October is winding down and it’s been a great month for sports! Hopefully you’ve been winning some cash in CFB on DraftKings to spend on Halloween candy. We’ve got a solid slate of games for Thursday and Friday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Paxton Lynch vs Tulsa – ($9,100) – After trouncing Ole Miss for 384 yards and three touchdowns last week, Memphis QB Paxton Lynch has made quite a name for himself and the program. Lynch has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards with 14 total touchdowns and just one interception, while leading the #18 Tigers to the highest ranking in school history. The junior has thrown for more than 300 yards in his last five games and should be in for another strong performance against a struggling Tulsa defense.
Dane Evans vs Memphis – ($8,000) – Besides last week, Tulsa QB Dane Evans had thrown for at least 320 yards in every game this season. Despite losing top receiver Keevan Lucas to injury, Evans has put up over 2,000 passing yards and thrown 11 touchdown passes. Evans is in position to put up big numbers again this week against a Memphis pass defense that ranks 126th in the nation, allowing 329 passing yards per game.
Josh Rosen vs California – ($6,900) – This kid really looks like a true freshman, huh? UCLA QB Josh Rosen will wow you with some throws but make you face-palm on other plays. Take last week for example; Rosen did reasonably well against a stout Stanford defense, putting up 325 passing yards and three touchdowns. However, the freshman threw an early pick-six that set the tone for the rest of the game. Having said all that, Rosen should put up solid numbers in week 8 against California’s 84th-ranked pass defense.
Other recommendations: Kent Myers ($5,500)
Jahad Thomas vs East Carolina – ($8,900) – RB Jahad Thomas is the focal point of Temple’s offense, eclipsing over 190 rushing yards twice already this season. Last week against Central Florida, Thomas ran the ball 31 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Temple will continue to lean on Jahad Thomas this week against a mediocre East Carolina run defense that ranks 90th nationally, giving up 186 rushing yards per game.
Paul Perkins vs California – ($7,800) – Despite rushing for a season-low 14 carries last week against Stanford, UCLA RB Paul Perkins still managed to produce over 100 rushing yards. The junior enters week 8 ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in total rushing (114 carries, 681 yards) and has reached the end zone at least once in the Bruins’ last five games. Perkins should see solid production this week against Cal’s 60th-ranked rush defense.
Zack Langer vs Memphis – ($5,900) – I’m not a huge fan of any of the valued running backs this week but Tulsa RB Zack Langer has been the most consistent. Almost every back in this slate is facing a formidable run defense. Although Langer’s yardage may vary, he has a consistent knack for finding the end zone, as evidenced by his 11 touchdowns in six games. Memphis has a stout run defense so this should be an interesting matchup.
Other recommendations: Chris Hairston ($5,100) and Daniel Lasco ($4,700)
Joshua Atkinson vs Memphis – ($6,100) – I think this pricing is a steal for Tulsa WR Joshua Atkinson. Since taking over as the team’s top receiver threat since the injury to star WR Keevan Lucas, Joshua Atkinson has flourished. Last week against ECU, Atkinson extended his streak of 100-yard games to five. Memphis may have a stout run defense, but the Tigers’ pass defense is third worst in the nation, giving up 329 passing yards per game. Atkinson could be in for another big day.
Mose Frazier vs Tulsa – ($5,900) – The over/under on this game is 78 points right now, which bodes well for a lot of points. Memphis loves to sling the ball the their top wide receiver is Mose Frazier. Although Memphis QB Paxton Lynch likes to spread the ball around, Frazier leads the team with 29 receptions on the season. Not to mention, the Tigers have a favorable matchup with a suspect Tulsa pass defense that is allowing 276 passing yards per game.
Jordan Payton vs California – ($5,800) – UCLA WR Jordan Payton has been the most consistent pass-catcher for the Bruins all season. The senior enters week 8 having averaged six receptions and 101 yards in each of his last three starts. Payton leads UCLA with 31 receptions, 486 yards and four touchdowns. Given the Bruins match up against California’s 84-ranked pass defense, Jordan Payton could be in for a big day.
Thomas Duarte vs California– ($4,800) – UCLA WR Thomas Duarte has developed a great rapport with QB Josh Rosen, especially in the red zone. Last week against Stanford, Duarte put up 74 receiving yards and scored a touchdown for the fifth time in six games. The junior enters week 8 having averaged five catches and 80 yards in each of his last three starts. He could find more success against California’s suspect pass defense. Go with the hot hand.
Other recommendations: Isaiah Jones ($5,300)
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:
Sam Craft vs Tulsa – ($4,500) – This selection has two bookends here. One is based on the fact that Memphis loves to spread the ball around, meaning touches for everyone. The other is that WR Sam Craft is a dual-threat player because he does most of his damage on the ground despite being labeled as a receiver. Last week against Ole Miss, Craft scored his seventh touchdown on the year despite not registering a catch. Craft’s upside remains his ability to score, something he’s done in the last five games. Look for the speedster to continue that streak this week in a shootout with Tulsa.
Wesley Fields vs Appalachian State – ($3,400) – I may be going out on a limb with this pick so proceed with caution. Having said that, I like GSU RB Wesley Field’s upside comparative to his cheap pricing. Over his last four games, Fields is averaging nearly 18 fantasy points per game. Even though he’s going up against an extremely good run defense this week, Fields has been hot of late. Like I said earlier, high-risk, high-reward with this guy.