Week seven is here and it’s time to get down to business. If you didn’t have one of the big 50-point performers this past weekend you probably didn’t win a whole lot of money. I’m hoping to have a few of them if there are any this weekend on this list, but if there’s one thing you can guarantee in college football, it’s that you can’t guarantee anything. It’s Friday and there’s not much time between now and Saturday at noon. We’ve had great sports night all week with the ALDS, Bears/Giants game, and multiple college football games. Let’s get down to business and see who I think has the best chance at going for 50 fantasy points.
**DraftKings pricing on all selections
1. Marcus Mariota Oregon $9,750 – No surprise here. Mariota is the number one quarterback after scoring seven total touchdowns last week against Colorado. His passing has been much better the last three games where he has thrown to at least a 59% completion percentage twice. Against Washington, Mariota should see a closer game, and one that should be extremely high scoring.
2. Sean Mannion Oregon State $8,500 – Mannion has probably one of his best matchups of the year when he goes on the road to Washington State this weekend. This past weekend, California’s quarterback threw for over 500 yards against the same defense. I fully expect Mannion to have at least 400 yards passing and three or four touchdowns at worst. Oregon State should have their way with this brutal defense and should come out with a win on the road Saturday.
3. Bryce Patty Baylor $8,500 – Petty is the quarterback for one of the best offenses in the country. He doesn’t throw a whole lot, but his completion percentage is extremely high and he hasn’t even played a full game really. He has had over 30 fantasy points in the last three games and on the road against Kansas State should be a closer game than the previous ones. Kansas State has played Texas and Oklahoma State tough in their last two games, so we’re hoping for something closer than what Baylor has been playing in the season.
4. James Franklin Missouri $7,000 – Franklin has been red-hot this season with 13 touchdowns only three interceptions. He has been great as last two games particularly with a touchdowns. This Saturday he goes up against Georgia who has been terrible of defense the season they have given up an average of 32 points a game and most recently Gave up 372 yards passing to LSU’s quarterback. Georgia is struggling right now due to injuries and now is the time for Missouri to make it move.
5. Connor Halliday Washington State $6,000 – Manion isn’t the only good quarterback play in this Washington State game Saturday. Halliday is coming off one of his best games of the season. He threw for over 500 yards and three touchdowns and has been a lot better in his last four games. He started off shaky against Auburn and USC, but since then he has 12 touchdown passes and over 300 yards passing in three of the last four games. He had a tough time against Stanford, but he did complete a nice 66% of passes. Against Oregon State and their rough defense, I’m expecting Halliday to have another 300 yard, three touchdown game at the very least.
1. John O’Korn Houston $4,500 – O’Korn has played nicely in his last two games throwing seven touchdown passes. He finally finds himself with a home game and his first as a starter against Memphis on Saturday. Memphis has been a pretty decent defense, but Houston’s offense is rolling and they have found a stud receiver in Greenberry. Houston is going to need O’Korn to step up as the starter due to previous starter Dave Piland most likely retiring from football.
2. Caleb Rowe Maryland $2,500 – Rowe should be starting for the injured CJ Brown on Saturday against Virginia and I like him as a minimum priced option. He was 9 for 17 passing against Florida State filling in after the injury, but did not throw for any touchdowns. I don’t know much about this player and I’m not sure anyone else does really, but I do know that UVA’s defense is brutal. Last weekend against Ball State they gave up 48 points and 346 yards through the air to Ball State. Rowe for $2,500 makes for a good GPP play.
3. Daniel Sam’s Kansas State $5,000 – Sam’s goes up against a Baylor Bears defense who has done well against other teams starters. Last week they gave up 40+ points to West Virginia, but almost half of that was during garbage time. Sam’s is a dual threat quarterback who is known more for his legs and his passing. He ran for 118 yards against Oklahoma State on 27 carries. I feel that he is a safe play because he should get 20+ carries and his completion percentage is pretty solid for a guy making his first start the season. If Kansas State can keep it close, it will be a high-scoring game and Sams will most assuredly be the guy leading their offense.
4. Jalen Whitlow Kentucky $2,750 – Whitlow is going up against a tough Alabama defense who has been great the last few weeks. Whitlow has also been great though recently as he had a great game against South Carolina where he totaled three touchdowns. He is so close to bare minimum price, that if you don’t like Caleb Rowe then Whitlow may be your guy. He had 17 carries last week and 12 two weeks before when he saw more action against Louisville. It’s safe to say he should get between 12 and 15 carries against Alabama.
5. Chandler Whitmer Connecticut $3,750 – Whitmer has started every game this season yet only has five touchdowns. He doesn’t run the ball well and honestly he will have negative rushing yards due to being sacked multiple times. This week against South Florida though, at home should be a decent game. He should have his star receivership receiver Shakim Phillips and South Florida has given up 34 points per game. Even the offensively weak Michigan State offense put up 21 points against this defense. Whitmer will be low owned, but might be worth the risk on Saturday
1. Lache Seastrunk Baylor $7,500 – Seastrunk has ran for over 150 yards in three straight games while never eclipsing 20 attempts in a game. He’s the starting running back, but because Baylor has crushed their opponents he rarely gets to run 20 times. Against Kansas State you should see a more formidable opponent, but not one that’ll be able to stop him. He has eight rushing touchdowns on the year and with him being a star with such a low price, he is the main guy in every one of my lineups this weekend.
2. Ameer Abdullah Nebraska $7,750 – Abdullah is the running back for the Cornhuskers and he has been electric in his last two games. He has over 350 yards and three touchdowns in those two games and I expect the same kind of performance against Purdue. If Taylor Martinez does not see the field this weekend I expect a huge performance from Abdullah, but if he does play then temper your expectations by a little bit.
3. Todd Gurley Georgia $6,750 – If you looked at this matchup in the preseason you would have never thought that Missouri be a decently tough opponent. If Gurley does play this weekend (questionable for now) I love him as a top three running back. His price is lower than it should be and with Keith Marshall definitely out he will get 20 carries almost guaranteed. Make sure to keep an eye on his availability this weekend.
4. Melvin Gordon Wisconsin $6,500 – Gordon is a top-five running back overall in college football and his price makes you really consider him this weekend. He’s coming off an injury to his leg, but with the week off he should be good to go. The reason why I like Wisconsin to win on Saturday against Northwestern is because Northwestern is very susceptible to the running game. They gave up over 168 yards to Carlos Hyde, the Buckeyes running back, last week.
5. Mike Davis South Carolina $7,000 – Davis has been a workhorse for the Gamecocks and against Arkansas on the road, he is going to need to put up another solid game. He has 12 catches on the season, which is nice in PPR leagues, but his real value comes from his eight touchdowns and over hundred yards rushing four of the five games this season.
1. Paul Perkins UCLA $3,250 – Jordan James injured his ankle last Thursday against Utah and because of that Perkins saw 16 carries and ran for 92 yards. He has been getting five carries a game for 4 yards per carry, but now he should be expected to run 15 to 20 times. Perkins goes up against the brutal California defense and in a big game like this where they are big favorites, expect plenty of running from the UCLA offense.
2. Ben Malena Texas A&M $5,250 – Molina is not a high yards per game guy, but he’s the perfect weapon for Johnny Football inside the red zone. Melena is a tough runner although small in stature. Against Ole Miss, you should see success in the 15 to 20 fantasy point range, which isn’t amazing, but can do the job for someone that needs to fit a bigger player in. He has four touchdowns in the last two games.
3. Fitzgerald Toussaint Michigan $4,750 – Toussaint is coming off one of his best games this season where he put up two touchdowns and over 75 yards rushing against Minnesota. He has been hot lately running for over 250 yards in the last three games while recording five touchdowns. Against Penn State he should see success just like Indiana’s running backs who had over 125 yards on 24 carries. After watching last week’s game against Minnesota, Michigan clearly wants to run the ball first and relieve any pressure from Devin Gardner so he can limit his mistakes.
4. Aaron Wimberly Iowa State $5,000 – Wimberly has made his name the last two weeks on Thursday night football. He torched Tulsa on the grounds for over 7 yards per carry running for 137 total yards two weeks ago. This past Thursday against Texas he ran for 117 yards and a touchdown to go with two catches and a touchdown. He sees a Texas Tech defense who gave up over 200 yards rushing to TCU, who are the only above average to average offense they have seen this year that don’t throw nonstop.
5. Kelvin York Utah $2,750 – York received the most carries from Utah which is surprising because we just figured out a few weeks ago that James Poole was the number one running back. This play comes with a little bit of risk due to the uncertainty of a change at running back, but York should get the start Saturday against Stanford. Yeah, he has a tough matchup against the Cardinal defense, but his priced tag is almost bare minimum. If you need the money and feel like taking the risk from a minimum guy to get a touchdown and 50 yards rushing then York could be your guy.
1. Paul Richardson Colorado $8,000 – Even against a tough defense, Richardson had a nice day. Richardson had a long touchdown pass, which was the surprising part of his game on Saturday, but what were not surprising were his five catches for 134 yards. He ended the day with 28 fantasy points and has gone for 45+ fantasy points twice this season. Arizona State is coming off a tough loss to Notre Dame, where they gave up almost 300 yards passing and a huge 8 catch 135 yard plus a touchdown performance to Notre Dame’s top receiver TJ Jones. Richardson is much better than Jones and I expect another unbelievable performance out of him.
2. Deontay Greenberry Houston $7,250 – Greenberry has propelled himself to a class of star receivers in his last three games where he caught 29 passes and averaged over 150 yards per game. He has two touchdowns during that time and is currently averaging 132 yards per game. Memphis will be on the road at Houston Saturday and does not have the defensive players to stop a receiver like Greenberry.
3. Jaelen Strong Arizona State $6,000 – Strong has had over 100 yards receiving in four straight games now and has 33 catches during that time. The only thing I can say he hasn’t done well is finally end zone, which he has only done twice during that four-game span. Colorado has shown to be extremely bad against the pass this season. They have given up 769 yards and 11 touchdowns in the last two games through the air this year. If those numbers don’t get you excited about a top-level receiver like Strong then I don’t know what will.
4. Jamison Crowder Duke $7,000 – There is some uncertainty at who will be the quarterback for Duke to this weekend, but I don’t think it will change Crowder’s value that much. Crowder has obviously flourished with Connette at quarterback as he has put up 75 fantasy points in the last two weeks, but Crowder also did well early on the season catching 17 passes in the first two weeks of the season when Boone was active. Against Navy and with Connette starting, you should probably be able to expect something like his last two games where he averaged seven catches, 145 yards, and a touchdown. So, let’s hope that happens.
5. Antwan Goodley Baylor $6,500 – Goodley is averaging 28 fantasy points per game and you could probably put that on the fact that he has scored a touchdown in every game this season. In is last three games he’s on a real tear with 16 catches and over 400 receiving yards to go with four touchdowns. With Baylor being on the road against a decent Kansas State team, you should be able to expect another hundred plus yard performance and hopefully a closer game so Goodley plays all four quarters.
1. Dorial Green-Beckham Missouri $4,750 – I already like James Franklin, the Missouri quarterback, so it’s safe to say that I like his star receiver. DGB had a rough week last game against Vanderbilt, but he was great the two weeks before that’s accounting for 12 catches and 200 yards receiving to go along with three touchdowns. UGA has a terrible pass defense, and I really expect them to struggle against the Missouri offense. Last season Missouri was outmatched and it showed as they lost by three touchdowns. In this game I’m expecting a very close competitive game with Missouri possibly getting the win.
2. MacGarrett Kings Michigan State $4,500 – Kings has been Cook’s favorites receiver for Michigan State the last three weeks. You won’t have a high number of catches or yards, but he is his main red zone target. The last three games Kings has 14 catches and just under 200 yards receiving. Against Indiana, I fully expect See better Michigan State offense who is coming off a bye week. Players off bye weeks in my opinion play better teaching the amount of preparation they can put in. This is especially the case with Kings and cook being able to get more comfortable with each other.
3. Richard Mullaney Oregon State $4,500 – Mullaney had a rough week last week putting up only 8.5 fantasy points against Colorado, but I expect a bounce back game against Washington State. Oregon State will throw constantly against the Cougars’ defense and they should do it well. California had a 200 yard receiver last week against this defense and although Mullaney is not expected to be that guy, I expect him to put up at least 15 fantasy points while scoring one touchdown.
4. Malcolme Kennedy Texas A&M $3,750 – I was all in on Kennedy two weeks ago and it hurt me, so I’m a little weary of this pick. The stats and film make me believe in Kennedy and the fact that the total over/under for this game is over 70 reinforces that thought. Kennedy was targeted early in his last game and had three of four catches in that first quarter. There is no way Johnny Football ignores him again with the way that Mike Evans has been tearing up defenses. Ole Miss will almost assuredly have to double Evans to stop him from crushing them.
5. L’Damian Washington Missouri $3,750 – Washington is a low-priced guy with a high point per game average. He’s averaging 17 points per game and in his last three games he has put up over 18 fantasy points in each of them. I’ve already discussed how much I love Missouri’s offense against Georgia, but the fact that Washington has four touchdowns in the last three games something to get excited about with a cheap option. Between Washington and Kennedy you have two great below average price to players.
1. Jace Amaro Texas Tech $4,750 – Amaro is the top target for Texas Tech quarterbacks this year and you can tell due to the nine catches in three straight games that he has put up. Whether it be against Stephen .F Austin or against solid TCU, Amaro puts up the points. If you’re looking to spend money at a tight end this weekend, Amaro is your guy. Iowa State’s defense has given up 27 points per game and Texas Tech should be able to at least put up that many points.
2. Devin Funchess Michigan $3,250 – Funchess is a big risk and big reward play due to Michigan’s coach never settling on a certain role for him. Funchess has had bad games of one and three catches, but he has also put up big games like seven catches for 151 yards and one touchdown against Minnesota this past weekend. If you have the extra money laying around Funchess could be the guy that takes you to a top cashing position.
3. Hunter Henry Arkansas $2,500 – Henry has been productive in his last three games and even though he caught two passes for 42 yards in mop up duty towards the end of that Florida game last weekend I still like him in this weekend. He has 8 catches the last three games and only one touchdown, but has gone for double digits in two of those games. If I’m going to minimum priced at the tight end position this week Henry is my guy.
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