Much like the early slate of games this week for College Football DFS, we NEED to find some values or…. bargains (see what I did there?) in order to fit the players we want. There’s not a ton of wiggle room in this slate, especially at the RB spot. We have to look to the Wide Receivers (shocker) and the Quarterbacks (gasp) to find our value. We want these top RBs in our lineups.
Trevone Boykin – TCU
[DraftKings – $9900 | FanDuel – $10500 | FantasyAces – $6850 | DraftDay – $20000 | FantasyFeud – $175700]
– I don’t know how you’re going to do.. hell, I don’t know how I’m going to do it.. but I highly suggest you fit Trevone Boykin into your lineup. He plays against a downright atrocious defense in SMU. Vegas has TCU slated to score 52 points. Boykin is the centerpiece of the offense and should light up the scoreboard Saturday night. I really don’t think I need to say much else about him. The blowout factor is there for sure but SMU’s offense is better than last year and better than TCU’s previous two opponents so they may keep it closer for just a little longer. Whatever keeps Boykin on the field is fine with me as he has legit 50pt upside this week.
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Brandon Allen – Arkansas
[DraftKings – $7800 | FanDuel – $8700 | FantasyAces – $5700 | DraftDay – $14050 | FantasyFeud – $127500]
– The Arkansas running game didn’t seem to be firing on all cylinders last week against Toledo. Word got out that Collins wasn’t able to practice last week after Wednesday due to some sort of infection. If that’s still the case, Arkansas will need to lean on Brandon Allen to carry the offense. Also, facing Texas Tech, Arkansas may need to throw the ball just to keep up with the Red Raiders. Arkansas’ defense is solid but Texas Tech’s offense is even better so something’s has to give here. Vegas gives this game a 65.5 over/under with Arkansas the 11.5pt favorite. I know Arkansas isn’t a bad team, but it is hard to image they hold this Texas Tech offense to just 27 points. I think Allen will be throwing (a lot) to either keep pace or catch up.
Nick Stevens – Colorado State
[DraftKings – $6100 | FanDuel – $7200 | FantasyAces – $4150 | DraftDay – n/a | FantasyFeud – n/a]
– Stevens struggled last game but Coach Mike Bobo says he has no doubts about Stevens remaining the starter. Luckily, Stevens gets a much better matchup this week in Colorado. To go along with the struggles last week, top wide receiver Rashard Higgins did not play (late scratch vs Minnesota). The coaches are “hopeful” he will be able to play this week. Stevens needs Higgins to be successful as he can make up for some of Stevens’ shortcomings. I don’t like Stevens nearly as much if Higgins is out again, so watch for that news. Colorado’s run defense has been pretty solid this season so far so if CSU is going to get anywhere near the Vegas projected 28 points, they will need to throw and Stevens will need to on his game.
Patrick Mahomes – Texas Tech
[DraftKings – $8900 | FanDuel – $8400 | FantasyAces – $6700 | DraftDay – $20000 | FantasyFeud – $177000]
– Arkansas (Mahomes’ opponent) has only allowed one passing touchdown in their first two games this season. Mahomes, on the other hand, has eight passing touchdowns in his first two games. Vegas says that Arkansas will win by 11/12 but that Texas Tech will score 27 points. How do they score if not through the arm of their Sophomore quarterback? Mahomes has 786 yards in two games (one a blowout, one fairly closely contested for a while). Texas Tech’s top running back (Deandre Washington) has only 25 carries this season. This is definitely Mahomes’ offense. There’s no doubt that their may be some tempered expectations for Mahomes’ final line (because of the matchup), but I don’t see how he still doesn’t end up as one of the top QBs at the end of the night.
other plays: Jared Goff (California), Josh Rosen (UCLA), Christian Hackenberg (Penn State), Luke Falk (Washington State), Kendal Thompson (Utah – check Travis Wilson’s status)
Kareem Hunt – Toledo
[DraftKings – $6800 | FanDuel – n/a | FantasyAces – n/a | DraftDay – n/a | FantasyFeud – n/a]
– Hunt makes his 2015 debut this weekend, as he was suspended for the first two games. He comes into a terrific matchup against Iowa State. Hunt was the MAC’s top RB last season (1630 yards and 16 TDs in only 10 games). I am really hoping that he gets a full workload right off the bat because his price is too good to pass up. ISU is giving up 260 YPG on the ground and that alone should be reason enough for Toledo to give Hunt all the carries he can handle. In my opinion, Hunt is the only RB on the night that could rival Nick Chubb for top RB honors.
Nick Chubb – Georgia
[DraftKings – $9900 | FanDuel – $10000 | FantasyAces – $6650 | DraftDay – $18200(early) | FantasyFeud – $139200] Remember what I wrote about Trevone Boykin? Same applies to Chubb. He has gone for 309 yards in games on just 35 carries. Saturday, Chubb welcomes a South Carolina defense that just gave up over 200 yards on the ground to Kentucky. He is one of (if not, the) best running back in the country and now he gets a fantastic matchup. He’s expensive but he’s expensive for a reason. He’s worth it his price tag.
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Daniel Lasco – California
[DraftKings – $6300 | FanDuel – $7600 | FantasyAces – $5900 | DraftDay – $13150 | FantasyFeud – $101000]
– Lasco is a little banged up with a strained muscle in his hip, but all signs point to him being ready to play. Cal faces Texas this week and this Longhorn defense is in absolute shambles. Allowing 221YPG on the ground through two games, Lasco should have a fairly easy road to a big game. Lasco has scored in 9 of his last 10 games, and should continue that trend on Saturday. The Golden Bears should feed the senior early and often and let him lead the way to a victory. California is favored but only by one score, even more reason for Lasco to get the ball and milk the clock when they have the lead to close it out.
Devontae Booker – Utah
[DraftKings – $9200 | FanDuel – $9800 | FantasyAces – n/a | DraftDay – $17950 | FantasyFeud – n/a] Booker is the pivot for Chubb. Save a few bucks, get similar production but he’s not as big of a name. Booker torched a semi-tough Utah State defense for 120 yards and a score. It did take him 31 carries to do it, but his longest run was only 22 yards. His workload is the “grind it out” type of runs. Booker should have a much easier time this week against Fresno State, who is one of the worst run defenses in college football right now after giving up over 200 yards to Ole Miss. With Utah’s starting QB possibly in question, the Utes may lean on Booker even more than normal. He’s in line for a big game and with such a late start time, could be the late swing teams need at the top of the leaderboards.
other plays: Gerard Wicks (Washington State), Brian Hill (Wyoming), Michael Adkins II (Colorado)
Hunter Henry – Arkansas – TIGHT END
[DraftKings – $4900 | FanDuel – $3600 | FantasyAces – $4850 | DraftDay – $9000 | FantasyFeud – $61000]
– I hate tight ends in college football. I was arguably the most excited person when it was revealed DraftKings did away with the position and gave us an extra flex spot instead. So naturally it only took three weeks for me to LOVE a tight end. Hunter Henry could turn into the main beneficiary of the injury to wide receiver Keon Hatcher (the other being Jared Cornelius). While the Razorbacks are probably not going to throw it 53 times again (unless they get behind, which I alluded to earlier), they will still need to throw. With Henry being one of the very few options in the passing game, he is a play this week that can’t be ignored. He’s not a must play on DraftKings but he is on all the other sites that require a tight end. I still really like him on DraftKings though.
Chris Godwin – Penn State
[DraftKings – $3900 | FanDuel – $4800 | FantasyAces – $4400 | DraftDay – $6500 | FantasyFeud – $53600]
– Penn State stinks. The offensive line stinks. Christian Hackenberg kind of stinks. It’s just one big stinky mess. That being said, the Nittany Lion passing game is in play this week because of the matchup. Rutgers is in the bottom 10 worst pass defenses in the country. Due to various reasons, they start a very young secondary who lack experience. DaeSean Hamilton will likely get a lot of the looks this week, as he was their leading wide receiver from last season. Chris Godwin, however, has been Mr. Consistent through the first two games. With 5 catches apiece and hovering around 80 yards in both games, the numbers aren’t anything flashy, but they’re also representative of possible chemistry between him and Hackenberg.
Tyler Boyd – Pittsburgh
[DraftKings – $7800 | FanDuel – $8000 | FantasyAces – $5650 | DraftDay – $16900 | FantasyFeud – $95400]
– Tyler Boyd is back and he picked up pretty much where he left off. Week two marked the season debut of the highly touted wide receiver, as he came away with 11 catches for 95 yards. In that game against Akron, the Panthers went very run heavy with their gameplan, rotated two different quarterbacks and Boyd STILL dominated. No other Pittsburgh player had more than 3 catches. With Boyd, it is just always going to be a matter of affording the high price he comes with in DFS. Iowa has been one of the top rush defenses so far this year so Pittsburgh will have to lean on Boyd if they hope to upset the Hawkeyes.
Kenneth Scott – Utah
[DraftKings – $4600 | FanDuel – $5900 | FantasyAces – n/a | DraftDay – $7700 | FantasyFeud – -]
– If there’s ever going to be a time for this Utah passing game to get going, it should be this week against Fresno State. Allowing 392 YPG through the air is enough to get anybody excited about using a low priced #1 receiver. Kenneth Scott, despite the lack of catches this season (really the whole team has a lack of catches) is that guy. Utah could be starting backup Kendal Thompson at QB, so that is a bit worrisome as they likely haven’t played together much. But in a matchup like this, I’m not sure it would matter. This is the perfect spot for a breakout from Kenneth Scott, if not now I’m not sure he ever does.
other plays: Josh Doctson (TCU), Kenny Lawler (California), Jordan Payton (UCLA), Pharoah Cooper (South Carolina), Rashard Higgins (Colorado State), Gabe Marks/River Cracraft/Dom Williams (Washington State), Jared Cornelius (Arkansas), Allen Lazard (Iowa State), Devin Lauderdale (Texas Tech), JuJu Smith-Schuster (USC)