It’s a Pac-12 special! We have a great slate of Pac-12 games for Friday and Saturday night. Here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Anu Solomon vs UCLA – ($8,400) – The sophomore enters week 4 with a highly anticipated matchup with UCLA. Solomon has been one of the Pac-12’s best fantasy quarterbacks so far this season, combining for 778 yards, 10 touchdowns and not a single interception. Arizona’s offense currently ranks sixth nationally in total offense with 584 yards per game and third in scoring offense with an average of 54 points per game. The Wildcats have something to prove against the Bruins and Solomon is a consummate leader.
Mike Bercovici vs USC – ($8,000) – Arizona State’s star quarterback has been very solid so far in 2015. Berco has thrown for 799 yards with 7 TDs and only one interception. As long as Arizona State’s offensive line can give Bercovici enough time, expect the redshirt senior should find success against a mediocre USC pass defense that surrenders 237 passing yards per game. The Trojans secondary struggled to contain Stanford’s Kevin Hogan in week 3, which bodes well for Berco.
Jake Browning vs California – ($7,000) – There aren’t a lot of great value options at quarterback in this slate so it might be wise to splurge at this position. Washington’s Jake Browning is an interesting play here. Brown closed out the Huskies’ nonconference schedule with back-to-back 300-yard passing games and a 5:1 TD-to-INT ratio. The freshman enters week 4 with the first true test of his young career. California’s defense has forced seven turnover and accounted for seven sacks in its first three games so proceed with caution.
Other recommendations: Kendal Thompson ($5,400)
Devontae Booker vs Oregon – ($9,000) – Utah senior RB Devontae Booker is impossible for defenders to slow down because of his power. Although his upside isn’t as high as a Leonard Fournette, Booker is more reliable due to his strength and receiving ability. Booker hasn’t been held under 100 yards from scrimmage yet in 2015 and continued success looks inevitable this week against a Ducks rush defense that allows 140 yards per contest.
Demario Richard vs USC – ($8,000) – Demario Richard stands out to me because of his uncanny ability to turn catches in the backfield into massive yardage. Last week against New Mexico, Richard not only eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark, but also managed to set a school record for receiving yards by a tailback with 151. The sophomore accounted for 56.8 percent of Arizona State’s total offensive production against the Lobos. Richard heads into Week 4 with a combined 476 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns to his name.
Dwayne Washington vs California – ($4,600) – Don’t be turned off by Dwayne Washington’s 9.7 rushing yards per game. The junior tailback does most of his damage through the air, leading the Huskies in receiving with 204 yards on 14 catches. Fantasy owners should take note that Dwayne Washington averages over 20 fantasy points per game with 4 total touchdowns so far. California’s defense surrenders 188 rushing yards per game so Washington should have no problem finding running lanes.
Other recommendations: Khalfani Muhammad ($4,600) and Vic Enwere ($4,500)
JuJu Smith-Schuster vs Arizona State – ($7,500) – Receiver JuJu Smith has become USC’a main target on offense in 2015. So far this year, Smith-Schuster has 22 receptions, 4 TDs, and is averaging 19.7 yards per catch. He currently ranks third nationally with 434 receiving yards, fifth with an average of 144.7 yards receiving per game. Don’t be scared by Arizona State’s 14th-ranked pass defense, as the sophomore will see plenty of targets.
D.J. Foster vs USC – ($6,700) – D.J. Foster does it all for Arizona State. Last season, Foster played running back for the Sun Devils and rushed for 1,081 yards with nine touchdowns and added 62 receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns. Foster is a Percy Harvin-type slot receiver who sees a lot of action both on the ground and through the air. Look for ASU to utilize the speedster early and often against the Trojans.
Kenny Lawler vs Washington – ($5,800) – This is one of my favorite plays of this slate of games as Kenny Lawler shares the national lead for receiving touchdowns with five. The 6-foot-3 junior receiver has become one of the Pac-12’s most dangerous red-zone targets for a team that averages 51 points. Lawler has caught at least one pass in all 26 career games he’s played in a California uniform. That streak should continue and then some against Washington this week.
Jordan Payton vs Arizona – ($5,700) – I really like Jordan Payton this week against Arizona because he’s really the only consistent pass-catcher for UCLA. Payton managed to lead the Bruins in receiving for a second-straight week last Saturday and has now reached the end zone in his last two starts. The junior is the only Bruin to rank within the top 25 pass catchers in the Pac-12. Arizona’s pass defense is suspect, surrendering 254 passing yards per game.
David Richards vs UCLA – ($4,700) – David Richards enters week 4 as Arizona’s top pass catcher through three games with 14 receptions for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Last week against lowly Northern Arizona, Richards pulled in 8 catches for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns. I really like his upside against UCLA considering his low value.
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:
Steven Mitchell Jr. vs Arizona State – ($3,900) – If you’re looking for a lesser-owned cheap option at flex, USC’s Steven Mitchell could be your guy. The sophomore receiver hasn’t proven much of a deep threat this season but provides serviceable value in the red zone. Given that Mitchell has scored three touchdowns on nine total catches this season, his ceiling is somewhat limited. High-risk, high-reward option here.
Tim White vs USC – ($3,700) – Arizona State receiver, Tim White, has become a red zone favorite of QB Mike Bercovici. White has combined for six catches, 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns over his last two starts. The UCLA-transfer should see an upstick in production this week should Devin Lucien (leg) be ruled out. Keep your eyes peeled here.