October is arguably the best sports month of the year. What better way to start the month off than winning a boat load of cash in CFB DraftKings? We’ve got a nice slate of games for Thursday and Friday night, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Paxton Lynch vs South Florida – ($9,000) – Second week in a row Memphis is playing in this slate of games and second week in a row that Paxton Lynch is a must start. Lynch has nine touchdowns on the season without registering a single interception. The Tigers host the 3rd highest scoring offense (53.8 ppg) in the nation, thanks to their 6-foot-7 leader behind center. Lynch and Memphis should continue to roll this week against South Florida.
Brad Kaaya vs Cincinnati – ($8,200) – After a slow start out of the gate, Miami (FL) QB Brad Kaaya looked more like himself last week against Nebraska. The super sophomore threw for 379 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT against the Cornhuskers. This week, the Canes go on to play a vulnerable defense in Cincinnati as the Bearcats rank 68th nationally in pass defense, giving up 217 yards per game. DFS owners certainly hope Kaaya can repeat his performance from last year against Cincinnati when he threw for 286 yards and scored four total touchdowns.
Quinton Flowers vs Memphis – ($6,600) – USF QB Quinton Flowers is relatively unknown at this point. Flowers certainly won’t wow you with his arm considering he’s only registered 326 total passing yards all year. The sophomore’s value comes with his legs. Flowers averages 15 carries and 62 rushing yards per game. He’s also added a couple scores on the ground. Flowers could be a solid start against a Memphis team that allowed over 750 total yards to Cincinnati last week.
Jahad Thomas vs Charlotte – ($9,600) – Temple RB Jahad Thomas has a pretty steep price tag this week. For someone who averages 27 carries, 131 rushing yards and 1 touchdown per game, Thomas might be worth the investment. Temple goes on to face a pretty weak Charlotte team that is playing in its inaugural division one season. The 49ers have 14 turnovers in the last two games, which should create a short field for Thomas and company.
Joseph Yearby vs Cincinnati – ($8,800) – One player to watch for in this slate is Miami (FL) RB Joseph Yearby. After taking over the job duties for Duke Johnson, Yearby is averaging 7.6 yards per carry this season. Last year, the young back had eight rushes for 113 total yards against Cincinnati, averaging 14 yards per carry. Yearby and the Canes are looking for another chance to dismantle a Bearcats defense that allows over 170 rushing yards per game.
Marlon Mack vs Memphis – ($6,900) – South Florida will likely center its offense around Marlon Mack with a young quarterback at the helm. Mack averages about 17 carries and 95 rushing yards per game. Memphis hosts one of the worst defenses in the nation, giving up 29 points per game. Mack should get his fair share of scoring chances.
Rashawn Scott vs Cincinnati – ($6,800) – Rashawn Scott has firmly established himself as Miami’s top receiver heading into a week five contest at Cincinnati. Last week against Nebraska, Scott caught nine passes for 151 yards but was held out of the end zone. That was the second time in three outings that Scott has eclipsed 100 yards. Nothing should change against an average Cincy defense that allows over 30 points per contest.
Shaq Washington vs Miami (FL) – ($6,300) – Cincinnati WR Shaq Washington has become the main target in a pass-heavy Bearcats offense. In last week’s shootout against Memphis, Washington caught nine balls for 120 yards and one touchdown. Although he’s only caught two touchdowns so far, Shaq Washington averaged 6.5 receptions per game. He should continue to see a plethora of targets against Miami.
Sam Craft vs South Florida – ($6,000) – The fact that Sam Craft is listed as a wide receiver continues to puzzle me, but it makes for an intriguing play. Memphis uses Craft in a multitude of ways, especially on the ground. Craft averages 10.5 carries and about 47 rushing yards per game while only registering 6 catches for 81 yards all year. The junior is extremely productive in a high-scoring Memphis offense. Craft has 5 total touchdowns on the year and should see more trips to the end zone against South Florida.
Herb Waters vs Cincinnati – ($4,900) – Miami has pretty solid stackability this week. The Canes have a nice combination of size with Scott and speed with Waters. While he hasn’t scored yet this season, Waters is coming off a four catch, 82-yard outing against Nebraska. He presents good value in what should be a shootout with Cincy.
Max Morrison vs Miami (FL) – ($4,700) – I hope you guys listened to me last Thursday when Max Morrison was $1,000 cheaper in DraftKings. Morrison had a career day, catching nine passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns against Memphis. He showed a great rapport with replacement quarterback Hayden Moore. This chemistry should translate over to Cincinnati’s matchup this Thursday with Miami (FL).
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:
Braxton Berrios vs Cincinnati – ($4,100) – Guess who’s back for the Canes? This guy. Miami (FL) WR Braxton Berrios is returning to play on Thursday for the first time since week one. Berrios could be worth rolling out in daily formats in a game where points should come freely. He could carve out a nice role over the middle for the Hurricanes.
D’Ernest Johnson vs Memphis – ($3,900) – USF RB D’Ernest Johnson may stand out considering his cheap pricing and 19 fppg. Johnson will not gain any traction on the ground but has established himself as the Bulls’ top receiving threat in the backfield. He leads South Florida in receptions (10), receiving yards (193) and touchdowns with 4. Johnson averages 64 receiving yards per game and Memphis gives up 333 passing yards per game. Sounds like a match made in DFS heaven.