October is arguably the best sports month of the year. What better way to start off the month than winning a boat load of cash in CFB DraftKings? We’ve got a nice slate of early games for Saturday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Seth Russell vs Texas Tech – ($9,300) – Poor Texas Tech. After giving up 485 passing yards and 55 points in a heartbreaking loss to TCU, the Red Raiders travel to Cowboys Stadium to take on Baylor. The Baylor offense is ranked number one in the nation and has registered more than 700 total offensive yards in each of its three games this season. Baylor is projected to score at least 52 points and the Bears will score in bundles. Seth Russell could reach 20 passing touchdowns after this one is all said and done.
Greg Ward Jr. vs Tulsa – ($8,900) – Low and behold, another 80 point total for this week! Houston QB Greg Ward’s dual-threat ability makes him a very solid play against Tulsa. Ward’s passing line (785 yards and 8 TDs) is fair, but his real value comes on the ground. He has 45 carries for 290 yards and four touchdowns so far this season. Tulsa has had difficulty slowing opposing teams down, allowing 305 passing yards, 270 rushing yards and 39 points per game. Greg Ward Jr. should be in for a BIG day.
Skyler Howard vs Oklahoma – ($6,500) – I’m still surprised Skyler Howard is priced this low after leading West Virginia to three straight 40-point games, albeit against inferior competition. Howard has 916 passing yards to go along with nine touchdowns and an additional 88 yards rushing on the year. He provides the Mountaineers with consistent production through the air. West Virginia goes on to play a middle-of-the-road Oklahoma defense that gave up 427 passing yards to Tulsa last week. Take full advantage of Howard’s low price tag.
Other recommendations: Brendan Motley ($5,700) and Drew Lock ($4,300)
Dalvin Cook vs Wake Forest – ($8,800) – Dalvin Cook should fly under the radar this week even though he’s the highest priced running back. Cook was sensational in the first two weeks of the season, averaging 40 DK fantasy points per game. In week three, however, Cook and Florida State ran into one of the stingiest defenses in college football at Boston College. Now, the Seminoles take on a pedestrian defense in Wake Forest and the Demon Deacons should expect a heavy dose of Dalvin Cook on Saturday.
Note: Over the last three meetings, Florida State has outscored Wake Forest 154-6.
Aaron Green vs Texas – ($7,800) – Over the last two games, TCU RB Aaron Green has rushed for 326 yards and four touchdowns to go along with four catches and another score. Green has a very favorable matchup this week against a Texas defense that currently allows 206 rushing yards per game. This guy is a touchdown machine as evidenced by his game-winning touchdown off a tip pass last week against Texas Tech. Green should add to his collection of seven total touchdowns on the year against the porous Longhorns.
Patrick Skov vs North Carolina – ($5,700) – From a fantasy standpoint, Georgia Tech RB Patrick Skov was disappointing last week against Duke. He racked up 75 rushing yards but failed to reach the end zone for the first time all year. That should all change this week against a North Carolina defense that is giving up 229 yards per game on the ground. That should easily play into Patrick Skovs’ hands.
Wendell Smallwood vs Oklahoma – ($4,900) – West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood catches balls out of the backfield as well as any other running back in the nation. Last week against Maryland, Smallwood set a career-high of 147 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He’s produced very consistently so far this year, averaging 110 yards and 1 touchdown per game. I love his production (23.9 fppg) compared to his value of $4,900.
Other recommendations: DeAndre Washington ($5,500) and Matt Dayes ($5,300)
Jakeem Grant vs Baylor – ($7,100) – Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant has accounted for a touchdown in all four games this season and is the team’s leading pass-catcher with at least six catches in every game. On the season, Grant now has 29 catches for 413 yards and four total touchdowns. He is the number one option in this offense and should see extended targets with the injuries to other Red Raiders. Yet to have a game under 25 fantasy points, Grant should be busy once again in an inevitable shootout against Baylor.
Tyler Boyd vs Virginia Tech – ($6,900) – In the last two games, Pitt WR Tyler Boyd has had at least 10 receptions and only needs 19 more to break the Panthers’ career record of 202. Granted, we likely won’t see Boyd break that record this week against Virginia Tech but he sure as hell may come close. I hate harping on injuries but Virginia Tech just lost their star CB Kendall Fuller to knee surgery. Pittsburgh truly has no other weapons on offense so Boyd will see a lion’s share of targets against the Hokies.
Sterling Shepard vs West Virginia – ($6,900) – Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard’s fantasy value has been all over the map this season. Shepard, who averages 8.3 targets per game, is one of the nation’s most talented receivers. Although his touchdown numbers haven’t been there (yet), he has clearly established himself as QB Blake Mayfield’s favorite target. Expect Shepard to break out this week against a suspect Mountaineers defense.
Keyarris Garrett vs Houston – ($6,400) – Tulsa WR Keyarris Garrett may be the team’s number two receiver on paper, but he actually leads the team with 26 receptions and 454 yards. Garrett has now recorded more than 100 receiving yards in each game this season, as Tulsa has been involved in a variety of high-scoring affairs. Last week against Oklahoma, Garrett caught 14 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown. He should start seeing the end zone more regularly in a shootout against Houston this Saturday.
Demarcus Ayers vs Tulsa – ($6,200) – Houston WR Demarcus Ayers is an absolute steal at this pricing. Ayers is the primary target for the Cougars, as he’s being targeted on over 30 percent of Houston’s passes. The receiver is averaging over 130 yards per game and score and has a chance for another massive game against a shaky Tulsa secondary. Look for Houston to continue to target Ayers and possibly use him on the ground as well.
Jay Lee vs Texas Tech – ($5,500) – It’s a Texas-fest this week, ladies and germs. If you splurge for QB Seth Russell this week, it will be very difficult to fit WR Cory Coleman ($7,900) on your roster. Go after the number two wide receiver, Jay Lee, instead. He costs $2,400 less than Coleman and presents the same pop potential. Lee has proven that he’s a reliable receiver and should be in for a big game against Texas Tech.
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:
Joshua Atkinson vs Houston – ($4,400) – Love love love this pick. Tulsa WR Joshua Atkinson has established himself as an integral part of this offense. Atkinson has now recorded more than 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games while remaining the team’s third target. He should continue to see passes headed his way in a shootout against the Cougars.
Mike Warren vs Kansas – ($4,400) – Anytime a team goes up against Kansas, you gotta look at the starting running back. After all, Kansas has the 123rd ranked run defense in the nation, allowing over 250 rushing yards and 41 points per game. Iowa State RB Mike Warren should be the beneficiary of this abysmal Kansas defense. In his first collegiate start last week against Toledo, Warren rushed for 126 yards on 21 carries, averaging 6 yards per carry. By the end of this one, Warren and Iowa State’s offensive coordinator should be singing, “Rock Chalk!”
Other recommendations: Allen Lazard ($4,100) and Marchie Murdock ($3,700)