We’ve got a very solid slate of Friday games, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Vernon Adams Jr. vs Oregon State – ($8,100) – Vernon Adams Jr. finally popped for the Ducks last week against USC. Adams completed 20-of-25 passes for 407 yards, six touchdowns and a lone interception. The Eastern Washington-transfer finished with a career best 407 yards and recorded the most touchdown passes ever allowed by USC in a single game. He now leads all Pac-12 starters with a 179.4 quarterback rating and has helped Oregon win five straight games. Expect gaudy numbers from Adams this week against Oregon State’s 93rd-ranked pass defense.
C.J. Beathard vs Nebraska – ($5,500) – Iowa QB C.J. Beathard has been the ultimate game-manager en routre to leading Iowa to its first 10-0 start in school history. Beathard and the Hawkeyes go on to face a miserable Nebraska pass defense that gives up over 300 passing yards per game. My only concern with this selection is that Beathard has been dealing with a lingering hip injury so the Iowa coaching staff may preserve their leader.
Royce Freeman vs Oregon State – ($7,500) – Oregon RB Royce Freeman has managed to eclipse 20 carries and 100 rushing yards for the seventh time this year. The sophomore enters week 13 second in the Pac-12 in rushing and tied with a conference-high 12 rushing touchdowns. This week’s Civil War matchup against Oregon State’s 116th-ranked rush defense should provide a nice platform for Freeman to pop.
Aaron Green vs Baylor – ($6,200) – TCU RB Aaron Green has been the most consistent player for the Horned Frogs in the last few weeks, ever since the lingering injury to QB Trevone Boykin. Last week against a stout Oklahoma defense, Green rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Green has received at least 23 carries in three straight games as TCU will continue to lean on the running game with star quarterback Trevone Boykin ailing.
Other Recommendations: Zack Langer ($5,000) and Jordan Canzieri ($4,900)
Gabe Marks vs Washington – ($6,700) – Washington State WR Gabe Marks has been one of the hottest receivers in the country in the last few weeks. Marks tallied a double-digit reception total for a second consecutive week and eclipsed 100 yards receiving for the fourth time this season. He’s averaging an impressing nine catches, 89 yards and a score per game in November. Marks and the Cougars could be challenged against one of the Pac-12’s best defenses this week. I still like rolling with the hot hand.
Taywan Taylor vs Marshall – ($6,000) – Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor has had a spectacular season, especially of late. Last week against FIU, Taylor caught three passes for 100 yards and a score. He’s clearly established himself as QB Brandon Doughty’s favorite option and should be considered an excellent option in the Hilltopper’s season finale this week against Marshall.
Darren Carrington vs Oregon State – ($5,700) – I can’t stress this enough; Oregon has looked like a completely different team since the return of suspended WR Darren Carrington. Last week against USC, Carrington caught four balls for 66 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore enters week 13 averaging four receptions, 92.8 yards and a score in his five appearances this season. He should be in for another big day against the Beavers’ 93rd-ranked pass defense.
Other Recommendations: Jay Lee ($4,800)
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:
Nicholas Norris vs Marshall – ($3,800) – Western Kentucky WR Nicholas Norris has flown under the college football radar all season. He’s quietly put up consistent numbers for the Hilltoppers all year long, yet is still priced relatively cheap. I love his potential this week against Marshall.
Dominique Reed vs Missouri – ($3,800) – Dominique Reed has found the endzone in three of the last four games, and five times over the last six contests. He’s averaging an impressive 20.2 yards per catch this season and is the Razorbacks’ prime big-play threat. Could be hit or miss against a stout Missouri pass defense, but I like his upside.