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 festivities. We’ve got a solid slate of early games for Saturday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Baker Mayfield vs Kansas – ($8,400) – From a fantasy perspective, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield had a disappointing performance last week against Texas Tech. Mayfield attempted a season-low 22 passes, in large part due to the success of running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine who combined for 355 rushing yards and six touchdowns via the ground. There should be plenty of scoring to go around the Sooners locker room this week against lowly Kansas. Kansas hosts one of the nation’s worst defenses, allowing 318 passing yards, 244 rushing yards and 45 points per game. Baker Mayfield should have a field day.
Jared Goff vs USC – ($8,200) – California QB Jared Goff has been one of the nation’s most consistent passers this season. The senior enters week 9 having set the school career mark for passing attempts (1,318) and ranks second among all Pac-12 passers with an average of 323.6 yards per game. Those numbers bode well heading into a highly anticipated matchup with a middle-of-the-road USC defense. Goff should remain consistent this week and put up solid numbers yet again.
Brett Rypien vs UNLV – ($6,600) – Boise State QB Brett Rypien has been one of the most talented freshmen to step onto the field this season. Rypien enters week 9 having now combined for 1,567 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and four interception on the year. Last week against Wyoming, Rypien recorded the second-best pass completion percentage of his career (78.6) while matching a career-high with three touchdown passes. Rypien seems to be trending upwards as the Broncos head into a favorable matchup against UNLV’s 79th-ranked pass defense.
Jeremy McNichols vs UNLV – ($7,900) – Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols has been an absolute workhorse for the Broncos all season. After returning from a concussion last week against Wyoming, McNichols ran for 166 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries, while catching seven passes for 36 yards and another score. He remains the nation’s premier fantasy back with 972 yards and 16 touchdowns from scrimmage in just seven games. He’s a fantasy goldmine this week against a weak UNLV rush defense that allows over 180 rushing yards per game.
Samaje Perine vs Kansas – ($6,600) – There aren’t that many solid stud options at running back in this slate, but Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine stands out to me. Perine FINALLY broke out last week against Texas Tech for a season-high 201 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries. I don’t see why Oklahoma would shy away from the same game-plan this week against a horrible Kansas defense. Perine should have another monster game.
Joe Mixon vs Kansas – ($6,000) – Did I mention that Kansas was bad? Welp, they’re bad enough that you can get away with starting both Oklahoma running backs. Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon has been extremely productive in a back-up role, scoring at least one touchdown in five of seven games this season. Last week in the Sooners’ 63-27 win over Texas Tech, Mixon ran for a career-high 154 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries. Look for Joe Mixon to have another big day when Oklahoma takes on the abysmal Jayhawks.
Tra Carson vs South Carolina – ($4,500) – Texas A&M RB Tra Carson has been relatively quiet of late, but make no mistake, the 240-pound back has a great matchup this week. Carson has been A&M’s bell cow for the past two seasons, frequenting the end zone for the majority of the season. He’s due for a bounce-back game against a miserable South Carolina rush defense that allows 200 rushing yards per game on the nose.
Keyarris Garrett vs Memphis – ($7,600) – Hope y’all listened to me last week and started Tulsa WR Keyarris Garrett who set American Athletic Conference records with 14 receptions for 268 receiving yards last week against Memphis. Not to mention, Garrett added three touchdowns on his way to a 60 fantasy point performance. Although those stats seem unlikely to match again, Tulsa does have another favorable matchup against SMU this week. Garrett should pick up right where he left off.
Laquon Treadwell vs Auburn – ($6,700) – Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell has been an absolute stud in the last few weeks. Treadwell has gone over the century mark in three-straight games, and is averaging a cool 35 fantasy points per game in that span. The junior is averaging a career-best 14 yards per catch and should continue to feast this week against a porous Auburn defense.
Sterling Shepard vs Kansas – ($6,600) – See a trend here? Stack city, stack stack city. Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard is one of the most talented receivers in the nation, as evidenced by his 17 yards per catch average. After putting up an underwhelming performance last week against Texas Tech, Shepard will likely bounce back to scoring ways against a horrid Kansas defense in week 9.
Joshua Atkinson vs SMU – ($6,300) – Tulsa WR Joshua Atkinson has made the most of his opportunities since the injury to star receiver Keevan Lucas. Last week against Memphis, Atkinson caught four passes for 99 yards and one touchhown, failing to reach 100 receiving yards for the first time in his last six games. With Tulsa hampered by injuries in the backfield, the Golden Hurricane will continue to air it out. This bodes well for Atkinson and company.
Courtland Sutton vs Tulsa – ($4,900) – SMU WR Courtland Sutton is the Mustangs’ best threat on the outside. The 6-4 freshman has been Mr. Consistency, scoring seven touchdowns in seven games this season. Sutton will look to find the end zone against this week in a favorable shootout with Tulsa.
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:
Ervin Phillips vs Florida State – ($3,800) – May be going out on a limb with this one, but I like Syracuse RB Ervin Phillips’ upside. Phillips won’t garner much yardade on the ground, but you better believe he’ll catch multiple balls out of the backfield for the Orange. Phillips has now scored four touchdowns in four games this season. He is a safe bet for 8-to-10 touches, which gives him some solid potential against FSU this week.
Jacques Patrick vs Syracuse – ($3,500) – Reaching deep down into my bag of fantasy tricks for this one, but I think it’s warranted. With Florida State star Dalvin Cook out with an ankle injury, freshman RB Jacques Patrick will get the start for the Seminoles. Not much is known about Patrick other than he’s a big-bodied back that clearly has made a great impression on head coach Jimbo Fisher. Fisher said Jacques Patrick has the best hands of any of the Seminoles’ backs which bodes well for his fantasy upside. Not to mention, Syracuse’s rush defense is nothing to write home about, allowing nearly 150 rushing yards per game.