Saturday afternoon brings us another loaded CBB DFS slate, so let's dive into top college basketball daily fantasy picks on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Both slates tip off at 12 pm ET with top teams like UConn, Marquette, North Carolina, Houston, Creighton, Alabama, and Duke in action. The DK slate features 12 games while the FanDuel slate is 10 games with six matchups unique to each site, so roster construction will be difference depending on the site you play.

Let's now take a look at the top college basketball DFS picks and plays for Saturday afternoon's main 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 tonight!


College Basketball Main DFS Slate: February 17

  • 12 pm ET – Texas A&M at Alabama (-9) – 158.5 O/U (DK Only)
  • 12 pm ET – Texas Tech at Iowa State (-7.5) – 137.5 O/U (DK Only)
  • 12 pm ET – Wake Forest at Virginia (-2.5) – 130 O/U
  • 12 pm ET – TCU at Kansas State (-1.5) – 142.5 O/U
  • 12:30 pm ET – Creighton (-2.5) at Butler – 153 O/U
  • 1 pm ET – Florida (-3) at Georgia – 156 O/U
  • 1 pm ET – Texas at Houston (-10.5) – 131 O/U
  • 2 pm ET – Arkansas at Mississippi State (-12.5) – 146 O/U (DK Only)
  • 2 pm ET – Virginia Tech at North Carolina (-10.5) – 152.5 O/U (DK Only)
  • 2 pm ET – Duke (-5) at Florida State – 151.5 O/U
  • 2:15 pm ET – Wisconsin (-1.5) at Iowa – 152.5 O/U
  • 3 pm ET – Marquette at UConn (-7) – 147.5 O/U
  • 4 pm ET – Cincinnati (-1) at UCF – 134 O/U (FD Only)
  • 4 pm ET – Kansas (-1) at Oklahoma – 142.5 O/U (FD Only)

Top KenPom Team Totals

  1. Alabama – 85
  2. North Carolina – 81
  3. Florida – 80
  4. Wisconsin – 80
  5. Iowa – 78
  6. Duke – 78
  7. UConn – 77
  8. Georgia – 77
  9. Creighton – 76
  10. Butler – 75
  11. Texas A&M – 75
  12. Iowa State – 74

College Basketball CBB DFS Picks 

CBB DFS Top Guards

Baylor ScheiermanCREBUTLE940038.53850034.74
Fresh off a triple-double earlier this week, Baylor Scheierman continues to be a stud play in all formats. He’s averaging 18.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 41 DK over the past 10 games with one of the best cash floors in the sport right now. Scheierman had 26 points, 11 boards, and 45 DK vs Butler not too long ago and can easily repeat that stat line. Trey Alexander and Steven Ashworth are both playing well too and in play if you want a slightly cheaper Creighton guard for GPPs.
Mark SearsBAMATA&M880035.38  
Mark Sears continues to score at a high clip with 21+ points in seven straight games and 10 of the past 11 contests. He also brings a solid floor of ancillary stats that’s allowed him to post 43+ DK in four of the past six. Alabama has the highest implied team total on the DK slate and Sears will surely be a big part of that scoring as he’s consistently been.
Reece BeekmanUVWAKE780032.19800030.40
Though Virginia usually plays in low-scoring games, Reece Beekman continues to bring a strong cash floor to our lineups. The point guard is averaging 15.6 points, 6.1 assists, 2.5 steals, and 33 DK over the past 10 games and has 31+ DK in eight of the last nine contests. This is a nice home pace-boost spot for Beekman to keep it going vs Wake and he should be motivated to play well after Virginia suffered a home upset earlier this week.
Cam SpencerUCONNMARQ770030.47730028.28
Cam Spencer has been a very good DFS play with his three-point shooting upside and solid floor of ancillary stats. The UConn guard is averaging 15.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 33 DK over the past 10 games and has no less than 25 DK in 13 straight and 22 of 25 games overall this season. This is a home pace-boost matchup vs Marquette and it could turn into a back-and-forth shootout. Spencer has more upside while shooting 43% from three in conference play and Marquette’s 3-point defense has been shaky.
Jared McCainDUKEFSU730024.76590022.72
Jared McCain has really picked up his play lately with 33+ DK in four of the past six games. He’s scored 17-23 real points in three of those recent contests and grabbed 10+ rebounds in four of the past five. This weekend, McCain and Duke get a notable pace-boost at Florida State and McCain has the upside to put together another stud stat line for DFS. He’s especially cheap on FD below 6k.
Walter Clayton Jr.UFUGA700028.12660025.61
Walter Clayton has now come through as an underpriced GPP upside play in three of the past four games with 20+ points scored in each. The price has risen a bit, but we can still grab some savings on Clayton for a guy who can stay hot and eclipse 30 DK once again in an uptempo, higher-scoring matchup. Zyon Pullin is also in play for Florida, but Clayton is slightly more affordable and he’s playing well right now.
DJ DavisBUTLECRE660024.42620022.63
DJ Davis finally cooled off last game with a poor shooting performance vs Marquette. However, he can easily heat back up in what should be a back-and-forth, higher-scoring matchup. Davis had scored 20+ points in four straight with 30+ DK in six straight before last game. He’s an upside GPP play this weekend if he gets back to that level.

CBB DFS Value Guards

Jameer Nelson Jr.TCUKSU610023.34550021.71
After coming off the bench throughout conference play, Jameer Nelson Jr. entered TCU’s starting lineup last game and had one of his best performances of the season. He had 14 points and a stuffed stat sheet for a 36 DK effort. Maybe he can carry that into this weekend’s matchup vs Kansas State? He’s worth a look in GPP lineups.
L.J. CryerUHUT570024.47580022.55
This is now a season-low DK price for L.J. Cryer because he’s been shooting poorly and very inconsistent from a DFS perspective. Even so, it’s a great buy-low opportunity for a guy who can easily score 20+ points with 30+ DFS points in any given game. He did earlier this month at Kansas and not too long ago at BYU. Cryer is streaky but he’s still locked into heavy shot volume and he’ll face a shaky Texas defense that’s the Big 12’s worst against the three.
Riley KugelUFUGA570020.71500018.80
Riley Kugel was quieter last game than we would’ve liked for DFS, but he’s still an upside GPP value while priced below 6k. We recently saw Kugel go for 22 points and 32 DK vs Auburn and we know he can go off like that in any given game. Another outburst could be coming in an uptempo, high-scoring matchup vs Georgia. He’s too inconsistent and up-and-down to roster in cash, but the ceiling potential is there.
Rylan GriffenBAMATA&M560019.85  
If you want cheap exposure to the highest projected team total of the DK slate, Rylan Griffen continues to be a solid cash value. He just had 16 points and 31 DK last game and is now averaging 12.9 PPG with 23 DK over the past 10 contests. Griffen regularly plays 25-30 minutes and that playing time usually gives him a safer floor than most in his price range.
Kam JonesMARQUCONN540023.56580021.80
Kam Jones is still priced below 6k on both sites and it continues to be a buy-low opportunity for GPP lineups. Jones has the upside to drop 20-30 points with 30+ DK at his best. It hasn’t happened a lot lately, but we know the talented scorer has it in his bag. On the road at UConn is definitely a tough matchup here, which will likely keep people away. Jones makes for a nice contrarian GPP play in this spot.
Shawn Jones Jr.MSSTARK500011.64  
With DJ Jeffries out, Shawn Jones has started the past two games and seen an uptick in minutes. He has 23, 20, and 16 DK in the past three with Jeffries hurt and the larger involvement has now raised his DFS floor to a better cash value level. The 5k DK price is still cheap enough and this is a nice home pace-boost matchup against a bad Arkansas team.

CBB DFS Top Forwards

Ryan KalkbrennerCREBUTLE870034.03820032.40
Ryan Kalkbrenner has been a consistent cash stud throughout conference play. The Creighton center is averaging 19.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, and 38 DK over the past 10 games with 33+ DK in 11 of the past 12 contests. He had 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 37 DK vs Butler in the first meeting and should have similar success against the weaker frontcourt even on the road for this rematch.
Armando BacotUNCVT840033.9  
This is a favorable matchup for Armando Bacot to live up to his ceiling potential. Virginia Tech is weaker inside and is a poor rebounding team. Bacot, meanwhile, is on a roll with 34+ DK and a double-double in four straight games. He’s a good bet to make it five straight at home in this matchup.
Alex KarabanUCONNMARQ710028.3670026.32
Alex Karaban is coming off two excellent games with 25 points/35 DK and 21 points/33 DK. Yes, those impressive performances were against DePaul and Georgetown – but Karaban has the GPP ceiling to keep it going when he’s hot from three. This home pace-boost matchup helps, but Karaban’s upside as UConn’s sharpshooter is greater when we factor in Marquette’s defense allowing a ton of points from three-point range.
Owen FreemanIOWAWISC710025.29630024.21
Owen Freeman hasn’t always lived up to his expensive price tags but when he does, he can smash the slate. The freshman big man just had a 50-burger two games ago and he was awesome in the first meeting vs Wisconsin with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 40 DK. Tony Perkins and Payton Sandfort are the safer cash studs from Iowa, but Freeman is your GPP upside play.
Steven CrowlWISCIOWA640025.23620023.34
Iowa presents a great matchup for opposing bigs as the Hawkeyes play fast, don’t rebound well, and allow a ton of points inside. It’s been pretty profitable to target this matchup for DFS and we can do it here with Steven Crowl. The Wisconsin center had a big game vs Iowa earlier this season with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 35 DK. He can easily do it again, which would make him a bargain at these mid-6k prices.

CBB DFS Value Forwards

Alex CondonUFUGA550020.53520019.18
Alex Condon continues to be an up-and-down value play without a safe cash floor but just enough GPP upside. The Florida big man has 22+ DK in three of the past five games, including a stat-filled effort vs Georgia in the first meeting. This matchup gives Condon more potential because UGA has the worst two-point defense in the SEC, allowing him to have success inside despite playing limited minutes at times.
Will McNair Jr.KSUTCU540018.15470017.03
Similar to Alex Condon above, Will McNair is another GPP value forward to consider. He’s also been very up-and-down and impossible to trust in cash. Yet, the Kansas State big man has 26, 24, and 21 DK in three of the past five games and has the 25+ DFS upside at his best. At his cheap prices, McNair is cheap enough to consider in GPP lineups for the possible 5x return or so.
Jalen GrahamARKMSST540014.92  
With Trevon Brazile sidelined, Jalen Graham has seen a bigger role in Arkansas’ frontcourt. He has 32, 31, and 22 DK in three of the past four games while starting four of the last five in Brazile’s place. Trusting anyone on Arkansas is risky business right now, but it appears Graham is a direct beneficiary of Brazile being out. He’s worth a look at a cheap DK price.
Keshawn MurphyMSSTARK43009.69  
After missing eight games due to a personal matter, Keshawn Murphy is now relevant for DFS with a bigger role in Mississippi State’s rotation. The sophomore big man has played 15 and 18 minutes off the bench in the past two games and is now seeing meaningful minutes in the frontcourt with DJ Jeffries sidelined. Murphy has 17 and 14 DK in these past two games, which is just good enough to consider him a value in the low-4k price range.


CBB DFS Core Plays 

DraftKings Cash

  • Ryan Kalkbrenner – Creighton
  • Mark Sears – Alabama
  • Rylan Griffen – Alabama

DraftKings GPP

  • Cam Spencer – UConn
  • Steven Crowl – Wisconsin
  • Alex Condon – Florida

FanDuel Cash

  • Baylor Scheierman – Creighton
  • Reece Beekman – Virginia
  • Jared McCain – Duke

FanDuel GPP

  • Alex Karaban – UConn
  • DJ Davis – Butler
  • Riley Kugel – Florida

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