If you need a College Football DFS appetizer before Sunday, I will be posting my DraftKings targets each week here for the noon slate. Last week, I successfully predicted that the University of Michigan football program would rebound from their depantsing in South Bend to reestablish their true identity–the Darth Vader of college football. You know, the innocent young boy who just wanted to save his girlfriend, but was really just a delusional, power-hungry, emotionally unstable fraud that lived off of force choking ordinary civilians. Then, when he had to go up against anyone with a heartbeat who could also move stuff with their minds, it typically ended with him losing one, or multiple limbs. Ya know… This guy…
And, finally on his last legs…
The good news is that U of M has another pedestrian matchup this week as 35.5 home favorites against SMU where Karan Higdon, and Chris Evans will almost certainly showcase ALL the powers of the dark side before meeting up with Obi-Wan and Luke later this season. In addition to Michigan running backs this week, I am targeting players in the following four games for the DK 10 game slate, where the Las Vegas spreads suggest close, high scoring affairs with points from both teams:
|[email protected] 09/15/2018 12:00PM ET||FSU -3||68|
|[email protected] 09/15/2018 12:00PM ET||Army -6.5||62|
|[email protected] 09/15/2018 03:30PM ET||OKST -2.5||63.5|
|[email protected] 09/15/2018 12:30PM ET||GT -4.5||52.5|
The following are four players I am targeting to build around in my lineups for Saturday afternoon.
RB Pittsburgh Qadree Ollison $4,700
If there was any bright spot from last week’s blowout loss to in-state rival Penn St., it was Ollison emerging as the clear cowbell for the Panthers when he amassed 119 yards on 21 rushes, including a 13 yard touchdown run. Next up, he’ll meet an average Georgia Tech front that ranked 50th in the country allowing over 150 rushing yards per game last season, and gave up over five yards per rush to South Florida running backs one week ago. Head coach Pat Narduzzi, should heavily utilize the run game to keep the Yellow Jackets difficult triple option attack on the sidelines as much as possible, which includes my next target for Saturday’s slate.
RB Georgia Tech Jordan Mason $5,600
During last week’s loss to South Florida, Georgia Tech lost starting running back KirVonte Benson for the season. In stepped Mason, the red-shirt freshman, who proved to be more than capable as the feature B-back in the Yellow Jackets triple option gaining 95 yards on 13 carries, and popped a 46 yard run in the process. In last season’s game against Pitt, Paul Johnson’s option scheme overwhelmed Pitt’s defense, when a healthy Benson went off with a 29/196/2 line. With guaranteed volume at these prices, both starting running backs from this game make for phenomenal value plays this week.
WR Vanderbilt Kalijah Lipscomb $5,400
The Commodores senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur’s top two reception leaders from last season have joined the pro ranks. The top remaining option in the passing game for the son of New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, is the junior Lipscomb, who is returning after a breakout season where he led the team in touchdowns, and was second in yards. This season, as Shurmur’s clear top top target, he’s already scored three times, and recorded a career high 10 catch performance last week in a 41-10 blowout victory at home against Nevada.
The competition gets stiffer this week as Vandy travels to South Bend as 14 point dogs, but the potential positive game script could actually workout in Lipscomb’s statistical favor. Now the team’s undisputed top wideout, the New Orleans native possesses the volume to solidify a high floor, while still maintaining the home run ability to make house calls in one play. That combination, at this price, are few and far between this week for DK receivers. I’ll be throwing Lipscomb in all my lineups.
RB Michigan Chris Evans $5,800
Speaking of all my lineups, if I had to pick one Michigan running back it would be Evans due to his price, and the fact that he shares the exact name and spelling as Captain America. As previously stated, the Wolves take on another line of cannon fodder this week which should create plenty of opportunity for Evans to spell starter Karan Higdon when the maize and blue are up big Saturday afternoon. Last week, in similar circumstances at home against Western Michigan, Evans collected 86 yards on 11 touches, with two scores. Expecting another heroic display out of Michigan this week, Evans should have an ideal work load in a great matchup, making this price a great value for the early slate.
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