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FanDuel CFB Targets: Week 13

by David “headChopper” Kaplen
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

The season is starting to wind down, but we’ve still got a couple more weeks left to try and build some winning CFB lineups. Below are my top plays at each position on FanDuel.

 

Quarterback

 

Deshaun Watson - $10,100 (Early)

 

This is a huge hurdle for the Tigers, who are aiming to play in the national championship down the road. The good news for Clemson is that South Carolina's defense is nowhere near as good as it has been in the past. This should be a game in which Deshaun Watson takes over and single-handedly carries your fantasy team.

 

Travis Wilson - $6,900 (Early)

 

There are clearly better quarterbacks in the upper price range, but I'll include Travis Wilson in here in case you want to save some money. It's a good price, and the matchup is solid. Also, with Devontae Booker out for the rest of the year, I think more duties fall on Wilson in the running game.

 

Baker Mayfield - $9,200 (Late)

 

I think Dak Prescott is the best quarterback on this slate, but he’s also $1,000 more expensive than Baker Mayfield. I like the matchup for Mayfield against Oklahoma State in a game that has playoff implications for Oklahoma. He's been on fire this year and I think his run continues in this game.

 

Running Back

 

Derrick Henry - $9,300 (Early)

 

We've already seen this year that Derrick Henry is matchup-proof. Now, after a little bit of rest, he gets to take on a middle-of-the-road rush defense. The game should stay competitive enough to keep Henry on the field all four quarters, and that should lead to another big game from the Alabama running back.

 

Ronald Jones - $6,000 (Early)

 

The upside of Jones seems limited, but the price is nice if you want to snag yourself an upper-tier quarterback. Jones has scored a rushing touchdown in four of the last five games. If things go well, he should creep up around the 15 to 19 carry mark. This is one of those crosstown rivalry games that should be very heated, and the UCLA run defense is beat up right now.

 

Arkeel Newsome - $6,900 (Late)

 

The really good running backs that I trust on this particular slate of games are very expensive. So, if we are going to go below the $7,000 range, we could look at Newsome for some salary cap relief. He ran the ball 32 times last week against Houston and seems to be taking on a bigger workload in the run game. Temple is a tough matchup, but at some point you're going to need to find a bargain player, and I think Newsome may fit the bill.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Pharoh Cooper - $6,900 (Early)

 

I could see South Carolina coming out and treating this game like it's their national championship. They would love nothing better than to knock off their rivals from the undefeated ranks. Cooper has been playing much better later in the year, and this game has shootout potential.

 

Jordan Payton - $6,300 (Early)

 

Last week showed that the Southern California defense is very vulnerable to the pass, as Oregon destroyed USC through the air. UCLA and their passing game are playing very well lately, and obviously this game is another rivalry game on this huge weekend. When Josh Rosen drops back to pass, it's mainly Payton that he’s targeting.

 

Sterling Shepard - $7,900 (Late)

 

As the schedule has gotten tougher down the stretch, Shepard has stepped up to be a bona fide number one wide receiver. He has five touchdowns in the last four games and has exceeded 100 yards in three of the last four. Shepard is on fire, and Oklahoma State is overrated versus the pass.

 

Tight End

 

Bucky Hodges - $3,800 (Early)

 

There are just not many options in the lower price range that I’m targeting in the early slate, but I do think Hodges offers a nice discount from the elite-priced tight end range. He's a better option with Michael Brewer as the quarterback.

 

Austin Hooper - $3,800 (Late)

 

I am only seeing about three TEs worthy of selection for the night games. Hooper leads the list, as he’s the most productive option with the biggest upside. I know the matchup is tough on paper, but I think this is a game in which Stanford looks to target the big tight end more as the defense tries to close in on Christian McCaffrey.

David “headChopper” Kaplen
David “headChopper” Kaplen is one of the godfathers of Daily Fantasy, having been near the top of the rankings since DFS emerged in 2010. Nearing double-digit live final qualifiers, David’s crowning achievement is winning the 2013 FanDuel Basketball Champion in Las Vegas. HeadChopper can be found on twitter @headChopper.