Welcome back to another Monday night college basketball slate as we dive into top CBB DFS picks tonight. This slate features a few intriguing matchups with Michigan vs St. John's and Xavier vs Purdue headlining the action. Plus, we get some top teams like Villanova, Miami FL, Arkansas, and Kansas State on the slate for college basketball DFS lineups. DraftKings has a 10-game slate while FanDuel has just a 3-gamer. We'll break down top CBB DFS picks and value plays for both sites. All college basketball odds below are via DraftKings Sportsbook when publishing. Check out KenPom's top team totals as you build your CBB DFS lineups as well. Enjoy!
College Basketball DraftKings Slate November 13
6:30 pm ET – Michigan at St. John’s (-2.5) – 155.5 O/U
7 pm ET – Florida Gulf Coast at Pittsburgh (-9) – 144.5 O/U
7 pm ET – Villanova (-12) at Penn – 141.5 O/U
7 pm ET – Florida International at Miami FL (-23) – 165 O/U
8 pm ET – Rider at Nebraska (-14) – 149 O/U
8 pm ET – Old Dominion at Arkansas (-20.5) – 143 O/U
8 pm ET – South Dakota State at Kansas State (-10.5) – 153.5 O/U
8:30 pm ET – Xavier at Purdue (-17.5) – 150 O/U
9 pm ET – UC Santa Barbara at UTEP (-3) – 142 O/U
10 pm ET – Cal St Bakersfield at California (-12.5) – 137 O/U
Top KenPom Team Totals
Miami FL – 91
Kansas State – 84
Nebraska – 84
Purdue – 83
Arkansas – 83
Pittsburgh – 79
Michigan – 77
St. John's – 76
Villanova – 75
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Just like he was at Florida State, Matthew Cleveland is a true stat-stuffer for Miami now. He’s put up 39 and 30 DK points in the first two games while putting up stats in every category. Cleveland should provide a safe cash floor every game in his point-forward role, similar to Jordan Miller in Miami’s rotation last year. The GPP upside isn’t as flashy as other top guys on this slate, but you can count on him in cash to fill up the stat sheet in a high-scoring, fast-paced matchup.
We may need more than a one-game sample size, but right now it looks like Daniss Jenkins will be St. John’s top backcourt playmaker this season. The transfer followed Rick Pitino from Iona and is comfortable running his coach’s offense. It appears Pitino is giving Jenkins the keys to the offense as well. In the season opener, Jenkins had 17 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 38 DK points while running the point. His 32% usage rate led the team as he took 13 shot attempts (second-most). He’s a top play on the FD slate, but better for GPPs on DK.
As Kansas State’s lead playmaker, Tylor Perry is doing his best Markquis Nowell impression so far. He has 48 and 34 DK points in the first two games, which were both competitive contests so it’s a good sign of things to come. He’s averaging 20 points, 5.5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game and should be filling up the stat sheet like that almost every game this year. Perry is a very good cash guard and South Dakota State should keep this one close enough to get another stud performance.
Jaylon Tyson is now eligible after having his transfer waiver approved, and it looks like he’ll be a top player for Cal right away. In his first game, Tyson went off for 43 DK points with 20 points scored and 11 rebounds while rocking a 30% usage rate. The Texas Tech transfer has a ton of talent and if the first game is any indication, he’ll be Cal’s alpha playmaker this season. Maybe we need a bigger sample size, but Tyson’s cash floor should be there nightly as a top DFS stud.
Dug McDaniel has been Michigan’s best player this season and he’s taken on the alpha role with Jett Howard, Hunter Dickinson, and Kobe Bufkin gone from last year’s team. The sophomore point guard leads the Wolverines in usage rate (26%), shot rate (28%), and assist rate (30%) through two games. With the high-usage role, McDaniel put up 39 and 25 DK in the first two contests. The cash floor should be there with his heavy offensive volume, though tonight’s road matchup at St. John’s is a tough one compared to Michigan’s first two blowout wins.
Through two games, it’s clear that Wooga Poplar will be a top offensive option and scorer for Miami this season. He’s scored 21 and 23 points in the first two contests and his 30% shot rate leads the team so far. Poplar has apparently taken on the departed shots and offensive usage of Isaiah Wong in the ‘Canes backcourt. His breakout seems to be real and his DK price shouldn’t stay below 7k for long. The cash floor isn’t as safe as other top guards, but the GPP upside will exceed his price if he continues the scoring binge.
While Tylor Perry is the headliner, Cam Carter should not be ignored from the Kansas State backcourt. He’s taking full advantage of his bigger scoring role this season after being the third or fourth option last year. Carter has 29 and 32 DK points in the first two games while averaging 16 PPG and accruing stats across multiple categories. He leads the team in usage and shot rates so far, which is something that should continue as the offense mostly runs through him, Perry, and Arthur Kaluma. The price is really affordable compared to other top guards tonight for likely similar production.
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Through Cal State Bakersfield’s first two games, Kaleb Higgins is seeing some insane usage and volume. The senior combo guard has a 36% usage rate and 44% shot rate, both leading the team by a big margin. In turn, he’s put up 33 and 30 DK points in the first two contests with 27 and 19 points scored, respectively. Higgins may go overlooked on this slate, but his cash floor should be pretty safe with his heavy offensive role as the team’s main option. Plus, this matchup vs Cal isn’t exactly a tough one.
Arkansas brought in a bunch of transfers, especially in the backcourt, but it looks like Tramon Mark is going to be a top playmaker this season. The Houston transfer leads the team in shot rate through two games and has scored 16 and 14 real points. He’s also put up 22 and 25 DK, which makes him a value at a sub-6k price tag. Khalif Battle is the more expensive play from Arkansas’ backcourt, but Mark is much cheaper and really shouldn’t be priced this low the rest of the season.
There aren’t many mispriced players tonight, but Charlie Easley is one of them. The senior guard dropped 32 DK points in the opener while stuffing the stat sheet in every category. He’s locked into minutes with South Dakota State running a tight rotation and does a little bit of everything. South Dakota St played Akron in that competitive first game, and we should see something similar tonight vs Kansas St. Easley is a huge value for his do-everything role and shouldn’t be priced below 6k.
Tyrone Williams barely played last year at Oregon, but he’s now one of Old Dominion’s top playmakers after transferring in the offseason. Though he’s been coming off the bench, Williams is playing starter-level minutes and is producing like a starter too. He’s put up 27 and 29 DK in the first two games while averaging 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. Williams was an elite JUCO prospect a couple of years ago and has plenty of scoring potential when given the usage/volume. Despite a tougher matchup vs Arkansas, the DK price is very cheap for what Williams has been doing this season and his GPP upside.
With Souley Boum and Colby Jones gone from last year, Desmond Claude has taken on a much bigger role in Xavier’s backcourt this season. Plus, the team is down Zach Freemantle and Jerome Hunter right now in addition to losing Jack Nunge and Adam Kunkel in the offseason. So it’s a ton of usage and shot volume going to Claude, and his 30% shot rate leads the team so far. Claude put up 31 and 19 DK in the first two games while being the go-to scorer more often than not. He’s a top value on both sites despite the tough matchup at Purdue.
After being Miami’s sixth-man last year, Bensley Joseph is now a regular starter and his DFS value is much higher than this cheap DK price. Joseph put up a decent 17 DK in the opener but exploded for a stat-stuffing, slate-breaking 46 DK performance last game. He clearly should not be priced below 5k at this point and he’s a very affordable value play tonight. Even in a likely blowout win, Joseph can return value in cash or GPP as a salary-saver in the highest total of the slate.
There aren’t many sub-4k options to trust on the DK slate, but Jordan Longino is a solid value. Despite coming off the bench, he has the second-highest usage and assist rates for Villanova through two games. Maybe things change in tougher matchups, but Longino has been one of Nova’s top bench guards early on. He put up 21 and 16 DK in the first two outings, which we’ll take all day at this price.
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Is Zach Edey on the slate? Then, yep, he’s a top overall play. Not much analysis is needed in suggesting to roster the reigning National Player of the Year in DFS. If you have the salary to fit him in, then Edey offers arguably the best floor/ceiling combo in the sport. As for tonight, Purdue finally gets a real matchup vs Xavier, so Edey’s minutes and overall production should increase. That’s especially the case against a weaker Xavier frontcourt that lost Jack Nunge and is still without Zach Freemantle.
Despite the coaching change and total roster turnover, Joel Soriano is still a top player for St. John’s. In the season opener, the big man had 22 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, and 47 DK points. Though things get tougher tonight against Michigan, we can expect Soriano to be a nightly double-double threat and a top DFS play if he’s on the slate. He should have the advantage down low against a Michigan frontcourt that’s still figuring things out post-Hunter Dickinson. He should play, but Soriano is reportedly dealing with plantar fasciitis. That wasn't an issue last game but still something to monitor.
Miami’s big man has been dominant this season with 49 and 43 DK points in the first two games. Norchad Omier had a double-double, 19+ real points, and 4+ blocks/steals in both outings. Another stud performance should be coming tonight against a weak FIU frontcourt that’s poor at rebounding and interior defense. On the DK slate, don’t rule out Omier out-performing Zach Edey and/or Joel Soriano as the top forward.
After transferring from Texas Tech this offseason, Fardaws Aimaq is now a top offensive option for Cal. The big man has a 29% usage rate and put up 38 and 30 DK in the first two games. Aimaq was a stud at Utah Valley when Mark Madsen is there and it seems he’ll be leaned on this year with his former coach now at Cal. Even with Jaylon Tyson back last game, Aimaq was still seeing heavy volume and shots. He should dominate against a weaker Cal State Bakersfield frontcourt.
Blake Hinson will be Pitt’s go-to scorer more often than not this season. That’s already evident as he leads the team in shot rate (32%) and usage rate (27%) early on. The power forward has put up 27 and 34 DK points in the first two games and should be producing like that most games. Tonight is an easy home matchup vs Florida Gulf Coast, so Hinson is a top cash forward and one of the better per-dollar plays above 7k. He’ll likely go lower-rostered with Edey, Soriano, and Omier on the DK slate, but that makes him a great contrarian play. On FD, he's a top overall play.
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Terrance Williams II
As Michigan’s starting wing this season, Terrance Williams has started strong with 29 and 25 DK in the first two games. He’s not a top offensive option for the Wolverines, but he is doing enough as a rebounder to return value – and still scored in double figures in both games. Williams only logged 25 minutes in both of the first two games, but expect Michigan’s rotation to shorten now in a tighter matchup. He’s a better value on DK than on FD, but a decent cheap way to get exposure to one of the slate’s higher totals.
Simply put, Trevon Brazile is mispriced and should be a popular DK value tonight. The Arkansas big man just put up 27 DK with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks last game. That stat line or better is what we can usually expect from Brazile and he really has no business being priced under 6k. Before he got hurt last year, Brazile was emerging as one of the best centers in the country. He should be producing like that for DFS this year, especially in easier matchups like this one vs Old Dominion.
First off, Federiko is a clear value on the DK slate but is priced up on FD. Pitt’s 6-foot-11 center has posted 36 and 23 DK points in the first two games. He’ll have a notable size and talent advantage over FGCU’s frontcourt tonight and a double-double with 25-30 DFS points is certainly on the table. On DK, he’s a top cash value and has no business being priced below 5k.
Tarris Reed Jr.
Tarris Reed is now starting at center for Michigan with Hunter Dickinson gone. He’s put up 21 and 15 DK in the first two games while doing just enough to be a DFS value. Tonight, he’ll have a tough one-on-one matchup vs Joel Soriano, so the competition obviously ramps up. If Reed can stay out of foul trouble, he should be on the floor enough to return value at his cheap prices on both sites. Considering the risk and tough matchup, he’s better for GPPs than cash.
After barely playing at Auburn last year, Yohan Traore has transferred over to UC Santa Barbara and is the team’s starting center now. He was so-so in the season opener with 12 DK points in 24 minutes. Still, Traore is underpriced at the stone-cold minimum on the DK slate. The DFS production wasn’t great in the first game, but he can still do just enough to be a decent salary-saver with the upside for 7x value.