Hello FanCavers and welcome to week 3 of the College Football season! For this weeks article I will be going through my top 3 plays at each position on FanDuel and DraftKings!
D’eriq King (Houston $10,000 FD ONLY):
Back to back weeks that King checks into my article, and this week with a very similar matchup. After torching Arizona for 6 TDs last week, King and the Houston air raid offense come up against a soft Texas Tech defense. In Tech’s lone matchup with an FBS school this year, they allowed 47 points and 546 yards of total offense to Ole Miss. As Houston showed us last week, they have the ability to pour it on with some big chunk plays, and King also showed he can run the football when needed, scoring 2 of his 6 TDs on the ground. King checks in as my top FD QB play this week.
Brett Rypien (Boise State $9,800 FD/$8,500 DK):
Rypien has been a model of consistency this season. In 2 games he has put up 28.2 FD PPG, and 31.2 DK PPG. Rypien is my second favorite QB on FD, and is my top option on DK. His price and level of consistency, mixed in with an Oklahoma State defense that I think he could tear apart makes him an elite cash play on DK as well as a good GPP play just due to possible ceiling. While this will be the first true test of the season for the Cowboys, the first two games they gave up more through the air then on the ground. Rypien will be a lock in my DK lineups, and will possibly squeeze into FD as well!
Cole McDonald (Hawaii $9,200 DK ONLY):
This play should be pretty self explanatory. The Warriors have brought back the run ‘n’ shoot offense and Cole McDonald has thrived through 3 games this season. He has thrown for 1,165 yards, 13 TDs and 0 INTs, all very very impressive numbers. I have seen a lot of people worried about the time change coming all the way over to West Point to play Army, but the team arrived yesterday, and will have a few days to adjust. Also just to add on, Army’s D gave up 34 points to a Duke team that is not nearly as dynamic as Hawaii in my opinion. McDonald could end up being a great GPP play with guys like Rypien, and Syracuse’s Eric Dungey also in this price range.
Trey Sermon (Oklahoma $7,700 DK ONLY):
The Sooners suffered a big time blow last week losing star RB Rodney Anderson to a season ending injury, so how will they replace him? With another star RB. Sermon did not get the ball last week much, but you should expect him to see somewhere between 15-18 carries this week and be very effective doing it. While his stats up to this point in the season aren’t that impressive Sermon’s uptick in usage and just talent alone make him a play with great upside this week. Also to add fuel to the fire, Oklahoma will be out to avenge a 38-31 loss to Iowa State from a season ago in Norman. Sermon to me is a safe but chalky play you can slide into Cash or GPP lineups.
Karan Higdon (Michigan $9,400 FD/$8,600 DK):
Karan has picked up right where he left off a season ago, and looks poised to have a bulk of the carries over Chris Evans throughout the season. I watched Michigan take on Western Michigan every snap last week and if I noticed one thing it was that Higdon should continue to eat going up against an inferior opponent like SMU. Against WMU last week it only took him 13 touches to rack up 24 DK points and 21 FD points, and I see that as a floor this week as the Wolverines will continue to rely on the run game and not try to show to much off what they want to do offensively until conference play starts next week. I do see Higdon as a GPP play only simply due to pricing.
Jordan Mason (Georgia Tech $5,600 DK ONLY):
Mason is in an outstanding position this week as he will be sliding into the starting role for KirVonte Benson, who was ruled out for the season earlier in the week. After taking over for Benson last week, Mason ran the ball 13 times for 95 yards in essentially only 3 quarters. In last year’s matchup with Pittsburgh, Benson ran for nearly 200 yards and 2 scores playing the position Mason will be playing, and as a team the Yellow Jackets ran for over 400 yards on the game. I LOVE Mason this week at a decent discount from some of the top backs.
Cedric Byrd (Hawaii $7,400 DK ONLY):
Byrd has been one of the two main beneficiaries of Cole McDonald’s outstanding play this season. On the season he has 27 catches for 319 yards and 5 TDs, including what was somewhat of an off night last week against Rice as far as catches go, he made up for it however with 2 TDs. I prefer Byrd over Ursua just due to the $700 you are saving by going this route. If you prefer Ursua and have the money by all means go ahead and play him, I personally just want the savings to use elsewhere. Army also got torched for 307 yards through the air last week against Liberty, which makes me even more interested in some kind of Hawaii stack.
Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State $9,600 FD/$6,100 DK):
This goes to a little game planning for me, I don’t think OSU will be able to establish much of a run game with Justice Hill this week. This benefits Wallace big time, as he leads the Cowboys in targets, and also has 7 red zone targets this season. I like Wallace on FD as my top WR, but on DK at that price he is an absolute steal. With Taylor Cornelius likely needing to air it out in a game that is anticipated to have a lot of points scored, I think Wallace will benefit the most with Jalen McClesky in a close second. Fire up Tylan Wallace in all formats and watch your lineup continue to climb the leaderboards!
With a lot of WRs in play, I am going to list off players I like on each site instead of a 3rd player here.
DK: John Ursua, Marquise Brown, Jamal Custis, JoJo Ward, D.J. Matthews (GPP), Danny Davis III (GPP).
FD: Marquez Stevenson, A.J. Brown, Rondale Moore, Keith Corbin, D.K. Metcalf, DaMarkus Lodge.
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