Brad Kaaya vs FAU – ($8,800) – Miami QB Brad Kaaya is a budding star in college football. Kaaya showed glimpses of brilliance last year as a freshman when he threw for 3,198 yards and 26 TDs. During Miami’s season-opening win over Bethune-Cookman last week, Kaaya had a respectable game, completing just 16 of 27 passes for 173 yards and 2 TDs. I really like him this week against FAU, a team who gave up 424 passing yards in a shootout against Tulsa last week.
Jeff Driskel vs Western Kentucky – ($8,700) – In the last four seasons, LA Tech has thrown it no less than 448 times. This bodes well for Florida-transfer, QB Jeff Driskel, who got a raw deal in Gainesville. Driskel had an extremely efficient season opener last week against Southern, completing 12 of 15 passes for 274 yards and 4 TDs. He also scored a touchdown on the ground. Driskel should pick up where he left off against Western Kentucky tonight.
Jaquez Johnson vs Miami (FL) – ($6,900) – FAU QB Jaquez Johnson was a great value pick last week, scoring 28.22 DK fantasy points on 263 passing yards, 2 passing TDs and 97 yards on the ground. Although he’s facing a much better Miami Hurricanes defense this week, Johnson still has the ability to garner a lot of points on the ground. Remember, this guy gets a ton of carries for a quarterback. Roll him out again.
Kenneth Dixon vs Western Kentucky – ($10,400) – LA Tech RB Kenneth Dixon is a touchdown machine: 63 TDs in 37 career games. Dixon also averaged 18 carries and two receptions per game in 2014. Last week against Southern, Dixon rushed nine times for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 65 yards and another score. Dixon’s best fantasy asset is his innate ability to turn catches into touchdowns. That shouldn’t change this week against the Hilltoppers.
Leon Allen vs LA Tech – ($9,500) – Pretty bold picking the top two valued running backs in this slate of games, right? In this case, one of these guys might be worth the steep investment. There are really no other running backs in this slate that have pop potential. Miami runs a committee backfield, and the Utah/Utah State game should be a low-scoring slugfest. Leon Allen is a beast for WKU. He had a decent game against an SEC-defense last week, rushing for 56 yards and a TD on just 15 carries. Allen can also reel in footballs through the air, a hot commodity for a running back.
Mark Walton vs FAU – ($5,300) – Miami backup RB Mark Walton ran the ball 10 times for a team-high 85 yards and a rushing TD last week against Bethune-Cookman. Although he surprisingly didn’t factor into the passing game as expected, Walton looked like a diaper dandy. Walton will continue to share carries with Joseph Yearby and Trayone Gray against lighter competition like FAU. There should be plenty of carries to go around for Walton to be a fantasy factor this week. After all, FAU gave up nearly 200 rushing yards in week 1 against a pass-heavy Tulsa team. This bodes well for the Miami running back committee.
Other recommendations: Greg Howell ($4,800) and Trayone Gray ($4,600)
Paul Turner vs Western Kentucky – ($6,500) – LSU-transfer WR, Paul Turner, is Jeff Driskel’s top weapon for LA Tech. Last week, Turner caught three passes for 76 yards and a TD against Southern. Turner also returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown, which provides even more value to this pick. Expect a shootout with the Hilltoppers.
Rashawn Scott vs FAU – ($5,800) – Miami WR Rashawn Scott caught six passes for 100 yards and a TD last Saturday against Bethune-Cookman. As long as fellow receivers Stacy Coley and Braxton Berrios nurse injuries, Scott is poised for a lot of targets. Scott should be added in most fantasy formats, certainly a daily option this Friday against FAU.
Trent Taylor vs Western Kentucky – ($5,700) – LA Tech WR Trent Taylor ended 2014 on a high note, scoring 7 TDs in four games. He finished the season with 64 catches for 834 yards and 9 TDs. Taylor absolutely torched Western Kentucky last year for 41 fantasy points off 9 catches, 113 yards and 3 TDs! He’s a great cash option with his mid-range price this week against WKU.
Antwane Grant vs LA Tech – ($4,400) – Western Kentucky WR Antwane Grant finished 2014 with a respectable 509 receiving yards and 6 TDs. Last week against Vanderbilt, Grant led the team in receptions with 5 but only posted 29 yards. Western Kentucky had one of the best passing offenses last season, so if Grant keeps getting the looks, the yardage will come.
Herb Waters vs FAU – ($4,400) – With Stacy Coley and Braxton Berrios nursing injuries, Herb Waters will be the second receiver option for the Canes on Friday. Waters has sub-4.4 speed and is facing an FAU defense that allowed over 400 passing yards last week against Tulsa. Could be a nice low-value option play here.
Tyler Higbee vs LA Tech – ($4,100) – WKU TE Tyler Higbee caught four passes for 102 yards and TD against Vanderbilt last Thursday. Although it may be somewhat of an anomaly considering his low production last season, Higbee could be in for another big week in what should be a shootout game.
Marlon Watts vs Western Kentucky – ($3,000) – Marlon Watts emerged as LA Tech’s number three receiver last week, surpassing Carlos Henderson. Watts caught 4 balls for 40 yards and TD in the opener, while Henderson didn’t even get a target. Marlon’s production last week is worth noting considering how cheap he is.