Hopefully everyone is recovering from your respective food comas and you’re ready to win some cash in CFB DraftKings. We’ve got a really solid slate of early games on Saturday, and here are some players you should consider drafting. Good luck!
Paxton Lynch vs SMU – ($8,100) – Memphis QB Paxton Lynch finally came down to earth last week against a stout Temple defense, and he was held without a touchdown for the first time all season. That should certainly change this week in a very favorable matchup with SMU this week. The Mustangs give up 44 points per game and Lynch is a touchdown machine. Look for him to bounce back in a big way this Saturday.
Matt Davis vs Memphis – ($7,100) – Ironically enough, I really like the quarterback on the other side of this game. Even though SMU is a 21 point underdog, Davis has a favorable matchup against a mediocre Memphis defense that is allowing 288 passing yards and 147 rushing yards per game. Matt Davis is a dual-threat quarterback who will be asked to do a lot to keep SMU in this game. I really like his upside.
Nate Sudfield vs Purdue – ($6,400) – Indiana QB Nate Sudfield has feasted on poor defenses all season long. Take last week against Maryland for example, when Sudfield completed 23-of-35 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns. With Indiana star RB Jordan Howard sidelined, Sudfield will continue to shoulder the load for the Hoosiers. He has another juicy matchup against Purdue this week for the Old Oaken Bucket. Purdue is a porous defense that allows 35 points per game.
Other recommendations: Austin Appleby ($5,200)
Derrick Henry vs Auburn – ($9,100) – Even though it’s past Thanksgiving, Alabama RB Derrick Henry will feast on Tiger meat all day long. Henry has built a lot of Heisman buzz in the last month, scoring at least 2 touchdowns in 5 straight games, and registering over 200 yards in three of those games. Alabama goes on to face a pretty bad Auburn run defense that gives up over 180 yards per game on the ground. The beast will feast.
Sony Michel vs Georgia Tech – ($7,600) – Georgia RB Sony Michel has been remarkable all season long for the Bulldogs, even in a backup role. With the season-ending injury to fellow RB Nick Chubb, the floor is all Michel’s now. Last week against Georgia Southern, Michel carried the ball 23 times for 132 yards and a touchdown, going over the 100-yard mark for the third time this season. He has at least 22 carries in five of the last six games, and will continue to see the lion’s share of touches in the regular season finale at Georgia Tech. GT’s run defense is nothing to write home about as the Yellow Jackets are allowing over 160 rushing yards per game.
Wendell Smallwood vs Iowa State – ($6,700) – It blows my mind that West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood is still priced sub-$7,000. The Mountaineers main back has only produced one game below 15 fantasy points this season and has quietly become one of the safest plays in the country. In each of his past four games, Smallwood has had at least 18 carries and 113 rushing yards. The junior back also has eight touchdowns on the season and will certainly build on those numbers this week against a mediocre Iowa State run defense that allows over 180 rushing yards per game.
Other recommendations: Wayne Gallman ($6,600)
JuJu Smith-Schuster – ($6,600) – There aren’t many wide receivers that stand out in this slate, but USC WR JuJu Smith is one of the most talented players in the country. His production has been somewhat bottled up by lingering injuries and inconsistency as a whole program. His status for Saturday’s matchup with UCLA isn’t in jeopardy so Smith-Schuster will continue to be QB Cody Kessler’s main target.
Nelson Spruce vs Utah – ($6,100) – Colorado WR Nelson Spruce has been a bright spot for the Buffaloes all season. Last week against Washington State, Spruce pulled in a team-high 10 catches for 120 yards, but failed to reach the end zone for a second consecutive week. The senior enters week 13 having recorded at least one catch in 37 straight games and needs just 58 yards to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards. He should have no problem accomplishing that feat against the nation’s 99th-ranked pass defense.
Artavis Scott vs South Carolina – ($6,000) – Clemson WR Artavis Scott has quietly produced an underwhelming season despite being on the nation’s best team. Expectations were sky-high for the talented Scott before the season started, and he’s due for a big game. Scott’s a high volume, low production option, but I love his matchup against a horrible South Carolina defense.
Chris Moore vs East Carolina – ($5,800) – Cincinnati WR Chris Moore has been on a hot streak for the Bearcats lately. Last week against South Florida, Moore caught six passes for 131 yards and one touchdown. Moore extended his touchdown streak to four games with his score against the Bulls. He should continue to find the end zone this week against a porous East Carolina secondary.
Other recommendations: Ryan Switzer ($5,100)
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:
Devine Redding vs Purdue – ($4,900) – Indiana backup RB Devine Redding answered the call when the Hoosiers’ star running back, Jordan Howard, went down with an injury. Last week against Maryland, Redding had 24 carries for 130 yards and took full advantage of his extra opportunity by averaging 5.4 yards per carry. All signs are pointing to Jordan Howard sitting out this week, so Redding should reap the benefits against the nation’s 108th-ranked run defense. After all, the Boilermakers are giving up 207 rushing yards per game.
Jaylen Samuels vs UNC – ($4,200) – Love the matchup for this touchdown machine. NC State WR Jaylen Samuels scored his 14th touchdown of the year last week against Syracuse. He’s scored in four straight and all but two games. He’s a sure bet to score against a decent UNC pass defense. The Wolfpack will need to throw early and often to keep up with the high-scoring Tar Heels.