Welcome to another loaded college basketball Tuesday night slate with tons of intriguing matchups, top players in action, and plenty of CBB DFS picks on tap! You can build CBB DFS lineups tonight on DraftKings for the 12-game main slate tipping off at 6:30 pm ET with Penn State vs Rutgers. Other top college basketball teams on the schedule tonight are Kentucky, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, Iowa State, Kansas State, and Miami FL. If you're looking to play college basketball DFS this season, get full access to our CBB DFS Playbooks and Core Plays with a Fantasy Alarm All-Pro Subscription. Check out all the CBB DFS top picks, lineup strategies, teams to target, and value plays to lock in for tonight's college basketball action. If you have any questions about CBB daily fantasy lineup strategy, ask away in the Fantasy Alarm Discord chat. Now, let's jump into the CBB DFS top plays and lineup picks for Tuesday, January 24th.


College Basketball CBB DFS Slate & Betting Odds January 24

(via DraftKings Sportsbook)

  • 6:30 pm ET – Penn State at Rutgers (-6.5) – 127.5 O/U
  • 7 pm ET – Missouri at Ole Miss (-1.5) – 143.5 O/U
  • 7 pm ET – LSU at Arkansas (-12.5) – 138.5 O/U
  • 7 pm ET – Ohio State at Illinois (-4) – 145 O/U
  • 7 pm ET – DePaul (-2) at Georgetown – 148 O/U
  • 7 pm ET – Miami FL (-3) at Florida State – 149.5 O/U
  • 7 pm ET – Notre Dame at NC State (-7.5) – 143.5 O/U
  • 8 pm ET – Oklahoma at TCU (-6) – 137.5 O/U
  • 9 pm ET – Kentucky (-6) at Vanderbilt – 144 O/U
  • 9 pm ET – North Carolina (-4.5) at Syracuse – 150 O/U
  • 9 pm ET – Kansas State at Iowa State (-5) – 134.5 O/U
  • 9 pm ET – Oklahoma State at Texas (-8.5) – 136.5 O/U

CBB Top Team Totals

(via KenPom.com)

  1. Miami FL – 80
  2. NC State – 79
  3. North Carolina – 76
  4. DePaul – 76
  5. Arkansas – 76
  6. Illinois – 75
  7. Ole Miss – 75
  8. Missouri – 74
  9. Georgetown – 74
  10. Florida State – 74
  11. Ohio State – 73
  12. Syracuse – 73
  13. Kentucky – 73


College Basketball CBB DFS Top Plays 1/24

CBB DFS Top Guards

PlayerTeamOpp.DK $DK FPPG
RJ DavisUNCSYR840030.08
In a high-total matchup with Syracuse, both Caleb Love and RJ Davis are in play as top guards. Love oddly hasn’t been great for DFS during conference play, but Davis is averaging 17.4 PPG and 30 DK over the past 10 games and offers a stronger floor with more ancillary stat production than Love. We also love targeting three-point shooters vs the Cuse zone and Davis is UNC’s best deep-ball threat this season, shooting 46% from three in ACC play. He had 17 points and went 5-for-11 from three vs Syracuse last season.
Primo SpearsGUDPU790030.22
Spears was already a top playmaker for Georgetown, but he moved into a massive role last game with Brandon Murray out. The Hoyas’ point guard had a whopping 52% usage rate and finished with 37 points, 11 assists, and 59 DK on 31 shot attempts. If Murray is out again, we’ll likely see Spears in a heavy-usage role once again with Georgetown lacking backcourt talent. Even if Murray plays, this is still an uptempo and high-scoring matchup featuring two bad defensive teams.
Jarkel JoinerNCSTND780029.45
A key injury situation to monitor tonight is that of Terquavion Smith, who’s a game-time decision after getting carted off the court on Saturday. If Smith is out tonight, which seems likely, then Joiner would become NC State’s main offensive playmaker. That happened last game after Smith left early and Joiner took on a 32% usage rate for 18 points and 29 DK. Joiner should be a great cash play if Smith is out with this easy matchup against Notre Dame.
Umoja GibsonDPUGU750031.02
We mentioned it above with Primo Spears, but it’s worth mentioning again that this matchup between Georgetown and DePaul features two poor defensive teams who both play fast. It’s a dream scenario for DFS and you could mini-stack on this slate with this game environment. On DePaul’s side of things, Gibson should put up top-tier numbers like when he had 31 points and 53 DK vs the Hoyas earlier this season.
Cason WallaceUKVAND680025.64
Like his team, Wallace has been very up-and-down this season and tough to trust in DFS. However, it looks like something has flipped for UK with Wallace taking on more lead point guard duties and a bigger playmaking role while Sahvir Wheeler comes off the bench. In the past two games, Wallace has put up 25 and 26 DK with double-digit shot attempts in both and an uptick in usage rate. He has 30+ DK upside tonight against a poor Vandy defense and a pace-boost matchup for UK.

Also Consider:

  • Terrence Shannon Jr. – Illinois ($880) – GPP
  • Mike Miles – TCU ($7500) – Cash
  • Judah Mintz – Syracuse ($7400) – GPP
  • Jordan Miller – Miami FL ($7200) – Cash
  • Gabe Kalscheur – Iowa State ($6900) – GPP

CBB DFS Value Guards

PlayerTeamOpp.DK $DK FPPG
CJ FredrickUKVAND490013.31
Since returning from injury in mid-January, Fredrick is now regularly playing 30+ minutes in a starting role for Kentucky. He’s scored double-digit points in three of the last four games now that he’s healthy. It also appears he’s locked into more playing time as UK switched up its lineups and rotations with Sahvir Wheeler in a reserve role now. Fredrick is out there for his three-point ability and there’s GPP upside if he’s making them against a weak Vandy defense and a pace-boost.
Isiaih MosleyMIZZMISS460017.9
Mosley stepped into a much bigger role last game with Kobe Brown out. He scored 19 points with 28 DK on 18 shot attempts and a 29% usage rate across 33 minutes. If Brown is out again tonight, we could see Mosley take on this increased role again and he’d be a massive bargain with another performance like Saturday’s.
Amaree AbramMISSMIZZ440015.17
The freshman has been playing a bigger role for Ole Miss since moving back into the starting lineup three games ago. Abram has 23, 18, and 17 DK in these past three contests. He may be needed even more as a scorer and all-around playmaker tonight if Matthew Murrell sits out. This is a prime DFS matchup for Ole Miss in a pace-boost vs a shaky Mizzou defense. Abram is also a good play even if Murrell is active.
Isaac LikekeleOSUIL420016.09
Likekele moved back into Ohio State’s starting lineup last game and had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists with a season-high 26% usage rate. We should see him starting moving forward considering how well the Buckeyes played while breaking a five-game losing streak. Likekele was a four-year starter at Oklahoma State, so the experience is obviously there to play more regularly like he did on Saturday. He’ll be even more needed if Zed Key is out tonight. This is a great value in a pace-boost vs Illinois.
Justice WilliamsLSUARK38008.45
Williams is now starting for LSU with Justice Hill away from the team. The sophomore has logged 30+ minutes in back-to-back games since entering the starting lineup and put up 16 and 15 DK in those contests. It’s nothing great, but Williams is doing just enough to be a value and it looks like he’s locked into heavy minutes with Hill out. Plus, he and LSU get a pace-boost tonight vs Arkansas.

Also Consider:

  • Antonio Reeves – Kentucky ($5800) – GPP
  • Tamin Lipsey – Iowa State ($5600) – Cash
  • Caleb Asberry – Oklahoma State ($5100) – Cash
  • Andrew Funk – Penn State ($5000) – GPP
  • Jordan Riley – Georgetown ($4800) – Cash
  • James White – Ole Miss ($3600) – GPP

CBB DFS Top Forwards

PlayerTeamOpp.DK $DK FPPG
Oscar TshiebweUKVAND1090041.47
If you ever wondered if it’s worth paying up for Tshiebwe in DFS, his stat line against Georgia last week should be evidence enough. The Kentucky center smashed the slate for 78 DK with his 37 points and 24 rebounds. That’s insanity. Tshiebwe probably won’t be that good tonight, but he’ll dominate the boards against a weak Vandy frontcourt that’s without Liam Robbins. If you have the salary, Tshiebwe is worth it as he’s also playing much better now that Kentucky is figuring things out.
Keyontae JohnsonKSUISU870033.76
On the surface, a road matchup and pace-down spot vs Iowa State’s tough defense would have us fading Kansas State’s players. Well, we’re doing it with Markquis Nowell but not Keyontae Johnson. First off, Johnson is playing well with 19.6 points and 36 DK per game averages over the past 10 contests. He’s also shined on the road, averaging 21.2 PPG and 40 DK away from home this season. Tonight, we should see KSU lean on Johnson’s versatile skillset to pull off the tough road victory.
Brice SensabaughOSUIL850028.58
Sensabaugh continues to shine for Ohio State and in our CBB DFS lineups. The freshman is averaging 20.6 PPG and 35 DK over the past 10 contests and he’s now put up 32+ DK in seven straight vs Big Ten opponents. The price tag continues to rise for Sensabaugh, but he’s still a great play in all formats. Tonight he gets a pace-boost vs Illinois and should be a top play overall.
Nate LaszewskiNDNCST780028.38
NC State’s interior defense has been a matchup to target with injuries in the frontcourt. Opposing bigs have mostly had success against the Wolfpack in conference play, like Armando Bacot and Norchad Omier in recent games. So, look for Laszewski to be more of a focal point of the Notre Dame attack tonight. We just saw his ceiling last game when the Irish big man went for 29 points and 46 DK.
Qudus WahabGUDPU640021.86
Wahab has been very tough to trust in DFS this season and he usually doesn’t live up to his higher price tags. Tonight, though, is a different story in this soft and high-scoring matchup against DePaul’s weak frontcourt. Wahab dominated in this matchup earlier this season to the tune of 13 points, 16 rebounds, and 38 DK. We can’t expect a repeat, but the GPP upside to smash is there.

Also Consider:

  • Armando Bacot – North Carolina ($10600) – GPP
  • Norchad Omier – Miami FL ($8600) – Cash
  • Matthew Mayer – Illinois ($7900) – GPP
  • Jacob Toppin – Kentucky ($6700) – GPP

CBB DFS Value Forwards

PlayerTeamOpp.DK $DK FPPG
Maliq BrownSYRUNC560015.31
Despite scoring 18 points with 30 DK last game, Brown is still really cheap and presents great value tonight in a high-scoring matchup with UNC. The freshman may be coming off of the bench for Syracuse, but he’s logging starter-level minutes more often over the past month. Brown has 30+ DK in three of the last four games and double-digit points scored in four of the last five. Until he’s priced above 6k, we should pounce at the value.
Jordan WalshARKLSU540016.83
After a brief stint on the bench, Walsh re-entered Arkansas’ starting lineup last game and put up 13 points, seven rebounds, and 23 DK while playing all 40 minutes. Walsh should be getting 30+ minutes in a starting role more regularly with the Razorbacks needing answers while Nick Smith and Trevon Brazile are sidelined. He also had 13 points, nine rebounds, and 31 DK against LSU earlier this season.
Ernest RossNCSTND42008.72
Ross has been playing a bigger role off of the bench lately with Jack Clark still sidelined. He has 30, 19, and 17 DK in the past three games while playing 20 minutes or so per contest. We’ll take that all day at this price tag for 4x or 5x value. Plus, Ross may see more minutes and a bigger role tonight if Terquavion Smith is out.
Tre KingISUKSU380013.38
It looks like Caleb Grill is doubtful to play tonight for Iowa State. When Grill left the last game early, King played a season-high 29 minutes and benefited the most among ISU’s reserves. The uptick in playing time allowed King to put up 27 DK with an impressive stat line of 19 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Though he isn’t the same three-point threat that Grill is, King is a senior who started a bunch of games at Eastern Kentucky and is certainly capable of holding his own in a bigger role.

Also Consider:

  • Jalen Hill – Oklahoma ($6000) – Cash
  • Yor Anei – DePaul ($5100) – GPP
  • Dylan Disu – Texas ($4500) – GPP
  • Quentin Millora-Brown – Vanderbilt ($3900) – GPP
  • Felix Okpara – Ohio State ($3500) – GPP


CBB DFS Core Plays 

DK Cash:

  • Brice Sensabaugh – Ohio State
  • Primo Spears – Georgetown (if Murray out)
  • Maliq Brown – Syracuse
  • Isaac Likekele – Ohio State (if starting)


  • Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky
  • Nate Laszewski – Notre Dame
  • Tre King – Iowa State
  • Amaree Abram – Ole Miss

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