College football is in full swing, and we have a big slate of night games for Saturday. Here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Josh Rosen vs UNLV – ($8,900) – The 18-year-old freshman phenom absolutely shined in his collegiate debut last Saturday against Virginia. Rosen completed 80 percent of his passes for 351 yards and 3 TDs as UCLA beat UVa 34-16. Setting true freshman school records for completions, attempts and yardage, Rosen looked more legit than advertised. Start Rosen this week in a matchup against UNLV, a team that currently ranks 110th in pass defense.
Tommy Armstrong vs South Alabama – ($8,400) – The Nebraska quarterback performed very well in his first game under new head coach Mike Riley’s system. Although his accuracy is still a concern, Armstrong threw for 319 yards, three touchdowns on 24-of-41 passing last week against BYU. Look for Nebraska to come out firing after losing on a last-second hail mary. Armstrong’s rushing totals should improve drastically this week against South Alabama. After all, the Jaguars allowed Gardner Webb’s quarterback to rush for over 100 yards last week. Bodes well for Armstrong.
Ryan Finley vs BYU – ($6,600) – Finley struggled in Boise State’s season opener against Washington last week. That should all change Saturday night when Finley faces a BYU defense that gave up 319 passing yards to Nebraska last week. Not to mention, BYU gave up over 400 passing yards to Boise last season so look for a nice bounce back game for Finley.
Kevin Hogan vs Central Florida – ($6,600) – Not a ton of great value QB options in the late slate of CFB games this Saturday. I’m going to take a risk on Kevin Hogan, who had a horrible season opener last week against Northwestern. Hogan completed 20-of-35 passes for just 144 yards and threw a pick as Stanford fell 16-6 to the Wildcats. Hogan clearly didn’t perform to the best of his abilities, but I don’t see a repeat of last week’s performance. Look for the veteran Hogan to light a fire under his team and come out hot against Central Florida.
Other recommendations: Tyrone Swoopes ($6,600) and Justin Holman ($6,300)
Paul Perkins vs UNLV – ($7,900) – UCLA RB Paul Perkins never really got things going on the ground last week against Virginia. Perkins upside was his catching ability, finishing the game with 58 yards on five receptions. Expect to see the Pac-12’s leading rusher from 2014 return to form against a UNLV team that ranks 85th in total rush defense.
Jordan Howard vs FIU – ($7,600) – Indiana RB Jordan Howard exploded for 40 DK fantasy points in last week’s season opening win again Southern Illinois. Howard averaged over 7 yards per catch and racked up 170 yards while scoring 3 TDs. While FIU is a tougher defense, Howard has the reigns to an Indiana offense that loves to run the ball. The Hoosiers should be able to move the ball this week and Howard is their spark plug.
Johnathan Gray vs Rice – ($7,600) – This might be the sneakiest play of the weekend based on Gray’s production last week. With a salary over $6,000, coming off a measly 4 point performance last week, Texas RB Johnathan Gray will have low ownership on DraftKings this week. Texas changed offensive coordinators this past week, which means Gray should see over 20 carries against a weak Rice defense.
Jhurell Pressley vs Tulsa – ($5,100) – Another sneaky play in the late slate of CFB games is New Mexico’s Jhurell Pressley. Pressley is the team’s most consistent runner and averaged nearly 5 yards per carry last week in New Mexico’s 66-0 blowout win. Pressley will be a safe value play against a Tulsa defense that allowed 300 rushing yards last week against FAU. Don’t underestimate the sneakiness.
Keevan Lucas vs New Mexico – ($8,900) – Tulsa WR Keevan Lucas is one of the most consistent receivers in the nation, week in, week out. Lucas caught 10 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns last week against FAU. He also added 21 yards on the ground for a grand total of 46 fantasy points. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more sure thing at receiver in the nightcap. Expect another huge night.
JuJu Smith-Schuster vs Idaho – ($7,100) – JuJu Smith is the unquestioned number one pass catcher on a pass-happy USC offense. There will be plenty of scoring this week against an Idaho team that allowed a hearty 11.4 yards per pass in a loss to Ohio last week. Match that with one of the nation’s top quarterbacks and Smith is due for a big night.
Jordan Westerkamp vs South Alabama – ($6,200) – Nebraska WR Jordan Westerkamp caught seven balls for 107 yards and a touchdown last week against BYU. Westerkamp is clearly Tommy Armstrong’s favorite target because of his excellent hands and consistent route running. Nebraska should continue to see plenty of solid production from the Cornhuskers’ top wideout this week against South Alabama.
Keyarris Garrett vs New Mexico – ($6,000) – Although Keevan Lucas is Tulsa’s number one target, Keyarris Garrett is not far behind. Last week again FAU, Garrett hauled in five passes for 163 yards. At 6’4,” Garrett is the best red zone target for Tulsa. Expect another solid game against New Mexico this week, with an inevitable trip to the end zone.
Travin Dural vs Mississippi State – ($4,600) – I know what you’re thinking; LSU’s quarterback situation is a mess and they have Leonard Fournette. Well, Mississippi State’s secondary is an even bigger mess losing 3 of 4 starters. MSU will likely load the box to slow down Fournette, which means Travin Dural could beat them deep at least once. Dural torched the Bulldogs in 2014 to the tune of 6 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.
D’Aneglo Brewer vs New Mexico – ($3,800) – Tulsa Rb D’Angelo Brewer is a really nice option here for his low value. Last week against FAU, Brewer carried the ball 16 times for 92 yards but was held out of the endzone. He splits carries with Zach Langer, but Brewer is the most explosive of the two backs. Brewer is facing a New Mexico defense, who prior to last week, had given up a 100-yard rusher in every game for more than a season.
Jonnu Smith vs Indiana – ($4,000) – Alright, I know I rolled out Jonnu Smith last week and he put up a measly 4.8 fantasy points, but I really like his upside in week 2. Indiana gave up a huge numbers last week to Southern Illinois receiver, and Jonnu Smith is one of the best tight ends in the nation. At $4,000 Smith is a high-risk, high-reward option.
Other recommendations: Justin Davis ($4,600) and Ronald Jones II ($4,500)