We’ve got a really great slate of games for Thursday and Friday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Greg Ward Jr. vs Tulane – ($10,000) – In his last three games for Houston, QB Greg Ward Jr. has accounted for 13 touchdowns, nine being on the ground. His numbers are ridiculous. Ward’s four rushing touchdowns last week against SMU move him into a tie with LSU’s Leonard Fournette for the most rushing touchdowns in the nation with 11. Not bad company to be in. Ward and Houston have another favorable matchup this week against Tulane.
Brandon Doughty vs North Texas – ($9,700) – This might be the best quarterback duo you see in this slate of games all season. Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty puts up video game numbers week in, week out. Doughty averages 393 passing yards per game and has put up an absurd 20 passing touchdowns in just six games. The Hilltoppers have an easy matchup with North Texas this week. You need to insert either Ward or Doughty in your lineup. Pick your poison.
Brett Rypien vs Utah State – ($6,600) – The freshman phenom at Boise State has excelled in his first three collegiate starts, combining for 931 yards and seven touchdowns. Last week against Colorado State in Fort Collins, Brett Rypien completed 22-of-35 passes for a career-high 339 yards and a touchdown. Rypien and the Broncos face a much stiffer test this week against a Utah State pass defense that ranks 29th in the country. With RB Jeremy McNichols dealing with concussion problems, Rypien will be asked to shoulder the load.
Other recommendations: Josh Rosen ($6,600) and Patrick Towles ($6,300)
Christian McCaffrey vs UCLA – ($7,400) – Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey has been Mr. Consistency all season. In his last game against Arizona on October 5th, McCaffrey carried 17 times for 156 yards and a touchdown. He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for a third straight week and tallied his first-ever rushing touchdown. The sophomore might not reach the endzone a ton but you can bet your bottom dollar that he’ll get a lot of yardage on the ground against UCLA’s 100th-ranked rush defense.
Peyton Barber vs Kentucky – ($7,200) – Auburn RB Peyton Barber has been one of the few bright spots for the Tigers this season. Barber has gone over the century mark in four of Auburn’s five games in 2015. The Tigers face a middle-of-the-road Kentucky rush defense that is allowing 170 rushing yards per game. Look for Barber to shoulder the load yet again this week.
Stanley Boom Williams vs Auburn – ($5,200) – According to head coach Mark Stoops, Kentucky RB Stanley “Boom” Williams is a full go this week against Auburn. Williams didn’t play last week as he was dealing with a personal issue. His return is a welcoming site for sore eyes as Williams leads the team in rushing with 343 yards on just 47 carries, an average of 7.3 yards per carry. The Wildcats are facing an abysmal Auburn defense that has the 21st worst rush defense in the nation, allowing 209.6 rushing yards per game.
Other recommendations: Mike Boone ($4,800)
Taywan Taylor vs North Texas – ($7,100) – Western Kentucky lead WR Taywan Taylor has been tearing it up this season. Taylor leads the team with eight touchdowns already, and is closing in on 700 receiving yards as well. He’s clearly QB Brandon Doughty’s favorite target and should continue to pour in points against a horrible North Texas defense that is allowing 49 points per game.
Jared Dangerfield vs North Texas – ($6,600) – It would be wise of you to get in as many Western Kentucky players as you can. Dangerfield is the Hilltopper’s second leading receiver, averaging 7 catches per game. He’s also scored in four straight games and this passing offense is prolific. That’s a winning combination.
Demarcus Ayers vs Tulane – ($6,000) – Houston WR Demarcus Ayers continues to dominate the targets in this high-powered Houston offense. With the dynamic dual-threat Greg Ward under center, Ayers has struggled to find the endzone this season. You better believe he’ll find his yardage against a mediocre Tulane defense. Expect Ayers to have a big game this week.
Tyler Higbee vs North Texas – ($5,000) – See a pattern here? The Hilltoppers are going to score in bunches and Tyler Higbee is one of the most productive tight ends in the nation. In six games, Higbee has six touchdowns. Any tight end that’s on pace for double-digit touchdowns is note worthy, especially in this high-powered offense.
Jordan Payton vs Stanford – ($5,000) – Fresh off a bye week, UCLA WR Jordan Payton is the team’s leading receiver. His last game against Arizona State, Payton failed to reach the endzone for the first time all season. The senior moved into fifth place on UCLA’s all-tie receptions list while also moving into 11th on the receiving yards list. He’s averaging a cool 5 catches per game so expect consistent numbers across the board.
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:
Dorian Baker vs Auburn – ($4,200) – This could be a stretch but Kentucky WR Dorian Baker is producing relatively well for his value. Baker has 13 receptions for 137 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. Against a mediocre Auburn defense, you should go with the hot hand in Baker.
Antwane Grant vs North Texas – ($4,200) – Western Kentucky WR Antwane Grant’s production has slipped of late, but I really love this matchup. There will be plenty of points to go around and Grant should produce over 10 fantasy points. Not bad production for his price tag.