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!
Josh Rosen vs Nebraska – ($6,800) – UCLA QB Josh Rosen has been hot and cold for most of the season. The freshman phenom closed out the regular season as one of only five Pac-12 quarterbacks to eclipse 3,000 yards passing, and he boasted an impressive TD:INT ratio of 20:9. Rosen started all season long for the Bruins en route to Pac-12 Rookie of the Year. Even though his completion percentage is slightly low, the volume is there. Nebraska has a stout run defense, so much of the Bruins focus will come through the air. Luckily for Rosen, the Cornhuskers have the 122nd ranked pass defense allowing an average of 288 passing yards per game. Josh Rosen should get plenty of looks for a solid stat line.
Thomas Sirk vs Indiana – ($7,200) – After taking over the starting reigns from All-ACC signal caller, Anthony Boone, Duke QB Thomas Sirk has flourished. Sirk isn’t an elite player, but he’s one of the best running quarterbacks in the country. In 11 games, Sirk has 143 rushes for 564 yards and six touchdowns, but he also remains a very active passer for the Blue Devils. Sirk has absolutely thwarted weak secondaries all season long and Indiana is statistically the worst pass defense in all of college football. The Hoosiers are giving up a whopping 326 passing yards, 180 rushing yards and 37 points per game. Seeing as how Thomas Sirk is the ultimate dual-threat quarterback, he should shine in the Pinstripe bowl.
Nick Mullens vs Washington – ($6,300) – Nick Mullens is an intriguing play for a number of reasons. First of all, the Southern Miss QB is facing a Washington defense that is very solid against the run so the Golden Eagles focus will be through the air. Nick Mullens can also ball; in nine of 13 of Southern Miss games, Mullens has passed for at least 300 yards and thrown for at least three touchdowns in seven of those games. Southern Miss is an underdog by 8.5 points so the Golden Eagles will need to throw early and often to stay in this game.
Other recommendations: Nate Sudfield ($6,600) and Brad Kaaya ($6,500)
Travon McMillian vs Tulsa– ($6,900) – I love this matchup for Virginia Tech RB Travon McMillian. The Hokies face Tulsa in the Independence Bowl in Frank Beamer’s last career game as a head coach. Not only is that incentive enough to draft Virginia Tech players but Tulsa gives up a whopping 238.5 rushing yards per game. McMillian should be considered a bargain at this pricing considering he’s putting up 21.7 rush attempts per game and hasn’t had fewer than 80 rushing yards in any contest. In the seven games as the Hokies lead back, McMillian has scored five touchdowns and is averaging 24.8 fantasy points in that span. Throw in a big point spread in favor of Virginia Tech and McMillian should be considered a top priority for DFS users.
Joseph Yearby vs Washington State – ($6,000) – Miami RB Joseph Yearby gets a ton of touches in this Hurricanes offense. Even though the third team All-ACC player only has one touchdown in his last six games, Yearby saw a season-high in carries while posting his highest yardage output in league play. Yearby only needs 61 yards in the Sun Bowl to hit 1,000 rushing yards on the season. That shouldn’t be hard to come by against Washington State’s 100th ranked run defense that allows 199 rushing yards per game. Yearby will continue to garner the lion’s share of touches out of the backfield.
Zack Langer vs Virginia Tech – ($4,700) – Tulsa RB Zack Langer has dealt with injuries down the stretch of the season, but make no mistake, this guy is a touchdown machine. Langer has managed to tally 17 touchdowns on the year and remains Tulsa’s goal-line back, even with the consistent play of fellow RB D’Angelo Brewer. The Golden Hurricanes will continue to rely on Zack Langer in short yardage situations and throughout the game as Tulsa competes in their first bowl game since 2012.
Other recommendations: Devine Redding ($5,600)
Gabe Marks vs Miami (FL) – ($6,800) – Gabe Marks is arguably the most active and productive wide receivers in this slate of games. Marks has developed into Washington State’s top weapon, scoring touchdowns in nine of 12 games and also surpassing 75 receiving yards in that same span. The junior finished the regular season trailing only USC’s JuJu Smith as the Pac’12’s leading receiving and currently leads the conference in touchdown catches with 14. Marks is averaging 9.1 receptions, 98.3 yards, 0.9 touchdowns and 25.4 fantasy points on the year. Those numbers bode well even going against a solid Miami secondary.
Jordan Payton vs Nebraska – ($6,200) – What better player to pair with QB Josh Rosen than his favorite target, WR Jordan Payton. Payton leads the Bruins in receiving (75 catches, 1,069 yards and four touchdowns), and he’s one of only four Pac-12 pass catchers to get over 1,000 yards on the season. As noted earlier, Nebraska gives up a ton of yardage through the air, so the volume will certainly be there for Payton and company.
Mike Thomas vs Washington – ($5,800) – Mike Thomas may share the same name as Ohio State WR Michael Thomas, but he’s blown the Buckeye receiver out of the water in terms of production this season. The Southern Miss standout finished the regular season with 1,111 yards and 11 touchdowns. I like pairing Thomas with QB Nick Mullens because the Golden Eagles will need to throw a lot to stay in this game. Washington is also very stout against the run, so Thomas will be asked to do a lot through the air.
Isaiah Ford vs Tulsa – ($5,200) – Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford has quietly become one of the most consistent offensive players in the ACC this season. Ford finished the regular season with 63 catches for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns. Ford really came on strong near the end of the season, averaging 6.3 catchesm 107.66 yards, 1 TD and 25.43 per game in the Hokies last three contests. As noted earlier, Tulsa hosts one of the worst defenses in the nation so Ford should get plenty of looks, especially in the red zone.
Jordan Westerkamp vs UCLA – ($4,800) – Jordan Westerkamp is well-known for his behind-the-back catch last season, but the senior is the clear leading receiver for the Cornhuskers. Westerkamp has a touchdown in seven of Nebraska’s 12 games, and he also has 75 receiving yards or more in that same span. Nebraska is a 6.5-point underdog to UCLA so Westerkamp will see a lot of looks as the Cornhuskers will likely pass a lot to keep pace with the Bruins.
Other recommendations: River Cracraft ($4,600)
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:
Max McCaffrey vs Indiana – ($4,700) – Duke WR Max McCaffrey doesn’t put up gaudy numbers, but the 6-2 senior has put up decent numbers this season. McCaffrey enters the Pinstripe bowl boasting 48 catches for 601 yards and 5 touchdowns on the year. These numbers won’t make you jump on his bandwagon, but Indiana’s secondary is so porous that I really like McCaffrey’s potential. He’s QB Thomas Sirk’s favorite target and the best receiver that Duke has. Mad Max will get plenty of looks.
Jaydon Mickens vs Southern Miss – ($4,200) – Washington WR Jayden Mickens provides a very nice value compared to his cheap price tag. Mickens finished the season as the Huskies’ leader in all receiving categories with 50 receptions for 497 yards and two touchdowns. Not great looking numbers for the team leader but he’s really come on strong in the last stretch of the year. I foresee the Huskies looking to Mickens often to cap off his great career in Seattle.
Other recommendations: Bucky Hodges ($4,200)