Patrick Mahomes $8500 – Some people might think Mahomes is overpriced, which will only bode well for those of us who don’t think so. Kansas State has been getting exposed through the air to a tune of 288 passing yards per game. Mahomes should throw something close to 50 passes once again, and always has unlimited upside. He’s also playing at home, where he has been crushing souls this season.
Connor Cook $7400 – I, personally, am not a Connor Cook fan. However, he loves to pick apart bad defenses, which he’ll get to do this week against Maryland. Cook is coming off of back to back 30+ fantasy point outings, and is absolutely capable of extending that streak against a Maryland team allowing 250 passing yards per game and just over 33 points per game.
Derrick Henry $8600 – Derrick Henry has jumped to to the top of the list to win the Heisman Trophy. If you’re a fan of narratives, Henry is your guy. Alabama has a cushy matchup with the run defense of Mississippi State, who are allowing 168 rushing yards per game. Alabama is also an 8 point favorite, so game flow should work in Henry’s favor in this one.
Deandre Washington $6500 – Washington has touched the ball at least 20 times in 4 straight games. The Red Raiders offense has run through him lately because he’s the only one who can seem to get anything going. Tech has a team total of 38.5, and I think they can easily hit the over on that total against this KSU defense. If Washington touches the ball another 20 times, he should have no problem getting to 100 rushing yards and at least 1 touchdown.
James Washington $5700 – If you’ve been enjoying the success of James Washington, you’re a happy camper. If you’re just now finding out about Washington, you’re probably upset that nobody told you about him yet. He has 24 catches and 7 touchdowns in the last 5 games, and that’s included an absolute dud games against WVU (2 catches, 22 yards). Iowa State is allowing 271 passing yards per game and 32 points per game, which bodes well for Washington and his explosiveness.
Aaron Burbridge $7200 – Any time that Connor Cook is in play, his number one target will also be in play. I’ll have a ton of exposure to this combo on Saturday as they have an incredible matchup. Burbridge has been crushing the souls of opposing defenses lately, hauling in an averaging of 9.25 passes per game and totaling at least 128 yards in each of the last 4 games, and should absolutely continue this tear against a bad Maryland defense.
Joe Hubener $6500 – If there’s ever been a better time to take a chance on Joe Hubener, it’s this week. He’s not the fastest, nor the most athletic, but he should carry the ball another 20+ times in an attempt to keep the ball out of the hands of the potent Texas Tech offense. TTU is allowing an absurd 273 rushing yards per game, so Hubener and Charles Jones (who I’ll talk about in a minute) are both great plays.
Joel Lanning $6000 – Lanning finally surpassed Sam Richardson, which probably should have happened months ago because Richardson is terrible, as the starting QB. He’s got 2 full games under his belt, and has looked decent in these games. Oklahoma State isn’t a great defense by any means, but they’re not terrible either. Lanning doesn’t have the upside of Hubener, but he seems like a pretty safe bet for at least 16 fantasy points, something that Hubener is not.
Rushel Shell $4700 – I’m a huge Wendell Smallwood fan, so Rushel Shell is one of the most annoying peope in my life. This week, I’ve decided to stop fighting it, and embrace the annoyingness that is Rushel Shell and his 15 carries per game. Texas is a very poor run defense, as displayed by their opponents averaging 187 rushing yards per game. Both WVU running backs are in play here, but Shell is a great value.
Charles Jones $4100 – I mentioned earlier my love for Joe Hubener this week. Charles Jones is in the same boat. He’s had at least 13 touches in 3 of the last 4 games, and one of those games was a blowout against OU in which he wasn’t part of the game due to game script. As I stated earlier, KSU should be looking to run the ball just like they did last week against Baylor, in order to keep the ball out of the hands of Mahomes. I fully expect Jones to get another 15 carries, which could easily lead to his top game of the year.
Jehu Chesson $3600 – Chesson is the second wide receiver on a run first team, which isn’t normally someone I would want to target, but this week is a little bit different. Indiana will allow literally everyone to destroy them in the passing game. Chesson may only see 5-6 targets, but most of them will be deep downfield, giving him some great upside.
Allen Lazard $4700 – Lazard has 19 catches over the last 3 games. Joel Lanning clearly feels comfortable with Lazard, as he should because he’s by far the best player on this Iowa State team. He doesn’t have a super great floor for his price, but Lazard has 30 point upside, which he’s flashed the potential for in the last couple games.
Kansas State vs Texas Tech (-5.5) O/U 71.5
This game opened at a total of 74, but has since dropped 2.5 points. If I was a betting man, I’d still bet on the over. TTU’s offense has been great at home this year, and their defense is still inept in every sense of the word. Both offenses should be able to move the ball in their own way, and many points should be scored. I’ve already mentioned Hubener and Charles Jones for KSU, and I also think that Kody Cook is a solid value option, as he’s the most talented player in that offense. Patrick Mahomes is one my favorite QB play of the day, and I also love Jakeem Grant as a top receiver play to pair with him for GPP’s. My love for Deandre Washington remains unfettered as I really think he could be the top $/point option at the running back position.
Underowned QB/WR Pair
Skyler Howard/Shelton Gibson – West Virginia
I mentioned that I think the WVU run game will do big things in this game, but I also think that Skyler Howard could be a great option. He’s had at least 10 rushing attempts in all but one game this season, and he’s seen an uptick in that number in recent weeks. He should still throw the ball 30+ times, and Gibson should see several targets downfield. Gibson has scored a touchdown in each of the last three games, and could easily score again against a porous Texas defense.
Trevone Boykin $10100 – Boykin makes an excellent GPP option this week against quite possibly the worst team in college football. However, I wouldn’t go near him in cash games as he might possibly only play 2 quarters of football. Now, he could throw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half, but there’s just no chance of KU keeping this game close enough to really even imagine anything more than that. There is one thing we might want to consider when making tournament lineups; Trevone Boykin is in the running for the Heisman Trophy and this is a great game for him to bolster his stats. I’m not going near him in my cash games, but I’ll absolutely make sure to get exposure to him in tournaments.
Depth Chart News
The only news that we really have to wait on this week is Josh Doctson and his availability. If he plays, he’s a great GPP option as he’s the number 1 wide receiver in a great offense. If he doesn’t play, Kolby Listenbee and KaVontae Turpin both become solid value options.