College football is fully underway and we have a great slate of early games for Saturday. Here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Seth Russell vs Rice – ($9,700) – The Baylor quarterback position always leads to an advantageous fantasy start. You could throw Joe Schmo back there and he would put up over 30 points. Russell and the Bears eclipsed 700 total offensive yards and 50 points for the second straight game in week 2. Baylor goes on to face a Rice team that gave up 42 points to Texas early on this season. Russell’s fantasy point average of 39 should see an increase after this weekend.
Matt Johnson vs Purdue – ($9,400) – Since DraftKings is a statistical game, let me throw some numbers at you. Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson leads the FBS in passing yards (1,358) and touchdowns thrown with 12. Johnson is the most productive passer in the country and averages 40 fantasy points per contest. Johnson averages 452 passing yards and 4 touchdowns per game. Bowling Green averages just about 40 points per game and Purdue’s defense has given up 35 points per contest, which ranks 112 of 128 teams. You do the math.
Skyler Howard vs Maryland – ($6,800) – Skyler Howard has the 17th-highest quarterback salary in this slate but has averaged a cool 28 fantasy points per contest in 2015. Howard is West Virginia’s second-leading rusher and has accounted for over 50 percent of the Mountaineers’ offensive touchdowns. The junior signal-caller should be considered a must-start against a Maryland defense that allows 257 passing yards and over 28 points per game.
Brenden Motley vs East Carolina – ($6,000) – Since filling in for injured starting quarterback, Michael Brewer, Brendan Motley has looked sharp in his first few games. Last week agains Purdue, Motley completed 15-of-24 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He adds a decent dynamic on the ground as well. Motley could be a nice cheap play in daily leagues as the Hokies travel on the road to face an East Carolina defense that allows 32 points per game.
Other recommendations: Thomas Sirk ($6,800) and Brandon Harris ($6,700)
Aaron Green vs Texas Tech – ($7,900) – On paper, TCU’s Aaron Green looks like a great play against Texas Tech. After all, Texas Tech has the 6th worst rush defense in the nation, allowing 257 rushing yards and 30 points per game. A year ago, Aaron Green only needed six touches to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Red Raiders. Even when his rush attempt volume is low, Green has the pass-catching skills to remain productive. Expect gaudy numbers for Aaron Green as long as Trevone Boykin doesn’t steal the show.
Shock Linwood vs Rice – ($7,000) – Shock Linwood is the best running back on arguably the best offense in the country. After a disappointing week one, Linwood rushed for 130 yards with 3 touchdowns on 18 carries. Linwood should see plenty of action when Baylor hosts lowly Rice this week. As long as Seth Russell doesn’t steal all of the touchdowns, Linwood should see his numbers.
Patrick Skov vs Duke – ($6,300) – I’ve been high on this guy since the start of the season just based on Georgia Tech’s run-heavy offense. Skov leads the backfield in touches and gets a lot of goal-line chances. He’s not a big yard-accumulator, but has scored a touchdown in each game this season. In fact, Skov has 32 percent of Georgia Tech’s offensive TDs this year. He should see plenty of touchdown opportunities against Duke this week.
DeAndre Washington vs TCU – ($4,700) – Texas Tech sophomore running back, DeAndre Washington, leads the Big 12 in rushing through week three. Washington averages about 10-to-15 touches per game and will continue to receive the most carries on the team. TCU’s run defense ranks 68th nationally, allowing an average of 156 rushing yards per game. Compare that to Texas Tech’s rushing offense, which ranks 56th in the nation, averaging 191 rushing yards per game. This game should be a shootout and Washington could provide solid production for his price tag.
Roger Lewis vs Purdue – ($7,700) – After back-to-back 200-yard receiving and 50 fantasy point games, Roger Lewis is a must-start for fantasy owners. Lewis has 22 receptions for 461 yards and five touchdowns over his last two games. Although a third straight 200-yard game seems unlikely, Purdue’s defense is abysmal. The Boilermakers allow 35 points per game so Roger Lewis and Bowling Green are in for another huge day.
Josh Doctson vs Texas Tech – ($7,500) – Josh Doctson is the top receiver on a TCU offense that averages just about 50 points per game. Doctson has come blazing out of the gate for 326 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He will continue to serve as a top DFS option in a mouth-watering matchup with Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon.
Jakeem Grant vs TCU – ($7,400) – Jakeem Grant is Texas Tech’s do-it-all guy. Grant has already put up 526 all-purpose yards (287 receiving, 236 on kick returns) through three games this season. The Red Raiders are going to get him the ball one way or another. Grant’s return value adds another level of productivity to his arsenal. Grant will surely put up solid numbers this week in a shootout with TCU.
Jay Lee vs Rice – ($6,000) – Baylor WR Jay Lee is a very affordable and undervalued option here. Lee plays the possession receiver role in a Baylor offense that has racked up over 700 total yards and over 50 points in two straight games against inferior opponents. After scoring three touchdowns in week one, Lee pulled in a team-high nine catches for 111 yards last week against Lamar. As long as Lee keeps racking up targets, the touchdowns will come, especially against Rice.
Ricky Jones vs Wake Forest – ($5,100) – Indiana WR Ricky Jones is a solid value play at receiver this weekend. Jones now has two 100-yard performances in three games this season. His 368 yards are the second-most in the Big Ten. Jones has truly established himself as QB Nate Sudfield’s favorite target in this explosive offense. I just don’t see a mediocre Wake Forest defense slowing this guy down.
Other recommendations: Isaiah Ford ($5,000)
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:
Vic Enwere vs Washington – ($4,500) – The sophomore running back enters week four leading all Cal tailbacks in both touches (26) and touchdowns with 4. Enwere should offer solid fantasy value for this price range against a decent Washington defense.
Jovan Durante vs Maryland – ($3,900) – I’m a huge fan of pairing up QB Skyler Howard and WR Jovan Durante this week against a defensively challenged Maryland team. The freshman receiver already has 10 catches and 181 yards with two touchdowns on the year. Durante should continue to see extended targets in West Virginia’s efficient offense.