchup despite this being on the road.
Oso IghodaroMARQUT710027.28710026.02
Oso Ighodaro is the definition of a boom-or-bust GPP play. Case in point: he just had a dud of 14 DK last game vs Wisconsin, but also went off for 38 DK vs Kansas earlier this season. At his best, Ighodaro can smash this “cheaper” price tag and outperform other top-priced forwards on the slate. Still, he carries risk when he’s not taking or making many shots and having trouble down low. This could be a boom game for Ighodaro as Texas tends to funnel scoring inside with a stronger 3-point defense.

CBB DFS Value Forwards

Pharrel PayneMINNNEB570019.5550018.40
Despite coming off the bench, Pharrel Payne offers plenty of GPP upside at his best. The big man has 20+ DK in four of the last five games while being efficient in his limited minutes. Last game, though, Payne logged a season-high 31 minutes – so we’ll see if that continues. Even so, Payne has a solid 22% usage and 24% shot rate when on the floor as Minnesota looks to get him the ball in the paint as much as possible when he’s out there. There’s GPP value at his cheaper prices.
Michael BelleVCUMEM540016.44460014.98
Michael Belle isn’t heavily involved offensively for VCU, but he does still offer some value tonight. First, the true freshman is playing 25-35 minutes per game as the starting wing in a tight rotation. That consistent playing time is already a plus but we can raise expectations with a notable pace-boost matchup vs Memphis. Belle has 22+ DK in three of the last four games coming in and tends to do just enough across the board to return value.
Josiah HarrisWVUPITT520016.39480015.11
One thing’s usually certain with Josiah Harris. We know he’s going to at least play 25-30 minutes in a very tight West Virginia rotation. It’s just a matter of what he does in that floor time. The sophomore wing has shown the upside for 20+ DK points at times this year when he can hit a few threes. He does have a decent rebounding floor of 5.6 per game, but the raw points scored have fluctuated between 0 and double-digits. So, definition of GPP value here.
Nick JourdainMEMVCU430013.5440012.86
Though he’s coming off the bench right now, Nick Jourdain is still a solid GPP value at his low-4k prices. He’s shown some upside in recent games with 20 and 18 DK in the past three contests. Jourdain is also playing a bigger role in Memphis’ frontcourt right now with Jordan Brown’s playing time getting cut in half. Maybe that changes, but Jourdain has been more efficient in his minutes than Brown and it appears the coaching staff is rewarding the former with more minutes.
Chauncey WigginsCLEMSCAR37008.6438007.67
With Jack Clark out last game, Chauncey Wiggins started and played 30 minutes for Clemson. In the starting role with the uptick in playing time, Wiggins scored 12 points for a 17 DK effort. We’ll take that all day at these cheap sub-4k prices on both sites. Clark is doubtful to play tonight, so Wiggins should be starting again. He’ll be needed to play 30 or so minutes again with Alex Hemenway also out and Clemson’s rotation tightened.


CBB DFS Core Plays 

DraftKings Cash

  • Tyler Kolek – Marquette
  • Max Shulga – VCU
  • Chase Hunter – Clemson

DraftKings GPP

  • Oso Ighodaro – Marquette
  • Keisei Tominaga – Nebraska
  • Tyrese Hunter – Texas

FanDuel Cash

  • PJ Hall – Clemson
  • Zhuric Phelps – SMU
  • Jaykwon Walton – Memphis

FanDuel GPP

  • Oso Ighodaro – Marquette
  • Joseph Girard – Clemson
  • Pharrel Payne – Minnesota

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