College football is in full swing, and we have a nice slate of games for Thursday and Friday. Here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Deshaun Watson vs Louisville – ($9,500) – Deshaun Watson has looked sharp in Clemson’s opening two games, albeit against inferior competition. The ACC preseason player of the year has completed 77 percent of his passes while throwing for 442 yards and 5 TDs compared to just one interception. Next, he’ll face a Louisville defense that was torn apart by Houston last week. The last time Watson played Louisville, he played just 11 snaps before breaking his hand. Add that fuel to the fire.
Mike Bercovici vs New Mexico – ($8,900) – Arizona State’s front man enters week 3 having completed 63 percent of his throws for 482 yards, 4 TDs and an interception. Bercovici should be a safe start for fantasy owners against New Mexico this week. After all, the Lobos allowed over 300 passing yards against Tulsa in week 2. Arizona State is projected to score around 45 points, which means Berco should have a big night.
Kyle Bolin vs Clemson – ($5,400) – This slate of games doesn’t produce any great value plays at quarterback. Not to mention Bobby Petrino hasn’t even announced Louisville’s starting quarterback for Thursday’s showdown with Clemson. Kyle Bolin replaced Lamar Jackson late in the Houston game and promptly led the Cardinals on two straight drives that resulted in touchdowns. If I were a betting man, I would go with the hot hand in Bolin.
Note: If Kyle Bolin does not start, Lamar Jackson would most likely get the nod.
Dalvin Cook vs Boston College – ($9,400) – FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 256 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in last week’s win over USF. Cook was the entire Seminole offense, on his way to Florida State’s second highest single-game rushing record. Cook has it all: speed, shiftiness and power. Ignore the fact that Boston College is only allowing 1.1 yards per play; that’s come against FCS opponents. The Noles will surely lean on Dalvin Cook all game.
Jeremy McNichols vs Idaho State – ($8,900) – If there’s one player to pick from the Boise State bundle it’s running back Jeremy McNichols. I mean the guy has accounted for all five Bronco touchdowns this season. Take last week against BYU for example. McNichols carried the ball 15 times for 46 yards and 2 TDs, hauled in five catches for 49 yards and a third score, and also returned three kickoffs for 60 yards. You should feel confident that the sophomore will put up solid numbers against Idaho State this week.
Wayne Gallman vs Louisville – ($6,400) – Besides Deshaun Watson, Clemson RB Wayne Gallman continues to be the Tigers only true running threat in the backfield. Last week against App State, Gallman ran 15 times for 79 yards and a touchdown in limited action. Despite his carved out role, there are two concerning bookends here: 23 percent of Gallman’s carries have gone for no gain or a loss, and Clemson’s offensive line is suspect. I still think Gallman is a fine bargain Thursday against a Louisville team that surrendered over 200 rushing yards to Houston last week.
Jon Hilliman vs Florida State – ($5,600) – Jon Hilliman’s numbers have been underwhelming through two games, in large part due to Boston College’s blowout victories. The Eagles face much stiffer competition this Friday against Florida State. Despite these red flags, Hilliman will still get a full workload against the Seminoles. He’s a reasonable buy-low candidate for this price range.
Other recommendations: Brandon Radcliff ($4,800)
D.J. Foster vs Idaho State – ($8,500) – When it’s all said and done, D.J. Foster will go down as one of Arizona State’s best players ever. This guy does it all. Last week against Cal Poly, Foster carried the ball 12 times for 76 yards and pulled in six catches for 58 yards and a score. Expect similarly strong numbers from the senior in week 3 against New Mexico.
Artavis Scott vs Louisville – ($7,400) – Artavis Scott is a consistent threat for Clemson each and every week. In both games this season, Scott has caught six passes for mid-70s yardage and one touchdown. Considering those games were blowouts, Scott’s ceiling is very high. Expect his production to shoot up Thursday night as the Tigers finally gain some real competition in Louisville.
Shane Williams-Rhodes vs Idaho State ($7,000) – Boise State WR Shane Williams-Rhodes does a little bit of everything for the Broncos. Listed at 5-foot-6, 168 pounds, Williams-Rhodes averaged 11.9 yards per rush on gadget plays last season. Last week against BYU, the senior had 11 catches for 107 yards. He’s an invaluable part of Boise State’s offense and should be on your daily fantasy squad as well.
Travis Rudolph vs. Boston College ($5,100) – Florida State true freshman WR Travis Rudolph came into the season as the nation’s top receiver recruit. He caught a team-high six passes for 55 yards last week against USF. Encouraging sign as the Noles passing game has been inconsistent so far. Rudolph should continue to be the team’s leading receiver this week against Boston College.
Cherone Peake vs Louisville ($4,400) – Even though Charone Peake’s career numbers are pedestrian at best, he posted a great stat line last week against App State. Peake caught 4 balls for 86 yards and two scores. The absence of Mike Williams is clearly benefitting Charone Peake and he’s established himself as the Tigers second receiver option. Peake should get his fair share of targets tonight against Louisville.
Kody Kohl vs New Mexico ($3,800) – I may be going out on a limb for Kohl but if you’re looking for a lesser-owned flex option he could be sneaky sneaky. The junior heads into week 3 as one of only 11 tight ends in the nation with multiple trips to the end zone. Arizona State should take multiple trips to the promise land Friday night against New Mexico.
Rodney McCloud vs Louisville ($3,700) – Another lesser owned cheap option is Clemson WR Rodney McCloud. After his impressive debut of 8 catches for 80 yards, McCloud had a disappointing week two. He did however have a 73-yard kickoff return, showing his playmaking ability. He’s competing for the teams third receiver spot so he might be hungry against Louisville.