FanDuel is hosting their usual College Football Hail Mary Tournament on Saturday. The prize pool consists of $120,000 with $12,000 going to first place. It is $25 to enter.
The contest starts at noon ET.
I have outlined a tournament team below that I feel relatively confident in.
Enjoy, and good luck!
QB Seth Russell – BAY vs WVU (FanDuel Price: $9,800)
It’s hard not to like Russell this week. He is a do-it-all QB for the best offense in college football right now. Russell has been putting up some monster stat lines (30-40+ FPTS) in blowout wins where he is only seeing 2-3 quarters of action. Now, Baylor will take on West Virginia in a high-totaled shootout. The key here lies in the spread, as the Bears check in as 21 point favorites, which could inspire four full quarters of playing time for Russell to rack up fantasy production.
RB Derrick Henry – BAMA @ TEXAM (FanDuel Price: $7,300)
To be honest, there aren’t any top-dollar running backs worth your attention in this slate. That makes the rock-solid option of Derrick Henry an easier selection for this reduced price point. Henry usually has some of the best rushing props on a weekly basis, and I’m expecting more of the same against Texas A&M this week. He’s averaging a consistent 22 fantasy points per game this season, and I’m expecting him to hit that mark in this competitive SEC affair.
RB Chris Hairston – ECAR vs TULSA (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Hairston is a cheap play with upside. If you look at the game logs, you may be somewhat hesitant to click him into a lineup, as inconsistencies have been a recurring theme throughout this season. However, Hairston has posted two straight solid games (16 and 20 FPTS) against a few subpar defenses. He is East Carolina’s #1 running back, and Tulsa has one of the worst rushing defenses in the nation, ranking 122nd in that category.
WR Corey Coleman – BAY vs WVU (FanDuel Price: $8,600)
Pairing Baylor’s QB Russell with WR Coleman will likely be a popular strategy in this game slate. However, I believe it is a necessary one. There aren’t any other high-upside, dominant wide receivers within this player pool, making Coleman an even easier recommendation. Like his QB, Coleman has been producing monster stat lines in abbreviated action due to blowouts in majority of Baylor’s games. It’s scary to think what he could do with four quarters of playing time, and we could find out vs West Virginia this Saturday.
WR Isaiah Jones – ECAR vs TULSA (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
I absolutely love the price point here for Jones. He has produced 10+ receptions and 100+ yards in three games this season, including a monster 14-135-1 against Florida’s intimidating secondary. He could showcase some sweet upside against a Tulsa team that has one of the worst all-around defenses in the nation. In addition, Tulsa’s offense runs a hurry-up, quick-strike scheme that could ultimately lead to more possessions (and a potential shootout) for the East Carolina offense. Target Jones in tournaments and cash games alike.
WR Calvin Ridley – BAMA @ TEXAM (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Ridley is way too cheap here. After all, he has emerged as Alabama’s clear-cut #1 wide receiver, hauling in a combined 14 receptions, 260 yards, and 2 TDs in his past two games. That came against SEC opponents Georgia/Arkansas, and now Ridley has a similarly good matchup against Texas A&M. This could turn into a back-and-forth affair where the Crimson Tide needs to rely on their passing game more than normal.
TE Rodney Mills – MASS vs KENT (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
There aren’t any dominant tight ends within this slate, but Mills has more upside than anyone else of the positon. He returned from an injury to post a solid 6-100 performance last week, tallying a 5-104-2 stat line in his previous game vs Temple. He has a solid matchup against an unimposing Kent State defense, and Mills is regularly involved in UMass’ pass-heavy attack.