October is arguably the best sports month of the year. What better way to start off the month than winning a boat load of cash in CFB DraftKings? We’ve got a great slate of early games for Saturday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Seth Russell vs Kansas – ($9,300) – There really isn’t much that needs to be said other than the fact that Baylor is playing Kansas. The Jayhawks have one of (if not) the worst defenses in the nation, giving up 283 passing yards, 253 rushing yards and over 40 points per game. Yikes. That’s all you need to know for this one.
Baker Mayfield vs Texas – ($8,000) – Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield has been a pleasant surprise so far this season. Mayfield has registered three or more touchdowns in all four of the Sooners’ games and face a miserable Texas defense this week. The Longhorns rank 119 out of 128 teams in passing yards per game, allowing 296.6 ypg. Mayfield also provides solid value on the ground and should put up big numbers in the Red River Shootout.
Deshone Kizer vs Navy – ($6,200) – Notre Dame QB Deshone Kizer has a very safe floor this week against Navy. Kizer’s upside is his ability to make plays on the ground and he has a bevy of weapons around him, including WR Will Fuller and RB CJ Prosise. Notre Dame will most likely play with a chip on their shoulder and should get back to winning ways this week.
Other recommendations: C.J. Beathard ($5,700)
C.J. Prosise vs Navy – ($7,600) – Even against a stout Clemson defense, Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise managed to garner 50 yards on the ground and caught four passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. No matter who the opponent is, the Fighting Irish will provide Prosise with a big workload. Expect nothing less this week against Navy.
Shock Linwood vs Kansas – ($7,400) – Baylor RB Shock Linwood, aka Rashodrick, has been a spark plug in this high-powered Bears’ offense. Last week against Texas Tech, Linwood rushed for a career-high 221 yards and scored two touchdowns. The junior tailback has now rushed over 100 yards in three straight games and has six touchdowns over that span. Match Baylor’s unstoppable offense against a horrific Kansas defense and Shock Linwood should have a field day.
Mike Warren vs Texas Tech – ($6,000) – Texas Tech hosts the fourth worst rush defense in the nation, giving up an average of 277 yards on the ground per game. Mike Warren thrashed a similarly bad rush defense in Kansas last week, going for 175 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries. Expect similar numbers in Lubbock this weekend.
Terence Williams vs Kansas – ($4,400) – See a trend here with the Bears offense? Backup RB Terence Williams should get plenty of touches in what should be a thrasing of the Jayhawks. After all, Kansas allows over 250 rushing yards per game and Baylor produces over 375 rushing yards per game. Talk about a mismatch!
Roger Lewis – ($7,800) – Dude, this guy has eclipsed over 200 receiving yards in three of his last four games for Bowling Green. Roger Lewis now has 38 receptions for 711 yards and six touchdowns so far this season. Umass is notoriously bad against the run, but Lewis should see plenty of looks through the air. Bowling Green will score a ton of points so Lewis will get his.
Sterling Shepard – ($6,200) – Shepard has yet to break out this year, but he’s shown flashes of becoming Oklahoma’s elite receiver. Shepard and QB Baker Mayfield have developed a solid rapport and the Sooners should score a fair amount of points against a horrible Texas defense.
Jared Dangerfield vs Middle Tennessee – ($6,100) – After starting the year off with lingering injuries, Western Kentucky WR Jared Dangerfield has looked more like himself in the last two games. Dangerfield has scored a touchdown in three straight games and Western Kentucky airs it out like no other. That’s a deadly combination.
Jay Lee vs Kansas – ($5,900) – I continue to roll this guy out just based on the offense he plays in. Baylor WR Jay Lee isn’t the Bears’ main scoring threat, but he continue to gain yardage at a consistent rate. Lee had an 87 yard catch when he was tackled at the one yard line last week against Texas Tech, which prevented his fifth score of the year. Expect Jay Lee to remain consistent this week against a soft Kansas defense.
Allen Lazard vs Texas Tech – ($5,400) – Allen Lazard is one of the most talented yet underperforming receivers in the Big 12. Lazard has yet to truly pop, but he’s caught at least four passes in each game and is due for a big game. What better matchup to break out then against a Texas Tech pass defense that is allowing 304 passing yards per game. Lazard is too physical and athletic for the Red Raiders to contain.
You may not have much salary left when looking at your FLEX position, so it’s important to find those players that are low-priced yet in a good position to put up decent fantasy numbers. Here are a few sleepers that may fit this mold:
Canaan Severin vs Pittsburgh – ($4,300) – I’ll say it before and I’ll it again; UVa WR Canaan Severin is the only legitimate threat for the Cavaliers on the outside. Severin is the team’s main receiver and his yardage will come in high volume. You’ll need Severin to score in order to multiply his value.
Zach Austin vs Iowa State – ($3,800) – Texas Tech WR Zach Austin had zero career receptions before last Saturday’s game against Baylor. Austin was thrown into the fire after injuries hit the Red Raiders receivers hard. The sophomore responded well with a team-high eight receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown. I love his value considering how many offensive snaps he should see on Saturday.