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 Thursday and Friday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Gunner Kiel vs South Florida – ($7,800) – After missing four games earlier in the season for a neck injury, Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel has finally shown why he was one of the nation’s most hyped players heading into the season. In his last four contests, Kiel has thrown for at least 300 yards in each game and 13 touchdowns. The Bearcats have a much stiffer test this week against a South Florida defense that only gives up 22.3 points per game. Either way, go with Gunner Kiel’s hot hand.
Brett Rypien vs Air Force – ($7,600) – Boise State QB Brett Rypien hasn’t played like a true freshman this season. In his last two starts, Rypien has thrown for 469 yards and 503 yards, respectively. In his last four starts, the Spokane-native is averaging 51 pass attempts per game. Those numbers bode well heading into a difficult week 12 matchup with a stout Air Force defense.
Quinton Flowers vs Cincinnati – ($6,300) – I like this matchup more so than either of the stud quarterbacks listed above. USF QB Quinton Flowers can beat you in a multitude of ways. Last week against a solid Temple Owls defense, Flowers completed 15-of-22 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for 90 yards and another score. The sophomore continues to improve, avoiding throwing an interception in his last four games. He should find success in a favorable matchup with a porous Cincinnati defense.
Jeremy McNichols vs Air Force – ($8,400) – If you’re looking for the bell cow of this slate, look no further. Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols has been an absolute beast all season long for the Broncos. Last week against New Mexico, McNichols carried 26 times for 128 yards and a touchdown, while also catching eight passes for 50 yards and another score. The one they call “The Weapon” on Twitter, is averaging over 30 DK fantasy points a game and has registered 19 total touchdowns on the year. The Broncos have a tough matchup against Air Force, but McNichols will remain the workhorse.
Marlon Mack vs Cincinnati – ($6,700) – USF RB Marlon Mack’s numbers may be slightly inflated due to his 50+ point fantasy performance last week, but he’s certainly trending upwards. Last week against a very solid Temple defense, Mack carried the ball 21 times for 230 yards and caught three passes for 41 yards while scoring three total touchdowns. Mack has rushed for at least 100 yards in six games this season and will continue to be the focal point of this offense against a Cincinnati defense that allows 186 rushing yards per game.
Robert Lowe vs Louisiana-Monroe – ($5,600) – You’ve probably never heard of Texas State RB Robert Lowe, but get him in your lineup. Lowe has been a bright spot for the Bobcats all season, amassing 805 rushing yards through nine games. The reason I like Lowe this week is because he’s facing an abysmal Warhawks run defense that ranks 117th nationally, giving up over 220 rushing yards per game. Lowe should be in for a very solid day if ULM continues to give up that kind of yardage on the ground.
Thomas Sperbeck vs Air Force – ($7,500) – Alas, another Bronco. I really hope you guys listened to me last week when I suggested Boise State WR Thomas Sperbeck. Sperbeck shattered school records by hauling in 20 catches for 281 yards! Strangely enough, he didn’t even score a touchdown somehow, yet still registered over 50 fantasy points. Sperbeck has clearly has established himself as the Broncos main weapon on the outside. That shouldn’t change this week against Air Force.
Shaq Washington vs South Florida – ($6,300) – Cincinnati WR Shaq Washington is the Bearcats all-time leader in receptions, which shows you the kind of exposure he gets on a game-by-game basis. Washington continues to be extremely reliable in PPR formats, as he’s recorded at least eight receptions in six of his last eight games this season. He’ll continue to rack in targets this week against South Florida.
Isaiah Jones vs UCF – ($5,600) – East Carolina WR Isaiah Jones has been quietly consistent all season long, registering 72 receptions for 794 yards. Jones has only reached the endzone a handful of times this seasons, but he should be considered a strong candidate to rebound against an easier Central Florida defense.
Chris Moore vs South Florida – ($5,300) – Slim pickings at receiver in this slate but Cincy WR Chris Moore is another solid option. Last week against Tulsa, Moore caught four balls for 77 yards and one touchdown. That TD was Moore’s 25th of his career, tying the school record. He has four touchdowns in his last three games and is surely trending up. Look for Chris Moore to break the career receiving touchdowns record tomorrow night against USF.
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:
Ajalen Holley vs Texas State – ($4,100) – ULM WR Ajalen Holley has been known to feast on week defenses. Welp, consider it an early Thanksgiving feast for the junior receiver this week against a horrid Texas State defense. The Bobcats are one of the worst overall defenses in the nation, giving up 41.6 points per game. Holley is always a player to watch for a break out game.
Marcus Green vs Texas State – ($3,800) – Another Warhawk! Louisiana-Monroe WR Marcus Green is an unknown commodity at this point in his career. The freshman has come on extremely strong in the last month or so, averaging 22.42 DK fantasy points in his last five contests. Even with the presence of top receivers Ajalen Holley and Rashon Ceaser, Green has scored a receiving touchdown in five straight games. Love that kind of production considering his cheap price tag.
Other recommendations: C.J. Best ($3,900)