Another great weekend of college football action awaits, and we’ve got a nice set of games to choose from on FanDuel. Let’s take a look at some of my top plays for this week’s early and late slates.
Matt Davis - $7,400 (Early) - If you have ever read any of my work from previous seasons, you know I love a good running quarterback in college football. Matt Davis is as good as any when he decides to run. Last week, against a very tough Temple defense, he ran for 102 yards and a touchdown (check out more CFB Player Stats over at RotoGrinders). He has that incredible elusiveness about him, and I think in this game, against a slow-footed Navy defense, he could be in for another 100+ yard rushing effort.
Mason Rudolph - $7,300 (Early) - Finally it appears as if Mason Rudolph is starting to click for the Oklahoma State offense, and that coincides with the team’s two biggest wins of the season. Last week, against TCU, he went off for nearly 37 FanDuel points. This week he travels to take on Iowa State, a team that owns a very soft defense. The fact that this is a road contest actually helps Rudolph, since the game should stay closer than it otherwise would.
Jared Goff - $8,000 (Late) - At only $8,000 on a small late slate, Goff is a steal. He's not going to put up the fancy rushing numbers, but he's as good of a pocket passer as there is. Against a weak defense, he should be a lock for 300 yards and three passing touchdowns, as a floor. Once again that salary is far too low for that kind of a player.
Ezekiel Elliott - $9,100 (Early) - In nine games this year, Elliott has posted at least 100 rushing yards. Throw in at least one rushing touchdown in every game, except for an early season tilt against Northern Illinois, and you have yourself the most consistent running back in the country at this moment. This week Elliott travels to Illinois to take on a defense that he should have no problems slicing through.
Chris Swain - $6,100 (Early) - Swain jumped out of nowhere and surprised a lot of people with his three-touchdown effort against Memphis last week. However, to those who’ve been tracking college football this year, it wasn't a big shock. He's a solid running back in a run-heavy offense. Due to the nature of the offense, a lot of times he is hit or miss, but this matchup against a weak SMU defense looks eerily similar to the matchup last week against Memphis. The big factor here is that Swain’s price didn't rise much at all. He still sits at only $6,100 on FanDuel.
Leonard Fournette - $9,200 (Late) - After putting up some incredible numbers all year long, Fournette was stifled at Alabama on Saturday night. As you probably know, however, the Crimson Tide happen to have the best run defense in the nation. You can rest assured knowing that Fournette will be terribly upset about that performance and that he will bounce back in a major way this week against Arkansas. Arkansas is no pushover, but Fournette has already sliced up much tougher defenses (Florida) for 30+ FanDuel points this season.
William Fuller - $7,300 (Early) - Fuller is a stud wide receiver. In nine games this year he has 900 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. That math is pretty easy; he’s averaging 100 yards and 1.3+ TDs per game, and those are phenomenal numbers for the wide receiver position. It appears as though the starting running back for Notre Dame may be on the sidelines in this contest, and that should mean more Fuller in the offensive gameplan. Wake Forest has no defensive backs who can contend with him.
James Washington - $7,600 (Early) - You can chalk me up as one of the guys who did not believe in James Washington early on in the season. At this point I don't think there's any way around the fact that he is a stud. He has over 600 receiving yards the last five weeks, and in that timeframe he has found the end zone seven times. Washington has become the bona fide number one wide receiver in this offense, and I mentioned earlier that the matchup is prime against Iowa State.
Demarcus Ayers - $6,400 (Late) - Ayers is a model of consistency at wide receiver. He hasn't had a game this year in which he was below five receptions nor accounted for less than 56 receiving yards. In a game against Memphis that projects to be a big-time shootout, they may lean more on the passing game than they typically do in Houston.
Jaylen Samuels - $5,600 (Early) - I wouldn’t blame anyone for not wanting to play a tight end at this large $5,600 price tag on FanDuel. However, it is my duty to inform you that Jaylen Samuels is far and away the best tight end on the slate in terms of both workload and talent. The matchup is terrible against a very good Florida State defense, but there is no one else in his category as far as production at this position.
Jake Duzey - $2,000 (Late) - The pool of tight ends on Saturday night is not so great. Instead of giving you the same names that I do every week, I thought it would be beneficial to throw out the name of a speculation play. Of course your big names are Austin Hooper and Stephen Anderson, but Jake Duzey is a guy who has been slowed down this entire season by injury. He's finally gotten back on the field the last couple weeks, and perhaps his volume picks up this week. If that's the case, you're getting a pretty good tight end at minimum price. I think, based on potential, it's worth consideration.