Early QB/WR Combos to Target
One GPP strategy I like to have in college football is using a quarterback and wide receiver from the same team. It’s a common practice, but one I feel is a must to take down a big GPP in the college game. College football players are known to have monster outings, so pairing up two high-impact players can almost guarantee a high finish. With the bonuses for yardage on DraftKings, this quarterback-receiver combo comes into play even more and can separate you from your competition on the leaderboard. Like always, I’m going to give you some guys to monitor that are under-the-radar and should be lower owned to start the season.
Zach Terrell and Corey Davis – Western Michigan – This offense is all sorts of powerful, and these two players make it happen on limited touches. Typically you want to see a quarterback throw it all over the field in DFS, but this combo might be good enough to use even if they average less than 30 passes per game. With only 368 pass attempts, Terrell threw for the 24th most yards per game (264.8). In terms of yards per attempt, he ranked third with a 9.4-yard average last season. With numbers like that, you must have a star target that makes things easy on your QB, and that’s exactly what WMU has in Corey Davis.
Davis will always be a cash game play due to his consistent and positive impact on the offense. He scored at least one touchdown in 11 of the 12 games he played in last season. In eight of those games, he went for over 100 yards. But Davis is a GPP option because of his ability to go for 100 yards and because of his multi-touchdown potential. In Western Michigan’s bowl game, he went for 8/176/3. Terrell threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns in that game. If you combine the duo’s fantasy points, you’re looking at upwards of 70 fantasy points out of just 2 players. This team will play a big factor going into the final month of the season, but this is a combo that wouldn’t be all that crazy of an option against Michigan State and Georgia Southern early this Fall. And if Western Michigan throws more in 2015, then this is a combo you must take advantage of.
Seth Russell and KD Cannon – Baylor – Using a Baylor QB/WR combo isn’t a unique strategy in GPPs, but using their second best receiver as a combo is. Most people are going to be on Corey Coleman this season, and rightfully so. He caught 64 passes for 1,119 yards and 11 TDs last season. He also had a monster game against Oklahoma, catching 15 passes for over 200 yards. So, why Cannon? Both receivers are great at turning potentially short gains into explosive plays, but Cannon has better downfield ability and speed. This was fairly evident against Michigan State in 2014, when he caught eight passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. In total, Cannon had four games for 100+ yards, and in those games he caught just 26 passes. Those four games resulted in 28.2 yards per catch and seven touchdowns. That is not a typo folks. Cannon’s four best games resulted in 26/733/7. Those stats alone should tell you why it’s not a risk at all to go with the number two guy in this Baylor offense on any given Saturday this Fall.
Ryan Finley and Thomas Sperbeck – Boise State – Ryan Finley is an unproven player who hasn’t even won the quarterback job, but he’s on his way to being the starter in 2015. He played significant time in just one game last season, throwing for 161 yards and two touchdowns on 12 of 25 passing. He’s a big guy (6’4, 199) and if he can be the same kind of thrower as last season’s Broncos quarterback, Grant Hedrick, then you’re looking at a possible Top 25 yards per game gunslinger in the NCAA. Last season, Hedrick was 25th in the country in yards per game (264). Going back even further to 2013, Hedrick threw just 242 times for 1,825 yards. There could be more of the same in Boise under center this season in Finley.
Finley’s top target is going to be Thomas Sperbeck. He had a huge game in the Fiesta Bowl, catching 12 passes for 199 yards. He had some up and down games in 2014, with games of 59 yards or less in three of his last four games, but that was with Jay Ajayi on the team. The lack of a star running back will force Boise State to rely on Sperbeck heavily in 2015. Even though his numbers overall weren’t impressive (51/877/3), he was nonexistent in the first four games and was the fourth target on the team. I suspect he’ll be the top target on the blue turf and the guy you’ll want to pair up with Finley in early season matchups against teams like Washington, BYU, and UVA.