NCAAF CORE FOUR: 9/8

Hello FanCavers and welcome to week 2 of the College Football season!  For this weeks article I will be going through my “Core Four” for both DraftKings and FanDuel!

Draftkings:

Quarterback:

D’eriq King (Houston $9,700):

In what should be a matchup of dynamic QBs, I decided to take a slight salary saver here instead of paying all the way up for Khalil Tate.  In last week’s matchup against Rice, King racked up 320 yards and 3 TDs, as well as 33 yards on the ground and another score.  A main reason that King made my core plays is the Arizona defense.  Last week they gave up 28 to a BYU offense that for the most part is more of a slow tempo, grind it out kind of offense.  The spread in this game currently favors the Cougars (-3.5), and has an O/U of 71.5 which means it should be a close, and high scoring contest.  I like King to have a very similar outing as he did last week, and with a little discount he is my top QB play.

Running Back:

Antonio Williams (North Carolina $6,400):

While averaging less than 3 YPC last week may not seem very impressive, the Tar Heels lost RB Michael Carter to a broken wrist.  This gives Williams a huge bump, with now second string RB Jordon Brown only getting 6 carries last week.  On top of the huge bump in usage Williams will be getting, East Carolina was statistically one of the worst defenses in the country a season ago, where they gave up 230 YPG on the ground.  Williams is one of the top RB cash plays on the slate, and at $6,400 his salary fits nicely into lineups in any format.

KirVonte Benson (Georgia Tech $6,000):

Last week Benson carried the ball 10 times for 75 yards and 2 TDs, even with being suspended for the first quarter in a blow out game.  Sure the Yellow Jackets have a much stronger opponent in South Florida, but I think we could see Benson’s touches get up in the 20-22 range.  Also, Elon did run for 192 yards and right around 4 YPC.  Benson is a very big part of the Tech offense and they will want to get him the ball early and often against the Bulls defense this week.

Wide Receiver:

Laviska Shenault Jr. (Colorado $5,900):

All of the hype I heard going into last week against Colorado State turned out to be true.  Shenault was an absolute monster, hauling in 11 of his 12 targets for 211 yards a score.  We don’t have any stats this season to go off of for Nebraska, but I am not shy at all to come back to Shenault this week even with the elevated price.  I am going to say do not EXPECT another stat line like he put up last week.  I do believe he could replicate a similar performance, but getting those high of numbers back to back weeks seems unattainable.  Shenault checks in as my favorite cash game play on DraftKings this week.


FanDuel:

Quarterback:

K.J. Costello (Stanford $9,100):

I think Costello caught a lot of people off guard with his huge performance last weekend, where he went for 332 yards and 4 TDs, to go with 1 INT.  Costello is another guy I don’t expect to have a repeat performance of last week, but should make for a solid cash game play.  USC did have some struggles on defense against UNLV last week, but Armani Rogers did not do much to test their secondary through the air.  I would say Costello should be right around the 18-22 point range this week, slightly below his 28 point outing last week.

Running Back:

Bryce Love (Stanford $9,900):

The fact that we have 4 RBs on the slate that are more expensive than Love is absurd to me.  Yes I know he burned a lot of people (including myself) last week, but Costello showed the skills to keep USC honest, and I don’t see Love struggling so much again.  The eye popping number in this matchup is 308.  That would be the amount of rushing yards the Trojans gave up to UNLV in week 1.  UNLV is not Stanford when it comes to the OL play, and while Lexington Thomas and Armani Rogers were a good 1-2 punch rushing the ball, neither of them have the talent that Bryce Love has.  Love is my top FanDuel play this week.

Wide Receiver:

Terry McLaurin (Ohio State $8,400):

While I didn’t mention McLaurin in my article last week, I did show him some love in the FanCave Discord chat.  He rewarded those who played him with a 26 point outing.  With Haskins in at QB this season, McLaurin should continue to be a big factor in the Buckeye offense due to his ability to run the deep routes and stretch the field.  McLaurin is another guy we will see some point regression from, but I still really like this spot again for him against a much less talented team in Rutgers.

Jace Sternberger (Texas A&M $7,800):

Sternberger made his Aggie debut last weekend and lived up to his hype coming out of camp.  He caught 5 passes for 56 yards and 2 scores.  This week A&M will be going up against a completely different animal in Clemson.  The Tigers have one of the best defensive lines in recent memory in my opinion.  With that being said I don’t see Kellen Mond having much time to progress through his reads, which ultimately could lead to Sternberger racking up catches on quick release passes.  Even if he is still a wild card, Sternberger should still grow on his 3 red zone targets, and 7 total targets.


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