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 activities. We’ve got a really great slate of games for Thursday and Friday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Trevone Boykin vs West Virginia – ($9,700) – It pretty much goes without saying that TCU QB Trevone Boykin is the number one quarterback in fantasy, especially in the Thursday/Friday games. Don’t get me wrong, there are some solid quarterbacks in this slate but Boykin is averaging 47.5 DK fantasy points in his last five games. TCU’s frontman has thrown for over 400 yards three times this season and has a rushing touchdown in four of seven games. So, yeah…he’s pretty good.
Skyler Howard vs TCU – ($7,600) – Besides one average game at Oklahoma, West Virginia QB Skyler Howard has been absolutely solid all season long. In last week’s 62-38 loss at Baylor, Howard racked up 289 yards and threw four touchdowns with just one interception. The Mountaineers’ matchup with TCU should be a similar game in that Howard will need to throw the ball early and often to keep WVU in this game. Coming off a bye, I like Skyler Howard this week.
Mike Bercovici vs Oregon – ($6,00) – Let’s be honest here, Arizona State QB Mike Bercovici looked awful in the Sun Devils last game against a stout Utah defense. That should all change this week against an Oregon team that ranks 123rd in pass defense, allowing 306 passing yards per game. Berco has had a pretty steady year, passing for 1,846 yards with a decent TD:INT ratio of 14:5 this year. The senior has a much more favorable matchup this week against the Ducks.
Other recommendations: Tyler Jones ($4,700)
Matt Breida vs Texas State – ($8,000) – From a fantasy perspective, Georgia Southern RB Matt Bredia put up a disappointing performance against a solid App State defense last week. Breida ran for 78 yards on 14 carries, but failed to reach the end zone for only the second time all season. He should reacquaint himself with the lovely end zone many times this week against a miserable Texas State run defense that’s allowing 258.5 rushing yards per game. Look for Breida to return to his normal average of 136.9 rushing yards per game.
Qadree Ollison vs North Carolina – ($5,700) – Since the injury to Pitt’s star running back James Conner, backup RB Qadree Ollison has shined. Ollison has firmly seized the first-string role, as avidenced by his 23 carries for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns last week against Syracuse. Pitt will try to play smash-mouth football to slow things down against high-flying UNC, so Ollison should continue to see the lion-share of carries. Not to mention, the Tar Heels have the 17th-worst run defense in the nation, allowing 211 rushing yards per game.
Darius Jackson vs Western Michigan – ($5,400) – If you’re looking for a lesser-owned running back in this slate, Eastern Michigan RB Darius Jackson may be your man. Jackson has more than 100 rushing yards in four of the last five games, with four touchdowns over the last two games. On the season, he’s put up an impressive 799 yards on 144 carries and 12 touchdowns. Western Michigan presents a mediocre run defense, allowing over 170 rushing yards per game. Darius Jackson should see plenty of opportunities for production.
Josh Doctson vs West Virginia – ($8,300) – Let’s have a quick fantasy lesson from Principal Skinner. TCU WR Josh Doctson is averaging 46.27 DK fantasy points over his last four games, and the Horned Frogs average over 50 points per game. Draft Josh Doctson and pair him with Boykin if you can afford it. End of lesson.
Daniel Braverman vs Eastern Michigan – ($7,400) – Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman is relatively unknown but he’s the Broncos best threat on the outside. Take last week for example, Braverman had 13 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He has seven touchdowns over the last three games, and 75 receptions so far this season. Eastern Michigan’s pass defense presents a challenge for Braverman but he should see plenty of looks.
Tyler Boyd vs North Carolina – ($6,900) – Love this matchup for Pitt WR Tyler Boyd. He’s come back to productive ways of late, averaging 28 fantasy points over his last two games. Boyd caught a career-high 12 passes at Syracuse last Saturday, finishing with 93 yards. The Panthers have also started to use Boyd in the ground game, as evidenced by his 11 carries in the last two games. Pitt will continue to put the ball in Boyd’s hands against a solid Tar Heel pass defense.
Shelton Gibson vs TCU – ($5,200) – For someone who’s produced at a solid level so far this season (20.8 fppg) West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson is a steal at this price. Especially considering West Virginia will need to throw the ball a ton to keep up with a high-scoring TCU offense. Gibson has been the Mountaineers’ top receiver with 23 catches for 540 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also dangerous returning kicks, as evidenced by his 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown last week against Baylor. Gibson will remain an integral part of West Virginia’s offense this week.
D.J. Foster vs Oregon – ($5,500) – Arizona State WR D.J. Foster kind of does it all for the Sun Devils. With Demario Richard returning in the backfield, that will take off some pressure for Foster and free up space for the speedster. The junior enters week 9 having combined for 32 receiving yards, 75 rushing yards and a touchdown in his last two starts. Look for Arizona State to get Foster heavily involved against an abysmal Oregon defense.
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:
Kolby Listenbee vs West Virginia – ($4,400) – After returning from a lingering hip injury, TCU WR Kolby Listenbee has proven to be a valuable option for the Horned Frogs. Despite playing opposite of the talented Josh Doctson, Listenbee put up over 100 receiving yards on 6 catches and score last week against Iowa State. Listenbee should continue to see a decent amount of targets this week against West Virginia. This pricing is a steal.
Shaq Vann vs Western Michigan – ($3,500) – You may be turned off by his price tag, but Eastern Michigan RB Shaq Vann could be worth the gamble. Vann has been quite productive as Darius Jackson’s backup, averaging 14 fantasy points per game. The key word there being backup. With everyone healthy, Vann’s fantasy upside is somewhat limited but he should continue to see plenty of touches. Last week against a very solid Northern Illinois run defense, Vann had 16 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for a guy worth a few dimes.
Other recommendations: Darren Carrington ($4,000)