Dak Prescott vs Southern Miss – ($10,100) – A 2015 Heisman trophy hopeful, MSU QB Dak Prescott can beat you in so many ways. Prescott had a strong passing season last year, throwing for nearly 3,500 yards with 27 TDs and 11 INTs. He also rushed for 986 yards with 14 TDs and averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Prescott is a big, bruising quarterback who averages an explosive play once every 17.8 snaps. There should be plenty of those against a Southern Miss team that ranked 105th in total defense last season.
Cody Kessler vs Arkansas St. – ($9,300) – There isn’t a better game manager in college football than USC QB Cody Kessler. Last season, Kessler threw a school-record 39 TDs and completed 69.7% of his passes, the highest completion percentage in team history. He’s an extremely smart and accurate quarterback whose TD/INT ratio was nearly 8/1 in 2014. Expect a lot of points from the Trojans in week 1 against Arkansas State.
Other recommendations: Vernon Adams Jr. ($8,400) & Mike Bercovici ($7,900)
Skyler Howard vs Georgia Southern – ($6,800) – Skyler Howard is a very intriguing upside pick in Dana Holgorsen’s offense. Last season, Howard showed great playmaking ability through the air and also on the ground. He threw 8 TDs with no interceptions and also ran for 140 yards on 22 carries. Should be a high scoring affair against Georgia Southern on Saturday, and Howard will lead the charge.
Kyle Allen vs Arizona State– ($6,600) – Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen played in nine games in 2014 and finished the year with 1,322 yards and 16 TDs. Allen showed signs of greatness, most notably in the Liberty Bowl against WVA when he threw for 4 touchdowns. A&M is projected to score 38 points in a shootout against ASU with a 70-point over/under. Allen will be a big part of that scoring.
Other recommendations: Malik Zaire ($5,600)
Samaje Perine vs Akron– ($9,600) – Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine led the Big 12 last year with 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns as a freshman. Perine is a dangerous, low-runner who absorbs contact while simultaneously cutting up field. I mean, the guy put up 78 DK fantasy points off 427 rushing yards and 5 TDs against Kansas last year. This beast will run all over Akron. Poor Zips.
Leonard Fournette vs McNeese State– ($9,400) – Listed as a preseason All-American and Heisman trophy candidate for 2015, LSU RB Leonard Fournette is one of college football’s scariest players. Fournette set a school record for freshman rushing with 1,034 yards and 10 TDs last season. This guy is an absolute monster with ridiculous speed for his size. Watch out McNeese State.
Derrick Henry vs Wisconsin– ($6,400) – Alabama’s starting running back is a dynamic runner with exceptional size and speed. In 26 career games, Henry has averaged 6.6 yards per carry with 17 total touchdowns. 15 percent of his rushes have gone for 12 yards or more. Alabama is breaking in a new quarterback and former starter, TJ Yeldon, got drafted into the NFL. All signs point to Henry breaking out, even against Wisconsin.
Stanley Boom Williams vs Louisiana-Lafayette– ($5,300) – If last season’s finale against Louisville is any indication of what to expect from Boom Williams, the Kentucky running back could have a big year. On 18 carries against the Cardinals, Williams rushed for 126 yards and 2 TDs. On the year, Williams averaged a solid 6.6 yards per carry and 115.9 all-purposes yards a game in 2014. Louisiana-Lafayette ranked 85th overall in total team defense. Should be a fun season opener for the Boom.
Other recommendations: Joel Bouagon ($5,000)
Sterling Shepard vs Akron– ($8,100) – The Oklahoma wideout had more than 900 yards and 5 TDs in his first even games last season. Before going down with a groin injury, Shepard was on pace to finish as one of the nation’s most productive receivers. With a full offseason of training and rehab under his wing, Shepard will quickly return to form in week 1 against Akron.
Byron Marshall vs Eastern Washington– ($7,300) – Oregon’s speedster wide receiver can do it all for the Ducks. Marshall had a nice 2014 season, catching 74 balls for 1,003 yards and 7 TDs. The former running back also ran for 392 yards last year. The Ducks will experiment with its skill position players to replace Thomas Tyner, who is missing the 2015 season with a shoulder injury. That means more carries for Marshall, which mean more fantasy points.
De’Runnya Wilson vs Southern Miss– ($5,200) – The former basketball star certainly know how to use his 6’5″ frame. Wilson is poised to have a final-season explosion with Dak Prescott as his quarterback. Look for him to get the party started early on against Southern Miss.
Other recommendations: D.J. Foster ($8,000) and Josh Reynolds ($5,000)
Jamal Robinson vs Kentucky– ($4,800) – ULL WR Jamal Robinson is a deep threat player with a ton of potential. In the three games he played in before being injured last season, Robinson had 15 receptions for 260 yards and 4 TDs. That bodes well for the Ragin’ Cajuns who are ushering in a new starting quarterback. Look for ULL to find Robinson early and often.
Speedy Noil vs Arizona State– ($4,700) – As a freshman in 2014, Texas A&M WR Speedy Noil had a solid stat line as the Aggies no. 3 receiver. Noil caught 46 balls for 583 yards and 5 TDs. With A&M projected to score about 38 points in a shootout with ASU, Noil should get plenty of touches.
Christian Kirk vs Arizona State– ($3,500) – Texas A&M true freshman receiver, Christian Kirk, is expected to push for a starting job at one of the inside spots in Texas A&M’s receiver lineup. The Arizona native ranked as the No. 25 recruit in 2015 and is expected to be one of the SEC’s top freshman performers in 2015.
ArDarius Stewart vs Arizona State– ($3,500) – An impressive athlete who developed a role at wide receiver as a redshirt freshman in 2014 in one of the deepest receiving corps in the nation. Could be a prime target for Alabama in 2015. Big play potential for his low value.