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 games for Thursday and Friday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Greg Ward Jr. vs SMU – ($10,000) – Last week against Tulsa, Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. proved why he’s one of the best players in the country. Ward completed 22-of-38 passes for 273 yards and ran the ball 20 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Those 182 rushing yards broke a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Ward is now averaging 90 yards on the ground each game and those numbers should continue to roll against a mediocre SMU defense.
Cody Kessler vs Washington – ($8,900) – USC QB Cody Kessler is a consumate veteran. Kessler has thrown for at least one touchdown pass in 27 of his last 31 starts. The senior enters week six tied with Baylor’s Seth Russell for most touchdown passes (15) this season and ranks 11th nationally in passing yards per game with 324 ypg. Washington’s pass defense ranks 73rd in the country so expect Kessler to put up solid numbers.
Nick Mullens vs Marshall – ($6,300) – Southern Miss QB Nick Mullens is quietly having a great year. Mullens has thrown 10 touchdowns with no interceptions in his last three games. Now averaging 28 DK fantasy points per game, Mullens faces a decent Marshall defense Friday night.
Matt Dayes vs Virginia Tech – ($7,300) – NC State RB Matt Dayes has been the featured back this season, partially thanks to the dismissal of former starting RB Shadrach Thornton. Having said that, Dayes has shined in the limelight, averaging over 100 rushing yards per game and registering 10 touchdowns. Dayes is a viable option even against a Virginia Tech defense that has allowed 5.06 yards per carry and 197 rushing yards per game this season.
Tony Pittman vs Southern Miss – ($6,800) – After starting for injured RB Devon Johnson, Tony Pittman showed that he was up to the task. Pittman rushed 32 times for 127 yards and a touchdown against Old Dominion last Saturday. With Johnson being sidelined again, Pittman seems like a great fantasy option against a Southern Miss defense that allows over 200 rushing yards per game.
Dwayne Washington vs USC – ($4,600) – Dwayne Washington has been a spark plug for the Huskies over the last few games. Last week in a loss to Cal, Washington carried 10 times for 109 yards and touchdown while pulling in three receptions for 19 yards. Despite the lows receiving numbers, Washington is averaging about 4 catches per game and gets a ton of action out of the backfield. He’s combined for 111 rushing yards, 150 receiving yards and three scores over his last two starts. Look for the Huskies to utilize him heavily.
JuJu Smith-Schuster vs Washington – ($7,300) – There really isn’t much more that needs to be said about JuJu Smith. The kid continues to produce on an elite level, averaging 30 fantasy points per game. If you can afford it, match JuJu with Cody Kessler and reap the benefits.
Demarcus Ayers vs SMU – ($6,600) – Don’t be turned off by Demarcus Ayers “pedestrian” game last week against Tulsa. The Cougars focused on the ground game last week and that should change this week against an SMU defense that allows well over 300 passing yards per game. Ayers still remains the top receiver in this high-powered offense.
Jaylen Samuel vs Virginia Tech – ($5,000) – Jaylen Samuel is NC State’s main target outside. Samuel has scored in every contest this year and has five catches in each of his last three games. Not to mention this speedster gets a few carries a game as well. Samuel faces a Virginia Tech defense that will be without star cornerback Kendall Fuller. Samuel could expose the Hokies.
Courtland Sutton vs Houston – ($4,800) – Before last week against ECU, Courtland Sutton recorded back-to-back weeks over the century mark. Sutton is the primary passing target in SMU’s offense and should see plenty of good looks against Houston this week, especially considering SMU will need to throw a lot from behind.
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:
Bucky Hodges vs NC State – ($4,000) – Bucky Hodges is a risky start but could provide solid value if he finds the endzone. Hodges is averaging a sound 14.5 yards per catch, but has only scored twice after scoring seven touchdowns a year ago. He’s definitely trending upward heading into a Friday night matchup with NC State.
Mike Thomas vs Marshall – ($4,000) – Southern Miss WR Mike Thomas is fully healthy so watch out! Last week against North Texas, Thomas caught 7 balls for 155 yards and 3 touchdowns. That came on the heels of a great performance against Nebraska when Thomas recorded 5 receptions for 121 yards. He was hurt early, but now he’s healthy and this could be a breakout game in Conference USA.