College football is back! We have a big slate of games for Saturday and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Joshua Dobbs vs Bowling Green – ($9,600) – In six games with Joshua Dobbs under center, Tennessee averaged 36.7 PPG compared to 24.4 PPG when the Vols didn’t start him. Dobbs threw for 1,206 yards, tossed nine touchdowns and rushed for nearly 500 yards with 8 TDs in essentially a half-season. He’s going up against a Bowling Green team that ranked second-to-last nationally in total team defense a year ago. BGSU graduated seven starters from that atrocious defense and Dobbs averaged 29 FPPG in 2014. You do the math.
Luke Falk vs Portland St. – ($9,600) – After Connor Halliday went down with a season-ending knee injury last year, WSU QB Luke Falk took over as a freshman and never looked back. In just 4 games of significant playing time, Falk averaged 443 yards passing off about 60 pass attempts per game. Those numbers are ridiculous. WSU is returning all five offensive linemen, a strong wide receiver corps and a pass-heavy Mike Leach offense. Talk about a recipe for success for the sophomore quarterback.
Jaquez Johnson vs Tulsa – ($6,200) – I’m extremely high on FAU QB Jaquez Johnson this week. Johnson absolutely torched Tulsa in Week 2 last season for 35.52 DK fantasy points. The dual-threat QB averages well over 10 rushes per game, and he’s facing a mediocre Tulsa defense. Johnson, who averaged just under 23 DK PPG last year, is listed as the 17th highest priced quarterback. That’s a bargain.
Other recommendations: Dane Evans ($6,700) and Maty Mauk ($6,500)
James Conner vs Youngstown St. – ($9,800) – James Connor is an absolute monster. “The Terminator” bulldozed his way to 1,765 rushing yards and an ACC-record 26 rushing TDs last season. Pitt coach, Pat Narduzzi, claims that he will use Conner more in the passing game. Look for Pitt to experiment with multiple screens to Conner against Bo Pelini’s Youngstown State Penguins this week. Pricing is a little steep but if there’s any running back to reach for, Conner is your guy.
Jalen Hurd vs Bowling Green – ($6,900) – Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd is listed as the eighth highest priced running back, but the sophomore could break out for the best week. Hurd plays a lot like Eddie George in that he’s smooth and moves very well laterally for someone with his size. He’s in a great position to pop off against a Bowling Green team that gave up over 200 yards per game on the ground last year.
Other recommendations: Jon Hilliman ($6,900) and Wayne Gallman ($6,600)
Sony Michel vs Louisiana-Monroe – ($4,700) – Playing behind Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb is a tall task. Unless you’re Sony Michel. The 5-11 sophomore averaged 6.4 yards per carry, finishing the season with 410 rushing yards and 6 total touchdowns, while appearing in just eight games. Georgia is ushering in a new QB, meaning the running game will be heavily leaned upon. The Bulldogs should take an early commanding lead, which bodes well for Michel’s touches. He’s a must start this week at this price.
Zach Langer vs Florida Atlantic – ($4,500) – Langer played a workhorse role last season, carrying the ball 20+ times in 6 of the last 8 games. In Tulsa’s spring game this past April, Langer got only five touches but accounted for 97 yards and 2 TDs. Certainly a sign of things to come this season. This pricing is a bargain considering how much playing time Langer will garner.
Other recommendations: Christian McCaffrey ($4,800) and Jordan Canzeri ($3,900)
Artavis Scott vs Wofford – ($7,800) – The talented Clemson sophomore burst onto the scene last season and was named first-team freshman All-American. He led the Tigers with 76 receptions and 8 touchdowns in 2014. Typically a weapon on shorter routes, Artavis Scott is truly an extension of the running game. The speedy wideout might see a lot of one-on-one coverage this year. His ceiling this week against Wofford is limitless.
Keevan Lucas vs Florida Atlantic – ($7,800) – Despite only winning two games last year, Tulsa ranked 36th in the nation with 264.7 yards receiving per game. Keevan Lucas was a big reason for that number, ranking fifth nationally in receptions per game (8.4) and 11th in receiving yards per game (101.6). Expect a high scoring affair with plenty of big play opportunities for the speedy Keevan Lucas in week 1 against FAU.
River Cracraft vs Portland St. – ($7,800) – Washington State’s River Cracraft is arguably the most-consistent receiver in the Pac-12. Just ask Mike Leach. Cracraft averaged 6.7 catches-per-game and 11.7 yards-per-catch in 2014. If you can afford it, pairing Luke Falk and River Cracaft may be wise. After all, the dude’s name is River.
Jordan Payton vs Virginia – ($4,700) – Jordan Payton is the most talented receiver on UCLA’s roster because he has plenty of experience. He put up 954 receiving yards and 7 TDs last year. That included 8 catches for 98 yards against UVA in week 1 in Charlottesville. Virginia’s secondary is the team’s strongest asset, but I don’t see them shutting down Payton.
James Quick vs Florida Atlantic – ($4,700) – As the highest recruit ever signed by Louisville, James Quick has yet to meet those lofty expectations. A move to slot receiver this spring coupled with the departure of DeVante Parker, and Quick could finally breakout this season. He averaged nearly 16 yards per catch last year, showing his ability to gain yardage in large chunks. Quick had seven receptions for 127 yards in the Cardinals’ spring game. He only needs a few big plays against Auburn to hit 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:
Alvin Kamara vs Bowling Green – ($4,000) – Alvin Kamara will become a significant part of Tennessee’s offense this season. The ex-Alabama running back is lightning fast, comparative to Chris Johnson. As noted earlier, Bowling Green gave up an average of 200 yards rushing every game last season. This bodes well for Kamara who should see a ton of touches against the Falcons. Steal at this price.
Jordan Westerkamp vs BYU – ($3,900) – Westerkamp is Nebraska’s leading returning receiver and should get a fair amount of targets against BYU. In what should be a fairly high scoring game, Westerkamp is the big play threat for the Huskers. He’s a possession receiver in every sense of the term. Westerkamp is a very cheap option with a ton of upside.
Other recommendations: Tyler Baker ($3,900) and Von Pearson ($3,900)