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 New Year’s eve. Here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Patrick Mahomes II vs LSU – ($8,100) – Red Raiders QB Patrick Mahomes is a budding star. The super sophomore has thrown for nearly 4,300 yards and has accounted for 42 touchdowns for Texas Tech this season. Mahomes ranks number three in passing yards per game (356.9) in the entire nation. He can also beat you on the ground, as evidenced by his 10 rushing touchdowns on the year. The Red Raiders have started to use Mahomes on the ground more of late and he’s averaging 14 carries over his last six contests. Even though LSU has only allowed two quarterbacks to throw for over 300 yards all year, Mahomes is worth the investment because of his high-volume.
Marquise Williams vs Baylor – ($8,000) – For some reason, UNC QB Marquise Williams has looked subpar in two primetime games this season. Both of those games happened to be in his hometown of Charlotte, which could have added pressure. Regardless, Williams should be poised to put up gaudy fantasy numbers in what most certainly will be a shootout with Baylor. The Bears defense is pretty average, giving up 232 passing yards, 156 rushing yards and 27 points per game. Marquise Williams will thrive in his career finale in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Karson Roberts vs California – ($5,100) – I’m very intrigued by this matchup. Air Force QB Karson Roberts is relatively unknown, but he could make a name for himself in the Armed Forces Bowl. Roberts won’t wow you with him arm, but he can certainly beat you with his legs. On the season, Karson Roberts is averaging 13.8 carries and 61.3 rushing yards per game, while scoring 9 rushing touchdowns to boot. Cal’s run defense is abysmal, ranking 103rd nationally, giving up an average of 203.5 rushing yards per game. Roberts should exploit the Golden Bears on the ground.
Other recommendations: Brandon Harris ($4,900)
Leonard Fournette vs Texas Tech – ($9,400) – Like stealing candy from a baby, this one’s a no-brainer. Leonard Fournette has been an absolute monster all season long and there’s no way Texas Tech will slow him down. Especially considering the fact that the Red Raiders have the third worst rush defense in the nation, giving up 271.8 rushing yards per game. Fournette may just get that number by himself. Enough said.
Elijah Hood vs Baylor – ($6,700) – Big drop off from Fournette to the rest of the bunch, but UNC RB Elijah Hood has the next best matchup. The Second-Team All-ACC player has had quite a season. Hood has put up over 1,300 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns and averages 6.5 yards per carry and 103.5 rushing yards per game. Although his performance in the ACC Championship was a slight disappointment, Hood will get back on track against an average Baylor rush defense.
Johnny Jefferson vs North Carolina – ($6,100) – Baylor RB Johnny Jefferson finally showed what he’s capable of in a full-time role in the Bears regular season finale against Texas. Jefferson ran for a career-high 158 yards on 23 carries while also adding a touchdown. Like Texas, UNC is horrible against the run, allowing 216 rushing yards per game. With fellow RB Shock Linwood down for the count, Jefferson will get the lion’s share of touches out of the backfield.
Other recommendations: Timothy McVey ($5,700) and Don Jackson ($5,100)
Jakeem Grant vs LSU – ($6,600) – Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant has put up 80 catches for 1,143 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. This dude is so explosive, as evidenced by his 14.3 yards per catch average. LSU is no slouch, but the Tigers are stingiest against the run so much of the Red Raiders focus will come through the air. Cue Jakeem Grant.
Rashard Higgins vs Nevada – ($6,200) – The group of receivers in this slate isn’t elite, so Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins is probably your second safest bet. Higgins had a very consistent year for the Rams, finishing with 66 catches for 933 yards and 8 touchdowns. Colorado State is facing a middle-of-the-road Nevada pass defense that’s allowing just over 200 passing yards per game. Higgins will remain the Rams main threat on the outside.
KD Cannon vs North Carolina – ($5,100) – With teammate Corey Coleman going down with a sports hernia, Baylor WR KD Cannon has become the main guy in the Bears offense. Although his production has staggered because of instability at the quarterback position, Cannon has still registered 46 catches for 828 yards and 6 touchdowns. Not bad numbers for a guy playing alongside All-American WR Corey Coleman for the majority of the year.
Ryan Switzer vs Baylor – ($5,000) – This selection is solely based on Switzer’s explosive potential. In the ACC Championship game, Switzer caught three balls for 41 yards and two touchdowns. He hasn’t been able to get much going yardage wise this year, but he’s a threat to score every time he gets the ball. In what should become a shootout in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Switzer could get plenty of chances to score.
Other recommendations: Jay Lee ($4,800) and Quinshad Davis ($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:
Mack Hollins vs Baylor – ($4,300) – UNC WR Mack Hollins may not be the sexiest pick but the 6-foot-4 junior remains the team leader in both receiving yards (711) and receiving touchdowns with 8. He only has 28 catches all year, which makes him a hit or miss candidate. Not to beat a dead horse, but this game will be very high scoring. Hollins could add to his team lead in receiving touchdowns.
Malachi Dupre vs Texas Tech – ($4,000) – Hear me out here. We already noted how abysmal Texas Tech is against the run, but the Red Raiders are almost as bad against the pass. Even though RB Leonard Fournette will likely eat up all the fantasy soup in this one, WR Malachi Dupre is the only legitimate receiver the Tigers have. Fellow receivers Travin Dural and Dillon Gordon are both injured so Dupre should get the majority of looks downfield.