This week's early Saturday slate in college football is a bit interesting in that some of the high-scoring teams we're used to seeing, like TCU and Bowling Green, are absent. Meanwhile, there are a few West Coast teams providing some new blood into the early player pool. Read on before setting your lineups on DraftKings.
Looking over the top QBs on DraftKings, it's mostly a really familiar list, except for Davis. For that reason alone, he'll likely go overlooked in favor of the usual highly-owned names, but Davis has as good of upside as anybody this week.
Tulsa's defense has absolutely cratered in recent weeks, with the nadir coming in a thrashing at the hands of Memphis, who dropped 66 on the Golden Hurricane. Expect another high-scoring affair as this total sits at 75.5, and Davis should be able to chuck the rock for tons of yards against the 121st defense in pass yards allowed.
The Texas A&M QB situation was one of the most closely monitored in the nation coming into the year as two highly-touted prospects battled it out. In the end, Kyle Allen kept his hold on the job, but that's changed after an awful performance against Ole Miss in which Allen completed just 12-for-34 for 88 yards.
Four-star freshman Murray has been given a crack, and he brings a different skillset with his ability to run for yardage. He gets to ease his way in against a South Carolina defense that's 84th in yards per game allowed. Murray also has plenty of talented weapons at his disposal. This play could be risky as an extended run of poor play could see Allen reinserted, but the price is just too good to pass up.
Langer has quietly been one of the most productive backs in the nation, tallying five straight weeks of 18+ DraftKings points. But after a week in which he sat out injured, Langer's price has inexplicably dropped from $6,600 to $5,400 despite an ultra-premium match-up against SMU, which is bottom-five in both rush yards allowed and rush yards allowed per play.
There is an injury concern here, but since Langer actually suited up before being held out last week, he would seem more likely than not to play.
The workload of Walton the past four games reveals a pretty clear and sensible divide. In the two games where Ole Miss trailed big and ultimately lost, he received a total of 16 carries. In the games Ole Miss won, he got 21 and 22 carries and turned that into a solid 37.1 DraftKings points. With Ole Miss favored by 7.5 here, Walton should be expected to carry a nice workload and his price is very cheap for a featured back.
Florida State's running game has been the driving force behind their offense this year, with Dalvin Cook putting together a campaign worthy of Heisman consideration. The superstar RB has already been ruled out with an ankle injury though, leaving a pile of carries and yards for his backups to pick up.
Who will that be? Presumably Vickers has the lead, having toted the rock 15 times to Patrick's six. But, it was Patrick whom coach Jimbo Fisher apparently name-dropped to reporters most recently. Keep an eye on this one in the hours leading up to kickoff to see who will get first crack at the job.
Grant was among the most expensive receivers in the early going this year as he banked 22+ in four straight weeks to start the season. His price has come down a bit after three mediocre performances in the past four weeks (sandwiched around a 41), but now should be the time to buy low.
Grant is facing a tough Cowboy defense that has only allowed 181 pass yards per game, but the volume should definitely be there for Grant in a game between two top-30 teams in pace with an over/under of 78.5.
Another game with a high total is USC/Cal, with an expected total of 69.5. Both USC and Cal have high-powered offenses backed by QBs who will likely be drafted, in the first round in the case of Cal's Jared Goff. Goff's favorite target is Kenny Lawler and he'll get to face off against a USC defense that's giving up 237 yards per game through the air, 83rd in the nation. The Golden Bears will be slinging, and Lawler should get a pile of targets.
Kansas has one of the worst offenses in the nation, but one of the few productive players has been Parmalee. He's been in double digits in five out of six weeks, peaking with 20.5 last week.
The Jayhawks are only expected to score around 10 points here, so hoping for a touchdown would probably be too much, but Parmalee should be able to rack up the PPR points after Oklahoma calls off the dogs.