November is finally here, which means that every college football game becomes more and more important. We’ve got a really great slate of late games for Saturday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Paxton Lynch vs Houston – ($8,600) – Like stealing candy from a baby, Memphis QB Paxton Lynch is the stud of all studs in this slate. Last week against Navy, Lynch completed 26-of-42 passes for 305 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Lynch extended his streak of 300 yard passing games to eight in the team’s first loss of the season. Memphis goes on to face the American Athletic Conference’s last remaining undefeated team this week against Houston. Houston gives up a pretty penny through the air, allowing 268.1 passing yards per game. Paxton Lynch should take his anger out on the Cougars’ secondary.
Luke Falk vs UCLA – ($8,200) – Washington State QB Luke Falk has been tearing apart Pac-12 competition all season long. Last week against Arizona State, Falk completed 36-of-55 passes for 497 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception. The sophomore produced his fifth 400-yard passing performance of the year, and fourth game in 2015 with at least five TD passes. Falk leads the FBS in passing yards per game (415.1 ypg), but the Cougars have a more difficult challenge this week against the Pac-12’s best pass defense in UCLA. I still don’t see the Bruins shutting down a guy who throws over 50 times a game.
Travis Wilson vs Arizona – ($6,400) – Utah QB Travis Wilson has been a consistent game-manager for the Utes all season. Last week for example against Washington, Wilson completed just 12-of-25 passes for 155 yards and an interception, but was very effective on the ground, finishing with 42 yards and two touchdowns off 10 carries. Watch for the senior to shy away from being a game-manager and go off against a horrid Arizona defense that allows 34.6 points per game.
Christian McCaffrey vs Oregon – ($8,400) – If you want to see how far Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey’s value has skyrocketed, look at his fantasy value in week one compared to now. McCaffrey started the season tagged at $4,800 and now ranks as one of the best fantasy running backs, for good reason. This guy is a yardage machine. Last week against Stanford, McCaffrey carried 23 times for 147 yards, pulled in three catches for 15 yards, returned two kickoffs and a punt for 58 yards, oh yeah, and he’s tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to top it all off. McCaffrey eclipsed 100 yards rushing for a seventh straight game and leads the FBS with 241.56 all-purpose yards a game. Stanford has a juicy matchup Saturday night against Oregon’s 75th-ranked rush defense.
Donnel Pumphrey vs Wyoming – ($8,300) – San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey hasn’t been on too many peoples’ radars this season, but this kid can flat out ball. Last week against Colorado State, Pumphrey carried 20 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns, while also registering 47 yards and a third score through the air. Pumphrey tied a career-long streak with his fifth straight 100-yard rushing performance. The junior has already eclipsed 1,000 rushig yards this year and is the Mountain West’s third-most active scorer with 84 total points. San Diego State goes on to face an abysmal Wyoming run defense that allows 222.6 rushing yards per game.
Other recommendations: Jeremy McNichols ($7,600)
Samaje Perine vs Baylor – ($6,400) – This is a very intriguing matchup for Oklahoma’s most explosive runner. The Sooners face a Baylor team that we all know loves to kill you through the air. Conventional wisdom would indicate that Oklahoma will try to eat up some clock on the ground and slow the Bears down. Perine is just the man for the job, as he’s seen double-digit carries in all nine games this season. He’s also scored seven touchdowns in the Sooners’ last three games, making him a solid play this week against Baylor.
Corey Coleman vs Oklahoma – ($8,600) – Whenever a receiver is priced above $8,000 you know he’s special. At this point in the season, I think everyone in the country knows how special Baylor WR Corey Coleman is. Coleman continued his hot streak alst week against Kansas State, grabbing 11 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Coleman is eight receiving touchdowns away from breaking LA Tech WR Troy Edwards’ single season record of 27 receiving touchdowns.
Sterling Shepard vs Baylor – ($6,300) – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard is one of the most talented yet under-utilized players in the country. Shepard leads the Sooners with 47 catches for 826 yards and 7 receiving touchdowns this season. Shepard will be a prime target for QB Baker Mayfield against Baylor this week, as the Sooners may need to air it out to keep up with the Bears.
Thomas Sperbeck vs New Mexico – ($6,200) – As bad as New Mexico is against the run, the Lobos are almost as worse against the pass. Boise State WR Thomas Sperbeck has eclipsed 100 receiving yards in three of his last four starts and leads the Mountain West in receiving yards with 929. Sperbeck is clearly QB Brett Rypien’s favorite target, and should receive the lion’s share of targets as long as RB Jeremy McNichols doesn’t steal the show.
Mose Frazier vs Houston – ($5,900) – Memphis WR Mose Frazier has slowed down in recent weeks, but the Tigers’ main receiver is due for a big game. What better game to pop off than this week in what should be a shoot-out against Houston. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch likes to spread the ball around, but Mose Frazier is his most talented receiver.
Other recommendations: Darren Carrington ($5,800)
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:
KJ Maye vs Iowa – ($4,500) – Minnesota WR KJ Maye has really come on strong in the second half of the season. In his last three games, Maye has hauled in 27 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown in his last three games. He’s clearly developed into the number one receiving option in Minnesota’ offense, but may have a tougher time against a stout Iowa defense. Maye should still be considered a strong option in PPR formats moving forward.
Doroland Dorceus vs Houston – ($4,000) – Memphis RB Doroland Dorceus has been a consistent visitor to the endzone this season, registering eight total touchdowns this year. Dorceus has recorded at least 10 rushing attempts in four of his last five games this season and has emerged as the team’s primary rusher. I could see the Tigers utilizing Dorceus early and often to slow down a high-scoring Houston team.