I was pretty happy with last week’s college football article due to having some very nice plays that weren’t necessarily talked about elsewhere. Guys like Nick Marshall and Ka’deem Carey were underpriced compared to other players that are studs, but performed better. Obviously, there were duds as well, but what do you expect out of a bunch of 18 to 22-year-olds?
This week I had a little setback with my shoulder, so I had a little less time to get this article together. I have decided to give you the top eight players from each position that I would be considering this weekend. Amongst it will be value plays as well as higher end options. I would love to be able to give you just high-priced guys, but in every lineup there has to be lower end players to fit in studs like Famous Jameis or Bishop Sankey.
**DraftKings pricing on all selections
1. BJ Denker Arizona $6,250 – Denker is an underrated fantasy player in my opinion because I rarely see him be used and he has been performing great in three of his last four games. I tweeted yesterday that he had gone for over 27 fantasy points in three of his last four games, which is on this kind of astonishing to me. With a running back like Carey, you would think Denker would not be able to put up the amount of points that he has been putting up in recent performances. This matchup against Colorado looks to be a juicy one due to their style of offense against Colorado’s weak defense. Colorado has given up 36 points per game and that is including games against Central Arkansas and Charleston Southern. Against very good offenses like Oregon State and Arizona State they gave up an average of 49 points. Denker is a threat to run for 50 yards and a touchdown while also throwing for or two touchdowns as well, but without a ton of passing yards.
2. Jameis Winston Florida State $8,250 – Winston has been great and every ACC game this season and faces another ACC team on Saturday. In those three ACC games he has put up over 37 fantasy points in each. He has 12 touchdowns throwing the ball during that time while rushing for one as well. I said this last week and it has held true so far this season; whenever Florida State is going to be in a contested game then Winston will put up big numbers due to having to take him the full load of the offense.
3. Braxton Miller Ohio State $7,250 – Miller has been very good since his return from injury in week five. Since then he has put up over 74 fantasy points and most recently put up 30 fantasy points against a very solid Iowa defense. In that game against the Hawkeyes, Miller threw for over 200 yards at an 81% completion percentage also running for over 100 yards. Penn State only gives up 23 points per game, but most recently gave up 44 and 43 points to offenses very similar to Ohio State. This matchup should be a good one for Miller to keep playing well in.
4. Maty Mauk Missouri $2,500 – After James Franklin got hurt against Georgia two weeks ago, Mauk filled in and has been playing well sense. Against a very solid Florida defense, he scored two touchdowns. Mark was a great high school player, and is showing why he was heavily recruited. This weekend he faces off against South Carolina, a team who has only given up 23 points per game, but who has also struggled against teams like Kentucky and Central Florida. Those two teams put up 28 and 25 points versus the Gamecocks. This weekend I see Mark being successful and playing well enough to score 20 fantasy points.
5. Dylan Thompson South Carolina $2,500 – Coach Spurrier has announced that Shaw will be on the sidelines this weekend while Thompson will be starting against Missouri. Thompson has had limited playing time this season, but did throw 32 passes against Central Florida and scored over 15 fantasy points against them. He is not a super sexy value pick, but for this price I can definitely see him hitting value again. The Missouri defense has given up 22 points per game and has been playing very well lately. They have given up points against better offenses like Indiana where they gave up 28 points and a surprising 28 points to Vanderbilt. Temper your expectations with this play, but do expect about 15 points.
6. Daniel Sams Kansas State $6,250 – Sam’s has been phenomenal in his last two games putting up over 73 fantasy points with over 300 rushing yards. He is supposed to be the quarterback, but does his best work running the football. Although he splits time at quarterback he will get the most important snaps and also the goal line snaps. He has four rushing touchdowns in those two games, so you know Kansas State loves and knows that he can find the end zone. With 57 rushing attempts in two games, it is safe to say he will get at least 20 to 25 carries on Saturday against the West Virginia defense who has given up 30 points per game this season.
7. Patton Robinette Vanderbilt $2,500 – Robinette filled in quite nicely when the Vanderbilt starting quarterback went down just before halftime against Georgia. He ended the game with 107 passing yards and a rushing touchdown. For minimum salary that is almost enough to hit value. He has played well in very little time this season, But against a Texas A&M defense who has been extremely awful this season giving up 34 points per game and no lower than 33 points in it’s last three games, I expect Robinette to get at least 15 fantasy points.
8. Teddy Bridgewater Louisville $7,500 – Bridgewater has been a safe mid 20s fantasy point play this season, and his price is starting to drop to that level. He is semi risky in that he hasn’t put up in the 30s and fantasy points since week two, but against South Florida this might be the week he goes for a big game. Louisville has really tred to get the running game going and because of that Bridgewater only has six touchdowns in his last three games while completing over 67% of his passes (which is very good). Bridgewater should not be owned by many, but his potential due to match up gives you a high ceiling.
1. Ameer Abdullah Nebraska $7,500 – Abdullah has been great in the last three weeks with Taylor Martinez out due to a foot injury. During that span he has four rushing touchdowns and over 450 yards rushing. With Martinez’s return a question for this weekend, I feel the need to plug Abdullah in all of my lineups. His price isn’t it too steep, and his production has been steady. In his last three games he has put up 24, 40, and 29 fantasy points. Minnesota has been beaten by the run recently when they played Michigan giving up over 100 yards on 27 carries to the top two running backs for Michigan. They also gave up three rushing touchdowns to those guys in that game.
2. Bishop Sankey Washington $8,250 – Sankery was bad last game against Arizona State, but has the perfect match up to bounce back when he faces California on Saturday. California is one of the worst defenses in the country giving up over 44 points per game. With Sankey being a steady guy to get at least 25 touches per game, I really like Sankey in this matchup. Expect Washington to get Sankey plenty of carries to get them back on track against California.
3. Tre Mason Auburn $7,000 – Mason has been great in his last four games going for 22 fantasy points or more and all of those games. He has six touchdowns during that time, and has ran for 100 yards in three of those four games. Against FAU, Auburn should have no trouble moving the football just like they haven’t had any trouble in the last few weeks. During that time Mason has blown up and put himself as one of the top running backs in the SEC.
4. Mike Davis South Carolina $6,750 – I talked about Missouri’s defense being a pretty solid group, but one that could be touched up for some points earlier when discussing Dylan Thompson. Now I’m here to tell you why Mike Davis is a great play this weekend. In the one game that Dylan Thompson got significant playing time, Davis put up almost 40 fantasy points. It is clear that Coach Spurrier wants to get Davis the football when Connor Shaw is not under center.
5. Traylon Shead SMU $3,500 – Shead is one of my favorites value plays this weekend when he goes up against a brutal Temple defense. Temple has given up almost 27 points per game this season and has most recently given up 38 and 30 points to Cincinnati and Louisville. Last weekend against a pretty solid Memphis defense, he ran for over 80 yards and two touchdowns. He also got 23 touches in the game, which is a good sign for fantasy players. Lastly, SMU has become a running team inside the red zone. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert is not throwing a lot of touchdowns this season, but rather hands off more than his fair share inside the red zone.
6. Dallas Crawford Miami $4,750 – Crawford was the beneficiary of a Duke Johnson injury early in the game against UNC. Duke Johnson suffered a concussion on that Thursday night football game and therefore has extra time to get ready for this weekend. If Johnson is out then I really like Crawford against Wake Forest. Against UNC he had 33 carries for 137, and two touchdowns. That may four straight games of two touchdowns. It is quite odd for the number two running back to score that many times, but if you have seen Miami play then you’ll know that they don’t trust to Johnson inside the 10 yard line.
7. Storm Johnson UCF $6,250 – Storm Johnson goes up against 0-6 Connecticut team who is averaging 30 points allowed per game. This game screams of a blowout in Central Florida’s favor. For it to be a blowout, Storm Johnson has to be one of the main reasons why. He touches the ball at least 20 times a game and has put up over 20 fantasy points in every game but one this season. Last week against Louisville he put up 37 fantasy points due to his two touchdowns. Johnson is a great player who should see the end zone at least once on Saturday.
8. Silas Redd USC $5,250 – Redd had a very nice performance against Notre Dame accounting for 112 yards and a touchdown on the road. If Tre Madden is out again this weekend than Redd should get the majority of the carries against Utah. Ka’Deem Carey and Jordon Gaffney both had great games against Utah in the previous two weeks. I’m expecting Redd to run for over 100 yards and a touchdown against the Utah defense who is giving up 26 points per game.
1. Antwan Goodley Baylor $8,000 – Goodley put up his best game of the season last week against Iowa State. He put up 44 fantasy points with a crazy stat line of 11/182/2. He has a touchdown in every game this season and although he does not usually record a lot of catches, he has put up over 100 yards receiving in five straight games this season. Against a similar offense, Kansas gave up 54 points to Texas Tech. Now imagine Texas Tech with more speed and pure talent. Goodley should have a great day on Saturday.
2. Jonathan Krause Vanderbilt $3,000 – With a new quarterback under center for Vanderbilt, Krause sees a little bit of a dip in reliability. I do think that Krause should be fine due to his talent level and lack of skill on the Texas A&M defense. Krauss has gone for double digits in four straight games and has posted as high as 25 fantasy points this season. I think he is a safe bet for around 15 points which is very solid for a close to minimum player this weekend.
3. Brandin Cooks Oregon State $9,750 – If you have the money for Cooks then it’s probably going to be worth it. I know he’s going up against Stanford, but there have been no signs of anyone stopping Cooks or Mannion this season. In his last three games he has gone for 52, 49, and 45 fantasy points. What’s even more astonishing is his worst game this season was a seven-catch performance against Hawaii in which he had two touchdowns. I really don’t think that anyone has the ability to stop this Oregon State offense enough to make them not usable in fantasy sports.
4. Jeremy Johnson SMU $7,250 – I’ve already gone over Temple’s defense being a very below average group, and a guy like Johnson, who is SMU’s number one receiver, should have a great game against them on Saturday. He has at least 10 catches in three straight games and has accumulated 39 catches during that span. Johnson is not a huge touchdown guy as he only has four touchdowns in six games, but he is averaging over 122 yards per game and has gone for over 100 yards in five of six games this season.
5. Rashad Greene Florida State $5,750 – Greene has come alive and been great in his last three games. He’s averaging 23 fantasy points per game on the season and has done much better when Jameis Winston has to throw the ball more. In his last four games, he has caught four of Winston’s touchdown passes, and with another ACC foe coming to Tallahassee this weekend I see Winston and Greene hooking up for at least one touchdown.
6. Eli Rogers Louisville $4,750 – Rogers had his best game of the season last week posting a 10/95/1 line against UCF. He has a touchdown in his last four games and has begun to be one of Bridgewater’s favorite targets. Devante Parker should be full strength this weekend against South Florida, but I can see Louisville putting up 45 points against that bad defense. Rogers should be in the mix for another double-digit performance on Saturday.
7. Paul Richardson Colorado $7,000 – Richardson had his price drop this week and he is very tempting for a few good reasons. First off Richardson received eight of the 14 completions from the Colorado quarterback and their last game. Also Arizona’s defense although looks good but the numbers, has struggled against pack 12 teams. USC put up 38th on them and Washington put up 31. Both of these games were on the road like they will be this weekend against Colorado. Richardson went for 29 fantasy points in his last game and 28 fantasy points two weeks earlier.
8. Quincy Enunwa Nebraska $3,750 – Enunwa is a touchdown is the touchdown threat for Nebraska through the air. He has seven touchdowns of the season and only has 25 receptions. So, what I take from that is that he is targeted a lot in the red zone and has the capability of a big play. If Taylor Martinez is back this weekend, I really like him due to having five touchdowns catches in his first three games, which were all games that Martinez was the quarterback end.
1. Jace Amaro Texas Tech $5,750 – Amaaro is the clear-cut number one tight end option this weekend. His Price isn’t going to kill you, and his production has been steady all season long. He has gone for double digits in six straight games and has gone for 17+ points in each of them. He scored two touchdowns last week and has had nine catches in five straight games. Amaro is the main threat in the Texas Tech offense and is a safe choice at tight end.
2. Eric Ebron North Carolina $5,250 – Like Amaro, Ebron is very consistent. He has gone for double digits in five straight games and has had six or more catches in three of his last four games. He only has three touchdowns on the season, but is still averaging 18 fantasy points per game. Against Boston College he could have another big game like last week where he went for 8/199/1. If for some reason you want to fade Amaro then Ebron might be the next best option for high-priced tight ends.
3. Gerald Christian Louisville $2,500 – Christian has struggled in his last two games, but before that was a consistent double-digit guy. He has gone for double digits in three of the last six games and against a team like South Florida, who is very bad, I think Teddy Bridgewater will throw at least four touchdowns. If that happens then Christian has to have caught one of them.
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