Week 3 of DFS is here and pricing is tougher. It’s time to get down to serious business this week! In this edition I’ve discussed a bunch of players that have never seen this list before. Have no fear though, I’ve done the research and looked at these guys enough where you can seriously consider them in their matchups. Let’s get right to it and see who I’m liking for this week’s college football! If there is someone here you disagree with or that I’m not mentioning, make your voice heard in the DFS College Football Forum here at LuDawgs.
1. Maty Mauk, Missouri – In week one, Mauk was solid, but didn’t throw for a whole lot of yardage. The offense in week two was much better and against stiffer competition. Mauk threw for five TDs against Toledo and added another one on the ground. Now he faces UCF, the same team that gave up 454 passing yards to fellow sophomore Christian Hackenberg.
2. Wes Lunt, Illinois – While Lunt is a great pick this weekend, he’s not making me a happy camper. His ability to throw the football has killed Josh Ferguson’s value. That’s besides the point though. Lunt should dominate a Washington defense that just gave up 475 passing yards and seven TDs to Eastern Washington’s QB. Holy smokes right? On the season, Lunt is averaging over 300 yards a game with a 7:1 TD to INT ratio.
3. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State – Hackenberg has been great in 2014 and is a great play Saturday. He’s thrown for over 300 yards in two straight games and threw for three TDs against Akron the other day. Well, guess who his matchup is this weekend? That would be Rutgers, the same team that gave up over 500 yards and 5 TDs to Washington State.
4. Dane Evans, Tulsa – This past week, Evans struggled against Oklahoma to the tune of only 204 yards and 1 TD. I don’t’ blame him though. Oklahoma’s defense is very good. Evans did better against Tulane throwing over 50 times for 438 yards and four passing TDs. Saturday Evans gets FAU and their defense that just made Alabama’s two QBs look like Peyton Manning as they went 27/38 for 430 yards and three TDs. Evans has a star WR and a gameplan designed to pass a ton against a bad defense.
5. James Knapke, Bowling Green – Knapke is a total GPP play here and with good reason. He hasn’t played a whole lot and his only action this season is against VMI. He ran for one TD and passed for another against them, but I feel he could sneak in a third TD against Indiana’s defense. He did pass 31 times for a 71% completion percentage, and with this matchup he could provide very good value.
6. Cyler Miles, Washington – Miles didn’t play in week one, but made up for it with his week two performance. While his yardage was down, he scored four TDs (three on the ground). This will make him a risky pick, but a very capable one against Illinois. Their defense isn’t that good and Miles has to be the guy in this offense with Sankey gone and the replacement RBs not doing a whole lot so far this season.
7. Jake Rudock, Iowa – I just feel dirty writing about Iowa players, but this is a big one against Iowa State. This same matchup for Jake Waters resulted in big time fantasy points and Rudock has some similarities with Waters. They both can run, and even though Waters runs significantly more, it only takes a few good runs to load up on fantasy points. What I do love about Rudock is that he has thrown 93 times so far in 2014.
8. Huston Mason, Georgia – Mason was called on to be a game manager against Clemson and with good reason. The UGA running backs ran for 100 yards per carry. There was no reason for Mason to make any big plays. Against South Carolina, the competition will be much stiffer and should force Mason into throwing the football more. Mason is capable of big yardage through the air as he threw for 299 and 320 yards in the last two games of 2013.
1. Tevin Coleman, Indiana – I wrote about Coleman in my article “The Fifth Quarter,” so I won’t go crazy here talking about him. Basically, he’s a dynamic back with a great matchup against Bowling Green and with more carries than he’s ever gotten his yardage is going to keep going up. Last season they held him back and with Sudfeld struggling so far they’ll need him to keep producing.
2. Jay Ajayi, Boise State – Ajayi is what we call in the business a “workhorse.” In the first game of the season against Ole Miss he had 32 touches, 179 yards and a TD. In the second game of the season against Colorado State he had 37 touches for 280 yards and three TDs. There’s no reason to think his career success against lesser teams won’t continue against UConn Saturday.
3. Terris Jones-Grigsby/Nick Wilson, Arizona – These two running backs have been so ridiculously good in this offense that I would consider both if TJG is healthy. If TJG is healthy he’s definitely a great play as the offense is a non-stop attack. If TJG isn’t playing then Wilson has shown to carry the rock just as well if not better. He has 37 carries and 278 yards on the season with two TDs. Although Nevada has only given up 16 points per game so far this season, they haven’t faced an offense quite like Arizona’s yet.
4. Travis Green, Bowling Green – Green is a great play this week going up against Indiana. He has three TDs on the season and with Matt Johnson out at QB you can bet Green will get more of the load against better competition. The total points for this game currently sits at 69, and there’s no way BGSU puts up those kinds of points without Green having a big game.
5. James Conner, Pittsburgh – If it wasn’t for Conner’s big price, I would have Conner ranked higher. And let’s be real, there’s no way he’s being ranked high than my man crush Tevin Coleman. What can we expect out of him this week against FIU? Well, we can expect a ton of yardage (he’s averaging 183 a game), a few TDs (he has five on the season), and plenty of touches at worst (averaging 25 a game). Don’t be scared off by FIU’s defensive numbers as they’ve played Bethune-Cookman and Wagner to start the season.
6. Javorius Allen, USC – Allen proved me wrong after running for over 100 yards against Stanford this past weekend. So, you know I’m not denying him of a spot on this list in week three. He has two straight games of 23 touches, so going up against Boston College should mean big things. BC is coming off a terrible game against Pitt where they gave up 214 yards on the ground to Conner. Allen isn’t as big of an RB as Conner, but he’s not small either. This 6’1, 220lb beast of a back runs downhill and should be great Saturday night.
7. Royce Freeman, Oregon – If you can find Freeman at a lower price then scoop him up against Wyoming. Oregon is a big favorite against the Cowboys and even though Freeman only gets 12-13 touches per game, he should be dynamic in those touches. So far this season he has four TDs on 23 carries. If he can score two TDs on Michigan State then he should have no trouble with Wyoming.
8. Wendall Smallwood, West Virginia – Smallwood is my complete hunch pick for the weekend and with little risk. He’s going to be at minimum price on most sites and with 11+ touches being a lock. He’s gotten 11 touches in two straight games (Alabama and Towson). That doesn’t sound like a lot, but with touches on the ground and through the air he makes for an appealing min price play. He had six catches for 73 yards against Alabama, so he can get open.
1. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh – If you saw Boyd play against Boston College then you know why he’s ranked this high. He gets to face off against Florida International this weekend and will try to make it three straight games with a TD catch. He had a weak first game, but that was due to injury. He came back very strong against BC and shut up the doubters.
2. Keevan Lucas, Tulsa – Against the Sooners, people thought he would struggle to put up big numbers, but that wasn’t the case. He had his second straight double digit catch game and caught another TD pass. Right now he has 23 catches for 317 yards and four TDs. Those are big numbers and against Florida Atlantic, Tulsa should be able to pass all over them. As I previously noted, Alabama’s questionable passing game dominated FAU.
3. Kevin White, West Virginia – White is a breakout candidate at WR this year and could do even more after a great first two weeks. He has caught 19 passes in two games and looked great against Alabama. This week he gets Maryland and although the matchup isn’t stellar, there’s reason to like him. Maryland hasn’t faced a passing game like West Virginia’s and last season they were pretty middle of the pack against the pas.
4. Devin Funchess, Michigan – Even in a game that resulted in zero Michigan points, Funchess logged over 20 fantasy points. He is the number one target for Devin Gardner and it’s not even close. This week against Miami (OH), he’s a prime candidate for multiple TD catches. Against Appalachian State there was no one that could stop him and Miami (OH) shouldn’t either. The two starting corners for them are 6’0 and 6’3. That’s not a huge height discrepancy, but Funchess is 6’5 and has shown a great ability to go up and get the football.
5. Issac Blakeney, Duke – Blakeney is not the best WR on Duke, but he’s probably going to provide the most value for you this weekend. He has a pretty cheap price and a great matchup against Kansas Saturday. Southeast Missouri State threw for 297 yards and three TDs against Kansas in their first game. Blakeney has had a great start to his 2014 season logging three TDs.
6. Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa – Martin-Manley has clearly benefitted from the higher amount of passes for Iowa. He has caught eight passes in each of the first two games, but sadly hasn’t reached the end zone. And honestly, his yardage total has been low as well. Against Iowa State though you have to throw all of those negatives out the window. This is a rivalry game and ISU knows them too well. They’ll stack the box because of Iowa’s past history and Martin-Manley will catch his first TD of the season. You heard it here first.
7. Jimmie Hunt, Missouri – If you ask three experts who the best WR will be this weekend for Missouri you’re likely going to get three different answers. I’m saying Hunt is the best option due to price and his game logs. Missouri is going to throw multiple TDs, so it’s possible multiple WRs have great games. I like Hunt though because he was banged up with a bad hamstring in week one and still had a few catches. In week two though he connect with Mauk for two TDs and six catches. He looked healthier and that’s a big thing for him Saturday.
8. Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska – I talked about attacking Fresno State’s pass defense in this week’s “The Fifth Quarter,” so I’m doing so right now. Nebraska’s pass attack is typically awful, but Westerkamp has been solid so far this season. He has a TD in both games this season and had a huge game against FAU in week one with seven catches and 125 yards. He’s the guy I’d use against that bad Fresno State pass defense.
1. Jake Duzey, Iowa – All you can ask out of a tight end is a guy that will get catches and red zone targets. Well, Duzey gets you both of those and he’s put up over ten fantasy points in each of his first two games so far this season. He has also benefitted greatly from Rudock’s higher pass attempts per game.
2. Austin Hooper, Stanford – Hooper is this year’s solid TE and he’s doing it with great numbers. He has four catches and 60 yards in each of his first two games and gets a great matchup against Army. I think Stanford’s passing attack will be what puts them up big against Army, so that means Hooper will easily get targets.
3. Jesse James, Penn State – James loves seeing Hackenberg sling the ball around. He has nine catches and two TDs this season. Last week against Akron he had just two catches, but two were in the end zone. Those are good things to see and with a matchup against Rutgers you have to think that James is a very safe play for five catches and 50 yards.