The regular season may be over, but there’s still plenty of college football DFS to play. Below are my top plays for this weekend’s early and late slates on FanDuel.
Brandon Doughty - $9,500 (Early)
Doughty is, in my opinion, the best QB option on this slate because of his upside and consistency. His “terrible” games this year have still resulted in 20 FanDuel points. This is a big game for this team and I would expect them to go all out. What we are really hoping for here is that Southern Miss can stay somewhat close, because blowouts are the only thing that can slow this guy down.
Fredi Knighten - $9,100 (Early)
Throughout the course of the year, we really don’t get to many opportunities to roster Fredi Knighten because of the conference he plays in. However, we get that chance on Saturday. Knighten is a fun fantasy player to behold, as evidenced by his 70+ total FanDuel points over his last two games. He can both run and pass effectively, and this game should be both competitive and high scoring.
Cody Kessler - $7,300 (Late)
Let's start this off by making it clear that Deshaun Watson, of Clemson, is the number one quarterback choice on the slate. However, he is very expensive; if you want to save more than $3,000 in salary, I think Cody Kessler makes for a fine play. People are going to shy away from this because of the matchup with a very difficult Stanford defense. However, I think Kessler is good enough that 300 yards passing and 2+ touchdowns are very much feasible outcomes for him in this game.
Jahad Thomas - $8,400 (Early)
There are plenty of options to choose from as a RB1 on this slate. I am going to go the Jahad Thomas route because I like this matchup for him, and he finally looked back to healthy last week with his 25/119/2TD stat line against a tough UConn defense. The Houston run defense was strong early on this season, but that came against weaker running teams. They have given up a good chunk of yards to decent running backs this season, and they haven’t faced any back as good as Thomas thus far.
Wendell Smallwood - $6,600 (Early)
The bottom line on this game is that Wendell Smallwood is a dynamic back who catches passes out of the backfield and runs with power and shiftiness. He’s solid. Factor in that Kansas State hasn’t been able to stop anyone this year, in any aspect of defense, and I see a big offensive game for West Virginia coming. Smallwood should be near the center of those points.
Marcus Cox - $7,800 (Late)
Marcus Cox is going to be one of those guys that the average person playing on the slate doesn't know about. He's the lead back for a run heavy offense and he should accumulate solid points this weekend, as he always does. I have him ranked third on the slate behind two studs, and he's the cheapest of all three of them. He makes for an extremely high floor play on Saturday.
Taywan Taylor - $6,900 (Early)
Taylor’s lack of monster games recently has been due to the fact that Western Kentucky keeps blowing people out. This game has a spread of only eight points on the college football odds board, so I think perhaps this could be a closer game than WKU has experienced in a while. Hopefully that leads to more targets for Taylor in the second half of this game, something he hasn’t seen in a while. Regardless, wide receiver is never a safe spot in football, and even Taylor’s down games have been in the double digits.
Calvin Ridley - $4,900 (Early)
This is going to be a defensive battle and a tough game for both teams Saturday. The reason Ridley makes my list of plays is because Alabama will win this game. They are a team that wants to redeem themselves for the Ohio State fiasco last year. So, in order to get into the playoffs, they need to march through Florida. They will score some points. I think Florida makes all efforts here to hold down Derrick Henry in this game and that leads to more opportunities for Ridley. Typically he can put up a solid line every week. What makes him have those top notch fantasy weeks is when he finds a way to score TDs -- I believe this is one of those weeks.
Aaron Burbridge - $6,700 (Late)
Aaron Burbridge is another guy that people are going to shy away from because of the matchup. The blueprint on Burbridge this year has been pretty simple: when the games are more difficult, that's when Burbridge plays his best. When the games are blowouts, then he fails to reach expectations most times. This game should not be a blowout. It should be competitive for all four quarters, so I think Burbridge will find some holes in this defense and get that 100 yards receiving.
Tyler Higbee - $4,700 (Early)
No reason to get fancy with this position. Outside of Higbee, there are no real TE threats to speak of. The other guys are just GPP flyers. Higbee returned last week with a 6/92/2 line, good for 24.2 FanDuel points. He’s the best option of a weak group on Saturday.
Josiah Price - $3,100 (Late)
The top two tight ends on the night slate are Gerald Everett and Austin Hooper. However, if you want to save a few dollars, I think Josiah Price offers a very good possibility of getting in the end zone. He doesn't have a ton of upside, but I think on the slate, with the lack of studs, a touchdown could be something that wins you a tournament out of this position this weekend.