DraftKings College Football: Bowl Game Value Picks (Dec. 31-Jan. 1)

Chad Kelly
Chad Kelly

It's time for one last hurrah of college football goodness on DraftKings as they are rolling out $500,000 in guaranteed contests as part of their DraftKings Bowls promotion. There's the $250,000 Cash Bowl for $100 entry, the $150,000 Cheddar Bowl for $20 entry, and the $100,000 Bread Bowl for $3 entry. The contest covers eight bowl games over two days starting Dec. 31, and we've got some value plays to help you build a winning lineup.



Kizer has been a revelation since taking over at QB for the injured Malik Zaire. The super sophomore has piled up the fantasy points both through the air and on the ground while maintaining a high level of efficiency by completing more than 63 percent of his passes.

Ohio State's defense certainly presents a stiff challenge, but the Buckeyes have feasted on a weak slate of Big Ten offenses that mostly can't hold a candle to the Fighting Irish. Plus, Kizer has proved he can produce against even strong defenses, tallying 34+ against Stanford, 43+ against Temple, and 34+ against Clemson.

Another guy who can pile up points with both his legs and his arm, Kelly has been consistent and at times spectacular this season, with five games of 36+ DK points. He gets a nice match-up with Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl. Unlike most of the defenses on this slate, the Cowboys are among the nation's most generous, allowing 430 yards per game, 96th nationally.

This game is also expected to be the highest scoring among the eight games on tap, with a betting total of 67. That means Kelly has as much upside as anyone despite being priced well below the top guys.

Running Backs

Canzeri exited the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State with an injury but appears to be good to go for the Rose Bowl and should be back atop a somewhat crowded depth chart.

A match-up with Stanford might look a bit daunting, but the Cardinal have actually been pretty weak against the run, allowing 4.6 per play, 86th in the country. This game also has a relatively friendly total of 53, enough to expect Canzeri to find the end zone considering how committed Iowa is to the run.

In the ACC Championship Game, Gallman showed off how explosive he can be as he trampled the Tar Heels for 187 and a score on 28 carries. He also took a short pass to the house and racked up a rare 68-yard day with his receiving chops. Despite the 44 DK-point bonanza, Gallman is somehow the cheapest he's been all season at $5,500. Oklahoma has a solid run defense, but that's simply too cheap for a high-volume player in a game expected to see 64.5 points, second-highest on the slate.

Another explosive back suiting up in the Orange Bowl, Mixon has cut into incumbent star tailback Samaje Perine's workload considerably this year, posting some big games and at times looking like the better back. The Sooners may need his pass-catching prowess against Clemson's nasty defense, and ownership is sure to be low here with Perine the nominal starter. Having a couple of low-owned gems is key on a shorter slate, and Mixon is the type of talent who can score from anywhere.

Wide Receivers

The return of QB Greg Ward Jr. against Temple was expected to be a boon for Ayers, but the star QB elected to do almost all of his damage on the ground, and Ayers ended up recording a zero-catch game. That may be part of the reason why he's priced at one of the lowest points he's been all season.

Still, Ayers has a lot of upside due to Houston's fast-paced, aggressive attack. Plus, game flow should be in his favor as the Cougars are +7 underdogs to Florida State. As an added bonus, Ayers should get a few extra chances to score as a punt returner.

How much Florida State will have to throw against Houston is anyone's guess, but if the Cougars do manage to slow down Dalvin Cook with their 11th-ranked rushing defense (3.3 yards per attempt), Whitfield could do some damage through air. He has a low floor due to the Seminoles' reliance on Cook, but Whitfield's ceiling is nice with three games of 25+ DK points. Two of those have come in the last three games, indicating Whitfield's fantasy value could be higher with Sean Maguire at QB.

James Washington has emerged as the clear-cut top guy with a monster finish to the season for Oklahoma State, but you'll probably have to sprinkle in at least one or two cheaper receivers to get your roster under the salary cap, and that's where these two fit in.

The Cowboys should likely be throwing a lot as +7 underdogs and Ole Miss has allowed 255 yards per game through the air this year. Glidden has put in more volume with 53 catches to 40, while Ateman has found the end zone five times to Glidden's three. Both look decent as low-salary filler.

Mo Nuwwarah

Mo Nuwwarah

Mo Nuwwarah is a writer and editor for FantasyWired. He has been a season-long fantasy aficionado for years and has booked a profit while delving into daily format under the name "EVHustler" on DraftKings.