It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Bowl season is upon us so let’s win some serious cash in CFB DraftKings to spend on last-minute holiday presents for our loved ones. Here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Jeff Driskel vs Arkansas State – ($7,300) – LA Tech QB Jeff Driskel has had himself quite a redemptive season in Ruston, LA. The former Florida Gator has passed for over 3,500 yards and 24 touchdowns compared to just 8 interceptions in 2015. The senior will be playing close to home in his final career game in the New Orleans bowl against Arkansas State. Luckily for the Bulldogs, Arkansas State ranks 96th nationally against the pass, giving up just over 250 passing yards per game. Driskel and his fellow seniors will look to end their careers on a high note.
Fredi Knighten vs LA Tech – ($7,100) – On the other side of the New Orleans bowl comes Arkansas State QB Fredi Knighten. Not only does he spell his name differently, Fredi Knighten also shows versatility behind center. Over his last five contests, Knighten is averaging 29.75 DK fantasy points per game, while rushing for 4 touchdowns in that span. The senior averages 14 carries per game, but LA Tech allows only a little over 115 rushing yards per game. The Bulldogs do, however, rank 112th nationally against the pass, giving up 265.8 passing yards per game. Knighten will be asked to do a lot more with his arm, but he could sneak in the endzone on the ground.
Tanner Mangum vs Utah – ($5,800) – BYU QB Tanner Mangum has slid under the college football radar for much of the season after filling in for Heisman hopeful, Taysom Hill. The freshman Mangum has scored 20+ fantasy points in five of his last six games and has a favorable matchup against Utah’s porous secondary. Utah is stingy against the run, but allows over 250 passing yards per game. Mangum will be asked to do a lot through the air, and may be overlooked in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. He should make for an intriguing play here.
Kenneth Dixon vs Arkansas State – ($8,100) – Facing off against his school quarterback in Fredi Knighten, LA Tech RB Kenneth Dixon is a dynamic pass-catcher out of the backfield. Dixon has somewhat struggled down the stretch, but he’s tied for the FBS record for career touchdowns. That in itself should warrant Dixon as a solid fantasy play in the New Orleans bowl game where he could very well end up break the record.
Tyler Ervin vs Georgia State – ($7,800) – San Jose State RB Tyler Ervin has been a home run hitter all season long for the Spartans. Ervin put up MONSTER games where he rushed for 263 yards and 300 yards, respectively. Ervin also adds a solid catching dynamic out of the backfield, as evidenced by his 44 total receptions on the season. San Jose State has a pretty favorable matchup against Georgia State in the Cure Bowl, as Georgia State ranks 76th nationally giving up 180 rushing yards per game, right on the nose. Ervin should get plenty of chances to break out.
Jared Baker vs New Mexico – ($4,800) – With starting running back, Nick Wilson, down for the count, Arizona RB Jared baker will get the lion’s share of touches out of the backfield. Luckily for the Wildcats, New Mexico is very poor against the run, allowing 194 rushing yards per game. The only time this season when Baker received more than 20 carries came in week 7 when he absolutely torched Cal’s defense for 207 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards and 3 total touchdowns. These numbers bode well for Baker heading into the New Mexico Bowl.
Other recommendations: Jhurell Pressley ($4,600)
Trent Taylor vs Arkansas State – ($6,700) – LA tech main wide receiver, Trent Taylor, has put up consistent numbers all season long for the Bulldogs. In his last game against Southern Miss, Taylor caught 11 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. That type of volume bodes very well for the junior heading into the season finale against Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl.
Penny Hart vs San Jose State – ($5,900) – There aren’t a great display of solid receivers in this slate, but Georgia State WR Penny Hart is trending upwards. In his last five games, Hart is averaging 6 catches, 90.8 receiving yards and 21.26 fantasy points per game. Although he’s facing a very stingy San Jose State pass defense, Hart should continue to see many looks through the air.
Mitch Matthews vs Utah – ($5,400) – I really like this matchup for BYU WR Mitch Matthews. Utah is extremely strong against the run, so much of BYU’s offensive focus will come through the air. Mitch Matthews doesn’t want to end his career on a sour note, so expect the senior to do everything in his power to become an x-factor for the Cougars. He’s been a little hold and cold all season, but expect Matthews to put up a solid game.
Jordan Reid vs Appalachian State – ($4,600) – Ohio WR Jordan Reid as developed into the Bobcats’ top deep threat, securing all five catchable 20-plus yard targets this season. On those catches, Reid produced 187 yards and three touchdowns. App State poses a very difficult task at hand for Reid in the Camellia Bowl, but he could break the lid over the top.
Carlos Henderson vs Arkansas State – ($4,500) – With much of the focus being on fellow receiver, Trent Taylor, LA Tech WR Carlos Henderson has a chance to break out. Since week 9, Henderson has averaged 4.8 catches, 104 receiving yards (34% higher than Taylor), and one touchdown per game. The higher receiving yardage rate speaks very well to Henderson’s potential in the New Orleans Bowl.
If you decided to splurge on one of the top-tier quarterbacks or running backs, it’s important to find lower-valued players that will still produce. Here are a couple that may fit that mold:
Johnny Jackson vs New Mexico – ($4,100) – Arizona WR Johnny Jackson closed out the 2015 regular season as one of two Wildcat players to have recorded 50 or more catches, and Jackson tied David Richards for most touchdown receptions with 5. Expect Jackson to become one of the team’s top receiving targets in the New Mexico Bowl game. Jackson needs just 77 yards to eclipse the 1,000-yard career receiving mark. Expect him to try to accomplish this feat and then some.
Glenn Smith vs San Jose State – ($3,700) – Although his low fantasy point average may turn users off, Georgia State RB Glenn Smith is an intriguing play. If you’re looking for a lesser-owned back for very cheap, Smith is your guy. San Jose State is abysmal against the run, allowing 215.6 rushing yards per game and have allowed 29 TDs to opposing backs this season. When Georgia State turned to Smith in week 9, he responded with 82 rushing yards on 16 carries and has been fed an average of 13.3 carries ever since. Expect similar numbers in the almighty Cure Bowl.
Other recommendations: Tres Houston ($3,900)