Friday night's college basketball DFS slate doesn't include any marquee matchups or teams, but we still bring you a CBB DFS Playbook to build those lineups! It's a 7-game slate on DraftKings with every game tipping off at 7 pm ET. Boston College is the only power conference team in action, but we do get some intriguing mid-major showdowns. Let's dive into the top CBB DFS picks and value plays at the guard and forward positions for your college basketball DFS lineups. All college basketball odds below are via DraftKings Sportsbook at the time of publishing.
College Basketball DraftKings Slate December 8th
7 pm ET – Navy at Quinnipiac (-5) – 140.5 O/U
7 pm ET – Army at Harvard (-12) – 135 O/U
7 pm ET – Oakland (-6) at Eastern Michigan – 139 O/U
7 pm ET – Holy Cross at Boston College (-21.5) – 140 O/U
7 pm ET – Saint Peter’s at Duquesne (-14.5) – 130.5 O/U
7 pm ET – Illinois Chicago (-1) at Jacksonville State – 131.5 O/U
7 pm ET – Fairleigh Dickinson at Manhattan (-1.5) – 152.5 O/U
Top KenPom Team Totals
Boston College – 81
Manhattan – 79
Fairleigh Dickinson – 76
Harvard – 72
Oakland – 72
Duquesne – 71
Quinnipiac – 70
Eastern Michigan – 68
College Basketball CBB DFS Picks
CBB DFS Top Guards
Tyson Acuff is the highest-priced guard tonight, but he’s likely worth it as Eastern Michigan’s high-usage playmaker. He has at least 20 points scored and 30+ DK in six straight games, averaging 25.7 PPG and 37 DK over this span. Acuff has a 28% usage and 32% shot rates this season while regularly taking 15-20 shots per game. In this tight home matchup vs Oakland in one of the higher totals of the slate, Acuff is a top play in all formats.
Even in a low-total game, Malik Mack is a top cash guard tonight because of his high-usage role and consistent DFS stud production. The Harvard point guard is averaging 20.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game. Before a dud last game in a tough road blowout loss to Loyola-Chicago, he had at least 34 DK in seven straight. Expect a return to that production. Mack owns a 29% usage rate and 28% shots share as the Harvard offense revolves mainly around him and Chisom Okpara.
Jimmy Clark III
Duquesne’s offense is essentially led by two guys we can look at tonight. It’s Jimmy Clark and Dae Dae Grant both seeing heavy usage and shot volume. As for Clark, he leads the team with his 30% usage rate and 32% shot rate while running the point and offers a better floor/ceiling combo for the price. Clark is averaging 17 points and 31 DK with plenty of ancillary stat production, including 2.1 steals per game. Even in a low-scoring game, Clark can come through in cash lineups.
Jaeden Zackery’s DFS outputs have fluctuated this season, but he has the GPP upside to be one of this slate’s top performers. The Boston College point guard has 30, 39, and 26 DK in his last three games and has shown the 35+ DK upside in multiple games this year. Temper expectations a bit for cash because of the blowout factor here vs Holy Cross. Still, it’s an easy matchup and Zackery could put up 30+ DK even in a big win. If Claudell Harris remains out for BC, then Zackery would be locked into even more usage and shots.
Fairleigh Dickinson plays at the 11th-fastest pace in the country and this matchup vs Manhattan is the highest total on the slate. DeVante Jamison runs the point for FDU and his higher-usage role for an uptempo attack puts him firmly on our radar tonight. Jamison has 25+ DK in six of nine games so far, including 32 DK last game and recent DFS outputs of 28 and 27 DK. He’s an offensive leader for FDU, has been taking more shots lately, and offers a decent cash floor of ancillary stats.
Despite the low-total matchup, Toby Okani’s high-usage role and stat-stuffing ability should make him a top cash guard tonight. While listed as a guard, Okani is playing more of a power forward/small-ball center role for UIC. His 27% usage rate leads the team as he’s averaging 12.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 4.0 blocks/steals per game. That production across the board has allowed Okani to put up 34+ DK in five of eight games and 28 DK in two others. The 7k price tag is very affordable for solid cash output.
CBB DFS Value Guards
Kareem Rozier is playing 30-35 minutes per game as Duquesne’s starting shooting guard. The consistent playing time puts him in play for cash despite not having a strong floor of ancillary stats. He does have the potential for 20-25 DK points if he’s making some threes. Rozier is shooting a team-best 47% from three and Saint Peter’s has the 238th-ranked 3-point defense in terms of make rate this year.
Blake Lampman began the season as a starter playing heavy minutes for Oakland. He just returned from injury and logged 29 minutes off the bench last game. Lampman might return to the starting lineup tonight, but he should play a lot either way. In that last game, the senior had 14 points and 25 DK with 13 shot attempts (including 4-for-10 from three). Lampman is one of Oakland’s top three-point shooters and that gives him upside to exceed value in the mid-5k range.
Arne Osojnik doesn’t offer a strong cash floor, but he does bring GPP upside value tonight. The freshman is EMU’s top three-point shooter, making 41% this year. He also has the team’s second-highest shot rate behind Tyson Acuff. If he can make enough threes, Osojnik will exceed value. He recently went off for 34 and 21 DK with 20 and 12 points scored, respectively.
If you want some cheap exposure to the highest total on the slate, Heru Bligen is one of the better per-dollar plays in the value range. The senior is coming off the bench for Fairleigh Dickinson, but he still has shown upside in recent games. Bligen has 20, 16, and 13 DK in the past three contests with an uptick in usage and shot volume lately. He’s worth a look in GPPs.
CBB DFS Top Forwards
Theoretically, Quinten Post should dominate this matchup against Holy Cross and its undersized frontcourt. Post is off to a strong start, averaging 20 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 38 DK this season. The 7-foot Boston College center boasts a 29% usage and 30% shot rate as the team’s stud big man and he brings in legit 40-60 DFS point upside at his best. However, the blowout factor is a real concern to fully trust in cash. He had just 23 DK in 22 minutes last game in a double-digit win vs an easy opponent and a similar trend could happen here. Still, Post has the upside to smash the slate like he’s done numerous times this season.
Trey Townsend is Oakland’s top overall player and he’s producing across the board for DFS value. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 31 DK. Though he’s hit a bit of a lull in recent games, Townsend still has a strong cash floor with plenty of GPP upside at his best. He boasts team-highs in usage (28%), shot rate (26%), and assist rate (20%) from the playmaking wing spot. Townsend could prove to be a mismatch against an EMU team that’s 328th in defensive efficiency this season.
Chisom Okpara leads Harvard in usage rate (33%) and shot rate (34%) this season as the offense revolves heavily around him and point guard Malik Mack. That high-usage role has led to Okpara having 30+ DK in six of eight games this season. The only two times he didn’t produce like a DFS stud was on the road at Indiana and in a blowout win earlier this year. Usually, though, the big man is putting up around 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 35 DK.
Manhattan gets a notable pace-boost here against Fairleigh Dickinson in the highest total of the slate. There are a few options to consider from Manhattan, but the clear best play is Seydou Traore. The freshman forward is averaging 11.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 31 DK this season as the team’s go-to scorer. Traore’s only two duds this season have come in blowout road losses, but he has 29+ DK in every other game. That includes an impressive 32 DK vs UConn earlier and a 52 DK outburst. His floor/ceiling DFS combo makes him a top overall play in this uptempo matchup. Plus, he has guard eligibility if you want to go that route.
While playing the small-ball center role for Fairleigh Dickinson this year, Ansley Almonor leads the team in shot rate at 28.5%. The higher-usage role with heavy shot volume has allowed Almonor to average 15.1 PPG and 5.5 RPG. He has 30+ DK in five of 10 games with 28 and 27 DK in two others. In this higher-scoring game flow tonight, Almonor has the upside for 20+ points scored and 35+ DK at his best. He might be better for GPP lineups than cash because he is shooting poorly coming into this one.
CBB DFS Value Forwards
Fousseyni Drame is coming off the bench for Duquesne, but he’s still in play for GPPs at this sub-6k price. Despite not starting, Drame is playing 25-30 minutes per game more often than not in the backup power forward role. He’s gone for 20-30 DK points in four of eight games so far and has some upside when he’s active in the paint. Plus, this is a “revenge game” of sorts for the former Saint Peter’s transfer.
After coming off the bench to begin the year, Yusuf Jihad has recently moved into EMU’s starting rotation. The starting role has raised his DFS floor to a slightly safer level despite only playing about 20 minutes or so per game. Jihad has 20+ DK in three of the past five games with double-digit points scored in four of the past five. It’s not a flashy value play, but there aren’t many of those on this slate. At least Jihad has a 25% shot rate for EMU and his 23% usage rate is second-highest behind Acuff.
Thomas Batties II
With Justice Ajogbor out lately, Thomas Batties has moved into Harvard’s starting lineup the past two games. Ajogbor is expected to be out a bit longer, so Batties will likely continue starting. He’s played 29 and 32 minutes in these past two starts with decent enough production to return value. Plus, the freshman recently had a double-double and 27 DK in 32 minutes against Indiana after Ajogbor left early.
Overall, we want to stay away from Saint Peter’s as sizable underdogs in a low-total game. Still, Corey Washington is a decent value to consider in the sub-5k price range of forwards. Washington began the year as a starter, missed two games, and has since played 26 and 28 minutes in his two games back. He’s also taken 11 shots in both of these past two outings. Washington’s 29% shot rate is second on the team as one of their top scoring options.