November is finally here, which means that every college football game becomes more and more important. We’ve got a really great slate of games for Thursday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Dak Prescott vs Missouri – ($8,700) – Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott is coming off a very impressive performance against Kentucky a couple weeks back. Prescott completed 25-of-35 passes for 348 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Wildcats. He also rushed the ball 13 times for 117 yards and added three more touchdowns on the ground. Considering Prescott has scored 10 touchdowns in his last two games bodes well for the senior heading into a matchup with a stingy Missouri team.
Jarrett Stidham vs Kansas State – ($8,500) – The fact that blue-chip freshman QB Jarrett Stidham is valued so highly speaks volumes about Baylor’s offense. Stidham might not match Seth Russell’s production, particularly on the ground, but you better believe he’ll put up great numbers through the air. Just look at his totals for the season, albeit in garbage time. This season, Stidham is 24-of-28 for 331 yards and 6 TDs. Sounds like Seth Russell’s numbers for one game. The Bears face a Kansas State pass defense that ranks 112th nationally, giving up 269.7 passing yards per game.
Taylor Lamb vs Arkansas State – ($7,000) – Appalachian State QB Taylor Lamb may be relatively unknown at this point, but this kid can ball. Lamb can beat you through the air or on the ground. Expect Taylor Lamb to be effective on both accounts this week against a mediocre Arkansas State defense. The Red Wolves are riding a four-game winning streak, but their defense is surrendering an average of 31.6 points and 253 passing yards per game.
Shock Linwood vs Kansas State – ($7,900) – Baylor RB Shock Linwood is the featured back in this high-powered offense. Last week against Iowa State for example, Linwood carried the ball 27 times for 171 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a six-yard touchdown pass. Linwood has been hot lately, recording five 100-yard games in his last six contests. The Bears will most likely lean on Linwood more with a freshman quarterback behind center.
Marcus Cox vs Arkansas State – ($6,800) – Appalachian State RB Marcus Cox is the bell cow for the Mountaineers. Last week in a thrilling 44-41 win over Troy, Cox ran the ball 30 times for 140 yards, while registering 3 catches for 19 yards. Although he didn’t find the end zone, Cox has racked up 917 high-quality yards through eight games this season. As I alluded to earlier, Arkansas State is giving up a pretty penny defensively so look for Marcus Cox to shoulder the load once again.
Jamauri Bogan vs Ball State – ($5,500) – Western Michigan RB Jamauri Bogan has exploded on the scene in the last few weeks. Bogan has six touchdowns over the last two games and is proving to be a hot fantasy commodity heading into the final month of the regular season. The Broncos host lowly Ball State, who is giving up over 30 points and 186.6 rushing yards per game. Bogan could be in for a big play, or two.
Corey Coleman vs Kansas State – ($8,600) – What more is there to say about this guy? Two weeks ago against Iowa State, Coleman extended his streak of games with at least six catches and two or more touchdowns to six. The junior has 47 catches for 962 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season. I repeat, 18 TOUCHDOWNS! Regardless of who’s behind center, Coleman is a fantasy monster. Enough said.
Daniel Braverman vs Ball State – ($7,700) – Last week against Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman put up his worst performance of the season. Considering Braverman had five catches for 78 yards bodes well for his fantasy value. That was largely in part due to the 30-point win and QB Zach Terrell only throwing the ball 23 times. Keep Braverman in your lineups this week against a Ball State pass defense that gives up nearly 300 yards through the air per game.
De’Runnya Wilson vs Missouri – ($5,800) – If you splurged for QB Dak Prescott, you need to squeeze in WR De’Runnya Wilson in your lineup. Besides his sweet name, Wilson has been on fire lately. The 6-5 junior is averaging 21.3 Dk fantasy points in his last three games, and has proven to become QB Dak Prescott’s favorite target. Wilson may be challenged more this week against a tough Missouri pass defense.
Jay Lee vs Kansas State – ($5,600) – Baylor WR Jay Lee has been boom or bust all season long. Nonetheless, Lee has a great shot to score against a porous Kansas State defense. Considering Jay Lee only put up 2.3 fantasy points in his last outing means he should pop this week. Right?
Other recommendations: KD Cannon ($5,200)
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:
Marteze Waller vs Nevada – ($4,800) – Fresno State RB Marteze Waller could prove to be a diamond in the rough this week against a suspect Nevada rush defense. Last week against Air Force, Waller carried just ten times for 80 yards and a touchdown. The senior enters week nine ranked sixth in rushing in the Mountain West (153 carries, 660 yards), but has come on strong lately putting up 261 yards and five rushing touchdowns in just his last three starts.
Kevonn Mabon vs Western Michigan – ($4,500) – Ball State WR Kevonn Mabon has become the Cardinals go too receiver in the latter half of the season. Mabon is averaging exactly six catches in his last five games, and could be worth a look this week against Western Michigan.