College football is fully underway and we have a great slate of late games on Saturday night. Keep in mind; this analysis includes the 11 games in the 7pm EST slate. If you’d like more information on the Pac-12 match-ups, check out my single conference piece.
Dak Prescott vs Auburn – ($8,900) – Mississippi QB Dak Prescott is definitely the quarterback that you need to reach for in the night slate of games. Prescott has eight touchdowns through three games and the Bulldogs go on to face an Auburn defense that was gutted by LSU for 485 yards and 45 points. Considering Auburn gives up 270 rushing yards per game, Prescott should find plenty of scoring opportunities on the ground.
Chad Kelly vs Vanderbilt – ($7,900) – Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly is only the sixth-most expensive quarterback in this slate but averages more points (34 fppg) than any of his colleagues. During last week’s upset win over Alabama, Kelly completed 18-of-33 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for an additional 21 yards on eight carries and another score. Kelly should be in line for another monster game tonight against pedestrian Vanderbilt.
Other recommendations: Anu Solomon ($8,400)
Kyle Allen vs Arkansas – ($7,700) – You’ll be hard-pressed to find many quality value picks at quarterback in this slate so spend necessary salary at this position. Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen has scored at least three touchdowns in three-straight games to start the year. Allen showed off his potential last week, scoring 37 DK points in a blowout win against Nevada. The young gun is becoming more comfortable in A&M’s offense and Arkansas has looked suspect so far.
Devontae Booker vs Oregon – ($8,900) – 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.
Paul Perkins vs Arizona – ($8,400) – UCLA RB Paul Perkins has scored 30 or more DK points in consecutive games while getting at least 20 touches in both affairs. The junior enters week four second in the Pac-12 in rushing yards with 429 yds. Perkins clearly makes the Bruins tick and they will go to him early and often in a highly anticipated matchup with Arizona.
Tre Madden vs Arizona State – ($5,900) – Tre Madden may be lesser owned because of a lingering knee injury, but he is expected to be ready for Saturday’s matchup with Arizona State. Coach Steve Sarkisian said that Madden looked “great” in Thursday’s practice and his workload shouldn’t be affected. Arizona State has the 22nd worst rush defense in the nation, allowing 215 yards per game.
Taiwan Deal vs Hawaii – ($5,300) – Taiwan Deal is the featured back in Wisconsin’s run-heavy offense after starting RB Corey Clement went down with a groin injury. Last week against Troy, Deal had 16 carries for 84 yards. Deal’s value should be strongly utilized the next month while Clement nurses his injury. Start Taiwan Deal this week against a Hawaii defense that surrenders 188 rushing yards per game.
Other recommendations: Dare Ogunbowale ($4,700)
JuJu Smith-Schuster vs Arizona State – ($7,500) – Receiver JuJu Smith has become USC’s 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.
Christian Kirk vs Arkansas – ($6,000) – Texas A&M freshman WR Christian Kirk has been really impressive in only three collegiate games so far. After catching 6 balls for 120 yards last week against Nevada, Kirk now has over 250 receiving yards and a pair of scores on the season. Big things are coming against Arkansas this week. Pair him up with Kyle Allen.
Laquon Treadwell vs Vanderbilt – ($5,800) – Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell not only leads the team in targets but it also leading the team in red zone targets. Last week against Alabama, Treadwell hauled in five balls for 80 yards and a touchdown. Expect a huge day for Treadwell and the Rebels this week against lowly Vanderbilt.
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.
Quincy Adeboyeio vs Vanderbilt – ($5,300) – Remember this guy? He’s the only who caught that ridiculous tip pass off a guy’s head against Alabama last week. Regardless of lady luck, Adeboyeio now has five touchdowns in three games and should definitely find the endzone in what should be a bloodbath against Vandy.
Other recommendations: Cody Core ($5,400)
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:
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.
Johnny Jackson vs UCLA – ($3,000) – Consider this play an extremely high risk, high reward. Arizona WR Johnny Jackson plays on the third-highest scoring team in the FBS and currently leads the Wildcasts in receiving touchdowns. For a guy who’s averaging 16 DK points per game, he’s worth a shot at this ridiculously low price.