College basketball is kicking off the 2021 season, and DraftKings and FanDuel continue to offer sizable competitions for CBB DFS grinders. Check out the blocking media for November 9, some of the core plays stand out. This section will identify plays from each college basketball game and identify the top CBB DFS picks for the DraftKings and FanDuel lineups.
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CBB DFS Pick: DraftKings + FanDuel Core Plays | November 9
Armando Bacot ($8,500) – North Carolina looks dramatically different in court ahead of 2021. They lost Garrison Brooks, Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler. While they added Dawson Garcia and Brady Manek, both play a different stylistic role than Bacot. Bacot played just 23 minutes on average last year in a big man rotation under Roy Williams. New head coach Hubert Davis is expected to throw Bacot and his elite spots on the field. Last year, he averaged 1.13 fantasy points per minute on his elite recovery. His 18% bounce rate and 12% shot rate will increase significantly this year. North Carolina is the 22-point favorite in a high-paced game with Loyola-Maryland, adding to the appeal for Bacot as an expensive option.
David McCormack ($7,500) – In one of the more competitive games, Kansas takes on Michigan State as the 5-point favorites in a game for a total of 145 points. McCormack has been an efficient player last season, averaging 1.09 fantasy points per minute. However, he only saw 23.1 minutes per game when playing against Jalen Wilson. Wilson was suspended, leaving Kansas emaciated in court. Michigan State struggled with its inner defenses last year and returned its usual cast of characters to the journey. With an expansive role, McCormack is a man worth considering.
Mark Williams ($7,100) – Duke lost several valuable players last year, including Matthew Hurt, Jalen Johnson, DJ Stewart and Jaemyn Brakefield. Williams only played a rotation role last year, but he averaged 1.14 fantasy points per minute for 15.2 minutes. Duke is the favorite over Kentucky by 1 point in a game with a total of 149 points. Williams’ biggest potential barrier is incoming freshman Paulo Banchero. Banchero is a five-star player and has tremendous hype. Still, Williams averaged 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in Duke’s final five games last year. This is a deep frontline, with Duke also adding the former big man Marquette According to John, but Williams is worth watching in the GPP.
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Kenneth Lofton ($6,600) – One of the more interesting games on the leaderboard, Louisiana Tech faces Alabama as a team 12 points behind in a game for a total of 154 points. Louisiana Tech played close to the league average. However, Alabama has shown a willingness to accelerate the competition, creating more intrigue for Louisiana Tech. Since then, Lofton has dropped in price. Lofton got off to a slow start last year but has emerged as an important starter. He posted a 19.7% bounce rate, 15.2% support rate, and 24.7% block rate with participation in every statistical category. The only worry is a stiff defense from Alabama, who placed first in defensive effectiveness last year.
TyTy Washington ($5,700) – An up-and-coming five-star freshman, Washington is expected to play an important role for Kentucky right out of the gates. Kentucky got off to a strong start that included Sahvir Wheeler and Kellan Grady in backcourt. However, an injury to CJ Fredrick reduce Kentucky’s rotation even further. While the rotation was ongoing, Washington took 18 points with a pair of assists and steals in Kentucky’s showpiece game. If the hype is real in Washington, this could be the cheapest price of his season.
Max Christie ($5,600) – Another unknown commodity, Christie is a freshman entering Michigan State. The Spartans have lost several key pieces this season, including their best scorer Aaron Henry. Head coach Tom Izzo ran a nasty rotation last year, with the exception of Henry. Maybe this rotation became a necessity due to an underperforming team. Positively, Izzo let the freshmen run in their showdown game against the Ferris State. Christie scored 17 points, while securing four rebounds and three steals. With a lack of viable options on the wing, Christie should walk into the immediate key minutes for Michigan State, making him an attractive option at a mid-range price in a competitive game against Kansas.
Keon Ellis ($4,800) – Alabama is another team that suffered heavy losses this season, losing Josh Primo, Herb Jones, John Petty, Alex Reese and Jordan Bruner. Last year, Ellis played 17.5 minutes per game when starting seven games. Alabama doesn’t have a clear starting lineup yet, but Ellis is most likely in this group. Ellis also had a strong showing in the Crimson Tide showdown, scoring 21 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Average forecasts for Awesemo Ellis was expected for 28 minutes, possibly even low depending on the rotation. He is a strong value player.
Kadin Shedrick ($4,000) – Virginia loses Sam Hauser, Casey Morsell, Jay Huff and Trey Murphy from last year’s list. While they receive Jayden Gardner in the transfer portal, Shedrick is also a candidate for an increased role. Shedrick re-emerged in 2019 and played singles last year, keeping him out of the field. Shedrick is a 6 foot 11 man and contributes more Francisco Caffaro when healthy. This is a flexible situation and can even end up as a pure spin. Although viable in the GPPs, Virginia still plays at a sluggish pace. Still, as a 14-point favorite against the Navy, Shedrick is a potential shooter in the GPP. This vehicle type doesn’t have a lot of strong value plays, but the medium is for sure.
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