Hello FanCavers and welcome to week 5 of the college football season! On deck this week we have my Core Four plays for main slates on both DraftKings and FanDuel!
Adrian Martinez (Nebraska $7,300):
After a very very rough outing last week for the Freshman Phenom against an elite Michigan defense, expect Martinez to have a big bounce back week. This week Martinez gets the Purdue defense, which isn’t near as tough as Michigan ranking 46th against the run (138.2 YPG) and 102nd against the pass (275.2). In his first start against Colorado we saw what Martinez was capable of, tallying 36.2 DK points. The last few weeks Martinez has been banged up as well, but is expected to be back close to full strength and able to run the ball more which is what coach Scott Frost will be looking for to help Nebraska get their first win in this new era. I am expecting a big game out of Martinez against Purdue, and the Cornhuskers to get that elusive first win.
Rakeem Boyd (Arkansas $3,400):
If you have watched season 3 of the Netflix documentary ‘Last Chance U’, you will know this name and know the kind of talent that Boyd has. Between the narrative of going up against his old team Texas A&M and starter Devwah Whaley being out this game, the opportunity and motivation for Boyd will certainly be there. Last week Boyd started to come along some, gaining 66 yards on the ground to go with 39 through air. Boyd provides some great salary relief at a position that is very thin this week in my opinion, cash or GPP lock in Rakeem Boyd.
Ja’Deion High (Texas Tech $6,700):
The pass happy Red Raiders have a shootout looming tomorrow against WVU, and High looks to be a big factor in this game. Texas Tech will be without star WR T.J. Vasher it appears, which will help increase targets for all TTU wideouts, but none will benefit more from this than High. We know Antoine Wesley was going to get his share of the ball with or without Vasher, but High could see a rather significant growth on his 7 targets a game he currently holds. This one is going to be a barn burner, and Ja’Deion High is going to be in the thick of things all afternoon.
Isaiah Zuber (Kansas State $5,800):
This was a tough one for me to swallow all week. I am not high on Kansas State this year whatsoever, and I am especially not high on their offense. But, if there is one consistent throughout the season thus far it has been Zuber. Through 4 games he only has one below 23 DK points, and also is being targeted 9 times a game. To put it in perspective he has DOUBLE the targets of the next closest Wildcat (Schoen with 19). In a game that I expect KSU to be trailing in for most of the afternoon, the targets Zuber will see seem incredibly safe making him a very strong play in cash games and possibly with a few trips to the end zone a very high ceiling game for Zuber.
Ian Book (Notre Dame $9,600):
Book was fantastic last week in his first start of the season against Wake Forest. Going 25-34 for 325 yards and 5 total TDs is one heck of a way to introduce yourself to the nation. This week Book finds himself in a rivalry game against Stanford who pulled out an absolute miracle comeback last week against Oregon at Autzen. Stanford has been surprisingly weak so far this season against the pass ranking 72nd, giving up 225 YPG. Book showed nice accuracy and decision making for the Irish last week, getting the ball to the skill players and letting them do their thing and I feel strongly about his chances of another strong outing this week. I will say Book is more of a cash game play due to him hitting his ceiling a week ago but nonetheless, in a big game like this expect Book to show up ready to roll.
Karan Higdon (Michigan $9,600):
Higdon continues to be the workhorse for the Michigan offense. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh continues to keep Shea Patterson’s ability to under wrap until it is needed for the gauntlet schedule the Wolverines have coming, which will continue to make Higdon the beneficiary. This week should be no different. Michigan goes on the road to Evanston to face off against an always tricky Northwestern squad who just lost a team leader in RB Jeremey Larkin (retired from football) which could be damaging to a struggling team’s hope. Be on the lookout for another 125 yard multiple TD game for the always reliable Karan Higdon.
Kaden Smith (Stanford $6,600):
Smith continues to be a reliable security blanket for K.J. Costello in the Stanford offense. The last two games Smith has reeled in 6 catches in each game showing that he does have a good floor for cash games, which is all we are looking for out of a TE at this price. Notre Dame has shown a very sturdy rush defense this season giving up only 145 YPG, and the game plan against the Cardinal is to sellout against Bryce Love and make them beat you through the air. If Stanford wins this game a lot of it will be due to Smith as well as TE partner Colby Parkinson to take advantage of the mismatches they provide against the ND safeties and linebackers. Smith is only a cash game play to me, not enough upside for me to recommend him in GPP!
Ja’Deion High ($9,400):
See DraftKings write up above.
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