College football is fully underway and we have a nice slate of games for Thursday/Friday. Hailing from Charlottesville, I’m excited that UVa is in the spotlight in this slate of games. Ignore my bias for this piece as I’m a very realistic Virginia fan. Here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Paxton Lynch vs Cincinnati – ($9,000) – The Memphis Tigers (3-0) are averaging 54 points per game. Led by 6-foot-7 junior quarterback, Paxton Lynch, the Tigers have accounted for 651 and 541 yards in the last two weeks. Lynch is completing 76 percent of his passes for 818 yards with 6 TDs and no picks. The Tigers face a Cincinnati defense that cannot produce a consistent pass rush. In fact, the Bearcats only have eight quarterback hurries all year. If you give Paxton Lynch that much time, he will absolutely torch you.
Kevin Hogan vs Oregon State – ($7,300) – Kevin Hogan is dealing with an ankle injury but my gut tells me the senior quarterback will suit up against Oregon State on Friday. Hogan and Stanford’s offense have improved drastically in the last two weeks against UCF and USC after looking abysmal in week one. Hogan was outstanding last week against USC, completing 78 percent of his passes for 279 yards and 2 TDs. This stat line bodes well for Hogan and Stanford going forward.
Note: If Kevin Hogan doesn’t play, Keller Chryst would be expected to start.
Matt Johns vs Boise State – ($6,300) – Matty Heisman has been stellar for Virginia so far this season. Considering the teams the Cavs have played, Matt Johns has put up considerably solid numbers. The junior quarterback ranks second in the ACC with 790 passing yards and 6 TDs. Boise State isn’t great against the pass, allowing about 240 passing yards per game. Johns should put up good numbers for his value.
Jeremy McNichols vs Virginia – ($8,700) – This guy is a touchdown machine. After setting a career high with three touchdowns in last week’s win over Idaho State, the Broncos’ running back now has 8 total TDs on the year. McNichols should find relative success against a Virginia defense that allows over 180 rushing yards and 30 points per game.
Taquan Mizzell vs Boise State – ($7,900) – The one they call smoke is about the only explosive weapon that Virginia has in the backfield. Mizzell’s value is not his running game but more his ability to turn catches into yardage. Smoke is fifth in the ACC in receptions (17) and fourth in the conference with 233 receiving yards. Don’t be turned off by the fact that Boise State is second in the nation in team defense against the run.
Other recommendations: Christian McCaffrey ($7,200)
Hosey Williams vs Memphis – ($7,900) – After fellow Cincinnati running back Mike Boone left last week’s game with an ankle injury, Hosey Williams averaged a respectable 4.8 yards per carry. Williams finished the game with 81 yards on a career-high 17 carries. QB Gunner Kiel and RB Mike Boone are not fully healthy so Hosey Williams should reap the benefits. Not to mention, Cincinnati will have to run the ball to control the clock a bit considering Memphis’ high-powered offense.
Other Recommendations: Tion Green ($4,800)
Mose Frazier vs Cincinnati – ($6,600) – Mose Frazier is the guy at receiver for Memphis. With 232 yards on 17 receptions and two touchdowns so far on the season, Frazier is averaging nearly 6 catches per game. Frazier sees more targets than other Tiger receivers in a high-scoring offense which bodes well in a favorable matchup against Cincinnati this week.
Shane Williams-Rhodes vs Virginia – ($6,300) – Shane Williams-Rhodes is a playmaking receiver for Boise State. He has evolved his game from screens and sweeps early in his career to a well-rounded wide receivers for the Broncos. Last week against BYU, Williams-Rhodes hauled in 11 receptions for 107 yards. The 5-foot-6 senior receiver should have no problem against a slower Virginia secondary.
Sam Craft vs Cincinnati – ($5,700) – Sam Craft is an interesting play here. Listed at receiver on DraftKings, Craft plays a lot of running back which provides a versatile value here. Last week against Bowling Green, Craft ran the ball 11 times for 64 yards and caught three passes for 63 yards, scoring two total touchdowns. With Memphis going up against another high-scoring offense in Cincinnati, Craft should see plenty of action in another shootout.
Canaan Severin vs Boise State – ($4,500) – Consider the Virginia wideout a must start in this slate of games. Severin is honestly the only sure thing for the Cavs on the outside. Severin has bailed quarterback Matt Johns out on multiple occasions all season. Although his upside may be capped by Virginia’s mediocre offense, Severin is capable of putting up big numbers. He should definitely be on your radar for this week.
Mekale McKay vs Memphis – ($4,600) – McKay is Cincinnati’s biggest receiver and best deep threat. The Bearcast sat McKay down last week with an undisclosed injury but will roll him out this week in an important game against Memphis. Look for McKay to bounce back on all cylinders.
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:
Dorland Dorceus vs Cincinnati – ($4,400) – Memphis hasn’t settled with one running back so far this season so Dorceus will get his decent share of touches this week against Cincinnati. Last week against Bowling Green, Dorceus ran the ball 16 times for 75 yards and one touchdown. His performance could be a sign of things to come for the Tigers. Not to mention, Dorceus has scored a touchdown in every single game so far this year.
Tevin Jones vs Cincinnati – ($4,300) – See a trend here? Memphis is going to score a lot of points and the Tigers spread the ball around. One beneficiary of this spread offense could be receiver Tevin Jones. Last week against Bowling Green, Jones caught just three passes but totaled 98 yards and one touchdown. That stat line proves Jones worth as a deep threat. He’ll have to continue to make the most of limited targets this week against Cincinnati.
Other recommendations: Mekale McKay ($4,600) and Max Morrison ($3,700)