Hopefully you’ve been winning some cash in CFB DraftKings to spend on a makeshift Thanksgiving dinner next week. We’ve got a solid slate of games for early games for Saturday, and here are some players you should consider drafting.
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Cody Kessler vs Oregon – ($7,200) – USC QB Cody Kessler has kind of struggled in recent weeks but the senior looks poised for a bounce back performance against Oregon’s 125th-ranked pass defense. Kessler enters week 12 having combined for a solid 447 passing yards and five scores with just one interception. Although his recent underwhelming numbers concern me slightly, I really like Kessler’s matchup with the porous Ducks. He should prove a to be a valuable fantasy play this week.
Vernon Adams Jr. vs USC – ($8,300) – Oregon QB Vernon Adams Jr. threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns on just 10-of-12 passing last week against Stanford on the road. Although he failed to eclipse 300 yards for the first time in three games, Adams had his fourth straight multi-passing touchdown. The Ducks have a favorable matchup against USC’s 97th-ranked pass defense this week. Fantasy owners should expect Adams to put up solid numbers in a critical juncture of the season for Oregon.
CJ Beathard vs Purdue – ($5,800) – In the last couple of weeks, Iowa QB CJ Beathard has well exceeded his fantasy value, posting totals of 23 and 24, respectively. I absolutely love Iowa’s matchup against a porous Purdue defense this week. I’m slightly worried that Iowa’s running back committee will rip apart Purdue’s weak sauce run defense. I like Beathard’s potential relative to his cheap price tag, especially because most of the quarterbacks priced above him don’t have the best matchups.
Other recommendations: Nate Sudfield ($5,100)
Ezekiel Elliott vs Michigan State – ($7,900) – I have a theory; Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott will have his Heisman moment this weekend against Michigan State. Elliott has flown under the college football radar all season long because Ohio State hasn’t played anyone relevant. Yet, he’s still put u over 1,400 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns. Even though the Buckeyes are going up against a stout Michigan State defense, Elliott will get the lion’s share of touches.
Travon McMillian vs North Carolina – ($7,600) – Talk about someone who’s completely exploded on the college football scene in the last month. Last week at Georgia Tech, McMillian ran 24 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Since being given the keys to the Frank Beamer’s backfield, the freshman has absolutely dominated. He’s a great option against a bad UNC run defense that gives up over 200 rushing yards per game.
Leshun Daniels Jr. vs Purdue – ($5,400) – Iowa RB Leshun Daniels has taken complete advantage of his recent opportunity to start. Take last week against Minnesota for example; Daniels got his first start and ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. That kind of workload bodes very well for Daniels going forward, especially against a mediocre Purdue run defense that gives up 210 rushing yards per game.
Other recommendations: Kenneth Farrow ($6,400) and Ronald Jones ($5,100)
Laquon Treadwell vs LSU – ($7,100) – Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell has been an absolute stud in the second half of the season for the Runnin’ Rebels. Last week against Arkansas, Treadwell caught seven passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. That’s now five-straight games with at least 100 yards and a touchdown for Treadwell. He’s undoubtedly one of the hottest receivers in the country, but could be tested this week against a solid LSU secondary.
JuJu Smith-Schuster vs Oregon – ($7,000) – USC WR JuJu Smith is one of the most talented players in this slate of games. The Trojans have a mouth-watering matchup with Oregon’s 125th-ranked pass defense this week and S still remains the Pac-12’s only 1,000-yard receiver. Fantasy owners should expect another strong performance out of QB Cody Kessler’s favorite target.
Artavis Scott vs Wake Forest – ($6,000) – Clemson WR Artavis Scott continues to be the team’s leading threat on the outside. Last week at Syracuse, Scott had 12 catches for 73 yards. He continues to see volume at an alarming rate, as he’s already eight catches away from his total from last season. Defenses have been keeping Scott in check lately, but he’s still a proven deep threat. I think he’s bound to break out this week against a decent Wake Forest defense.
Darren Carrington vs USC – ($5,600) – I really like matching up Oregon WR Darren Carrington and his QB Vernon Adams. Since coming back from a suspension, Carrington has clearly shined for the Ducks. Although he failed to eclipse the 100-yard receiving mark last week for the first time in six games, Carrington has been the go-to guy for Oregon. As I alluded to earlier, Oregon has a very favorable matchup with USC’s 97th-ranked pass defense this week. Carrington should get plenty of looks.
Other recommendations: Michael Thomas ($5,000) and Isaiah Ford ($4,800)
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:
Ricky Jones vs Maryland – ($4,000) – Indiana WR Ricky Jones has slowed down in recent weeks, in large part due to a brutal schedule. Although he’s cooled off a bit, Jones still leads the team in every major receiving category. The Hoosiers have a very favorable matchup against a mediocre Maryland defense that’s allowing over 30 points per game. Jones should see plenty of looks for solid production.
Akrum Wadley vs Purdue – ($3,900) – The running back committee at Iowa is in for a big day this week against Purdue. I’m a little wary suggesting so many Iowa players but I could see the Hawkeyes have a statement performance against Purdue. Like I noted earlier, Purdue gives up a million yards on the ground every game, and Wadley is Iowa’s best big-play threat out of the backfield. Sounds like a recipe for success.
Other recommendations: MacGarrett Kings Jr. ($4,100)