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 early games for Saturday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Seth Russell vs Iowa State – ($9,400) – It’s hard not to put this guy at the top of the list every single week. Coming off a 63 fantasy point performance last week against West Virginia, Seth Russell became the first Baylor player to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 yards since Robert Griffin III in 2011. Not only has Russell thrown for at least three touchdowns in every game this year, he’s also rushed for a touchdown in four of six games. Expect more gaudy numbers against Iowa State’s 114th-ranked pass defense that gives up 289 passing yards per game.
Baker Mayfield vs Texas Tech – ($8,700) – Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is playing his best football of the season, coming off a 5 touchdown performance against Kansas State last week. This matchup with Texas Tech has all the attributes for a shootout, as evidenced by the 73.5 point total for this game. Texas Tech’s pass defense is pretty abysmal, giving up 289 passing yards per game. Baker Mayfield and the Sooners should reap the benefits.
Connor Cook – ($6,700) – This one’s a no-brainer. Michigan State QB Connor Cook is playing his best football of the year, surpassing the 300-yard passing mark in the last two games. Cook should see plenty of scoring opportunities this week against the second-worst pass defense in the nation in Indiana. The Hoosiers give up 334 passing yards per game so you know Connor Cook is licking his chops. As should you.
Other recommendations: Brandon Allen ($5,500)
Derrick Henry vs Tennessee – ($8,200) – If it wasn’t for Leonard Fournette’s ridiculous season, Alabama RB Derrick Henry would be getting some serious Heisman publicity. Henry is eighth in the nation in total rushing (901 yards) and tied for fourth with 12 rushing touchdowns. This week, Alabama hosts an underwhelming Tennessee squad that is allowing 170 rushing yards per game. Unleash the beast.
Alex Collins vs Auburn – ($7,500) – Talk about a tale of two games. Last week against the third best rush defense in the nation, Arkansas RB Alex Collins had his second-worst rushing performance of his career. The Alabama defensive front only allowed Collins to run for 26 yards, and he failed to reach the end zone for the first time all year. Welp, that should all change this week against Auburn’s miserable run defense that ranks 101st nationally, giving up 197 rushing yards per game.
DeAndre Washington vs Oklahoma – ($6,000) – There’s something to be said about a guy who’s managed three 100-yard rushing games and seven total touchdowns in an offense that throws 427 yards per game. Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington is the Red Raiders main threat in the backfield and can beat you in a multitude of ways. He may face a stiffer Oklahoma defense this week, but the Sooners are allowing nearly 170 rushing yards per game. Washington should find relative success this week.
Saquon Barkley vs Maryland – ($5,600) – This could be one of my favorite sneaky plays of the weekend. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is relatively unknown but the freshman tailback is putting up solid numbers this season. Penn State’s offense may not seem very sexy on paper, but Maryland’s defense is straight ugly. The Terps are allowing 197 rushing yards per game so Saquon Barkley should see plenty of production against the worst defense in the Big 10.
Other recommendations: Kareem Hunt ($6,400) and Elijah Hood ($5,900)
Corey Coleman vs Iowa State – ($8,600) – It’s child’s play starting this guy in your lineup. Baylor WR Corey Coleman’s stats speak for themselves. The dude is third in the nation with 877 receiving yards but is blowing everyone else out of the water with a nation-leading 16 receiving touchdowns in just six games. Coleman is playing on another level and should see continued success against a horrible Iowa State pass defense.
Aaron Burbridge vs Indiana – ($6,700) – Pairing up Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge and QB Connor Cook would be very wise. Last week against Michigan, Cook targeted Burbridge an astounding 19 times. Burbridge has been on fire lately, boasting five 100-yard games on the season. A looming matchup against the second-worst pass defense in the nation and a lion’s share of targets, Aaron Burbridge is a must start this week.
Sterling Shepard vs Texas Tech – ($6,700) – Another beneficial pairing if you start QB Blake Mayfield could be the talented WR Sterling Shepard. Even though Mayfield likes to spread the ball around on this high-powered offense, Shepard is by far the best threat the Sooners have. He could be in for a breakout game against a porous Texas Tech pass defense this week.
Dom Williams vs Arizona – ($5,600) – Washington State WR Dom Williams broke out last week for 41.8 DK fantasy points. Williams produced career-highs with 11 receptions and 158 receiving yards as the Cougs knocked off Oregon State. The senior puts up very solid numbers relative to his mid-range value. I foresee Williams and the Cougars putting up big numbers through the air against Arizona’s 108th-ranked pass defense.
Calvin Ridley vs Tennessee – ($5,200) – Alabama WR Calvin Ridley has quietly established himself as QB Jacob Coker’s favorite target of late. The freshman phenom has 25 catches for 350 yards and three touchdowns in his last four games. This week, Alabama takes on a disappointing Tennessee defense that is allowing nearly 250 passing yards per game. Expect Ridley to make a few big plays.
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:
Rodney Mills vs Toledo – ($3,400) – Thanks to fellow contributor, Jourdan Case, for finding this diamond in the rough. Umass TE Rodney Mills is one of the best fantasy tight ends around. Mills has 10 catches for 196 yards in two games since returning from injury. Toledo is nothing to write home about defensively, giving up 242 passing yards per game. Mills is extremely productive for this low price tag.
T.J. Thorpe vs UNC – ($3,100) – Alright, hear me out here. Since returning from injury, UVa WR T.J. Thorpe has quickly established himself as a viable scoring option for the Cavaliers. Thorpe is a deep-threat receiver who also returns kickoffs for Virginia. This game with UNC should be a shootout and Virginia will be asked to throw often to keep up with the Heels. Did I mention that T.J. Thorpe transferred to UVa from UNC this offseason? Add that fuel to the fire and Thorpe could be a worthwhile cheap gamble.
Other recommendations: Ryan Switzer ($4,200) and Canaan Severin ($4,100)