November is finally here, which means that every college football game becomes more and more important. We’ve got a really great slate of early games for Saturday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Greg Ward Jr. vs Cincinnati – ($8,600) – This slot is usually reserved for TCU QB Trevone Boykin but I think Boykin’s pricing is pretty steep (as it should be). Insert Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. Ward’s numbers have been slightly down the past couple of weeks, compared to his first six games, but his rushing numbers are too ridiculous to ignore. He’s got 16 touchdowns on the ground this season, five more than his passing scores. I think Ward steps it up at home this week against a middle-of-the-road Cincinnati defense.
Patrick Mahomes vs West Virginia – ($7,600) – I absolutely love Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes’ upside this week against the Mountaineers. Considering his price, recent performance and the looming total for this game (80), everything is pointing up. Mahomes absolutely slings the rock, averaging around 50 pass attempts per game. The Red Raiders have also started to use him more on the ground as Mahomes is averaging 13 carries per game in his last three contests. These numbers bode well at this pricing. Snag him up.
Other Recommendations: Dane Evans ($7,400)
Chad Kelly vs Arkansas – ($6,700) – Last week at Auburn, Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly completed 33-of-51 passes for 381 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Rebels’ gunslinger has crossed the 300-yard mark six times this season and thrown at least two touchdowns and two interceptions in three-straight games. If you can accept the fact that he’ll probably throw a pick, Kelly has great upside against Arkansas at home this weekend. The Razorbacks weakness is their pass defense, giving up 273 passing yards per game. Chad Kelly will surely feast on pork this Saturday.
Christian McCaffrey vs USC – ($8,300) – Stanford stud RB Christian McCaffrey has established himself as one of the nation’s premier backs. The super sophomore is a yardage machine, pumping out six straight 100-yard rushing performances. His price may be steep, but his ceiling is endless, especially against a USC defense that allows over 150 rushing yards per game.
Demario Richard vs Washington State – ($6,800) – I personally think Arizona State RB Demario Richard is an absolute steal at this price. Last week against Oregon, Richard carried 19 times for 135 yards and a touchdown and pulled in a receiving score en route to a career night. The sophomore enters week 10 having eclipsed 100 rushing yards in four of seven games this season and combined for 12 total touchdowns in his last eight games, dating back to last year. The Sun Devils are facing an abysmal Washington State run defense that is allowing 206 rushing yards per game.
Wendell Smallwood vs Texas Tech – ($6,400) – This game should produce a bevy of high-scoring fantasy performances, and you should target West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood. His pricing is low compared to the other backs in this slate, but he easily has the best matchup. Texas Tech is literally one of the worst run defenses in the nation (125th), allowing a ridiculous 270.7 rushing yards per game. The sky is the limit this week for Smallwood.
Other Recommendations: DeAndre Washington ($5,500)
Josh Doctson vs Oklahoma State – ($8,300) – This guy and Baylor WR Corey Coleman are bar none the best receivers in the nation. There’s no debate there. There’s also no debate that Doctson is by far the best receiver in this slate. The last time Josh Doctson scored less than 34 fantasy points was week two against Stephen F Austin. His pricing is steep, but he is well worth the investment.
Keyarris Garrett vs UCF – ($6,800) – Tulsa WR Keyarris Garrett had a disappointing followup game after his record-setting performance the previous week. Besides last week, Garrett has been the team’s most consistent receiver and has a great chance to get back on track this week against Central Florida’s 106th-ranked passing defense. It might be wise to stack Garrett with QB Dane Evans if you so choose to go down that path.
Jakeem Grant vs West Virginia – ($6,500) – Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant finally went off last week for the first time since week six. Grant caught a season-high 13 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown, while also breaking a school record with his fourth career kickoff return for a touchdown. The talented senior has been as consistent as they come for the Red Raiders, registering at least five or more catches in every game this season.
Will Fuller vs Pittsburgh – ($6,000) – I’m honestly surprised WR Will Fuller is rated this low. He’s arguably Notre Dame’s best player and is a consistent scoring threat every time he touches the field. Pittsburgh’s defense is definitely improved under head coach Pat Narduzzi, but there’s no one on the Panthers that can slow down Fuller.
Tim White vs USC – ($5,000) – Arizona State WR Tim White has emerged as one of the Sun Devils’ best threats on the outside. White produced nine receptions totaling 97 yards and a touchdown last week against Oregon in a triple overtime thriller. White recorded his fifth-straight game with 100-plus all purpose yards in the process. White is now leading all ASU receivers with six touchdown catches. He should continue to get plenty of looks, especially this week in what should be a high-scoring affair at Washington State.
If you decided to splurge on one of the top-tier quarterbacks or running backs, it’s important to find lower-valued players that will still produce. Here are a couple that may fit that mold:
James Washington vs TCU – ($4,500) – Oklahoma State WR James Washington has three 100 receiving yard games in his last four contests. Washington has emerged as one of the Cowboys’ top weapons in this passing offense. Even with the confusion at quarterback, James Washington is worth this low price.
Max McCaffrey vs UNC – ($4,100) – Duke WR Max McCaffrey has come on strong for the Blue Devils of late. Last week in that wild game against Miami, McCaffrey caught nine passes for 90 yards. He’s emerging as the team’s preferred target and should be considered a fine option this week in a rivalry game against North Carolina.