FanDuel is hosting their usual College Football Hail Mary Tournament on Saturday. The prize pool consists of $90,000 with $10,000 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 Keenan Reynolds – Navy (FanDuel Price: $7,100)
After starting the season with some monster performances, Reynolds has slowed down a little bit over the past few weeks. However, that has also resulted in a price decrease, and his upside is still there. That especially holds true in an excellent matchup against SMU, whose run defense ranks 118th in the nation. Expect Navy’s triple-option attack to move the ball with ease in this game, which could set up big performances from both Reynolds and their primary RB Swain.
RB Gerald Holmes – Michigan State (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Everything sets up very well for Holmes this Saturday, and he’s an excellent play for only $5000. He was named the starter last week at Nebraska, responding for 111 yards and 1 TD against a somewhat stingy run defense. The matchup against Maryland rates much better as they rank second to last in run defense within the Big Ten conference. The Spartans are favored by 15, which means there should be plenty of rushing attempts while trying to put this one away in the second half. Holmes could benefit with another 100+ yard performance and 1-2 TDs.
RB Jovon Robinson – Auburn (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Robinson has stepped into the starting role for Auburn, totaling 45 carries, 250 yards, and 1 TD over the last two weeks. He should see 20-25+ carries again in this slugfest vs Georgia, and Jovon will be running behind a very good offensive line that could do some of the work for him. 20+ fantasy point upside is not out of the picture when considering his heavy workload.
WR William Fuller – Notre Dame (FanDuel Price: $7,300)
Fuller has the best floor/upside combination of any wide receiver within this game slate. Notre Dame’s star running back, Prosise, is banged up, and he may see a very limited snap count. That could lead to more passing attempts to Fuller, against a Wake Forest defense that is ill-equipped to cover him. Fuller went off for 7-152-3 last week, and he has that type of upside once again.
WR Aaron Burbridge – Michigan State (FanDuel Price: $7,500)
Burbridge is almost always over 20+ FP, as he is one of Michigan State’s only receiving threats. Granted, the Spartans don’t throw the ball a ton, but when they do, it usually goes to Burbridge. He has caught 37 passes over the past four games, eclipsing the 100 yard plateau in each of those. Maryland’s pass defense leaves room to be desired, and this game should stay close enough (15 point spread) where Michigan State doesn’t abandon the passing game entirely.
WR Jakeem Grant – Texas Tech (FanDuel Price: $7,400)
Jakeem Grant and the Texas Tech offense has been much more productive at home this season. Grant has gone for 24, 23, 34, and 36 fantasy points in four home games this season. Compare that to 18, 10, 12, 9, and 9 in five road contests. The good news here is that Grant’s price tag is reasonable, and he’s playing at home in a high-scoring matchup against Kansas State – a team that got torched through the air against TCU and Oklahoma this season.
TE Jaylen Samuels – NC State (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
This is the most expensive we have seen any tight end this season, but the value at running back allows us to squeeze him in. Samuels easily has the highest upside of any TE on the board, and you are essentially getting an RB2 and WR2 with low opportunity cost in this situation. He is averaging 19 FPPG this season, and the tight matchup against Florida State may actually funnel more passing attempts his way as NC State’s safety valve. Also, Samuels is seeing 8-10 carries for the depleted Wolfpack backfield, which he has translated to 97 yards and 2 TDs over the past two games (against tough run defenses in Clemson and Boston College).