FanDuel is hosting their usual College Football Hail Mary Tournament on Saturday. The prize pool consists of $70,000 with $9,000 going to first place. It is $25 to enter.
The contest starts at noon ET.
I have outlined a tournament team below, explaining my rationale for each player.
QB Marquise Williams – North Carolina (FanDuel Price: $9,400)
Williams is one of the best QBs in this slate, and the plethora of value at RB/WR makes it rather easy to fit him in. He has 5 TD upside any given week, especially in an expected high-scoring matchup against rival NC State. Williams had a mediocre outing last game at Virginia Tech, as he moved the ball pretty well, but couldn’t quite finish off drives like previous weeks. I’m expecting him to get back to the gaudy fantasy totals we have grown accustomed to down the stretch.
RB Derrick Henry – Alabama (FanDuel Price: $9,300)
This game has Derrick Henry written all over it. Alabama is favored by 13 points, which is the “sweet spot” for a team to run the ball throughout the second half, but close enough to leave their starters in the game. Their opponent, Auburn, ranks 80th in total rushing yards allowed, and 81st in yard per carry surrendered this season. Henry has cruised through much more difficult matchups, en route to 33+ FP in three of the past four games. There’s a good chance he gets another on Saturday.
RB Joseph Williams – Utah (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
This is probably the easiest pick within the game slate. Joe Williams is filling in for Utah’s injured star RB, Devontae Booker. Last week, he took the lead back responsibilities, and translated it to a fine performance of 26 carries, 121 yards, 4 receptions, and 31 receiving yards. Seeing that type of volume against a Colorado team that ranks 101st in rushing defense will assuredly convert to fantasy success, and Williams is far too cheap given his heightened role.
WR Pharoh Cooper – South Carolina (FanDuel Price: $6,900)
Cooper is one of the only playmakers on this South Carolina team, and they try to get him the ball in many different situations. He gets carries, short-passes, deep bombs, even sometimes throwing the ball himself. Regardless of how it happens, Cooper will likely put up a respectable fantasy total with upside for more as South Carolina will do everything in its power to try and knock off rival Clemson. Without many high-upside wide receivers within this game slate, having a guy like Cooper on your side can pay off in all formats.
WR Allen Lazard – Iowa State (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
With injuries to Iowa State’s receiving corps, Lazard has really come to life over the second half of the season. He has either caught a TD or gone over 100 yards in four of the past five games. He seems to have a nice rapport with new QB Joel Lanning, displayed by a 5-87-2 line last week at Kansas State. The Cyclones will likely need to throw more than usual in an effort to keep pace with West Virigina.
WR Courtland Sutton – SMU (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Sutton hasn’t done much over the past three games, and I’m hoping that keeps his ownership percentage low. He’s a deep threat who can break some big gainers, as displayed in his 8-165-2 stat line against Tulsa one month ago. His opponent, Memphis, has one of the worst pass defenses in the country, and SMU will likely be throwing early and often as 22 point underdogs.
TE Jeremiah Gaines – SMU (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Gaines ties into the rationale listed previously with his teammate Sutton. Memphis has one of the worst pass defenses in the nation, and SMU will be chucking to keep pace. Gaines has had some nice games this season, even catching a TD in two straight games. There will be plenty of points to go around in this matchup, leaving enough room for Gaines and Sutton to get their own.